Norton Power Eraser 188.8.131.52
Clean and straightforward UI
The main window has a clear-cut look and provides immediate access to the three primary components of Power Eraser: scanning for risks, undoing the previous fix, and configuring advanced settings.
Run a scan with default settings
By proceeding with the default configuration, you can ask the tool to browse the PC for various threats and rootkits. It reveals the description, type and status for each item, along with an action to take, such as removing it. Keep in mind that a computer restart may be required to complete the task, so make sure to save any ongoing projects beforehand.
Create a system restore point and view log details
In addition, you can ask the program to create a system restore point before attempting to fix the problem, just in case Windows starts experiencing stability issues afterward and you need to undo settings. Meanwhile, log details can be viewed in a separate file, and its location can be revealed in Windows Explorer without leaving the interface.
Run an advanced scan for a more detailed report
Switching to advanced mode brings extra features to the table. For example, you can run a reputation scan with the Norton Cloud to verify a specific file or folder and find out the Norton community's opinion about it, perform a standard scan by taking into account the Windows files, as well as run a search on the computer if it has multiple Windows versions installed on it.
Configure program settings
The software application lets you apply a proxy configuration, change the log file's default saving directory, enable multi-boot check, show only bad files, and exclude the rootkit scanning mode (requires a system restart). Plus, you can delete the log history to free up space, as well as restore all settings to their factory parameters.
Evaluation and conclusion
Norton Power Eraser isn't quite a resource hog, but it still stresses up the CPU and RAM during the scanning process. It may take a while to complete a scan job, depending on the size of the target and settings applied.
All in all, Norton Power Eraser is a pretty handy program, and although it may seem suitable for experienced users only, rookies could install it with no risks thanks to its intuitive interface and the comprehensive help file.
Reviewed by Elena Opris, last updated on October 7th, 2014
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