Which AntiVirus is better?

Aviva Zacks

Aviva Zacks Writer

Zero-day attacks are one of the biggest current threats; both Norton and Avast have invested time and money in tools that will protect you. Avast’s “Behavior Shield Tool” looks for suspicious behaviors to identify potential threats, while Norton uses two of its own protocols—Proactive Exploit Protection and Sonar—to spot anything out of the ordinary. Both security companies have received top marks for their detection rates, but it’s the additional features that really set each one apart. Norton protects you from a wide range of malware, including ransomware and phishing attacks. They also provide free parental controls, along with other features like a two-way firewall, automatic updates, and cloud backups. Plus, they use an innovative crowdsourcing method to gain insights about certain files, which speeds up the scan process. On the other hand, Avast offers a website inspector and password vault. They also have a unique webcam shield which stops hackers from accessing your camera. Avast also offers a wider range of security packages, so you can pick (and only pay for) the features you need.

User Ratings

Security 5
Features 4
Ease of Use 5
Support 5
Pricing 4

Latest Positive Review

Jack Anderson
It works plain and simple
Jan. 9, 2019
I've used free avast for 11 years now with windows defender OFF. Its just outright better and I trust avast to keep me safe. On numerous occasions (wh...Show More
Norton is the best
Dec. 19, 2018
Norton is the best there is in modern antivirus and antispam.

Latest Negative Review

It constantly advertises the paid version
Dec. 17, 2018
Not only has the program not helped me at all, it has even caused me inconvenience. It analyzes the "viruses" and junk files on your computer, but the...Show More
Not as good as you think
Nov. 4, 2018
Unfortunately, this antivirus does not remove all viruses.

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Our Verdict
Aviva Zacks

Aviva Zacks Writer

Norton and Avast are similar in price, so the main difference is the additional features you want. Norton offers a great security suite for your multi-user home computer, but Avast is better if you work on the go and need protection over public WiFi — although Norton does offer the option of purchasing additional tools that will also keep you safe.)

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