Norton 360 Version 5.0

Norton 360 Version 5.0

Norton 360 5.0 delivers comprehensive Internet protection against all types of online threats combining antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-phishing and identity protection tools in one handy application.

Protect yourself from scam phishing websites, online identity theft, and remote hackers' attacks.

Built-in backup and restore features prevent your data from loss and PC-tuneup utilities such as disk defragmentation and registry optimiser keep your PC running at peak performance.

New features in Version 5.0 are Reputation Service, SONAR 2, Norton Insight, Download Insight and access to your backup files via an online panel.

Norton 360 Version 5.0 Standard includes 2GB of free online space for your backup files whereas Norton 360 Version 5.0 Premier Edition includes 25GB of online space.

Read on for the full program review.


Norton 360 Version 5.0 Features

Norton 360 version 5.0 which is a completely new Internet security and PC-tuneup tool from Symantec, provides fully automated wall-to-wall protection against all major online security risks when you shop, bank or chat online.

Norton 360 detects and stops viruses, spyware, rootkits and other hidden threats automatically at their entry point or quarantines infected files when one is found on your disk.

Norton 360 version 5.0 is a complete Internet security solution that combines features of Norton Internet Security, Norton AntiVirus, Norton Personal Firewall, Norton System Works and Norton Confidential. All features found in these products are now included in Norton 360 plus it gives you numerous enhancements and extra protection layer.

This application delivers complete protection from spyware and viruses as well as hidden threats such as rootkits or system vulnerabilities.

When you shop, bank online or simply visit your favourite websites, Norton 360 will verify trusted and block fake, scam and phishing sites designed to hijack personal information or identity.

The phishing prevention technology by Symantec will identify and block suspicious and dangerous sites informing you about the risks.

Norton Identity Safe is used to securely store passwords in a vault to prevent them being hijacked by a third party. Integrated firewall will block any attempts of unauthorised access to your PC.

PC Performance Tune-up

Finally, Norton 360 version 5.0 comes with features that keep your computer running at peak performance: defragmentation utility, registry cleanup, Internet clutter sweeper, temporary files cleanup and Internet Explorer history cleanup tools.

Backup and Restore

To prevent your data from loss, Norton 360 version 5.0 performs automatic backups and restores data on request. You can use Symantec online storage space that comes free with your Norton 360 installation to upload your files.

Storing data off-line provides extra protection when your computer is stolen or damaged. Optionally, you can buy Norton 360's additional online backup space for if you need more room for your files. Data recovery is also fully automatised and all files stored on the offsite server can be easily downloaded to your computer.

Norton 360 5.0 Performance

Norton 360 version 5.0 delivers significantly improved performance when compared to its previous version. Boot time is shorter, application starts quicker and most of the maintenance and/or tests are run in the background when the PC is idle to avoid system slowdown.

The new Norton 360 also consumes less memory than its predecessor allowing seamless work even on older configurations.

Norton 360 is a lightweight, fast and highly-responsive software recognised for its performance scores in independent lab tests. Performance test scores from two major antivirus testing organisations - the and – showed that Norton 360 catches 98 per cent of all known threats which is above the industry standard.

Norton 360 combines Symantec’s proven internet security and PC tune-up features with new anti-spyware and anti-phishing tools plus the and best-of-breed automatic backup technologies.

It provides wall-to-wall online protection, without the need to purchase and manage multiple products.

PC Online Security

Defends against most known online threats. Norton 360 makes use of Symantec’s cutting-edge technology — including sophisticated rootkit detection features to protect against spyware, viruses and many more. It blocks malware at the entry point before they can steal a user’s identity and compromise your system's security.

Online Transaction Security

Norton 360 protects against online identity theft. It safeguards your PC by identifying booby-trapped Web sites and automatically authenticates the most popular banking and shopping sites. Symantec's advanced technology prevents phishing and email scam attacks to help protect your personal/billing information.
Backup and Restore

Norton 360 protects your important files and data stored locally. The data is backed up automatically and you can recover any data loss in an instant. Your music files, photos and Word documents are secure so they are always available to enjoy and to work.

PC Performance Tune-Up

Norton 360 keeps your PC tuned for peak performance. Integrated optimisation and maintenance tools keep your system running at its best. Internet clutter and temporary files are cleaned up in the background and hard disks are optimised on-the-fly.

Norton 360 provides a enhanced user experience. The easy-to-navigate interface gives you a clue what PC activities are safe and how Norton 360 is providing protection.

It automatically resolves most tuneup, backup and internet security issues whilst working for you in the background.

