Norton 360

Norton 360

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
2.8
out of 397 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
6.0
File Size:
220.92MB
Date Added:
September 15, 2012
Price:
Free to try; annual subscription; 30-day opt-out trial (30-day trial); $89.99 to buy
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7
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 the top of Symantec's new line of premium anti-virus tools. Like its stablemates, Norton 360 offers real-time protection from a host of existing and emerging threats, including viruses, malware, phishing, corrupt downloads, and online scams. It protects your e-mail, social media sites, mobile devices, Cloud-based resources, and even your family. And Norton 360 also includes 24/7 technical support as part of its subscription price -- something free anti-virus tools can't match. You can install Norton 360 on three separate PCs, too, so it can protect your home network or other family members' computers (with help from Parental Controls). But Norton 360 goes further still with automatic backups and other enhancements. In fact, you might say that Norton 360 not only does more but does more for you, too.

If you're upgrading or already have a Norton account, Norton 360 practically installs itself. There's a lot going on behind the attractive, easy-to-navigate user interface, but plenty of assistance is available by clicking "Support" to access Support Contacts, Help files, Tutorials, and lots more. Under Tasks, we could choose from an impressive page full of tools and processes. Clicking any feature's tile exposed details, settings, and extras like the Identity Safe (local and online versions, actually) as well as Tuneup features like the Startup Manager and Disk Optimization. Once your system is protected, spend some time setting up any extras you need, such as Norton Family's parental controls or the My Network management tool.

Since it flagged our PC as At Risk, we let Norton 360 update itself and then apply Security, Identity, Backup, and Tuneup protection (like we said, it does most things automatically). We always run a full baseline scan with a new anti-virus tool. Norton's full system scan takes a while and looks at everything, though the next scan finishes faster. You can choose Quick and Custom scans, too. Sure, freeware offers similar basic protection, but few tools at any price can match Norton 360's comprehensive care. It protects your identity, privacy, and security while you surf, shop, and bank online.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of Norton 360 6.0. The trial version is limited to 30 days.

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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:

    3.0

    out of 55 votes

    • 5 star: 17
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 6
    • 2 star: 13
    • 1 star: 13
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  • 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

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  • 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"!

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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