Symantec

  • Symantec: 51 percent of all malware ever was detected in 2009

    It is an absolute miracle that I have never had a virus, trojan, or other form of computer bug on this PC. I mean, if we’re to believe Symantec, then fully 51 percent of the viruses, trojans, and every other form of computer malware ever was spotted in 2009. That means that from 2008 going back to when Symantec first started keeping track of such things, all of those years only make up… Read More

  • Seattle is the most dangerous place in cyberspace

    Symantec published a report recently listing the 50 riskiest places to be online, as apparently having that many beardos in one place can only result in evil. Seattle made the top of the list, however San Francisco, Boston, and Washington D.C. made it up near the top as well. Read More

  • Kazaa Takes A Swing At Symantec After Adware Accusations

    The history of P2P file sharing service Kazaa (which actually started life as “KaZaA”) is known to most of us born in the eighties or before, and consists mainly of copyright related lawsuits and adware-ridden software. The gist of the story can be found on its Wikipedia profile, but what many seem to forget in present times is that the service is still around, serving users an… Read More

  • Video: Symantec Shows The Danger Of Shortened Twitter Links

    While there is often a lot of talk about the downside of URL shorteners being that if they go down, they take your links with them, the much more obvious and real problem is that they very easily mask potentially bad sites. We’ve been seeing this more and more in both public tweets and DMs, but luckily so far most of those have just been worms meant to replicate themselves, rather… Read More

  • Video: I never did think I'd see Kimbo Slice yelling at a caterpillar for Symantec, but here we are

    Even casual fight fans know that last night was UFC 103 and Mayweather vs. Marquez. No spoilers here, of course, but I do encourage you all to, I don’t know, buy the replays or find them wherever you find things these days. While on the topic of mixed martial arts, full credit to whatever marketing company put this ad together for Norton Anti-virus. Yes, that’s Kimbo Slice, and… Read More

  • Symantec, what's PIFTS? Please don't delete this! (Updated)

    I have no idea what is going on, but my buddy Mike just sent this to me and I’m hoping to spread the word. Sometime yesterday he received a Norton Program Alert saying, “PIFTS is attempting to access the Internet.” Being the nerd that he is, he did an nslookup on the IP and it came back to SwapDrive, which is a Symantec owned company. He then posted on the Norton/Symantec… Read More

  • Our Gift To You: Win A Zero G Flight And A Chance To Go To Space

    Wanna bop around the inside of a padded airplane while experiencing zero gravity in 30-second intervals while the plane repeatedly does parabolic dives? Sure you do. Best of all, Symantec is paying for it and running a contest to select two lucky TechCrunch or CrunchGear readers to go on a Zero G flight on February 21, 2009. The winners will also be entered into another contest for a… Read More

  • Win a trip to space with CrunchGear and Symantec

    That’s right, Major Tom: Symantec wants to blow you just shy of space on a Suborbital Flight for one some time next year. Click here to enter and don’t say we never organized anything to give to you. Read More

  • Norton Internet Security/AntiVirus 2009: Fastest install of your life and a HUGE CONTEST


    How many of you are annoyed by pop-ups from your Internet security software? What about the time it takes to install? I think you know where I’m going with this. Inevitably you’re running virus protection from Symantec or McAfee. I know when I was using a PC it was Symantec and it would piss me off. The constant pop-ups asking me to upgrade or verify that it’s ok for it to… Read More

  • Symantec Buys Online Backup Service SwapDrive For $123 Million

    Online storage is back. Last September, EMC bought online storage startup Mozy for $76 million. Last week, Symantec signed a deal brewing since February to buy SwapDrive. A source close to the company says that Symantec paid $123 million. According to my source, the company made $13 million in profits last year, on revenues of $22 million. That’s up from $5 million in revenues the… Read More

  • WiMax news plus a ridiculous, huge advertisement

    The above image has nothing to do with the forthcoming news about Sprint’s WiMax network but I’d just like to point out the gigantic ad that made an unnecessary amount of noise and then stayed on the page I was on until I closed it manually. I wasn’t too hot on Symantec before but now it’s officially over between us. Anyhoo, more news about Sprint’s impending… Read More