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Windows 7: Norton Paranoia ??


18 Jan 2012   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

2012 did have a few issues a while back.

I recently moved back to 2012 and havent had any issues though.
The few minor annoyances that were there seem to have been fixed. Nothing buggy that I have noticed since coming back to it.


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18 Jan 2012   #12
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
2012 did have a few issues a while back.

I recently moved back to 2012 and havent had any issues though.
The few minor annoyances that were there seem to have been fixed. Nothing buggy that I have noticed since coming back to it.
Good to hear. I just installed it after removing NIS 2011 via (Norton Removal Tool) and will feedback any issues that may be of interest.
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19 Jan 2012   #13

 

I've got a fair few clients on Endpoint, and a number using PC Anywhere, and they will be getting alternative software very shortly as there's no excuse for Symantec deceiving the media and their customers. They have certainly not contacted them as yet regards patching or reinforcing security as they've alleged they're doing in the news.

This isn't the first time elements of their code have fallen into the wrong hands. I'm not convinced that we've ever really been told the truth in the past either. Symantec refer to a loss of their code back in 2006, and alleged just a week ago that the present intrusions related to data which also dated from the same period.

A Google news search for articles in the year 2006 regarding theft of any of their code reveals precious little; but news reports reveal bickering between them and Microsoft over the way that Vista was obliging them to revamp elements of their own security and remote access software.

User Account Control had reared it's head for the first time.

Data concerning the changes Symantec implemented in 2006 would have been modified to cope with UAC in Vista, and that's not fundamentally all that different in Windows Seven.

It's not so much the anti-virus and internet security products that worry me, although the code will be doing the rounds in cyberpunk usenet groups and underground forums and Symantec's biggest worry is likely to be hackers finding ways to circumvent licensing checks.

What is more concerning is the potential for impact on PCAnywhere users. It could create the biggest ever security risk they'll face.

Remote VPN, Remote Server Access Software, Remote PC Manager | Symantec pcAnywhere.

The code that secures users privacy is likely to be reverse engineered to try and allow criminals to access end user computers where they can then steal personal and financial data, destroy documents and archives, implant a virus, steal passwords, creditcard details, bank urls, user details, and software & gaming serial numbers.

We're supposed to take the word of the thief that the code isn't being put out into cyberpunk land? Yeah. Right.

Symantec are expecting a full frontal assault on PC Anywhere, probably not this week or next, but in the coming months. It will be like a hacker having unrestricted access to your desktop and archives as if he were sat at your computer.

At least end users can uninstall the software to protect themselves until it becomes clear how severe the risks are.

If it were Microsoft saying they had lost crucial code relating to components that granted hackers remote access to Windows Seven PC's would you feel any more reassured?
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19 Jan 2012   #14

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit SP1
 
 

i stopped using Norton in 2007. It's a resource hog and couldn't remove a virus that was quarantined. Using avast for a while and i'm happy.So far has stopped threats from entering my system.
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19 Jan 2012   #15
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I didn't want to start another thread about opinions on various paid anti malware products. I don't dismiss the PC Anywhere issues but that is not what I'm on about.
PC Anywhere may be better with a post on that specific issue?
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19 Jan 2012   #16

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by M1GU31 View Post
i stopped using Norton in 2007. It's a resource hog and couldn't remove a virus that was quarantined. Using avast for a while and i'm happy.So far has stopped threats from entering my system.
I use Avast Free on my XP systems and love it as well. What do use for a firewall?
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19 Jan 2012   #17

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

The best thing to do if you do want to use NIS is to ignore the update requests and search around for the best deal you can find (usually a lot cheaper) then just enter the new product code when the old one expires. I've stuck with NIS 2011 for the moment but I could update to 2012 - but I prefer reliability.

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19 Jan 2012   #18

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
I didn't want to start another thread about opinions on various paid anti malware products. I don't dismiss the PC Anywhere issues but that is not what I'm on about.
PC Anywhere may be better with a post on that specific issue?
I agree wholeheartedly.

I have been using NIS since 2010 and now NIS 2012. I have all notifications turned off. The software is NOT a resource hog so if you are running a system with less than 2 GBRAM get in line for the cheapest upgrade you can do...more memory.

At $70.00 a year I feel it's little enough to spend for my peace of mind and NIS is the only AV to catch the latest Fake Alerts on my client's machines. The AV software you use is subjective IMHO. If it works for you sobeit.
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19 Jan 2012   #19

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

I am using NIS 2012 and haven't had a virus attack ever touch wood.For those claiming NIS to be resource hog its totally incorrect.NIS on my system hardly takes any CPU resources and runs silently in background.

Symantec did give us a scare about source code theft.I was relieved when the theft was for older editions.DOnt have any idea about PCanywhere software though
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19 Jan 2012   #20

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

I have used NIS since 2001 and have never once got a virus. With XP I HAVE been attacked/got at least a minor virus using McAfee (no surprise) & MSE(). The people that say NIS is a resource hog MAY have used it back a few years ago. NIS 2006 was a MAJOR hog, it did protect but if you did not have a decent PC it really maxed it out. 2007 & 2008 were a bit better, 2009 was major for NIS barely hogged and resources. NIS 2011 in my opinion is the best yet, I have not yet moved to 2012 as pincushion said I prefer reliblity
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