Norton VS Avast

by Tomas Statkus - -

Norton and Avast are ones of the most popular and widely-used antivirus and internet security solutions in the market. Both companies have a long experience in the industry and offer various digital security services.

Norton VS Avast

Norton

Norton Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware software[1] is developed by a security giant Symantec.[2]

The company is headquartered in Mountain View, California, United States, and has centers in Pune, Chennai, and Bengaluru. Symantec focuses on digital security services since 1982 and owns names such as SurfEasy VPN, Norton, LifeLock, and other famous brands.

This American-based company provides products for individual users, enterprises, small and medium businesses across the globe. Norton also offers users security products across the major operating systems, such as Norton Security for Mac, Norton Security and Antivirus for Android, iOS and other smart home devices.

Norton Antivirus

Pricing

When it comes to individual users, Norton offers four following packages according to users’ needs.

  • Norton Security Standard starts at $69.99 per year and covers 1 device ($34.99 for the first year).
  • Norton Security Deluxe starts at $89.99 per year and covers 5 devices ($39.99 for the first year).
  • Norton Security Premium starts at $109.99 and covers 10 devices ($49.99 for the first year).
  • Norton Security Deluxe with LifeLock Standard starts at $149.98 and cover up to 5 devices ($89.99 for the first year).

Antivirus protection

In order to protect PCs against malware and viruses, Norton Security Deluxe applies a traditional signature-based malware detection and heuristic monitoring. In addition, the defenses include intrusion prevention which analyzes network traffic. All of the suspicious files detected are sent to the company’s cloud-based servers for further analysis.

When it comes to malware detection rates, Norton demonstrates flawless results. In the latest AV-TEST[3] testing lab results, Norton detected 100% of both, zero-day malware attacks, including web and e-mail threats and widespread and prevalent malware samples.

Additional features

All Norton Security products offer protection against spyware, phishing emails, and ransomware. Norton Security Standard provides users with real-time protection and safeguards users against existing and emerging malicious software, including viruses, ransomware, and other threats, protects private and financial information while surfing the Web. If you require more features, such as parental control, or online backup you can choose more expensive Norton tier Deluxe or Premium.

Norton Scans

System-performance impact and scans

Norton provides better performance results than the market average, as it does not slow down the system or cause interruptions or lags.

The full system scan for us took almost an hour and 10 minutes, while the quick system scan took almost 4 minutes. Users are able to limit scans to the most dangerous files, then the full system scan will be finished in less than half an hour.  

User interface

Even though the user interface is very informative and provides users with many options and data, some users can find it a bit complex and difficult to use. Most of the features can be found on the main screen which includes tabs for Security, Scans, LiveUpdate, Advanced and Add Devices.

Support

The security suite includes technical support, which can be reached via the interface. It offers a live chat and a local 24/7 technical support.

Feature

Score

Antivirus protection

Excellent

Additional features

The package does not include many features but covers the essentials

System-performance impact

Minimal

Scanning performance

Quick scans with a mediocre impact on a system

User interface

Bright and simple

The final verdict

Norton provides one of the most customizable and flexible security solution available on the market. The application always demonstrates excellent malware detection rates and great performance. However, it might lack some features.

Avast

Avast Software[4] is one of the most popular multinational cybersecurity software company protecting more than 435 million users in the world. Avast is headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic and has 25 offices worldwide. The company was founded in 1988.

Avast develops a variety of products for business users and consumers, including free and paid antivirus and Internet security solutions (Avast Antivirus for Windows, Avast Security for Mac, Avast Mobile Security and Antivirus for Android), performance tools (Avast CleanUp) and privacy (Avast SecureLine VPN) applications across all the major operating systems and IoT devices.

Avast Free

Pricing

Avast offers users to choose from four following packages:

  • Avast Free Antivirus is a feature-limited free version of the antivirus program.
  • Avast Internet Security starts at $59.99 per year and covers one device.
  • Avast Premier starts at $69.99 per year and covers one device.
  • Avast Ultimate starts at $119.99 per year and covers one device.

The company also offers a 30-day trial period and a money-back guarantee.

Antivirus protection

Just like Norton, Avast uses a traditional signature-based detection and heuristic monitoring, in order to detect both, widespread and new threats. In addition, all of the detected suspicious icons are sent to Avast cloud-based servers for further investigation.

In the most recent test, Avast demonstrates slightly worse results as it detected only 99.3% of zero-day malware attacks, including web and e-mail threats. It has detected 100% of widespread and prevalent malware.[5]

Avast Free Antivirus

System-performance impact and scans

Avast Free Antivirus does not drain the computer system and does not use many system’s resources. In addition, the antivirus does not have a noticeable impact during scans. 

However, when it comes to AV-TEST, Avast was rated only 5.5 out of 6 in the performance test.

The full scan took just up 50 minutes and the scans do not get shorter in time.

Customer Support

Avast offers users Avast Technical Support via its Support site. Users can find FAQ section, ask for help in Avast forums. In addition, customer support can be reached via phone and ask for help with installing, configuring, updating or removing Avast software. The paid support starts at $110.00 per year.

User interface

Avast has a very informative interface which provides users with informative data and useful options. All the features can be easily accessed and navigated. The interface is well-designed, looks modern and attractive.

Feature

Score

Antivirus protection

Very good

Additional features

Many

System-performance impact

Average

Scans

Mediocre speed scans without a negative impact on a system

User interface

Dark, modern looking, and simple to use

The final verdict

Avast offers users one of the most generous feature set. However, its malware detection and performance rates are only average.

To Conclude

For those, who look at various useful features, we would recommend Avast. However, if you are looking one of the best antivirus and performance results in the market, Norton would be a better choice for you. 

About the author

Tomas Statkus
Tomas Statkus - Team leader

Tomas Statkus is an IT specialist, the team leader, and the founder of Reviewedbypro.com. He has worked in the IT area for over 10 years.

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