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Why?

OK, so it was my mistake reinstalling Norton on one machine but why does Norton prompt to allow the Windows Store app?

I have no interest in micro-managing my security, that's Norton's job.  If I wanted to see these prompts I would use a certain AV and firewall + HIPS combination.

It is Microsoft's Store, strewth!  I opened it, it is not malicious, allow it!

Thankfully my other two machines do not have Norton and do not bug me like this.

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

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Kudos0

Re: Why?

I like these Alert where Norton is advising that an item unknown to me/background is reaching out to the mother-ship. 
I like Norton telling me when a new (install) program tries to call home. 
I like so much that I'll Allow Once and see what happens.....

I thought, I see these Alerts because APC Aggressive / Alert Always.  I thought?
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Just me.......Wisdom of Crowds. 

Kudos0

Re: Why?

There has always been an option to be prompted for firewall connections but this was not the default.  I thought it was the Norton SMART Firewall??

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

Re: Why?

I've always been APC Aggressive / Alert Always / On.....so, I "assumed". 
I'll see FW Alert on occasion/rarely....hasn't been intrusive IMO. 

Kudos0

Re: Why?

Here is the default settings.

As I said earlier, I have no interest in micro-managing my security, that's Norton's job.

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

Re: Why?

Okay, then may be Very Few Users/Very New event.  Wisdom of Crowds. 
Just me, I like being reminded now and then, that Norton is on-the-job.  Just me. 

Kudos0

Re: Why?

I too saw the same warning for the Windows Store. That's all so far. Other users have seen it for other apps.

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

Re: Why?

"Winstore.mobile.exe" does not contain a valid  digital signature. These alerts will be shown when an application without a valid digital signature is accessing the internet. In order to stop seeing these alerts, you can check "Do not ask me again" checkbox or alternatively Settings->Firewall->Advanced Program Control->Change "Low Risk Applications" setting to "Allow".

Kudos0

Re: Why?

Murahari:

"Winstore.mobile.exe" does not contain a valid  digital signature. These alerts will be shown when an application without a valid digital signature is accessing the internet. In order to stop seeing these alerts, you can check "Do not ask me again" checkbox or alternatively Settings->Firewall->Advanced Program Control->Change "Low Risk Applications" setting to "Allow".

Thanks for your explanation.  However, as I said earlier, " It is Microsoft's Store, strewth!  I opened it, it is not malicious, allow it! ".

And it was clearly trying to access a Microsoft IP address.  Surely this should automatically be whitelisted?

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

Re: Why?

I have also started getting these firewall prompts starting in the last couple of weeks.  The prompts occur on "Store" itself, and on store apps.  I think rather than turn off the prompts, we should be asking "Why?" as in the original post?

For me, as in the original post, the prompt always says there are fewer than 5 users.  Surely this is wrong.

My prompts (although not the original post) say that "Store" does not have a valid digital signature.  This also doesn't seem right.

Again, "Why?"

Kudos0

Re: Why?

Maybe we have to ask Microsoft why the store does not have a valid digital signature. It is their app.

Norton just reports what it finds.

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

Re: Why?

What about the number of users being five or less?  That alone says that Norton has some explaining to do.  Given that, I'd put my money on Norton being wrong about the certificate as well.

Kudos0

Re: Why?

The number of users is the number of Norton users that have Community Watch enabled in their Norton product. This relies on the submissions from the users computers back to the Norton servers. This is not always instantaneous. If MS updated the Store App, we may see this warning until more feedback has been received by Norton.

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

Re: Why?

Peterweb, if you would be willing to help me determine how widespread this issue is, would you try the following in NS:

Settings > Firewall > Program Control

Scroll down for a "Store" rule, and if it's there, select it and then hit "Remove" and "Apply".

Then open the Microsoft store.  Do you get a firewall prompt and if so, what does it say?

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Re: Why?

Marley21

I did as you asked and get the invalid certificate message again. It also shows the file released less than a week ago. That would also explain less than 5 users in the Norton Community.

But as @Krusty13 notes above, this is a Windows file/site. It should not be getting blocked. But one has to wonder why Microsoft would not have a valid digital signature.

Things happen. Export/Backup your Norton Password Manager data.
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Re: Why?

peterweb:

Maybe we have to ask Microsoft why the store does not have a valid digital signature. It is their app.

Norton just reports what it finds.

+1

A surprising number of Microsoft apps in Win 10 are not digitally signed: These inlude live.com (windows communication app),Microsoft Office Hub; Microsoft Office One-Note;Microsoft Windows Feedback Hub;Microsoft Maps; Microsofr Zune Video;among others.

Kudos0

Re: Why?

peterweb:

Marley21

I did as you asked and get the invalid certificate message again. It also shows the file released less than a week ago. That would also explain less than 5 users in the Norton Community.

.....

But as @Krusty13 notes above, this is a Windows file/site. It should not be getting blocked. But one has to wonder why Microsoft would not have a valid digital signature.

Microsoft Windows Store App has been unsigned at least since 9/7/16

Seems to me that it's good that an unsigned app seeking to connect with ANY store triggers a warning.

Kudos0

Re: Why?

Peterweb, thanks for doing the test I requested.  Your result matches mine exactly.

Hok, thanks for the information that many Microsoft Apps, including "Store", are not digitally signed.  I have to say I'm amazed by that.  But if that's the case, I withdraw my complaint about the firewall prompts from NS.

Thanks to both for your help.

Kudos0

Re: Why?

Look at my answer here https://community.norton.com/en/comment/7233861#comment-7233861. It seemed that Windows keeps this old versions of Winstore on PC, or it's Norton issue (if it don't delete old rule for a program, which no longer exist)

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