Norton – The Classic Antivirus

Norton Antivirus is a software developed by the Symantec cooperation. This software is also distributed by this company in the form of download, OEM software and box copy. It provides malware prevention and removal within a subscription time. This software uses a heuristics and signatures to identify viruses, not only, it also has more features like filtering email spam and phishing protection.

Norton Antivirus

It was lastly released on March 27th, 2014, after its initial release in 1991. Its operating systems are Microsoft Windows (Windows XP and the later), Mac OS X, and Linux. It was licensed by the commercial proprietary software.

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As of the first half of 2007, the Norton AntiVirus and is related products, held a 61% US retail market share for security suites.It’s competitors, includes , CA, Trend Micro and Kaspersky Lab.


In May 1989, the Norton AntiVirus was launched by the Symantec Antivirus for the Macintosh (SAM). This incorporated technology that allows users to easily update, to intercept and eliminate viruses, including many that didn’t exist at the time of its release.

Symantec acquired the Peter Norton Computing, from Peter Norton, in August, 1990. DOS utilities, and the Norton utilities were developed by Norton and his company, but did not include antivirus features. Symantec continued to develop the acquired technologies, which were marketed under the name of “Norton”, with a tagline “from Symantec”.

US computers were invaded by lots of foreign virus strains in early 1991, and cooperate computers became a serious problem. The group of Symantec Norton has released the Norton AntiVirus 1.0 (NAV) for all types of PCs and compatible devices. Ads for the product featured Norton in his cross arm pose, with surgical mask, covering nose and mouth.

After the 1998 update, the Symantec Antivirus (SAM) was renamed Norton AntiVirus (NAV) for Macintosh.

The Windows Edition

2004, product activation was introduced in NAV, also addressing the estimation of 3.6 million counterfeit NAV products sold. Alphanumeric codes which ties in with the product key, were generated to identify computers configuration. Those making use of it were allowed to activate their product about five times with the same product key.

In 2005 edition, the spyware and adware detection and removal were introduced. This was later removed in the 2009 edition.

Later, they made another update in 2010. Users of 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 were allowed to upgrade without subscription. If you upgrade, it preserves the number of days left on your subscription.