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Norton Internet Security v22.5.4.24 (patch 22.5.4) update released in all supported languages

I’m pleased to announce that there is an update available (v22.5.4.24) for the Smokey’s Choice Awarded top-notch security software Norton Security, Norton Security with Backup, Norton Internet Security, Norton 360, Norton Antivirus and Norton Security Suite. As with all previous Norton Security software updates, this version is being released in a phased manner. The update is available in all supported languages. To download it, run LiveUpdate.

Changes in this release

* Fixes an issue where ‘iTunes Hangs when trying to Eject’
* Fixes an issue where ‘Display driver issues leading to ‘product not starting’
* Fixes an issue where ‘Nothing happens when I click on Scan’
* Several fixes for desktop flickering issues’ and other problems with Win10 upgrades.
* Clean up left over items during a Windows 10 upgrade to prevent Live Update errors
* Fix for a crash in Hebrew specific layouts.
* Fixes the alignment issue on clicking help in main UI
* Fixes an issue where ‘Auto-Protect is Greyed out’
– and other fixes…

It’s easy to verify you have the update, just launch the Main User Interface, click on Help, and select About.

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This update v22.5.4.24 is currently officially available via LiveUpdate only, however there is also the possibility for a direct download from the Symantec/Norton servers. You can install the downloaded update/patch over the top of your existent Norton product. This time too the update will be no problem at all, all previous Norton Security settings will remain unaltered after the update. The update will be accomplished within a few minutes, reboot is not not be required. Important: run LiveUpdate after updating to the new version!

Direct downloadlinks full version / update / trial / Norton Security v22.5.4.24 (patch 22.5.4)

– Norton Security 22.5.4.24 ENGLISH Language: http://buy-download.norton.com/downloads/2015/22.5.4/NS/US/NS-ESD-22.5.4.24-EN.exe

– Norton Security with included Backup 22.5.4.24 ENGLISH Language: http://buy-download.norton.com/downloads/2015/22.5.4/NSBU/US/NSBU-ESD-22.5.4.24-EN.exe

Norton Security and Norton Security with included Backup 22.5.4.24 in all other supported languages: change language by changing to e.g. Norton Security 22.5.4 DUTCH: http://buy-download.norton.com/downloads/2015/22.5.4/NS/NL/NS-ESD-22.5.4.24-NL.exe

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October 4, 2015 Posted by | Advisories, Alerts, Anti-Spyware, Anti-Virus, Downloads, Malware, Norton Internet Security, Phishing | , , , , , | Leave a comment

About the Smokey’s Choice Awards

Smokey's 2011-2012 Award

Like the Smokey’s Security Weblog Hall of Shame Awards, the Smokey’s Choice Award has the sole purpose to improve users experiences and interests. Where the intention of our “Hall of Shame” is to achieve a change of mind in positive way and improvements in behavior and procedures by the Awardees, the Smokey’s Choice Award will be granted to security (related) products that has proven to be the very best quality software available on the market. Issue ‘real security’ and ‘serious improvement’ should have highest attention of security vendors, this all in customer’s interest. The  Smokey’s Choice Award is our acknowledgement of products of outstanding quality and effectiveness, in this way we honor exceptionally well software development by some vendors which results in such top-notch products no matter it concerns free software or paid products.

All Smokey’s Choice Awarded software is thoroughly tested/reviewed, in the decision to provide a product with the Award we also include a judgment concerning the price of the software compared with the competition and what will be offered for the price. Only when we are fully convinced about quality, effectiveness and price / performance, a product will be granted the Smokey’s Choice Award. Hence we highly recommend all software provided with the Award.

Currently following products are provided with the Smokey’s Choice Award:

– avast! Mobile Security Android (recent test/review here)
– F-Secure Internet Security 2012
– MBAM – Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
– Symantec Norton Internet Security 2012
– VIPRE Internet Security 2012
– WinPatrol ‘Scotty’

Again our congratulations to all Awarded vendors!

Smokey

December 30, 2011 Posted by | Anti-Spyware, Anti-Virus, Norton Internet Security | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Norton 360 v5.1.0.29 (patch 5.1) released – ENGLISH ONLY

Symantec/Norton released Norton 360 v5.1.0.29 (patch 5.1). Note: the patch is currently available to ENGLISH users ONLY. Norton will release the patches in other regions soon. You can also receive the update by running LiveUpdate and download the update. A reboot will be required.

