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Norton Antivirus 2010
VERSION:  Windows 7 / Vista / XP, Single User

PRICE:  $39.99 - View Norton Coupon Codes

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Note: This is the old version of Norton. Read our Norton Antivirus 2015 Review here.

Other Norton Downloads:  Norton 360 2015 download and Norton Internet Security 2015 download
Information Below:  Review, Screenshots, System Requirements

Review of Norton AntiVirus 2010:

  Video Review

SymantecBest AntiVirus 2010Norton AntiVirus is the world's best-selling security program. However, its performance has been scrutinized over the years - especially from those in the tech community. Symantec began to address these performance concerns with their 2009 version last year - let's see if this trend continues with Norton AntiVirus 2010...

1) Installation:  

Norton AntiVirus 2010 quickly installs in only 54 seconds and requires no system reboots. With its Download Manager and Installation Wizard, Norton is now one of the easiest Anti Virus programs to install. Long gone are the days when Norton used to take 20+ minutes to install and required multiple reboots to install (4-5 years ago). (See Installation Time Comparison Graph)

2) Features & Ease of Use:  

Norton 2010's user-interface has a similar look & feel to last year's version. However, it builds upon previous versions with several new features such as Norton Download Insight and Norton File Insight which warn of dangerous downloads and files which may be threats. Norton System Insight offers details of your computer's resource usage so its performance can be improved. While Norton's scheduler automatically delays updates, scans and other tasks until your computer is idle - this idle time usage should make Norton Antivirus 2010 even less noticeable to users than it was before.

Also new this year, laptop battery life is conserved by delaying many tasks until the laptop is once again plugged in. On top of this are the many graphs and reports that Norton 2010 has added this year - allowing it to better inform its users of their computer's performance than previous versions did. In many ways Norton has moved closer to the feel of Kaspersky Antivirus with its abundance of charts and graphs that clearly show users their computer's performance in an easily understood visual format. Overall, a great improvement to Norton's feature-set this year.

New Features:

    • Norton Download Insight, File Insight, Threat Insight, System Insight,
and Norton Insight Network

    • SONAR™ 2 Behavioral Protection

Features Checklist:


Bot Protection
Email Scanning

IM Protection

Trojan Protection
Worm Protection

Anti-Phishing (available with
Norton Internet Security)

3) Virus Scanner:  

Norton has 3 scanning options: Quick Scan, Full System Scan, and Custom Scan. Our testing found Norton's Virus Scanner to be very quick - scanning at a pace of 19.5 MB/s, which translates into scanning 50GB of used hard-drive space in just over 43 minutes. This was the 2nd fastest Virus Scanner that we tested this year (just behind Avast Antivirus). Also, the Quick Scan feature scanned our test computer in only 27 seconds, so when you want to reassure yourself after visiting a suspicious website you can quickly do so. (See Scan Time Comparison Graph)

New scanning technologies this year include Norton Insight Network (based on Quorum technology) and SONAR 2 (Symantec Online Network for Advanced Response). These features are designed to detect whether a file is trustworthy or not based on behavioral and cloud-based data. This should result in Norton being better able to identify files as being trustworthy or untrustworthy that would have previously fallen into the grey/unknown category. Only time will tell how these new features perform.

New last year (Norton 2009) was Norton's new Pulse Update feature that automatically downloads new Virus Definitions every 6 minutes on average (over 200 updates per day). This new feature gives you the most up-to-date protection of any antivirus program available - over 10 times more updates than its nearest competitor. (See Updates Per Day Comparison Graph)

4) Performance Testing:  

Memory Use: Norton 2010 uses only 11.7 MB of system memory. #3 rated of the 10 Antivirus programs tested.

Reboot Time: Norton added only 6.9 seconds to our test computer's reboot time. #2 rated of the 10 Antivirus programs tested.

Installation Size: Norton Antivirus 2010 takes 153 MB of hard-drive space for installation. #2 rated of the 10 Antivirus programs tested.

Application Launch Time: Norton added 0.122s on average to launch a web browser. This was the #3 rated program we tested.

