Advantages Very Efficient, Comes from a Leading Security Company
Disadvantages Slow and activation is required.
NORTON ANTIVIRUS 2004
The question we must ask ourselves : Is this version something new so that we need to upgrade from 2003 or previous versions?Yes
I'm a casual PC user and I realized before long that sooner or later I would be catching virii if I continued to download software from shady looking sites. Free Antivirus programs were no good, updates were seldom and I rely on the Free Lunch Principle (There is no such thing as a free lunch). Thus a commercial program must be bought, and due to symantec being my favourite company in the security buisness, I set off to get one.
I unpacked the box to find a packaged dvd looking similar to the box, a manual and a small sheet labeled "Important". This sheet explains about how Norton Antivirus-2004 must be activated, using a similar way like Windows Xp and Windows Office XP edition.The Manual was English and explained the various steps of how to install and configure Norton Antivirus and what the program is capable of. Funny enough although "User's Guide" which is written on the front is translated in various languages, the manual itself is only english.
After going through the simple guided installation and activating the program, u can already access the simple to navigate Control Center. The most important tasks are listed with a red cross to allow you to see what jobs still need doing. If any vital tasks are still left open (Liveupdate or Full System Scan), Norton antivirus will show this in the System Status.Navigating is easy, the Left toolbar shows the 3 major parts "Status, Scan for Viruses and Reports". Status is the main screen, showing your subscription details and features, Scan for Viruses is pretty self-forward and features various tasks to scan the computer. The "Reports" allow you to visit the virus encylopedia (requires internet), Quarantined Items and an Activity Log.
The Options button next to the Liveupdate in the left corner of the program, features the major options of the program, allowing you to tweak it to especially suit your needs.****************
What does this version offer to us, via the previous versions? It's ability to scan for Spyware, Malware, Adware and Scumware. These were classified as legimate programs but due to their malicious nature; have now been added to Nortons wide databank.
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