Norton AntiVirus 2010 17.0 (download)

Symantec has been listening to their users and this year the company delivers a "lighter" and faster norton antivirus 2009. Almost all security vendors this year have recognized the changing threat landscape and have rethought traditional protection. Norton Antivirus 2009 is available as a full-featured download, free for 15 days.

We especially like the Insight feature, which identifies "trusted" files and applications and do not waste time rescanning them, unless there has been a change. No other product does. The redesigned logic behind Norton AntiVirus 2009 clearly shows in CNET performance testing: it is faster and considerably lighter than last year's version. Norton continues to win awards in the tests of effectiveness against third parties. The rear, however, is the technical support from Symantec. While Norton users now have free telephone support, Symantec still does not provide enough of a knowledge base, or even a user manual is adequate.

Again, this year it emphasizes its premium services a bit too much. That said, Norton AntiVirus 2009 presents a remarkable transformation of a product and worth a second look.

Publisher's description:

 Norton AntiVirus 2010 defends your PC against viruses, spyware, bots, worms, and more without slowing you down or get in your way. Intelligent Technology technology identifies and targets only those files at risk for faster, look less frequently. Vulnerability protection prevents threats from exploiting the security holes in software on your PC. Updates every 5-15 minutes and in real time online security checks to ensure continuous protection and up to the minute against the latest threats.

Moreover, unlike other antivirus solutions, Norton AntiVirus offers easy to understand explanations of the threat and information on the use of CPU resources and memory that will help prevent future infections and keep your PC running fast.

CNET Editor rating: The Download Now link will direct you to the developer's website, where you will be asked to provide your email address to download a file. 


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Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 1.1(download)

CNET editors' review:

When originally aired, Panda Antivirus Cloud was notable as a free security solution for two reasons: Panda traded on its reputation as a provider of robust security suite make its first foray into the field of free software, and the program reached its goal to liberalize the system resources by putting much heavy lifting program in the cloud. We can now add a third reason for the list: it is now known as an effective alternative to power plants safety.

Opening Antivirus Cloud, the main window lets you know if you are unsure or not with a big red or green icon. Antivirus Cloud works like other antivirus solutions to do, offering a quick scan and a custom scan of specific folder, files and disks, but its ancillary features are exceptionally lightweight. You may choose not to provide anonymous data to the cloud, but also bet out of the automatic threat management. There is a network connection option in case you need proxy, and a reporting feature that will show what kind of threats have been detected and deleted from your computer. You can filter the report for All, Last 24 hours last week or last month, and a panel of the recycle bin from which to retrieve a false positive, if needed. The modest level of adjustments and customizations have been hiding behind an odious "flipping" screen that swivels cheesily when you need to access it, but it does offer options in a clean user interface was not available before.

Although still some of the deepest customization weight than other free antivirus solutions, more conspicuous by a programmer, the program is not necessarily a bad choice of antivirus minimized. Added a full-demand scans, and runs on about 15 MB of RAM when idle and around 60 MB when scanning. It is a great option for netbook users aware of resources. Cloud Panda Antivirus security option makes a decent, reasonable for anyone looking for a balance between efficacy and safety system performance.

Publisher's description:

 Cloud Panda Antivirus is the first free antivirus cloud-based thin client. This is a slight anti-viral agent that connects real-time online PandaLabs Collective Intelligence to protect servers quickly against new malware variants, while only impact on PC performance. Thanks to Panda Security's malware Collective Intelligence and online database goodware, Cloud Panda Antivirus detects more malware than traditional signature-based solutions that take longer to detect the most recent and therefore more dangerous variants.


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ThreatFire AntiVirus Free Edition

ThreatFire provides real-time prevention of viruses and malware infections by identifying suspicious behavior ("zero-day" events) as is the case, before the malicious code is installed on your PC. Formerly known as CyberHawk, ThreatFire has made some notable improvements and drama since it was purchased by PC Tools.

ThreatFire looking for rootkits, heuristic-based threats, viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, adware, key loggers, and buffer overflows. Software protection in real time not significantly slow down our computer and customizable advanced settings were excellent. Users can pick and choose their preferred processes of trust and creating rules for detection, such as scanning for SCR files created by an email client. You also can take advantage of the scheduler, and create a system restore point before moving threats into quarantine. The IntelliScan took about 15 minutes on our machine, but we do not fit into the scan mode. We can still check out other panels at the interface of ThreatFire.

The only problem we found was that sometimes the threats could be detected, but no name tag. This made it difficult to determine whether they were true or false positives. ThreatFire has improved markedly, however, and working as a complement to your currently installed antivirus should be considered a serious instrument of protection.

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