If you’re looking to protect your PC from the threat of viruses, malware, spyware and other online threats, then make sure you check out these Norton free trials to see how you can test drive their 3 main security products.
Symantec Corporation is the largest developer of computer security software in the world, and best known for its Norton brand which comprises of three main products, Norton Antivirus, Norton Internet Security and North 360.
Norton Antivirus 2012
Norton Antivirus 2012 is good for light PC users, offering powerful protection against viruses and spyware that won’t slow your computer down. The software is quick and easy to install, and runs in the background performing fast scans of your computer, so shouldn’t interrupt your work or play.
In independent testing by PCMag.com, Norton Antivirus 2012 scored very highly for both malware blocking and removal, and there are addition tools available in the suite to remove persistent malware. The software also offers a powerful intrusion prevention system.
On the flip side this software only offers web based protection and so is not as powerful as the other Norton products, and therefore is best suited to PC users who mainly surf the web and download music, films etc. The RRP on this product is £39.99.
Norton Internet Security 2012
Norton Internet Security is perfect for the whole family, offering advanced protection when surfing, banking and shopping online. This software is nice and quick to install, and it’s the lightest version ever so shouldn’t slow down your computer at all.
In some independent testing conducted by TechDar.com, Norton Internet Security 2012 held up very well. A full scan of 500,000 files was complete in a little over 30 minutes, with CPU usage remaining between 12-15% throughout. The important thing here was that you could still use your computer while the scan was taking place.
On the flip side the software does install a desktop gadget that some users may find annoying, however this can be switched off if required. Overall Norton Internet Security 2012 is a good antivirus product with fast scans and great recovery tools. The RRP on this product is £49.99.
Norton 360 Version 6
Norton 360 Version 6 is an extremely powerful and full-feature security suite, offering great antivirus, remote management, self-healing, an intelligent firewall, accurate antispam and superb antiphishing.
The suite also includes an easy to use password management feature, and the auto form-filling is very useful for fast surfing around the internet. With a 2GB online backup and local backup also available, you make sure you never lose your precious files, photos or music.
In an independent review by PCMag.com, the only downside was the fact that the premier parental control features cost extra. Overall Norton 360 Version 6 is a great choice. The RRP on this product is £59.99.
Free 30 Day Trial
All 3 of these products above are available on a free 30 day trial, so you can really test them out before you buy. If you do decide to purchase one of the products after your free trial, then please remember that you will essentially be signing up for an annual membership. The RRP is only for the first 12 months, and once those 12 months are up you will be charged again for the next 12 months, and so on for as long as you decide to use the software.