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I have had this program for a few months now and overall it is probably the best antivirus / firewall program I have used bar a few small niggles which can be easily ironed out by an experienced user. At the start I got a 30 day free trial which can be obtained from symantec which is a must before paying for the product. Since then I liked the product even though I had to reinstall once due to the program failing after installing an add on which is also free from the symantec site. I wouldn't recommend this product for people who do not wish to tinker with firewall setting as it may ask for ports which are hard to understand. The anti virus software itself is probably the fastest engine i've seen in years. Overall this is a good antivirus program although if you aren't an experienced computer user you may find it hard. Also the start page on the other hand is very easy to use and lightweight on memory (RAM) of the PC. Since I wrote this review it has again crashed but once again the support had it up and running again although even if it has crashed half way through a PC session the firewall is left intact therefore there is still protection from the software which is relieving and saves the stress of restarting the PC.
Well I have to say this is my most detested product in the world ever! I have always thought that Norton products were the best on the market, how wrong was I. In the beginning, when I was not as computer literate as I am now, we were told by PC world that Norton was the best and that we should get it for our system. The biggest problem is, although Norton is the worst product, it is the most popular amongst average computer users because everyone sells it and it is relatively cheap plus they sponsor places like PC world and Comet.
We had Norton 360 for a year and after reading some reviews and industry facts I came to the conclusion that Norton was not at all the best but the worst at everything.
For one it is incredibly heavy on resources, it absolutely eats RAM and 'rapes' your CPU so that even the most mundane tasks like loading up Word take longer than usual. Second, Norton 360 has the worst detection rate for malware I have ever seen. Third, you cannot be the best at everything so it is a good idea to get the best anti-virus and the best firewall on the market not a combined suit that does everything.
So what do I recommend I hear you cry? Well the best products I have found are free, yes free, I suggest AVG 8.5 free which is an anti-virus program with a better detection rate and lower on resources than Norton 360. What's the catch, there is none.
I fear though that Norton 360 and other Norton products will stay around for some time yet as its popularity still seems to be high although it has the worst detection rate. If you don't believe me read around, you'll be as surprised as I was. Want my advice, stay clear and go down the free route, or if you want to pay choose something better.
With all the virus's hidden in certain emails and websites it is vital that you have a reliable and efficient anti virus system to cope with them. Norton Anti-Virus Software has been around for many years now, and i have been useing it for a long time and it ok on my computer an to be honest
it does exactly what it says it will do i have use 1.0 and 2.0 better and the updates are up 2 date and ive not once have we recieved a virus and have been successfully detected and destroyed by the program and The addition of 3 Pcs per software means that you acn add it 2 more computers and its easily protect all of the Pc's and Laptops in your home and not worry about any virus's getting through norton Symantec also have a great customer support and i think its one of the best out there
I have always been a user of Norton Antivirus until recently. It's one of the most commercial internet safety products around and i think this i probably the reason i ended up with it as i knew little about what else was on offer.
Norton offer a good service when a problem occurs. The software gets updated regularly and this makes you feel safe in the knowledge that your pc is protected.
But i no longer agree with paying the high prices of their services when other providers offer possibly a better service and software for free or of a lower price.
I am now using a free version of Comodo and have had no problems.
I would advise that before you spend the expensive money purchasing a licence from Norton you search the internet for a free version which offers a free licence. They wil try to get you to upgrade, but do ask yourself if you think you need this.
Also be warned that the internet is full of junk, so read reviews before downloading. And be careful to make sure that it is from a trusted supplier like Avg, Comodo just to name a few. Though you will find more free licences around.
I have norton antivirus at the moment and I have to say that it is incredible. Before I had norton I use to have to reboot and reinstall windows all the time due to pesky viruses but with norton I haven't had to do this oncein the past year I have had it. Norton on a regular basis scans my computer for viruses and if it locates any will get rid of them straight away without any hassle. Another thing that is good with Norton is that if you have any problems there is a excellent help and support centre which will help you with whatever problems you have. Another good thing with norton is that you don't just have to have it on one computer so if you have a network or wireless network you can have it on up to three of them computers. Overall Norton is an efficient virus killer and will help make your life alot easier and safer.
I was not impressed with Norton anti virus and was very interested to read the other post on about Norton, as I also had problems when I used it.
It came free as part of my package when I brought my last computer although I had used it before. It seemed ok when I was an AOL subscriber but when I moved house and started using cable it was a nightmare it was slow, stalled, completely froze and the only way to unlock it was to keep turning the computer off.
I telephoned my Internet provider and they said basically Norton slowed the process down because it physically checked everything and I should use AGV, now I have been a bit cheeky because I managed to use the AVG Internet Security( usual cost £39.14 )a few times, it has Antivirus, Anti-Spyware, Anti-Spam,Safe Searching and Safe Surfing on the Web, Identity Theft Protection & Firewall you can download a free 30 day trial.
Now I am using AVG 8.5 free which has been great and they emailed when the new version came out, I had a few concerns about safety but I have been assured by cable that this application is safe.
