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Spam Filtering Computer Antivirus Software 360 Version Auto Firewall
Norton 360 is available as Norton 360 (standard), Norton 360 Premier Edition, and Norton 360 Multi-Device. The Premier Edition has all the functions of the standard edition, with the difference that it comes with 25 GB of online storage versus 2 GB which is included with the standard edition. Norton 360 Multi-Device is actually three products in one subscription: Norton 360 Premier Edition, Norton Internet Security for Mac, and Norton Mobile Security. The comparison between Norton 360 editions and Norton One shows all of the features and OS coverage. Norton 360- Gold Edition credit card type with 5 unique sets of alpha-numeric key data on reverse is sold with the instructions to go online and install on the installation page.
Norton 360 software is not sold; it is a purchased subscription for a stated period (e.g. one year). The software (e.g. firewall, antivirus) is automatically disabled at the end of the subscription period, unless a new subscription is purchased.
A special edition of Norton 360 Premier Edition, branded Norton Security Suite, is available for free to PC customers of Comcast Xfinity internet service. The only difference between Norton 360 Premier Edition and Norton Security Suite is the latter does not include any online storage feature. (Norton Internet Security for Mac is also available free for Comcast Xfinity customers.) Major version updates to Norton Security Suite typically occur about 1 month or more after Norton 360.
Norton 360 comes with a one-year subscription which is activated upon installation, and is valid for three home computers. Expiration of the subscription not only blocks access to program updates but shuts down the antivirus and the firewall as well. All the other tools, such as the bundled password manager with user saved passwords are also inaccessible. Users often do not understand that they will be completely exposed, so their PCs become infected by viruses
The online Norton Insight database helps this suite's firewall identify known good programs. It also comes into play when you download files—a file that might be trouble gets flagged. If you wish, you can actively scan all the programs on your system and see what Norton Insight thinks of them.
For each application, Norton reports a trust level, prevalence (number of users) and whether it's a resource hog. New in this edition is a stability rating. Systems whose owners have opted in to Norton Community Watch send a notification any time a program crashes. Aggregating these crash reports the database assigns each program a stability rating.
Effective Malware Cleanup
Norton 360's malware cleanup component is the same as that of Norton Internet Security 2012 ($69.99 direct for three licenses, 4.5 stars) and Norton AntiVirus 2012 ($39.99 direct, 4.5 stars). However, it's had a few months to evolve since earlier testing, so Norton 360 scored better than the other two.
Norton 360 detected 88 percent of malware threats on my infested test systems. That's not the highest detection rate. Comodo Internet Security Pro 2012($4.99/year direct, 4 stars) exhibited the highest detection rate, with 97 percent, and Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete ($79.95 direct for three licenses, 4.5 stars) detected 94 percent.
However, Norton 360 did a very good job of cleaning up the threats it found, which earned it an overall malware removal score of 7.4 points. Comodo came close, with 7.3 points. Norton Internet Security, tested several months ago, scored 7.1.
Norton 360 detected 100 percent of the threats that use rootkit technology, as did quite a few of the competition. It shares the top rootkit removal score of 8.9 points with Norton Internet Security. Here again Comodo came in next, with 8.6 points.
Almost all of the current products detected 100 percent of my scareware (fake antivirus) samples, but only the two Norton products removed them completely, scoring a perfect 10 points. To review just how I perform the malware removal test and derive these scores, see How We Test Malware Removal.