Is ProWritingAid safe? Why does my anti-virus say it's dangerous?

Yes, ProWritingAid is safe! Don't worry if you get a warning from your anti-virus software when attempting to download ProWritingAid.

Norton (and other anti-virus software) is notorious for causing issues with Word Add-Ins. Norton relies on a set of generic formulas to determine whether something is dangerous. One of these is how many times it has seen the same Add-In. This is obviously a major issue for smaller software vendors such as ourselves. 

Norton installs its own plugin to Word that you can't see. Microsoft says this "may cause performance issues, the inability to open files within Office, or the inability to install some Office programs."

If you use Norton, we would recommend that you disable the Norton Office Add-In and then try to install the ProWritingAid Add-In.

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