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Windows 7: Concerns over pifts.exe from Norton

11 Mar 2009   #1
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 
Concerns over pifts.exe from Norton

There has been some concern expressed recently about the nature of the file pifts.exe, which is installed by Norton software.

The following at Bleeping computer may give some answers ...
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There has been a lot of controversy the past few days over a program called pifts.exe that is bundled with Norton products. This program is said to connect to stats.norton.com and send information from your computer to a remote site. What makes it even more strange is that any topics created to discuss this program in the Norton community forums have been erased. Due to this programs behavior, and Norton's strange activity, a lot of theories have been popping up from data being sent to africa to NSA snooping. Personally, I think there is a much simpler explanation.
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Debunking the Norton pifts.exe conspiracies


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11 Mar 2009   #2
jfar

Vista Ult64, Win7600
 
 

Interesting read,Thanks.
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11 Mar 2009   #3
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 
Symantec's Blunder

Online attackers feed off Norton forum purge • The Register

As if we don't have enough to worry about
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11 Mar 2009   #4
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Oh, I see this was posted earlier .. trust my one of my malware cohert's Lawrence!
Debunking the Norton pifts.exe conspiracies
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12 Mar 2009   #5
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Hi Jacee,

Also Here ...

Concerns over pifts.exe from Norton

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15 Mar 2009   #6
johngalt

 

They have since put all the legitimate posts regarding PIFts.exe back into one big post that is locked.

Timothy Lopez (with whom I have had dealings with in the past as a beta tester) apologized about the confusion on Donna Buenaventura's (of Calendar of Updates and MVP fame) blog about the mass confusion, but she and I are of the same mind - this was handled incorrectly.

See the topic Symantec deleting PIFTS.EXE postings in Norton Forums - Calendar Of Updates over at CoU for more details and my take on the situation.
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