Guide to Latest Anti-Virus

Your guide to the latest in the security software industry

Think again, for Macs are once again in the sights of hackers who may have lost taste of Windows based pc’s for now. Attacks are being reported and Apple has been forced to issue an update to their initial set of definitions to combat the series of brute force attacks. Attacks normally enter through the internet from infected sites that do seem legitimate.

Being a rarity, attacks on Mac’s do not normally make headlines for they are not as numerous as regular PC’s but the latest attacks have been quite persistent and is keeping Apple busy for the moment to prevent further spread of the virus/malware.

Clean Center makes sure that sweeping all these files without a trace is done. Deleting files may be a good recourse to make up space and help get the load of a computer when it is nearing its limits. However, it still remains that deleting files and applications are only half the story. Remember that without proper diagnostics, there are still remnants and traces of files, something like leftovers, still existing within your system.

The best way is to turn to system utilities such as Clean Center software to make sure that all files are certifiably gone. Deleting files are easy but reaching the level of wanting to speed up your computer and making space as well needs more than a simple push of the DEL key.

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Hackers are definitely becoming more and more adept in permeating the internet world. Google, one of the top search engines, was victimized by these (should I say brilliant?) hackers. They tried to redirect legitimate websites such as ZDNet Asia and other CNET sites to malware sponsored sites to victimize other internet users. These hackers used different keywords (placed a wide range of searchable keywords in their websites) for search engines to find. If their websites’ popularity is high (by hits, Alexa scoring etc.), it will appear as the first website on every search a person does.

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Here is an alternative virus cleaner for people who want to make sure that they are not susceptible to viruses online. The Multi Virus Cleaner is a stand-alone utility used to detect and remove major viruses. It is not a substitute for full anti-virus protection, but rather a tool to assist administrators and users when cleaning infected systems. Multi Virus Cleaner is regularly updated and can detect over 2,800 common viruses, worms, trojans and dialers

So if you want to make sure you are fully-protected, check out this anti-virus cleaner. It can make a difference if used properly.

F-Secure Internet 2008

Most people with computers these days are always on the lookout for a complete package to cover spywares and viruses. While a lot of companies have released their own versions, focus will certainly be on the F-Secure Internet 2008 software release which has been hyped to cover all known malicious behavior solicited from the web today.

While some may consider the F-Secure Internet 2008 software as similar to other anti-virus software we hear of today, it remains that this latest release covers even mobile computers and boasts of its DeepGuard technology to get rid of those malicious viruses hanging around there.

A more comprehensive review can be found here.

TwitterAttackThe ever present Ruby-based micro-blogging platform, Twitter has again been subject to attack by malware and is so far determined to have affected 20,000 sites. The company has blocked access to infected accounts and are doing their best to restore service after they have been notified of the seemingly innocent link called the “Best Video” link. The link re-directed people to malware downloading sites that had an infected PDF file releasing several exploits thus making the system vulnerable to attack. (more…)

Phishing mails, the need for an ulterior screening service to help make sure that we don’t even get the change to see these waste of time emails has become a need.

There are software available to help combat spam mail. Mailwasher Pro is one of these said software and allows users to preview the message even before it touches base with the email account box. With this option alone, you are not only saving space but also time when it comes to reading your individual emails and best of all, you can be assured that you don’t even get to the point of opening attachments or clicking on links that have been sent to you unsolicited.

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Mozilla is known is known for their Firefox browser’s ability to install different patches, language supports, skins, add-ons and the like. However, users of Firefox with the Vietnamese language support has complained that they have received unusual and unnecessary ads through pop-ups. Mozilla was quick to warn that this is not a result of a virus or a back door hack, but their program itself has coding problems. They said that those who have download the Vietnamese language pack since February 18 is surely infected by it. They are not currently working with a new Vietnamese pack and it will be available some time soon. Mozilla has advised everyone who has this pack to disable first the language in their add-on tools.

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31.jpgThe next criteria is the effectiveness in determining viruses and worms. A top notch anti-virus program should be able to quickly identify traces of worms and viruses by the use of real-time system scanning. Another criteria would be the capability of an anti-virus program to actively notify users regarding the latest system threats. Scan results should also be easy to read and understand. An effective anti-virus program should also be well-rounded by offering a set of essential features that provides complete and absolute system protection. The last criteria deals with the help documentation. An anti-virus software that can be considered as high-end should have a wide list of help topics. It should also provide support through email and real-time chat or through a telephone line. FAQ’s should cover a wide array of details and issues regarding the anti-virus software.

 

Panda Security, the computer security company known for their production of antivirus software has come up with their latest product; The Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 2.1.1 and it is out now. Panda Cloud Antivirus is perfect for your computer since it will protect you while you browse the internet, or play and work. Version 2.1.1 has a lot of different features. It is an upgrade from version 2.1 that has a new cloud- based disinfection engine, new behavioral analysis, improved offline protection, improved performance with 50% faster scans, new interface etc. It is also compatible with Windows 8. There are so much more improvements on this latest version and the latest reviews from people who has tried it have been well. Seth Rosenblath from cnet.com said “Panda Cloud Antivirus Free 2.0 gets impressive marks for its detection rates, making it a solid dark-horse candidate even though it could be lighter on system impact. However, it still lacks some of the features in other free security suites.” If you’re looking to try a new antivirus program, then this is the way to go. It’s effective and free!