This video demonstrates how Norton Security Premium fares in a hands-on malware detection test performed by FatSecurity.com.
For more information on the features and other in-house tests the team conducted, read our detailed Norton review.
The point of this test is to evaluate if Norton can detect zero-day malware from our private collection which is created by monitoring traffic on some ISP gateways.
The collection contains a file with 1,000 dormant files on which a manual scan is triggered for the test.
Note: This tests does not check if Norton Security Premium can detect and remove active malicious files. The video focuses on the antivirus software's ability to detect, quarantine, or delete the dormant malware so as to avoid infection.
Ideally, we want to see the amount drop from 1,000 infected files to almost 0.
The video includes explanations of malware types and infection methods.
If you feel like you're already a malware guru, get straight to the facts at 5:38.
Norton Premium Security is the top-tiered antivirus product, but the score from this test also applies to the lower-tiered packages seeing that the core antivirus engine is part of every Norton product.
Now for the test: I install the latest version of the software on a clean install of Windows 10 OS. I conduct the test on the same dedicated standalone PC that is used for all the tests to keep things consistent.
The first thing I do after this is update the antivirus signature engine so that the antivirus definition updates, and in turn, so does the signature database with the MD5 signatures.
MD5 or other hashes represent the code for the malware which will be compared by the antivirus software to a large database of Norton.
The result was one of the best: 97%!
Not only does this hands-on malware detection test prove Norton's excellent results, you can also consult third-party test scores at the click of a button.
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