Norton Symantec - These Aren't the Rootkits you're Looking For

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Following in the footsteps of the Sony Rootkit debacle the well known and wildly used Norton Symantec software was caught using rootkits:

Symantec Corp. has fessed up to using a rootkit-type feature in Norton SystemWorks that could provide the perfect hiding place for attackers to place malicious files on computers.

The anti-virus vendor acknowledged that it was deliberately hiding a directory from Windows APIs as a feature to stop customers from accidentally deleting files but, prompted by warnings from security experts, the company shipped a SystemWorks update to eliminate the risk.

While they have seen the light and repented, has to make you wonder about software that's included in Google Pack and what you do by giving them the ability to install software on demand on your computer.