Potential antivirus/anti-spyware software customers may first notice the rather steep difference in overall price between the respective products currently being offered by Norton Security and Avast! Internet Security. Symantec’s Norton Internet Security Anti-Virus Software costs $70 for a 12 month user license. Avast!’s Internet Security Anti-Virus Software runs the consumer a much more affordable $55 for a 12 month license.
Both programs offer very similar security enhancement features, so much so that it can be difficult to tell the difference between the two systems, either in a description on the printed or internet page, or in practice. Both run efficiently and unobtrusively, and both have stellar records of reliability and adaptability to changing definitions and species of malware, especially the much dreaded zero-day virus attacks. Both, likewise, offer excellent protections against phishing and identity theft.
It should be noted that Norton’s user interface is far less complex, and much more generally accessible, than Avast’s. Avast seems to be geared toward the much more experienced, computer knowledgeable user. In particular, Avast’s enclosed instructional material seems cluttered with complex terms which the general “man on the street” will find somewhat tough going to slog through. By contrast, Norton’s instructional material is simply worded, and quite easy for the layman to grasp.
This latter feature may go some considerable way toward explaining Norton’s continued presence at the top of the heap as far as leading providers of antivirus software are concerned. Its 60 day free trial downloads and its middle of the road, layman-friendly approach make its products and general corporate image far “friendlier” to those who are less informed about specific developments in the technological world. Avast!, by contrast, seems to be geared toward hardened experts. However, in the long run, both products are almost identically similar, so that one’s level of expertise in the field may well become the sole deciding factor as to which of the two one should choose. An official Norton coupon code is always recommended to be used when making a Norton purchase. You can save up to 20% off your purchase!
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