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Norton Internet Security 2010 did not find this virus

By fw2004 ยท 4 replies
Dec 19, 2009
  1. Hi all;
    I just found a virus on a networked computer while I was creating a backup.

    The virus is: Win32/Adept.gen!A
    It was detected in the file iTunesSetup.exe, which was not in the appropriate folder.
    The file size was 36.xxMB, not the 91.xxMB that the real iTunesSetup is.

    This file was found in the My Documents \ Excel folder. I did not put it there.
    When iTunes was installed on this computer, the iTunesSetup.exe was placed in the default download folder.

    The computer where this virus was found is running Win XP Pro, and Symantec Norton Internet Security 2010.

    I am disturbed that Norton did not pick up this virus during a normal scan, but it is possible that because the file was not in the usual folder, the scan did not look there.
    I don't know when a full system scan was last done on this computer.

    The virus was detected by Microsoft Security Essentials running on the local system which is running Windows 7 Ultimate.

    When I searched for this virus on Symantec's web site, it did not show up.
    Could it be that Symantec has failed to include this virus in definitions, or is this a hoax that affects only Microsoft?

    Any ideas?


  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Well it wouldn't be the first time that Symantec sues Microsoft: https://www.techspot.com/news/21646-symantec-sues-microsoft.html

    But Symantec themselves also offer a guide to help users with iTunes, so they can't be all that bad: http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/tips-help-you-properly-virtualize-itunes

    But do note that Malware can take on any name including known normally safe filenames, so its likely they already were aware of this Win32/Adept.gen!A
    You can check yourself, by uploading suspicious files to here: http://www.virustotal.com/
  3. fw2004

    fw2004 TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 152

    I probably should have uploaded the file, but I removed it quickly, then emptied the recycle bin.
    I've had enough trouble with virus activity on this particular machine.
    I don't think I'll be paying for any more Norton products if I can get Microsoft's Security Essentials free. After all, shouldn't it be free? Microsoft has a vested interest in keeping Windows clean and users happy.

  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  5. fw2004

    fw2004 TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 152

    I feel that way about MS myself sometimes. I like to keep automatic updates turned off, and just go to the site about once a week to download the important updates.
    Problem is, you also need to tell Windows security that you don't want it to monitor the updates, or else it will nag you to death<g>.

    I never re-installed Norton Internet Security after my last re-install; just used the MS Security Essentials.
    But a couple of days ago, I did re-install Norton. I thought I might be able to use some of it's more advanced features.
    But now it seems like it is slowing my system, so I have shut off real-time protection, relying on MS to take care of that, and I will just run a scan with Norton at least once per week.
    I am not at very high risk for infection, as I don't visit a lot of unknown sites. I mostly spend my time in forums like this one, and playing local games. But the fact that I am still connected to the internet, I have to keep some sort of auto-protect running.

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