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Hello! First Post and a quick question.

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#1 mannye


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Posted 07 February 2017 - 08:09 AM

After many years of being diligent about security and keeping up with anti-virus programs, etc.  I became frustrated with the (seemingly) constant attention they required and the issues when trying to install games and other software.


As a result, I rebelled and ripped everything out realizing I'm not a senator or CEO and that my cat pictures and puppy videos were going to be just fine.  And I quickly began enjoying a much faster computer that didn't ask me to spend 10 minutes updating all sorts of stuff every day.


It's been quite a few trouble-free years.  Maybe I'm just lucky or don't visit torrent and porn sites.  I think it's a little of both.


But now I think the time to visit torrent and porn sites is here   just be happy-go-lucky is over.  I have seen the rise of ransomeware and keyloggers that don't really do anything but constantly steal your information.  This is finally a threat that I'm worried about. 


Before we venture into online banking and all the rest, I want to make sure I at least do what I can to prevent a breach.  


Keep in mind that the last time I was into this Norton was embedded in Windows products!  


My question is:


What are the basic first steps in scanning and then securing a PC that's been "wide open" for years?  

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 05:08 PM

Norton has never been part of any windows operating system running on microsoft platforms...... like EVER.

Wide open for years, well it would if it has accessed the internet at any time then its been exploited at some point if you never did updates of any kind, ecspecially your browser.

Edited by JohnnyJammer, 07 February 2017 - 05:08 PM.

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 09:22 PM

Install an anti-virus and a trustworthy anti-malware program, then perform scans with each.

If you have not done so already, you may want to read:

You can always supplement your anti-virus or get a second opinion by performing an Online Virus Scan...
ESET is one of the more effective online scanners.


BTW...Norton is not embedded in Windows products. Many OEM manufacturers provide trial versions of anti-virus programs preinstalled on computers as part of their software package. It is not uncommon for a computer manufacturer to partner or enter into an agreement with a well known anti-virus vendor to include their product as part of a marketing strategy for generating revenue. Norton is one such product. When the trial period expires, the user will have to either remove the software or purchase the full version in order to keep using the anti-virus software. Since most folks know very little about computer security and anti-virus software, many tend to keep whatever came with their system when they first purchased it. Thus, the anti-virus vendor recaps the cost of providing the trial version for free.

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