Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Symantec accused of using 'scareware' tactics

11 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 17 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
Symantec accused of using 'scareware' tactics

Quote:
Summary: Anti-virus maker Symantec is charged in a lawsuit with misleading users into purchasing full versions of its software by peddling ’scareware’ tactics.
ZDNet
Symantec accused of using 'scareware' tactics to sell full-version products | ZDNet

Who would have suspected that?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

11 Jan 2012   #2

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

In actuality, I think that ALL AV makers are guilty of that in one way or another. The annoying pop up windows proclaiming "You're unprotected!" & such. Hey, there's competition out there, you have to use whatever means. (Although some companies are less annoying then others).
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jan 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 17 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
Agreed

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Borg 386 View Post
In actuality, I think that ALL AV makers are guilty of that in one way or another. The annoying pop up windows proclaiming "You're unprotected!" & such. Hey, there's competition out there, you have to use whatever means. (Although some companies are less annoying then others).
Agreed.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


12 Jan 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Symantec Called A Scareware Scammer, Slapped With Lawsuit

Quote:
We’ve all seen scareware in action: that especially annoying type of malware that pops up thousands of windows, each shrieking OH NO YOUR COMPUTER HAS UMPTEEN MILLION VIRUSES and extolling users to purchase fake antivirus software (using a credit card, of course). Real antivirus programs like Symantec’s Norton line are designed to ferret out malicious programs like that and kick them to the curb. However, one unhappy user claims that Symantec’s nothing better than a scareware-peddling scammer itself, and he’s slapped the company with a class-action suit for falsely pushing its wares.
Read more at:
Maximum PC | Symantec Called A Scareware Scammer, Slapped With Lawsuit
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jan 2012   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

If you believed half the things they say you wouldn't get out of bed in the morning.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jan 2012   #6

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Hi there
unless you are on a corporate network there is ABSOLUTELY NO POINT whatsoever in installing anything (A/V software) other than MSE. Nothing else provides better results ==> period ==> end of.

Remember NONE of these packages will ever guarantee 100% protection in any case.

Statistics for A/V software are also 100% rubbish since the stats are always AT LEAST two months out of date so package A that might be bad in AUG is not necessarily the worst in OCT.

All the various statistics show is that most FREE A/V stuff is approximately the same

-- so I'd trust the writer of the OS (i.e Ms itself) rather than a 3rd party having to reverse engineer the Windows kernel or do whatever.

In any case comparative statistics are 100% useless since these are all based on data at least 2 months old anyway.

I've used computers since the original IBM PC days and have NEVER had a Virus. I've in my time (perhaps slightly ashamed to say it now --being older and wiser) also used a lot of torrent sites too.

However the BEST way to protect yourself too is to use a separate Virtual Machine for interrnet surfing / downloading -- and only transfer stuff to your main machine after rigorous testing. If the VM gets infected just bin it and create a new one.

If you don't fancy the VM approach just don't give out personal details on the web such as replying to a Bank's email requesting you to verify a password and user id to "update it's security" - no Real Bank will ever ask for this - and NEVER EVER open email attchments when you don't know who the sender is.

cheers
jimbo
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jan 2012   #7

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I agree with you jimbo but millions of internet users don't know that kind of stuff.
They don't go to forums like Windows 7 forum and Bleeping Computer. Many are still trying to find a better way to steal movies and music.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Jan 2012   #8

Windows 7
 
 

Sad to see. Back in the old DOS days, Norton was one of my go to products. I had complete trust in it. Nowadays, I haven't used any Norton/Symantec product in years--nor trusted them.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Symantec accused of using 'scareware' tactics




Thread Tools




Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:35 AM.
Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App
  

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33