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does norton anti 2008 stop autorun?

Created: 22 Jan 2010 • 2 comments
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A question.
does norton antivirus 2008 stop autoruns viruses on external media before they actually run?
i get the notification from norton in the taskbar but my fear is the virus has already executed then norton notifies me.
i can be wrong, maybe norton stops the autorun virus from executing and then notifies me.
any help would be great. thanks.

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When Windows enumerates your external media, our Auto protect also act in the kernel level checking what Windows is checking.
Hence if we already have a signature for that malfiles, yes Norton will pick it up before it runs.
As best practise, best to disable Windows autorun as it can promote more bad than good.

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http://www.cert.org/blogs/vuls/2008/04/the_dangers...

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thanks for the quick reply.
actually after norton notified me that there was a trojan on the cd i inserted,
i did a little research and found that it is a good idea to turn off autoplay so i did using powertoys.
thanks again, it's nice to know my pc is somewhat safe.

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