Review – Norton Antivirus 2013

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I have a love-hate relationship with antivirus softwares. They are like a dual-edged sword: they get the job done by protecting your computer from those nasty bits of malware and viruses, yet at the same time they can really mess it up by blocking important files that make your computer run the way it should. And of all the brands I have had the pleasure of sharing this experience with for over the past decade is with Norton.
Review – Norton Antivirus 2013

2013The Norton Antivirus 2013 works exactly – and perfectly – how it does in the years the antivirus software brand has been in active. More accurately little has changed since the 2012 version. In addition to a somewhat updated aesthetic for its menu interface is its compatibility with Windows 8, various cloud features and a little more emphasis on social network site protection like reputation quick scanning for Facebook. Considering how many of us use social networking sites and in recent times came across various page links that sets you up for an invasion, we can see why Norton has chose to step its game up in the area. Like the email scams the notoriety cannot be overlooked. As mentioned however, Norton has on numerous times been the source of my computer experience woes. Now before we move on to the what, I would like to be clear that these occurrences aren´t across the board and may differ between users. Norton´s scan-and-block capabilities are known to be highly efficient and that efficiency has been updated with the 2013 version. This can also mean that it both tracks and removes more than it did before or it is more critical in imposing restrictions. Case in point, after a lengthy duration of using the older versions it will always and eventually consider a particular code file in my computer, deem it dangerous and proceed to block it. This is bad because that particular file tends to be one of the many important files that run my computer. And since there were times it would do so automatically without so much as a notice to indicate what it has done, I would have to scramble wherever possible to find a diagnose for a cause I do not know of. There is also the matter of restriction that the antivirus relentlessly blocks the file even after I´ve permitted the file´s usage. Overly efficient perhaps, considering Norton has a reputation for efficiently wiping out corrupted or foreign files and tracked it down. That said this doesn´t occur as often or at all with some of the other antiviruses I have used. At present few have reported that the 2013 caused lag issues with the computer after installation particularly on the Windows 7 and crashes when it came to using Firefox and Google Chrome. Again, not all who used the software reported similar distress. Updates are said to have resolve the issues. Amidst these selected incidents, if you have been a long time user of Norton then you will feel right at home. It is one of the more efficient antiviruses around and there is little reason to switch brands. For those new to it and have thought about giving it a go then this might be a good time to try it out.