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

A custom antivirus comparison of Norton vs McAfee by the
Spyshakers.com Team Editors (accurate as of February 12, 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:

McAfee Antivirus Plus 2016 - This is the entry level McAfee product. It comes jam packed with a lot of useful features including the standard antivirus scanning, a firewall, a digital file shredder, PC tuneup, and portable USB scanning.

McAfee Internet Security 2016 - Internet Security includes the same features of Antivirus Plus with additional features like anti-spam, online backup, and parental monitoring.

McAfee Total Protection 2016 - Total Protection includes the same funtionality as Internet Security but it comes with even more features like wireless network protection, encrypted storage, and anti-phishing technology.
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:

McAfee comes loaded with features in all versions that other competitors require upgrades for or do not include at all. These include features like the digital data shredder (which permanently deletes files so they cannot be recovered), a firewall, a PC tuneup and a USB and removable drive scan.
The wireless network protection is an interesting option which is often overlooked by most antivirus competitors.
Active Protection technology provides immediate protection against malicious threats to your PC. A new threat can be analyzed and blocked in a split second rather than waiting hours for traditional techniques.
Virtual Sandbox:

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

No. We do not see a virtual sandbox option in McAfee
PC Optimization:

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

Yes. McAfee addresses unused applications, temporary internet files, and other items slowing down your PC. McAfee QuickClean™ removes these problems to enhance PC performance.
Backups / Online Storage:

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

Yes. McAfee Total Protection 2016 offers online backup protection (up to 2GB).
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:

Yes. McAfee restricts inappropriate websites from children and it can limit online time as well.
Chat / IM Protection:

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

No. We can't find any specific chat / IM monitoring with McAfee.
Customer Support:

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

McAfee offers a "Virtual Techician" to troubleshoot common problems, and if necessary online chat, email, and phone support are available.
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