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Kudos0

Does Norton detect ALL viruses?

So, i was wondering. Does Norton detect ALL and any viruses? Also can Norton detect Trojans that are secretly running in the back round? Also Can Norton also detect ALL Malware? And one last thing is Norton as good at detect malware as a anti malware program? Thank you

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Re: Does Norton detect ALL viruses?

Norton detects Known malware that can damage your system. It even has behaviour based detections for zero day infections.

Having said this, no single product can protect you from 100% of the thousands of new malware variants released every day. Also, some PUPs (Possibly Unwanted Programs) are not flagged by Norton because 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. Norton products concentrate on malware that can damage your system, that is why some PUPs are not detected.

BTW  Virus are a type of Malware. Norton is an anti malware program. 

Things happen. Export/Backup your Norton Password Manager data.
Kudos0

Re: Does Norton detect ALL viruses?

Alright that you so much. Also one last thing. Does Norton detect Trojans? Is so then i had a question. If any malware or Trojan started doing some weird stuff in the back round would it detect it? And if some malware started screwing up my whole computer could Norton fix it in the event it starts messing up my whole pc? Thank you so much for your help!
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Re: Does Norton detect ALL viruses?

Malware includes virus, trojans and any other malicious code that might damage your computer. Norton does protect against all types of malware. As long as you keep Norton running, no malware should be able to get to your system. 

But you also have to be vigilant in your internet habits. ie Do not click on links in emails and do be careful what web sites you visit, and only download from sites you know you can trust. 

Running a full scan with Norton should be able to remove most malware that might be on your system. But the real time protection should stop it before it gets on your system.

Things happen. Export/Backup your Norton Password Manager data.
Kudos0

Re: Does Norton detect ALL viruses?

Alright thanks! I have done a full scan a few times and Norton said my device was clean. I think i have real time protection on. How can i make sure i do? Thank you.
Kudos0

Re: Does Norton detect ALL viruses?

If the system tray icon has the green check mark you can rest assured Norton has your back.

Should you need to test Norton you can safely do so by visiting https://www.amtso.org/security-features-check/ and running the checks for yourself.

A little bit of knowledge is... well a little bit of knowledge.
Kudos0

Re: Does Norton detect ALL viruses?

Sorry, I'm losing my temper here. I just wrote a long constructive comment here, and was then told I was not authorised to comment!

Very briefly, I was saying that Norton should flag up ALL PUPs and give the user the opportunity to play safe. That is, of course, if Norton *really* want to protect their subscribers (of which I am one of very long standing).

This time I'm taking the precaution of copying my text before saving... how absurd.

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Re: Does Norton detect ALL viruses?

Determining if a PUP is a threat is a judgement call.  Some are obviously sketchy, but many do offer something of value in exchange for whatever trade-off the user agrees to.  A security company would be on thin ice if it blocked the installation of another company's software simply because it assumed that users would not want it, even though it was not malicious, per se.  There is a fuzzy line between blocking potentially unwanted programs and trade interference.  That is why Norton blocks only PUPs that are known to be harmful or untrustworthy.  The bottom line is that the user always has responsibility for what they install on their PC

Kudos0

Re: Does Norton detect ALL viruses?

Hi SendOfJive and thanks for your reply. You are right about the bottom line. The problem is that a very large number of users are blind to the dangers, or seem to abandon all sense when they go on line. Some of them take out subscriptions with products like Norton in the hope of staying safe. Maybe getting your fingers burned is just as much part of life's lessons online as off.

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Re: Does Norton detect ALL viruses?

Hi JoTurbigo,

Point taken.  Yes, unfortunately there are a lot of people who will never bother to learn the basics of staying safe online.  Moreover, these same people also wrongly assume that security software is a magic bullet.  Even if Norton were to up its game concerning PUPs, there would still be zero-day threats and new malware variants that evade immediate detection by any security product.  Rather than being considered the primary line of defense, security software should be thought of as a backstop to catch things that get through when other front-line best practices, like reading all the information displayed during software installation, fail.