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Originally posted by sadisticwoman
hey /g I was running my dad's computer tonight when a popup from norton asked me if I wanted to allow pifts.exe, I tried googling to see what it was and I am not getting any information. Anyone know what the hell this exe is? Also apparently any thread related to pifts.exe is being deleted on the norton forums.
Yep, that's right. Something that Norton is saying is just a regular update is requesting internet access. I know 4chan isn't everyone's idea of a good news source, but this is being talked about all over the internet, despite Norton's attempts to delete everything concerning the issue.
Hey /x/, /g/ needs your help on something. Some seriously shady # is going doing. The makers of Norton are involved in a coverup of some sort. A part of the program tried to access something in Africa. People asked them what it was.
They are deleting every single message about it on their forum and banning users who post them about PIFTS.EXE. We are trying to figure out what the hell it does, and why they are trying to cover it up. If you search Google for it you will find deleted posts in their forums.
What is pifts.exe and why are they trying to cover it up?
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
It's also strange that it's trying to access Africa.
If you have Norton on your computer, I currently advise you to not allow pifts.exe through your firewall. Looking through its .dll, it accesses your IE history, and for some reason accesses Google as well.
Originally posted by Ian McLean
Originally posted by golemina
For those of you who might be a little slow on the draw those last three lines represent the closing of the COOKIES, HISTORY, and CONTENT index files of their respective INTERNET EXPLORER directories...
There's no indication that it's PIFTS.EXE that's directly accessing those; it seems more likely that is a side-effect of the use of the Microsoft WinINet API, specifically the call to InternetConnect().
Originally posted by DisgustedOne
Yes, but... doesn't it still mean the information is being collected and SENT to a Symantec server or disk farm? Do any of us think that is OK???????
Originally posted by hotbakedtater
Third impression, what is the exe called now, why was so vital to get it out but now that it has caused such an outcry, it has been pulled?? Even though it is harmless and beneficial.
Originally posted by golemina
"21:42:39,1065547","PIFTS.exe","3220","CloseFile","C:\Dokumente und Einstellungen\[Benutzer]\Cookies\index.dat","SUCCESS",""
"21:42:39,1065894","PIFTS.exe","3220","CloseFile","C:\Dokumente und Einstellungen\[Benutzer]\Lokale Einstellungen\Verlauf\History.IE5\index.dat","SUCCESS",""
"21:42:39,1066223","PIFTS.exe","3220","CloseFile","C:\Dokumente und Einstellungen\[Benutzer]\Lokale Einstellungen\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\index.dat","SUCCESS",""
Originally posted by sp00n1
reply to post by Tripnman
You need to go to ¨advanced search options¨ and make sure you include in the search ¨hidden files and folders¨ otherwise you will not see it
Even though this will be swept under the carpet at some point and forgotten about as people get bored of banging their heads against the wall and more and more "credulous" lies come out about what this file does this whole thread is a testament to the lack of trust people put in large corporations - and for damn good reason.