Symantec Norton 360 2.0

Symantec Norton 360 2.0
  • Symantec Norton 360 2.0
  • Symantec Norton 360 2.0
  • Symantec Norton 360 2.0
  • Expert Rating

    4.00 / 5

Pros

  • Tunes up your PC, a lighter footprint than its predecessor, protection against drive-by downloads and support for Firefox

Cons

  • Antispam protection and parental controls are not installed by default, but must be downloaded as an add-on

Bottom Line

A raft of small but useful improvements make Norton 360 2.0 a useful addition to anyone's utility tool bag. It remains powerful and yet very easy to use. At the same time, it's not dumbed-down enough to deter power users.

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Symantec Norton 360 2.0's basic specification is unchanged: it offers comprehensive protection against spyware and virus malware, data loss, identity loss and phishing, thus covering most if not all current security risks.

One year on and it's time for a revamp of Symantec's premier home security product, Norton 360.

Norton 360 2.0's basic specification is unchanged: it offers comprehensive protection against spyware and virus malware, data loss, identity loss and phishing, thus covering most if not all current security risks.

Norton 360 2.0 will also tune-up your PC, getting rid of digital 'fluff' clogging up your hard drives and defragging it along the way.

We all know that spam is not only a major irritant but also a common attack vector for malware. For some inexplicable reason, antispam protection is not installed by default in Norton 360 2.0, and you have to download it (along with parental controls) as add-on – maybe it really should be called Norton 330 until you do.

Version 2.0 brings with it a laundry list of improvements (several filched from Norton Internet Security 2008), both in terms of improved usability and new features.

Symantec has taken on board the issue of resource hogging which has dogged its security products in the past. Norton 360 2.0 now has a much lighter footprint than its predecessor; it now waits for 'quiet periods' before performing CPU intensive tasks such as scanning. That said, it came unstuck on our PC when some errant software grabbed 100 per cent of CPU cycles, causing an AV scan to take all night long.

There's now protection against the major risk of drive-by downloads and support for Firefox. With Norton 360 2.0 you can back up to high-capacity devices such as Blu-ray discs, (reducing the necessity for multiple disc backups), plus iPods.

You still get a free 2GB online backup allowance. Zero day protection against malware continues to be provided by SONAR, which also manages Norton 360 2.0's two-way firewall.

Norton AV products continue to get top VB100 scores so you need have no qualms about Norton 360 2.0's protection against malware. Existing users of Norton 360 should automatically – get the new version by responding to the prompt from LiveUpdate.

The retail price remains unchanged at $129.99, which is poor value if you just have one PC but good VFM if you own three – Norton 360 2.0's licence permits installation on three PCs.

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