Software
Norton Security Premium - 90 days trial license
Installation
1.00 star(s)
Installation Feedback
To get the access to the 90 days trial, i had to first install Norton english version. Update it. Register. Find the correspondent version in my language and reinstall above it. It was a long process and, when reinstalling, i started to think it freezed for a moment (but it didn't). The process itself was easy, but the need to reinstall was completely unnecessary. An option to change language in configs could solve the problem easily .

If that was not enough, i had to install Norton extensions one by one for all browsers i use.
Interface (UI)
4.00 star(s)
Interface Feedback
A simple interface. I liked it first. But i got overwhelmed by the amount of configs. That is not necessarily bad, but i thing the configs could be cleaner and easier to read.
Usability
1.00 star(s)
Usability Feedback
Easy to use. No big deal.

However, in a few hours after installing i already got false positives for 2 sites that i've been using for years without any problem. Neither Kaspersky or Bitdefeder never had a problem with them. I made a scan for both with virustotal and they were clean. However norton insisted to tell me they were bad and i should isolate them if i want to proceed. I tried, but it reduced a lot the loading speed of the pages. I had the option to enter them without isolating, but each time i clicked in a link inside the page, Norton blocked the page again (and again and again). And i could not find an exclusion list to add them! That was unbelievable.

Another problem was the need to install extensions for each browser. As If that was not enough, Norton still wanted to add extensions that could change my start page and my default search engine. Off course i could ignore it, but an antivirus trying to convince me to that, was more than enough to me. If i don't want an adware changing my browser engines, why i would like my antivirus doing it for me??? Add to that, that a few minutes after installing the extensions, each one of them notified me asking me to send anonymous data for Symantec, in a way, that if was not careful i would easily clicked ok for all questions. That is not cool for someone who cares about privacy! Not cool at all.

Furthermore, the utilities tools were automatically, so when i clicked them to check what they could do, they already started cleaning everything they found whithout my authorization. Besides that, one of the utilities tried to scan if was connected to the internet and kept telling me i was not (but i was)

After all of that, Norton asked me to change my trial from Security Premium for 360 security premium (something like that). Despite i would have to pass trough the installation process all over again, i was glad as it would add more cloud backup and VPN. However, despite it was a 90 days free trial, Norton asked me to add my credit card info to use the 360 version. That made no sense as it was a free trial.
Performance and System Impact
3.00 star(s)
Performance and System Impact Feedback
I didn't notice any system impact from Norton itself. However, the extension installed on all browsers kept running in background by default. You can disable it, but if you don't, it means all your installed browsers will keep consuming resources for no reason. In my case, i got edge, chrome, brave and firefox running in background! And to get worst, when i used Ccleaner, it had to close all browser, one by one, by killing the services.
Protection
4.00 star(s)
Protection Feedback
That should be the good part. Norton have good results in tests. However, finding 2 false positives in the first day of use gave a very bad impression

For example i never found any FP with Kaspersky for the last 4 months. And almost none with bitdefender for the last 6 years.
Pros
  1. Highly configurable
  2. Easy to use
  3. Simple and non-intrusive
  4. Ransomware protection
  5. Strong and reliable protection
  6. Blocks even brand new malware
  7. Consistently high test scores
  8. Accurate and reliable antivirus engine
  9. Virus signatures are updated very often
  10. Excellent scores in independent tests
  11. Great value
  12. Effective malware removal
Cons
  1. Irritating privacy settings
  2. Higher than average false positives
  3. Scans can be rather slow
  4. Browser extension extras can be unreliable
Software installed on computer
Less than 30 days
Computer hardware
Ryzen 5 1400; 8gb RAM, 250Gb SSD, Nvidia GTX 1060
Overall Rating
3.00 star(s)
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Spawn

Administrator
Verified
Staff member
I am a Bitdefender user, I am used to giving many opportunities to different antivirus programs in the case of Bitdefender, it has been worth using it for many years, when almost everyone criticized it, now it is one of the best.
Norton's case is totally different, an antivirus program is there to protect the computer, but when the antivirus program does more harm to the computer than the virus itself, it shouldn't give you more opportunities (norton technical service = 000000)
Are you looking for a reward on being able to copy and paste.. Norton is not a Virus, as user's claim, it's likely due to brainwashing or lack to knowledge about certain software. If you are unable to keep your PC clear from malware, then it's the user's fault.
 

