Hacker threatens to release Norton AV source code!

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  1. Mufflore

    Mufflore Ancient Guru

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  2. allesclar

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    its only norton lol

    but it could be a major security problem?
     
  3. Elder III

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    I would like to say good riddance, but there are still millions of people that use Norton... "cuz it's on the shelf at Best Buy so it has to be good!" :p
     
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    good riddance and while your at it go for kaspersky too dear mr. hacker xD


    eset ftw!
     

  5. Speed Weed

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    Norton's customers will gain an opportunity to see the sort of bloatware which has been slowing their rigs so significantly, then! ;)
     
  6. TheDeeGee

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    Been using NOD32 for a couple of years now (Paid).

    The only Norton program i use is Ghost 15...that's great tho.
     
  7. buddyfriendo

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    He should just to teach Norton a lesson, tbh it's utterly useless, maybe after it's leaked they might come up with something worthwhile.
     
  8. IcE

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    No matter how much everyone hates Norton, this will still be bad for us all if it goes public, especially if you fix computers for a living -.-

    Also Norton has improved 100% in the last few years with resource usage.
     
  9. sykozis

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    People need to let go of their personal bias.... Norton has been ranked in the top 2 for AV for the last 4 years consistantly. Norton has the lowest resource usage of any AV currently on the market, according to those same 3rd party AV review groups.

    BTW, the "source code" that they're threatening to "leak"....is from an older Symantec Corporate Edition that's no longer supported. The source code won't impact any currently supported editions of Norton.

    Nope....must be good because every trustworthy 3rd party review group consistantly ranks it as #1 or #2 with Avira.

    nVidia's drivers use more resources the Norton does...

    Yep....being consistantly ranked as the #1 or #2 AntiVirus on the market means it's useless....
     
  10. The_Fool

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    I consider Norton itself to be a virus. I let the subscription run out in about 2004. It would randomly ask me to renew, I couldn't uninstall it, and it became the largest pest I have ever seen. What a waste Norton became. I don't even use virus scanners these days since I never get viruses. At the most I have Spybot for the preventive measures it puts in and Noscript to block whatever else may be out there in untrusted sites. It also blocks the useless ads.
     

  11. Mkilbride

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    Good. This isn't a threat, this is a blessing, do it. NOD32 ftw.
     
  12. Agent-A01

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    Could careless. Dont use AV anyways, its all crap bloatware.
     
  13. Anubis

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    Omg, they're gonna release the sourcecode of the biggest virus ever!! -.-
    Norton my ass..

    BitDefender ftw
     
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    Oh you.jpg

    But you still know that kaspersky is better and cheaper.
     
  15. F1refly

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    Norton 2011 and 12 are completely rewritten from scratch. and as most of the AV comparison tests show, Norton is up there perforamnce wise. So either you guys are repeating jargon based on old experiences or just jumping onto the trash bandwagon.
    but releasing this changes nothing.
     

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    If it contains engine code and heuristics algorithms, could be proven rather bad to be honest. Do remember that many corporate customers do not upgrade their anti-malware solutions until they are convinced otherwise and even so it's not a guarantee that they do so.

    If many corporations are still running machines that run Windows NT 4.x and Windows 2000, it won't be surprising for companies to run older versions of Norton that may be affected by this threat of a source code leak.

    No matter how insignificant this might affect personal computers, it's still a security threat.

    deltatux
     
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    If they're running WinNT 4.0 or Win2K....they would be effected by this as it pertains to Symantec Corporate versions using the same or very similar source code.

    Either way, the Norton flame posts need to stop.....wouldn't you agree?
     
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    Latest AV-Comparatives report gave Overall Performance (Low-System-Impact) shared Gold to ESET NOD32 and Symantec Norton Internet Security 2012.

    Silver to K7 and bronze to AVIRA.

    Perhaps you should check out how much it has improved lately. Been good few years tbh.
    "YEAR 2009 (AV Product of the Year: Symantec)"

    Link: http://www.av-comparatives.org/en/comparativesreviews/summary-reports
     
  19. deltatux

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    Flaming Norton isn't against any forum rules that I'm aware of, so not going to be shut down. Some people hate Symantec for historical reasons, fine but they do have the freedom of expression to do so.

    Personally, I haven't touched Symantec products in almost a decade and don't really see a need for Norton AV. I personally use Microsoft Security Essentials in case I accidentally screw up and downloaded a malware by accident.

    deltatux
     
  20. PhazeDelta1

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    ill stick with mse + comodo firewall. i havent had anything happen yet.
     

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