Most of us believe that an antivirus suite is enough for protection. More often than not, it’s a distant dream – even when you have one of the best products from market. If you are an active user, there is a chance of finding some hidden stuff inside your computer. These stuff can collectively be called crimeware, because it is commonly used for data theft and other digital frauds. If you want to create a list of such crimeware, that would include rogueware, intense malware and rootkits etc. It’s in such situations that we should start using tools like Norton Power Eraser Tool.
Norton Power Eraser Tool works as a comprehensive solution for removing different types of crimeware. In this article, we are going to have a detailed Review of Norton Power Eraser Tool, so that you know whether to use this extra-security suite in your PC.
Norton Power Eraser Tool – an Introduction
Norton Power Eraser Tool comes from Symantec Corporation, which is a trusted name in the world of digital security. As you know, Norton is noted for the wider range of protection suites in the market. However, this one is quite different, due to the completely free availability. You don’t have to pay anything to use Norton Power Eraser Tool, no matter how many scans you are doing every day. In other words, it’s one of the most affordable methods to find out possible embedded threats in your PC.
When to Use Norton Power Eraser Tool
You might be wondering what are the possible instances to use Norton Power Eraser Tool in your PC. Some of them are:
- You want to scan for threats that may have been missed by regular antivirus scans. Yes, there exists a few threats that are not ‘viruses’ 😉
- You are not able to install a fully-fledged antivirus program in your PC, because there is a malware in it.
- Or, you have to make sure that there are no unwanted/useless programs in the PC.
If any of these instances remind you of your PC, you have plenty of reasons to try out Norton Power Eraser Tool.
The Simplicity of Using the Tool
Something we loved about Norton Power Eraser Tool is the simple and awesome User Interface. We did not need any documentation or introduction to start scanning our PC using this program. Similarly, all available options were arranged in an accessible manner, so that there’s no way to mess things up. Of course, it is not a complete replacement for an antivirus program. On the other hand, if it’s an extra layer of security you’re looking for, you are at the right place, you bet.
The Scanning Options
In Norton Power Eraser Tool for Windows, you have different options for scanning. And, these can be turned into two categories as well.
- Scan for Risks
This is the primary type of scanning you can do via Norton Power Eraser Tool. It will scan different areas of a PC to find something is wrong. Possibly, you can get to know if there are some malware/crimeware is still hiding.
- Unwanted App Scan
You might have installed hundreds of apps in the PC, many of them being useless and dangerous. Norton Power Eraser Tool will use the cloud-based database and algorithms to find the useless one and give you an inclusive report — so that you can remove them.
- Advanced Scans
This is another category of scans you can perform via Norton Power Eraser Tool. In this category, you have 4 different scans to check out. They are as follows.
- Reputation Scan takes care of a particular folder of file, given that you select it.
- System Scan of Norton Power Eraser Tool is a complete check-up for your system.
- Multi-Boot Scan is useful if you have two OSs in your PC. You can specify one OS and scan it.
I believe the options are superb enough, especially for a free tool like these. No matter what your experience is in the world of digital threats, there would be no trouble with Norton Power Eraser Tool. Regardless of the scanning methods you have chosen, you will receive in-depth results. You may need a reboot before that.
A Note on Scanning Results
As we said, you would receive the scanning results of Norton Power Eraser Tool in the next window. During our test period, the results were impressive and the found out files were expected to be harmful too. There was, for instance, a toolbar that we had installed as a part of another review. The toolbar was judged as one of the dangerous stuff that Norton Power Eraser Tool found in the PC.
However, at the same time, it should be noted that Norton Power Eraser Tool is using a tough algorithm for scanning the files and programs. As a consequence, there can be at least a few false positive results in the entire list. So, it’s highly recommended to use your conscience before you remove the programs you find in the list. Just make sure that there aren’t any vital files required for system functioning.
So, at the end of the day, you would need some idea about what can probably be malware.
The Bottom Line
Now, we will have the final verdict on Norton Power Eraser Tool and how useful it is for the common users out there.
In the first look, Norton Power Eraser Tool may be unwanted for most of you. However, it’s high time to be aware about the fact that there are some serious crimeware on the world wide web, and your system can be infected too. Viewing from that perspective, Norton Power Eraser Tool is an essential tool for every PC, and it’s completely free to use. As we have said earlier, the complete UI is simple and there is no need for any introduction. Also, we liked the multitude of scanning options as well.
So, you have many reasons to have this tool in your Windows PC.