Criminals tend to use multiple threats to increase their chance of infecting your computer and/or to spread the threat to other computers. They may also launch an attack to lay the foundation for future, more serious attacks like identity theft. If attacks are caught early, you can minimize any damage that could be caused to you or your household. Norton Antivirus is antivirus software from Symantec. This Security software has a long history of protecting users from malware and a large base of satisfied customers. In the World Security of threats it is important to be a Certified AV-Test, and this is just one of the significance of Norton Antivirus. AV-Test is a valued autonomous laboratory in Germany that tests antivirus software and researches the best products and procedures to detect malware. The test network in the lab is quite detailed with a couple of dozen servers and almost 300 workstations. The lab has collected 100 million pieces of clean test data and 50 million pieces of malicious test data during the past 15 years. Every day, AV-Test adds 50,000 new pieces of malware to its collection of malicious test data. AV-Test results place Norton Antivirus software in the top 20th percentile for usability and protection on Windows XP. Norton Antivirus can help you to protect your computer against spyware and viruses, Norton Antivirus software scans instant messages and email to check for infected attachments such as viruses, Trojans and worms and other suspicious links and viruses. These basically are programs that are disguised within the attachments and that can cause numerous problems (e.g., deleted files) for the person who downloads the attachment. Viruses, Trojans and worms can self-propagate once active on a machine and are difficult to get rid of in some cases. Some programs that are sent via email attachment are created to steal user information. In addition, some of these programs steal information about what websites have been visited, for instance, or they steal data that may be entered on websites (including bank account numbers and Social Security numbers) that is also known as phishing or sometimes fraud. It also scans your Facebook newsfeed to discover links to unsafe sites or dangerous downloads. If you are about to download a dangerous application, Norton will warn you. In addition to checking files against a database of known threats, this product applies behavioral analysis to uncover any suspicious file behavior that could reveal malware too new to be in the database of known threats. The Symantec technology that analyzes file behavior is called SONAR (Symantec Online Network for Advanced Response). Its main job is to detect brand new threats, so-called zero-day threats. SONAR examines what any particular process is doing on your computer, and it also looks at communications to and from your computer to detect any patterns or series of associations that fit the malware profile. Some of the best features of Norton Antivirus are it is quick and easy to install and it runs in the background and doesn’t consume memory or hard disk space. The control center is organized with tabs. You can choose a simple view if you want to delegate protection decisions, or a detailed view if you like to twiddle with controls. Norton detects when you connect to the internet over a 3G network and it stops making any updates that are not essential so that you don’t have to pay your carrier for excess data.
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