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What does "Non-viral threat detected" mean?

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I just went w/ my gut & deleted the files that Norton said were adware threats. Then a message popped up that I have "Non-viral threats detected" & it said that the delete failed next to the file name. What does this mean? Will I have to download some kind of removal for each of the infected files to successfully remove them from my puter? I hope some one can tell me what the heck I'm doing.
I also found different types of adware listed that came up after running a smart scan from the Ad Aware program. Are these needing to be deleted also.
Also will having both the Norton & Ad Aware programs on my puter, will they conflict themselves & the job they are to do? :tazz:
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Hi and welcome to Geeks to Go. I rely on AdAware and Spybot for malware, and Norton Anti Virus for virus protection. I don't have any experience with Norton Spyware, but suspect it is similar to AdAware. When I run AdAware, I get rid of the files it finds, delete! I have never had a problem because I did that. AdAware updates their file definitions regularly. I would hope Norton does the same. I would not expect you should have problems having both on your system. AdAware is free, works great. I bet you had to pay for Norton. By "non-viral threat" they probably mean all threats other than virus, like tracking cookies and little programs that phone home with data to get you spammed, etc. Check their "help" file for their official deffinition of that term.

Edited by austin_o, 02 November 2005 - 07:39 AM.

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