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Norton "PC Checkup"


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#1 DottieR

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 06:03 PM

Norton "PC Checkup" says says I am infected. I downloaded this free program. It says I have 93 threats. It only shows me the first 5 which are .s.clickability.com, Cookie:dorothy@Microsoftwlsearchcr, Cookie:dorothy@ru4.com, Cookie:dorothy@revsci.net,
Cookie:dorothy@at.atwolal.com\

I guess I have to buy the program to find out the rest. I can't believe these are bad. Is there any point to keeping this on my computer? If I did have a problem, would it be listed first where I could see it?

I run Avast. SuperAntiSpyware, SpyBot and Ad-Aware, free-editions, all find nothing.

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#2 frankp316

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 06:19 PM

Cookies are not infections. Super Anti Spyware does the same thing. It detects cookies like they're a big deal and have you remove them. I wish they would stop doing that. It just confuses the average user.

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 07:33 PM

Super Anti Spyware does the same thing. It detects cookies like they're a big deal and have you remove them. I wish they would stop doing that. It just confuses the average user.

You can control whether or not you want SuperAntiSpyware to scan cookies or not. I manage my own cookies and do not allow SAS to scan them every time.

If you want to turn off cookie scanning in SAS, right click the system tray icon and open the control panel. Then select scanning control tab. The sixth check box down is 'Scan for tracking cookies'. Untick the box and it won't scan cookies. If at some point you want to be more through and have it scan, just retick the box before your next scan.

@DottieR: I too agree it seems that you have an overly aggressive scan going on. Looks like it's only identifying cookies.

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 08:36 PM

Prior to reading the post by Dottie I had never heard of Norton PC Checkup. Being the curious type I decided to install it on a temporary basis in order to find out what it does.

Here are the results of the scan:

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As you can see it tells me I have no virus protection and the Windows firewall is enabled.
That is incorrect. I use Eset Smart Security antivirus and firewall. Both are enabled.
The Windows firewall is disabled.
Windows updates are not scheduled because I have it set to download and notify me.

Virus and Spyware: I was told there were 78 threats. The five listed were cookies.

I then scanned with SAS and of course it found the cookies. Next I deleted the cache which includes getting rid of all cookies.

I re-ran the Norton scan immediately. Same results for Protection.

Virus and Spyware-9 threats found. Again the five listed were cookies-the same ones the first scan found.

Another deletion of cookies (even though there were none to delete but I wanted to be thorough), another Norton scan and once again 9 threats and the same cookies.

As far as I could see there is no option to purchase this product. What Norton wants you to do is purchase one of their security programs. If what you are using works well for you it would be a waste of money to fall for the scare tactics PC Checkup is using.

Now it's time to uninstall the program.

Edit to add: It tells me System Restore is turned off and does not detect when the last restore point was created.
It is turned on and the last restore point was created earlier today.

another edit to correct a spelling error.

Edited by Queen-Evie, 29 October 2011 - 11:04 PM.


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Posted 30 October 2011 - 04:57 AM

Talk about pathetic marketing techniques.

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Posted 30 October 2011 - 07:58 AM

Talk about pathetic marketing techniques.


This borders on the nefarious practices of thos CleanMyPC, SpeedMYPC, registry cleaners, etc that offer "free" downloads that scan your PC and announce you have X problems that only our wonder product can correct---for the low low price of $39.99 or whatever...:thumbdown:

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHAME ON YOU, NORTON!:ranting:

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Posted 30 October 2011 - 09:20 AM

I wouldn't have bother with it except I found a good review. Must be a site sponsored by Norton.

http://techreviews.in/norton-pc-checkup-free-system-checkup-of-your-pc/

Anyway I am uninstalling it.

Thanks for all the comments.




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