Norton 360 Version 5.0

Norton 360 Version 5.0

Provides all-round protection from viruses, spyware, data loss and online identity theft. Includes performance tune-up tools.


Norton 360 protects you from viruses, spyware, online identity theft and hackers while optimizing your PC's performance and providing data backup facilities. Norton 360 safeguards your activities and identity whatever you do online and protects your important files from being lost.

Norton 360 is a comprehensive, all-in-one Internet security suite for home and home office users which is light on system resources and works quietly in the background performing its intensive tasks while you're away from the PC. The suite uses an intuitive interface so that even novice users shouldn't have the slightest problems configuring and using this software. With its high performance antivirus engine, ease of use and the PC tune-up and backup tools, it's the product of choice for all security-aware Internet users.

Norton 360 Version 5.0 Description

Norton 360 includes free online storage space for your backup files. You don't have to worry anymore about making backup CDs of your important files, just setup your automatic backup schedule and Norton 360 will handle the job for you uploading your files to Symantec's secure online storage server.

Norton 360 includes the core features from other well-known Norton tools such as Norton Internet Security, Norton AntiVirus, Norton Ghost, Norton SystemWorks, Norton Utilities, Norton AntiBot and Norton Confidential. Symantec's engineers have redesigned the product to bundle the most desired security, performance and backup features into one product. With Norton 360, there's no need of purchasing separate programs, because all the features you need are already included. Thus, Norton 360 delivers wall-to-wall protection from all threats you may encounter while browsing the Web, downloading files or installing software from uncertain sources.

Norton 360 now includes improved LiveUpdate feature, that seamlessly downloads available virus definition updates and patches while you work. Another addition to Norton 360 is the Pulse Updates feature, that automatically checks for available updates every 5 to 15 minutes, downloads and installs them to keep your PC protected from the latest viruses and spyware.

Norton 360 not only protects you from viruses. It safeguards your computer from all kinds of online threats including spyware, phishing, bots, Trojan horses, adware, Web exploits, cross-site scripting attacks (XSS), hacker attacks, computer intrusions, port scanners, rootkits, worms and much more.

Norton Firewall is also included. Experienced users can tweak advanced port settings, but most customers will be perfectly fine with the default configuration. Simply install Norton 360 and forget - the firewall will automatically configure the optimal security settings for you.

Symantec has included another exciting antivirus feature in Norton 360 which is called SONAR (Symantec Online Network for Advance Response). SONAR is responsible for detecting unsigned threats by examining their behavior. If for example a program performs suspicious activity such as sending data to dubious Internet hosts, an alarm is triggered and the application is blocked from sending data. Each time a treat is detected and your attention is required, a corresponding alert is displayed and your protection status color changes. Read more about Norton protection status colors.

If you feel like, there are free add-ons for Norton 360 you can download to extend your existing protection. For example there are free add-on packs for parental control, spam control (anti-spam) that you can download from Symantec's website for free. Other add-ons are to come and will be added later.

If your PC is sluggish, Norton 360 is there to help. The security suite not only protects you from online dangers, but also from performance slowdowns. Disk clutter, too many startup applications and fragmented files can cause major slowdowns or even render your PC unstable. With Norton 360's performance optimization tools you can defragment disk files, get rid of the Internet clutter, optimize Windows registry and choose which applications should be run at system startup and which ones not to start. All these optimizations are included in one handy tool called Norton 360, there's no need to buy separate products to resolve all the security and performance issues.

Another great tool included in Norton 360 that increases the level of your data protection is the backup facility. You can schedule automatic backups, include or exclude selected files and folders from the archives, make local backups using removable media and network drives or you can take advantage of the Norton's free online backup space to store your files. Simply configure which files (or file types) and folders you want to backup, and Norton 360 will handle scheduled backups automatically for you uploading the most important files to the server in the background. Storing files off-site can be particularly useful when a natural disaster occurs or when your computer is stolen. With Norton online storage space, included in Norton 360, you can retrieve your files in minutes, wherever you are.

To speed things up, Norton 360 performs its tasks and virus scans while you're away from your computer. Resource-hungry system checks and optimizations are run when the PC is idle making more resources available at the times when you work.

With Norton 360 there's no need installing multiple separate security products such as antivirus, firewall and anti-spyware, because it delivers all features you need in one product that is easy to run and configure.

If you run into problems, there's in-program help and free Symantec support via email, online chat or paid phone support available.

For help and support please refer to the Norton 360 support section.


New features in Norton 360 4.0:

  • Reputation service scrutinizes files and checks their reputation delivering real-time protection from latest viruses, spying software and Trojan horses
  • A new feature of Download Insight identifies dangerous downloads before you open them
  • File Insight gives you reliable information as to whether you are safe to open a file or not. It also delivers reports showing where the file came from and if they can be trusted before you open them
  • Vulnerability Protection searches for and closes security holes in Windows and applications you run on your system before any malware or hackers can exploit them

Norton 360 4.0 features:

  • PC Security:
    • Detects, blocks and removes spyware, viruses, trojans and all other known malware
    • Suppresses illegitimate Internet traffic, blocking hackers from breaking into your PC
    • Detect, block and remove security threats including viruses, spyware, trojan horses, adware and other malware
    • Block virus-infected emails and instant messages
    • Remove viruses and spyware from your PC
    • Includes advanced, two-way firewall
    • Proven antiphishing, antispyware and antivirus technology by Symantec
    • Detect and block phishing sites
    • Authenticate online banking and shopping sites before you provide login or financial information
  • Online Security:
    • Norton 360 safeguards against online identity theft by validating bank and shop sites you are visiting
    • Norton Identity Safe™ feature keeps your private information safe while you shop or bank online
  • Backup and Restore:
    • Creates backup, uploads backup data onto a remote server and restores files in minutes as you need them
    • Fully automated backups help prevent data loss in the case of a hardware or software failure - you can restore your data anytime in minutes
    • Store data off-site on an external Symantec server or locally on your hard drive or removable media
    • Comes with up to 2GB FREE oline storage
  • PC Performance Tune-up:
    • Your Windows operating system is tuned to run at its peak performance
    • Delete Internet clutter, purge outdated temporary files saving disk space
  • Free Online Support via email and expert live chat
  • Automatic, free download of Norton 360 product updates

System requirements

Norton 360 System Requirements

  • 300MHz or higher processor
  • 256MB of RAM minimum
  • 300MB of free hard disk space
  • Operating System: Windows® XP Home/XP Pro/XP Media 2005 +, Vista Home Basic/Home Premium/Business/Ultimate Build 6000 and later (Norton 360 is not compatible with Vista RC1/RC2)
  • Users wishing to use the Phishing Protection tool are required to download Microsoft® Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher
  • High-speed Internet connection (Broadband, etc.) is required for the online backup feature
  • Norton 360 email scan feature supports POP-3 compatible email clients


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Symantec is a big name in the security industry, and Norton 360 is one of the flagship products of the company that delivers all-round online protection for home PC users.


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