Norton 360 v6 - and finally.......

  Forum Editor 23:13 29 Dec 2011
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Now that you've been running the software for a while, what is your overall impression? You have an opportunity to mention anything specific in the thread entitled 'Norton 360 v6- wish list' - what we're interested in here are your general impressions.

If you weren't getting a free 1 year licence for the new software, would you consider paying for it, or if not, why not?

  Condom 01:00 30 Dec 2011

To be perfectly honest I have found nothing in 360 that is better than the free programs that I had been using beforehand. There were a few things I didn't like that I couldn't find out how to switch off like the world map and the automatic tune-up, the latter removing stuff that I wished it didn't. Yes it works unobtrusively but it is also not the quickest game in town. My Aulogics defragger defrags 4GB in a few minutes and shows me how it is doing whilst Norton took over an hour. Clearly Norton doesn't take advantage of my large Memory whilst Auslogics does. It is certainly not as processor hungry as previous incarnations I have used and that is good but I think most similar programs have also ditched their hunger so there is no great advantage.

Most people who install Norton will largely forget about it and let it do its business which is just as well as when you get into it , it is really quite an ugly brute. It still has the feel of not quite being all together in that some parts do not seem to be integrated well with the overall package and I found that strange as I am not aware of Norton purchasing any new companies in recent months so surely it should feel more integrated by now.

Unless substantial changes are made to its overall look I am unlikely to even install the free package when it arrives and I particularly don't like it altering my Messenger Settings without my prior permission. And no I wouldn't buy it either.

  Aitchbee 07:47 30 Dec 2011

I would not like to have this software as my main means of defense. It is trying to do too much, and I have been overwhelmed by the options presented to me.Half of the options I would not use.

The user-freindliness of the software is something which must be improved - surely that is not too difficult to do for such a big company.

I have been testing Norton 360 v6 on a laptop with XP and only 256 meg of memory, 160 gig hard drive ( 5% populated).

The custom scans (of USB memory devices) are also very slow.(and hang, sometimes).

Perhaps with a memory upgrade to 1 Gb, scan times might improve.

  Condom 10:29 30 Dec 2011

I should add a correction to my earlier post in that when I mention 4 GB I should have said 4 TB. Got to remember my MB from my GB from my TB. So sorry.

  rawprawn 14:32 30 Dec 2011

I thought that Norton 360 V6 was very good, but I think I would rather stick with Norton Internet Security, I feel it tries to do too much and is somewhat complicated if you want to manually use all it's options. However for the user who wishes to simply install it and leave it to it's own devices, I think it would be a good program to have as it runs quietly in the background and does not hog resources.

  carver 16:06 30 Dec 2011

Yeas I would buy it, not from the visual look of it which is frankly off putting but for the reason I can put it on the kids PC's and forget it and because Norton have got tight and only supply a 1 user 1 PC copy I'll buy again.

The free one's I could live with but I need to know that their machines are updated with out any input from them.

It does it's job very well and compared to older versions does not hog resources.

I had to buy the 3 user copy version of 360 v5 but and this is a big BUT I would not buy at full retail or Norton's website price.

I wait until it's been out a few months then buy when it's being discounted. I have recommended Norton in the past to people but 8 out 10 times you get the same response "it's to dear".

  Ford Prefect 01 16:52 30 Dec 2011

I have been using 360 since we beta'd version 3.0. There are not too many changes, the one notable one is that ability through manage to transfer licences to new machines (relatively) easily.

It would be good to have the map made optional, personally I think the colour scheme is growing on me as I don't think it looks too bad now.

  Ford Prefect 01 16:52 30 Dec 2011

I have been using 360 since we beta'd version 3.0. There are not too many changes, the one notable one is that ability through manage to transfer licences to new machines (relatively) easily.

It would be good to have the map made optional, personally I think the colour scheme is growing on me as I don't think it looks too bad now.

  Legolas 19:01 30 Dec 2011

I have rang most of the bells and blew most of the whistles incorporated in the Norton software and although they might be useful to some people I think they were a bit overwhelming. The colour scheme is of little interest to me so not bothered about that. The nitty gritty operations i.e. the firewall, anti virus scanning, email scanning and website checking ran in the background and seemed to do their job very well and like recent Norton software it is very resource friendly. I am not sure I would buy this software as I believe that there are free software out there that would do the job almost as well and for nothing. Having said that I like the software and if someone was looking to purchase software of this ilk I would recommend it.

  Ventad 19:38 30 Dec 2011

I do not think I would buy N360 even though it works well in the back ground.I like the operation of the password manager except I am probally a bit of a Ludite and would not use it for special security passwords such as bank accounts, after all if it was not for pc 'crackers etc' Norton and Norton updates would not be required. Having spoken to another silver surfer neighbour who used to buy a N360 3 pc licence for himself and two grandchildren he has now reverted to basic Norton Internet security because of the cost and they could not understand all the bells and whistles.

  Ventad 19:38 30 Dec 2011

I do not think I would buy N360 even though it works well in the back ground.I like the operation of the password manager except I am probally a bit of a Ludite and would not use it for special security passwords such as bank accounts, after all if it was not for pc 'crackers etc' Norton and Norton updates would not be required. Having spoken to another silver surfer neighbour who used to buy a N360 3 pc licence for himself and two grandchildren he has now reverted to basic Norton Internet security because of the cost and they could not understand all the bells and whistles.

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