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Kudos0

Computer much quieter now since major security updates

For months I thought there was a security issue with my computer, I know when I visited a certain couple of websites my computer would go berserk making a noise like the processor was working hard, but since me updating windows yesterday which was microsofts biggest ever security update addressing 37 vunerabities in 13 buletins my computer has been really quite. I'm now thinking the noise which I was hearing was my firewall protecting me from attack. What I would like to know is if I can set the firewall to alert me when an attack occurs, as at present the only evidence I get of my computer being compromised is what I see in the monthly report. I would like to see a pop up alerting me at the time of the event.

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Kudos0

Re: Computer much quieter now since major security updates

Is anyone going to reply to this message? I would like to know specifically about the firewall notification alerts also.

Kudos0

Re: Computer much quieter now since major security updates

Hi,

Am not sure you can do this with Norton 360 as this is a set-and-forget Products; N.I.S. might be better for your needs if you can live without the Back-Up and Tune-Up Features; I'll have someone confirm this for you.  All Norton Security Products, such as Norton 360 and N.I.S., have a Security History which Logs all the Activities of your Norton Product.

Message Edited by Floating_Red on 10-17-2009 12:20 AM
Thursday, November 21, 2013: The THREATCON was changed to Level 1: Normal | Tue., Nov. 05, 2013: Zero-Day Vulnerability: Microsoft Security Advisory 2896666 | Saturday, November 09, 2013: Cyber-Criminals Serve Up A Veritable Smorgasbord Of Threats For South Koreans | Wednesday, October 09, 2013: New Internet Explorer Zero-Day Targeted In Attacks Against Korea And Japan [C.V.E.-2013-3897]
Kudos0

Re: Computer much quieter now since major security updates


reactivate wrote:
For months I thought there was a security issue with my computer, I know when I visited a certain couple of websites my computer would go berserk making a noise like the processor was working hard, but since me updating windows yesterday which was microsofts biggest ever security update addressing 37 vunerabities in 13 buletins my computer has been really quite. I'm now thinking the noise which I was hearing was my firewall protecting me from attack. What I would like to know is if I can set the firewall to alert me when an attack occurs, as at present the only evidence I get of my computer being compromised is what I see in the monthly report. I would like to see a pop up alerting me at the time of the event.
You should already be getting screen pops warning you if you are being "attacked" - it is a normal part of Norton 360.
We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace. ~William Ewart Gladstone
Kudos0

Re: Computer much quieter now since major security updates


mdturner wrote:

reactivate wrote:
For months I thought there was a security issue with my computer, I know when I visited a certain couple of websites my computer would go berserk making a noise like the processor was working hard, but since me updating windows yesterday which was microsofts biggest ever security update addressing 37 vunerabities in 13 buletins my computer has been really quite. I'm now thinking the noise which I was hearing was my firewall protecting me from attack. What I would like to know is if I can set the firewall to alert me when an attack occurs, as at present the only evidence I get of my computer being compromised is what I see in the monthly report. I would like to see a pop up alerting me at the time of the event.
You should already be getting screen pops warning you if you are being "attacked" - it is a normal part of Norton 360.

I've never had a pop up screen yet, maybe I should use one of those online scanners to test the firewall for leaks, then I should get a pop up warning me of an intrusion attemp. Any suggestions? and do you think these scanners are safe to use?

My security history shows nothing serious, and my monthly report has only noted phising sites as a problem so far, and nothing about a specific attack. I must admit I do get a bit alarmed when I'm browsing a website not really doing much at all, and all of a sudden my computer goes a bit beserk like the noise of the processor cooling fan going hell for leather. Maybe it is just the way 360 works, and nothing to worry about or maybe it has something to do with the fact that 360 shows my RAM as being low, which suggests that there is something wrong with the ram or a driver issue, as I don't have much stored on my computer or many programs and, the 2 Gig of memory is showing up o.k in the slots. If anyone can help me try to figure out why norton 360 is showing my ram as being low, and help me find the cause I would appreciate it, as I think it is highly unlikely that 2 Gig of ram is insufficient for my needs, there is obviously some problem. If anyone knows of a free program that can test for RAM problems, or driver issues that would be a good start.

Kudos0

Re: Computer much quieter now since major security updates

Hi reactivate

Are you running a laptop or a desktop computer?

We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace. ~William Ewart Gladstone
Kudos0

Re: Computer much quieter now since major security updates

A laptop
Kudos0

Re: Computer much quieter now since major security updates

Intrusion Prevention is a Component with which you Norton Product Blocks Vulnerabilities which Hackers are Attempting to use to get on to your computer; meanwhile, the Firewall Blocks Ports which Hackers commonly-use to try and get access to your computer, and the Un-Used Port-Blocking is just your Norton Product Blocking Ports which does not match any of your Products which are on your computer, so it does not let the Connect Attempt through.  The Firewall could Block Connection Attempts many times per minute, say, twenty, and this is the reason why your Norton Product has the Default Setting to not display these connect attempts, and am not sure if there is a Setting in Norton 360 which you can use to get this as there is in Norton Internet Security.  I hope this helps.

