Software
Norton 360 - 22.20.1.69
Installation
5.00 star(s)
Installation Feedback
Smooth, fast and it doesn't have to click on many options. One thing that I noticed: If you have to uninstall, use Revo because the official uninstaller leaves a lot of files. The installer downloads the app like Kaspersky does, it doesn't take long, but it depends on the Internet.
Interface (UI)
4.00 star(s)
Interface Feedback
Friendly for home users, easy to use, but it's not top notch on design, it's the same UI with some changes since 2012. Now they get off Symantec they could redesign everything.
Usability
5.00 star(s)
Usability Feedback
Extremely easy to use, automated, makes scan and most cases removes detected threats without asking user, which is perfect for my parents PCs. The File/Download Insight is awesome for home users who doesn't understand the risk of the file that is downloading, saying when a file is a malware or unknown.

When computer is idle Norton does a fast scan, live update, backup and PC tuneup tasks, I like it because I don't have to keeping doing that (mainly backup, scan and tuneup things) on my parents and brother PC.

I experienced that old bug of can't connect to Norton servers and a long time on load page when reinstalling Norton 360 on my machine and trying to do backup, but I log off from my account at "My Norton" launcher and sign in again and it works.
Other bug that I noticed on two PCs is when I try to exclude some folders from backup with many files in there and all Norton interface closes itself, small bug, but annoying.

I felt the system start up light, my previous software was Kaspersky and at least my PC start faster with Norton than Kaspersky. Norton doesn't lag PC when real time scanning some new file.

Norton alerts too of high software consumption of RAM, CPU or disk.
Performance and System Impact
5.00 star(s)
Performance and System Impact Feedback
Lightest, that is one of thw strongest point of Norton. It's clear to me that Norton realies heavily on the Cloud to analyse things, so the software consumption is extreme low. Of course most of us is connected to the Intrernet, but the one who travel a lot maybe can't be an option.

I got an old laptop with 4GB of RAM and it fits well in there, better than Windows Defender.
Protection
5.00 star(s)
Protection Feedback
Never got an head ache, equal to my parents. They added data protector shield (protected folder) to fill the gap since SONAR doesn't promp with ransomware like others BBs, I think they don't add the encryption files trigger to SONAR to avoid FPs.

I like the concept of SONAR being a cloud BB, is different from System Watcher that executes localy and can be a little heavy because of it. But because of it SONAR detection can be slow to prompt since it depends from your Internet.

Don't get me wrong, Norton blocks the unknown file or the software that are doing some malicious action, but SONAR or any notification only appears after checking in the cloud if they are right blocking.

Norton IPS and firewall is known to be one of the best. It's important to point that Norton doesn't break HTTPS connections, so browsing are light.

Nice thing: When you acces some malicious site, if you choose to continue anyway, Norton opens the web page on isolate mode in Norton servers, not on your PC.

It has a VPN and backup feature. I got a promo because I'm an old client: 250GB storage for a nice price.
Real-time file system protection
5.00 star(s)
Internet Surf protection
5.00 star(s)
Proactive Intrusion protection
5.00 star(s)
Network protection
5.00 star(s)
Pros
  1. Lots of great features
  2. Low impact on system resources
  3. Easy to use
  4. Simple and non-intrusive
  5. Strong and reliable protection
  6. Consistently high test scores
  7. Accurate and reliable antivirus engine
  8. Virus signatures are updated very often
  9. Excellent scores in independent tests
  10. Well designed, clear interface
  11. Multiple layers of protection
Cons
  1. Advanced users may want more control
Software installed on computer
More than 30 days
Computer Specifications
Windows 10, 1909
Ryzen 2400G
12GB RAM 2400Mhz
RX 580
240GB SSD
500GB HDD
Recommended for
  1. All types of users
  2. Inexperienced users
Overall Rating
5.00 star(s)
Disclaimer
  1. Any views or opinions expressed are that of the member giving the information and may be subjective.
    This software may behave differently on your device.

    We encourage you to compare these opinions with others and take informed decisions on what security products to use.
    Before buying a product you should consider factors such as price, ease of use, compatibility, and support. Installing a free trial version allows an antivirus to be tested in everyday use before purchase.

fabiobr

Level 9
Verified
Norton 360 is perfect for the home users who want a complete automated suite, advanced users may miss advanced settings and an Application control module like Kaspersky.

I set SONAR to agressive mode, let heuristics at normal. Norton is one of the suites "install and forget". The only thing you should pay attention installing at the first time is setting up backup.

The new version the VPN interface is integrated to My Norton interface.

Sorry my bad english.
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roger_m

Level 30
Verified
Content Creator
@fabiobr A great review. I would just add that rather than using Revo, it's much better to use their own Norton Remove and Reinstall tool to ensure that all leftovers get removed. Although it's called "Remove and Reinstall," you can use it solely for removing leftovers, without reinstalling Norton again.
Uninstallers which scan for leftovers, don't do well for antiviruses, as there are sometimes for example, drivers that remain after the uninstall and tools like Revo won't find them in the scan for leftovers.
 
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The Cog in the Machine

Level 23
Verified
Uninstallers which scan for leftovers, don't do well for antiviruses, as there are sometimes for example, drivers that remain after the uninstall and tools like Revo won't find then in the scan for leftovers.
That's why I have always restored a clean Windows image after trying a security product. I know it is much of a hassle but it is way way better than having an unstable system
 

amico81

Level 20
Verified
I absolutely agree on that (y)but it seems that there is some trouble now with the licenses:


https://www.reddit.com/r/Symantec/comments/feg33e
 

SeriousHoax

Level 29
Verified
Malware Tester
Norton is very light and super fast. The only two things Norton is slow at is removing a malware and its Download insight feature. It's the slowest to remove a malware and after downloading a file or opening a folder with exe files, Norton's download insight is quite slow to analyze it. But none of this is really any issue because one would rarely require Norton to remove a malware, one doesn't download new apps everyday on their PC, download insight for a particular file is a one time thing only.
I hope this didn't sound like a negative comment about the product. Norton is a great product and this is a great review but I thought I should add this in order to complete the review (y)
 
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mlnevese

Level 21
Verified
Have you ever tried ti uninstall Eset?,Seem like to remove, can only be done in safe mode

I used to have this problem with former versions of ESET. It even disabled networking completely sometimes forcing a repair of the TCP stack. Version 13 seems to be much cleaner when uninstalling.

Norton has an excellent offer in my country right now but I already have licenses for 3 products and don't need a 4th one... if they still have a good offer next year I may consider them :)
 
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bjm_

Level 8
Verified
Just a quick question as I haven't used Norton for a long time. Does the current version still install multiple browser extensions?
Same as long time re Norton for PC. Norton program install - installs Norton browser add-ons in legacy Internet Explorer.
For modern supported browser. Norton browser extensions are installed from browser web store.
Before 22.19. Norton prompted (read much annoyed) user to install Norton extensions.
Since 22.19. Norton includes “Don’t remind me again” option to snooze the UI alert permanently until uninstall/reinstall - this fixes the issue from past versions, where we used to put the product back in red state by default after 7 days.
https://community.norton.com/en/blogs/product-update-announcements/norton-security-2219963-windows-now-available
current Norton 360 v22.20.2.57
 
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bjm_

Level 8
Verified
The three plug-ins it required to install on every browser have always been one of the reasons I never returned to Norton products. If it works correctly without them then I'll certainly consider it next year.
Well, I run Chrome, Firefox and new Edge with Norton Safe Web extension installed - enabled. I've not tested with no extensions installed or with Safe Web disabled....long time. Sorry.
 
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