Symantec puts price tag on anti-botnet tool

Symantec puts price tag on anti-botnet tool

Summary: Symantec's new Norton AntiBot utility is now out of beta, promising to remove zombies from for-profit botnets scourge in exchange for $29.99 a year.

TOPICS: Security

Symantec's new Norton AntiBot utility is now out of beta, promising to remove zombies from for-profit botnets scourge in exchange for $29.99 a year.

The anti-botnet tool (see previous coverage here) is being marketed as "complementary solution to existing antivirus or security suites," adding yet another application to the list of security tools needed by PC users to avoid computer takeover attacks.

[ SEE: Symantec working on anti-botnet tool ]

Here's a list of the products sitting on your machine, sucking valuable system resources under the guise of protecting you from hacker attacks: Anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-rootkit, anti-spam, drive-by browser protection, etc., etc.

It has to be the biggest con job in IT to convince consumers that they should pay a separate subscription for each of the above "protection" products.  So you pay for virus protection, then pay a bit more for spyware protection, and if those don't work, buy an anti-rootkit package and if your PC still falls into a botnet, here's your $29.95 anti-botnet tool.

The raw details on the new Symantec tool:

Norton AntiBot uses active behavior-based heuristic detection system that is always on. This technology constantly analyzes the behavior of files and applications to ensure that otherwise invisible malware is tracked and eradicated as soon as it exhibits harmful behavior. As a result, Norton AntiBot is a complementary solution to existing antivirus or security suites, including Norton AntiVirus, Norton Internet Security, and Norton 360.

It will cost $29.99, which includes a one-year subscription to Symantec's protection updates. Cha-ching.

Topic: Security

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  • Norton 359, anyone?

    Wait, wait, wait. A product they have the temerity to name "360", suggestion a complete "circle" of protection, doesn't include botnet protection? Perhaps they should have named it "Norton 359"!?
  • i stopped using anything from Symantec years ago

    i stopped using anything from Symantec years ago.

    installing anything from them is like installing an os over you os.

    all it does is suck up system resources and does not work all that well.

    besides there are to many good security solutions out there that work better and does not take over your whole system.
    SO.CAL Guy
  • So just what ARE we getting?

    As a generally happy user of NIS 2007 (which is far lighter on system resources than previous versions), we have antivirus, antispyware, firewall, and something Symantec refers to as SONAR (Symantec Online Network for Advanced Response) -- code that looks at the behavior of programs running on your computer in order to decide whether they are malicious and stop/remove those that are.

    So with all this, how much more protection is really needed? Are we really that exposed? Or is this botnet stuff just fear mongering by the security software companies? And if this anti-botnet addition is really necessary, shouldn't it be integrated into NIS?

    Until a better case is made by someone other than those selling the snake oil, we're sticking with what we've got.
  • The freeware can be just as good

    I switched from Norton to AVG but continue to use Zone Alarm and Spybot S&D. I have encountered no problems whatsoever with these programs and Free versions available for home use work very well without any noticeable slowing. The only bots Iv'e found were the ones found on initial installation of Spybot S&D and like the Apache server software, its both good software and free.
  • Linux

    IMHO, the only rational decision for an individual to make concerning security with Microsoft products is to use such products only in total isolation from any outside communication.

    Is this possible? Almost. Even a novice can avoid using the Internet with Windows by installing PCLinuxOS as a dual boot. Grab it from and kiss bots goodby.

    But what do I know, having only used computers since 1967? The question I usually have after reading articles like this one is: why is using Linux so seldom mentioned as a valid "solution" to ALL of Windows' security issues?
  • Probably next to useless...

    If their "behavior besed" detection was any good their anti-virus product's "behavior besed" detection would pick it up.
    T C
    • Not really

      It's not really a virus... Which is the problem, too many definitions of all that crap that tries to get onto your PC. So for every new mechanisim that is used to infect your PC, another $29.99 please!

      If I could find one honest company that was willing to put out a product that would prevent all of the crap, no matter what form it was in, for a reasonable price, I'd be all over it.

      Symantec sucks in this aspect.
  • Anything with SYMANTEC in the name...

    ...Means it was STOLEN and then shoved into any number of useless BLOATWARE packages.

    ...Like was done to Norton, and in 1999, WHQ AtGuard.

    AtGuard weas the best firewall that ever existed- Cos it was not only automatic, but you could also enter ranges of IP address MANUALLY.

    Symantec did a hostile takover of WRQ just to get the one piece of software they made just so they could jam it into the already-BLOATED, Incredibly so for 1999, Norton Personal Security POS pos.

    Norton himself was taken over in a hostile manner, as was the creators of the Program we call GHOST. This puts Symantec on par with Microsoft in the level of Thievery to accomplish to get what they want. Someone really needs to break all of Bill Gates Toys and then I am positive Symantec will fall as well, since they are are sucking the same... Er, I mean, fell from the same tree.

    ALL of these programs were A-100 A-OK in their ORIGINAL FORMS.

    Therefore, I'm sure that this Anti-Botnet thing was a good thing... FROM THE ORIGINAL PROGRAMMERS.

    It is simply not worth it... More and More people are refusing to use Symantec Dreck, and not only "about time" - But also "Thanks Be to GOD"
  • Let's vote Open Source

    If Symantec is getting ready to charge people for the tool that is available as open-source, they should at least admit it. Let's face it, the more botnets and malware it out there, the more work they have.