How to: Switch anti-virus software
INSTALLING anti-virus software can be a pain, particularly when switching from one software suite to another.
Norton’s parent company Symantec claims its latest anti-virus offering solves issues many have with the installation process — as well as being proactive when fighting the ever-growing tide of malware.
Switched On tested Norton Anti-Virus 360 using a standard Windows 7 laptop (Dell) already running a capable competing antivirus software (McAfee).
At the start of installation, it recognised there was anti-virus software installed.
Usually, this is where the pain begins, but the installer simply asked if we wanted to ‘‘uninstall’’ the old software. The problem was solved with one click. And fast.
Once installed, all Norton 360 functions can be accessed from a widget. Keen users can set up granular sweeps of their computer, though most should be satisfied with preset computer scans.
The software offers extra goodies such as Facebook profile page scans (the social network can be a malware haven), as well as 2GB of cloud storage you can use as a backup. That can be automated and set for specific folders and file types (say, photo libraries or music).
It also offers a ‘‘tune-up’’ feature that will defrag your machine and keep it in good running order, sweeping unused files from temp directories and keeping other miscellaneous clutter in order.
The other big addition sees Norton hunting for malware rather than reacting to attacks.
In the first week of use, Norton alerted us to malware found on a gardening website, asking us to shut down the browser. Day-today it detects up to 50 suspect malware files. That’s not to say the computer is at risk, but the security software was actively highlighting potential issues before trouble occurred.
Regardless of whether you choose Norton or not, installing anti-virus software and keeping it up to date is important for your computer and the community.