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4.0 out of 5 stars Overall a good value solution, 31 Oct 2008
This review is from: Norton 360 2.0, Full Edition (PC) (CD-ROM)
OK bit of background first - we have 4 PC's and 1 laptop in the house and I have been building PC for about 10 years and have tried numerous different firewalls,anti virus etc.

I had used Symatec for some years and recommended it to friends but from 2003 the versions it started "eating" more and more machine resources as they were updated and we changed to Zone Alarm for firewalls and AVG for antivirus for friends and family and this is still an effective low cost solution.

However as I was now working away from home I decided to put something on that the family could use without any intervention from me and the full Zone Alarm Security suite was installed on some PC's and the PC-Pro recommended F-Secure suite on others but at the time my Vista Laptop arrived only Norton were offering a solution for Vista so 360 it was.

So after ~ 18 months of running the suites at the same time I would comment as follows:
Zone Alarm - I like this because of the level of flexibility it offers to the more advanced user but the barrage of somewhat strangely worded warnings the firewall generates means that most people would end up blocking things they should not and vice versa (my family have done this quite frequently - particularly after re-install updates where you get something of an avalanche of messages) so this has not really met the "no intervention" I was after.
F-Secure - I don't like this because it is prone to slowing quite powerful machines to an absolute crawl for 10 minutes at a time - the 2008 version is better than the 2007 version we used first but not a complete fix but the firewall seems to just get on with things in the background. Couple of other issues the parental controls is over the top blocking almost averything requireing almost very site to be set up as an allowed site - a major pain and the spam filter seems to have a real problem working on one of the machines but has not required any real input from me and it cover up to three PC's (yes we will be taking this off the machines when it expires).
Norton 360 - works quietly in the background with most updates taking place whist working but once a week it will remind you that you have not run a scan, backed up etc. etc. but there is a single "fix" button so the family are quite happy with this. For information version one was a bit of a resource hog but this seems to have been fixed with version 2 and the full version cover 3 PC's.

So now the new Media PC has arrived it too will be on Norton 360 v2 as will the F-secure based PC when they expire.

Apologies for the length of this but wanted to give some background info into why I would suggest Norton 360 v2 as a good solution.
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