If you are looking for the best protection available for your computer, look no further than Norton Antivirus Basic. This software is the free Windows Defender alternative and it provides a powerful protection against malware and other threats that may have been lurking on your system. Before you begin using this application, however, it is advisable to download the trial version first. With the trial version of Norton antivirus, you will get detailed information about the system settings, how the program works and what threat it is trying to protect you from. This is very helpful for those who do not know exactly what they want from this antivirus program. In short, this software is more advanced than the regular Windows Defender antivirus.
The interface of Norton antivirus is quite different from the regular version. It is simple and uncomplicated with just a few buttons for navigation. In the start-up menu, you will find icons with different functions like scanning, malware protection, system optimization and so on. You can easily move from one icon to another, if you don’t know exactly what you want. Most of the icons have simple graphic images in them which further assist in making the usage of the program easier.
A new feature is the section which allows users to perform a number of various tests on the software. Some of these tests include scanning the registry for viruses and other harmful infections, creating a fake antivirus report, configuring network settings, testing the proxy settings, running a full virus scan, among others. Each of these steps requires clicking on a different button. While you can easily click on the “scan” button in most versions of Norton antivirus, the commands in the fake antivirus reports aren’t always clear. That is why in order to make sure that the lab tests are accurate, I suggest that you go through every step of the testing process mentioned in this article one by one.
If you have IE version before Windows Vista, you should first install Microsoft’s IE before you run the anti-virus program. When you’ve successfully installed IE and are ready to run the scanner, simply launch the software and allow it to detect malicious files. Once the scan has been completed, review the results and only then decide whether you want to enable the full scan. If your PC has an updated antivirus database, you should also consider enabling the updates before continuing with the Norton antivirus scan.
The “real time” protection feature is another great addition included in the Norton antivirus Basic package. I’ve tested this feature out and while it does work, there are some issues with it. First, the program doesn’t recognize Windows Live Update security feature by itself. To make this work, you either need to enable Windows Live Update or disable the automatic updating of Windows Live Database on your PC. Unfortunately, in my case, disabling the automatic updating of Windows Live Database resulted in the program not being able to recognize recent security patches. You may find this issue to be fixed by performing a manual installation of Windows Live Update.
Overall, the primary drawback of the Norton Antivirus Basic is its lack of true security. It only protects against malware, as it detects and removes malware through its standard definitions. You can bypass the security checks entirely by using “malware” keywords inside the scans. However, malware detected through this tool cannot perform any type of damage on your computer. I’ve found that there are still other effective anti-virus programs that provide real-time protection from malware.