Norton Antivirus Protection
- Antivirus software is available on its own or bundled with credit monitoring, parental controls, VPNs, etc.
- Prices start at $1.69 a month, billed yearly
- Plans available for iOS, macOS, Windows and Android devices
Much like the stagehands in a middle school musical, antivirus software is best when you don’t notice it at all. But it can be hard to spend your hard-earned cash on such a seemingly hypothetical problem; until you get a virus yourself, of course. We recommend taking an offensive approach with antivirus software and here, we’re looking into the costs behind Norton’s version. Even though their software is digital, your money is real, and we want you to spend it wisely.
Subscriptions and Costs
Being the gargantuan brand that it is, Norton’s pricing is a bit all over the place; in fact, it seems to be a theme for antivirus company websites! But don’t worry, we’ve done the work of figuring out the prices so you don’t have to.
Antivirus, LifeLock and Norton 360 Bundles
If you want antivirus software on its own, plus a password manager tossed in for the heck of it, then go with Antivirus Plus as we did. But Norton also offers bundles with Norton 360, with throws in a ton of features, depending on the plan, like identity theft restoration, parental controls, credit monitoring, a VPN, and more. To learn more about these features, read our VPN buyers guide and our identity theft guide.
|AntiVirus Plus||360 Standard||360 Deluxe||360 with LifeLock Select|
|Protection against spyware, viruses, malware and ransomware||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Online threat protection||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|100% Virus Protection Promise||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Identity Alert System||X||✓||✓||✓|
|U.S-Based Identity Restoration Specialists||X||✓||✓||✓|
|Dark Web Monitoring||X||X||X||✓|
|Stolen Wallet Protection||X||X||X||✓|
|Million Dollar Protection Package||X||X||X||✓|
|Social Security Number and Credit Alerts||X||X||X||✓|
|ID Verification Monitoring||X||X||X||✓|
|Data Breach Notifications||X||X||X||✓|
|Price for First Year||$19.99||$39.99||$49.99||$99.99|
That being said, you may not want the whole kit and caboodle, but just a few services specifically. Well, that’s absolutely fine as Norton also offers these services a la carte.
Norton Secure VPN
Norton’s VPN costs a minimum of $4.99 for one device if you pay annually, and there are also plans available for five or 10 devices total.
|Maximum Number of Devices||Length of Contract||Total Amount Billed|
Check out what we thought of their VPN in our Norton Secure VPN review.
Norton Computer Tune-Up
This device optimizer, which aims to get rid of clutter and make computers run faster, costs $49.99 for a year of service for one computer. However, there are ways to do this sort of cleanup for free, so we think that your $50 could be better spent elsewhere.
From pornography and violence to child identity theft, there are a number of risks you take when you let your kids use the Internet. That being said, in our research on parental attitudes, we found that about a third of parents aren’t very or at all concerned with child identity theft. But for the majority of parents, you want to keep your kids safe online, and Norton Family does just that.
In a nutshell, it lets you block apps and sites you don’t want your kids to see, implement safe search terms, schedule screen time, and get reports about what your kid is doing online sent straight to your inbox. Considering the fact that the average eight to 12-year-old in the U.S spends four to six hours a day on screens,1 some protection is much needed, and $49.99 a year seems worth it to us.
FYI: Unsure how much screen time is safe for your child? OSF Healthcare pediatrician Dr. Ameera Nauman thinks that children ages five to 17 should have no more than two hours of screen time a day. That goes down to one hour for two to five-year-olds and no hours for kids under age two.2
Norton Ultimate Help Desk
Suffice it to say that some people are more tech-savvy than others. Without stereotyping people by their ages, research has shown that millennials are the leading adopters or tech, with Baby Boomers and Gen Xers following behind.3 But no matter what age you are, running into frustrating tech issues is…well, frustrating. Fortunately, Norton offers a virtual help desk that lets you contact IT whenever you want, 24/7, for $19.99 a month. This applies to three devices, which may or may not be enough for you. For one device, that cost goes down to $69.99 per service, and there’s also an annual option covering one device for $149.99 a year.
Norton Utilities Premium
Norton Utilities Premium is another optimizer for PCs available for $39.99 a year. You can use it on up to 10 PCs but again, we don’t think this service is necessary as you can clean up your PC yourself for free.
Norton Small Business
|Number of Devices||5||10||20|
Finally, there’s an option for small businesses with five, 10 or 20 devices. This software works on Windows, Android, macOS and iOS, but Norton’s website isn’t very clear on what it actually does. To find out, we recommend live chatting with a member of their support staff to get all of your questions answered.
