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Originally posted by DJMessiah
I'm thinking a Norton programmer either made a major flub by not adding a certificate to the hidden program, or they knew that the program was malicious and wanted to expose it for others to see, by not adding a certificate.
[edit on Tue Mar 10th 2009 by DJMessiah]
Originally posted by agent violet
Just found this whilst surfing:
Norton’s Community Forums were raided by 4Chan, from the online Anonymous community at 4chan.org.
I will be taking all of that with agrain of salt, and keeping the tin hat secure.
Originally posted by wiredamerican
This Pifts.exe seems a bit strange . Take my advice and do not use norton. Norton uses WAY too much system resources.
Originally posted by golemina
reply to post by Zepherian
No, what I said is that untill a definitive account is on the table the conspiracy theory is valid. I'm not saying the the conspiracy is real, it is mearly a framework for investigation.
In short, there is a difference between speculating and knowing. I speculate that the conspiracy is the reality, but I don't know it is at this point. Untill a more solid explanation is on the table my speculation is valid. An opinion is not an account.
What do you need big guy...
A signed confession by the CEO of Symantec?
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Symantec says a buggy diagnostic program spurred a rash of Norton antivirus user complaints late Monday and Tuesday morning.
Problems started around 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, when Norton Internet Security and Norton Antivirus 2006 and 2007 users started receiving error messages connected to a Symantec software update that tried to download a program called PIFTS.exe.
"Whether you believe this is something malicious or not, it is worrying the lengths the company will go to stop people from asking questions about PIFTS.exe," wrote one poster to the Abovetopsecret.com Web site. "If you have Norton on your computer, I currently advise you to not allow pifts.exe through your firewall."