Norton Antivirus 2011 Review


Norton Antivirus 2011 offers the best overall protection of any virus scanning program, according to reviewers. It also doesn't drain system resources as much as other software but scans can take a little longer than other programs.

Norton's base antivirus software (starting at $17, Amazon) proves to be excellent at stopping and removing malware, according to Norton Antivirus 2011 reviews. Experts and users alike praise the software for its top-notch security and array of protection features. PC World ranks it at the top of its list of best paid antivirus software and PC Magazine deems the program worthy of its coveted Editors' Choice award. This product is a light user of PC resources, which is a quality that users appreciate, according to Norton Antivirus 2011 reviews posted at Newegg. Some consumers comment that they'd like to see a basic, free version of the Norton program.

In addition to its effective antivirus and antispyware protection, the 2011 version boasts several desirable functionalities. For example, "pulse updates" keeps the virus-protection software updated with the latest virus definitions as soon as they're available -- as much as 200 times a day -- and it's all behind the scenes, so no bother to the consumer. Norton Antivirus 2011 is also one of the few programs that offer protection against bots, automated programs that, once they infiltrate your PC, can take control of your PC and use it to send spam email or help launch an attack against a website. In addition, the program's Sonar3 feature watches the files and programs on your PC for suspicious activity, blocking anything that behaves like a virus.

It's apparent that Norton Antivirus 2011 is one of the best all-around virus-protection programs at this time. It offers more protection features than other software and generally does a better job of detecting threats than its competitors, without costing more than most.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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