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08-17-2005, 08:46 AM
I dont know much about computers. Last night when I got on there was an exclamation point on my norton icon. When I clicked on it it said there was a security risk on my computer. It said my comp is not protected against these rapidly spreading threats,w32.esbot.a and w32.zotob.b. When I told it to protect me now all it did was update virus definitions and these two viruses are still on my comp. Does anyone know what they are? And how to get rid of them. I hope someone aine watchin the sites I visit. I dont ever put personal info on here as far as bank accounts but I dont want someone seeing my grow log or that about the only sites I visit relate to mj. Please help.
That warning was just Norton bragging about the fact that their latest update includes protection against the Zotob worm and ESBot. It does not mean your computer is infected with either.
It freaked my dad out last night, too -- he called me in a semi-panic, asking what to do.
Companies that use these kind of scaremongering tactics to prove they're "protecting" your system don't deserve your money in the future. I'd switch to a different product like McAfee or F-Secure when the current subscription runs out. (I already did switch when my subscription ran out.)
08-17-2005, 10:29 AM
thank you groo I was freakin. Norton came with my computer which I just got not too long ago. How do I get the icon to stop flashing?
Just run the online update to download the latest anti-virus updates. After that, the message should go away if you read it.
There are also options to disable the various alerts and messages. I shut most of those off on the folks machine because it kept popping up "notices" about crap. You pop up an alert for someone who doesn't know computers and they freak, so the default options seem to be designed to freak out the naive users. Bad user interfacing IMNSHO.
08-17-2005, 12:31 PM
I am naive when it comes to computers. Hell the feds are prolly watchin me type this right now. I aint scared.
08-17-2005, 10:53 PM
AVG antivirus will beat Norton any day...
It picks up things Norton misses...
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