Eliminates deeply embedded and difficult to remove crimeware that traditional virus scanning doesn't always detect.
Norton Power Eraser is a powerful free removal tool that may help you clean up certain types of difficult to remove security risks. If a program has hijacked your computer and you are having difficulty detecting or removing it, Norton Power Eraser may be able to clean your computer. Norton Power Eraser includes detection and removal capabilities for security risks that impersonate legitimate applications (for example, fake antivirus software), often known as "scareware", "rogueware" or "scamware". You can run this tool to scan for threats even if you have a Symantec product, or any other security product. If you cannot start the computer in Normal mode, you can run this tool in Safe mode.
Norton Power Eraser is easy to download, and scans your computer quickly to detect the most aggressive computer viruses. You don't need to install this tool.
Key changes in this release:
- Scanning across user profiles - NPE can now scan across user profiles, if there is an infected account you cannot log into to use NPE, you can scan from another account such as Administrator
- Java vulnerability scan - NPE detects when the Java is out of date and provides a link to a KB to correct this.
- Safe mode persistence - NPE is able to determine when the machine is in safe mode and will restart the machine in safe mode prior to scanning, NPE will return the machine to normal mode prior to threat removal
- UI message streamlining/ UI refresh - UI has been updated and the messaging has been simplified
Because the Norton Power Eraser uses aggressive methods to detect these threats, there is a risk that it can select some legitimate programs for removal. You should use this tool very carefully, and only after you have exhausted other options.