Norton Internet Security

Advanced digital protection for PC, Mac, tablets, and mobile devices

  • Category Suites
  • Program license Trial version
  • Version 2014
  • Size 212.8 MB
  • Works under: Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP
  • Program available in English
  • Program by Symantec

Norton Internet Security is a powerful all-in-one security solution for personal computers.

If you want a security solution for your PC that deals with antiviruses as well as a host of other modern threats, then Norton Internet Security is a strong option. This suite of tools features a virus detection engine, a virus removal and quarantine engine, a firewall, an Identity Safe feature, and much more.

You can configure Norton Internet Security to perform automatic scans on a schedule or instruct it to perform manual scans on demand. Scans can encompass an entire system or just a portion. The application also provides real-time protection, which safeguards not only against viruses but against all manner of spyware, malware, and even malicious or otherwise unsafe websites.

Norton Internet Security also finds a great balance between usability and sophistication. The casual user can configure and use this program without much hassle, but advanced users will also have all the options necessary to have fine control over the firewall, real-time protection, and so forth. Some of those advanced features are a bit buried, but this isn’t a big deal once you know where they are.

Something else that has made Norton Internet Security such a success is its use of resources. This is not a resource hog the way many competing software solutions are. It will even run reasonably well on outdated machines, and if you need a solution that can protect your PC in the background while you game, then you won’t find many options better than this one.

Norton Internet Security keeps itself current by downloading new threat definitions on a regular basis. It also incorporates SONAR technology, which is a proprietary solution that lets the program identify unknown threats based on characteristics that indicate a potential risk. Startup Manager is a feature that helps Norton Internet Security load seamlessly with Windows without interfering with usage.

Symantec has also added a slate of useful components, such as Power Eraser, which simplifies removal and quarantining of threats; a tool that scans Facebook timelines for threats; and parental controls for the firewall that let parents monitor usage and block content. One downside is that the installation process is a tad long, so have something to read. Another is that the trial only lasts 30 days, and at that point, you’ll have to subscribe in order to keep those threat definition updates coming.


  • Comprehensive security for personal computers
  • Simple to configure and intuitive to use
  • Advanced features available for power users
  • Efficient use of system resources


  • Some advanced options are buried
  • Trial only last 30 days
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