This is the version I'm really interested in testing out after using Norton 360 3.x for more than a year. Finally the latest version of Norton 360 4.0 is here. Norton 360 which is developed by Symantec, is different from other Norton's products because it is marketed as an "all-in-one" security suite. This suite consists of personal firewall, ability to detect & remove malware, phishing protection, PC maintenance and backup.
Symantec claims the latest Norton 360 4.0 has new features such as Norton Insight, SONAR 2 Behavioral Protection, Norton Download Insight, Norton File Insight and Norton System Insight. These features are not really new though as some people might think because these features had already been incorporated into IS 2010 and Norton AV when both products were launched about 5 months ago. The only things that can be considered as "new" are "Web-based Access to Backup Files" and "Reputation service".
The Web-based Access to Backup Files feature allows user to retrieve and restore files that already backed up anywhere, anytime from virtually any machines through internet access. As for the reputation service, it adds additional layer of protection when detecting viruses, spyware, Trojans and other threats. Norton reputation service technology scrutinizes different attributes of files and applications in real-time to determine if they are safe.
Since Norton products are based on subscription, you can upgrade to version 4.0 for free if you have an active subscription. The version 4.0 cannot be upgraded from LiveUpdate because you only get definition files and small update patches. You need to download the Norton 360 4.0 setup file which is 138 MB in size and install it over the current version. If you’re interested in trying out the latest Norton 360 4.0, you can download the file from the following link and you will get a free 90-day subscription.
Download link: Norton 360 4.0 - Free 90 Days Trial