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Symantec declares antivirus ‘dead’ as it focuses on damage control
Engadget ^ | May 6, 2014 5:45:00 PM ET | John Fingas

Posted on 05/06/2014 11:58:44 PM PDT by Olog-hai

Given how hard antivirus software makers push you to sign up, you'd think that business was booming. Far from it, according to Symantec’s Brian Dye. He tells the Wall Street Journal that antivirus tools like his company’s Norton suite are effectively “dead.”

The utilities now catch less than half of all attacks, according to the executive—to him, the focus is on minimizing the damage whenever there’s a successful hack or infection. …

(Excerpt) Read more at engadget.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Computers/Internet; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: antivirus; computervirus; damagecontrol; firewalls; hackers; internet; symantec

1 posted on 05/06/2014 11:58:44 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

So, this means Windows is completely corrupted and there is nothing that can be done about it...? I knew this 25 years ago. This is not good for Microsoft. Now is the time for Apple to make OS X freeware/open source and get the personal computer to where it should be based on the unix technology it runs on that was created in 1969.


2 posted on 05/07/2014 12:25:52 AM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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Researcher cracks Mac in 10 seconds at PWN2OWN, wins $5k

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9129978/Researcher_cracks_Mac_in_10_seconds_at_PWN2OWN_wins_5k


3 posted on 05/07/2014 12:38:17 AM PDT by deks (Sent from my BlackBerry Q10)
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To: lefty-lie-spy

Huh? OSX gets malware to. Quit spreading fud.


4 posted on 05/07/2014 12:45:03 AM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: Olog-hai

I hate those annoying McAfee popups trying to get you to sign up constantly.


5 posted on 05/07/2014 1:12:46 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Olog-hai

Norton just sucks, and they don’t invest $ into it, because why should they? Microsoft’s anti-virus and firewall tools are excellent, and have decimated Symantec’s bottom line.


6 posted on 05/07/2014 1:14:54 AM PDT by montag813
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To: montag813
Norton just sucks, and they don’t invest $ into it, because why should they? Microsoft’s anti-virus and firewall tools are excellent, and have decimated Symantec’s bottom line.

Microsoft could-would not include antivirus for  a long time due to anti-trust lawsuits such as Netscape. I use the MS antivirus and it works! No complaints! on a personal computer Windows 7 and 8

7 posted on 05/07/2014 1:20:30 AM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: F15Eagle
You beat me to it.

I WILL NEVER PURCHASE MCAFEE. Their renewal marketing is over the top aggressive and irritating. I refused to renew a month ago and still get their popups.

8 posted on 05/07/2014 1:20:59 AM PDT by Jacquerie (By their oaths, it is the duty of state legislators to invoke Article V.)
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To: Olog-hai

I will never,ever buy another Symantec product. Period.


9 posted on 05/07/2014 1:24:16 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Fresh Wind

Sometimes, being the cynic that I am, I think that Virus Software companies fund underground provocateur hackers that perform the “ooga-booga” threat function. Develop a threat virus/malware, etc. that gets a lot of press, doesn’t do a whole lot of damage, but sells a lot of Virus Protection Software. That’s what the cynic in me keeps whispering. That would be a real sleazy trick, wouldn’t it?


10 posted on 05/07/2014 2:22:34 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Fresh Wind

Symantec devolved into a pop up like scam due to being a mediocre product.


11 posted on 05/07/2014 3:23:00 AM PDT by WildWeasel
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To: lefty-lie-spy

No it means there are 9 pieces of new malware released every second and the antivirus model they use doesnt work.


12 posted on 05/07/2014 4:20:45 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: lefty-lie-spy

No it means there are 9 pieces of new malware released every second and the antivirus model they use doesnt work.


13 posted on 05/07/2014 4:20:45 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: deks
As a system admin for Unix servers for many years you can make them invulnerable. It takes initiative but it is easy. OTH no matter what you do to a Windows box it will have vulnerabilities.

Without root authority there is very little damage that can be done to the UNIX OS. The virus concept doesn't apply to UNIX.

14 posted on 05/07/2014 4:31:32 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: lefty-lie-spy
So, this means Windows is completely corrupted and there is nothing that can be done about it...? I knew this 25 years ago. This is not good for Microsoft. Now is the time for Apple to make OS X freeware/open source and get the personal computer to where it should be based on the unix technology it runs on that was created in 1969.

Good post. The low tech types will not even understand what you are talking about though....

15 posted on 05/07/2014 4:34:18 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: dennisw

So help out a non-techy type such as myself. I have Windows Vista and have purchased McAfee antivirus for many years. It takes forever to do its scans and virtually shuts down my computer for half a day. I hate it, but felt it was a necessary evil. Are you saying that the free Microsoft antivirus that comes with the computer is better? I would love to give McAfee the boot.


16 posted on 05/07/2014 4:59:11 AM PDT by burghguy
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To: burghguy

Use spybot search and destroy instead.
It’s free.


17 posted on 05/07/2014 5:02:00 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Olog-hai

I have been considering booting into a Linux live version whenever I am planning on using my credit card or checking my bank accounts. Every time you boot you are booting into a clean install. That seems to be about as good as you can do from a personal online security standpoint.


18 posted on 05/07/2014 5:42:36 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: burghguy

I find Anti-malwarebytes to be the best AV program.


19 posted on 05/07/2014 6:24:03 AM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: Olog-hai
I've never fully understood viruses.If it's possible to do so could someone take a minute to explain to me the ways that one can get a virus.I know that you're not supposed to click on any attachments or links contained in emails from unknown sources but are there other dangers as well?
20 posted on 05/07/2014 6:59:49 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: burghguy

Download and install ______ MICROSOFT SECURITY ESSENTIALS _______
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security-essentials-download

It is as good as McAfee or better in my opinion. It keeps my computer protected since Windows XP. Now it does so with Windows 7 and 8 though they use the name WINDOWS DEFENDER....same program

Then get rid of MCAffee when you like


21 posted on 05/07/2014 8:19:34 AM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: dennisw

Great. Thank you so much.


22 posted on 05/07/2014 11:28:49 AM PDT by burghguy
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To: Gaffer
Bricks thrown thru your window? Call Al's Glass
23 posted on 05/07/2014 11:32:50 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: burghguy

de nada!!!


24 posted on 05/08/2014 12:07:15 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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