Symantec Releases Norton 360

Symantec on Monday introduced Norton 360, its new standard security suite, replacing the aging Norton Internet Security product.

Formerly known as "Genesis," Norton 360 is intended to compete with offerings from McAfee and Microsoft. Like OneCare, the application contains a suite of products that traditionally had been sold separately by the antivirus makers.

Symantec says that Norton 360 offers protection across five different categories, for example: PC security will include protection against virus, spyware, and hackers, as well as real-time detection of new threats and rootkit removal functionality.

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Transactions of personal information will be protected through anti-phishing protection, which will auto-detect new phishing sites as well as alert users of known sites when they are visited. A feature known as Web Site Authentication will ensure a user is visiting a commonly phished brand's actual site.

Backup and restore functionality is now available, allowing the user to store up to 2GB of data in an online storage area. The software will auto-detect new files and automatically back them up during times when the computer is idle. Users can also select to backup to traditional media.

PC Tuneup will allow consumers to clear their computers of unnecessary files and defragment hard drives for better performance. Like backup and restore, these processes would occur during idle time.

Finally, Norton 360 will offer integrated support to address issues, as well as offer optional anti-spam and parental controls at no cost.

"People today use their computers for much more than work or storing documents," Symantec Consumer Business chief Enrique Salem said. "Norton 360 was created with these activities in mind."

Norton 360 will be available for purchase immediately through the Symantec website, and in retail locations next month. The retail price would be $79.99 USD, the company said. Upgrade options for Norton Internet Security customers will also be offered.

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