With so many different types of antivirus software, it is helpful to read a brief description of what the different types do and how they can benefit you and your computer.
Symantec’s Norton AntiVirus is perhaps the most trusted antivirus solution in the world. It is available for Windows and Macintosh computers (Symantec Antivirus for Macintosh – S.A.M). Norton AntiVirus is a very reliable and easy-to-use antivirus product. It is the best antivirus product for catching viruses in downloaded files and emails. Norton AntiVirus is also more expensive than McAfee VirusScan although not by much, and Norton’s additional capabilities can easily make up for the difference.
Norton AntiVirus includes several tools that can run in the background, including monitoring suspicious computer activity and automatically scanning downloaded files for viruses. Norton AntiVirus is also automatically configured to handle email virus scanning of email messages that enter your computer, as well as those you send. This process automatically scans and cleans incoming and outgoing e-mails, preventing viruses from infecting your computer or spreading to others. It removes viruses automatically, without interrupting your work, prevents infection during real-time online chats, and detects viruses in instant message attachments. Since so many viruses and worms spread across the Internet today with e-mail and instant messaging systems, this is an indispensable and very valuable protection.
Installation is simple. Just install the CD into your CD-ROM drive, and the installer will run automatically. The installer will ask you if you want to check your system installation for viruses. This is a very good thing to do. Once done, the installation will continue, and you can accept all the defaults without worry. After the installation is complete, you will be prompted to go online and get updated virus definitions. Don’t skip this step. Updated virus definitions are essential for the performance of any antivirus program.
Norton is a laissez-faire program. Pretty much install and forget about the software that takes care of itself. It will notify you automatically if there is anything you need to do. If a virus is found, the program will try to repair the files automatically, and if it can’t do this, the program will place the files in a safe “quarantine” and notify you. As well as scanning for known viruses, Norton Antivirus Bloodhound tries to detect new viruses and worms through common behavior in such bad programs.
Checking your system and downloading updates are two things you need to do regularly. Norton Antivirus makes it easy by setting up a full system scan once a week and checking for new updates (both software and virus definitions) whenever you are online. This simple update check hardly slows down your PC at all.
Overall, Norton Antivirus is the best way to protect against viruses. This is the system I most often recommend to my clients, and one I personally use.