It's wide open
by Willy - 10/13/13 6:43 AM
In Reply to: Norton, Trojans & viruses by grawhib
As far as Norton is concerned, I still value its use, though others may not. That said, is your version of Norton actually paid for or subscribed paid? I say that because just because you have it installed doesn't mean it will work forever unless currently updated and scanned regularly it will fall behind if not paid for. If left unpaid but installed it will try to do what it can "as is" and that may fail later. You gave no mention of your paid status.
Next, as others have posted, if you install any pgm. and don't pay attention it will install yet other options or "piggy-backs" if left checked or unknowingly proceed to install. These in turn if malware will cause all sorts of grief, if anything just slow the PC down. Worse, they provide a gateway for other actions unwanted for many users. One item, I always uncheck are "toolbar add-on or taskbars" which are a PITA. The only ones I have accepted for users are Yahoo and Google, only because overall they do what they intend to do harmlessly but I still ask the user if they want it. Otherwise, I delete every toolbar I find, especially "search types" by whatever name.
Last, a repair shop will offer that "virus & trojans" are at work in order to get the job. Sad, but true if only make it understood to the user as an accepted cause of repair. It maybe slightly true as many scanners report baddies installed or working but generally these aren't as bad as they seem as typical freebie malware scanner quickly undo anything along those lines. Please check the "sticky post" on this forum to see what's available for users to use for such scans. One pgm. I have found useful is Comodo firewall(free version) as it will point out various actions that could be harmful at least it pops-up and gives you a warning.
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