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Avira Antivirus Pro - Review 2020 - PCMag IndiaAvira Antivirus Pro - Review 2020 - PCMag IndiaPosted: 11 Jun 2020 12:00 AM PDTEvery computer needs antivirus protection, and one way companies can support that aim is to provide free antivirus to the masses. But these companies can't survive unless some users shell out their hard-earned cash for paid antivirus utilities. Piling on pro-only tools and components is one way companies encourage upgrading to a paid antivirus. Avira Antivirus Pro adds several components not available to users of Avira Free Security, but they don't really add much value. The biggest reason to pay for it is if you want to use Avira in a commercial setting, which isn't allowed with the free version.Avira's pricing is undeniably on the high side, with a list price of $59.88 per year for one license, $71.88 for three, and $95.88 for five. Admittedly, it seems to be perpetually on sale; just now, the one-license price is discounted to $44.99. That…

Norton Security Premium (2019) review: A minor revision of an excellent security suite - PCWorld

Norton Security Premium (2019) review: A minor revision of an excellent security suite - PCWorld


Norton Security Premium (2019) review: A minor revision of an excellent security suite - PCWorld

Posted: 02 Jan 2019 12:00 AM PST

Symantec is back with an overhauled version of Norton Security for 2019. Not a ton has changed since the last time we looked at Norton, but there are some differences worth noting, as well as a new look at the suite's basic performance.

For this review we're looking at the top version of the suite, Norton Security Premium, which costs $55 per year for new users and $110 per year at the standard price. Beyond the usual antivirus packages, Norton Security also offers packages that include Lifelock Identity Protection—Symantec acquired Lifelock in late 2016.

Note: This review is part of our best antivirus roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them.

As I said last time, one of the first things you notice about Norton Security is that you don't notice it. Once you install Norton, it goes about doing its job quietly. It doesn't overload you with a bunch of pop-ups guiding you through its various features, or alerts about special offers, or anything like that. It just does its job, and lets you get on with yours with minimal interruptions.

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Norton Security Premium

Norton Security's interface is more or less the same as it has been for a few years now. At the top of the window is the current status of your PC. If it's green and says, "You Are Protected" then you're good to go. One new addition to this area is that it now lists how many of your Norton licensed devices are in use—Premium gives you the right to install the security software on 10 devices.

Below the status area are four primary categories: Security, Online Safety, Backup, and Performance. There's also a fifth category called More Norton with supplemental software. The status area above changes as you switch between categories giving you an overview of another aspect of your PC. When the Performance section is highlighted, for example, it shows a live count of overall CPU system usage and Norton CPU usage. 

Security (pictured above) is where you can run security scans, update the software, see your device's history of recent security events, and an Advanced option for adjusting your various protection options such as the enhanced firewall, intrusion protection, email protection, browser protection, and so on.

Overall, this section is straightforward and easy to understand. You can run a standard quick scan, a full system scan, a custom scan, or a custom task such as cleaning out temporary browser files, optimizing your hard disk (don't do this to an SSD), and backing up files.

There's also Norton's Power Eraser, which is supposed to delete particularly stubborn threats, and Norton Insight, a feature that assesses the files on your machine to determine which ones, if any, need to be monitored more closely. You can also view a diagnostic report that checks various issues such as whether there's hardware that's not working properly, whether your operating system is up to date, and whether you should review your startup programs.

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