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Symantec Norton Antivirus 2006

At a Glance
  • Symantec Norton AntiVirus 2006 (Full Product)

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Symantec Norton Antivirus 2006
Artwork: Rick Rizner, Chris Manners

In "The New Virus Fighters" roundup of antivirus products, Norton Antivirus 2006's good feature set and friendly interface earned the product an overall ranking of fifth place, despite unexceptional performance.

Of the ten products tested, Norton Antivirus ranked sixth in performance. While it tied for first place, along with F-Secure Anti-Virus 2006, at detecting our zoo collection of backdoor programs, bots, and Trojans, its heuristics, speed, outbreak response time, and clean-up test results were middle-of-the-road.

This product, which includes an antispyware engine, provides some features that most other antivirus products don't--for example, it scans instant messaging traffic. It also secures your PC against browser hijackers, keystroke loggers, and other forms of spyware and adware. Its $40 price is moderate, though its phone support is not: You pay a whopping $30 per incident.

Norton Antivirus is easy to get up and running, and it does a better job than most of its competitors at providing useful information in pop-up alerts. Symantec's virus notifications identify specific threats and let users knows in clear language why they should be concerned and what they should do. If users want more information, they can click a link for complete threat details on Symantec's Web site.

This popular antivirus product combines decent performance with an easy-to-use interface, but using it can get expensive if you ever have to call the company for support.

Tony Bradley

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At a Glance
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    Pros

    • Easy-to-use interface

    Cons

    • Phone support costs $30 per incident
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