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Norton Power Eraser Editor's Review

Getting rid of malware and other types of rogue applicationlications with a regular antivirus can prove to be a tough task nowadays. The way malicious users are becoming smarter with time; it makes sense to use an additional layer of protection on top of your existing security software. If you do not want to pay for this added security layer but want peace of mind, try Norton Power Eraser. It is no data shredding utility despite the naming. The app works as complementary to existing anti-malware applications. It is meant for finding and removing aggressive threats that stay immune to scans made by regular antivirus solutions.
Norton Power Eraser is a freeware and there is no need for installation, which makes it suitable for various types of PC users. You may also use it to clean up an infected PC before installing regular antivirus application. The application can be used on PCs running Windows XP and later versions.

The software deploys the file reputation service of Symantec. You will require an active internet connection for this application to run. The software has a simple and uncluttered interface that will not make beginners intimidated. There are 3 large buttons- Settings, History and Scan. It can also look for rootkits and if you enable the option, the application will reboot the computer after a scan is complete.

Norton Power Eraser accesses online Insight database of Symantec and there is option to specify the PC’s proxy settings for web access. After a scan is over, the application shows detected threats. The suspected files are marked for removal. While the application fares well in detection of malware and similar threats, it may also catch valid files owing to its aggressive scanning mechanism. It works well when used in combination with other Norton products or third party antivirus tools.

The application has an option to create system restore point before removing suspected items, which is handy for users. Seasoned users may delve into advanced section of the application. It lets you run a multi boot scan and a reputation scan. The latter can be run on entire system or specific folders. The application works well and does not take much time for scans but restore point creation does slow down its speed.  

Positive Points:
-    Works perfectly as an added layer of security for PC.
-    Checks for rootkits.
-    It is freeware and works with almost all third party anti-virus applications.
-    Automatic ‘System Restore Point’ creation.

 Negative Points:
-    Scans can be too aggressive.
-    Not a substitute for standalone anti-virus.

Conclusion:
No PC security software can be called perfect and Norton Power Eraser is no exception. However, its numerous benefits overshadow the small glitches. This application works in sync with your existing antivirus application and does not create problems for third party products either. It comes for free and needs no installation as well. The reputation based scan takes less time and its support for root kit detection is impressive. While scans tend to be on aggressive side and legitimate files can be caught at times, the option to undo changes through System Restore makes things easier for users. Norton Power Eraser may not be suitable for use as the only anti malware application but you can use it to bolster level of PC security for sure.
Rating: 4.5/5







Norton Power Eraser Publisher's Description

Eliminates deeply embedded and difficult to remove crimeware that traditional virus scanning doesn't always detect.

The NEW Norton Power Eraser takes on difficult to detect crimeware known as &scareware& or &rogueware& that cybercriminals use to trick you into unknowingly downloading threats onto your PC. This growing form of crimeware uses bogus pop-up alerts or security messages that scare you into thinking your PC has been infected and needs to be fixed immediately. It can be so tricky that it automatically downloads onto your PC even if you didn't actively click on anything! The Norton Power Eraser is specially designed to aggressively target and eliminate this type of crimeware and restore your PC back to health.

You should use Power Eraser only when nothing else will remove the threat and you are willing to accept the risk that the scanner may quarantine a legitimate program.

Because the Norton Power Eraser uses aggressive methods to detect these threats, there is a risk that it can select some legitimate programs for removal. You should use this tool very carefully, and only after you have exhausted other options.

Free download from Shareware Connection - Eliminates deeply embedded and difficult to remove crimeware

Publisher: Symantec | License: Freeware | Price: 0.00
Version: 2.5.0.42 | Size: 5427 KB | Platform: WinOther
Released Date: 18-10-2012 | Rating: 5 | Title: Norton Power Eraser

Author Url: http://www.symantec.com/index.jsp
Program Info Url: http://www.symantec.com/index.jsp
Download Url: http://liveupdate.symantec.com/upgrade/NPE/1033/NPE.exe
Screenshot Url: http://cdn.ghacks.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/norton_power_eraser-500x374.png

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