Updated 16 Mar 2018

Norton

Security Premium

Snapshot: Norton Security Premium for Windows has anti-phishing, anti-spam and banking protection features. How well does it protect your computer?

Security Premium
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$139.99

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Test results

Overall score
76
Protection
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
System impact
?/10

Good points

  • Very good protection.
  • Good system impact.
  • Has backup feature.
  • Has anti-spam protection.
  • Has anti-phishing protection.
  • Has ransomware protection.
  • Has it's own proprietary firewall.
  • Windows 8 comaptible.

But

  • Just OK ease of use.
  • No banking protection feature.
  • Includes "bloatware".

How we test

Overall score is comprised of:

Protection (65%) . This includes:

On-access scan: incorporates a web test assessing the software’s ability to prevent an infection coming from the internet and a USB scenario (performed both online and offline) evaluating the ability of the software to prevent an infection coming from an external drive. It also assesses how well the software detects and blocks phishing and ransomware attacks. Our macOS security software test differs from our Windows test as we couldn’t find an instance of a website infected with malware targeting Macs. For this reason, our live web test and ransomware test aren’t run on the Mac security software.

On-demand scan: evaluates the detection of malware from an on-demand (scheduled or user-initiated) scan with a large collection of different types of malware while offline, on connected cloud storage, and as malware is running. We also look at how well the software detects malware targeting different operating systems including Windows, Mac and Android.

Ease of use (25%): assesses installation, configuration and normal day-to-day use of the software, as well as clarity/simplicity of the user interface. We also look at the available user help, such as guidance, help menu and options, and updating the software.

System impact (10%): assesses the software’s use of disk space and memory, plus its effect on boot time and common tasks such as program launch and use, file use, copying and conversion.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$139.99

Program

Number of PCs on licence
3
Licence period
1 year
Operating system
Windows
Version tested
22.11.0.41

Features

Anti-phishing
Yes
Anti-spam
Yes
Backup
Yes
Ransomware protection
Yes
Proprietary firewall
Yes
Parental controls
Yes
Password manager
Yes
"Bloatware" included
Yes
Banking protection feature
Yes
E-mail scanner
Yes
Offline help
Yes
Download of a bootable CD / DVD
Yes
Download of a bootable USB key
Yes
Can create a bootable CD / DVD
No
Can create a bootable USB key
No
Minimum requirements - Processor
Windows 10/8/7/Vista: 1GHz Windows XP: 300MHz
Minimum requirements - RAM
Windows 10: 2GB (minimum of 512MB RAM required for Recovery Tool) Windows 8/7: 1GB (32-bit) or 2GB (64-bit) (minimum of 512MB required for Recovery Tool) Windows Vista: 512MB Windows XP: 256MB
Minimum requirements - Hard disk
300MB
Recommended requirements - Processor
-
Recommended requirements - RAM
-
Recommended requirements - Hard disk
-