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      27.01.2010 14:15
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      A relaible anti-virus and internet security progam, definately worth the money!

      For the last few years I've used free anti-virus and anti-spyware programs. I had initially, when I first started in computing, used Norton software to protect my computer. I thought the yearly renewal subscription cost was too much though, so I tried out a few free programs like AVG and found that they seemed to work just as well. Last month, however, I had to change my computer to a wireless connection and the free anti-virus software I was running combined with the wireless software seemed to cause a memory glitch. As a corrective measure I decided to install Microsoft's own security program, Security Essentials, as I presumed it would run in synchronicity with the other programs on my computer. It worked as I'd hoped and instead of freezing up and giving me memory error messages my computer ran smoothly. Within three weeks of installing the Microsoft Anti-virus, however, I'd picked up a virus like no other! It was the first virus I couldn't fix myself and infact it rendered my computer unusable.

      When I bought a new computer this month I made sure that I bought the optional extra anti-virus which was this Norton 360 All-in-One Security (Version 3.0). This software is suitable for use with new Windows 7 computers as well as Windows XP and Vista. It cost me around £28 but prices vary according to stores.

      The software has been endorsed by several leading computer expert magazines and websites including PC Answers which gave it a Gold Award in May 2009. In addition Computer Active gave the product a 'BUY IT!' recommendation in June 2009 and Pocket-lint.co.uk website gave their stamp of approval and called this a "Hot Product" in May 2009.

      Norton 360 combines the features of it's anti-virus and Internet Security programs to give you an all round solution to protecting your computer. The main security protects against viruses, trojan horses, worms, bots and rootskit. It also has anti-spyware and anti-tracking cookie features. It has a integrated two-way firewall which stops threats at the point of entry.

      There are advanced security measures which include internet use protection. Here the software protects against web-based attacks and any threats that attempt to seek out the vulnerability in your web browser. The software prevents others from being able to access and control your computer.

      To protect your identity the software has a website checking process which detects whether the website is genuine or a duplicate. It highlights unsafe websites and add-ons as well as online sellers who might not be trustworthy. The software also has a password protection feature and will keep your personal information and passwords for all websites secure. There is also an anti-spam feature for email.

      In the networking area the Norton program secures your home network of computers and also secures your computer if you connect to a public wireless network.

      The software has a backup feature which allows you to store valuable files, both system and personal incase you should suffer a computer breakdown. This includes a 2GB online storage feature and is initially offered as a trial - the option to purchase is given. Back-up also restores and repairs damaged files.

      The software also keeps your computer running at it's best by identifying any programs which cause your computer to run slow. It also cleans the registry of unneeded entries and files and analyses your system processes and provides help on the best way to run your computer.

      The software offers a whole year of protection for up to 3 personal computers in your household. Support is offered as both free chat and phone support. It also has something called 'Autofix' technology which basically means the program will run itself and diagnose and fix any problems you may have.

      My version of the software came as one disc and the software is very easy to install. Just pop the disc into your CD drive and it runs automatically. It will talk you through the installation process. You basically just have to agree to the terms and conditions and decide on where to install it on your computer. At the end you will be asked to register the product online so ideally you should have your internet connection set up but you can also register later, within ten days, and the software will keep reminding you to do so. You will be prompted to undertake several intial tasks like backing up files before the program can declare that your PC is running well.

      When you open the main program you are shown four columns which relate to different areas of protection. These are: PC Security, Identity Protection, Back-Up and PC Tune-Up. The program marks each column with a green tick or a red cross according to the health or 'at risk' status. If there are any problems this is detailed in clear language terms at the bottom of the column and the option to fix this problem is clearly marked.