Automatic definition updates

Norton 360 LiveUpdate to keep the virus database up-to-date protecting against the latest online threats. It comes with automatic virus definition updates and feature updates to ensure your threat definitions stay current and that you are protected at the best possible level.

Primary benefits:

  • Defends against a broad range of threats, including viruses, spyware, hackers, and more
  • Safeguards against online identity theft with phishing protection and Web site authentication
  • Automatically backs up important files and documents so users can restore them at any time
  • Tunes PCs to help keep them running at peak performance

Included in the subscription-based service are:

  • PC Security
  • Transaction Security
  • Backup and Restore
  • PC Tuneup
  • Support for Microsoft® Windows Vista™ clients (32- and 64-bit)

Norton 360 Licensing

Symantec's licensing model allows you to install Norton 360 on up to 3 PCs in a household without having to pay any extra premiums. When you buy Norton 360 you are allowed to receive full refund if the programme doesn't come up to your expectations. There are free add-ons download available for Symantec customers too.

Norton 360 Updates

Norton 360 will download and update any missing or outdated threat definitions automatically. You can arm yourself with optional components for Parental Control, Spam Control or protection against information theft. Parental Control and the anti-spam software called Spam Control, are free downloads that can be obtained separately from the Symantec website.

This software runs on Windows Vista. You can also download Norton 360 Vista upgrade from Symantec if you are running an older version.

Norton 360 Help & Technical Support

The software comes with built-in online help system that covers Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and numerous issues you may encounter running this software. You can browse through Norton 360 help topics, search the knowledge base or contact Symantec tech support by email.

However, if you need immediate assistance, you can request online chat with an expert, who will assist you until your issue is resolved. If you still need help for Norton 360, telephone support is available too, however this is a paid service. Conversations are held in English and available to all customers in UK.

More information for Norton 360 Customers in the US.

Norton 360 Version 5.0 provides protection against viruses, spam and spyware safeguarding your private information from hackers and keyloggers.

Norton 360™ Version 5.0 by Symantec delivers high performance, while protecting your computer from all online and offline threats.

Norton 360 5.0 protects your PC from viruses, and all risks you may come across while surfing the Internet. It blocks spam, malicious traffic and password hijackers.

Norton 360 is a comprehensive solution for privacy protection online, malicious intrusions, Web attacks, virus infections and data loss. It works faster than the previous version, loading in just a couple of seconds and working quietly in the background. Now including Norton Safe Web™ that protects you from online fraud by fake phishing sites.

Norton 360 5.0 performs automated disk defragmentation and tune-up of your computer, leaving it free from Internet clutter, unwanted temporary files and other items that may be slowing down your system.

Norton 360 Version 5.0 includes improved data backup & restore capabilities giving you online storage space of 2GB for free to store your files on.

Its' light on system resources and executes most of the maintenance and virus scan tasks while your PC is idle.

Key Features

New features that appeared in Norton 360 Version 5.0:

  • File reputation check feature provides unparalleled real-time protection from viruses, spyware and Trojans
  • Download Insight compares the hash keys of the files you download with the virus database created by the large community of Norton users
  • File Insight delivers reports as to where the infected files came from, so that you can protect yourself better in the future and not take risky online actions
  • Includes improved SONAR 2 technology to protect you from zero-day threats
  • Vulnerability Protection feature discovers and removes security flaws in your system and Web browser

Norton 360 Key Features Overview:

  • Antispyware security
  • Antivirus security
  • Antiphishing technology
  • Built-in Firewall
  • Verification of visited websites
  • Login authentication each time you use your password online
  • Includes Norton Identity Safe
  • Automatically monitors Local Area Network (LAN) for security issues
  • Norton Security Inspector runs vulnerability tests of your PC and Wireless LAN
  • Prevents hackers from hijacking your computer
  • Automatic backup and restore using Symantec's online storage space
  • Disk defragmentation utility
  • Registry cleanup utility
  • Automatic virus definition updates and feature upgrades via Symantec LiveUpdate
  • Download upgrades right from your Norton 360 console
  • SONAR Behaviour Monitoring Technology by Symantec
  • Free download of Norton add-ons:Anti-spam and Parental Control for child protection against predators and to prevent inappropriate online activities
  • Enhanced performance, minimum resource utilisation
  • Runs significantly faster than previous version of Norton 360
  • Quicker startup
  • Consumers less memory than comparable products
  • Runs scans, checks and tests in the background when PC is idle
  • Block viruses, spam and spyware
  • Connect securely to the Internet
  • Block hackers from hijacking private information
  • Stop unknown threats at their entry point
  • Prevent cybercriminals from stealing your passwords
  • Send and receive virus-free emails
  • Surf the Web without worry
  • Stop spyware from hijacking your computer
  • Bank and shop online with confidence
  • Protect against online identity theft
  • Validate Web sites to prevent phishing
  • Clean infected files and software from threats
  • Protect, backup and restore valuable files
  • Find and fix problems that slow down your PC
  • Purge Internet clutter and unwanted temporary files

