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Serious flaw in Symantec Antivirus Library

By Spike
Dec 22, 2005
  1. http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1903971,00.asp...

    ...Basically, it seems that this article is saying that by sending you an email with a specially created RAR attachment, they would be able to comprimise and gain complete control of a computer with default settings without the user even opening the attachement - or even if the user chooses not to even read the email!

    Bad. Very bad.
     
  2. MonkeyMan

    MonkeyMan TS Rookie Posts: 45

    Very unfortunate, but you know, I always went with McAfee, because they always kept me secure lol. You've just got to hate hackers lol.
     
  3. meNOname

    meNOname TS Rookie Posts: 96

    yeah, ive had bad experiences with symantec...
    its left me having to wip emy whole computer and start anew..
    and i agree with good ole monkey man..mcafee is the way to go
    spybot, and AdAware, if you are looking for free replacements
     
  4. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 2,168

    McAffee? Err, I don't think so. Just because AOL provide it, it doesn't make it good.
     
  5. meNOname

    meNOname TS Rookie Posts: 96

    whoa..AOL and mcafee 2 different things
    AOL = garbage
    Mcafee = good virus protection
     
  6. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 2,168

    OK. I shan't take your word for that, but you have every right to your opinion. My own experience provides me with an obviously different opinion to yours.
     
  7. meNOname

    meNOname TS Rookie Posts: 96

    ok dont take my full word
    but please take part of it
    the AOL = garbage..lol

    o well good luck with those virus probs
     
  8. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 2,168

    Oh, I know AOL is garbage - I've spent long enough fixing its damage. lol
     
  9. Bender99

    Bender99 TS Rookie Posts: 21

    I tend to use products that aren't bloatware. I like VCom System Suite and the built in virus scanner it has.
     
  10. Julian309

    Julian309 TS Rookie Posts: 16

    The same thing happened to me, it made me erase my hard drive.
     
  11. cyclonicblade

    cyclonicblade TS Rookie

    As long as there are hackers,Spammers and philshers. No Anti-Virus or Ad-Ware program will ever be complete and yes I agree norton has always had some problems but don't the all. Keep a back-up and use the system restore save often. none of them do it all and they are all incompatable with each other.
     
  12. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 2,168

    or...

    just face the truth - Norton is a useless piece of crap. It's been prooved here time and time again.
     
  13. cyclonicblade

    cyclonicblade TS Rookie

    :eek:
    Now, Now, It's not completly useless . You can always recomend it to people that U Don't like. So that they are 1.Underprotected 2.Overpaying and 3. Bogging their system resources down puke:
     
  14. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

  15. Bender99

    Bender99 TS Rookie Posts: 21

    Hmmm, I thought they were supposed to prevent crap like that? Thanks for the link howard.
     
  16. iNoob

    iNoob TS Rookie Posts: 68

    Oh man, this just sucks. I use Symantec AV because my university provides it for free. I simply don't want to buy antivirus software. I've used free ones before, like AVG. Does anyone know if AVG is any good?
     
  17. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    The free AVG programme is very good. I`ve been using it myself for quite some time, and have never had any problems with it. I also use the free Zonealarm firewall too.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  18. Bub

    Bub TS Rookie

    af

    talking about norton, i have that symantec problem that won't let you install you anything, can somebody tell me how to fix it?
     
  19. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    Uninstall Norton, and install the two programmes mentioned above.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
     
  20. Bub

    Bub TS Rookie

    thanks :angel:
     
  21. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Please note. You may have to uninstall Norton in several bits from add remove programme in control panel.

    Also. Download the 2 programmes first, and disconnect from the net.

    Only reconnect to the net once Norton is fully uninstalled, and the 2 programmes are installed.

    Then update the AVG programme to obtain the latest definitions file.

    Once you`ve done all this. You may notice a performance increase in your system.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  22. Bub

    Bub TS Rookie

    but i try to delete the norton it says that the symantec location couldn't be found, what do i do?
     
  23. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

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