roger_m

Level 31
Verified
Content Creator
The case of Norton is totally different, an antivirus program is there to protect the computer, but when the antivirus program does more damage to the computer than the virus itself, you should not give it any more opportunity (norton technical service = 000000):sneaky:
What damage are you talking about? Norton provides very good protection while being very light.
 

elquenunca

Level 3
Are you looking for a reward on being able to copy and paste.. Norton is not a Virus, as user's claim, it's likely due to brainwashing or lack to knowledge about certain software. If you are unable to keep your PC clear from malware, then it's the user's fault.
I notice in your comment a slight anger, perhaps it is because of:
Option 1: I am a Bitdefender user and I consider it to be the best antivirus.
Option 2: That Norton is one of the worst antivirus.
I am inclined to think that it is because he does not like me to criticize Norton, I remind him that there is freedom of expression.
maybe not on this website
For years they have criticized Bitdefender in this forum and nobody has been angry about it, but if it is said that Norton is bad enough, the insults from the staff begin.
you don't need to answer me
DELETE MY ACCOUNT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
see you never
(n)(n)(n):poop:
 

fabiobr

Level 10
Verified
I notice in your comment a slight anger, perhaps it is because of:
Option 1: I am a Bitdefender user and I consider it to be the best antivirus.
Option 2: That Norton is one of the worst antivirus.
I am inclined to think that it is because he does not like me to criticize Norton, I remind him that there is freedom of expression.
maybe not on this website
For years they have criticized Bitdefender in this forum and nobody has been angry about it, but if it is said that Norton is bad enough, the insults from the staff begin.
you don't need to answer me
DELETE MY ACCOUNT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
see you never
(n)(n)(n):poop:
What a drama about a software.

Bitdefender is less annoying than Norton, they have different approaches. BD is automated.

Bitdefender never were bad, only thing that we criticize is the slow down adding new zero day malware signatures and too many bugs which was a fact before 2020 version.

Protection wise Bitdefender were great always, being on top with Kaspersky.
 

Vitali Ortzi

Level 20
Verified
What a drama about a software.

Bitdefender is less annoying than Norton, they have different approaches. BD is automated.

Bitdefender never were bad, only thing that we criticize is the slow down adding new zero day malware signatures and too many bugs which was a fact before 2020 version.

Protection wise Bitdefender were great always, being on top with Kaspersky.
Didn't use bitdefender a log time but never had that amount of flalse positives as Norton .
 
I notice in your comment a slight anger, perhaps it is because of:
Option 1: I am a Bitdefender user and I consider it to be the best antivirus.
Option 2: That Norton is one of the worst antivirus.
I am inclined to think that it is because he does not like me to criticize Norton, I remind him that there is freedom of expression.
maybe not on this website
For years they have criticized Bitdefender in this forum and nobody has been angry about it, but if it is said that Norton is bad enough, the insults from the staff begin.
you don't need to answer me
DELETE MY ACCOUNT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
see you never
(n)(n)(n):poop:
i don't know if you have a history here with this conversation in other threads, but to the casual viewer, like myself, you seem wayyyyy over the top. that happens, i can do it too (it's that Scottish gene i have), but i thought you should know a 3rd party perspective. :)

that said, from what i could tell (and my initial reaction was the same as spawns) - was that your criticism with Norton was likewise over the top harsh. no one is saying bitdefender isn't an excellent antivirus (they'd be kinda ignorant to say it wasn't),. it is. but you said norton does more harm to a computer than good. that statement is likely hyperbolic, but rings strongly untrue and invites pushback. both norton and bitdefender do excellent in the tesing labs. both are excellent AVs. in my subjective opinion as a casual viewer of the 5 big labs, bitdefender does better than norton. but norton does friggin excellent in those labs too - frequently in the top position with kasp and bit. and i have been using norton on one computer now for a good 5 years (it comes free with my isp) and i have never had a problem with it. dif avs sometimes have something that sets them apart, i would say bitdefender's sigs set it apart. and to me, nortons insight module is very useful and sets it apart. i had never seen something like it in other AVs (though, i see it now in Kaspersky. i think they copied Norton :) - which is a high compliment from the likes of a powerhouse like Kaspersky, it means you were doing something right). it always reminds me of some friends that argue about which truck is better, ford or dodge or whatever, they wear the hats and will have bar fights over it ... but they're both good trucks, lol. anyway, I'm drifting into rambling now (likely that dang Scottish gene again) so I'll stop :p
 

plat1098

Level 22
Verified
I don't use Norton products right now but respect the firm greatly. Any service that treats its free products (like Power Eraser) with the same gravity and timeliness as its paid ones is worthy of that respect. If my ISP was to switch to Norton from McAfee right now, I would demo it, and that's saying something as I genuinely dislike antivirus software in general.

