Norton 360

Antivirus package that covers every vulnerable point within a PC

  • Category Suites
  • Program license Trial version
  • Version
  • Size 220.9 MB
  • Works under: Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP
  • Program available in English
  • Program by Symantec

A lot of internet security companies provide entry-level antivirus programs. Norton 360 is Symantec's grand entrance into the antivirus field, and with it, you receive a solid product that keeps the viruses, malware, and malicious software away. While Norton Internet Security uses mostly a gray background, Norton 360 uses a white background and four large buttons have come to represent the four major product areas. On the security button, you will find all of the Internet Security features. Meanwhile, the button for Identity involves keeping your password safe, and it includes some management tools. Finally, Backup and Tuneup give the collection a nice finishing touch that distinguishes Norton 360 from Norton Internet Security.

As a whole, you have a better user interface than what you have with Norton Internet Security. The layout looks different from the settings page, and you have a bank of check boxes that you can toggle for used features. When you click these links, it digs into the more detailed and interesting configurations. With the new Tasks pane, you are given easy access to your more common tasks such as running backups, launching a scan, or using the tuneup tools to speed up your computer.

Along with those tools, Norton 360 includes a multi-layered approach to antivirus. At the core of its protection, you have useful defense tools like password management, phishing protection, blocking access to fraudulent websites, and family safety features. Tests that simply launch scans or note percentages of the samples detected are not always the most accurate. Norton believes in a whole product test. While Norton did pass the AV-Test Certification with an, "OK," they did not do as good with the latest AV-Comparatives test.

One of the interesting tests that Norton has undergone is known as the malware removal test. It is as real-world as it comes, and the antivirus gets installed on 12 systems plagued with malware and attempted to clean it up. This; however, was not easy, and it required Norton Bootable Recovery Tool and a Norton Power Eraser. Along with that, it took multiple hours with a remote session from tech support. After the beachheads of defense had been established, Norton 360 scored a respected 6.3 points in the test. Of all the products tested, only Bitdefender Total Security and AVG Internet Security scored higher.

Symantec has built a reputation for coverage over the entire process. It starts from that moment when the threat has first appeared on the system. Eliminating it at that first appearance becomes crucial because undoing the damage unleashed after can take more time and energy. When it came to malware, Norton scored 8.5 points, but AVG took first place and scored an impressive 9.4 points. Norton 360 gets the job done through antivirus, but the system could still be improved.


  • Multi-layered approach to defense
  • Easy to navigate interface
  • A host of protection tools to keep you safe


  • Other antivirus programs had better scores
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