Message Edited by Floating_Red on 10-17-2009 10:31 AM
Thursday, November 21, 2013: The THREATCON was changed to Level 1: Normal | Tue., Nov. 05, 2013: Zero-Day Vulnerability: Microsoft Security Advisory 2896666 | Saturday, November 09, 2013: Cyber-Criminals Serve Up A Veritable Smorgasbord Of Threats For South Koreans | Wednesday, October 09, 2013: New Internet Explorer Zero-Day Targeted In Attacks Against Korea And Japan [C.V.E.-2013-3897]
Kudos0

Re: Computer much quieter now since major security updates


reactivate wrote:
A laptop
Laptops are, as you know, notorious for being very sensitive to heat and need good ventilation around them and the vent areas regularly checked to ensure they are clear of any obstructions. I apologise if I am stating the obvious here.
We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace. ~William Ewart Gladstone
Kudos0

Re: Computer much quieter now since major security updates


mdturner wrote:

reactivate wrote:
A laptop
Laptops are, as you know, notorious for being very sensitive to heat and need good ventilation around them and the vent areas regularly checked to ensure they are clear of any obstructions. I apologise if I am stating the obvious here.

Yes you are stating the obvious, Anyway it appears from what I can gather now that there is nothing wrong with my memory, and Norton 360 is incorrectly saying that my RAM is low. Why I don't know? but it is bugging me.

Maybe a symantec employee can help resolve this issue, I would really like to why norton 360 is giving this information when everthing appears to be o.k.

Just checking my total available physical memory through system information I can say it states there is 880mb available, I checked it just 30 minutes ago, and it said there was 886mb available.  What does Norton 360 consider to be low RAM?

Kudos0

Re: Computer much quieter now since major security updates

Hi reactivate

Here is a link for a free mem test.

http://www.memtest86.com/

Here is a site that lists the top 5 free mem tests.

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/tp/memorytest.htm

I believe you asked about mem tests in one of your posts

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Kudos0

Re: Computer much quieter now since major security updates


reactivate wrote:
For months I thought there was a security issue with my computer, I know when I visited a certain couple of websites my computer would go berserk making a noise like the processor was working hard, but since me updating windows yesterday which was microsofts biggest ever security update addressing 37 vunerabities in 13 buletins my computer has been really quite. I'm now thinking the noise which I was hearing was my firewall protecting me from attack. What I would like to know is if I can set the firewall to alert me when an attack occurs, as at present the only evidence I get of my computer being compromised is what I see in the monthly report. I would like to see a pop up alerting me at the time of the event.

Thanks

Kudos0

Re: Computer much quieter now since major security updates

Simply posting for posterity sakeI have found that Norton 360 does allow for advanced firewall notification popup alerts. You can set this to enabled in the Settings > Firewall sectionFor obvious reasons I think this is disabled by default due to many people not wanting to be bothered with constant popups related to everyday intrusion attempts, or application phoning home attemptsOne would only hope that with the set it forget it approach enabled by default there is adequate protection in case a unrecognized trojan downloader infects your machine and begins downloading with no firewall blocking it.  

From Symantec's Norton 360 Help file;

"

Advanced Events Monitoring

When you are connected to the Internet, there are various ways by which intruders can gain unauthorized access to your computer.

Intruders can gain access to your computer in the following ways without causing firewall alerts to appear:

  • Launching and manipulating safe programs without your knowledge

  • Attaching to a safe program without getting detected

  • Launching trusted applications in hidden mode through command-line parameters

  • Injecting code into other applications' processes

  • Modifying the URL of an Internet browser through Windows messages

  • Bypassing firewall inspections by penetrating the Windows TCP/IP layer to send and receive data

  • Using documented interfaces that Windows Active Desktop provides to transmit data outside the network

  • Using keylogger programs to monitor the keystrokes of a computer user, thereby gaining access to a user's personal information

  • Instantiating controlled COM objects to manipulate an application's behavior

You can turn on Advanced Events Monitoring only if you turn off the Automatic Program Control feature.

When you turn on Advanced Events Monitoring feature, you are prompted with numerous firewall alerts. If you do not want to receive firewall alerts, you can turn on Silent Mode. When you turn on Silent Mode, Norton 360 automatically turns on Automatic Program Control and disables the Advanced Events Monitoring features. You cannot configure Advanced Events Monitoring when you turn on Silent Mode.

Note:

Handling Advanced Events Monitoring is discouraged because you might make any incorrect decision that can allow malicious programs or block critical Internet programs and functions.

When you turn off Automatic Program Control, you can configure the various features in Advanced Events Monitoring. You can use the Advanced Events Monitoring features to allow or deny any of the events that may harm your computer. When the event occurs for the first time, a firewall alert appears and you can allow or block the event. When you allow the event, the event details are logged under any of the categories available in Advanced Events Monitoring. You can remove the event details from the list. In this case, the event details reappear in the list when the event is run again. However, an alert does not appear when the event is run for the second time. A rule is created the first time a program runs. The same rule is applied to the program when it runs again. So an alert does not occur when a recognized program runs.   "

 

 

End help file.

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