Norton AntiVirus 2002
retains the strengths that make it one of the best antivirus products on the market--low demands on system resources coupled with impressive strength against incoming and outgoing viruses, worms and other malware. Fully compatible with Windows XP
, NAV 2002
sports a revised and much-simplified interface and it integrates itself into Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer as a small toolbar with a drop-down menu that launches a virus scan on your system or connects to information on Symantec's Web site.
The program largely runs itself. By default, infected files are repaired automatically without alerts to users--a pop-up box on the Windows taskbar tray informs you when an update has been completed. An optional plug-in scans Microsoft Office 2000 and XP files on opening. Virus definitions are updated automatically via the excellent LiveUpdate (which now uses "micro" definition files that supplement existing files and don't require huge downloads). Curiously, NAV 2002 still doesn't scan ZIP files, something that rival products have been able to do for some time now.
With the rise of e-mail worms and Trojan horses, just scanning incoming mail is no longer enough, so Norton now also scans outgoing mail to prevent your system from sending worms to everyone in your address book. Another new feature is Script Blocking, which promises to block script-based viruses, such as the "I Love You" worm. Existing NAV users might not feel the urge to upgrade but if you're new to the antivirus game or upgrading to Windows XP you should consider Norton AntiVirus 2002. --Roger Gann
is always working in the background to protect your PC from dangers lurking on the Internet and other possible sources of infected files. Now it repairs common virus infections automatically, without interrupting your work.
The latest virus definitions are downloaded automatically when you connect to the Internet, ensuring that your PC's protection stays up to date. Even between updates, Symantec's exclusive Script Blocking technology defends against fast-moving threats by identifying and stopping new script-based viruses such as "ILoveYou" and "Anna Kournikova."
To safeguard your PC and prevent it from spreading viruses to your friends and colleagues, Norton AntiVirus
scans and cleans both incoming and outgoing messages.
As a Norton AntiVirus
user, you're also backed by the Symantec Security Response team, formerly known as the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC). These experts are working to protect your computer 24 hours a day, developing new defenses whenever a virus is discovered.
An exciting new user interface makes Norton AntiVirus 2002
easier to use than ever, and you can even access many of its functions instantly from the Windows Explorer toolbar.