According to Norton...

Aug 30, 2015 at 4:37 PM
According to Norton Internet Security for Idiots, TerraMap is unsafe and has been removed. Is it really unsafe, or have I just made poor internet security choices?
Coordinator
Aug 30, 2015 at 6:07 PM
Does it give any specifics?

It is an exe and a bunch of dlls in a zip file on the internet, so I'm sure it looks sketchy. Most commercial applications are signed and distributed via installers. Since TerraMap is just an open source side project, I haven't bothered with any of that.

I promise that I'm not doing anything nefarious in the code. But the beauty of it being open source is that you can verify for yourself, if you choose not to trust me. :)
Aug 30, 2015 at 7:00 PM
It says it is an Insight Network Threat.
Now unless I'm mistaken that means the majority of people who have used it have reported it as sketchy or unsafe. It says it was released 17 days ago and about 30-50 people in the norton community have used it. Now of course, I know I can just configure norton so that it doesn't block, but I'm not 100% sure. How would I go about checking this source code? (I'm not really a technical whizz, if that's the correct term)

Coordinator
Aug 30, 2015 at 7:20 PM
Does it give a link for more information or anything? I have not yet been able to find any more information on why it's flagged as unsafe. It may just be that it's an unsigned zip, instead of a signed installer.

I definitely won't recommend that you bypass Norton or any other antivirus software in order to use TerraMap. If you're not a software developer, there's unfortunately not much you can do personally to review the source code. But it is reassuring, at least, that the source code is there for others to review.

I will say that TerraMap has been downloaded 138,325 times (5,804 just for the latest release), and this is the first time I can think of that someone has reported an issue like this.

There's also the online version, which runs in the browser and doesn't require any files to be downloaded or installed. It should work with any modern browser (Chrome, FireFox,, Edge, IE11), on Windows, Mac, and Linux: https://terramap.github.io
Aug 30, 2015 at 7:23 PM


Aug 30, 2015 at 7:30 PM
No link for information. I don't mean bypassing Norton, switching it off entirely or something. It's configurable so that you can stop it from removing files that you trust.

Some information that I left out last time: It has (WS.REPUTATION.1), meaning that it has a bad reputation.
According to Norton, the file did little else than have a poor reputation.

Anyway, I'll check out this browser version.
Thanks!

Coordinator
Aug 30, 2015 at 7:38 PM
Yeah, I understand, but I won't even recommend trusting and removing the file. Especially if something harmful had actually been injected into TerraMap (somehow).

Thanks again for the report and info, I'll keep investigating and see what I can find.

Hopefully the online web version will suit your needs in the mean time.
Marked as answer by jcoon on 11/15/2016 at 11:44 AM
Aug 30, 2015 at 7:44 PM
Alright, cheers.