All downloads are originating directly from the Symantec/Norton servers, for security reasons I strongly advise only to download from these vendor servers.

Fixes and improvements patch 5.1

This patch contains many changes and fixes from the previous version. Some of these changes include:

– Added Firefox 4 Support
– Added New TidSrv detection & notification
– Improved Activation Process
– Corrected an issue where your product may report a loss of subscription days after upgrading from a previous version.
– Added performance improvements for IE 9 plugins.
– Fixed some Registry Cleaner hangs that may have previously occurred.
– Online Backup & Restore fixes for very large (> 4GB) files.
– Fixed compatibility issues with 3rd party software such as Corel Paint Shop Pro & Max SEA.

Downloadlinks full version / update / trial / Norton 360 v5.1.0.29 (patch 5.1)

– Norton 360 Standard edition English version 5.1: http://buy-download.norton.com/downloads/CLT/N360/US/2011/5.1/ESD/N360-ESD-18-6-0-29-EN.exe

– Norton 360 Premier edition English version 5.1: http://buy-download.norton.com/downloads/CLT/N360P/US/2011/5.1/ESD/N360-PREMIER-ESD-18-6-0-29-EN.exe

May 12, 2011 Posted by | Advisories, Alerts, Anti-Spyware, Anti-Virus, Downloads, Malware, Norton Internet Security, Phishing, Vulnerabilities | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Norton Internet Security 2011 and Norton Antivirus 2011 v18.6.0.29 (patch 18.6) released – ENGLISH ONLY

UPDATE May 12, 2011: Norton 360 v5.1.0.29 (patch 5.1) released – ENGLISH ONLY

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Symantec/Norton released v18.6.0.29 (patch 18.6) Norton Internet Security 2011, Norton Antivirus 2011 and Norton Internet Security Netbook Edition 2011.  Note: the patch is currently available to ENGLISH users ONLY. Symantec/Norton will release the patches in other regions soon. You can also receive the update by running LiveUpdate and download the update. A reboot will be required.

The new NIS/NAV/NIS Netbook Edition 2011 v18.6.0.29 as offered for download in this blog can be installed over the top of existent version (18.5.0.125), the update will not deliver any problem, all previous 2011 settings will remain unaltered after the update. The update will be accomplished within 1 minute, reboot is required. All downloads are originating directly from the Symantec/Norton servers, for security reasons I strongly advise only to download from these vendor servers.

Fixes and improvements patch 18.6

– Added Firefox 4 Support
– Added New TidSrv detection & notification
– Improved Activation Process
– Corrected an issue where your product may report a loss of subscription days after upgrading from a previous version.
– Added performance improvements for IE 9 plugins.
– Fixed compatibility issues with 3rd party software such as Coral Paint Shop Pro & Max SEA.

This patch also contains fixes from previous patch 18.5. Some of those changes included:

– Fixed an issue where Norton Insight might falsely report 0% trusted when Performance Monitoring was disabled.
– Fixed an issue with the Activity Map might not update when Smart Definitions are enabled.
– Improved instances where the Norton AntiSpam Toolbar might be erroneously disabled (or “grayed out”) in Microsoft Outlook 2007 and Microsoft Outlook 2010.
– Corrected an issue where “Custom UI Runtime Error in Norton AntiSpam Outlook Plugin” might display when using Microsoft Outlook.
– Fixed an issue where the option to “run” an executable was missing from a File Insight/Download Insight window.
– Corrected an issue where Idle Full System Scans would show report inconsistent amounts of Scanned Files.
– Fixed an issue where Full System Scans would not run continuously, including when the machine is left idle.
– Fixed an issue where the Norton Product may display “Subscription Expired” after updating from a previous version.
– Fixed Internet Explorer crashes that were due to Intrusion Prevention.
– Performance Enhancements were made on the Norton Toolbar for Internet Explorer 9 Beta.
– Enhanced Settings migration when updating from an older version.
– Usability and Performance improvements to the support experience.
– Added better Norton AntiSpam support for Microsoft Outlook configured with multiple accounts.
– Corrected a few instances of 8504 errors that may appear when the Norton product is launched.
– Fixed a Registry Leak issue that may occur during shutdown.

