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4.0 out of 5 stars Pure vs 360, 16 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Kaspersky Pure Total Security (3 PC, 1 Year subscriptions) (PC) (CD-ROM)
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Kaspersky Pure seems an obvious competitor to Norton 360 - a combo package offering the usual Kaspersky security tools along with backup, parental control and system tuning.

I'm very familiar with Norton 360 and feel it has a much cleaner, less intimidating interface than Pure. For the novice or anyone who has no desire to delve into the depths of the product, that probably makes 360 the better option. For the more experienced user, it's a tougher choice.

The two products are quite different in many ways. For example, although both have backup modules that enable users to back up their data, Pure fails to offer online backup. Mind you, 360 only comes with 2GB inclusive online space - you have to pay £50 p.a. to upgrade that to 10GB.

They both offer password managers, but I'd recommend using an independent equivalent, or you're potentially tied in to your chosen security supplier forever. I've used AI Roboform for years and can't praise it enough.

Pure scores over 360 with its virtual keyboard (so that key-loggers can't detect password input), a file shredder and an encryption tool. Parental controls look excellent although I haven't used them. Mind you, if you use Windows 7, you probably have all you need.

It looks as though the security features are imported from Kaspersky Internet Security. That's a good thing, if you're in any doubt, but Norton generally seems to be higher-rated, these days..

Installation was straightforward and Pure didn't seem to have any worse impact on my system performance than 360. Both added only a few seconds to boot time, used minimal memory and made no noticeable impact in everyday use.

Which to choose? Tricky decision. Novices may do better with 360. Others, especially those familiar with Kaspersky IS, might prefer Pure.
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