Amazon: Norton 360 price will be nearly triple OneCare

Amazon.com has begun taking orders for Norton 360, Symantec's consumer all-in-one security suite and competitor to Microsoft's Windows Live OneCare and McAfee's Total Protection. According to Amazon's website, Norton 360 will now ship March 16 – previously the site reported February 26, but Symantec alerted Amazon of the mistake. The suite, which has been in development for more than a year, will be sold at Amazon as a three-PC subscription for $76.99. Amazon is offering OneCare 1.5 at $39.99. Both Symantec and Microsoft offer $20 rebates (Visa-only for Symantec) which drops the final costs to $56.99 and $19.99, respectively. Symantec and McAfee are attempting to respond to last year's release of Microsoft OneCare, which broke pricing ground when it announced a $49.95 three-PC annual subscription. If price is anything to go by, Symantec is going nowhere.

News source: ComputerWorld

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wow, what are they trying to do? Instead of taking their chance to develop something completely new and a whole lot less bloated, they throw out a new version of their crap at a high price. Are they trying to go bankrupt?

Anyway... doesn't concern me, I don't use their ****ty products

Yeah, why pay more for the Symantec garbage when you can get the OneCare garbage for less, and it sucks at least as badly?

Honetly, anyone who isn't totally clueless will avoid either like the plague.

Avast! and it works with x64 OS....

Using built-in OS Firewall and I have a router.

I don't need anything else. NO Symantec on my PC please.

Someone posting here is still running Norton Internet Security 2005? Wow. Did you know that if you uninstall Norton, you get a guaranteed 10%-20% speed boost? You should try it.

Wow, you must all remember that competition is good for the industry (our job) as well as the consumers (you and me). If it wasn't for Symantec, Norton, et al, do you really think MS would bother upgrading their systems? If it wasn't for Firefox, do you really think you'd have IE 7? Let's all hope that there is always competition that FORCES MS and other companies to innovate otherwise we would be stuck with products like Bob and ME.

Symantec isn't facing anyone to innovate, Norton 360 is their knee-jerk reaction to OneCare, as was McAfrees version.

The only thing that's pushed MS is FF, but that's only part of it, all the major security problems alone have forced MS to redo IE, and we get IE7 as the start of that. FF just makes them move IE development faster.

Wow, we need to set the record straight for you yet again lbmouse.

Microsoft spends more on R&D than most technology companies because they are the leaders of innovation and continue to develop new products. Did Mozilla or Symantec make them do anything? No. If you want to believe that Vista was a result of the development of OS X well then you go ahead and think that.

Besides all that, Symantec's products aren't offering any competition because they're just bloatware that, if you judge by the comments here, no one is really interested in. They should step aside and let some real competition come in.

And I wouldn't open the "Bob / Windows ME" can of worms because we all know Apple's had more flops than Microsoft.

I have no problem running symantec's software - I actually use NIS2007.2. I'll not install Onecare or Norton 360 because they only support X32 and I'm running X64.

x86 = 32bit
x64 = 64bit

There may be only 32bit versions currently available, but they run just fine on x64 versions of Windows, as any 32bit programs do.

Slimy said,
x86 = 32bit
x64 = 64bit

There may be only 32bit versions currently available, but they run just fine on x64 versions of Windows, as any 32bit programs do.

The last time I tried to install onecare or Norton 360 it would not install on X64 Vista - has that changed? I haven't checked the Microsoft one care newsgroups in over a month, but the last time I was there, the developers still stated that X64 was not supported.

kcumberbatch said,

The last time I tried to install onecare or Norton 360 it would not install on X64 Vista - has that changed? I haven't checked the Microsoft one care newsgroups in over a month, but the last time I was there, the developers still stated that X64 was not supported.


You know, now that I think of it, I think I've mixed up OneCare with another program. You're right, the installer does spit out an error about incompatibility. I hope the 2.0 version will finally have x64 support.

Slimy said,

You know, now that I think of it, I think I've mixed up OneCare with another program. You're right, the installer does spit out an error about incompatibility. I hope the 2.0 version will finally have x64 support.

From what I remember reading a month or two ago version 2.0 of OneCare will support x64.

"If price is anything to go by, Symantec is going nowhere"

...and fast!

Symantec must be smart enough to realize how few people are going to buy their bloatware so they must be making up for it with higher prices. Not to worry though, they will find a way to blame Microsoft for this failure, too.

I've been very happy with onecare especially since MS discounted the price simply for me installing the beta. I moved away from NIS for being resource hungry + installed 360 (beta), hit configue and it did SFA! Wasn't the best start for convincing me to buy

I was implying that not installing Norton 360 would be better than installing it, and then saying that One care would thus trump it completely.

After this whole Windows PatchGuard debacle, I'm never buying a Norton or McAfee product again. Nor will I recommend their software to friends or clients.

I already have OneCare on two computers. My total expenditure for coverage for 3 PCs was $20. OneCare does an excellent job for the price.

raskren said,
After this whole Windows PatchGuard debacle, I'm never buying a Norton or McAfee product again. Nor will I recommend their software to friends or clients.

I already have OneCare on two computers. My total expenditure for coverage for 3 PCs was $20. OneCare does an excellent job for the price.


You mean, you were recommending Norton before?

Also, Symantec will be taking 60% of your CPU cycles and selling them to people who need large distributed computing projects done.