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Kudos0

Why Am I Paying For Advertising...isn't that the equivalent of spyware?

I originally decided to stick with Norton (been using their stuff since DOS days) because it had the reputation of not being annoying like McAfee.  Slowly over time it has become more and more annoying...popping up dialog boxes telling me I really should enable the latest piece of marketware from these guys.  Now it's popping up this huge dialog box advertising "Lifelock" which has always had a somewhat questionable reputation.

Seriously what is the difference between the current product and spyware other than I actually paid for it?  It seems to mostly sitting their serving advertising more than doing anything useful.  The free MS stuff doesn't do that.

I think it's time to reconsider my security strategy and untangle my computers from anything Norton.

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Kudos0

Re: Why Am I Paying For Advertising...isn't that the equivalent of spyware?

Been using Norton Security for awhile now. Currently running it on 20 pc's plus hundreds of customers pc's Never seen any sort of pop you speak of. You can disable any sort of news pop up also in Norton's settings. Which Norton product and version are you currently running? 

Kudos0

Re: Why Am I Paying For Advertising...isn't that the equivalent of spyware?

Norton Internet Security on 3 PCs.  Most of the others are Linux at this point.  

Not sure how you could miss it.  Its about 3 inches tall on my screen and it pops up during the night--there to greet me each morning.

Kudos0

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Kudos0

Re: Why Am I Paying For Advertising...isn't that the equivalent of spyware?

You can turn those off. it is in the settings. Norton Internet Security is no more actually. Now it is Norton Security. I do not have Norton Internet Security installed but if you go into the settings there is an option to turn it off. Under admin or general. 

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Re: Why Am I Paying For Advertising...isn't that the equivalent of spyware?

Administrative Settings:

Special Offer Notification

Lets you configure your Norton product to notify you about special offers on the latest Norton products, add-ons, and other useful information from Symantec.

Kudos0

Re: Why Am I Paying For Advertising...isn't that the equivalent of spyware?

There it is SendOfJive

Kudos0

Re: Why Am I Paying For Advertising...isn't that the equivalent of spyware?

@John Ellenberger:

1. You can read and follow SendOfJive's comment above to customize your NIS re that setting. Feel free to keep us posted if your original annoyance continues.

2. I personally think you may have misunderstood some terms. They are Notification, Mailing list & Advertising & Electronic spamming, Spyware (here & here).

As to Lifelock, you may read this official PR.

And as to "The free MS stuff doesn't do that", you may read:

Then, how about this HUGE blue screen / (full screen) pop-up?

For more info, you may Chat with Norton Support.

Please post back if this or any other comment solves your problem. THX..

PUP Hunter PRO: Just TRYING to save the world (U) from cyber threats, A single blog post, at a time, and ONCE & FOR ALL. (A fan of Nadia_Kovacs)
Kudos0

Re: Why Am I Paying For Advertising...isn't that the equivalent of spyware?

Yes will thanks for the education on junkware terminology but I think it misses the point.  

The point simply is that I am paying for a service (for which there are MANY free alternatives) and one of the main goals of the service is to keep annoying junk off my screen.  Instead,  the service itself is annoying me almost daily with everything from "turn on my new piece of marketware" to "hey we just did a deal with this questionable company and you should spend even more money on their stuff."    It's as if my Tivo started generating Light Beer commercials.

No thanks.  IMHO Norton's marketing folks are out of control and have crossed the line. 

Oh and BTW in case folks have a short memory just google "lifelock scandal"

Kudos0

Re: Why Am I Paying For Advertising...isn't that the equivalent of spyware?

John.......It is called advertising. Every company does it. I use Avast Free on some pc's. About twice a week it will ask you to upgrade. There is even ads in the GUI of the program itself. No biggie. It is how companies make money. You can simply uncheck it. Norton recently purchased LifeLock also (which you can Google). Soon LifeLock will be incorporated into Norton products. When watching TV you can change the channel when there is a commercial correct? No one forces you to watch the advertisement. Heck 99% of YouTube videos have a 30 second advertisement before you can ever watch the video you want to. That you cannot turn off. But Norton gives you the option to turn those ads off. It is your choice. Thanks. 

Kudos0

Re: Why Am I Paying For Advertising...isn't that the equivalent of spyware?

..and I don't pay $60/ a year for TV so I expect there will be commercials which is why I pay Tivo too-much-money to be able to skip them.  That is entirely the point.  Norton is an expensive product which is supposed to help me get rid of clutter but is instead serving up advertising (or whatever you want to call it) by default.   Many of the free anti-virus packages serve up advertising which is the price one pays for "free."   Why do you think it is my responsibility to fork over a premium price and the root around in the configuration to stop them from pushing me ads?

..and yes I know Norton bought a company that paid $100M in fines for fraud.  At least the free anti-viruses advertise legitimate products.

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Re: Why Am I Paying For Advertising...isn't that the equivalent of spyware?

OMG.............Really? Norton is not expensive. I bought a 5 user license for $19.99 off Amazon. If there was no option to turn off special offers I would understand your point. But the option is right there. Clear as day. Uncheck it and presto...............It is gone. 

Norton Internet Security is now Norton Security. You could also upgrade to Norton Security. It is merely giving you advice on optional upgrades. FYI.................I pay $200/ month for internet, TV and phone. If you are paying $60/ year and you do not shop around for deals that is not Norton's fault. Norton is not running spyware on your pc. They are merely trying to inform you of some deals. if you do not want to see those deals then uncheck the option in your Norton Admin settings. It's that easy,. Take the time to look into all the settings in Norton. You will learn a lot. 

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