Downloadlinks full version / update / trial / Norton Internet Security 2011, Norton Antivirus 2011 and NIS Netbook Edition v18.6.0.29 (patch 18.6)

– Norton Antivirus 2011 English version: http://buy-download.norton.com/downloads/CLT/NAV/US/2011/18.6/ESD/NAV-ESD-18-6-0-29-EN.exe

– Norton Internet Security 2011 English version: http://buy-download.norton.com/downloads/CLT/NIS/US/2011/18.6/ESD/NIS-ESD-18-6-0-29-EN.exe

– Norton Internet Security Netbook Edition 2011 English version: http://buy-download.norton.com/downloads/CLT/NISNE/US/2011/18.6/ESD/NIS-NETBOOK-ESD-18-6-0-29-EN.exe

May 9, 2011 Posted by | Advisories, Alerts, Anti-Spyware, Anti-Virus, Downloads, Malware, Norton Internet Security, Phishing, Vulnerabilities | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Norton Internet Security 2011 and Norton Antivirus 2011 v18.5.0.125 (patch 18.5) released

UPDATE May 9, 2011: Norton Internet Security 2011, Norton Antivirus 2011 and Norton Internet Security Netbook Edition 2011 v18.6.0.29 (patch 18.6) released – ENGLISH ONLY

UPDATE May 12, 2011: Norton 360 v5.1.0.29 (patch 5.1) released – ENGLISH ONLY

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Symantec/Norton released v18.5.0.125 (patch 18.5) Norton Internet Security 2011, Norton Antivirus 2011 and Norton Internet Security Netbook Edition 2011 (Stable/Official Release).

Like before, I installed the new NIS 2011 v18.5.0.125 over the top of my existent version (18.1.0.37), also this time the update was no problem, all previous 2011 settings remained unaltered after the update. The update was accomplished within 1 minute, reboot was required.

Note: all downloads are originating directly from the Symantec/Norton servers, for security reasons I strongly advise only to download from these vendor servers.

Fixes and improvements

– Fixed an issue where Norton Insight might falsely report 0% trusted when Performance Monitoring was disabled.
– Fixed an issue with the Activity Map might not update when Smart Definitions are enabled.
– Improved instances where the Norton AntiSpam Toolbar might be erroneously disabled (or “grayed out”) in Microsoft Outlook 2007 and Microsoft Outlook 2010.
– Corrected an issue where “Custom UI Runtime Error in Norton AntiSpam Outlook Plugin” might display when using Microsoft Outlook.
– Fixed an issue where the option to “run” an executable was missing from a File Insight/Download Insight window.
– Corrected an issue where Idle Full System Scans would show report inconsistent amounts of Scanned Files.
– Fixed an issue where Full System Scans would not run continuously, including when the machine is left idle.
– Fixed an issue where the Norton Product may display “Subscription Expired” after updating from a previous version.
– Fixed Internet Explorer crashes that were due to Intrusion Prevention.
– Performance Enhancements were made on the Norton Toolbar for Internet Explorer 9 Beta.
– Enhanced Settings migration when updating from an older version.
– Usability and Performance improvements to the support experience.
– Added better Norton AntiSpam support for Microsoft Outlook configured with multiple accounts.
– Corrected a few instances of 8504 errors that may appear when the Norton product is launched.
– Fixed a Registry Leak issue that may occur during shutdown.

Important Symantec Corporation Statement

The issues that some users were experiencing where the Norton product would lock up after installing the 18.5 update was due to a definition that was applied after 18.5 was installed. Symantec have since corrected that definition and the issue will not occur.

