I see pop-up alerts saying that my computer is infected

If you have a Norton product on your computer, the best option to rule out a threat infection is to perform a full system scan. However, there may be instances where the scan did not detect any threat, or you cannot perform a scan. In these scenarios, we recommend that you run a scan using Norton Power Eraser. Norton Power Eraser is a free, downloadable tool that uses aggressive methods to detect threats.

Download and run Norton Power Eraser

  1. Download Norton Power Eraser.

  2. Click Save.

  3. Select the location as Desktop, and then click Save.

  4. To run Norton Power Eraser, double-click the NPE.exe file.

    If the User Account Control window prompts, click Yes or Continue.

  5. Read the license agreement, and click Accept.

  6. In the Norton Power Eraser window, click the Scan for Risks icon.

  7. By default, Norton Power Eraser performs a Rootkit scan and requires a system restart. When you see a prompt to restart the computer, click Restart. If you do not want to include the Rootkit scan, go to Settings, and uncheck the option Include Rootkit scan (requires a computer restart).

  8. After the computer is restarted, the scan starts automatically. Follow the on-screen instructions.

    Wait for the scan to complete.

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DOCID: kb20100811171836EN_EndUserProfile_en_us
Operating System: Windows
Last modified: 09/11/2015