Norton from Symantec released Norton AntiVirus and Norton Internet Security 2011, saying ths is the only suite to achieve a 100 percent protection score in a new third-party test from Dennis Labs.
The 2011 products have been engineered to exceed performance and protection benchmarks. Norton goes even further by providing a free tool to consumers, Norton Power Eraser, that is designed to aggressively target and eliminate fake antivirus or "scareware" applications.
"Today's cybercriminals are not standing down -- consumers need the very best protection to stay safe online," said Janice Chaffin, President, Consumer Business Unit, Symantec. "The Norton 2011 products are the highest quality we have ever built and the most comprehensive protection on the market with additional, value-added tools for protecting customers from today's ever-evolving threats."
According to new third-party test data from Dennis Labs, Norton placed first in real world threat detection tests and was the only vendor to achieve 100 percent protection score, marking its second year in a row to secure this distinction. Dennis Labs recently had its real world security testing methodology reviewed by the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO) and received a 100 percent compliance.
The Reputation Based Security instantly checks when and where programs originated to identify and stop new malicious programs faster than ever. Norton's reputation system also allows users to determine if their overall download behavior is more or less risky compared to the 58 million Norton Community Watch members today.
Norton's System Insight 2.0 with new Proactive Performance Alerts monitors all running applications, and now proactively alerts users if any program is overusing system resources and slowing them down so they can make changes to improve computer performance.
Download Insight 2.0 delivers the most aggressive reputation-based protection yet, checking every downloaded file for safety before it is allowed to run.
SONAR 3 brings a new level of behavioral security to Norton 2011, providing true "zero-day" protection against new and emerging threats that are specifically designed to evade other security features. With its improved classification techniques, SONAR 3 identifies suspicious software based on its behaviors and automatically handles any decision making on behalf of the user.
The new user interface of Norton 2011 organizes security controls, settings, and information about a computer's protection and performance status in one easy-to-read and redesigned screen. New this year is the Norton Protection Map, which provides up-to-the minute information about the newest threats Norton has identified and is protecting against around the globe. Additionally, users can get easy one-click access to important data from web-based Norton services including: Norton Online Backup, Norton Online Family and Norton Safe Web.6
The company is offering free tools for consumers, regardless of the security solution they use to provide all computer users with a deeper level of protection. While these tools are available to everyone, Norton customers benefit from the fact that they are already integrated into the 2011 product experience.
One of these free tools is Norton Power Eraser, which is specially designed to aggressively target and eliminate today's latest threats, including fake antivirus or scareware programs. Fake antivirus programs impersonate legitimate software and provide a way for cybercriminals to swindle hundreds of millions of dollars out of consumers each year. Norton Power Eraser is available both for free online and as a link within the 2011 Norton products. Learn more about Norton Power Eraser and download it here.
Additional free tools Norton offers include Norton Safe Web Lite, a downloadable toolbar that identifies risky sites before users click on them in search results. Facebook users can protect themselves with Norton Safe Web for Facebook, which scans current Facebook news feeds to see if they contain links that are unsafe. Norton also offers a free tool for parents and kids -- Norton Online Family -- which helps keep kids stay safe online while encouraging open communication with their parents about their online activities.
Norton Internet Security 2011 and Norton AntiVirus 2011 are now available for purchase through various retailers and the Norton online store. Norton 2011 products support Microsoft Windows XP (32-bit) Home/Professional/Tablet PC/Media Center with Service Pack 2 or later, Microsoft Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit) and Microsoft Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit) both for Starter/Home Basic/Home Premium/Business/Ultimate editions.
Norton Internet Security and Norton AntiVirus 2007 or later users with a valid product subscription are eligible to receive the latest product updates via the subscription service model.