A new feature with the 2004 edition is spyware protection. These small programs are often downloaded from websites and track your browsing habits to help companies target you with adverts. By removing or blocking these programs, Norton AntiVirus helps protect your privacy. On the downside, some free programs such as Kazaa install these programs to raise revenue and removing them can stop such programs from working.
Another new feature is the ability to scan compressed files such as Zips before they are opened, although strangely this feature doesn't work under Windows 98 or Me.
As well as scanning files, Norton AntiVirus 2004 protects your e-mail and Instant Messaging by checking any files that are downloaded to your machine. Users of less common e-mail packages may have to look elsewhere though as only the most common configurations are supported.
The main control panel is easy to use and clearly shows if anything needs attending to. This can be when a full system scan is due or if the virus signature files need updating.
The pack is rounded off with a printed manual that covers all aspects of the program's operation. These days most companies rely on built-in help or manuals on the CD so it's good to have a real manual you can read where and when you want.
Norton AntiVirus 2004 will ensure your PC remains virus, Trojan and spyware free and the automatic updates ensure you are prepared to combat the latest threats as soon as they appear. Best of all it requires no specialist knowledge; just install and relax. --Iain Laskey
I've tried just about every anti-virus product on the market and found most to give such heavy performance and reliability problems to the extent they are hardly much better than the malicious software they're designed to protect against.
Norton is the exception. While consitently scoring one of the best detection rates in the industry, their product is transparent in use, running in the background with no noticable impact on system performance or stability. The product is provided with 12 months of free upgrades via Symantecs LiveUpdate service and renewal to keep up to date with the latest nasties is inexpensive.
If you're already running a recent version I wouldn't bother with the upgrade but if you're running a competing product or, worse still, have NO anti-virus software installed, I'd recommend you buy Norton AntiVirus NOW!
I have upgraded my review to 4 stars. It would have got 5 but Symantec's support REALLY SUCKS. Unless you worked in IT you would have had little chance of fixing the problem I had. You would think the first instruction on their web site would be to use an online virus scanner to make sure something wasn't lurking that the product didn't recognise.
It hasn't happened to me yet on this new version, but trying to contact Symantec (the Company that owns the product) is not happy talking to humans. It's various 'help' instructions belong to another planet and so be careful before you renew your 'on-line' registration.
Otherwise, no problems.
But it is whoppingly expensive - the 30 quid you spend at the start only allows 1-year of updates... Read more
I installed this an updated this all thee time but when i relished that comfirmtion question where alway answered... Read more
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