Posts Tagged ‘antivirus’

How to Disable Windows Defender in Windows 10 Permanently

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Although one should only disable Windows Defender as a last resort, sometimes it’s the only choice when Defender conflicts with another program on your system.

Windows Defender is the default antivirus solution of Windows 10 just like it has been on Windows 8. The program is enabled by default and will turn itself off if another antivirus solution is installed provided that it is recognized by the operating system. One core difference between the implementation on Windows 8 and 10 is that you cannot turn off Windows Defender completely anymore using the preferences provided in the application.


Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium Configuration Guide

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Like the article says, Malwarebytes is most helpful when it’s run in tandem with an antivirus program … but it also helps if you set up Malwarebytes to fit the needs of your specific application too.

There seem to be two camps of users when it comes to Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware application for the Windows operating system. Some users swear on it and believe it is one of the best security programs for the operating system currently while others think it is snake oil and not useful at all. The company itself sees it as a complementary product that should be run next to antivirus solutions, and not something that should be run on its own.


The Majority of Free Antivirus Solutions Ship with Potentially Unwanted Offers

Monday, January 19th, 2015

The headline for this article misses the most interesting part of the article: a short list of free antivirus programs that don’t include potentially unwanted offers …

Developers and companies that offer free version of products have different options at their disposal to monetize their work. From pro and business editions over donations to third-party offers. Third-party offers in this context means integration of other programs or services in the installer to earn revenue whenever users install those offers.


Antivirus is Not the Only Problem …

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

This is the second article I’ve read this week that essentially hints that antivirus software is dead. It must be true, because my tech-saavy kids have been telling me the same thing for almost a year now …

There is no question about it, antivirus software is not very effective. While tests may highlight that some programs have detection rates of 99% or more, it is not really the case. The main issue with tests is that they use known samples which are usually older than a day. The real threat however is malicious code that is younger than that, as it will often remain undetected until antivirus companies catch up and add it to the signature database of their application.


Software to Run When Your Antivirus Solution Fails

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Malware or virus problems? Here are a few programs that might help to clean them up …

Running up to date antivirus software on your system is one of the best protections against threats that you encounter locally or on the Internet. While it is highly recommended, it does not offer 100% protection regardless of which programs you are using to protect your computer and its data.


Webutation – Website Reputation Information

Monday, October 24th, 2011

This is kind of an interesting service … but I think you could accomplish the same thing with a quick Google search for complaints about a website.

When you are on the Internet you face a dilemma. You do not know an awful lot about new sites that you visit. You do not know much about the company or people that operate a website for instance. That may not be a problem on sites that you just access for information, but what about shopping sites or sites where you enter personal information like your email address?


Use Exclusions when Antivirus Software is Slowing your PC

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Here’s a useful tip; especially if your brand new PC is running slower after installing antivirus programs …

It is essential to protect your PC with reliable antivirus software. The drawback to this is that it often slows the PC down. In some cases it does so significantly. Some antivirus software can be very thorough and scan “potential invaders” that are part of your normal applications. Many of these programs do not need to be scanned. This takes up processor memory and slows down all programs and applications in use. By customizing exceptions, you take away much of the slowing effect by allowing the antivirus program to know what it needs to scan and what it does not. This frees the processor for other tasks at hand.


Your Computer Appears to be Infected – On Google Search

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

This is kind of an interesting development; apparently, Google is in the Malware detection business now …

A computer with a malware infection causes serious troubles for its owner or the current users, especially if they are not aware of the infection. The danger itself depends largely on the type and purpose of the malware, and can range from stealing files to destructive behavior or using the hijacked computer as a proxy for malicious activities on the Internet. Google recently discovered what they call “unusual search traffic” during maintenance on one of their data centers. Further analysis of the data revealed that it was caused by malicious software.


Have the Biggest Players Dropped the Ball on AV Protection?

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Just in case you don’t have enough to worry about already today …

The latest anti-virus test figures for Windows 7 are out and there are a good few shocks to be seen in the results.

In the tests performed by AVTest, BitDefender has leapt from ninth place since last year to 1st place in the chart.  Bullguard follows it closely having leapt even further all the way up from 13th place.


Norton Antivirus – Internet Security 2012 Beta Download

Monday, April 18th, 2011

The last time I checked, the Norton and McAfee programs didn’t get along very well when both were installed on the same machine …

Norton has made available beta downloads for their upcoming security software refreshes. Norton Internet Security 2012 Beta and Norton Antivirus 2012 Beta are both available for download at the Norton Beta Center. Interested users need to fill out a small registration form before they can download one or both of the applications.