Symantec Releases Beta of Norton AntiBot

Symantec announced late today a free public beta for its new Norton AntiBot software that attempts to identify malware on your system by analyzing its behavior. The stand-alone software is based on existing (and currently available) technology from Sana Security, with a few minor add-ins from Symantec's SONAR behavioral scanning technology that is now included in Norton products. Symantec says AntiBot is meant as a supplement to antivirus software, not a replacement, and doesn't use signatures as traditional antivirus products do. Instead, it examines how a program behaves--where it runs from, what Registry changes it makes, what Internet sites it may attempt to contact, and so on. The company says it won't conflict with other antivirus programs, either its own or those of competitors.

While the SONAR feature runs only during virus scans, Symantec says AntiBot stays running in the background to observe all programs' behavior. Though the name emphasizes its focus on catching the versatile "bot" malware that can turn infected computers into remote-controlled "zombie" PCs, the program will look for behaviors associated with a wide range of malicious software, including keystroke logging and other suspicious activities.

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The only good thing about this is, it will slow your system down so much, that if you do get a virus that spreads or massmails, you don't have enough resources for it to spread very fast.... so maybe thats good?

I hate Norton, but I'm currently using Symantec Antivirus Corporate 10.2 and really liking it. Barely takes up any RAM and my system has been running great. That along with Windows Defender (obviously since its integrated into vista).

Symantec should release a product called "Norton Anti-Sh*t".

This product should be able to locate any remnants of Symantec products, uninstall them and then uninstall itself.

Now that's something I would pay for.

Caleb said,
Symantec should release a product called "Norton Anti-Sh*t".

This product should be able to locate any remnants of Symantec products, uninstall them and then uninstall itself.

Now that's something I would pay for.

ROFL. Nice one.

The company says it won't conflict with other antivirus programs, either its own or those of competitors.

That's awesome!

Then I recommend installing this together with Norton Internet Security 2007 (= Norton Antivirus 2007 + Norton Personal Firewall)... Essentially three Norton products in one system, and why not throw in Norton SystemWorks for some much needed performance enhancements and fine tuning, and wrap things up with Norton Confidential to protect your private data! Seriously, this product list is more than a little scary...

I wonder if this approach will be more effective than signature scanning...Prehaps we will have less 0 Day Virus's etc