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How to fix issues with Norton Live Update

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Today you will learn about Norton Live Update, it’s benefits and solving issues with Norton Live Update.If you have a valid subscription and if your computer is connected to the internet, your Norton Product obtains and installs the latest protection updates using Live Update technology, which protects your computer from newly discovered threats, the latest viruses, and unknown security threats.

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By default, Live Update is automatic. However, it can also be switched to manual. To do so, open your Norton Product.

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Click “Settings” under “Quick Controls”, you can see the “Automatic Live Update” option, which is turned on by default. When it is ON, it is in automatic mode.

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This is highly recommended, as the Norton product works, silently, every hour, to check if your protection updates are up to date. If not, the necessary latest protection updates are automatically downloaded, and updated to keep your computer safe.

Automatic to Manual Mode:

The Norton Live Update also downloads and installs the latest product update patches to keep your Norton product up to date. By turning it off, it switches to manual mode, which is not recommended.

You may need to need to choose the preferred duration or permanently turn it off by selecting an option from the drop-down menu.

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In this case, you need to manually run Live Update, at regular intervals.

Click on the “Live Update” option, under the “Security” tab in the main window, to get the latest protection updates.

Live Update can fail due to several reasons. The major reasons are, related to the internet connection, and insufficient disk space.

When there is no internet connection, you should ensure that the proxy server settings and parental application settings, do not block the connection.

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Also, check that the “Network Cost Awareness” option is not set to “No Traffic”. If you have insufficient disk space, free enough disk space on the drive that has your Norton product.

 

How does a computer get infected with a Computer Malware?

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Today we will tell you how a computer is infected with a Computer Malware and How can you take care of it.

First let’s talk about how Computer Malware gets on your computer. One way you can get a security risk is through a bundled free software program, free is never usually a 100% free when it comes to software and apps. There’s always some sort of trade off, a lot of the time free software companies will partner with other companies and bundle additional software’s within the download. Mostly these programs are bundled with toolbar add-ons, however hidden within the software packages can be Spyware add libraries and even Browser Hijackers. Well these are not Malware, but they can still pose security risks to your computer.

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Another way to get Computer Malware is through file sharing sites, downloading content illegally is bad but it’s highly popular. Using a client like BitTorrent users can download media via peer-to-peer sharing. However, these files tend to travel across multiple computers which probably don’t have internet security software, so they are easily infected with Malware. Additionally, hackers can setup fake files on these networks that are based on popular downloads that are actually Malware in disguise. A newer form of Computer Malware was recently found concealed inside the firmware of a USB stick.

For more software embedded in the hardware device and used for the basic functioning of the device. Since the malware is hidden in the firmware and not the storage area of the USB stick, it’s very hard to detect. Attackers often have help getting on your machine in the form of exploit kits, these are malicious tool kits that attackers use to search for software vulnerabilities on their targets computer.

The kits come with pre-written code that will search for the vulnerabilities and once it’s found the kit can then load malware onto the computer through this security hole. These exploit kits allow attackers to infect us while we web browsing and it’s called a Drive-By Download. This is a download that occurs when a user visits a malicious website that’s hosting an Exploit Kit. There is no interaction needed on the user’s part other than visiting the infected web page, the Exploit Kit will look for the vulnerability in the software of the browser and inject Computer Malware via the security hole.

One of the newer ways to get Computer Malware is through Malvertising and it’s rising in popularity among cyber criminals. The hackers will purchase legitimate advertising space on legitimate websites and within the ad will be malicious code. Similar to a Drive-By Download there’s no interaction needed on the user’s part to download the Computer Malware. Often the attackers will fool you into infecting yourself, this is called Social Engineering. Think of a phishing attack you might get an email, instant message or other social media notice asking you to click on a link, sometimes these appear friendly notices from friends but they can also appear as scare tactics telling you have a problem and you have to respond immediately.

Clicking on that link can trigger a Drive-By Download the one we just talked about. You have to be very careful about what you click. Sadly, even in today’s digital age people still don’t understand the true need for an Internet Security Program. The cybercriminal industry cost the global economy approximately $300 billion a year. These numbers alone prove how essential is it to have protection across all your devices as businesses certainly booming in the Malware world.

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