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With all the virus's hidden in certain emails and websites these days, it is vital that you have a reliable and efficient anti virus system to cope with them.
Norton Anti-Virus Software has been around for many years now, and to be honest, it does exactly what it says on the box. We have used it over the past few years and not once have we recieved a virus, many have been successfully detected and destroyed by the program however.
The addition of 3 Pc's per software means that you can easily protect all of the Pc's and Laptops in your home and not worry about any virus's getting through.
Symantec also have a great customer support service should problems occur, but they rarely do. the only time we had to contact Symantec was to renew our subscription and that was dealt with in a matter of minutes by their helpful and friendly staff.
However, over the past couple of years Symantec have made drastic changes to their system, taking up a huge amount of space on your computer, causing terrible slowdown on even the highest specification Pc's.
The price is also a bit too much for what you should be paying for online protection these days. Rival company Kaspersky offer the same deal for less than half the price of Norton.
Overall: The software itself works well, but there are now better anti-virus programs available.
I havn't used Norton for a long time since the days of Windows 98. It was a great piece of software, good at what it did and took little resources. It all however, has now changed.
It is still good at detecting malicious programs and is now packaged with its own firewall and spyware protection. The resources problem however is a big issue. I had recently reinstalled Windows XP on my computer and decided to give Norton 360 a go, so I proceeded to download the trial.
The installation was stupid and seemed to take forever to install, it didn't get much better after the restart. The effects showed immediatly at startup when it took a fair few minutes more to startup to the login screen. Once logged in I started to use my computer as normal, web browsing, emails, MSN and some games. After an hour or so I removed the software, the huge decrease in speed of my machine was pathetic, i've never known anything else like it other than Viruses themselves.
Norton 360 2.0 offers comprehensive protection against spyware and virus alike. It also offers protection against data loss, identity loss and phishing, thus covering all the nasty threats that you could come across. It can also "tune up" your pc for you and defrag it at the same time.For some unknown reason you have to download anti spam protection and parental controls as seperate add ons which is a bit of a bind.
Older versions of Symantecs scanners were complete system hogs and the company has taken this on board to make the 360 use a lighter footprint that will delay the scans until the computer is not so busy, which may not be such a good thing because if your working on some intensive tasks then the scans can take hours and hours to complete.Also included is the support for Firefox web browsers, and an adequate two way firewall.
This product gets top VB100 scores constantly so users are assured of the suites protection abilities.
My first negative review ever. My upper management decided somehow that this was going to help. Lets face it, most virus protection is the same and will work only if people stop trying to access sites they know they shouldn't. But this particular brand and especially this (260 2.0) version is horrible. Our IT guys set it up to run the lengthy scans at night and guess what, it was still running the next morning on the first day. We were very patient but the bottom line is that if you want a computer that is 100% virus proof and nothing else then this is the best software in the world. However if you would like to access your files with a week or two and actually like to download massive 20 kilibit (yes kilibit) files in under an hour than please don't buy this. I could go on forever, but I'm pretty sure when our IT guys actually walked out until we stopped using this it has to be bad.
Norton 360 2.0 aims to be an all in one solution for your PCs security needs. It includes antivirus, anti-spyware and anti-phishing and firewall software to name a few.
The installation took a while to complete but once install it's surprisingly quick to respond and didn't hassle me in the way Vista UAC does. Symantec have learnt their lesson after creating some horrendously slow software in the past.
The main screen is well though out categorises such as PC Security and Identity Protection, it's clear Symantec aim to encompass the demands of both beginners and experts with this software.
The PC Security contains the brunt of the functions including AV software which has in fact improved significantly - lesson #2 learnt.
Experts will most likely switch off some of the features as there are better programs out there (firewall for one).
Overall, I can't see myself purchasing an upgrade (current licence came with the PC) but I would genuinely have Symantec Norton 360 on the horizon as one to watch.
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The great value in the software is the purchase of it allows you to install the software on upto 3 PCs which should cover most folk.
Although it is examining May a computer game, according to "beat" - often one or two weeks after purchase - with Norton 360 waited several months after the installation at a verdict. There is always a learning curve with all the tools in the product parameters, namely the combination that works well for you, and so on. I really feel like this package serious consideration should be given several weeks - not days - before you make a decision.
I have Norton 360 on my main PC at home, because I have multiple sites. This means that I briefly in the database software development, software, processing, software for video, software and forestry more about this team. I'm more a critic of the game, so I'm enough on certain games. My machine has a multitude of things. One might think that if a problem would discard, I probably triggered itself.
I fully agree, you need a little time with the software if the work with your network and the type of surf. Someone with a large amount of transactions over the network require the ports to open, as someone who does not read that e-mail address and wants his team airtight included. Well, it says, the interface is very easy to do this. Once set up, that's all.
I have no problems with Norton 360, once it is established. Yes, I had some changes to my various e-mail accounts POP work - many of which are individually with non-standard ports. It is an operation at a time, and he has been since then.