System Requirements

Norton 360 System Requirements:

  • Any of the following Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows XP Home / XP Media Center / XP Pro with Service Pack 2 installed / Microsoft Windows Vista Basic / Vista Home / Starter / Premium / Business / Vista Ultimate
  • Any POP3-compatible email client for email scam scanning
  • Broadband connection for LiveUpdate and Backup Online Storage
  • Internet Explorer 6.0 or later / Mozilla Firefox 2.0 or later for website Phishing Protection
  • Minimum 256 MB of RAM
  • Minimum 300 MB of free disk space
  • 300MHz processor or faster


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Norton 360 Version 2.0 Review

The latest edition of Norton 360 has been released last month making it even harder for other market players in the PC-security industry to fight the stiff competition from Symantec. The security software vendor came up with a totally new, revamped version of Norton 360 we're about to take a closer look at in this review.


Installation of Norton 360 version 2.0 is a fairly straightforward, but time-consuming process. After the download of 74Mb installation files an installation procedure starts and on my box which runs Intel Celeron M 1700Mhz and 1Gb of RAM it took about 20 minutes to complete.

If there is any other antivirus protection installed on your PC, Norton will complain and gracefully ask you to stop and uninstall this before setup can continue.

When all files are downloaded from Symantec's website, Norton will run pre-installation virus check to make sure no hidden threats are lurking.

After file installation is successful Norton will prompt you to restart the machine in order to complete setup.

Interface and user experience

While the first version of Norton 360 rolled out last year proved to be slow-responsive, heavyweight piece of software with often confusing or even misleading interface, this new edition of Norton 360, called version 2.0, seems to be doing much better in comparison to its predecessor.

The main control panel is split into four easily distinguishable categories giving you an overview of the actual protection state of your PC.

This main interface is accessible from the Windows taskbar, where a tiny icon resides, telling you that Norton 360 is working on your machine. It indicates green if no problems are found and it indicates red if Norton needs your attention to resolve an issue.

In the PC Security section you can access Firewall, run scans or updates manually as well as view details of the current protection level.

If Norton thinks your PC is doing fine and no security issues have been detected, it indicates green. If something's not right it will show red or yellow to draw user's attention.

Another three main sections configurable from the main panel are Identity Protection, Backup and PC Tuneup. Using these you can fine-tune your settings for privacy protection, schedule backups and optimise your PC's performance. With this menu you can configure Norton 360 to run scans automatically, perform disk defragmentation and generate reports according to your preference.

It is worth mentioning that Symantec is giving you a free 2GB online storage that you can use to automatically backup selected folders and files.

You can ask Norton 360 to scan local disk for files of a given type such as photos, spreadsheets or Word documents and then automatically back them up using the free online space. It really is that simple.

Nonetheless, the PC Tuneup section gives you little control over how PC optimisation is being performed. For instance you cannot follow disk defragmentation progress and its actual state.

I would account this as a plus for non-experienced users who do not tend to tamper with advanced settings every time they use their software and ff you just need the job to be done, Norton 360 version 2.0 is right for you.

However, those users who want to fine-tune the optimisation and security settings, will find a set of options allowing them to do so in the Advanced Settings menu.

The Firewall is offering a broad range of settings where you can keep track of allowed and disallowed connections or applications and tweak them according to your preference. Norton 360's firewall puts you in control over the traffic rules but keeps it as simple as possible to avoid confusion of novice users.

That is, all advanced options will be hidden away by default, but you can easily access them from the Norton 360 Main Panel.

Norton 360 version 2.0 – The Verdict

With the newest release of Norton 360 it is obvious that Symantec addressed a lot of issues users complained about in the previous version of this PC security and tune-up suite.

The performance problems seem all now to be solved and the application runs smoothly without any noticeable impact on system's performance.

This is because of the Symantec's improved background task scheduler that monitors CPU/memory usage and disk activity. Scans and backups are being initiated only when idle time parameters are met.

Control Panel window comes up fast when you need it and anti-phishing and identity security tools integrate with Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox without any problems.

This new software requires less system resources than the previous version and even Norton Internet Security 2008 that is not as feature-rich as Norton 360 version 2.0.

If you plan to buy of a fully-featured PC-security suite that gives you extra tools to optimise performance and backup your precious data, Norton 360 makes for a compelling and recommended purchase.