11-05-2008 11:44 PM
I have Norton 360 installed on my laptop, running Windows XP. Recently I got hit by a virus (worm?) that, over a period of two to three days disabled all my Win32 services. It also disabled Norton 360.
My concern is that Norton 360 could not detect this virus or even warn me about it. I have now spent a lot of money having the hard drive formatted and all the software reloaded. This is costly not only in repairs but also in lost business.
I trust you are aware of this problem and will be able to solve it because I am scared to use the computer if Norton 360 cannot give me the promised protection. What do you suggest?
Or should I buy a competitors product?
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11-06-2008 03:09 PM
Viruses and other threats are mostly one step before... And sometimes there are ones, which can stop ALL antivirus software... So if you would had an other one, probably you would had the same thing.
Always viruses comes first, and than the solution :(.
My suggestion is stay by norton, and when the 3.0 update is available, download at the minute it's on the site. Or when your licence will expire soon, I suggest you to use Internet Security 2009, it has almost all the features like 360 (only the backup isn't in it), and it has a better engine now, and more options to configure.
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 x64 Hungarian, Norton 360 v220.127.116.11, Norton Utilities 16, Symantec System Recovery 2013
11-06-2008 04:47 PM
First, you did not have to spend all the money to reformat your hard drive and reload all your software. You could have
A) Reformatted and reinstalled your OS your self
B) Removed the malware w/ or w/o N360
Now, this may have very well been a virus missed by Norton. However, that is highly unlikely. There are a number of ways this could have happened, if we knew your computer configuration more in-depth. When I used N360, my computer was always clean.
If you work in a hostile enviroment, you can try ThreatFire. It is very very light and supplement's N360's heruistics, which, frankly are rather weak. NIS09 improves on the heruistics, an unreleased beta in May scored ~41% compared to the 2008 release, which scored ~18%.
11-07-2008 02:25 AM
Thanks for the reply; it is sincerely appreciated.
Point taken regarding the virus and then the solution :-)
I agree with you that I should go back to Internet Security. I used Internet Security since its introduction and only this year decided to purchase 360. I was bitterly disappointed as I have endless problems with live update and other functions. I have had to download patches almost every month and then run the fixes. This I never experienced with Internet Security.
Once again thanks for the comment.
11-07-2008 02:33 AM
11-09-2008 01:15 AM
You will want to use ThreatFire. Several threats slipped past NIS09.
Good option. You also might want to run a scan with superantispyware