Both Symantec, makers of the popular Norton products, and McAfee will be offering a suite of products for Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Vista. Symantec is offering their beta [test] version as a free download. If you are interested in giving this new software product a try, a download link is provided. As with any beta software,  it should not be used on your primary system, and should be only used on a test computer.
“The service provides anti-virus and anti-spyware protection, anti-fraud features, automated backup and restore, and computer tune-up tools, and is designed to run more or less unattended when the PC is idle.

Symantec on Wednesday released the first public beta of Norton 360, a subscription security service that will compete with Microsoft’s OneCare when it goes final sometime in the next four months.”

The new consumer security software provides anti-virus and anti-spyware protection, anti-fraud features, automated backup and restore, and computer tune-up tools. It’s designed to run more or less unattended, conducts chores such as anti-virus scans and backups when the PC is idle, and was built to consume fewer computer resources than traditional security suites. The backup feature will include 2 Gbytes of online storage space; the beta, however, provides only 250 Mbytes, and that only to the first 25,000 testers.

Since Symantec first broached its new approach to consumer computer security in February, Norton 360 — originally code named “Genesis” — has been pitched as a response to Microsoft Windows Live OneCare, an all-in-one security package priced at $49.95 annually for three PCs. Since then, other vendors, including McAfee, have released all-in-one suites sold via annual subscription. ”
Norton 360 can be downloaded from the Symantec Web site. Click Here.

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