Downloadlinks full version / update / trial / Norton Internet Security 2011 and Norton Antivirus 2011 v18.5.0.125 (patch 18.5)

– Norton Antivirus 2011 English version: http://buy-download.norton.com/downloads/CLT/NAV/US/2011/18.5/ESD/NAV-ESD-18-5-0-125-EN.exe

– Norton Internet Security 2011 English version: http://buy-download.norton.com/downloads/CLT/NIS/US/2011/18.5/ESD/NIS-ESD-18-5-0-125-EN.exe

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– Norton Antivirus 2011 French version: http://buy-download.norton.com/downloads/CLT/NAV/FR/2011/18.5/ESD/NAV-TW-30-18-5-0-125-FR.exe

– Norton Internet Security 2011 French version: http://buy-download.norton.com/downloads/CLT/NIS/FR/2011/18.5/ESD/NIS-TW-30-18-5-0-125-FR.exe

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– Norton Antivirus 2011 German version: http://buy-download.norton.com/downloads/CLT/NAV/GE/2011/18.5/ESD/NAV-TW-30-18-5-0-125-GE.exe

– Norton Internet Security 2011 German version: http://buy-download.norton.com/downloads/CLT/NIS/GE/2011/18.5/ESD/NIS-TW-30-18-5-0-125-GE.exe

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– Norton Antivirus 2011 Dutch version: http://buy-download.norton.com/downloads/CLT/NAV/NL/2011/18.5/ESD/NAV-TW-30-18-5-0-125-NL.exe

– Norton Internet Security 2011 Dutch version: http://buy-download.norton.com/downloads/CLT/NIS/NL/2011/18.5/ESD/NIS-TW-30-18-5-0-125-NL.exe

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Downloadlinks full version / update / trial / Norton Internet Security Netbook Edition 2011 v18.5.0.125 (patch 18.5)

– Norton Internet Security Netbook Edition 2011 English version: http://buy-download.norton.com/downloads/CLT/NISNE/US/2011/18.5/ESD/NIS-NETBOOK-ESD-18-5-0-125-EN.exe

December 29, 2010 Posted by | Advisories, Alerts, Anti-Spyware, Anti-Virus, Bundleware, Downloads, Malware, Norton Internet Security, Phishing, Recommended External Security Related Links, Toolbarware, Vulnerabilities | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

PCWorld Labs / AV-Test.org tested 13 security suites

Intro by PCLabs

It’s no longer enough for antivirus software to scan files on your PC. You need someone looking over your shoulder and telling you whether it’s safe to click that link; whether the popup for that software update is legitimate; and whether that download from your favorite social network is actually a tool created by organized criminals for stealing your personal information. You need an all-in-one Internet security suite capable of identifying, blocking, and cleaning up after a wide array of malware.

We examined 13 security suites for this story. To handle our expanded Internet security testing, PCWorld contracted for the services of AV-Test.org, a respected security testing company. We looked at traditional signature-based detection (which indicates how well products can block known malware) and at how well the suites cleaned infections and blocked brand-new, live malware attacks.

In many respects, the suites we looked at produced closely bunched results, but they did vary in the efficacy of their protection and in the extra features they offered. Ultimately, we picked Symantec’s Norton Internet Security 2011–the most balanced of the suites–as our overall winner.

Source / full tests: http://www.pcworld.com/article/214618/battle_of_the_security_superpowers.html

Tested Security Suites

  • Symantec Norton Internet Security 2011
  • Kaspersky Internet Security 2011
  • BitDefender Internet Security 2011
  • PC Tools Internet Security 2011
  • G-Data Internet Security 2011
  • F-Secure Internet Security 2011
  • Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2011
  • Panda Internet Security 2011
  • Eset Smart Security 4.2
  • Avira AntiVir Premium Security Suite
  • Comodo Internet Security 2011 Complete
  • McAfee Internet Security 2011
  • Webroot Internet Security Essentials 2011
  • December 28, 2010 Posted by | Advisories, Anti-Spyware, Anti-Virus, Bundleware, Malware, Norton Internet Security, Phishing, Recommended External Security Related Links, Toolbarware | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

    After applying the Norton Internet Security/Norton AntiVirus 18.5 patch, the Norton product may lock up or cause the system to become unstable

    Official Symantec/Norton statement regarding Norton Internet Security 2011 and Norton AntiVirus 2011 v18.5.0.125

    12-11-2010

    There have been several reports on the forums where after applying the Norton Internet Security/Norton AntiVirus 18.5 patch (is version 18.5.0.125), the Norton product may lock up or cause the system to become unstable.

    While this issue only seems to affect a small number of installations, we’re still taking this issue seriously and are quickly researching the cause of this problem.

    We will be halting the throttled LiveUpdate release of 18.5 for the time being while we investigate these issues.

