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Symantec planning to discontinue PC Tools security products

Symantec has stopped selling the security-related products in its PC Tools portfolio, according to an announcement on the company’s web site. Customers using the affected programs – Spyware Doctor, Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus, and Internet Security – can continue to use them until their subscription runs out. Symantec says that the decision is related to consolidating its product range in order …

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Symantec vs AV-Comparatives, Which one do you trust?

Cross-posted from PCMag SecurityWatch: Last week independent antivirus lab AV-Comparatives released the results of an on-demand antivirus detection test. The fact that Microsoft came in near the bottom wasn’t big news; the fact that Symantec scored even lower was surprising indeed. In a blog post released today, Symantec decried the entire practice of performing on-demand …

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Symantec releases Norton 2013 security suites

BetaNews: Symantec has released brand new versions of its Norton security packages for Windows, Norton Anti-Virus 2013, Norton Internet Security 2013 and Norton 360 2013. It’s the first time all three packages have been updated simultaneously, while the branding has also been amended to remove all references to a date, simply naming each Norton Anti-Virus, …

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Symantec claims losses from cybercrime exceed $100 billion

h-Online: According to Symantec’s 2012 Norton Cybercrime Report, worldwide, private individuals have suffered approximately $100 billion (more than £69 billion at the current exchange rate) in financial losses as a result of cybercrime. In the period from July 2011 to July 2012, losses averaged $197 (£124) per victim. A total of 556 million adults are …

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Symantec CEO steps down, replaced by chairman

Computer World: Security software vendor Symantec said Wednesday that Enrique Salem, its president and chief executive officer, had stepped down with immediate affect, after the company reported that its revenue for the quarter ended June 29 grew 1% year-over-year to $1.7 billion. Symantec said its board of directors has appointed Steve Bennett, the current chairman …

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Hackers fail to extort $50,000 from Symantec, as pcAnywhere source code is published

SophosLabs: Symantec has confirmed that a file made available on the internet for anyone to download, does contain the source code for an old version of its pcAnywhere product. For a short while last month, before releasing a patch, Symantec advised customers to disable their pcAnywhere installations because of concern that hackers could exploit vulnerabilities. …

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Microsoft tempts antitrust lawyers with expanded antivirus offering

Ed Bott’s Microsoft Report posted something interesting in ZDNet: You want a good, solid, free antivirus program? Microsoft Security Essentials fills the bill nicely. Unfortunately, even though it was officially released more than a year ago, it’s still one of the best-kept secrets in personal computing. Its installed base of 30 million users worldwide might …

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