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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 November 1, 2014).


NortonMicrosoft Security Essentials
Versions:

Norton Antivirus 2014 - Norton Antivirus features 5 patented layers of protection to swiftly and precisely detect viruses. It scans downloaded files to check for threats. A powerful threat-removal Layer targets and eliminates aggressive, hard-to-remove computer infections.

Norton Internet Security 2014 - Internet Security provides upgrades to Norton Antivirus with the monitoring of search results for dangerous websites, a firewall and parental control options.

Norton 360 - Norton 360 includes all the features of Internet Security but also includes online backup and PC optimization.
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:

One of the best features of Norton is the scanning of links on Facebook to prevent malicious scripts via social media. A lot of antivirus solutions provide this as a paid upgrade but Norton provides it as standard.
Norton has heuristical behavior analysis which attempts to discover threats before they are even known to be threats.
Norton Pulse Updates are pretty sweet. Norton updates itself automatically every 5 to 15 minutes without disruption.
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 360 automatically fixes and optimizes 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. Norton 360 automatically backs up files to Norton hosted online storage or a local disk of your choice. It 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. Norton 360 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 360 scans 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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