by davkel - 7/29/05 6:44 AM
In Reply to: Probably yes... by kdashtekar
I have some suspicions that AV firms may invent viruses, because I did an online scan which found two alleged viruses that Norton 2005 did not find. Also F-Secure finds fault with the autorun from my network installation, while Norton and AVG do not. Norton, on the other hand, keeps finding Trojans of similar type but slightly different spec, but the other progs don't. They have also just recently found a sasser exploit, said it couldn't be removed, told me to go to their website, and download the removal tool, which I did, but it said I didn't have the sasser anyway. So I don't know what to believe. I have used Norton for years, with no special problems, and it almost never finds anything until the recent sasser. I don't like to impugn a good company, but if an unscrupulous company wanted to increase its business, or persuade customers to update to a newer version, one way to do it would be to invent invasions which may not even exist, and/or find viruses on an online scan. Who would know? I am on broadband, and have the XP firewall plus the ISP's firewall, but if you lock all that down, you can't do anything on the net, and various windows don't open, or pictures show, all of which is a bigger aggravation than the slight possibility of a virus or Trojan or worm. Plus I am on a USB 2 network of two computers, and some firewalls do not make it easy to share or even set up a network, so I have ditched Zone Alarm. Currently, I have Norton on my host, and AVG on the client, just in case anything gets through the network.
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