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A Comparison of Norton vs Microsoft Security Essentials by the Spyshakers.com Team Editors

A custom antivirus comparison of Norton vs Microsoft Security Essentials by the
Spyshakers.com Team Editors (accurate as of May 22, 2015).


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Versions:

Norton Security 2015 - Norton Security is the standard level of protection. This product replaces Norton Antivirus 2014 and Norton Internet Security 2014. The main difference is that the 2015 solution is a cloud-based solution which means it takes up less memory and the update files are significantly smaller.

Norton Security 2015 with Backup - Norton Security 2015 with Backup provides the exact same quality of product as the standard version. Obviously this version comes with backup features. The backup is currently 25GB of online storage in the cloud.

Versions:

Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is a free antivirus download which works on Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. Windows 8 has a feature called Windows Defender which is the same as Microsoft Security Essentials but you do not need to download it as it is built in. Microsoft Security Essentials is a plain solution which is better than nothing but in general is significantly outperformed by any of the commercial antivirus solutions reviewed on this website. MSE will detect some viruses but not near the success rate as other commercial solutions. We suggest Avira, Avast, AVG or ZoneAlarm free editions if you absolutely need free antivirus.
Strengths:

Norton Security 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 implements on multiple devices without an additional fee. Protect your PC, your tablet, and your smartphone.
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:

Microsoft Security Essentials is free and provides some protection against viruses and spyware.
Security Essentials is very low maintenance. It basically runs in the background without interfering with your computer experience.
Security Essentials is very lightweight and it certainly doesn't bog down your system.
Virtual Sandbox:

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

No. MSE does not include a sandbox browsing environment which can prevent malicious websites from running.
PC Optimization:

Yes. Norton Security 2015 has several tools that fix and optimize common problems which may be causing PC performance issues.
PC Optimization:

No. MSE does not include a PC Tuneup or any kind of PC optimization functionality.
Backups / Online Storage:

Yes but you will need the Backup version. Symantec also monitors websites visited and blocks adult websites from kids.
Backups / Online Storage:

No. MSE does not back up your computer files in any way.
Parental Control:

Yes but you will need the upgraded version. Symantec monitors the social network activity of your children.
Parental Control:

No. MSE does not include any kind of parental control functionality
Chat / IM Protection:

Yes. Norton Security email and Instant Messages (IMs) for suspicious links and malicious attachments.
Chat / IM Protection:

No. MSE does not protect instant messenger chats or social network chats such as facebook chat.
Customer Support:

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

No. MSE does not come with some kind of customer support exclusive to the product.
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