Norton 360 version 3.0, impressively fast and comprehensive

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Norton 360 version 3.0, impressively fast and comprehensive
Rating
Overall:

We've been impressed with Norton 360 - security for those who want something simple but effective. We're also impressed with the changes in Norton Internet Security 2009. So how does Norton 360 version 3.0 stack up?

Ease of Use:
5
Features & Design:
6
Value for money:
5
Price
Price: $130
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We've been impressed with Norton 360 - security for those who want something simple but effective. We're also impressed with the changes in Norton Internet Security 2009.

The good news is that Norton 360 Version 3.0 brings together the lighter, faster protection of NIS while retaining the straightforward, no-nonsense style of 360, with its PC Tuneup and Backup services.

The custom installer takes just one minute, and once up and running, Norton 360 quietly goes about its business in the background without impeding performance. Web browsing, for example, isn't significantly slowed by the new Safe Web protection, even with many tabs open. Symantec has been doing considerable work with reputation-based scanning, and a new feature called Norton Insight is part of it: it checks files against a database of programs it knows to be ‘safe', increasing thge speed of scans.

Symantec expects that advanced users will use NIS instead of 360, but it told us that many users of 360 have requested additional control. This version provides more information than ever, and more features if you want them. You can use a slider bar for set-and-forget style protection, or dig deep into the settings to check malware detection logs, system resource usage, and other details.

The antivirus engine in Norton 360 is the same as in Norton Internet Security, so the protection rates should be identical to those in our most recent test (web ID: 137830). Norton has beefed up the anti-malware protection since our last test, and we'd expect its score to improve, but we didn't get a chance to test it for this review.

Safe Web also improves the web protection elements of NIS. Safe Web marks up search results with red, yellow or green ticks as it checks them for phishing, for malicious code or malware and for safe shopping, all in real-time.

Backup now uses tabs to configure the backup set. As always you can prepare multiple backup sets, and store them with the 2GB online storage, local or network drives, CD, DVD, or even a USB key. If you opt for one of the latter, you'll also get Norton Portable Restore added to the key or disc, letting you restore files onto a system with no 360 - invaluable during a disaster. The diagnostic reports are streamlined, and the only real failure, here, is the disappointing antispam module. Norton 360 Version 3 is a solid choice for a full protective suite without the drama.

You can get a 30-day trial version of Norton 360 v3 at the Symantec site.

This Review appeared in the June, 2009 issue of PC & Tech Authority Magazine

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Comments: 2
FPVDriF6
28 May 2009
You have got to be joking! As a technician in a local computer store, I remove all versions of Norton and often find malware hiding on the system - especially variants of Trojan.Vundo... all the while Norton is sitting there with a big green tick. It makes me sick. You want simple and effective? Go for Avira or NOD32. Norton still sucks.


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Norton 360 version 3.0, impressively fast and comprehensive?
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Gregmond
29 May 2009
Tried to buy Kaspersky, couldn't find it on the shelf in any nearby stores, so I bought Norton Internet Security 2009 (decided I did not want the extra features of the 360 version but I can;t see it as working any better/differently as the article says these functions should be the same).

Worked fine on my PC, but it has totally screwed my better halfs PC, to the extent that I had to buy a new HDD as her's can not be booted up to windows or from a XP Boot CD (she hates Vista and will stay with XP for now). I had Symantec/Norton support remote controlling the PC at one stage to try and fix it, but it totally killed the drive in the end (due to using reset and corrupting files after it totally hangs the PC).
Tried to install it on the clean install, and it screwed up the PC again. It has been removed.
I doubt I will renew in 12 months.
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