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Norton AntiVirus 2007 - download free 2007 antivirus by Norton

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Norton AntiVirus 2007 - latest version of popular Norton AntiVirus. With the release of Norton AntiVirus 2007, Symantec has both slimmed down the product and deepened its defences by rewriting much of the code, making the 2007 version a valuable upgrade for existing users and worth a second look from new users and previously dissatisfied Norton AntiVirus customers. While you won’t find flashy new features, such as wireless protection or full-featured firewalls, Norton AntiVirus 2007 does offer some of the best tools to protect your PC from today’s active malware. What is missing from Norton AntiVirus 2007 is tighter system performance and a more thorough online technical-support selection.

As noted, the Norton AntiVirus 2007 interface has been redesigned and simplified. Instead of having different desktop windows, Norton Protection Center and Norton AntiVirus open as different tabs within one window. The new Norton Protection Center includes several useful information links. For example, click “Learn more about transaction security,” and you’ll actually arrive on a landing page that defines phishing, pharming, and crimeware, with more links to full articles on these subjects, and Norton moved the Buy Now product-listing button to a small upper corner of the screen. By contrast, McAfee’s Security Center sends you to its online store.

We also like that Norton AntiVirus 2007 displays your system’s green-yellow-red security status in a new sidebar, independent of which tab you might be on. Like McAfee, Norton offers a single Fix Now button. But unlike McAfee’s Fix button, Norton accesses another screen where you must select what to fix and so on. For people who want to tweak what’s wrong, that’ll be fine; but most home users will simply want whatever’s wrong fixed and might be annoyed with the extra step.

The Windows Update status is one area where we appreciated having the option to reconfigure our settings. We like to have Microsoft notify us of any new updates so that we can download and install them at our leisure; the default setting within Norton is that the updates be downloaded and installed immediately. By going to General Settings - Options, however, we were able to tell Norton to accept our preference and mark our system as secure.

We also found the redesigned virus-scan results page cumbersome. After identifying and removing what’s considered malware by Symantec, there are times when you’ll have to choose how to handle additional items, which you do with a drop-down menu offering Fix, Ignore, and Exclude. While some may appreciate the granularity here, most home users will simply want to fix the problems en masse and move on.

Unlike McAfee, which redesigned only its interface, Norton redesigned its interface and rewrote much of its underlying code. Thus, its antivirus and antispyware scans occur simultaneously, and perhaps in response to past reader comments, Norton AntiVirus 2007 can now throttle its scanning engines so that either the full system scan or the Quick Scans will run in the background, giving priority to applications such as Microsoft Word. Here, McAfee could learn something from Norton.

Deeper under the hood, although not advertised, Norton AntiVirus 2007 absorbs much of Symantec’s discontinued Norton Personal Firewall product. But you’ll have to look hard to find it: the firewall settings are rebranded as Internet Worm protection under the Virus and Spyware Protection Options page. Here you can enable or disable signature files and inbound and outbound firewall rules, as well as automatically stop all communication with the Internet–useful if there’s a pernicious worm on the loose.

And Norton AntiVirus 2007 incorporates some enterprise technology in defending your PC against rootkit threats. Norton AntiVirus 2007 uses Symantec Veritas VxMS enterprise technology to compare files within the directory to files on the volume level. This quickly ferrets out suspicious or known malware and rootkits operating on your system.

What’s noticeably missing from Norton AntiVirus 2007 is antiphishing technology. McAfee VirusScan Plus, for example, includes the McAfee SiteAdvisor toolbars for both Firefox and Internet Explorer. For similar protection from Norton, you’ll have to buy Norton Internet Security or wait until later this year for Symantec’s new Norton Confidential (currently in beta).

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