Is Norton Antivirus 2005 LiveUpdate installing spyware - adware?

By Alice Clagett
Nov 24, 2006
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  1. Hi, all,

    I just used LiveUpdate to update my Norton Antivirus 2005. It took longer than usual (DSL connection), so I ran Spybot Search and Destroy after the download, just for the heck of it.

    Spybot found the following spyware - adware: TagASaurus, AdRevolver, Azoogle Ads, BlueStreak, MediaPlex, Omniture, Statcounter, and Zedo.

    Could Norton Antivirus 2005 LiveUpdate have installed these programs? Should these programs be removed, as Spybot suggests?

    Thanks,

    Alice
  2. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,438

  3. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso Newcomer, in training Posts: 25,948   +17

    Hello and welcomwe to Techspot.

    No it most certainly isn`t. However, I agree with TimeParadoX that it`s a bag of crap.

    I suggest you do the following, before doing anything else.

    Go and read the Viruses/Spyware/Malware, preliminary removal instructions. Follow all the instructions exactly.

    Post fresh HJT and AVG Antispyware logs as attachments into this thread, only after doing the above.


    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:


    This thread is for the use of Alice Clagett only. Please don`t post your own virus/spyware problems in this thread. Instead, open a new thread in our security and the web forum.
  4. Alice Clagett

    Alice Clagett Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Hi, TimeParadoX and Howard,

    Thanks for the heads up re Norton. I've tried uninstalling it before, and I'd have to say it's not something I would want to try to do again with a head cold. I see by your link that there is a program to uninstall it, so thanks for that.

    Actually, I know it sounds absurd, but I'm honestly thinking that Norton Antivirus LiveUpdate installed that adware on my laptop. I say that because the same thing happened when I used LiveUpdate on my desktop, then ran Spybot.

    Most people trust Norton completely -- like they trust their medical doctors. Who runs a spyware program to check up on Norton? Nobody, right? So what gives here? I thought Norton was playing David to Microsoft's Goliath. Could Norton have started playing like the big boys?
  5. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso Newcomer, in training Posts: 25,948   +17

    I still don`t think Norton is responsible for putting spyware on your system. I mean comeon, think about it, if Norton actually did that kind of thing, can you imagine the fallout it`d create? Also, I`ve never heard of anything like that happening and I deal with virus/spyware issues everyday. I think it`s probably just a coincidence.

    Follow the instructions in the link I gave you and I`ll advise you further.

    Regards Howard :)

    This thread is for the use of Alice Clagett only. Please don`t post your own virus/spyware problems in this thread. Instead, open a new thread in our security and the web forum.
  6. Alice Clagett

    Alice Clagett Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Howard,

    Thanks for your reply. I appreciate your advice. However, I'm actually not interested in changing my spyware removal software.

    I was just wondering if anyone else could confirm or disprove my thought that Norton Antivirus might be installing adware.

    Thanks again for your help,
    Alice
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