Norton Internet Security vs. other Anti Virus Software

You’re standing in the mile long computer help software section at Best Buy with Norton Internet Security in one hand and another virus protection software in the other. Questions buzz in your head: What’s the difference? Which is better? How can so many different types of anti virus protection exist in this world? Will this be the year the Cubs go all the way? Two of the most popular anti virus software programs available are Norton internet security and McAfee VirusScan. Like a state divided by two professional sporting teams, Norton and McAfee each have loyal fans—and opposers. It seems computer users either love Norton and feel McAfee is responsible for world hunger, or they love McAfee and think Norton is the cause of rising interest rates. Both are equally valuable programs that offer strong protection and you can’t go wrong with either one.

Like different sports such as baseball have rules that define how the game works, anti virus software are definitions that lets the anti virus software know what is fair and harmless to your computer, and what is foul. Norton internet security and McAfee VirusScan both use the same definitions, so they will block the same viruses, worms and trojans from your computer. The differences are really with price (what’s on sale, who offers a rebate, etc.), ease of installation and running, customer support and extras such as spam and pop-up blockers. For example, Norton internet security includes AntiVirus, Firewall, Privacy Control, AntiSpam and Parental Control software. In reality, the difference between the two is so subtle that only computer repair geeks can tell the difference. The most important thing to know is that, any of the two will safeguard your computer from viruses, and that both need to be run regularly, and updated.

FYI: Many people often ask what the difference is between Norton Internet security and Symantec anti virus software. The answer is they are the same! Symantec is the name of the company that creates Norton products.

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