Norton and Windows 8
NEW is the time for Norton. Norton and Windows 8. Better. Together.

NEW is the time to protect what matters. With Windows® 8, the newest OS from Microsoft, you’ll find that Norton is optimized to make it safer and simpler.

So whether you’re getting the protection of Norton™ AntiVirus, Norton™ Internet Security or Norton 360™, you’ll find Norton and Windows 8 is:


  • Five patented layers of protection ensure you’ll always feel safe.
  • 100% proven protection stops threats that Windows 8 with Defender doesn’t.1
  • 24x7 live threat monitoring protects you from threats that haven’t even been invented yet.
  • Exclusive Scam Insight and Identity Safe closely guard your identity and personal information.


  • Cloud-based Norton Management brings all your protection together in one place.
  • Automatic updates and intelligent task scheduling keep you a step ahead of cybercriminals.
  • Touch-friendly support is equally great in keyboard and mouse environments.


  • Proven to make Windows 8 run 50% faster than Windows with Defender.2
  • Ranked #1 in both performance and protection.
  • Engineered from the ground up to unleash the full potential of Windows 8.

Windows® 8 has arrived, and you’ll find our newest versions of Norton protection are ready.

1AV-Test GmbH, “Real World Testing Report,” July 2012. Norton Internet Security vs. Defender as default setting in Windows 8.
2PassMark “Norton Internet Security vs. Windows Defender on Windows 8”, July 2012.
3AV-Test GmbH, Real World and Remediation Testing Report, August 2012. Passmark “2013 Consumer Security Products Performance Benchmarks”, August 2012.

Why Norton is best for you

Windows Defender
File / System AntiVirus Scanning
Anti-Phishing Protection
Top award-winning PC protection
Top-ranked security protection1
Superior overall performance2
History of effective security products
Free, convenient, 24/7 live chat, and phone support
Protection on multiple Web browsers
Cloud based parental controls management to keep your kids safe
Security for your favorite social sites
Advanced protection for safe banking and buying transactions
Mobile device protection
Automatic, secure online backup
PC performance and tune-up

1 Ranked #1 in Overall Protection and Remediation: AV-Test GmbH, "Real World Protection and Remediation Testing Report," August 2011.

2 Ranked #1 in Performance: PassMark Software, "2012 Consumer Security Products Performance Benchmarks," August 2011.

What is Microsoft Windows 8?

It’s the newest version of Microsoft’s Windows operating system, and is intended for use with various types of personal computers and devices, including home and business desktops, laptops, netbooks, tablet PCs, and media center PCs. Unlike the Windows 7 incremental upgrade, the user experience in Windows 8 has been redesigned to be more user-friendly.

With Windows 8, do I still need Norton?

Yes, definitely. You may have heard that Windows 8 comes with online security called Windows Defender. However, Windows Defender doesn’t come close to the protection offered by Norton. As security experts, we have been protecting the world for more than 20 years. It's all we do. We provide you, your files and your PC with multiple layers of protection against dangerous and emerging online threats. And, if you ever have a problem, we offer free 24 x 7 industry-leading customer support.

What’s the difference between Windows Defender and Norton protection?

Windows Defender is basic online security that may leave you vulnerable to emerging threats. Norton security is multiple layers of superior protection that integrates your devices with everything your household does online.

Norton protection is loaded with features unavailable with Windows Defender. To name a few, there’s cloud-based management, social network monitoring and multiple browsers security. For a more complete side-by-side, take a look at our comparison chart.

Do I need to buy a new Norton product for Windows 8?

Absolutely not. With a current Norton subscription, you can always update to the latest version of your Norton protection for free. When the Windows 8 compatible version of Norton is released, as long as your Norton protection is still active, you will be able to update for free.

This means that you will always have the most comprehensive security available against new and evolving online threats.

Industry Reviews

"There's no way I'd trade in the full power of something like Norton AntiVirus 2012 for the protection MSE offers."
- PC Magazine, September 7, 2011

"Some suites are good at just one thing, but Norton is a jack of all trades. Powerful antivirus protection, smart firewall, accurate antispam … it all works well."
- PC Magazine, September 7, 2011

"Low-impact performance, strong security, and useful features are the hallmarks of Norton Internet Security 2012, one of the best security suites available."
- CNET, September 6, 2011

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