Archive for the ‘anti virus’ Category

Security Starter Kit

May 22, 2010

From CNET Download.com
Refined for 2010, the Security Starter Kit will ensure that your sanity lasts way longer than your resolutions through a collection of must-have programs to protect your Windows computer.

In our six categories this year, we offer the core essentials of Antivirus and Anti-spyware, as well as ancillary but important categories such as In-browser Security, Firewall, Encryption, and Parental Control. If you’re looking for more than security, there’s also our Windows Starter Kit. Essential utilities have earned their own kit, too: the Windows Utilities Starter Kit.

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Portable Antivirus – Ultimate List of Best USB Anti Virus

May 11, 2010

From: thepcsecurity.com

Why You May Need Portable Antivirus Applications:
Present day antivirus and security software operate on post-event basis. First a virus or malware is discovered, then the antivirus database is updated to include its signature, then it is expected that the user will download the antivirus update and after that only, the user is secured against that virus.

But it is often too late. Lots of users do not care to update software regularly and it makes them vulnerable to the security threats.

To further complicate the situation, present day malware often make modifications to the system files and corrupt your security software. They make them useless, block their update mechanisms and in extreme cases make your whole system un-usable. You may not be in a position to even boot up your system.

In such a case, your only solution may to use some Portable Antivirus software, stored on a removable media like USB, Pen Drive or CD ROM, make it write protected and use it to clean your infected system.

Read the rest at: thepcsecurity.com

How To Remove Computer Viruses At Home For Free

April 17, 2010

From makeuseof.com
To the average computer user, contracting a virus is like contracting a rare disease – it brings life to a halt, it is expensive to remove, and worst of all, the probability of catching a virus is much higher than that of catching a serious disease.

After the dreaded infection, removal procedures usually include taking the computer to a service center, where technicians charge hundreds of dollars to remove the virus. But what many users don’t know is that viruses are actually not very difficult to deal with.

In fact, there are hoards of free tools on the internet that make it simple enough to remove viruses for free, for anyone with even a bit of technical savvy. These tools render spending ridiculous sums of money for a virus removal a thing of the past.

The bulk of the work is brute forcing: repeatedly attacking the virus with different scans until it gives into deletion. If you have a decent amount of time on your hands, virus removal becomes a very simple process.

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The Best Free Software of 2010

April 1, 2010

From PC Magazine
Get what you DON’T pay for: Here are 196 programs that cost nothing but will make your computing life richer—all while keeping your wallet fat.
We don’t want to make you feel bad, but, uh… are you really still paying for software? Wow.

Well, we’re here to spread the word: There’s no lack of free software to be found online. Some of it is as powerful, if not more so, than the name-brand packages found on shelves at Best Buy for big bucks. By free, we mean you don’t pay a dime except for what it costs to download and install the software. There are even times when you don’t have to install anything, since there are a lot of great Web-based applications available these days.

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Fake Security Alerts – Rogue Software Screen Images

April 1, 2010

From WorldStart Computer Tips and Computer Help
Q:
When I am surfing the web I sometimes get strange message windows popping up. Windows Security Alerts or error messages saying that my computer is “infected” or “too slow”. How can I tell if they are real and what should I do about them?
A:
Recently there has been an upswing in the number of “Fake Security Alert” messages popping up as people surf the Internet. These message windows say: Your computer is too slow, has been infected by a virus, requires an update or already has been infected with Trojans and other Malware. They are all false warnings, designed to convince users to purchase illegitimate and possibly dangerous fake security software. This article will provide sample screenshots of these phony alerts and outline a few simple ways to recognize and prevent these pesky problems.

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A Couple Of Things From PCWorld.com

March 3, 2010

112 Best Free Downloads, Sites, and Services: The Full List
Here’s our entire collection of the best free downloads, sites, and services available today, sorted by category. Want to correct Windows problems, make your PC or mobile phone more capable, and get things done faster online–all without opening your wallet? Check out these 112 incredibly useful, incredibly free downloads, sites, and services.

