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A Comparison of Norton vs BitDefender by the Spyshakers.com Team Editors

A custom antivirus comparison of Norton vs BitDefender by the
Spyshakers.com Team Editors (accurate as of June 25, 2016).


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Versions:

Norton Security Standard 2016 - Norton Security Standard 2016 is a cloud-based solution which means it takes up less memory and the update files are significantly smaller than old downloadable Symantec solutions.

Norton Security Deluxe 2016 - Norton Security Deluxe 2016 is essentially the same as standard with support for up to 5 multiple devices including additional PCs, Macs, smartphones or tablets.

Norton Security Premium 2016 - Norton Security Premium 2016 includes the same features as the Deluxe version with additional features including parental controls / family browsing features for protecting children. Premium also includes automatic file backup and 25 GB cloud storage for backup solutions.
Versions:

BitDefender Antivirus Plus - The entry level product is BitDefender Antivirus Plus 2015 which includes the standard antivirus protection as well as some features such as USB scanning, remote launching, and search results checking to make sure you click on safe links.

BitDefender Internet Security - BitDefender Internet Security 2015 includes the same options as Antivirus Plus but it also includes antispam technology and parental control options. If you want the firewall and permanent file shredding options then you need this version.

BitDefender Total Security - BitDefender Total Security 2015 includes the same options as the Internet Security version but it has some cool features like an anti-theft option in case your laptop gets stolen, a file encryption option and a PC Tuneup.
Strengths:

Norton Security Standard and Norton Security for Business are now hosted mostly in the cloud. This means less work is being done on your desktop which enhances speed and performance.
Norton Security (all versions) now come with a money-back guarantee that your PC / Mac / smartphone / tablet will remain running smooth.
Norton utilizes Sonar technology which examines the behavior of an application which helps determine viruses before they are well known and before it is too late.
Strengths:

First and foremost BitDefender comes with a full one year trial on most of their products which is unheard of but pretty darn cool.
BitDefender scores very well in AV Comparatives false alarm test ranking 5 out of 21 in not getting fooled by false positives.
You have to love the anti-theft feature in Internet Security if your laptop gets stolen. That is a great feature.
Virtual Sandbox:

No. There is no virtual sandbox in this edition to our knowledge.
Virtual Sandbox:

There is a sandbox option in the BitDefender toolbar when browsing websites that you feel may not be safe.
PC Optimization:

Yes. Norton Security 2016 has several tools that fix and optimize common problems which may be causing PC performance issues.
PC Optimization:

There is a PC Tuneup available only with Total Security (not on Antivirus Plus or Internet Security versions).
Backups / Online Storage:

Yes but you will need the Premium version.
Backups / Online Storage:

Bitdefender Safebox is the backup system which syncs your files in the cloud.
Parental Control:

Yes but you will need at least the Deluxe version. Symantec monitors the social network activity of your children as well as some other parental control features
Parental Control:

BitDefender Total Security 2015 does have parental controls for blocking inappropriate content (even on schedule). It can also monitor Facebook activities.
Chat / IM Protection:

Yes. The solution includes instant message and facebook link scanning to prevent viruses from spreading in chat.
Chat / IM Protection:

Yes. Links that come through on Facebook and Twitter to prevent social media viruses.
Customer Support:

Technical support is provided by Norton via email, chat or phone.
Customer Support:

Support includes chat, phone, and an online forum.
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