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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 October 24, 2014).


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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:

Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus 2014 - 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 2014 - 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 2014 - 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:

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:

SPEED. Webroot completes most scans in under two minutes. It's ranked the number #1 ranked antivirus for speed and performance out of 21 competitors according to an independent test study at AV Comparatives.
Webroot does not conflict with other antivirus programs so you can add it on top for additional security if you appreciate the features of another antivirus and do not want to get rid of the alternative.
Works on both Windows PC, Apple Mac, and if you have at least the Internet Security version it will protect your tablet and mobile devices as well.
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 360 automatically fixes and optimizes common problems which may be causing PC performance issues.
PC Optimization:

No. WebRoot SecureAnywhere Complete 2013 offers System Cleanup, which will improve internet browsing speed, but it doesn't specifically address PC optimization / PC cleanup.
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:

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

Yes. Norton 360 monitors the social network activity of your children.
Parental Control:

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

Yes. Norton 360 scans email and Instant Messages (IMs) for suspicious links and malicious attachments.
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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