Friday, January 11, 2008

Norton AntiVirus 2008

Norton AntiVirus (NAV) is a popular product of Symantec Corporation and is one of the most widely used antivirus programs. Its function is to detect and remove viruses, spyware, adware, and other potential security risks.
Norton AntiVirus is sold as a standalone product and is also included as part of Norton Internet Security and Norton SystemWorks. There is also a standalone corporate version called Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition. It is aimed at centrally managed corporate environments and has features not present in the retail version of the software.

Norton AntiVirus 2006
Norton AntiVirus 2006 introduced spyware and adware detection in full system scans as well as the auto-protect feature. Norton AntiVirus 2006 also introduced the Norton Protection Center, a one stop interface that aggregates all the security data a user needs to know about their PC and displays it on an easy to understand screen. Also introduced in Norton AntiVirus 2006 was home page hijacking protection and new product features throughout the year being.

Faulty Update to Norton AntiVirus 2006 Users
On July 25, 2006, Symantec released a faulty Norton AntiVirus update affecting Norton AntiVirus 2006. Many users of Symantec Norton AntiVirus 2006 and any product that contained Norton AntiVirus 2006, such as Norton Internet Security 2006 and Norton SystemWorks 2006, experienced difficulties due to the faulty update sent via LiveUpdate. Users reported getting an onscreen message stating that "Norton AntiVirus 2006 does not support the repair feature" and asking that they uninstall and reinstall Norton AntiVirus.
Symantec said the faulty update was downloaded to customers between 1PM and 7PM on that day. The security vendor recommended the affected users either download a workaround tool or follow steps posted on their site. Symantec said in a statement that they expected to "deliver a repair patch to affected users by the end of day, Monday, July 31, 2006."[1] Symantec never did issue a repair patch for the problem.[verification needed]

Version 2007 (14.0)
After many years of customer complaints regarding the speed and system resource utilization of the product, Symantec responded in 2007 with a much needed rewrite of the code in an attempt to make the product lighter and faster.[2] Installer size in Norton AntiVirus 2007 was reduced by utilizing 7-Zip technology[citation needed].
Norton AntiVirus 2007 automatically detects and blocks viruses, spyware, rootkits and worms. Several of its key features are Rootkit Protection which finds and removes hidden threats in the operating system, Internet Worm Protection that blocks viruses, spyware and worms without specific signatures, email and instant message scanning that detects, removes or blocks infected attachments and Full System Scan which performs a deep scan to remove existing viruses, spyware and other threats. Norton Protection Center provides a central place to easily check overall security settings. Its Live Update™ Notice alerts you to new features, product updates and threat advisories as available throughout the renewable service period.

Norton AntiVirus 2008
Version 2008 (15.0)
Norton AntiVirus 2008 was released on August 28, 2007. It includes new features such as SONAR (Symantec Online Network for Advanced Response) technology, which detects potentially malicious code before traditional virus definitions are available. SONAR works by monitoring programs behavior rather than looking for signatures. Norton AntiVirus 2008 also includes Browser Defender, which protects Internet Explorer from drive by downloads and unpatched exploits. Norton AntiVirus 2008 also includes One-Click Support, Home Network Security Status (displays status of Norton AntiVirus on all PC's in your network), and improved performance (about 60% faster than Norton AntiVirus 2007[citation needed]).