Norton 360

Norton 360

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
2.8
out of 397 votes
See all user reviews

Quick Specs

Version:
4.0
File Size:
220.92MB
Date Added:
March 04, 2009
Price:
Free to try (30-day trial); $79.99 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista
Total Downloads:
2,421,112
Downloads Last Week:
2,130
Product ranking:
#11 in Anti-Spyware
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Norton 360 is arguably the best-known software security suite in the world, but that doesn't necessarily make it the best. However, in this latest version Symantec responds aggressively to user complaints concerning resource-hogging while including improvements in botnet detection, warnings for suspicious online retailers, and virus-definition file updates pushed every 15 minutes.

The suite includes antivirus, antispyware, antiphishing, antispam, antirootkit protection, a firewall, Symantec's SONAR (Symantec Online Network for Advance Response) behavioral-monitoring software, and a vulnerability assessment tool to see what Windows updates your computer might be missing. It also rolls in 2GB of free online storage for backing up your most important files, which can be upgraded for a price. The resources manager lets you streamline your boot cycle to start faster when the computer's off. The new install time is blazingly fast, and should clock in for most users at under or around one minute.

The interface overhaul is much easier to manage, with horizontal navigation and clearly delineated categories. Advanced options are available from two text links on the top nav, Tasks and Settings. From here, users familiar with Norton 360 will find more choices than ever before to customize and tweak protection behavior. In many ways, this version of Norton 360 has finally caught up with the times. Although it may pain the cynics to hear this, Norton 360's revamped approach to security and ease of use and its emphasis on speed make the program worthy of consideration again.

Publisher's Description

More Products to Consider

All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    2.8

    out of 397 votes

    • 5 star: 115
    • 4 star: 49
    • 3 star: 36
    • 2 star: 54
    • 1 star: 143
  • Current Version:

    3.2

    out of 131 votes

    • 5 star: 49
    • 4 star: 16
    • 3 star: 12
    • 2 star: 14
    • 1 star: 40
  • My rating:

    0 stars

    Write review

    Results 1-5 of 5

  • 1 stars

    "Avoid at all costs"

    September 29, 2014   |   By iansmccarthy

    Version: Norton 360 21.1.0.18

    Pros

    Comprehensive package WHEN it works

    Cons

    Unstable, repeatedly had to uninstall and reinstall with no alerts that it was no longer functioning.
    Backup function worse than useless. When my hard drive crashed I couldn't restore from the Norton backup

    A few weeks ago it crashed again and I uninstalled it. When I tried to reinstall it I got a message that I had to "chat" to a technician! Somebody in India then told me that I had to allow him to take remote control to reinstall Norton?! When I refused he told me that I appeared to have malware on my computer. I don't see how he would have known. Apparently if you cede control they will "find" a virus and then charge $99 to clean it. Very dubious behaviour

    Summary

    Avoid

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

  • 2 stars

    "Wanna Be Cuffed?"

    August 01, 2014   |   By SorinAcela

    Version: Norton 360 21.1.0.18

    Pros

    It strives to protect.

    Cons

    It ties your hands big time.
    Die Hard - hard to uninstall.

    Summary

    It is a catastrophe! It "protects" you so well that practically it ties your hands almost completely. It blocks everything so most apps become crippled. Your network connection may become hardly unusable. When you try to modified settings, you get lost in the entanglement of its stupid design (that from a long-time computer user). Even when you want to get rid of it, you cannot just uninstall that! You need a special "Norton Removal Tool"!

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

  • 4 stars

    "Very Good."

    June 28, 2014   |   By dogesuchwow

    Version: Norton 360 21.1.0.18

    Pros

    High detection rates.
    Many features.
    User interface.

    Cons

    Slow scan.
    Sometimes hog ram.
    Sometimes crashes.

    Summary

    Recommended

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

  • 3 stars

    "Doesn't Remove Spyware or Adware"

    May 08, 2014   |   By NickMat25

    Version: Norton 360 21.1.0.18

    Pros

    Otherwise good for viruses

    Cons

    Does not protect you from Adware, Spyware, spybots, advertisers.

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

  • 5 stars

    "Love Norton Always"

    March 28, 2014   |   By PROSTYLE85

    Version: Norton 360 21.1.0.18

    Pros

    Great Features
    Great Firewall
    Doesn't slow down the computer
    Monitor Performance and gives you weekly update
    Always ask you before making a decision which is not what Bit-defender does.

    Cons

    Live Update may be slow at times but usually takes very little time

    Summary

    Tittle Says it all. I love Norton. Never gives me problems. It has good monitoring and doesn't slow down the computer.

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

  • Results 1-5 of 5

Add Your Review

Quickly sign in with: or Login or create an account to post a review.
You are logged in as . Please submit your review for Norton 360
Add Your Review

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

Update your review

Since you've already submitted a review for this product, this submission will be added as an update to your original review.
Submit

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

Previous Versions:

Close[x]

Submit a problem report for Norton 360

Please describe the problem you have with this software. This information will be sent to our editors for review.

Problem:

The Download.com Installer isn't working as expected

The download link does not work

The software has a newer version

The product contains malicious software

Other

Description:

Please select a feedback type.

Please enter a description.

Submit Problem Report

Close[x]

Problem Report submitted

Thank you for submitting a problem report! The Download team is committed to providing you with accurate software information.

OK