That said, as the author of quite a few clunkers, I take a time out, in the fervent hope everyone would have forgotten everything and things would go on like nothing happened. This has always been a favorite delusion of mine and I would appreciate it if no one messed with it, OK? :D
 

Durden

Level 3
I know it's an old thread, but regarding norton safe web extension, I think it got more useful now, and it will complement Norton 360 !
Norton Safe Web extension now includes these new features :
  • Online Banking Protection
  • Intrusion Protection System (IPS) Scanning
  • Link Guard New Isolation for suspicious sites .
And regarding that IPS I quote "IPS has been a part of Norton Device Security solutions for some time, but now that it is also a part of the Norton Safe Web browser extension, the content of suspicious web pages, advertisements and popups are now cross-examined in an additional way, giving you even more protection when you browse the Web."

You can read more about these features here :

Currently I'm setting up a new system and I'm torn between Bitdefender and Norton, both run really well and I have licenses for both!😅

Unfortunately Norton deserves a better reputation in this forum. Maybe someday more users will give it a good trial and it's reputation will get better -as it deserves- just like what happened with the NEW Bitdefender!
 

McMcbrad

Level 10
I know it's an old thread, but regarding norton safe web extension, I think it got more useful now, and it will complement Norton 360 !
Norton Safe Web extension now includes these new features :
  • Online Banking Protection
  • Intrusion Protection System (IPS) Scanning
  • Link Guard New Isolation for suspicious sites .
And regarding that IPS I quote "IPS has been a part of Norton Device Security solutions for some time, but now that it is also a part of the Norton Safe Web browser extension, the content of suspicious web pages, advertisements and popups are now cross-examined in an additional way, giving you even more protection when you browse the Web."

You can read more about these features here :

Currently I'm setting up a new system and I'm torn between Bitdefender and Norton, both run really well and I have licenses for both!😅

Unfortunately Norton deserves a better reputation in this forum. Maybe someday more users will give it a good trial and it's reputation will get better -as it deserves- just like what happened with the NEW Bitdefender!
All of them deserve good reputation today, as they have all been in business for ages, most of them since the early 90s, they have all come a long way and they all do their job in a similar manner. I am talking about the big dogs 🐕.
None of them is so bad and I personally wouldn’t “attack” any of them or their users. Regardless which 2 solutions you compare, you are unlikely to find groundbreaking differences and going around, explaining how A is the worst, B is the best is just a waste of time IMHO.

I also want to add that I had tremendous issues with BD recently, as the review speaks about Norton’s false positives. Bitdefender was detecting 5-6 threats on absolutely each page, including their own, it was blocking google-apis or something of this sort. I texted support, they confirmed the issue and fixed it, but few nights after, the issue repeated, this time it was some Amazon api blocked.
The issues seem to be fixed now.

Regarding the extension, most of them do that and many change your browser search engine or home page, if you are not careful. With AV’s you need to read everything twice.
Any user can revert those changes later, in case he’s not happy with that.

Utilities are something that Avira, Avast, AVG offer as well, I personally wouldn’t even think about downloading that. As for the card, I believe that it’s fair to prove you are capable of paying for a product, when you are asking to evaluate it. Same goes for Android/ iOS trials. It’s free, but your CC should be on file. As long as the company sends proper reminder before taking your money, it is actually a normal business practice.
 
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Tiamati

Level 8
Verified
I know it's an old thread, but regarding norton safe web extension, I think it got more useful now, and it will complement Norton 360 !
Norton Safe Web extension now includes these new features :
  • Online Banking Protection
  • Intrusion Protection System (IPS) Scanning
  • Link Guard New Isolation for suspicious sites .
And regarding that IPS I quote "IPS has been a part of Norton Device Security solutions for some time, but now that it is also a part of the Norton Safe Web browser extension, the content of suspicious web pages, advertisements and popups are now cross-examined in an additional way, giving you even more protection when you browse the Web."

You can read more about these features here :

Currently I'm setting up a new system and I'm torn between Bitdefender and Norton, both run really well and I have licenses for both!😅

Unfortunately Norton deserves a better reputation in this forum. Maybe someday more users will give it a good trial and it's reputation will get better -as it deserves- just like what happened with the NEW Bitdefender!
Very interesting! Ty