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Norton reporting virus on downloading Xamarin Android Player in Windows 8.1

ShantimohanElchuriShantimohanElchuri USMember ✭✭✭✭✭

See the screenshot attached. Norton is finding a serious threat and deleting the downloaded file.


  • CheesebaronCheesebaron DKInsider, University mod

    It is a false positive. The reason it gives is, WS.Reputation.1:

    WS.Reputation.1 is a detection for files that have a low reputation score based on analyzing data from Symantec’s community of users and therefore are likely to be security risks. Detections of this type are based on Symantec’s reputation-based security technology. Because this detection is based on a reputation score, it does not represent a specific class of threat like adware or spyware, but instead applies to all threat categories.

    This probably means that someone reported this as a threat at some point, or maybe Norton, just shows this false positive when it does not have any data about an executable.

  • ShantimohanElchuriShantimohanElchuri USMember ✭✭✭✭✭

    Then what is the work around if not a solution?

  • CheesebaronCheesebaron DKInsider, University mod

    Uninstall Norton and install a proper AV solution? Or temporarily disable it while installing.

  • Matt.BellMatt.Bell USMember

    Norton uses a Reputation system for files that it does not know. If they are not that common then things that have nothing wrong can be reported as if they have a virus. You can send a report to Norton to have this one put on the list.

    As for a proper AV solution, I would trust Norton over most others, especially the one that Mr Cheese is using.

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