Norton 360 v.5 — Yellow Flickering in the Black Hole of Customizing

norton-360-v5If you like to use power stuff , try Norton 360 from Symantec promotion page here. It has been updated to version 5 recently (version 2011). Norton 360 v5 is a huge security and computer maintenance suite that includes several modules: PC Security (antivirus and firewall), Identity Protection, Backup, and PC Tuneup. In this version, similar to Norton Internet Security 2011, Norton 360 features the latest generation of the Norton reputation-based detection and prevention technology. Here’s the direct download link to the 90-days trial: http://buy-download.norton.com/akdlm/dm/estore/downloads/OEM/N360/5.0/N360_5.0.0.125_MS_LOEM_MRF1441_5671.exe?LNG=EN&None&fileExt=.exe

Few words on my impression about this software. I still believe that in spite of very well working (meaning effective and light on resources) protection engine, Symantec engineers created a hell of user interface experience, look at the screenshots below:

norton-360-v5-main-gui norton-360-v5-main-tasks

That’s what I call “Yellow Flickering in the Black Hole of Customizing”. Try to find how to restore a deleted file from the quarantine, for example.

Installation went fine, although the first update proposed a 100Mb package, that kind of size I never understood for a freshly released software. Then I had an annoying activation window (click to enlarge):

norton-360-v5-activation-1

But you don’t want to register (like me), just keep pressing Next button until you see this screen:

norton-360-v5-activation-2

Now you can safely click Remind Me Later!

The first start-up brought some false positive threat, as Norton 360 did not like the hacker KMS service installed on my PC:

kmservice-detected

The suggested “fixing” actually brought Norton 360 down with the message “Symantec Service Framework is not responding”, which I was truly surprised of:

symantec-service-framework-crashed

Otherwise it is a great security software, just imagine the size of allocated funds for development of it.

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