It is usually not a good idea to operate more than one security software of the same kind on a computer system.
This is especially true for antivirus software solutions but also firewalls. Users who currently use an antivirus software may nevertheless be inclined to scan their system from time to time with different scan engines to make sure that nothing slipped through the scanners of that security software.
They could use Online Virus scanning services to test their system, or rely on locally run software that does not interfere with the installed antivirus software.
Norton Security Scan is such a software program. While it has been primarily designed to sell Norton antivirus products like Norton 360, it can be used to scan the system without interference with running antivirus solutions.
What makes it interesting is that it uses the latest virus definition files that are also used in Norton retail antivirus software products. It does however perform only a partial scan of the computer system by default but this option can be changed in the settings on the main page.
The antivirus program will check the virus definition file and initiate a download of the latest if it is outdated. The antivirus software performs a quick or full scan then of the computer system. A quick scan will only check the most common locations where viruses and other malicious programs are found usually, while the full system scan will check all files located on connected hard drives.
The interface displayed banner advertisement during the scan; Most users will probably minimize the program interface or move other applications into the foreground to prevent those distracting advertisements from appearing on the computer screen. Norton Security Scan lists all discovered threads in a table on the main page providing information about the type of threat (e.g. tracking cookie) including a description, the threat name and target name.
The antivirus program is only a scanner which means it is not possible to clean the files directly. Possibilities include research on the Internet to find a free antivirus software that can clean it or to contact the developer of the installed antivirus solution about the problem. It should be obvious by now that the program is great for users who want to perform additional security scans of their computer system but not for those who are looking for a complete security solution.
Norton Security Scan is a second opinion antivirus scanner for Windows that scans Windows devices with Symantec's latest virus definitions. The downside to this is that the program cannot be used to remove threats found during the scan.
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