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Kudos0

FreeFileSync

I am in need for a good File synchronizer, and FreeFileSync seems the best option there now. I have researched around and there seems no major issue except with Norton. Their site, freefilesync.org FAQ has the following: "Some anti-virus programs, most notably Norton by Symantec may falsely flag the installer as dangerous and delete it without providing further info. This is because Norton uses a so-called "reputation-based heuristic", which will simply delete all files that are not well known or commonly downloaded."

The latest Norton forum discussion was from 2013. What is the latest on this? Given FreeFileSync has been around at least a decade, has Norton finally acknowledged it as Ok? What is the recommendation to install?  Thank you in advance.

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Kudos0

Re: FreeFileSync

lt_user:

"...Norton uses a so-called 'reputation-based heuristic', which will simply delete all files that are not well known or commonly downloaded."

Well, that is a completely false and misleading description of the "so-called (?)" Norton protection.  Are you sure you want to install that software??

Kudos0

Re: FreeFileSync

[..] everyone who donates is offered a special version of FreeFileSync without any advertisements, including a number of bonus features. The FreeFileSync Donation Edition is a thank-you for supporting the FreeFileSync project!

https://www.freefilesync.org/faq.php#donation-edition


FWIW ~ File name: FreeFileSync_9.0_Windows_Setup.exe
Detection ratio: 6 / 61
Analysis date: 2017-04-17

Kudos0

Re: FreeFileSync

Thanks... the virustotal.com is the data I was looking for — beyond flawed, misleading descriptions. 

Now, I presume these threats are because FreeFileSync is open source, correct?

Kudos0

Re: FreeFileSync

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I use SyncToy by MS with no problems with Norton or anything else.

Jim 

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Now, I presume these threats are because FreeFileSync is open source, correct?

It has nothing to do with open source. As your quote says it is the installer that is the problem. It probably contains some adware to help support the free version. Not all adware is friendly to your system, and can end up loading other unwanted items.

Things happen. Export/Backup your Norton Password Manager data.
Kudos0

Re: FreeFileSync

@ PhoneMan/Jim: Do you have it with Windows10? I did look into this, but MS does not have a specific direct link for Win10. Their KB has old stuff for Win7/8. Then external sites offer work arounds. If you have a good, sound method for Win 10, please share. Thanks.

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Re: FreeFileSync

I got it from MS site and it runs fine on W10.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-US/download/details.aspx?id=15155

I use the Echo mode which copies files from the Source to the Backup drive.

It will do adds, deletions, moves and renames. It's all in the Help section.

When I run it I always do the Preview to see what it is doing and it gives you a choice to unselect something if you want. Then I hit Run.

Jim  

Kudos0

Re: FreeFileSync

Thank you all for all the insights and inputs. 

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