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

A custom antivirus comparison of Norton vs ZoneAlarm by the
Spyshakers.com Team Editors (accurate as of September 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:

ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus 2013 - ZoneAlarm has gone to a free edition as their entry level product. The free version does have a lot of functionality though. It includes standard antivirus scans but also has a firewall, an anti-phishing toolbar, and file scanning on downloads.

ZoneAlarm Internet Security 2013 - Internet Security edition includes the same features of the Free Antivirus but with additional features including parental controls, a live chat support option and an increase in antivirus dictionary update speed (from 24 hours to 1 hour).

ZoneAlarm Extreme Security 2013 - Extreme Security includes the same features of Internet Security but also comes with a virtual browsing sandbox and a PC Tuneup option.
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:

Most free versions of antivirus do not come with a firewall and anti-phishing technologies. Those are both nice options to have.
ZoneAlarm Extreme Security has a virtual browsing sandbox which is a personal favorite of ours. We like antivirus solutions that provide a browsing experience where you can't mess up your system if you accidentally visit a malicious website. For this reason it's worth the upgrade.
Perhaps the most creative antivirus feature in the space, ZoneAlarm will monitor your credit score and alert you if there are changes to your credit files.
Virtual Sandbox:

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

Yes. There is a Browser Virtualization feature with ZoneAlarm.
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. ZoneAlarm cleans and organizes the data on the PC. Some of the features include Registry repair and defrag and a local disk defrag.
Backups / Online Storage:

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

Yes. ZoneAlarm has online backup functionality.
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. Adult websites can be filtered out. There is an ability to create a custom list of websites to block. Internet usage can be controlled for kids. ZoneAlarm can even block games that are rated too mature for children.
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 don't see chat monitoring protection with ZoneAlarm Extreme Security 2013.
Customer Support:

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

Support includes online troubleshooting, forums and online live chat 24 / 7.
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