If you like to use power stuff , try Norton 360 from Symantec promotion page here. It has been updated to version 5 recently (version 2011). Norton 360 v5 is a huge security and computer maintenance suite that includes several modules: PC Security (antivirus and firewall), Identity Protection, Backup, and PC Tuneup. In this version, similar to Norton Internet Security 2011, Norton 360 features the latest generation of the Norton reputation-based detection and prevention technology. Here’s the direct download link to the 90-days trial: http://buy-download.norton.com/akdlm/dm/estore/downloads/OEM/N360/5.0/N360_22.214.171.124_MS_LOEM_MRF1441_5671.exe?LNG=EN&None&fileExt=.exe
I bought a book recently: Logo Design Volume 2 by Ed. Julius Wiedemann, published by TASCHEN. In that book on page 352 there is Norton Symantec logo presented as a sample. I found interesting that the sign design was made by Pentagram studio. Here’s the proof link. Is there a link between gloomy Norton’s products interface style (e.g. Norton Internet Security 2011) and occult-derived pentagram sign? I really do not know.
Here’s the final round of my antivirus drive-by test. Preparation for the drive-by test and setup configuration is described here (part 1) and here (part 2). First of all I wanted to see if major free antivirus programs would be effective against web threats. To make picture complete I also tested Norton Antivirus 2011 and ESET NOD32 Antivirus, yet surprisingly they did not show 100% protection as I expected from paid software. Again, it is important to note that I checked only the first lines of defence, because there are few of them to mention:
1. web site blocking based on IP, from the list of known domains containing malware
2. detection of malicious scripts while browsing
3. detection of exploit code before a web browser triggers it
4. shell-code detection
5. detection of downloaded installer (based on virus signatures or heuristics analysis)
As detection of sploit portion fully installed and functioning may take lots of man hours, I say an antivirus fails if it does not react up to 4th barrier, this is important to understand.
Whatever I may say about NIS interface, Symantec can afford to develop super effective security package spending millions of $$ to trump all their competitors. And it is good to have it almost free for a long time. 90 days (3 months) to me is a huge period to try and make a decision. Consider this, even if you buy it, you basically have a trial of 360 days for a good sum of money.
Symantec has updated its “Windows 7 spoken here” security software page with offers for Microsoft customers. (I guess running MS Windows makes me automatically relevant to this category). Here’s the link: http://buy-static.norton.com/prod/html/partner/msft_EN.html
There you have Norton 360 Version 4.0 (old link) and new Norton AntiVirus 2011 version 126.96.36.199.
Direct download link: http://buy-download.norton.com/downloads/OEM/18.1/NAV_188.8.131.52_MS_LOEM_MRF1325A_5452.exe?LNG=EN&VENDORID=MICROSOFT (there is a missing file extension, so when you finish downloading, just rename the file to add exe extension)
The feature of this offer is 90-days trial period — long enough to try and make a decision.
Let’s have a look what Microsoft has prepared to protect their consumer operating system — Windows 7. Here is link to Windows 7 consumer security software providers arranged by Microsoft. Let’s take a look what is considered adequate. First (order is random) goes Norton from Symantec with download links to Norton™ 360 Version 4.0 and Norton™ AntiVirus 2010. This is a good stuff, because you can run the full featured software for three months for free! Next two guys are strange: Korean company AhnLab (who’s chairman has MBA for Entrepreneurial Management and M.D. in Physiology — must be relevant to viruses) and Indian K7 Computing. K7 goes with hieroglyph symbols on their logo, not Hindi anyway. Surprisingly K7 identify the same price for Microsoft customers as for regular customers. Next one is ZoneAlarm with nice almost 70% discount. I thought they went broke — last time I used their suite, I had to reinstall the system. Norman is from Norway, nothing spectacular. This one is good: McAfee VirusScan Plus with 5$ discount — Special offer for Microsoft customers!, yet there is a 90 days trial available for download (of course, if Norton does that, McAfee should do that even better). Trend Micro (“PC-cillin”) Internet Security with 30% discount. BullGuard Internet Security 9.0 for Windows 7 and Rising Antivirus International Pty Ltd — God knows who they are. Then Czech ESET, of course, with their ESET Smart Security 4 and ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4. No discounts here, good stuff does not come for free. Next is (also Czech company) AVG with 20% on AVG Internet Security 9.0. Webroot® Antivirus with Spy Sweeper goes next. Being an American company, I guess they feel strong, so no discounts here. There is a good offer from CA with Internet Security Suite Plus 2010 and Anti-Virus Plus 2010 and also 90-days trials. Then KIS 2011 & KAV 2011 from Kaspersky — the only Russian company in the list — with no particular offer. Then VIPRE Antivirus from Sunbelt software (anyone knows?) with discounts. Next are German G Data , BitDefender from Romania (guys really don’t like to talk about their origin as I can see from the website),BullGuard with prices in British pounds, telling on the front page that they are better than Norton and McAfee. There goes Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus® 2011 from PCTools (no interesting offers), Spanish PANDA with 2011 lineup, Indian Quick Heal, and Finnish F-Secure.
The last two guys require special attention. Czech Avast! whose free anti-virus is almost as good as the professional version — I like it very much. And the last one is the antivirus you would expect to work seamlessly with Windows 7: Microsoft Security Essentials. Look at the reports from AV-Comparatives.org where MSE is clearly performing with flying colors, and it is free.