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

A custom antivirus comparison of Norton vs WebRoot by the
Spyshakers.com Team Editors (accurate as of May 28, 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:

Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus 2016 - SecureAnywhere Antivirus is the entry level product. It comes with antivirus which updates itself and prevents malicious scripts from changing your settings without warning. It also blocks phishing attacks.

Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Plus 2016 - Webroot Internet Security Plus has the same features as the SecureAnywhere Antivirus version but it also includes some upgrades such as password management and protection for mobile devices. If you need a mobile tablet protected then this is your choice.

Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2016 - SecureAnywhere Complete includes all the previous features but it also backs up your system onto Webroot servers in case something goes drastically wrong. It also has a file shredder to prevent files from being recovered after deleting.
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:

SPEED. Webroot is the fastest in scheduled scans at 1 minute 12 seconds which is 16x faster than the competitor average.
Webroot uses 143x less disk space than the next closest competitor. Webroot security is up and running in 5 seconds 38x faster than the competitor average.
Webroot is one of the only antivirus solutions to address ransomware. What is ransomware? Ransomware is a computer virus that locks out your machine until you pay a sum of money to hackers.
Virtual Sandbox:

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

No. WebRoot does not provide a virtual sandbox.
PC Optimization:

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

No. WebRoot SecureAnywhere Complete 2016 offers System Cleanup, which will improve internet browsing speed, but it doesn't specifically address PC optimization / PC cleanup.
Backups / Online Storage:

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

Yes. WebRoot provides automatic online backup up to 10GB per user.
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:

No. We don't see anything specific to parental control options.
Chat / IM Protection:

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

No. WebRoot does not provide chat protection / IM protection to our knowledge.
Customer Support:

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

WebRoot has a troubleshooting agent which attempts to solve the problem. If that fails you can submit the issue via an online form.
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