      I find Norton 360 much less intrusive than any other software that I've tried. It quietly updates itself and doesn't have any annoying pop-ups unless they are absolutely necessary. In my web browser there is a 'Safe Search' search engine box on my toolbar. The program also has a prominant green tick display which tells me I'm safe. During my time online I can login to the Norton program in order to have it automatically fill out my username and passwords for certain websites. This is a handy feature. The program also has a Roboform kind of feature in that you can create an 'identity card'. This means you fill in your details (like address, phone number etc) and if this information is needed on any website Norton will automatically fill in the information fields for you.

      You can scans your computer using a quick scan or a fully comprehensive scan. Either scan doesn't seem to affect my usage and I can still run other programs while the scans are ongoing, which is great.

      So far my Norton 360 has stopped one trojan and has detected several anti-spyware files and tracking cookies. It has enabled me to secure my important files and talked me through the back-up process. It is a user-friendly software and I rarely feel challenged by anything the program asks me to do or tells me. I also feel completely at ease when I'm online as I trust this software completely. I definately think it's worth paying a little bit of money in order to have this standard of security. My days of using free anti-virus software programs are over!

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        29.11.2009 17:36

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        Great product

        Norton Internet security is one of the best known computer security systems
        out there, but how good is it?

        I bought this software about 8 months ago now and have found that it is pretty good. What I like is that it is clear and simple to use. From the first day you get it and put the disc in to download it, it is easy to do. You can just sit back and relax while it does all the work.

        It has many different options that are great. There is a quick scan which takes about 2mins and a full scan that takes about 30mins. But what is really great is that every day without you doing anything it scans the computer for threats and then gets rid of them.

        another call feature is that when you are on the Internet and do a searcch on google each website comes up with a tick or cross to say if it is safe.

        The only bad thing is that when logging into any account like your email on line it pops up with this annoying message but apart from that it is great.

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        26.10.2009 08:35
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        Essential for all machines

        There is now a vast array of Internet Security software available out there. I would say Norton is one of the biggest & most well known players in the market, so exactly how good is their Norton 360 suite?

        When people think about Internet Security, they think viruses but there is so much more that can harm your computer whilst it's online & Norton 360 aims to protect you against these all.

        As well as virus protection, there is also spyware protection & a firwall to prevent attacks from other machines, as well as scanning of all incoming emails. One thing I really like about this program is it runs such scans in the background when you're physically away from your computer to prevent slowdown when you're actually using it.

        Identity protection is a huge issue at the moment & this program will aim to detect such fradulent web sites which are just there to steal your identity, and this feature actually works suprisingly well.

        Also provided is a facility where the software can carry out regular backups for you as well as utilities to tune up your PC to keep it running at a good speed.

        I've been using Norton 360 for quite a while now & would say it's essential for any PC, it's available for just under £40 and this will allow you to install it on upto three seperate machines.

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        10.04.2009 19:46
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        Useful software blocker but expensive at around £70.

        Norton Internet Security - over priced and just a constant nuisance, but better than having those pesky viruses which are so easy to get.

        Defends agains a broad raneg of threats, including spyware and viruses.

        Transaction secutiry safeguards you against online identity theft.

        Back up and restore - gives you a certain memory block dedicated to backup and restore so you dont lose your important files.

        Pc tuneup - makes your computer tweaked and keeps your computer running at top performance at all times.

        1 year protection for upto 3 PCs per household for around £70.

        Sounds brilliant doesnt it, dont be completely fooled though.
        I bought this having previously used Norton, and getting it offered for £30 with my new laptop, however i feel its a constant nuisance asking me to do things and it seems to slow my computer down as well, as it is always using processor power.
        THe online storage where you can back up important files is also only 2GB which i dont find very enough, so i use a portable hard drive for back ups instead.
        Firewall protection worked well and automatics updates are constantly being released, however this means your computer seems to be constantly installing and downloading these new updates. Slightly annoying.

        However Norton is a good brand and does what it says, but look out there is just as good protection out there for less than £70. Try and get Norton in special offer periods.

