Free Norton AntiVirus? Hackers disguise fake product to spread Trojan

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Many consumers will have heard of Norton AntiVirus, a security product from Symantec which comes in a familiar yellow box. In the old days it used to have a picture of Peter Norton on the packaging, with his arms crossed in familiar style.

Ironically, Peter never actually wrote any of Norton AntiVirus – Symantec just reused his name after buying his company (made famous by products such as Norton Utilities) in 1990.

I hunted on Amazon earlier today to find out how much they currently charge for Norton AntiVirus, and it seems Symantec has changed the packaging. These days it’s a cartoon of the bright green Incredible Hulk, who has biceps so big that I doubt he could ever cross his arms.

Anyway, this blog post isn’t about the physical packaging of anti-virus products, but the way in which they are presented on the web.

I Googled for “free antivirus” this morning,…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.