Software Update: Norton Antivirus 2011 Beta

Norton has released a beta version of Norton Antivirus 2011. The latest version should be better at removing ‘scareware’ and can also be run from a bootable CD, DVD or USB stick. Read this news post for more information.

In order to use the beta, a license code is required which is registration can be obtained. The betas can be used until September 27, 2010. Norton guides the release with the following information:

Norton 2011 is Fast and Effective

Furthering Symantec’s commitment to deliver the fastest and lightest security available, the 2011 Norton betas are being developed to improve or maintain key performance benchmarks in installation times, scan times, and memory usage. In addition, the products will include System Insight 2.0 which goes beyond security and alerts users when applications are significantly impacting their system resources.

At the heart of this Norton release is the industry leading reputation-based security technology. This technology, only available in Norton security products, has been proven to attain unmatched detection of new malware far beyond what is possible with traditional security technologies. New to 2011, Download Insight 2.0 increases the breadth of the product’s reputation protection by applying it to virtually every download regardless of the client (browser, email, IM). This helps ensure that users are protected from harmful downloads no matter how the file is delivered to their machine. Additionally, Norton 2011 uses the reputation information to report on the “trustworthiness” of files on a system and help users understand if their download behavior is more or less risky versus the 53 million Norton Community Watch members today.

Version number 2011
Release status beta
Operating systems Windows 7, Windows 7 x64, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Vista x64
Website Symantec.com
Download http://www.symantec.com/norton/beta/register.jsp?pvid=nav2011beta_overview
License type Freeware
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