Guide to Latest Anti-Virus

Your guide to the latest in the security software industry

As far as being up to date in the world of viruses and issues on the web, most anti-virus software companies today are trying to aggressively find ways to make their respective software recognize these harmful files that plague the web.

Based on statistics from past years, the rampant growth of viruses and malware have been a cause for concern and most anti-virus software available today have their own line of preference in identifying and curing such problems. If you look at it, there is no single software that can safely protect your computer. They just have to work together and produce that one complete anti-virus software everyone can count on.

(Source) The Washington Post

 
There are so many good antivirus available in the market right now. All of these are helpful but there are some that are better than others. Some security companies are constantly working on ways to come up with new techniques to improve computer security. Here are some of the best and worst antivirus vendors available now according to PCMag.

New Editor’s Choice – Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ 10.5
It got high score in the hands-on test, malware blocking test, and beat out other antivirus softwares in the features and easy installation process, it is also for free.

Not Recommended – lObit Malware Fighter 2

This software has only recently been tested by PCMag and it did not do so well on the malware blocking and malware removal test. In fact, it has hit a new record of low socres. It scored 0.8 over 10 points in removal of walare.

 

A study that was done recently in the Northwestern University has shown that ten of the most popular antivirus for Android can easily be evaded by actual viruses with the right techniques. This is a disappointing news because some of these antivirus programs are even paid for.

The researchers have tested 10 of the most popular antivirus products by Android and it did not stop even the trivial transformation attacks not involving code-level changes. You know what this means? This means that a teenager with minimal knowledge on virus can easily infuse it to an Android phone.

So are these programs useless?

Yes and No. To some degree, it still prevents virus from invading Android but there are still so many glitches. Millions of people have downloaded antiviral programs and millions can have virus attacks. The makers of Android have yet to address this issue and provide a solution to this problem.

 

 

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.

 

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!

 

Microsoft failed the antivirus tests from a well known testing firm and now they are vowing to improve their product and its performance. Receiving a failing mark is not exactly what we expected from Microsoft, since for a long time they have been known to deliver good service.  Andreas Marx, CEO of AV Test security institute based in Germany said
“It’s a bit unusual, Microsoft failed gaining our certification for the tests and this means from our point of view that the protection offered by the product got lower results.”

Microsoft’s Endpoint protection and Security Essentials suite for personal computer users failed to detect 28 of the zero-day malware samples it was tested against. It was only able to detect 78% of the malicious files. This is clearly not acceptable to any user since this product should be able to protect them from ALL kinds of harm that would be caused to computers.

There are so many people around the world who now relies on their smartphones only to use the internet. In fact, 55 percent of cellphone owners use it for internet. It is not surprising that just this year there were 14,923 smartphone malware programs that were detected. Once your phone is infected, your phone will not be functioning well. Trojan, a type of virus, sends will automatically send SMS to premium numbers. Another type would send information from the phone to spyware developers. This is very dangerous and I am sure you would not want any personal info to be spreading around in the interweb.

That being said, if you have a smartphone and use it for internet surfing purposes then getting an antivirus app on your phone is just wise. Most of these applications are free and quick to install. It is worth installing. Some of the most used antivirus are Kaspersky, Avast and Dr.Web.

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.

 

With the existence of different Anti virus in the market, it sure is hard to choose the one that will fit your needs. AVG is a well known brand of anti virus and internet security. It has a clientele base of 128 million active users and has been given top ratings several times.  It is trusted by many and now, they have released their newest software. AVG Antivirus 2013.

Their latest edition for 2013 is very different than what their users are expecting. It has been made over and revamped! It is perfect for Windows 8. The installation will last for 5 minutes then it’s ready to use. The downside is force-shutting your browser without warning during installation. Another con is that many threats still require manual cleanup. Overall, AVG Anti-Virus FREE 2013 offers protection that can beat any top commercial products. If you need free antivirus protection this is a great choice. Try it out and be the judge.

 

 

 

Most of us have computers and normally they are based on a Windows environment. Now before Windows came along, Macintosh was the talk of the town. Ever since the evolution of Windows Operating Systems however, the need for anti-virus programs to safeguard our systems has been an issue. But how come a MAC doesn’t need one?

Depending on the case, MAC users do not download like crazy and their systems are believed to be more stable than Windows. This may be a case to case basis however but a MAC normally can operate on its own since it does not usually gather much bugs like the average personal computer.