Though every operating system comes with its own definition of security, incorporated with safety features, you have to rely on third party applications to make sure that your computer is free from viruses and other malware that could be potentially dangerous to your files, your computer and more importantly, your personal identity.
Many developers like Symantec Corporation focus on developing antivirus programs that removes viruses and Trojans from your computer.
Norton Antivirus, one of the most commonly used applications, is a product developed by Symantec Corporation for both Windows and Mac systems.
It has the reputation of being the most used virus scanners till the first half of 2007.
Symantec has made it available in the form of a box product and even enabled downloads – this has resulted in the company owning a 61% market share of users across the US. Like any other virus scan bundle, it focuses on integrating malware protection, firewall and Internet security systems in the Norton Antivirus package.
While sold in the market as a package, it allows the applications to be installed on five different computers with different licenses.
Symantec Antivirus has been recognized as one of the best virus scanners in the market because of the different features that it offers its users. Even though it occupies more memory than the regular light virus scanners, it offers a myriad features more. The malware protection is particularly useful to people who browse the Internet a lot.
E-mail spam filters and phishing protection are also available to subscribed users. Even with all these features, Symantec antivirus has lost its place in the market because of a plethora of technical defects. Though new releases of updates and virus definitions are frequent, you might face problems while trying to update your software because of glitches in the application.
Sometimes, people have found that it was almost impossible to migrate from Symantec antivirus to another product because its uninstall process always left some critical files on your computer that conflicted with the installation of other virus scanners.
Further, the technical support team in some countries are either technically incompetent or demanded that the users do a complete scan of their system for money even though they have the product installed.