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Norton Internet Security. How reliable is this program in protecting our computer from virus attacks?

Updated on February 21, 2014

Okay I have used different virus scanners which range from AVG to Norton. Currently I do use norton Internet Security.Let me tell you one thing, no program is fool proof but I think that Norton is a very good anti virus program.  Since I bought my current laptop, I have used Norton Security and it does what it is supposed to do and so far I have not managed to get any viruses and it automically updates itself when there are new updates which works great for me. 

You get what you paid for!!!

The free scanners or even the ones that you get from you cable or internet company or other means do not always the best.  Mostly they are just scanners.  You want to have something that is always going to actively scan you computer on a regular basis.  On my desktop before getting my laptop, I just had a free virus scanner and it did not sniff out a file that was a virus, but when I tried to introduce it to this computer, it sniffed it out and removed it. 

My Conclusion

I think Norton Internet Security does what it says it does as it will protect you from viruses and many other things. What is included in Norton Internet Security is more than just a antivirus package. It has a personal firewall, antispyware, antiphishing and even identity safe. Norton protects you before you are attacked and that is what you want. 


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    charlemont 8 years ago from Lithuania


    in your case Norton and AVG were in totally different positions, so the test results are misleading. The hard drive with infection was connected to another computer as a slave, so Norton had complete access to file system and the virus was just a bunch of bytes on a plate. AVG, on the other hand, had to deal with ACTIVE malware within same Windows environment. It is very possible that if your friend had had AVG instead of Norton, your virus could have been eliminated as well. For any antivirus software it is much easier to scan on a separate drive. So in your particular example there's no reason to make the conclusion you made.

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    Phil Taylor 9 years ago

    I disagree with you on Norton. I don't find it any better than AVG (which is both free and updates daily). We recommend AVG to everyone. In addition, we use Autoruns.exe from if we ever do get a virus--it's a great tool fo9r finding and helping us remove viruses, especially those that run at startup. I've used AVG for over five years, and have never had a problem. Why should I pay Norton?

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    Fixxxer 9 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

    Ah - but that's an old thing with rival AV software - they kill each other. I have noticed this as well.

    @ Lgali - I've been a fan of AVG for a couple of years, as stated in my original comment on this hub. But note the reason WHY I reverted back to Norton. It might save you a lot of hassles in the future.

    I have to admit - I kind of like Norton Internet Security 2008, as it's a good all rounder in terms of an application.

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    Trekkiemelissa 9 years ago from Illinois

    AVG may be good, but it does not always pick up everything. Another rule of thumb, never ever install multiple virus scanners as they will read each other as viruses. You do get what you paid for. On my old computer, the one file that norton caught as a virus, AVG did not and neither did clamwin which I managed to get from portableapps.

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    Lgali 9 years ago

    i love AVG more reliable and free

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    Trekkiemelissa 9 years ago from Illinois

    I have tried different types of virus scanners over the years. My first antivirus software was in fact norton which I only used for Windows 98. When I had Windows xp, I had mostly mcafee but I had used AVG and Clam win. None had ever picked up any of the virus I may have had. When I managed to get this computer and it runs Windows Vista, I got norton Security with this computer. I had some files on the other computer and I tried transferring them over but one did not make as norton picked it up as a virus and norton removed it like that. This proves how great Norton really is.

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    Fixxxer 9 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

    To tell you the truth - I've always had a problem (or personal vendetta, if you will) against Norton Anti virus/internet security due to the fact that the software is extremely resource hungry. For the last couple of years I've been using AVG Free, and I have had no problems with it whatsoever.

    Untill two days ago.

    Avg picked up a virus on my computer named Win32.Gaelicum.A  This baby spread like it's nobody's business and AVG couldn't contain it. I even went and downloaded a Gaulicum removal tool - but no luck. I ended up removing my harddrive, and taking it to a friend to see if he could help me. He uses Norton Ineternet Security 2008. Norton picked the virus up as Win32.Licum or something similar to that name. Norton cleaned my drive, and I was able to save my Windows installation. ( I was at the point of formatting/re-installing before I went to my friend for help)

    It would apear that AVG wrongly identified the virus, and hence was unable to correctly stop it, and clean the infected files. Norton, on the other hand, saved my @ss in this instance, so I switched over.

    My faith in Norton has been restored.