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Symantec has been sued for running fake "scareware" scans that induce people to pay for subscriptions to PC Tools Registry Mechanic, PC Tools Performance, Toolkit, and Norton Utilities.

Symantec offers a free, non-diagnostic scan that fraudulently detects critical issues on people's computers. The scan offers to fix many of these issues for free, but prompts the consumer to pay for system tuneups to clean out the rest of the errors.
http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/none/292826-symantec-sued-for-scareware-tactics

This reminds me of when people were accusing Symantec of creating and releasing viruses themselves. Then they would sell you their magic software to get rid of them.
Remember, this is the same company that produced PR gems like this.

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This is why I don't use any of these resource hogs on my system any more and haven't for a good number of years.

It's all poop.
 

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This is why I don't use any of these resource hogs on my system any more and haven't for a good number of years.
It's all poop.
Given your CPU I highly doubt that any antivirus would be a serious resource hog.
 

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Given your CPU I highly doubt that any antivirus would be a serious resource hog.
Well they were at the time I decided I wasn't using them anymore
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Snoop Dogg is still relevant today?
Oh he isn't, wasn't ever really worth anything, moving right along.
Of course he is, why, in the year 3009 he is the Chief Justice of the Earth Supreme Court.

Never liked Norton anyway, so many better options for free, and way better options if you are willing to pay.
 

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Seriously, why do people still pay for AV protection? There are so many great free programs such as MSE that perform 90% of the function that a for purchase program does.

As far as people go, you can't fix stupid. If they let a virus on their computer, that's their fault. The AV software in that case is just a crutch. I can't imagine why Symantec would shoot themselves in the foot like this, though. They had to know that eventually someone would catch on.
 

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Seriously, why do people still pay for AV protection?
Ignorance and pressure from sales people.
You think the 39 year old soccer mom who spends her time eating bon-bons and cheating on her husband knows anything about AV programs?
It's the same reason services like Geek Squad are so successful.
 

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This is almost as bad as the commercial we get on the radio/tv that is an ad for malware. You install their demo, it messes up your registry, and then charges you to fix it.
The company behind this 'product' even has publicly traded stock.
 

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This is why I don't use any of these resource hogs on my system any more and haven't for a good number of years.
It's all poop.
Well, my reasoning for not using anti-virus is not that they're resource hogging. It's that you can't really trust anti-virus software for security in the first place.
If it detects a virus, how do you know it's not just a false positive?
If you scan a file, how do you know it's really clean?

That's the problem with signature based security products. They're always five steps behind so I don't see the point.
 

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This is news.
Yes, I whole kindheartedly agree. This is infact, news.
 
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