Read the rest at PCWorld

How to Stop 11 Hidden Security Threats
Antivirus software and a firewall alone can’t guarantee your safety. Here’s how to foil the latest crop of sneaky attacks and nefarious attempts to steal your data. Do you know how to guard against scareware? How about Trojan horse text messages? Or social network data harvesting? Malicious hackers are a resourceful bunch, and their methods continually evolve to target the ways we use our computers now. New attack techniques allow bad guys to stay one step ahead of security software and to get the better of even cautious and well-informed PC users.

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Reliability and Service: Technology’s Most (and Least) Reliable Brands
When you buy a new PC, camera, printer, or TV, you want a dependable device from a manufacturer that’s committed to supporting its customers. We asked 45,000 readers and found out which companies you can really trust. Every year, consumers purchase millions of computers and peripherals. And every year, millions of those devices break down.
For anyone who plans to buy a piece of hardware, the overall reliability of a vendor’s products and the quality of its service are important considerations. Unfortunately, much of the information that people use in deciding which product to buy is fragmentary and anecdotal–not the kind of data you’d want to base a three- or four-figure decision on.

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Avira vs avast! vs AVG: A comprehensive comparison to help you decide which (free) anti-malware security software you should use

February 14, 2010

With a doubt one of the most popular questions I am asked is “which security software should I use for my computer?” Often times the person asking me the question is looking for a free security solution as opposed to a paid one. To address this question, I have already created a post on best security software. However, now – in this article – I am going to directly address the issue of “should I use Avira, avast!, or AVG?” Of course there are many other free anti-virus/anti-malware software. However, I do feel these three are the most popular and most commonly inquired about (and probably the three best).

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[How To] Remove A Virus That Does Not Allow To Run Virus Scan

February 13, 2010

Trouble:

One of my friends Mohit called me and told me that his laptop has got some virus infection in his Windows Vista OS. The virus is causing many exe applications to stop randomly. He explained his problem as :

Whenever I try to run a virus scan, It will close the anti-virus, crash windows explorer and will stop many services. The icons in the system tray are also not loading. Many exe applications are crashing randomly. I am not able to install any virus removal tool on my laptop. The in built anti-virus has also stopped responding. I am not able to run system restore on windows as the virus is killing the system restore wizard as soon as I launch it.

In such situations, when the virus has infected the computer so badly that you are not able to run a virus scan, there are still methods to remove the virus. In this post I will share one such useful trick.

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Most Popular Hive Five Topics of 2009

December 30, 2009

Every week we pose a simple, focused question to the Lifehacker readership about a specific topic: Which is best? From netbooks and malware removal to home servers and wallpaper, here’s a look back at the most popular Hive Five topics of 2009.

The Hive Five asks the question “Which is best?” in a variety of topics covering hardware, software, and sometimes even a combination of the two. Although sometimes it’s easy to predict the winner—Ubuntu has had its share of wins, to be sure—the real value in the Hive Five isn’t actually its ability to elevate a single winner to a pedestal but to highlight all the great options that are out there.

Between the four runners up in each Hive Five and the other options highlighted in the hundreds of comments on both the Hive Five Call for Contenders and the actual Hive Five every week, it’s easy to discover new things. If ever you’re not sold on the winner of any Hive Five always make sure to read over the comments and see if any of them tip you off to a new and awesome product you’d never heard of.

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Can You Trust Free Antivirus Software?

August 31, 2009

Lots of companies offer software that’s supposed to stop worms, viruses, and other malware for free. We tested nine such security programs to find the ones you can really depend on.
Free antivirus programs vary just as much as paid security programs do in the quality of their protection. And frugal computer users on the hunt for no-cost antivirus software–already faced with tons of options–will have even more to choose from when new free offerings from Microsoft and Panda join the programs currently available from Alwil (Avast), AVG, Avira, Comodo, and PC Tools.

Read the rest at PC World