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What is your opinion on the Anti-Malware tool Norton Security Scan?


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#1 midimusicman79

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Posted 20 September 2016 - 09:00 AM

Hi all!

 

After having reinstalled my OS (MS Win 10 Pro 64-bit) in conjunction with the AU, I am once again searching my computer with many Anti-Malware tools in order to subsequently clean it for malware, given that each tool has its own database and as such may pick up some malware which another will miss.

 

And meanwhile I stumbled upon Norton Security Scan, and hence, my question is:

 

What is your opinion on the Anti-Malware tool Norton Security Scan?

 

Thank you very much in advance!

 

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Posted 20 September 2016 - 02:44 PM

It doesn't remove any malware...it only checks for malware and other security software.
 

Norton Security Scan is a software tool designed to help you understand if your computer is currently protected from known threats. Norton Security Scan performs a scan of your computer and displays if there are existing viruses, worms, spyware, unwanted adware, or Trojans residing on your computer. Norton Security Scan is used to check how protected your computer is currently...Norton Security Scan will check to see what security software is on your computer. It will not conflict with other security software that is installed.

Norton Security Scan FAQs

Major software vendors like Adobe, Java and others have been bundling third-party software and utilities like this from McAfee and Norton in their download packages which allows users to perform a system checkup of their computers. Not everyone is happy about it.
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Posted 21 September 2016 - 06:41 AM

Hi, quietman7!

 

Thank you for the prompt and insightful reply! :)

 

Guess I overestimated the tool's capabilities to detect and remove malware, but obviously I was wrong about the latter! :blink:

 

However, I understand the tool's purpose which is outlined in the FAQ-quote. :thumbup2:

 

Major software vendors like Adobe, Java and others have been bundling third-party software and utilities like this from McAfee and Norton in their download packages which allows users to perform a system checkup of their computers. Not everyone is happy about it.

 

Personally, I always uncheck the third-party bundled offers when installing software, so I actually downloaded the tool deliberately in order to test it, although surely these utilities are more or less advertising tools that try to sell the users their commercial security products.

 

Thank you very much for the help! :)

 

Regards,

midimusicman79


Edited by midimusicman79, 22 September 2016 - 06:40 AM.

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Posted 21 September 2016 - 07:08 AM

You're welcome.
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Posted 02 October 2016 - 07:52 PM

If Defender, MBAM, Hitman Pro, JRT, and AdwCleaner can't find it...it might not be there! :)


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Posted 02 October 2016 - 08:35 PM

Not everyone is happy about it.


As recently as last week I cleaned up and installed a free antivirus on a computer that the user had been given, and he was unaware it had no AV protection because he saw McAfee Security Scan on the start menu and thought it was AV protection. He'd never run it to find out otherwise.
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Posted 02 October 2016 - 08:52 PM

An uninformed user can be their own worst enemy when acting in ignorance.
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Posted 02 October 2016 - 10:17 PM

There is, however, the Norton Power Eraser, which, similar to AdwCleaner, scans then gives you the option to choose what is /is not removed....

 

https://support.norton.com/sp/en/us/home/current/solutions/v69675421_EndUserProfile_en_us?OpenDocument&src=smr2011


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Posted 03 October 2016 - 06:15 AM

Norton Power Eraser is a free virus removal tool specially designed to detect and eliminate malware threats using aggressive scanning technology. As such, Norton warns there is a risk that it can target some legitimate programs for removal so you should carefully review the scan results page before removing files. However, if you accidentally remove a legitimate program, Norton Power Eraser can be rerun to review past repair scans and undo the deletions. In the past Symantec advised Norton Power Eraser was more of a tool of last resort...I have never seen the need to use it.
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