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        11.02.2009 12:26

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        This is without doubt the biggest load of junk I have ever exposed my system to - I bought away at the start so paid premium for 'ware DONT BUY

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        15.12.2008 19:39

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        I wouldn't recommend Norton 360 on anything less than Vista

        We bought a Dell Inspiron running Vista, bundled with it was Norton 360 it runs well with no problem, loaded on to a second Dell also running Vista with no problem. The Mesh PC with Windows XP we have had the Norton licence expire and we decided to use the third 360 licence on it. Loaded fine, after rebooting the system crashed, uninstalled Norton 360 and system ran beautifully again, reloaded Norton system crashed straight away. Tried to remove it again with no luck, no matter what I did after that the Mesh PC would not run, not even in safe mode. Had to reformat the Harddrive and reinstall everything. Talking to a IT friend I'm told Norton 360 doesn't work well with Windows XP but Norton will not admit to this. I would not recommend Norton 360 from my experince for Windows XP, but seems fine on Windows Vista. Going to try another brand of Anti-virus for our PC now.

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        14.12.2008 09:33
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        I prefer slim antivirus versions

        Symantec Norton 360 was released in 2007. More than half year ago, I got an opportunity to try it out for one month after uninstalling my Macafee (it is bundled with my laptop, free for 1 year ues).
        As you may know, Symantec Norton is very professional in anti virus field. This version provides a lot of features for users. It includes anti-virus, anti-spam, online transaction security (to avoid fishing sites), backup & restore files and even clean-up. It can check our browser for vulnerabilities and weak password.
        The installation is straightforward but it really takes somewhat long time (for me, I ran installation in Fujitsu S7110 for 40 minutes). After installation, we need to take some time to learn to setup. Luckily it provides very useful tutorials.
        During my use, I realized this software occupied a big memory (100 Mb) and during scanning process, my laptop became very slow. The scanning often takes a few hours to finish. It seems quite long time.
        In summary, if you would like to enjoy so many features, it is a good product to buy. For me, I would rather to use a simple software.
        *this review is also on ciao*

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        11.07.2008 11:31
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        the best in market. but costly

        Norton 360
        The new Norton 360 is an all-round performer as the name represents. The new Norton 360 is capable of protecting your pc in every angle and sense. Norton 360 can be denoted as the most comprehensive security suite from Norton. It covers almost all critical areas concerning security. The main four threat effectable areas are protected in one suit, namely PC security, transaction security, backup and restore, it is also accompanied with a pc tune-up.
        Norton 360 offers free online back up space of 2 GB in Norton's server. Users can buy additional space to meet their needs. Norton 360 comes with a simple design and user interface. It displays four modules that deals with four functional areas dealt in Norton 360. A summary of all the functions is displayed in each module. A green signal on each module signals that everything is working well. If any of the module is under threat a red signal glows against that module.
        The Norton 360 is integrated with an anti virus, anti spyware, anti rootkit, anti phishing filter, a firewall, backup utility, and a pc-tuning utility. The online back up security upgrade is very costly. That is extra online memory for back up is very costly.

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          15.06.2008 21:35
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          A good package for an internet user but will compromise on system speeds

          Norton is now a common name in internet security and a widely recognizable brand. The current edition of Norton 360 contains all of the required tools necessary to keep you computers data safe and help prevent any unwanted access to your computer.

          Initially upon opening the software you are presented with an easy to understand screen displaying information about your computers security and performance status. It also presents many options to help improve them with appropriate traffic light colours which enables you to quickly understand and fix any issues that need to be addressed.

          However, with having the Norton security system installed on your system you will see a noticeable slow down of the system as the program uses a lot of your computers resources which is one of my major complaints with this program.

          However, having this software installed i have encountered no problems at all and find that the unobtrusive nature of it very appealing as you are not presented with security alerts as the software will sort it out by itself. The updates also happen very quickly and very regularly to help prevent any new threats from damaging your computer system.