File Conversion Time: Norton added only 0.43s on average to convert a MP3 file to four other file types. #2 rated of the 10 Antivirus programs tested.

System Impact Score: The "System Impact Score" is a comparative score tallied from the above 5 Antivirus tests. Norton 2010 scored a total of 43 out of 50 points when compared to the other Antivirus programs. Norton 2010 was the top-rated Antivirus program we tested, just ahead of NOD32 Antivirus which scored 42 points. This is another strong showing by Norton this year, however, Norton 2009 did perform slightly better against its competition last year in our testing. The main difference in our testing between the 2009 and 2010 versions was that Norton 2010 had a larger installation size and used slightly more memory than it did last year (11.7 MB of memory this year versus 6.3 MB in 2009). Despite all this, Norton Anti-Virus 2010 is still the top performing Antivirus program we tested - so we shouldn't get too critical.

View graphs of the above Antivirus Performance Tests.

5) Effectiveness: (Virus/Malware Detection)


6) Help & Support:  

Symantec's support has gotten better over the last few years. Previously the only good support was through their paid support systems. Now Symantec offers many good free support options. The Norton support website is comprehensive and easy to use. The in-program Help Files are informative and also offer step-by-step Tutorials for major issues. The "One Click Support" within Norton 2010 automatically scans your Norton software for known issues and offers suggestions. If this doesn't help you can use their free Chat, Email or Phone support - however, free phone support is only offered for limited program issues (virus removal and other PC problems require paid support). We tested their Email support and received a thorough response 9 hours later. Overall, Nortons support is slowly transforming itself into a top-tier support system, although there are still quite a few reports on the web of unhappy Norton customers unable to receive adequate support.


Norton Antivirus 2010 continues on its revitalization path that began last year towards becoming a better performing Antivirus program. Norton 2010 does have a larger installation size and requires slightly more memory than last year's version, but Norton Antivirus 2010 is still the top of its class in terms of performance. It is now apparent that Symantec is taking the performance of its Antivirus software seriously now as shown by 2 consecutive top-rated versions.

Norton 2010 has several new weapons in its virus-scanning arsenal (Norton Insight Network and SONAR 2) which should better protect against rogue downloads and malicious files. Norton has moved over the last few years to a multi-layered approach to computer security, and its new features this year add yet another layer to your computer's protection.

Norton AntiVirus 2010 was rated the Best Anti-Virus Program by top Antivirus testing lab, AV-Comparatives, in their virus/malware detection tests this year - showing just how far Norton has come over the last few years - now the best Antivirus software on the market.

Norton Antivirus 2010 is a good choice for computer novices and intermediates - for more advanced users we would recommend Norton Internet Security due to its added Firewall, Anti-Spam, Anti-Phishing, and other capabilities not included in Norton Antivirus - plus it can be installed on 3 computers unlike Norton Antivirus (1 computer).

Overall Rating: Excellent!

*Norton Antivirus 2010 receives our Best Antivirus 2010 Award!

Misc Info:

    • Version Tested:
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    • Previous Version:
Norton AntiVirus 2009
    • Other Norton Software:
Norton 360, Norton Internet Security
    • Software Description:
Norton 2010 Description

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Norton Antivirus 2010 System Requirements:

Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or later): Home/XP Pro/XP Media Center Editions (32-bit).

Windows Vista: Home Basic/Home Premium/Business/Ultimate Editions (32-bit and 64-bit).

Microsoft Windows 7: Starter/Home Basic/Home Premium/Professional/Ultimate (32-bit and 64-bit).

Minimum Requirements:

    • 300 MHz or better processor
    • 256 MB of RAM memory (*512 MB RAM required for the Recovery Tool)
    • 200 MB available hard-drive space
    • CD-ROM or DVD drive (if not installing via Download)

Email scanning supported for standard POP3 and SMTP-compatible email clients.

Browser support for Vulnerability Protection:

    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 32-bit 6.0 or higher
    • Mozilla Firefox 3.0 or higher

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