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F-Secure named Windows antivirus product of the year by AV-Comparatives

AV-Comparatives spends all year evaluating antivirus applications, and their recommendations are always worth paying attention to. The company's 2010 summary report has been posted, and F-Secure has been declared the top Windows antivirus program. AV-Comparatives also states that it was extremely difficult to choose a winner this year -- which is a good thing, because it means that security...

Microsoft rumored to be making an offer for Symantec

Reports abound this morning that Microsoft may be taking a look at Symantec. After Intel's unexpected purchase of McAfee recently, prevailing sentiment is that other major players may all make similar moves. The rumors stem from analyst Katherine Eggbert's statement that "without a strategic sale or break-up near-term, a high-level management change may perhaps be the next step demanded by anxious...

Norton's best idea ever: Hack is Wack! contest, featuring Snoop Dogg

You know, if there's one genre of music I think of when I'm pondering issues related to cyber-security, it's rap. And if there's one rapper I think of when I'm in the mood for lyrics which don't mention any kind of illegal activities, it's Snoop Dogg. Yes, those are two of the most ridiculous sentences I've ever written at Download Squad, but whatcha gonna do? This isn't a situation I ever...

False positive by Norton forces some Firefox users to reinstall after 3.6.6 update

False positives aren't all that uncommon -- with so many different antivirus and antimalware products out there, so many threats, and so much untested software, it's to be expected that detection mishaps are going to happen. Mishaps like that little McAfee situation earlier this year... Today's offender is Symantec, whose Antivirus and Internet Security products decided to push the panic...

Norton Internet Security crits World of Warcraft, claims its not a critical system file

In news that makes McAfee's svchost.exe mishap look like a sunny, smiley walk in the park, Symantec and its Norton suite of security tools has found World of Warcraft to be malware. Countless installations of World of Warcraft were destroyed until it was rapidly fixed on Thursday last week. In fairness, it was quite an easy mistake to make: Symantec uses human analysts to flag programs with...

DLS (beta) review: free, portable Norton Power Eraser takes aim at malware

I spend a lot of time during the work week removing malware from customers' computers. So whenever I happen upon a new malware cleanup app, I make it a point to put it through the paces. Better tools make my job easier, after all. Today I'm checking out Norton Power Eraser -- a free, portable malware cleanup tool from the folks at Symantec. I had tried to test earlier beta versions of NPE, but...

Hey, Norton: why does Security Scan behave so much like the malware I remove?

Don't get me wrong. I don't hate Symantec by any stretch. In fact, I rather like Norton Antivirus 2010 -- it's their second really solid effort in a row after a string of releases I was less than enthusiastic about. What I don't like, however, is their free Security Scan. Why? Because it behaves very much like the fake alert malware which causes my customers so much grief. For starters, it...

Nice try, Symantec! Cheesey video warns against free antivirus

Back in July, a Symantec exec predictably talked down free antivirus apps. This week, the cheeky devils behind Norton Antivirus have turned out a real tour de force. Seriously. It's a flippant look at the old adage "the best things in life are free." The spot starts by mentioning love. Yeah, that's free, right? Sure, except for weddings says the straightman - those could cost as much as *gasp*...

Sunbelt offering a lifetime of Vipre antivirus for $99

Sunbelt's Vipre might not be as well known as Norton or McAfee, but it's definitely a solid choice in desktop malware and virus protection. Now, thanks to the fine people at HSN who also bring you products like Tony Little fitness gear and Carol Alt's line of cosmetics you can score Vipre's protection until you're stone dead for a mere $99.90. Plus $6.95 shipping and handling, of course. For...

Symantec release 2010 Norton security products

Little in the Windows world seems to polarize opinion like a Symantec product, and in particular one from the Norton range. Seemingly equally loved and hated by users, Norton products in recent times have grown in both functionality and size, leading many to categorize the applications as 'bloated'. Fanboys and haters sit up and take notice, Symantec have announced the release of their 2010...

Google suggest proves that a lot of people want Norton, McAffee, and AVG off their PCs

Google suggest - sometimes it's helpful, sometimes it's way off the mark. For the guys at Sophos, it's a source of mild amusement. Why? Well, take a look at the YouTube clip they generously shared with the world. Among the top suggestions when you type "remove" in for the first word of your query? Apart from annoying pests like Antivirus 360 and Antivirus 2009 (both fake antivirus malware)...

Avast responds to Symantec's jaded criticisms of free antivirus

Last month, Symantec Product Manager David Hall ruffled some feathers when he blasted free antivirus software. Avast's Vincent Steckler has since had a look at the interview, and believes Hall "erroneously concludes that free products cannot be trusted, are not sufficient, etc." He continues, "But then again why should a firm that makes a billion dollars a year off of paid anti-virus conclude...

Symantec introduces Norton AntiVirus Dual Protection for Mac

Symantec has introduced Norton AntiVirus Dual Protection for Mac, a new software package that combines Norton AntiVirus 2008 for Windows with Norton AntiVirus 11 for Mac. This package was designed for Mac users who have Windows installed on their machine, either as a separate partition (Boot Camp) or through the use of virtualization software such as Parallels and VMWare Fusion. You've got to...

Win $10,000 by looking like an emoticon

This is a little bit twisted. Emoticons started out their lives as text-based characters designed to resemble human expressions. They've evolved into cartoon smiley faces and in some cases, even 3D figures. Now Symantec wants to take things full circle by finding people who can emulate emoticons with... facial expressions. Symantec is holding a contest allowing you to submit a photo with a...

Microsoft Anti-Spyware targets Norton Anti-Virus

The Washington Post's Brian Krebs is reporting that a recent update to Microsoft Anti-Spyware "flags [Norton Anti-Virus] as a password-stealing program and prompts users to remove it." If the user removes the files as instructed by Anti-Spyware, Norton Anti-Virus ceases to function and cannot be reinstalled without some dicey registry editing. Oops. Microsoft says it's working on a fix...