Posted: 24-Jul-2022 | 2:16PM · 9 Replies · Permalink
I saw this program running on my PC for the first time from a publisher called OMSWAT or something. When i i searched the file, it's
wa_3rd_party_host_32.exe or wa_3rd_party_host_34.exe. Apperantly its located in C:\Program Files\Norton Security\Engine\22.214.171.124.
Any idea what it does?
Re: Omswat? wa_3rd_party_host_32.exe
Posted: 24-Jul-2022 | 7:14PM · Permalink
I found two files residing in the Norton installation directory. These are related to the Software Updater feature that is within N360. Which I do NOT want to run for any reason. OPSWAT is a 3rd party API developed for distribution of software through secured critical infrastructure. Norton evidently uses it to distribute some features of the Norton 360 suite. https://www.opswat.com/
They are signed by Norton as well.
Temporarily disable tamper protection, rename both files to OPSWAT1 and 2 or something of your choosing respectively, then saving the files and a system restart. Afterward, no scans have been performed since. After a few days I deleted both files, ran live updates. The files DID NOT reappear. Software Update still appears in Norton history but the feature has not been installed.