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Windows 7: Norton 2010 got me infected

10 Sep 2010   #21
jav

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by codyw View Post
I did hear that the Norton products from 2008 and earlier had a detection that varied. I am still using the 2010 version and I have also seen great reviews on it.
2011 version of both NAV and NIS has already been released

Norton Internet Security 2011 and Norton AntiVirus... - Norton Community

And they do offer free upgrade for existing customers NIS and NAV (2006 and newer)
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If you are an existing customer with an active subscription to Norton Internet Security or Norton AntiVirus (2006 or newer), you can update to the latest version for FREE. To do this, simply go to Norton Update Center and select Update Me Now.

If you are still using it I strongly recommend you to upgrade to 2011 version.
Norton Update Center


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10 Sep 2010   #22
Maxxwire

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Wishmaster- The feature in Comodo Firewall Pro that improved the security of my computer the most was its Proactive Defense + HIPS detection that gave me the confidence that I would have even better protection than with UAC in that now no process can run on the desktop without my prior permission and the best part being that it only asks for a permission once and then remembers it. This is what has kept Comodo at the top of the Matousec Proactive Security Challenge with a 100% detection rate for so long while Norton 2010 makes such a poor showing with a 40% pass rate on the same 148 part series of tests.



~Maxx~
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10 Sep 2010   #23
codyw

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 with SP1
 
 

I tried that with it always asking but it got to be a nuisance. However, that is my plan in the event I ever do get slammed with a bad virus that way, when it attempts to call out, it won't be able to and will have to ask for permission.
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10 Sep 2010   #24
Keiichi25

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by codyw View Post
I tried that with it always asking but it got to be a nuisance. However, that is my plan in the event I ever do get slammed with a bad virus that way, when it attempts to call out, it won't be able to and will have to ask for permission.
That is where you need to work a bit more on your Firewall when you know certain programs, for instance, should have exceptions or open them up manually so that they are no longer asking every time.

Whenever you install a program you are familiar with and trust with your life with, you should look at opening the appropriate holes within your firewall for that specific reason.

While being 'nagged' about certain things, it is always important to have that little nag instead of just arbitrarily opening it up and leaving yourself open to attack. I am sure you know this full and well, but just remember, that you aren't completely in the hands of the software you use, and you can manage it to work with you as well.
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11 Sep 2010   #25
Maxxwire

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by codyw View Post
I tried that with it always asking but it got to be a nuisance. However, that is my plan in the event I ever do get slammed with a bad virus that way, when it attempts to call out, it won't be able to and will have to ask for permission.
If you first scan your computer to make sure that it is clean then when you set up the Firewall with HIPS you can use Training Mode and it will learn all of programs you are running without any pop-ups and make safe rules for them so you will not get pop-ups for them again. I rarely if ever see a pop-up running in Safe Mode except when installing new programs. It is a good security feature which makes sure that the operator who is installing the program.

The Firewall stops much more than viruses that try to call out and not just Spyware but almost every program I have ever installed has made a request to phone home during the installation and some of them even before starting the install, but without the Firewall making the program ask for permission you would never know that it had made outside contact over the internet! There are also plenty of Microsoft programs that call Redmond every day like Windows\System32\rundll32.exe and Explorer. Windows Media Player and Sidebar also get chatty and try to call home whenever they are used.

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11 Sep 2010   #26
codyw

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 with SP1
 
 

Hmm, interesting tips. However, I also did hear on Thursday that Symantec released the 2011 version of NAV & NIS. I was trying to hold off to see if there were any "leftover bugs" in it but after this last email worm that was going around, I decided to upgrade it right away. Because I get so much spam, this recent attack that was in the wild raised the red flags for me but luckily I didn't have the worm in any spam messages I had...yet...
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11 Sep 2010   #27
Maxxwire

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

codyw- I hope that NIS 2011 works out for you. I once used NIS, but as its Matousec Proactive Security Challenge score of 40% shows there is much better computer security software out there and some of the Suites are absolutely free!

~Maxx~
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11 Sep 2010   #28
malexous

Arch Linux 64-bit
 
 

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11 Sep 2010   #29
Maxxwire

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by malexous View Post
There are many tests from other organizations where Norton is at the top.
It all depends on who you want to believe. PC Magazine which is supported by advertising revenues not only placed Norton at the top of their testing, but went so far as to make an elaborate effort to try to prove that all freeware computer security software is inferior to pay to use shareware programs like Norton.

I know for sure is what works very well on my computer though and that is running my browser in Sandboxie 3.38 x64 and clearing all downloads at Virus Total before allowing them to be transfered onto my 500 GB Verbatim remote drive. Using Sandboxie has kept my computer from having so much as even a single detection of malware for almost 2 years!



~Maxx~
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12 Sep 2010   #30
malexous

Arch Linux 64-bit
 
 

I believe my own experience as well as real-world tests performed by AV-Comparatives, AV-Test.org and PC Security Labs.
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