    If you are experiencing this issue and would like to assist us in gathering information (debug logs and process dumps) for this issue, please post a response in THIS THREAD. The more logs and dumps we get, the more information we have that will help us make the proper corrections.

    If you are having these issues and need to revert your system back to 18.1 (is version 18.1.0.37), simply uninstall 18.5 using Control Panel (or Uninstall from the Norton Product Program Group), and reinstall 18.1 from the following locations:

  • Norton Internet Security 18.1 – http://www.norton.com/nis11
  • Norton AntiVirus 18.1 – http://www.norton.com/nav11
  • Norton Internet Security 18.1, Norton AntiVirus 18.1 and Norton Netbook Edition 18.1 in English, French, German and Dutch language (direct downloads from Symantec/Norton servers too) – https://smokeys.wordpress.com/2010/08/28/norton-internet-security-2011-and-norton-antivirus-2011-final-rtm-released/Some users are reporting troubles uninstalling. Try uninstalling from Safe Mode. If that fails, you can use the Norton Removal Tool.If you have 18.5, but are not experiencing any issues, it is advised that you remain on 18.5.
  • Update 12-29-2010

    Symantec Statement: “The issues that some users were experiencing where the Norton product would lock up after installing the 18.5 update was due to a definition that was applied after 18.5 was installed. Symantec have since corrected that definition and the issue will not occur.”

    Download Norton Internet Security 2011, Norton Antivirus 2011 and Norton Internet Security Netbook Edition 2011 v18.5.0.125 (patch 18.5, stable/official release) here: https://smokeys.wordpress.com/2010/12/29/norton-internet-security-2011-and-norton-antivirus-2011-v18-5-0-125-patch-18-5-released/

    December 12, 2010 Posted by | Advisories, Alerts, Anti-Virus, Downloads, Norton Internet Security, Recommended External Security Related Links, Vulnerabilities | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

    Norton Internet Security 2011 and Norton Antivirus 2011 (Final RTM) released

    UPDATE Dec. 29, 2010: v18.5.0.125 (patch 18.5) Norton Internet Security 2011, Norton Antivirus 2011 and  Norton Internet Security Netbook Edition 2011 released; release info, fixes/improvements and downloads here:https://smokeys.wordpress.com/2010/12/29/norton-internet-security-2011-and-norton-antivirus-2011-v18-5-0-125-patch-18-5-released/

    UPDATE May 9, 2011: Norton Internet Security 2011, Norton Antivirus 2011 and Norton Internet Security Netbook Edition 2011 v18.6.0.29 (patch 18.6) released – ENGLISH ONLY

    UPDATE May 12, 2011: Norton 360 v5.1.0.29 (patch 5.1) released – ENGLISH ONLY

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    Aug. 28, 2010

    Symantec offered today via their download servers Norton Internet Security 2011 and Norton Antivirus 2011 v18.1.0.37 Final RTM. Like I wrote before regarding NIS 2009, same positive words are (even more!) valid for today’s released Norton 2011 AV products: “without any hesitation I highly recommend Norton Internet Security 2011 to all people looking for a top-notch, reliable, easy to use all-in-one security suite.” Of course I also highly recommend NAV 2011: like NIS, great product for an acceptable price.

    I installed NIS 2011 on top of my NIS 2010 , the upgrade was no problem, all previous 2010 settings remained unaltered after the upgrade. The upgrade was accomplished within 1 minute, reboot was required.

    Full version / Upgrade / Trial download links NIS/NAV 2011 Final RTM 18.1.0.37 versions

    – Norton Antivirus 2011 English version: http://buy-download.norton.com/downloads/CLT/NAV/US/2011/18.1/ESD/NAV-TW-30-18-1-0-37-EN.exe

    – Norton Internet Security 2011 English version: http://buy-download.norton.com/downloads/CLT/NIS/US/2011/18.1/ESD/NIS-TW-30-18-1-0-37-EN.exe

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    – Norton Antivirus 2011 French version: http://buy-download.norton.com/downloads/CLT/NAV/FR/2011/18.1/ESD/NAV-TW-30-18-1-0-37-FR.exe

    – Norton Internet Security 2011 French version: http://buy-download.norton.com/downloads/CLT/NIS/FR/2011/18.1/ESD/NIS-TW-30-18-1-0-37-FR.exe

