Is Norton any good these days? Should I buy this antivirus?

Discussion in 'Norton (Symantec)' started by francis de lorraine, Oct 2, 2017.

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Can Norton Security Standard on its own protect a PC?

Poll closed Nov 1, 2017.
  1. Yes

    44 vote(s)
    81.5%
  2. No

    10 vote(s)
    18.5%
  1. francis de lorraine

    Mar 19, 2017
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    #1 francis de lorraine, Oct 2, 2017
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 2, 2017
    Hello forum,
    What do you people think about Norton. Is Norton any good these days? Should I buy this antivirus?
     
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  2. steel9

    steel9 Level 3

    Jun 23, 2017
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    The malware prevention is pretty good, and it also has SONAR behavior blocker. The new versions seems to be cloud-based, it seems pretty light (about 25-40 MB ram usage). The only things I don't like is that the scans sometimes "can't remove some malware" which you need to remove manually even though they aren't active. The web extension could be improved a little, but otherwise it is good IMO.
     
  3. XhenEd

    XhenEd Level 27
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    I haven't tried Norton personally, but from the posts of the members here, I would think that it is good now. :)
     
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  4. frogboy

    frogboy Level 61
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    #4 frogboy, Oct 2, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2017
    Up until just recently I have been a long term user of Norton and can recommend it, very light and as mentioned Sonar works great. :)
     
  5. Cats-4_Owners-2

    Cats-4_Owners-2 Level 37
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    Dec 4, 2013
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    I have used Norton for two years, upon at least 1 of our three Windows computers at any given time, and would have faithfully purchased it myself if not for giveaways and also the generous members here on MalwareTips! It has been tested and approved of, first, by members here in our malware hub, and (most importantly) has passed the exacting demands of my wife, here at our home! Yes, it is worth purchasing (IMHO) but download it first to see how it will work with your unique system. Then, if it meets YOUR approval, you can buy it happily!:D
     
  6. shmu26

    shmu26 Level 53

    Jul 3, 2015
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    Is Norton good? Yes.
    Should you buy it? Perhaps not, because nowadays, the difference in protection is not so great between a good free AV and a good paid AV.
    If you want good overall protection that you don't need to tweak or worry about or fuss over, go Norton.
    If you like to get in there and tweak your AV for greater security, go Kaspersky or Emsisoft.
     
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  7. Lockdown

    Lockdown From AppGuard
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    Oct 24, 2016
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    If you have tried the trial and Norton works for you personally on your systems, you like it, then you should use it. It will provide decent protection.

    The debate of paid versus free is not really relevant. Use what works best for you.
     
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  8. bribon77

    bribon77 Level 10

    Jul 6, 2017
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    If it's a good Av. And you'll be protected.:)
     
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  9. JakeXPMan

    JakeXPMan Level 15

    Oct 20, 2014
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    My vote is no.
    Norton is a very good AV, but, ... I think a bad malware can still get into the PC.

    I personally would go with a free AV. Like Avast or Bitdefender etc.
     
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  10. Evjl's Rain

    Evjl's Rain Level 29
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    IMHO, norton is good but not consistent. Some malwares for some reasons can get through it
    According to my experience, norton has relatively good ONLINE signatures but the OFFLINE signatures are poor. It's also very aggressive against downloaded files (download insight) if the files have a low number of users => which made me mad many times because the number of clicks to restore the quarantined files are too many
     
  11. Lockdown

    Lockdown From AppGuard
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    That statement is true of all security software. There are Bitdefender, Kaspersky,..., and other security soft "bypasses."
     
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  12. JakeXPMan

    JakeXPMan Level 15

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    #12 JakeXPMan, Oct 2, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2017
    Yes, but the vote is Norton. The other solutions, not on radar. I should have mentioned that. The fact no AV can catch all threats 100% does underline the benefits of a free Antivirus or firewall, you don't spend money on a hit or miss security.

    The paid AV offers more, but with tweaks and good free softwares, it can be a nice option for francis/original poster, if not aware of it.
     
  13. Aktiffiso

    Aktiffiso Level 6

    Aug 24, 2013
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    For me is good product i have a old promo link, but i give you by private 5 usd for standart protection
     
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  14. insanity

    insanity Level 4

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    Perhaps it may be worth having a look at some Norton reviews or even the YouTube tests. The general view is that Norton is decent in terms of protection, with Sonar and it's signatures, but has some notorious usability issues, like failing to remove passive malware, as mentioned by @steel9 or being too aggressive. Last time I checked it, Norton seemed slow to show alerts or deal with threats detected by real time protection.
     
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  15. francis de lorraine

    Mar 19, 2017
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    hello the forum i use it on my machine it is light and protects me efficiently
     
  16. crezz

    crezz Level 3

    Jun 6, 2017
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    Every review I have seen of Norton Security over the last few years suggests to me that it offers some of the best protection available. Personally, I would only use Norton or Kaspersky at present, based on the reviews I have read. Both of these products have been consistently near the top of the rankings from the various AV labs. www.av-test.org www.av-comparatives.org and SE Labs
     
  17. ttto

    ttto Level 7

    Sep 22, 2016
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    I'm Norton user for a lot for years, and I have seen how this product has improved in all ways through the years. Now is on top like other big names like Kaspersky, Bitdefender...
    I recommend it.
     
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  18. Dima007

    Dima007 Level 22

    Apr 24, 2013
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    Easy interface, with limited functions, nice security software if you have no specialized computer skills:cool:
     
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  19. RoboMan

    RoboMan Level 17
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    Symantec is still a market leader, and i will recommend it until it proves otherwise. It's light on the system, SONAR is almost unbeatable, and it provides decent protection and detection ratios. Support is very friendly and quick (and efficient!). I would definitely give it a try. My other two recommendations would be Emsisoft and ESET.
     
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  20. Local Host

    Local Host Level 2

    Sep 26, 2017
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    Norton has improved a lot with their latest version, so I would recommend it right after Kaspersky and Emsisoft.

    I suggest you read reviews from multiple sources and check some youtube videos, for the general opinion of it.

    Also try the Trial Version and make your own opinion (extremely important).
     
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