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    Spyware/adware/malware/worms

    Hello everybody,

    I have been purchasing a version of Symantic Norton Anti-virus that runs at about $40/year. Unfortunately, I can't find more information about the version I have, but I know it isn't the expensive one. Does anyone know if this includes a scanning software that detects spyware, adware, malware, and worms? I know it scans my system every week, but I think it only checks for viruses.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Spyware/adware/malware/worms

    If you start Norton Anti Virus, you should be able to see which areas of protection are on. In the screenshot below, the upper part shows NAV 2006 and the lower part NAV 2007 (both with anti-spyware)
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    Re: Spyware/adware/malware/worms

    I don't think so.

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    Re: Spyware/adware/malware/worms

    If it definitely says Norton Anti-Virus then you don't have any checks for malware, etc. It's virus only.

    If it is a Norton Security SUITE then you may have the other checks built in.
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    Re: Spyware/adware/malware/worms

    According to the Symantec Home & Home Office Store,
    <hr>Norton AntiVirus 2007 includes AntiVirus, Antispyware, Internet Worm Protection, & Rootkit Detection .<hr>
    I can confirm this - I have NAV 2007 (it also comes with a basic firewall). Also see the screenshots in my previous reply.

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    Re: Spyware/adware/malware/worms

    The comment above suggesting that the product has a narrow definition of malware (limited to viruses) does not appear to be accurate. According to the promotional write-up at SymantecStore.com, Norton Antivirus 2008 with Antispyware ($40) has these key features:
    <UL><LI>Detects and removes spyware and viruses.
    <LI>Blocks spyware and worms automatically.
    <LI>Prevents virus-infected emails from spreading.
    <LI>Rootkit detection finds and removes hidden threats.
    <LI>NEW! Improved performance delivers faster scans.
    <LI>NEW! One click access to expert support.
    <LI>NEW! Enhanced protection elements improve your PC security.
    <LI>NEW! Works quietly in the background.
    <LI>NEW! Network mapping provides a view of your home network.
    <LI>Includes one year of automatic definition updates, new product features, and access to updated versions of Norton AntiVirus™.*
    <LI>On-going Protection keeps your computer protected from the latest Internet risks by automatically renewing your subscription at the regular subscription price (plus applicable tax), so you don't have to.[/list]The suite product adds firewall and other capabilities.

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    Re: Spyware/adware/malware/worms

    Who am I to disagree with this, since I no longer use Norton. That's the way it used to be though. <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Spyware/adware/malware/worms

    > That's the way it used to be though.

    Correct, but each new version adds new features.

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    Re: Spyware/adware/malware/worms

    Hello again,

    Mine looks like Hans’ second screenshot. In one tab, it says, “Norton Protection Center. In the other, it says, “Norton Anti-virus.” When the first tab is active, it says that spyware is activated, but like Hans’, it says nothing about worms. However, if I remember correctly, it displays a message that “no viruses, worms, or other threats were detected” at the end of the weekly scans. So I think it catches viruses, spyware, and worms (I don't know about adware, though, but I think that might be the same as spyware).

    The reason I am concerned is I recently ran a program called Malwareremover.com and got 260 security threats, including worms, spyware, and adware. I was quite surprised because I run weekly Norton scans and keep all my definitions up to date, and Norton never finds threats.

    I downloaded Malwaremover.com because these past few days, every time I run a Google search, I am told that my search “looks similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application” (see http://www.google.com/sorry/?continue=http...mp;rlz=1I7GZHZ).

    I have to answer a CAPTCHA to continue the search. The web page that displays the CPTCHA contains links to virus checkers and spyware remover, which eventually led me to http://www.download.com/Antivirus/3150-2239-0.html, from which I downloaded Malwaremover.com.

    Does anyone know anything about Malwaremover.com? I wonder if they come up with bogus threats just to get you to pay the $30 to purchase the software to remove the threats (the scan itself is free). Some of the “threats” they detected didn’t seem all that threatening to me (e.g., software to enable pop-up ads).

    If Malwaremover.com is legitimate, then I am really concerned about Norton’s failure to identity so many apparent security threats! Is Norton any good? I see the renewal jumped up $10 to $49.99 from last year (actually, it’s $70 if you don’t use the coupon), which seems a bit excessive if they failed to find all these problems …

    Kindly,

    JMT

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    Re: Spyware/adware/malware/worms

    I don't know MalwareRemover, but some scanning programs report even insignificant problems. Have you tried the more well-known applications such as
    Spybot - Search & Destroy (free)
    Ad-Aware 2007 (free)
    Windows Defender (free)
    Webroot Spy Sweeper (commercial)

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    Re: Spyware/adware/malware/worms

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by jscher2000 on 29-Oct-07 00:57. )</P>There are numerous bogus scanning and cleaning products. I suggest sticking with products that have built a track record over several years, and which real people personally recommend.

    By the way, I get that message from Google when I use a proxy network to access the web less trace-ably. If you are using a proxy network, that might explain why Google is suspicious of your search.

    Added: Another scanner you could try is HouseCall -- http://housecall.trendmicro.com/ -- a scanner/fixer that runs in-browser as an ActiveX control or Java applet, which is a bit quicker than the usual download-install-run process.

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    Re: Spyware/adware/malware/worms

    I think it may have been a proxy network; the problem has disappeared, even though Norton continues to say there are no viruses, worms, or malware.

    By the way, are you familiar with AVG virus remover? They have a free, basic version, and a more advanced verion for $$$. I hear the free version is very good protection against viruses.

    Sincerely, JMT

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    Re: Spyware/adware/malware/worms

    You'll find, in a Lounge search, that Avg as well as Avast are often mentioned as successful virus checkers in the free category.

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    Re: Spyware/adware/malware/worms

    Hi Big Al & others, I have heard the same about AVG. What advantage then does Norton offer over the freeware? Regards, JMT.

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    Re: Spyware/adware/malware/worms

    Sorry I can't answer for I haven't used any Norton products for a long, long time and it would be conjecture on my part. You'll have to see if anyone else can comment...

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