As part of my subscription, Norton offered me a free upgrade to the latest 2011 version. I installed it without hesitation, and I'm bursting with excitement to share my first impressions with you, because good has become even better.
Firstly, installation was lightning fast - super easy and fuss-free. After a reboot and an activation screen, NAV is setup and ready to use.
|Norton AntiVirus 2011 main screen|
|NAV sidebar gadget (top)|
NAV, back in the XP-era, always had a reputation of being big, intrusive, bloated and a memory hog. But with this version, I can confidently say it's far from that. NAV 2011 is a full-featured antivirus software which doesn't compromise on performance. It is blazing fast, lightweight, and doesn't slow down your system. Everything feels snappy. LiveUpdate works fast, the main screen is almost instant start-up, and scan times are the BEST I've seen from any security software. Doing a quickscan (after running Norton Insight once) only took me 15 seconds. Mind-blowing!
|NAV's performance screen - allows you to see how much resources its sapping up|
I don't have scientific test results to convince you, but I'd say that Norton AntiVirus is very effective, both in protecting you from threats and removing them. Ever since I've used Norton, not a single threat went unnoticed - even those minor tracing cookies gets picked up in scans. And ever since I've used Norton, my computer has not been infected with any malware. That's all I can say - it is pretty darn good. Provided, of course, you update virus definitions.
|Norton Facebook wall scan|
This is just my first impressions of NAV. If you're the kinda guy who will only be convinced by charts, graphs and numbers, Google for another review. But if you're a normal home-user like me, and you're looking for a standard anti-virus software for PC protection, hands-down, I'd recommend Norton AntiVirus 2011. It is excellent in almost every aspect.
If money's an issue though, you could also consider the free and excellent Microsoft Security Essentials. It's good, but not quite up-to-par with Norton.