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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...

Spammers use 'fake hyphen' to hide malicious URLs

Using the little-used and relatively unknown soft hyphen, spammers are pumping out malicious sites with domain names that bypass normal URL filtering methods. Some browsers -- and it's not clear from Symantec's post which Web browsers are affected, other than Firefox 2 -- simply ignore soft hyphens (HTML entity ­) found in URLs. A spammer can then create a link that looks like the real...

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...

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...

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*...

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...

Satan gets frostbite, security providers form coalition to fight malware

Remember the other day when I said I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for the security providers join forces for the greater good? Sophos' Graham Cluely has this morning announced the formation of the Industry Connections Security Group under the umbrella of the IEEE Standards Association's Industry Connections program. Initially the group includes Sophos, Microsoft, Symantec, McAfee, AVG, and...

Symantec's Hall says free antivirus is for chumps

In a discussion with tech.blorge.com, David Hall, who is Symantec's Product Manager for Asia-Pacific Consumer Products and Solutions, voices his concerns over the popularity of free antivirus programs. "People tell me, 'oh well look I use free antivirus because it is free and it protects me from everything in those areas,' but when you compare that with what's really going on in the threat...

1 million viruses, worms, and trojans on the loose

The internet is a scary place. No, we're not talking about predators out to rob you or offer candy to your kids. We're talking about malware like viruses, worms, and trojans. According to security company Symantec, the amount of malware on the internet has reached an all-time high, with over 1 million malicious programs in circulation. A surprsingly large number of those threats were developed in...

Symantec to release Online Backup Service

A large expense, and head scratching issue many businesses face is data backup. Should they pony up the cash to develop an internal solution, or do they hunt out external solutions. Symantec, the well known protection company, has opened a solution for small to mid-sized businesses. Symantec has released its Online Backup Service for beta testing, with a full release later this year. The system is...

Symantec bug exploits

Symantec has collected evidence of an attack in progress from a new bot that is exploiting multiple bugs that have been around for a few months. Including a bug in Symantec's very own antivirus scanning engine. There have been seven exploits for seven different vulnerabilities from Spybot.acyr that were found in Microsoft Windows and in Symantec's antivirus application. The vulnerability has been...

Microsoft is being cooperative, Kaspersky says

McAfee and Symantec, among others have accused Microsoft of not cooperating with them by giving them access to Windows Vista's core so it can be tested and new products created to help secure it from the third party vendors. Microsoft's stigma is always that they are involved in anti-trust activities, which McAfee and Symantec could be trying to exploit here. Anti-Virus company Kaspersky doesn't...

Windows Vista's new network code vulnerable?

One of the many Windows Vista features Microsoft is eagerly touting is its networking code, which has been re-built from the ground up and promises superior performance to XP networking. Considering all the legacy cruft in Microsoft's products, fresh new code seems like something the be happy about, but according to CNet, Symantec feels otherwise. According to the networking company, scrapping the...

Google has very loyal followers

In a recent study, Google was found to have some of the most loyal followers according to recent studies. The studies looked at online services, computing, and consumer services divisions of the IT world. The surveys measured the importance in customer's eyes, and which overall services you would recommend. Apple and Symantec were also ranked high on the Satmetrix survey....