PROS / One Norman license can protect up to three computers.
CONS / Norman test results are insufficient to make them a contender.
VERDICT / Given Norman's performance at AV-Test labs, it is not the very best product for protecting PCs from malware.
Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current top 10 about Internet Security Suites here.
The Norman Security Suite provides antivirus protection, an intrusion guard, a firewall, parental controls, antispam filters and privacy tools for Windows machines. Norman offers a generous internet security suite license with a year of protection for up to three PCs for one low price. You can also purchase two- or three-year license packages.
Unfortunately, Norman has yet to prove it can protect consistently. The most recent AV-Test scores are unconvincing. Inconsistent test scores aside, the Norman Security Suite includes a full range of internet protection tools. It also offers a wide selection of configuration options, from hands-off default options to fine tweaking options for advanced users. The homepage provides an easy-to-understand overview of the basics such as the number of items in quarantine, incidences the firewall has blocked, the number of spam emails captured and how many elements the parental controls have blocked. All protection modules include report and log views so you can see the details of what the software has deleted or blocked. This software also has intrusion guard and privacy protection tools to protect your private information from being accessed or accidentally shared online. Also included with the Norman Security Suite is a strong malware cleaner.
Should you require assistance, you can contact this Norwegian internet security company by telephone or email. However, you'll have to pay a per-incident fee for direct telephone support. Free, unassisted support offered online includes FAQs, a PDF user manual, a forum, support articles and a free malware cleaner. You can also follow Norman on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn.
The most important things to consider in internet security software is the performance when it comes to preventing and removing infections. Norman Security Suite was not able to perform well enough in tests at AV-Test labs to make it a serious contender. AV-Test enjoys a good reputation in the security software industry. It subjects products to rigorous tests that establish how well they do at detecting and preventing malware, and whether or not the products falsely flag safe files as malicious. With so many competitors turning in better performance scores, the advantage to purchasing the Norman Security Suite is not apparent. AVG Technologies has acquired Norman. So we will be watching for improvements.