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Norton AntiVirus 2014 (v21.2.0.38)

Norton's new and improved antivirus engine

by Mike Williams

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License: Trial Software
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: $19.99 (Windows)
Date Updated: 27 March 2014
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Downloads To Date: 10609
Developer: Norton
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Norton AntiVirus 2014
Norton's new and improved antivirus engine

Norton AntiVirus 2014 is the latest version of Symantec's very complete antivirus engine, which offers on-demand and real-time scanning, behavioral monitoring, browsing protection and more.

The most visually obvious change is the enhanced Norton Identity Safe, an excellent password manager. An improved form filler now supports drag and drop, you can search for logins directly from the toolbar, and the interface has been revamped in general. We're less sure about the new look - it seems more obtrusive than the old one, more complex - but there's also some useful new functionality here.

Elsewhere, the core of the program looks and feels much like the previous edition. That's not really a problem, though, as the interface is generally clear and straightforward; most key options are just a click or two away, while there are plenty of more advanced settings available for those who need them.

Symantec say that protection is more effective though, with their behavioural protection engine SONAR seeing significant improvements, while enhanced repair capabilities use various Internet-connected resources to do a more reliable of cleaning up after an infection.

We've not run detailed tests yet, but there are also good reasons to believe that Norton AntiVirus 2014 will see performance improvements. Benchmarks of Norton Internet Security 2014 reveal that it both starts more quickly, and is more lightweight, saving around 100MB RAM during scanning, and we would hope to see at least some of that improvement also visible in Norton AntiVirus.

What's new in v21.2?

- Firefox 28 Compatibility update
- Fixed issue where high CPU and I/O usage during Idle
- Resolved problem where Norton Toolbar Safe Search "Live Search" results pulls focus from searchbox
- Solved issue where links to threat definitions within the product were not clickable
- Fixed problem where "Norton is currently...background tasks" displays at startup, but no tasks are running
- Resolved the issue where Disk Optimization was failing with the message "Drive B: Other error"
- Toolbar enhancements - Toolbar Settings Panel, enhanced infobar for multiple logins. 
- Resolved issue where Norton 360 Online Backup displayed "Failed - New Files Backed Up: 0"

Verdict:

There are no dramatic changes here, but Norton AntiVirus 2014's improved detection and repair abilities are welcome, and its enhanced password manager is also useful.

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