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Norton - Outbound traffic detected

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#1 daredevil1966


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Posted 17 August 2016 - 06:59 PM

Suddenly, last week, I started getting a Norton popup telling me to run Power Eraser because it's detected a large amount of suspicious outbound traffic. I ran Power Eraser, but it found nothing. I also did a full system scan and found nothing.
I am a pretty savvy computer user, but I could use some help with this one please.

Edited by Queen-Evie, 17 August 2016 - 07:21 PM.
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Posted 20 August 2016 - 08:31 PM

I don't know Norton anything, but me thinks that to get a response here, you need to give a bit more information, such as:
What Norton product?
On what computer? which Windows system?
Can you list some examples of those detections?
What applications?
To what IP?

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Posted 07 September 2016 - 11:03 PM

My respectful suggestion you may not like: get rid of Norton. Lately they have tried to make it better, but it is a resource hog, bloatware, and slows the computer. It does not protect you any better than several free AVs, and maybe not as much. At work we were all running Norton, and I was taking viruses off computers all the time.

Alternative free options: Panda free, Avira free. They have nag screens, but the annoyance is minor compared with the superior protection and "0" cost. There are others, just Google around.

If you need a good free firewall, you won't do better than Private Firewall and Zone Alarm. In addition to being low on system resources, they allow you to custom-block outbound and inbound with an easy-to-use GUI. That gives you a lot of power. In addition, if you are running Windows Firewall on W7 and later, it is a pretty good firewall. You can block individual outbound sends but it is a bit of a pain. As a side thought, avoid Comodo. It used to be one of the top free firewalls, but Comodo has bloated itself to the point of being a pain at best, and a menace at worse. Plus they are currently attempting to push their "Geekbuddy" pay-for-use and their own "Dragon" browser, as well as the firewall really acts like an AV program.

Just a thought...

[EDIT]: Good grief, I just looked at the OP date. I really have to remember to check that before I post.

Edited by ranchhand_, 07 September 2016 - 11:11 PM.

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#4 MDD1963


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Posted 30 September 2016 - 09:01 PM

Additionally, Glasswire is VERY user-friendly at allowing folks to quickly identify which applications are causing said connections, and, to which countries assorted connections are to, etc....


Also a piece of cake (a single click!) to quickly block anything suspicious! (i.e., a suspicious connection to China, DPRK, Ukraine, etc....)

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