Benefits of Norton over Microsoft Windows Defender

Norton is the best option

  • With Norton, you're backed by decades of research and security expertise which give you the best protection in the world. Norton, part of Symantec, leverages its 20 years of experience to run one of the largest global threat intelligence operations 24x7x365 in over 150 countries, which enable Norton to protect you better and faster than any other security software.

    Norton provides the following advantages:

    • Norton is a trusted leader in the security industry with years of experience protecting people online, making us uniquely positioned to help make Windows 10 safer

    • Additional performance features to improve your overall Windows experience, making your computer faster than a Windows 10 system running Microsoft Windows Defender

    • Advanced protection for you, your devices, and your most important personal information and files

    • Unlimited access to technicians who are there to provide help when you need it. In many regions, this support is available 24x7. You won't get this type of support from Microsoft

    • Norton provides a 100% Virus Protection Guarantee, promising to keep your computer protected and providing virus removal if needed

    • Online safety and monitoring for your entire family, including your children and their devices

    • Secure password and identity management

    • A Norton subscription can be used across multiple platforms, such as Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android

    • Dedicated Norton community forum to help resolve your problems

Security technologies that Norton provides, that Windows Defender does not

  • Most background scanners that run on a periodic basis, including Microsoft Windows Defender, do an adequate job of blocking known malware threats after it is already on a user's computer. Norton works to proactively protect every aspect of your computing activities in real time to stop new and previously unseen malware before it hits your computer. Our goal is to give our customers 100% protection with our layered approach that employs a variety of advanced technologies.

    Norton security products include advanced technologies like:

    • Intrusion Prevention System (IPS)

      Monitors suspicious network traffic in order to block malicious attacks before they have a chance to introduce malware onto your system.

    • Proactive Exploit Protection (PEP)

      Protects Windows devices from so-called "zero-day" attacks that attempt to exploit undiscovered and unpatched holes (or vulnerabilities) in Windows applications or in the operating system itself. These are exploited by cybercriminals to inject malware onto your device without your knowledge. These vulnerabilities often take anywhere from weeks to months for the original software vendors to patch, leaving your system exposed to malware in the interim. PEP improves your device security, your privacy, and your critical personal information by blocking the malware attempting to exploit these holes and backdoors. PEP is not dependent on signatures or previous knowledge of exploits, and is therefore able to address vulnerabilities from the day they exist.

    • Emulation and sandboxing of potential threats

      Cybercriminals attempt to trick security solutions by "packing-up" malware (often-times within legitimate software files) to prevent it from being identified. Norton is extremely proud to announce a new high-performance emulator that uses these cybercriminal's tricks against them. Norton Security products will run and analyze unknown and suspicious files in an isolated protected virtual environment to see how they act before allowing the file to be run on the user's device. This helps to ensure that the file is safe before it takes up residence and wreaks havoc on a user's device.

    • Two-way firewall

      Prevents strangers from accessing your home network by blocking incoming traffic determined to be unsafe.

    • Norton AntiSpam

      Keeps your mailbox free of unwanted, dangerous, and fraudulent emails that can steal your identity.

    • Social network protection

      A multi-pronged solution that identifies and blocks social networking-based threats and scams.

    • Compatible with multiple browsers

      Our protection technologies help keep you safe while providing you with flexibility to choose your own web browser.

    • Cloud-based management

      A single portal for managing your security subscription as well as the Norton software on each of your devices.

Norton Rescue tools and resources

  • Norton has dedicated rescue tools and resources to help you in case your computer becomes infected.

    • Norton Power Eraser

      Norton Power Eraser uses our most aggressive scanning technology to eliminate threats that traditional virus scanning doesn't always detect, so you can get your PC back. Because Norton Power Eraser is an aggressive virus removal tool, it may mark a legitimate program for removal. However, you can always undo the results of a scan. It can also help detect and remove Potentially Unwanted Programs. For instructions on using Norton Power Eraser, see the tutorial.

    • Norton Bootable Recovery Tool

      The Norton Bootable Recovery Tool comes as an ISO image that you can use to create bootable rescue media on DVD or USB drive. Using this media, you can start the computer, scan and remove the threats that caused the problem. For instructions on using the Norton Bootable Recovery Tool, see the tutorial.

    • Education videos

      Norton has an extensive list of videos about the various threats and how to configure the various features in the Norton products. To know more, visit the Norton channel.

    • Security Response

      Our security research centers around the world provide unparalleled analysis of and protection from malware, security risks, vulnerabilities, and spam. To know more, visit the Security Response blog.

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Operating System: Windows
Last modified: 08/14/2017