          The main advantage with Norton 360 compared to its existing internet security packages is the data vault that is built in to the product. The system will automatically give you the option to store all of your important files and folders on a secure online server meaning that they always will be safe whilst providing you the option to upgrade to more storage space for the more demanding user as you only get 2gb included in the price of the software.

          Overall this provides an impressive suite of tools and options for protecting your computer and the data on it but there are more affordable products on the market which also do a good job and do not slow down your computer as much.

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          07.05.2008 17:01

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          Perfect for general home users

          This is the standard yearly anti-virus/internet security update from Norton. The product is good value for money as it provides decent virus protection for a reasonable price and with the package you get the licence to use the product on three machines. This is therefore a cost effective way to protect all the computers in your house. The anti-virus software runs in the background whenever your computer is on and only needs the click of a button on occasion to tell it to start a scan or a clean up. The program does take up rather a lot of space and can slow down the computer when doing a full system scan, you will need to leave it for a while to complete this operation. Virus definitions are updated regulary and automatically or manually meaning your computer is never at risk to virus known to Symantec. This does not mean you are safe from virus', but I have never experienced a problem and think that this product is perfect for those looking for normal home use of the internet. it also comes with limited back-up storage space online with the option to buy more. THis gives you added security from potential threats.

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          02.04.2008 01:11

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          Well, it's April 2008, and you know what? Norton 360 still does the same thing. I have installed on 3 new Vista machines over the last 6 months - an HP Media PC, a Gateway Media PC (from clean install), and a Tosh laptop. Same thing with all of them - every now and then, Norton 360 has a total sense of humor failure and demands to be uninstalled. So be it. After enough times I decided not to bother with the reinstall. The PCs seem strangely faster and more stable since. By the way, during the time 360 was installed as far as I could tell the Backup routine was staggeringly slow and failed to actually back anything up. But don't bother finding that out for yourself - buy something else.

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          02.04.2008 01:11

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          Well, it's April 2008, and you know what? Norton 360 still does the same thing. I have installed on 3 new Vista machines over the last 6 months - an HP Media PC, a Gateway Media PC (from clean install), and a Tosh laptop. Same thing with all of them - every now and then, Norton 360 has a total sense of humor failure and demands to be uninstalled. So be it. After enough times I decided not to bother with the reinstall. The PCs seem strangely faster and more stable since. By the way, during the time 360 was installed as far as I could tell the Backup routine was staggeringly slow and failed to actually back anything up. But don't bother finding that out for yourself - buy something else.

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          19.02.2008 00:31
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          recommended due to the features

          Norton 360 is advanced version of anti-virus. Actually it is a full package made up


          Virus/Spyware scanning
          Firewall
          E-mail scanning
          Phishing Protection
          Web Site Authentication

          Another great feature of this product is that it uses software to make decisions rather than keep asking customer on what action to take when certain things happen to the system.

          Unlike some of the other versions of Norton, 360 will happily work with spybot as well as other security software.

          Including all the past versions of anti-virus software this probably is most liked by users because of special features on it.

          One more useful feature is online storing of your backup data, upto 2 gig is free. Upto 25 gig could be stored but that will cost £70 in fees to the company.

          All in all best software from Norton so far. It is very useful for people who know very little about computers.

          I recommend it. Leave it up to Norton to make your computer safe for very small price of £40 in some shops and slightly more in others.

          Norton 360 is menu driven package. It is easy to install and use. Updates are done without any choice from the user. Could be a drawback but many people would have this for any amount of money

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            16.02.2008 20:04
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            Probably one of the best Anti-Virus softwares out their!

            These days, it is a necessity to have Anti-Virus software installed on your PC... all because of hackers who get some sort of kick out of accessing people's personal data. An annoyance really, due to the cost, and also the sacrifice of losing processing speed, desperately needed when running those big apps.

            My form of protection is Norton 360, which I managed to get bundled with my new PC, so all in all not a bad deal. On installing the software, I was quite surprised to find that it wasn't just am Anti-Virus, but the whole deal... antivirus, Antispyware, Email scanning, automatic backup and restore, 2gb secured online storage, PC performance tune-ups... quite a long list of pretty cool stuff.

