Symantec ships anti-botnet utility

Symantec ships anti-botnet utility

Summary: Symantec has released a new utility called Norton Antibot to help users detect signs of botnet activity on a Windows computer.


Symantec has released a new utility called Norton Antibot to help users detect signs of botnet activity on a Windows computer.


The tool, available as a free beta download, is a sign that Symantec plans to fit the anti-bot capabilities into its anti-virus product offerings.

The move ratchets up the fight against botnets of hijacked Windows machines that are used as spam-spewing machines or in distributed denial-of-service attacks.

Symantec promises the Norton AntiBot can:

  • Actively and continuously monitor your PC’s applications and processes 24 X 7 so you’re always protected.
  • Thoroughly remove detected bots and malware and their related components, custom installation files and registry settings.
  • Strengthen any security product by providing an additional layer of protection against bots and other emerging threats.

Topics: Symantec, Malware, Operating Systems, Security, PCs, Windows

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  • Another Memory Resident monitoring program

    OK, so now we're supposed to run anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-botnet software, all memory resident and all monitoring reads and writes. This is crazy.
    • You dont have to run anything....

      I have norton corp running and not once has it popped up saying there was a virus or suspicious activity. Its been running on this machine.

      It only proves that if you know what your doing, you wont really need any kind of protection.

      But in all fairness, the internet is like learning how to swim, lots of people are still using water wings to get around. This software is their life preserver.
      • Maybe something is better than nothing

        Zero day exploit. Rookit installed and evidence of intrusion masked. All it proves is
        that you believe you've never been infected. On the other hand, I've heard that the
        security experts don't use much in the way of protection. But then they know what
        log files to look at and what types and telltale signs of suspicious activity to look for.
        Programs like the anti-botnet are welcome and help average users who aren't
        security experts to protect their systems better than using nothing. You can use
        everything or use nothing, but I think that the greatest threat to computer security is
        a false sense of security.
  • Thanks Ryan, you find all the pertinent stuff! (eom)