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Norton Security Deluxe

Norton Security Deluxe
Developed by: Symantec
Ranked: 8th
Overall rating:
Best price: $69.99
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Stephen
Qualtrough

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Review summary

Good points Norton Security Deluxe review good points

• Excellent antivirus, antispam, firewall

• Low impact performance

• Improved, customisable interface

Bad points Norton Security Deluxe review bad points

• Higher price range

• No scan progress monitor

Our verdict

Norton continues to further its reputation as a complete security solution, with superb antivirus software combined with excellent detection, low false positives and low impact on computer performance. It is priced at the top of the range for internet security suites, but it is hard to argue with the price when it performs so well in almost every area, and so comes highly recommended.

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Full review

Symantec Norton Security Deluxe 2015 carries on from the success of the 2015 package, with another top-level suite that has improved upon its predecessor on a few features. Since 2010, Norton have endeavoured to change the reputation of their security suites, which was that their software offered very good protection, but the sacrifice was always with performance speeds, as the older packages were sluggish and resource heavy. This is no longer the case. With low impact on computer resources, how does Symantec Norton Internet Security 2014 measure up to other suites we have tested this year? Lets take a look below.

Setup

Symantec Norton Security Deluxe offers smooth, hassle free installation, which was not the case with Norton before 2010. It’s incredibly fast too; from running the installer, the program is ready to use in approximately one minute.

While the design of the interface is very similar to that of the 2015 suite, Norton have applied a few changes to offer a more simplified layout. The sleek black and yellow design is very easy to navigate, with a scan tool located on the left of the screen, live updates in the middle and the advanced tools are on the right. Clicking on each of these reveals more options related to that icon, and it is all very clean and intuitive.

Protection

As we have come to expect from Norton, Norton Security Deluxe 2016 offers top-level protection, stopping viruses, Spyware, Trojans, rootkits, keyloggers, phishing scams and spam. They also offer Instant Messaging and Facebook link scanning, network monitoring and security for Android phone users.

There is a powerful antispam component on this suite, which was very accurate in testing, not just in identifying and sorting spam, but also in recognising valid personal messages. Norton also offer excellent malware, rootkit and scarewear removal, removing more than any of the other suites tested.

Firewall - Norton Security Deluxe contains a two-way firewall that is intelligent and accurate, taking care of all the necessary firewall tasks without bothering the user. There are options to change the settings for the more advanced user, but most users will be more than happy with the protection the default settings offer, which is excellent against Web-based threats.

Parental controls - The parental control tools on Symantec Norton Internet Security 2014 allow users to create a unique profile for every member of the family. Time spent online can be restricted, as can the type of websites visited. This is all recorded too, so it is easy to check which websites the children have been visiting.

Effectiveness

Norton Security Deluxe performed very well in independent testing.

AV-Test scored Norton Security Deluxe 15 out of 18 points in their tests, meaning it is AV-Test certified. It scored a 5.5 rating out of 6 in Protection, 5.5 in Usability and a 4.0 in the Repair section.

AV-Comparatives awarded it the Advanced+ certificate, and ranked Norton Norton Security Deluxe 2015 the highest in their protection tests.

Performance

Norton used to have a reputation for producing suite’s that sacrificed performance speed for heavy protection. Fortunately, since 2010 this has no longer been the case. Browsing speeds remain unaffected by scans using Norton Security Deluxe, and boot time/shut down time were only marginally slower (7% and 11% slower respectively).

Scans, however, were a little slower than we had hoped, with a quick scan taking just over 2 and a half minutes, and a full scan lasting 1 hour 40 minutes. However, as the impact is so minimal on computer performance, users can go about their business with these running in the background. One small problem here is that there is no progress meter, for scans, so it can be hard to work out how long a scan will last for.

Features

Silent mode – Puts alerts and non-critical updates on hold during gaming or watching films

Help & support

Norton provide 24/7 support via chat, telephone and email, plus comprehensive support documentation in the way of a 504-page manual which accompanies the suite. The free chat and phone support is only available for 1 year from installation date. There is also a wealth of online support, including downloads, tutorials, a community forum, plus an extensive FAQ section.

Overall

Symantec Norton Security Deluxe 2015 is genuinely a complete internet security solution, excelling in many areas (for example antivirus, antispam, firewall, malware removal) and offering great protection in all areas. If we were to find faults, it would be that there are some features missing, such as the scan monitor, and it is one of the more expensive suites out there, but these are small gripes as overall Norton have delivered a very comprehensive product.


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Ratings breakdown

Overall
 received a rating of 4 for Overall
Setup
 received a rating of 4 for Setup
Protection
 received a rating of 4 for Protection
Effectiveness
 received a rating of 4 for Effectiveness
Performance
 received a rating of 4 for Performance
Features
 received a rating of 4 for Features
Ease of use
 received a rating of 4 for Ease of use
Help & support
 received a rating of 4 for Help & support