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    – Norton Antivirus 2011 German version: http://buy-download.norton.com/downloads/CLT/NAV/GE/2011/18.1/ESD/NAV-TW-30-18-1-0-37-GE.exe

    – Norton Internet Security 2011 German version: http://buy-download.norton.com/downloads/CLT/NIS/GE/2011/18.1/ESD/NIS-TW-30-18-1-0-37-GE.exe

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    – Norton Antivirus 2011 Dutch version: http://buy-download.norton.com/downloads/CLT/NAV/NL/2011/18.1/ESD/NAV-TW-30-18-1-0-37-NL.exe

    – Norton Internet Security 2011 Dutch version: http://buy-download.norton.com/downloads/CLT/NIS/NL/2011/18.1/ESD/NIS-TW-30-18-1-0-37-NL.exe

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    Full version / Upgrade / Trial download links Norton Internet Security Netbook Edition 2011 Final RTM 18.1.0.37, English and German versions

    – Norton Internet Security Netbook Edition 2011 English version: http://buy-download.norton.com/downloads/CLT/NISNE/US/2011/18.1/ESD/NIS-NETBOOK-ESD-18-1-0-37-EN.exe

    – Norton Internet Security Netbook Edition 2011 German version: http://buy-download.norton.com/downloads/CLT/NISNE/GE/2011/18.1/ESD/NIS-NETBOOK-ESD-18-1-0-37-GE.exe

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    Reviews, tests and awards NIS 2011 and NAV 2011

    – PCMag review Norton AntiVirus 2011: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2368764,00.asp
    – PCMag review Norton Internet Security 2011: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2368876,00.asp
    – CNet review Norton AntiVirus 2011: http://download.cnet.com/Norton-AntiVirus-2011/3000-2239_4-10592477.html
    – CNet review Norton Internet Security 2011: http://download.cnet.com/Norton-Internet-Security-2011/3000-18510_4-10592551.html
    – AV-Comparatives Award Best Anti-Virus Product of 2009: Symantec/Norton
    – PCWorld/AV-Test.org review Norton Internet Security 2011: http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,214625/article.html
    – Chip Online review Norton Internet Security 2011 (German language): http://www.chip.de/downloads/Norton-Internet-Security-2011_16463672.html

    August 28, 2010 Posted by | Advisories, Alerts, Anti-Spyware, Anti-Virus, Downloads, Malware, Norton Internet Security, Phishing, Recommended External Security Related Links, Toolbarware, Vulnerabilities | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

    AV-Comparatives Award Best Anti-Virus Product of 2009: Symantec/Norton

    The well-known and trustworthy anti-virus test organisation ‘AV-Comparatives’ have announced the winner of the Year 2009: Symantec.
    AV-Comparatives is an Austrian Non-Profit-Organization, which is providing independent Anti-Virus software tests free to the public.

    The “Product of the Year” Award is given based on all tests done by AV-Comparatives in a particular year, e.g. malware removal test, dynamic test, PUP test, etc., so the yearly Award is an acknowledgement of the anti-virus product with the best overall test results in that year.

    Like said, the Winner of 2009 is Symantec. A well-deserved Winner, after all we remember very well the severe struggles with Symantec/Norton anti-virus products in the past, what finally resulted in bloatware products that couldn’t be handled anymore, they were totally out of control and had also huge negative impact on system resources.

    Symantec/Norton finally decided to entirely revamp their ant-virus products, we noticed the enormous positive progress in development of their 2009 line products, and the final touch was performed in the 2010 line: Norton AntiVirus 2010, Norton Internet Security 2010 and Norton 360 Version 3.0

    I am really pleased that all efforts of Symantec/Norton to improve their products are finally rewarded with AV-Comparatives “Product of the Year 2009 Award”. Well done and really deserved Symantec!

    December 26, 2009 Posted by | Advisories, Anti-Spyware, Downloads, Malware, Norton Internet Security, Recommended External Security Related Links | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

    Bug in NIS 2009: “user names and passwords AutoComplete” always enabled in IE7

    Alert: bug in Norton Internet Security 2009 reported by the Norton Community: “user names and passwords AutoComplete” always enabled in IE7.

    Fix: change “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FormSuggest Passwords” to “no” and change the permission to read-only in regedit.

