The present release, Norton AntiVirus Plus, is a powerful package that comes absolutely stuffed with high-end features: antivirus and anti-ransomware, malicious URL filtering, a smart firewall, password manager, speedup tools, and simple cloud backup.

The package covers Mac in addition to Windows, unusually, and one device, one-year license costs $20 initially, $60 on renewal. That is fair value for the features you’re getting, but in the event, you do not need all of the extras, there are better deals around. Bitdefender Antivirus Plus can not really match the Norton attribute set, for example, but it is priced at $40 to pay one device for a year, or you may shield three for $30 per year, $60 in renewal.

If AntiVirus Plus is not sufficient, Norton 360 expands the brand, including features and encouraging Android and iOS apparatus, in addition to Windows and Mac.

Dark web monitoring is a bonus for US users, alerting you if your email address has been sold online. Despite all this excess power, the package is still just $30 for a 1 apparatus, one-piece license, $80 on renewal.

If you can live with the single device limitation, that could be worth purchasing for your VPN alone, at least for the first year- even a value provider like Personal Internet Access (PIA) charges $40 for a one-year license.

The top-of-the-range Norton 360 Deluxe with LifeLock Select is basically the regular Deluxe bundle with 100GB cloud storage and, for US users, complete identity theft protection: Dark Internet tracking, credit monitoring, real-time alarms, US-based identity theft recovery specialists and a million-dollar insurance package. It is an impressive package, though with an enormous quantity of small print to navigate.

Norton 360 Deluxe with LifeLock Select is priced from $90 per year, $150 on renewal. It’s a fair price, but if you are after identity theft protection and searching for a bargain, check out McAfee Total Protection. It isn’t quite as powerful as Norton 360 Deluxe, but also includes identity theft protection, and can be obtained from a bargain $40 in year one, $100 on renewal.

Hopefully, you’re all set to invest some money, then, since there’s no free trial – you need to get the product and trust in the 60-day money-back guarantee.

We had been caught out by an odd problem during the purchase process, also, once the site kept removing our subscription each time we added it. It was that because our accounts had a subscription to Norton 360, it was not possible to add an extra subscription to Norton AntiVirus Plus. Yes, actually: we could not have both products, even if we wanted to use them on different devices.

But to then apply that using a back-end system that only removes Norton AntiVirus Plus from your shopping cart once you attempt to purchase it, without giving any explanation to the client, is probably even more thought-free.

Luckily, this will not affect the massive bulk of consumers, and if you do not have an active Norton 360 subscription, or you create a new account (which is what we did), purchasing Norton AntiVirus Plus should not cause you the smallest of problems. The only minor difficulty we had was that an installer gripe that there was a browser expansion with a competing security seller (McAfee) within our platform.

The installation did not create any unusual demands on our system tools. It grabbed 1GB of storage space, average to get a suite with this degree of performance, and added just two big background processes to our system.

PassMark’s Consumer Security Products Performance Benchmarks report for 2020 (Edition 2) delivered additional good news, finding that Norton Security had the least impact on PC performance when compared to 14

Keeping background processes to a minimum brings additional benefits. A simpler, more compact security app gives malware opportunities to attack and disable it.