Norton. Where do I start? I've used Norton security products pretty much since they were first available and most of them have far by trumped the competition. It's the only security product that works for me, it provides sophisticated but easy protection. Don't worry about compromising on computer performance, Norton 360 will make absolutely no difference except maybe 6/7 seconds extra boot time. I've seen this run on and even improve slightly the worst of computers.
More than 10 years I've used Windows with Norton installed. I like to explore even the darkest mine-fields of the internet and I have never ever got a virus that's managed to do anything. I've had plenty of warnings from Norton, but nothing has left it on it's head. More specifically to this particular product, it is a robust piece of security software with a few advanced and unique protection methods. Take SONAR, for example "unlike virus signatures, SONAR examines the behavior of applications to decide whether they are malicious" - Wikipedia. Finally, I like the fact it scans downloads once you've done them to make sure they're safe.
The advanced parts are a bit too advanced to get your head round. For example the long-winded process of recovering a file that Norton deleted because it is unsafe is annoying. The easy parts, however are as easy as you'd expect. Everything is cleanly laid out in the main Norton 360 window. The different segments are labelled 'PC Security', 'Identity',' Backup', 'PC Tuneup'.
PC Security - Manage your Anti-Virus and Firewall settings. Perform scans and updates.
Identity - Make use of Identity Safe, where Norton securely saves your passwords so you don't forget them.
Backup - Back up data.
PC Tuneup - Clear temporary files, optimize your hard disk and clean your registry.
As I stated in the Introduction, Norton makes little-no difference to your everyday tasks. Boot-up is a tiny bit slower, however it's impossible to avoid that as it has to start in the first place. The interface runs quite smoothly although can seem a bit choppy even on my £1,500 computer that I built for gaming.
-You get about 2 GB of online storage for your Backup files although these can be stored on your own USB stick, portable hard drive or optical media (CDs and DVDs).
-Backup is alright for the basic 'My Documents' backup, but is not as good as dedicated software I have used and do use. Although a good thing is it runs a backup while your computer is idle.
-PC Tuneup is pretty effective but again, you can make better use of a dedicated file cleaner (CCleaner) or registry cleaner (Registry Doctor).
To Buy or not to Buy?
If you use your computer most days and that time is spent sparingly on the internet, then yes this is the product to go for. It is overkill if you are a general once-a-week user and for that I'd recommend Norton Internet Security instead. For ultimate protection, this won't steer you wrong.