Norton antivirus is one of the best antivirus software when it comes to computer security and we all know about it. Norton is continuously leading the market by updating its products and technology. We all know and I have also mentioned in my previous post on how to setup Norton Antivirus; have explained in details about the facts.
As per a survey done by Norton in 2016 on 21 countries where 689 million computer users accepted that they had experienced cyber crime. Hence a trusted security is required in every computer systems in this cyber age.
But have you ever thought that installing antivirus program can lead you to be a victim of cyber fraud that too when you are installing Norton Antivirus on your computer? Yes, you read it right; this came to my notice when one of my friends became victim of such incident while he was trying to install Norton Antivirus onto his newly purchased computer. He screwed up when bought a paper license of Norton antivirus from a store and tried to install it online. I did a little research on it and found internet is not at all safe for anyone, even a techie like me can be a victim if he ignores things.
First step to install Norton antivirus is to visit http://norton.com/setup/ when you type this term on your search bar you will find there are “N” numbers of fake pages are there who will redirect you to a phishing page which is exactly similar to the official Norton activation page. This page will prompt you to put the license key to activate your Norton antivirus subscription.
Now the real scam will start from here. Once you put the information on page click on submit button, all your information will be sent to the scammers and you will be redirected to another page which will show some error “could not install Norton Antivirus on your computer. Call us toll-free to fix this issue”. Message could be different but the motive of scammer is to force you to give them a call.
Once you call them, you will feel like you have called official Norton customer care but ‘NO’. You have called a third party technical support company; they will convenience you to give remote access of your computer and ask for money to fix this issue which actually doesn’t even exist.
How to avoid such scam?
Logic is very simple; when you go online to install Norton antivirus, make sure you are on the official web page of Norton. Remember and be cautious scammers are very smart and tech savvy. They manipulate their phishing page to look alike similar to Norton.
You have to see the address bar of your browser very carefully, it should contain “my.norton.com” or “us.norton.com” or “norton.com”.
Scammers may tries to trick you with similar websites like; Norton.com.xyz.com.
Here xyz.com after Norton.com is a domain name owned by scammer. Remember domain name could be any. You need to play smart here. I will show you some examples of fake pages of Norton antivirus to give you more clarity; this will help you to avoid online scam.
Official Norton Page:-
Fake Norton Pages:-
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