    Advice: before editing the registry, make a backup of it.

    Source/more: Norton Community.com

    January 2, 2009 Posted by | Advisories, Alerts, Friends, Norton Internet Security, Recommended External Security Related Links | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

    Survey 13 Antivirus Rescue CDs: tests, comparision and downloads

    13 Antivirus Rescue CDs Software Compared in Search For the Best Rescue Disk, in test:

    1. Avira Rescue System v3.4.4**
    2. BitDefender Rescue CD v2**
    3. Dr.Web LiveCD v4.44**
    4. F-Secure Rescue CD v3**
    5. Kaspersky Rescue CD v8.8.1.18**
    6. Norton Recovery Tool**
    7. VBA Rescue v3.12**
    8. Panda Safe CD**
    9. PC Tools Alternate Operating System Scan**
    10. Quick Heal Native Boot Scan**
    11. avast! BART CD v2.0
    12. Rising AntiVirus Software for Linux
    13. G DATA AntiVirus BootCD

    ** Download available

    Tests, comparision and downloads: Raymond.cc

    December 26, 2008 Posted by | Advisories, Downloads, Friends, Malware, Norton Internet Security, Recommended External Security Related Links | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

    Free Online Virus, Spyware, other Malware, Suspicious File, Security Check and System Health Scanners

    Like most people know, my board Smokey’s Security Forums is providing Information, Support, Help and Advice concerning all security related issues. As extra service we have also a general Hardware/Software section.

    Malware removal/cleaning is just of the many services we offer. E.g. we have a HijackThis & OTListIt2 Log Analysis/Malware Removal & Cleaning Forum (English language) and Hilfe bei Problemen mit Viren, Trojanern, Würmern, Spyware, Adware, Ransomware, Popups und sonstigen Schädlingen (German – Deutsch language), full qualified malware experts will help you to clean your infected PC.

    We have also an Online Virus, Spyware, other Malware, Suspicious File, Security Check and System Health Scanners Forum. You will find here 24 free (partial multi-engine) online services for scanning suspicious files and/or free system scanners. Several of these online services will remove malware and clean your PC also. Feel free to use these services, however, in case of an PC contaminated by malware we advice you strongly to ask for personal help in our HijackThis & OTListIt2 Log Analysiis Forum, only qualified malware experts will be able to clean your PC in a satisfying and secure way.

    Current online scan services we offer are:

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    November 8, 2008 Posted by | Advisories, Alerts, Bundleware, Friends, Malware, News, Norton Internet Security, Recommended External Security Related Links, Vulnerabilities | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

    Review Norton Internet Security 2009

    First I have to warn the “Almighty Clan of Norton Bashers and Haters”: don’t read this post. It will deliver you a bad headache… Beacuse: past week I have tested Norton Internet Security 2009, and it confirmed the enthusiastic conclusion of other tests: a top-notch security suite, best of the best. IMHO The Absolute #1 among security suites. Period.

    Apparently Symantec/Norton have learned from the mistakes made in the past, have listen serious to their customers, subsequent revamped their 2009 suite and the result is sensational: to other vendors of security suites it will be a stiff task to beat NIS 2009.

    To me, the only disappointing part of NIS 2009 is the Antispam module, but please keep in mind the pros of the suite are in the majority: Antivirus, Firewall, Antispyware and minimal performance impact. And also keep in mind that most security suites have a weak, unsatisfying Antispam module.

    Without any hesitation i highly recommend Norton Internet Security 2009 to all people looking for a top-notch, reliable, easy to use all-in-one security suite.

    Below I provide you with an comprehensive test/review, performed by PCMag. That review, same is valid for other NIS 2009 reviews, confirm my own positive experiences and impressions.

    PCMag Review Norton Internet Security 2009

    Editors’ Choice

    Bottom Line

    This is definitely the slimmest, most unobtrusive Norton ever. Its protection is top-notch where it counts, though antispam and parental controls are still weak. As the best all-around security suite yet, it’s our new Editors’ Choice.

    Pros

    Minimal performance impact*. Extremely effective spyware and virus protection. High-powered, comprehensive firewall. Free, proactive support. Phishing protection. Automated log-in, form-fill. Network map with remote configuration.

