Guide to Latest Anti-Virus

Your guide to the latest in the security software industry

A hacker’s ring that has reportedly stolen close to $74 million has been stopped by the US’s FBI. The group used malware in the form of security software/updates that were totally useless except for obtaining personal and banking information from computers which was then used for identity fraud and many other uses.

From false advertising to pure and simple malware propagation, the perpetrators were arrested and are now under process of being charged for computer fraud and many other crimes related to the case. The amount is a mere reflection of the amount of losses businesses and private individuals get from malware which shows no sign of slowing down. As one ring is closed another takes it’s place, in the never ending battle against cyber-rime and the people behind them.

Before you start shelling out hard-earned cash on buying an anti-virus, we suggest trying out free anti-virus programs first, like Avira Anti-Vir or AVG Anti-Virus. Free anti-virus programs are recommended for casual users who don’t upload or download a lot of data.

Of course, anti-virus programs you pay for still offer a lot more protection, but sometimes you can do with just the bare minimum, especially if you don’t do a lot of file transfers.

Besides the programs mentioned above, you can always search for the best free anti-virus programs on the internet, and read reviews on the performance of each. There are also online virus scanners that you can go to, which can scan your computer without you needing to download a file or pay a cent. Of course, this will entail a faster internet connection for it to perform a faster scan.

Avira AntiVir, one of the free anti-virus programs out there

Avira AntiVir, one of the free anti-virus programs out there


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A new virus, the W32/Nyxem-D, which spreads via email attached file. The damage that can be caused by this virus is massive. When opened, infected attached file it gets into the system and start delivering itself to all the available email addresses residing in the infected computer. Once activated, the virus it overwrites all DOC, XLS, MDB, MDE, PPT, PPS, ZIP, RAR, PDF, PSD and DMP files and replaces their contents with the data string: DATA Error [47 0F 94 93 F4 K5]. This can spell big trouble because these files are integrated to the system drives. This means your flash drives, network drives, external drives or any drive ar enot immune to the virus. This virus is also known as “CME-24,” “BlackWorm,” “Mywife.E” and “Kama Sutra” and seems even capable of disabling out-of-date antivirus software. What should you do to protect your computer? Upgrade your antivirus software. If you don’t have an antivirus software installed and you don’t feel like buying them. There are excellent antivirus programs you can get for free. Take these precautions so that your chances of getting infected will be reduced drastically.

41.jpgThe best anti-virus software today come with essentially multiple virus scanning options. This allows users to create schedules for scanning. Users also benefit from advanced scanning options that provide them the access to various location-specific scans and real-time scanning which enable computers to automatically scan for viruses every few minutes to stop viruses from causing damage almost all the time. Complete and optimal system protection is obtained from anti-virus programs that are updated regularly. This is the answer to the fact that viruses are actively being created everyday, or worse, every minute. Over-all, the best thing that an anti-virus software can provide to its users is the peace of mind.

Internet SafetyThe internet is a very dangerous place for the uninitiated and with that in mind, news that a new computer without proper security software and updates would last only 15 minutes before it has been infiltrated is an understatement of the true threat. Experts have been warning us of these threats all throughout the history of the internet and with all of these exploits, bugs and other malware around you need protection in the form of the many security software out on the market. (more…)


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In this time of age, viruses are becoming more and more complicated and powerful. That is why we need a reliable antivirus to do the job. I found this program at Download.com and the name of the program is Avast Home Edition 4.8.1229.80923. First of all, it provides the same protection just like any known antivirus, second, it has good reviews, and third, it is free. Already 30,937,233 people has already downloaded this program and it was just released last month, Sept 23, 2008. To impress you more, the publisher of this program said that Avast includes the following components: On demand scanner with skinnable simple interface, just select what do you want to scan in which way and press the Play button; On access scanner, special providers to protect the most of available e-mail clients; Instant messaging–ICQ, Miranda; Network traffic–intrusion detection, lightweight firewall; P2P protection for Kazaa, BitTorrent; Web shield–monitors and filters all HTTP traffic; NNTP scanner–scans all Usenet Newsgroup traffic and all operations with files on PC; Boot time scanner–scans disks in the same way and in the same time as Windows CHKDSK does.

 

Fake antivirus apps are now invading the mobile Android world. Criminals have now found a way to get into people’s smart phones and ironically it’s by pretending to be an anti-virus. To get the virus, an advertisement will appear on the screen urging the android user to scan their phones and download the anti-virus. However, the users end up downloading a virus that will quickly spread over their smart phone.

The fake anti-virus is actually a Trojan, which will make money off of people that has been victim of the whole scheme. Once the virus is installed, you will need to purchase a version of a program to neutralize it, otherwise your smartphone will suffer and most likely won’t be used. There is no choice but to buy it, which means the criminals have successfully stolen money off of the user. Makers of Android is asking all of the users to be more careful and alert about advertisements and only use software that has been trusted by many for a long time.

Social InternetThe many flourishing startups that have been catering to the social internet are being caught off-guard by the many evolving threats that are coming out on the internet leaving them very much vulnerable leaving their users to suffer the consequences. The social internet has given birth to several companies who were only too glad to oblige to the growing need for social networking platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook, Friendster and many more, all of which taking the internet to a social level. (more…)

3.jpgSetting up an anti-virus on your computer is very easy. You can choose to download free anti-virus such as AVG Free Advisor and AVAST! Home Edition. Or you can also buy anti-virus software like the Norton Anti-virus, Sophos Anti-virus, McAfee and the like.

For the downloaded free anti-virus, you just have to run the .exe or setup file you have downloaded, follow the instructions that will be given and there you go.

For the anti-virus you bought, follow the instructions that can be found on the product manual.

Make sure that you configure your anti-virus software to run on your computer during system start-up to maximize security.

Apparently, when you are developing software today, you must make sure that they are compatible with the operating systems that they are meant to be with. This is the case for most anti-virus software that seem to leave out the fact that they cannot be used by customers if they don’t exist well with the preferred operating system.

Even the giants have their share of these overlooked aspects of software development. They just have to broaden their scope since they have to live up to their name as reliable security guards for computer systems that want to be free from the headaches of viruses and malware today.