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Kudos0

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What criteria does Norton use to classify a website as OK?  The Sourceforge website is shown as OK yet it is commonly known to be a significant distributor of malware with its downloads.  This reduces my faith on Norton's product and makes me wonder what others sites that are shown as OK are actually not OK at all.   

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Kudos0

Re: Safe Search

Kudos0

Re: Safe Search

Norton periodically tests sites for malicious content.  If none is found during the test, the site is rated safe.  It is important to remember that a "safe" rating means only that there were no threats found at the time a site was tested.  Even the "safest" of sites could be compromised at any time, which is why Norton has many additional layers of protection against online threats.  For that reason, you should consider a "safe" rating as a guideline based on past testing of a site, and not a guarantee of current safety.  The main value of site ratings is in finding and alerting you to confirmed malicious sites, which you can then know to avoid.

Kudos0

Re: Safe Search

Quoting from a How to Geeks article....

“SourceForge are (sic) abusing the trust that we and our users had put into their service in the past,” according to the GIMP project. Since 2013, SourceForge has been bundling junkware along with their installers — sometimes without a developer’s permission.

Junkware is not necessarily malware. It can be PUPs ( Possibly Unwanted Program.) While they are annoying, they do not cause damage to your system. Some people actually want the 'Features' offered by these programs. They are usually downloaded alongside a legitimate download when you do not uncheck the option for the additional download.

Sourceforge's ethics may be in question, but Safe Web looks for actual malware, not PUPs. Unless they also come along with some other payload.

But there is also an update to the above article that states...

"Update: Since the writing of this article, SourceForge has been sold to a new company that stopped the DevShare program discussed in this article. We’re leaving this article here for historical reference, but it has since stopped these shady practices."

That could be why the site is rated OK.

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

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