            Anyway, installing Norton is quite a 'doddle' (very easy) requiring very little knowledge from even the worst computer users. You start by entering your product key onto the screen (which comes on a small leaflet sized sheet); you can also create an account with Norton on which this key will be stored, just in case you ever lose it. The set up then leads onto asking you to backup your system, where you can use anything such as a DVD, external HDD... any type of storage media. I chose to skip backing up by system however, as I do it all myself manually. It finally leads onto finish installing, before informing you it needs to update via the internet; updates come very easily and quickly, and free with your subscription.

            After completing this update, you are sometimes asked to restart your computer... on restart your gifted with a big yellow icon on your desktop (which I immediately deleted). Clicking on the icon brings up the main window, which has the following options:

            PC Security - where you can alter your firewall settings, LiveUpdate settings, and also the Virus and Spyware scans. Other settings in this window include Intrusion Prevention settings and browser Vulnerability settings.

            Transaction Security - allows the Phishing Protection settings to be changed

            Backup and Restore - allows files to be backed up and restored from various different mediums I described earlier. You can also use the free 2GB online storage, although I found this to be rather useless... it needs at least another one "0" on the end to be of any actual use (i.e. 20gb).

            PC Tune-up - allows various clean-up functions to be run, such as Internet History Clean-ups, Internet Temporary files clean-up, windows temporary files, and disk Optimization.

            I found that I never actually needed to use any of these functions though, as it conveniently runs them itself automatically on a weekly/daily bases. The status of Norton 360 can be viewed from the taskbar icon in the bottom corner, which is green when my system is running fine, and red obviously when it isn't; when it shows red, its generally because the computer needs restarting.

            That brings me to one big problem with Norton 360 (and probably most Norton products)... the amount of times it requires me to restart. Owning a laptop makes this a very big annoyance, as I don't regularly turn it off (I use the hibernate feature), although this can't be helped. The amount of times you do have to restart though does reduce over time.

            Another problem I have had with Norton 360 is when it has just disappeared off my system. The icon doesn't show in the taskbar, and when I try and run it from the start-menu, nothing happens. I have still not found any solution to this problem, and found that the only way to overcome it is to reinstall. Since owning it (which has been around 6/7 months), I have had to perform a reinstall twice... something which isn't particularly easy when a separate Norton removal tool is required. You need to download this tool, remove Norton 360, restart, install Norton 360, and then restart again... all in all a lengthy process especially for less the people not very computer literate. I don't know whether this was a general problem or not... it may be just me, since I am running Vista.

            Below I have made a list of average prices for the product from various different retailers: (prices may have changed)
            £49.98 -> Amazon
            £54.99 -> Play.com
            £52.88 -> PC world
            £47.99 -> directly from Norton

            Overall, Norton 360 is a great product (when it works), and is worth buying as long as you have the money, and know at least a little about computers.

            Thanks for reading.

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              18.10.2007 23:40

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              Buy it cheap - I bought mine 16.10.07 internet deal with PC world £39.99 with a free shredder.I'm no computer buff, but it installed fine and is working great - I just leave it to get on with the job.

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            Norton 360 provides all-in-one protection that keeps you, your family, your PC, and your information secure. This comprehensive solution combines Symantec's proven, industry-leading security and PC tune-up technologies with new automated backup and antiphishing features, providing a full circle of protection.

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            Product Description: Norton 360 - ( v. 1 ) - complete package
            Category: Security applications
            Subcategory: Security - security suite
            Version: 1
            Licence Type: Complete package
            Licence Qty: 3 PC in one household
            Licence Pricing: Standard
            Language(s): International English
            Platform: Windows
            Distribution Media: CD-ROM
            Package Type: Retail
            OS Required: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic, Microsoft Windows Vista Business, Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
            Service & Support: Virus definitions update
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