Norton Antivirus 2007, or shortly NAV 2k7, is the latest product to come from Symantec, the industry leader in the field of security software. Norton Antivirus is well known to pc users around the world and it's designed to protect computers against spyware, adware, worms, viruses and other related risks. According to Symantec, there are two major improvements in their latest development which include security technology and performance.
Stats show that there are about 53,000 computer viruses in existence and a new is being created on every 18 seconds! A virus can do anything from showing ads, deleting system files to stealing your personal and credit card information. Most users get infected by an email attachment or by downloading a pirated software, or any other type of software that has a virus attached to it. There are some facts that one must be aware of, but at the end of the day, having an anti-virus installed is an absolute must. First of all, you shouldn't open any attachments send from a person that you don't know or you are not sure about. That's how the majority of computers get infected. And even if you do have a virus scanner, keep your eyes open all the time.
According to the definition given by Wikipedia.org, a computer virus is a 'program that can copy itself and infect a computer without permission or knowledge of the user.' This self-reproduction is now made even easier with the popularity of the Internet, because a virus can spread easily across the network - by email or file sharing. Some viruses can damage programs that you already have installed, delete files or even format your entire hard drive. Regardless the type of virus, it will slow down your system and cause system crashes and data loss.
Installing Norton Antivirus
The system requirements that your computer must meet to support Norton Antivirus 2007 are:
-Windows® XP Home Edition/Professional
-300 MHz or higher processor
-150MB of available hard disk space
Although the installation is quite straight forward, there are some facts that you should have in mind. Symantec strongly advices that you don't have any other anti-virus applications installed. If you do, go into the Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs and Uninstall them. During the installation process itself, it's also a good idea to close as many programs as you can, in order to keep the system load at minimum.
Installing Norton Antivirus 2007 can be done from a CD or by downloading it from the Internet.
A pre-install scan will be performed, which only takes a few minutes, cause it's not that thorough. When you start NAV for the first time, LiveUpdate will start and after your confirmation, it will check for the latest virus definitions and software updates available at official website.
If you can't install NAV 2007 and not even the Pre-Install scan, but you have a present Internet Connection, then you can use the Web-based Symantec Security Check, at uses the most current protection updates, including updates that were released after you purchased your product, located at http://security.symantec.com.
Activating Norton Antivirus
Activation of the product is required so that you can prove to Symantec you are a legitimate customer. It only takes a few minutes and can be done during the installation or after it. There is a time period in which you are obligated to activate NAV. If you don't do it at the time of the installation, then click on the Activate Your Product alert and select Activate Now. In case you ran into some problems, use the 'Activate by Phone' feature.
Navigating through the interface
The whole program interface has been redesigned and simplified. Double click the Norton Antivirus icon and the main window of the application opens up. On the left side are the links, options are in the center, providing access to all Norton AntiVirus features, options, Help, and Support.