Legendary virus busters: Norton vs. McAfee
Updated November 10, 2005
The good news is that both McAfee and Norton have added solid antispyware protection to their basic antivirus package. The bad news, both integrations leave us wanting. While we like McAfee's proactive method of warning us in advance of downloading a potentially unwanted program, we feel we must take McAfee's word for it. While Norton allows you to download a suspicious app, then warns you it might be spyware, Norton at least spells out what it finds objectionable and leaves the decision to you. Ideally, we like the proactive nature of McAfee combined with the full disclosure of Norton.
Sadly, both apps continue to produce noticeable system drag when performing deep system scans. Worse, McAfee now takes much longer at full system scans than last year's offering. For users with older computers, McAfee and Norton may be a problem. There are lighter, faster, and just as accurate antivirus apps on the market. Stay tuned for upcoming reviews of Trend Micro PC-cillin Internet Security 2006, F-Secure Internet Security 2006, and Computer Associates EZ Antivirus in the coming weeks.