Norton Anti-virus and Anti-Malware Reviews 2020: FREE Trial | Updated Version | Download

Symantec Corporation developed and distributed Norton, is an anti-malware software and anti-virus. It is as a part of its Norton family since 1991 of computer security products. This type of antivirus uses signatures and heuristics to identify viruses. The other features of Norton include phishing protection and e-mail spam filtering.


Symantec Corporation distributes the product as OEM software and a boxed copy. In the first half of 2007, this product held a 61 percent US retail market share for security settings. Norton Antivirus supports Microsoft Windows and macOS.


The company launched Symantec Antivirus for the Macintosh (SAM) in May 1989. After that company launched SAM 2.0 in March 1990 that allows consumers to easily update SAM to intercept and remove new viruses. It acquired Peter Norton Computing from Peter Norton and continued the development of acquired technologies that are marketed as Norton.




Hundreds of foreign viruses attacked U.S. computers creating serious problems in 1991. After that Symantec's Norton Group released Norton Antivirus 1.0 for PC. The company renamed Norton Antivirus with version 5.0 updated in 1998.

Product activation of Norton Antivirus was launched in 2004. There is an alphanumeric code which is generated for identifying the configuration of computer and ties with the product key. It allows users to activate their product five times with the same product key. In the 2005 version, Spyware and adware detection and removal were introduced as an Antispyware Edition. In Norton Antivirus 2009 Classic, it does not include adware or spyware detection but the Classic edition of Norton Antivirus 2009 includes spyware and adware detection which is marketed along with Norton Antivirus 2009.


Without purchasing a new subscription, the users of 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 versions can also be upgraded to the latest 2010 versionThe company’s modified Norton Antivirus by reducing high system resource utilization was launched on September 12, 2006. It was also released Windows compatibility as well. The new updated Norton Antivirus 2008 was launched on August 28, 2007, with the latest features which include SONAR and emphasizing malware prevention. It prevents attackers from application vulnerabilities leveraging common browsers.




Norton Antivirus 2009 was introduced on September 8, 2008, with 300 changes for zero impact, 47-second install time, 32 second scan time and 5MB memory utilization. In this updating, the security status and setting are shown in a single main interface with features of whitelisting technology. Whitelisting technology reduces the time of scanning by the mapping is known safe files using information from an online database.


Symantec advertized the Norton 2009 with two changes. The Gaming edition provides better or improved control over download updates by Norton which allows components of the suite to be disabled either automatically or manually when the computer is in full-screen mode. The previous Classical edition cannot delete or find spyware and adware.


Norton in version 17.0 was launched on September 9, 2009, with several updated including SONAR 2. Now it uses more information to examine if an application is malicious. Norton Insight can allow users with information about the performance, origins, and activities of applications along with reputation data. There is a new feature namely Autopsy, which is useful for understanding what Norton did when malware was found.  The company also added support of Windows 7 and Norton Download Insight to prevent drive-by drive downloads.

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