Guide to Latest Anti-Virus

Your guide to the latest in the security software industry

Live One Care, an anti-virus software owned by Microsoft, recently failed to protect Vista users from viruses. Vista is the newest operating system released by Microsoft. A group of researchers who are based in Oxfordshire, U. K. tested some anti virus software packages. These packages which were actually designed for Vista were released to businesses some two months ago to see if they could stop a set of viruses recently available. Out of the 15 anti virus softwares tested, four products failed to conform. Live One Care included. The other three are McAfee VirusScan Enterprise version 8.1i; Norman VirusControl v5.90 and G DATA AntiVirusKit 2007 v17.0.6353.

As far as making sure your systems are safe and secure, Trend Micro Systems may be looking a lot red these days since they were reportedly hacked. Just imagine a site that is supposed to offer software to protect patronizing clients that cannot even safeguard its own system? Now that is indeed embarrassing.

One reason for it was vulnerabilities in the area of its own system. So with that said, how can you trust a company that cannot even protect its own? Trend Micro Systems officials better come up with a good explanation if they are to keep the trust of their customers.


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Thers a new anti virus software worth trying. Avira AntiVir Personal – Free Antivirus is a thorough, very convenient antivirus program. The software is designed to offer the most reliable virus protection, Free of Charge for use at home. Avira offers a comprehensive malware recognition of viruses, trojans, backdoor programs and worms that wreak havoc in the entire internet system. It provides the user with automatic updates in increments, of anti virus signs, engines and full softwares. It offers permanent virus protection with its feature, Virus Guard. It monitors your system in real time. It is very easy to use, With just a click of a button it installs and configures according to the system specs. Virus protection whether known or yet unknown threats because it uses advance heuristic system. You can set the scanner to allow virus scans automatically and update itself with the Scheduler. It has a web site where you can research about the type of virus or infection that has installed in your system with the Knowledge Base. It also has Rootkit Detection and Removal. This is definitely one software you should not miss out in trying.

San Francisco transit Authority Police used a tactic that was meant to disrupt hooligans from organizing flash mobs by turning off cell sites along their routes to discourage attendance. In response, hackers have flooded the transit authorities web sites with attacks that have disrupted communications to some extent but have turned out to be more than a nuisance than a real threat. Such was the decision of the transit authority after flash mobs were found to be using their mobiles to organize protests similar to the riots that have plagued the UK last week or so.

Such flash mobs is an example of the wrongful use of mobile technology to organize and disrupt the daily rhythm of life in extremely densely populated areas that have been known to cause millions of dollars in lost revenue. From traffic to service disruptions of transit lines, they all amount to losses that the authorities have simply had enough.


When mom bought my iPod a year ago, I was surprised that the brand new iPod came with something else: a virus. I cannot call it a bargain since I did not benefit from the “freebie” (the virus) my iPod gave me. However, a thought dawned on me: how can an iPod, one of Mac’s products, be infected by a virus? I searched on the internet and true enough, I was able to read a news stub about the iPods released some time in 2006 had viruses attached to them. Perhaps Macintosh used Windows operating system to program the iPod? I don’t know. All I know is that both operating systems do have different platforms (so a Windows virus should not be inside a Mac product!).

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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.


Are you a member of the social networking website called MySpace? They’re boasting millions of users and you might be one of them. Just a tip though, if you have received a friend request from someone you do not know, do not even try to open the profile. If the thumbnailed picture shows someone you’re not familiar with, then, reject the friend request in an instant. There are some malicious profiles that automatically downloads Trojans to your system if you click on the picture or any link on that profile for that matter. Common sense works best here.

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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 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.

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

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.