Free, but ending soon: Norton 360 security suite

Michael Santo's picture

Those who have allowed their computer to lay unprotected from viruses and other malware can take heart: has a deal for you.

Norton 360 is Symantec's top of the line security application. It includes components from its other offering, basically adding features on top of the company's Norton Internet Security suite. Of course, all of this is built over the famed Norton Antivirus product.

Here is how the product is described on Wikipedia:

"Norton 360, developed by Symantec, is marketed as an 'all-in-one' computer security suite. The package includes an antivirus, a personal firewall, a phishing protection program and a backup program. What distinguishes this suite from Norton Internet Security is the inclusion of file backup and PC maintenance capabilities.

"The package is distributed as a download, a box copy, or is preinstalled on computers as OEM software. Additional functions, including parental controls and e-mail spam filtering, are available as extensions developed also by Symantec."

This free deal -- with a rebate, to be honest -- can be compared to the price at, where the product is currently $21.99.

Note that charges sales tax in certain states,

Although Symantec
The deal includes Norton 360 2013 along with an 8GB Toshiba TransMemory USB 2.0 Flash Drive. A couple of things to note: The flash drive only supports USB 2.0, not the newer 3.0 version. In addition, this is the 2013 version of Norton 360, not the (we assume, soon to be released) 2014 version.

However, since all antivirus products nowadays seem to rely on the subscription model, this ensures you of one year of updates, including an update to Norton 360 2014 when it is released. In addition, this is a 3-PC subscription.

Many, though, hate rebates. In this case, the rebate is worsened somewhat, by the fact that it is not a check, but rather a prepaid VISA card, which we have always found to be the most troublesome way to "redeem" a rebate.

This rebate ends on Sept. 16.

Although Symantec is considered the premier security solution by many, some do not agree. Newegg has solutions for them, as well:

McAfee Internet Security 2013 (3 PC), Free after $55 Rebate
AVG AntiVirus 2013 (1 PC), Free after $20 Rebate

To be clear, these are all subscription model applications, just as Norton 360 is. Although the companies might release a new version after you buy, you will still be able to update to that version for a year after activation .

The McAfee rebate is the standard, check in the mail type. The AVG rebate, though, is of the VISA card type.