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Norton Antivirus 2004 [Old Version]
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- Award-winning anti-virus software with expanded threat detection
- Automatically removes viruses, worms, and Trojan horses
- Scans and cleans incoming and outgoing email messages
- Alerts to non-virus threats; worm and script blocking
- LiveUpdate automatically checks for virus-protection updates
From the Manufacturer
- Expanded threat detection alerts you to certain non-virus threats such as spyware and keystroke logging programs.
- Scans compressed file archives before you open them and risk infecting your computer. (Not available on Windows Me/98.)
- Includes product activation procedure to ensure authenticity.
- Automatically removes viruses, worms, and Trojan horses.
- Scans and cleans both incoming and outgoing email messages.
- Detects and blocks viruses in instant message attachments.
- Downloads new virus protection updates automatically to protect against new threats.*
- Worm Blocking detects worms such as "Nimda" in outgoing mail.
- Script Blocking defends against fast-moving, script-based viruses such as "ILoveYou" and "Anna Kournikova."
- Worm Blocking and Script Blocking can detect new threats even before virus protection updates are created for them.
*12 months of virus protection updates included with purchase of Norton AntiVirus 2004; annual subscriptions available online for subsequent updates per computer.
Top Customer Reviews
I don't now if Symantec ever listens to its customers. Well, since they offer generous rebates, and we customers jump on them, I guess they don't have to listen to us.
Anyway, Norton Antivirus 2004 finally came out. It, at long last, has one feature that I had been writing Symantec about for years: the ability to scan for key loggers and other snoopware. I set up a few of such programs on a virtual machine via Virtual PC, and NAV 2004 was able to identify all of them. To someone like me who does a lot of online banking, this feature alone is worth the (after-rebate) upgrade price.
Otherwise, you get the same features from the previous version, such as the ability to scan compressed files and to monitor IM chat sessions. One new feature that'll sure irk some people is the Microsoft-like product activation feature; you must type in a product code and then use the Internet or phone to activate NAV 2004 if you want to use it for more than 15 days.
Installation was easy as I upgraded from NAV 2003. Everything went smoothly. The only negative I've noticed is NAV 2004 seems to take longer to load at start-up than previous versions. (I have a P4 system running XP.) Not a big deal, but perhaps a sign of Symantec's diehard inability to write Peter Norton-quality software?
In summary, if you are concerned about snoopware such as keystroke loggers, or if you haven't upgraded in two years, get this. Shop around and you'll find rebates to help you upgrade.
Here's the thing - it's not that Norton doesn't provide excellent protection - it does, no doubt about it, however at what cost? I'll tell you the cost - it's your system resources. The 2004 version would routinely bring my fairly current system to its virtual knees. Now, this is because the program is trying to do the right thing. It now scans within compressed files AS they are being downloaded instead of waiting until they've nestled into the confines of your file system. Great idea but lousy execution.
Oh - virtually everything I writing about 2004 is true of 2005. The differences are minor and I'll briefly detail the new bits in 2005 at the end.
A good example of very silly coding is how the program handled a large number of JPEG files, after they have been viewed. Using ACDSee to view a large group of pictures was fine; until I closed the program...only then did Norton proceed to freeze the entire system as it laboriously scanned each and every picture. If you open a folder with say 1,000 photos in it, you best be prepared to go get a cup of tea or coffee and learn macramé from a local community center as you wait for the machine to complete its AFTER THE FACT scan.
Oh my - the horror. the horror.Read more ›
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