    Cons

    Antispam misses too much, blocks too many valid messages. Rudimentary parental controls. Network map allows no remote correction of reported problems.

    Full review: PCMag
    30 Day Uncrippled Trial NIS 2009: Norton Store

    *Confirmed by AV-Comparatives Performance Test Report: “Impact of Anti-Virus software on System Performance”, dated 2008-11-18. You can find the report at the bottom of the COMPARATIVES section of av-comparatives.org.

    Norton Internet Security 2009 System Requirements**

    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic/Home Premium/Business/Ultimate***

    Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2 Home/XP Pro/XP Media Center Edition300 MHz or faster processor

    – 256 MB of RAM (*512 MB RAM required for the Recovery Tool)
    – 200 MB of available hard disk space
    – Standard Web browser

    Email scanning supported for POP3- and SMTP-compatible email clients.

    Support for AntiSpam feature

    – Microsoft Outlook 97 or later
    – Microsoft Outlook Express 6.0 or later

    Supported instant messaging clients

    – AOL
    – Yahoo!
    – Microsoft
    – Trillian

    Browser support for Browser Defense and Phishing Protection features

    – Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 (32-bit only) and later
    – Mozilla Firefox 2.0 and later

    **Must meet minimum Windows Vista operating system requirements.

    ***Source: Symantec.com

    November 2, 2008 Posted by | Advisories, Downloads, Friends, Malware, Norton Internet Security, Recommended External Security Related Links | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

    Symantec confirms ActiveX bugs in its own consumer software

    Symantec Corp. has confirmed flaws in its most popular consumer security software that could give attackers the means to hijack the Windows PCs that the programs are supposed to protect.

    The vulnerabilities are in an ActiveX control that ships with several products, including Norton AntiVirus, Norton Internet Security, Norton SystemWorks and Norton 360.

    According to alerts released Wednesday by VeriSign Inc.’s iDefense, the ActiveX control SymAData.dll sports two vulnerabilities that could be used “to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the currently logged in user” by attackers able to entice victims to malicious Web sites.

    Symantec confirmed the vulnerabilities Wednesday in its own advisory, and said the buggy control has shipped with Windows versions of Norton AntiVirus 2006-2008, Norton Internet Security 2006-2008, Norton SystemWorks 2006-2008 and Norton 360 Version 1.0.

    While it acknowledged the bugs, Symantec also downplayed the threat, saying that attacks would succeed only from specially crafted sites. “To successfully exploit either vulnerability, an attacker would need to be able to masquerade as the trusted Symantec Web site, such as through a cross-site scripting attack or DNS poisoning,” read the company’s advisory.

    However, cross-site scripting attacks have become common, and although DNS “poisoning” — fooling a DNS server into thinking the bogus routing directions it’s received are authentic — is less common, it’s not unheard of.

    The flawed ActiveX control is used by Symantec’s AutoFix tool, which is included with some of the company’s software and may also be downloaded to a PC during a live chat with a Symantec technical support representative. AutoFix diagnoses PC problems and offers solutions.

    Source: CW Security

    April 5, 2008 Posted by | Alerts, Friends, Norton Internet Security, Recommended External Security Related Links, Vulnerabilities | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

    On-demand AV-Comparative February 2008 Released

    2008-03-10

    On-demand AV-Comparative February 2008 released.

    The following products were used in the last comparative (with best possible settings):

    avast! Professional Edition 4.7
    AVG Anti-Malware 7.5
    AVIRA AntiVir Personal Edition Premium 7.06
    BitDefender Professional Plus 2008 11.0
    eScan Anti-Virus 9.0
    ESET NOD32 Anti-Virus 3.0
    F-Secure Anti-Virus 2008 8.0
    G DATA AntiVirusKit (AVK) 2008 18.0
    Kaspersky Anti-Virus 7.0.1
    McAfee VirusScan Plus 2008 12.0
    Microsoft OneCare 2.0
    Norman SS Antivirus & Anti-Spyware 7.0
    Sophos Anti-Virus 7.0
    Symantec Norton Anti-Virus 2008 15.0
    TrustPort Antivirus Workstation 2.8.0
    VBA32 Scanner for Windows 3.12.6

    March 9, 2008 Posted by | Friends, Norton Internet Security, Recommended External Security Related Links | , , , | Leave a comment