Looking at numbers only, Norton’s pricing is commensurate with other top antivirus companies, and overall, we’re fans of the software. Here’s why.
- Behavior scanning: Norton scans for suspicious behavior, not just suspicious signatures.
Detected 60 percent of viruses: Norton only missed two viruses, which only an average of about 35 percent of software detected.
- Detected 100 percent of malware for Androids: That’s right, 100 percent! While Norton didn’t detect all of our viruses, when it came to malware, they more than impressed us.
- Affordable: If you break it down to monthly payments, you can buy Norton for as little as $1.67 a month, certainly a low price for digital protection.
- Week-long free trial: Although we wish they had completely free versions of their antivirus software, a week seems like more than enough time to try out their services and decide if we want to continue.
- Highly-rated iOS and Android apps: Both the Norton Mobile Security- Antivirus and Anti-Malware Android app and the Norton Mobile Security iOS app have 4.7 ratings on the Google Play and Apple stores, respectively.
With any of Norton’s antivirus software plans, which include all of its Norton 360 offerings, users get seven days to try them out without paying. However, this doesn’t apply to any of their other standalone products like the VPN or the parental controls, only to the packages.
Note: Unlike some of its competitors, Norton doesn’t have any ongoing, free antivirus packages available. Rather, all of their free trials end after a week.
Can I Get A Refund?
Some more good news: Norton has a 60-day money-back guarantee, which means that if you don’t like their products, you can cancel within 60 days of purchase and get your money back. However, that only applies to annual subscriptions; monthly subscriptions only give a 14 day window, but most of Norton’s plans are annual, anyway.
Savings for Students
|AntiVirus Plus||360 Standard||360 Deluxe||360 with LifeLock Select|
One of the perks of being part of a student network like Student Beans is unlocking some great discounts; and that’s a blessing, because after tuition, room, board, and textbooks, your bank account is probably dwindling. While their annual pricing isn’t any different from their regular pricing, they do have discounted prices if you sign up for a month, which is probably more ideal for commitment-phobic students. However, note that only the Deluxe and LifeLock Select plans cover five devices; with Antivirus Plus or 360 Standard, only one device is covered.
Norton Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals
We cover Norton’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals more extensively elsewhere, but to summarize, we’ve seen discounts from them in the past, not only on Black Friday but also on Cyber Monday. In 2018, for example, they offered up to $70 off.4 Here are some other deals we’ve seen in the past:
- 2015: Over half off on Norton Security
- 2014: 50 percent off
- 2012: Unclear, although we know they had a Black Friday sale of some sort as it was announced on Facebook.
As far as current deals go, Norton is offering savings of up to 45 percent on a bundle of Norton 360 and Mobile Security for one device, originally priced at $119.99 but now sold for $54.99, saving you $65. There’s also discounts like $70 off Ultimate Help Desk or $40 off their Internet Security for Mac package. Our recommendation? Deals come and go, so make sure you check for any possible discounts before you click purchase on any product from Norton. Most likely, you’ll be able to save somehow!
That about does it for Norton’s antivirus pricing, along with pricing of their other software. If you want to learn more, we highly recommend reading our Norton antivirus review, in which we actually test out the software, compiling it with a bunch of research to see if it’s trustworthy.
Commonly Asked Questions
Pricing aside, we wanted to answer your general questions about Norton antivirus, and even how it compares with top competitors.
Which is better, McAfee or Norton?
We prefer McAfee over Norton, although both provide satisfactory protection against viruses. However, McAfee’s iOS and Android apps have completely free subscription options, while Norton’s free trial only lasts 30 days. McAfee also has browser extensions rather than apps for Internet Explorer, Edge, Chrome and Firefox.
How much does Norton Antivirus cost?
On its own, Norton Antivirus Plus costs $19.99 for the first year. However, students registered with Student Beans can get it for $5.99 a month.
Is there a free version of Norton Antivirus?
Although there is a seven-day free trial for Norton Antivirus, there’s no completely free subscription option.
What is the best antivirus software?
The best antivirus software are Avast, AVG, Bitdefender, ESET, Kaspersky, Norton, McAfee, Malwarebytes, Vipre, Trend Micro and more.
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. (2020). Screen Time and Children.
OSF HealthCare. (2020). Screen Time for Kids; How Much is Too Much?
Pew Research. (2019). Millennials stand out for their technology use, but older generations also embrace digital life.