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Kudos0

Going from "Anti-Virus" to "Security"?

Hello,

I've been having somewhat of an issue or question that I couldn't find answered elsewhere. We currently have Norton-Antivirus running in our home for five computers (purchased back when it was still available). Now that Norton Anti-Virus doesn't really exist anymore, we want to buy Norton Security as a separate product, rather than extending the license.

I'm curious to know if I can purchase it, then leave it unactivated until I need it (which is in like 30 days) and then essentially reinstall Norton, or better yet, immediately activate it and update to Norton Security. I'm a bit confused about the two products. While looking the same, the name of it says "Anti-Virus" for me, whereas with Security  it actually would say "Security".

Are they two separate products?

Can I use the license I receive from buying Norton Security Premium on my current Norton Anti-Virus and just not worry about it?

Can I, or do I need to store Norton Security on my account until Norton Anti-Virus expires?

Will other PCs that are registered under a different account (also Norton Anti-Virus) work with the serial license upgrade/update automatically, or at all? (Our neighbor chips in with us if possible and vice versa. I maintain his computer, which is why I ask).

If anyone can enlighten me about the wall of text (sorry), I'd appreciate it, and it'll probably give me the certainty to purchase Norton Security, as it's a little less expensive and also much better than extending the current Norton Anti-Virus license.

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Kudos0

Re: Going from "Anti-Virus" to "Security"?

hi JustOneBeer

I'm sure that it is correct to say that the biggest difference with Norton Anti-virus and other Norton products including Norton Security is that the former does not have the Norton Firewall

Microsoft have always believed that a one-way firewall which is included with the Windows systems is sufficient for protection whilst the Norton Firewall protects from inbound and outgoing traffic. I'm sure the experts will argue about this for ever!

Whilst NAV will give you full Norton protection against infection Norton Security is a more upto date build of the protection engine with some enhancements which have not been built into older Norton products.

Yes it is possible to purchase a key for Norton Security in advance of any renewal which can be used to install when your subscription to NAV expires. You may also install Norton Security now then chat to Norton Support who will credit your Norton Security subscription for the days remaining from your NAV subscription.

It is my understanding that a key for Norton Security will renew your subscription for NAV however, unless you have any strong reason to keep NAV I would suggest you install the more modern Norton Security product which generally comes in various versions:

Norton Security Standard - 1 device

Norton Security Deluxe - upto 5 devices

Norton Security Premier - upto 10 devices (includes back-up facility)

It is possible to install Norton Security over NAV although, I am of the opinion it is better to uninstall NAV including using Norton Removal Tool before installing Norton Security however, this is a personal preference. 

You can install Norton on a device independently of it's physical location (subject to regional restrictions), my sister uses one of my seats living a number of miles away.

I hope this helps if you have any other queries please do not hesitate to let us know.

Michael 

Kudos0

Re: Going from "Anti-Virus" to "Security"?

Windows Firewall is substantially changed from the version in Windows XP. As in Windows Vista, it is a two-way firewall, monitoring outbound traffic as well as inbound, and it fully supports Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6). In Windows 7, Windows Firewall adds multiple access firewall profiles, a feature that provides appropriate protection for each connected network when you’re connected to more than one at a time—an increasingly common situation. With an advanced configuration console for Windows Firewall, administrators have granular control over firewall rules and other settings.

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ee851675.aspx 

Kudos0

Re: Going from "Anti-Virus" to "Security"?

Thanks for the quick response. I suppose that clears it up. We'll be buying Norton Security in that case.

Kudos0

Re: Going from "Anti-Virus" to "Security"?

hi JustOneBeer

For what it's worth I think you have made the best choice should you have any difficulties please do not hesitate to let us know when we will be pleased to assist.

Michael

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