The Job

Windows computers require protection from a wide variety of common viruses and spyware programs, as well as another unwelcome malware threat: rootkits. A software application is needed that will monitor a system for infections, continually update itself, effectively prevent and remove infections when found and not overly cannibalize system resources.

The Tool

Norton AntiVirus 2008 With AntiSpyware provides effective coverage against viruses, spyware, Internet worms and even rootkits. With a redesigned engine for Windows Vista and Windows XP, the Norton platform also boasts faster performance than in the past.

Compared with other leading security applications, Norton AntiVirus 2008 with AntiSpyware boasts several advantages:

  • A highly effective antivirus and antispyware engine
  • Improved performance
  • Windows Vista compatibility
  • Internet Worm protection
  • Email and instant messaging protection
  • Spyware protection
  • Rootkit detection and removal

Norton AntiVirus also possesses an easy-to-use graphical interface that’s been tweaked in the 2008 version. Scheduling scans and reviewing event logs is even easier than before.

There is one drawback, however:

  • Norton products aren’t always the easiest to uninstall, necessitating the occasional use of the Norton Removal Tool.

The Right Tool for the Job?

Norton AntiVirus 2008 with AntiSpyware delivers strong and respected antivirus and antispyware engines, while also improving performance. In informal tests I conducted using Windows Vista, the new Norton antivirus program consumed only minimal RAM and didn’t noticeably slow system performance.

Read my comprehensive screenshot review of Norton AntiSpyware.