Posted on 24 March 2011
Most people are usually unaware of just how many paths of attack spyware creators are taking. When you think virus, you may think of a PC-slowing, pop-up-laden program that simply wreaks havoc on your system. But that’s only the half. Keyloggers and other rouge files can crawl in through the back door and record and steal personal information, potentially leaving you financially crippled.
SpyShelter has long been one of the more noted antispyware/anti-keylogging systems on the market, and version 5.1 was recently released only last week – a beefier system with a much larger signature base, an improved interface, and a greatly enhanced experience for users.
The reason SpyShelter is popular is unfortunately due to the strength of keyloggers. A keylogger is an incredibly dangerous threat because it resides totally in the background of your computer and is nearly impossible to detect unless your antispyware program carries its signature. Read the full story
Posted on 27 June 2010
The 2011 series of Internet Security Software will be about to be launched by most of the security software vendors. It has become tradition to launch the yearly edition of security suites like clockwork. I am not sure how many functional changes are incorporated in these yearly editions.
At least one vendor has ensured to buck this trend. Bullguard has recently come up with the latest edition of their Internet Security named as Bullguard Internet Security 9.0. It has come after around two years of last major version 8.0 being released. Although in-between, they had also released the minor revision 8.5.
BullGuard Internet Security 9.0 has an impressively simple to use interface. It presents you a simple interface studded with a few icons, which allows you to perform common security tasks like scan, backup and other things with a single click of a mouse button.
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Posted on 12 January 2010
Today’s Antivirus and security suites are based on signature detection. This approach has lots of limitations as the it takes lots of crucial time between the instant when a threat is detected and the instant its signatures are updated into the database of the user.
Cloud Scanning to detect virus and malware takes a different approach. It is basically community based virus detection. As soon as a malware is detected in one single machine, other computers are warned and protected from that threat. All the users are not required to download and install the latest signature files every day.
The reputed security vendor Comodo has just released their own version of Cloud Scanner Utility, which is available totally free for download and use. Comodo Cloud Scanner is designed to be an easy to use tool that will scan your system for malware and suspicious files.
Posted on 03 January 2010
WordPress is an open source blog publishing application powered by PHP and MySQL which can also be used for basic content management. It has many features including a user-friendly workflow, a rich plugin architecture, and an advanced templating system. It was first released in May 2003 by Matt Mullenweg as a fork of b2/cafelog. As of September 2009, it is being used by 202 million websites worldwide.
And, it is a fact the Blogger may be hosting the most number of blogs, but WordPress is the blogging platform of choice, for millions of serious bloggers.
Posted on 29 March 2009
Avira Antivirus is one of the best Free Antivirus Software available on Internet today. I had used Avira on one of my office computer for the last one and half year and had absolutely no complaint. It is different matter that now I had replaced it with Norton 360 after the Symantec decided to reduce some weight from bloated Norton Security Software.
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Posted on 09 July 2008
One of the most feared and often highly misrepresented term of computer terminology. The root of ALL evils, at least many think so. I have seen many long time computer users linking all sorts of hardware and software troubles and crashes to so-called viruses in their system. But it is not so.
What actually are AntiViruses ?
Too Simple a question, who doesn’t know the answer. But technically…
Antivirus software are computer programs that attempt to identify, neutralize or eliminate malicious software. The term “antivirus” is used because the earliest examples were designed exclusively to combat computer viruses; however most modern antivirus software is now designed to combat a wide range of threats, including worms, phishing attacks, rootkits, trojan horses and other malware. Antivirus software typically uses two different approaches to accomplish this:
- examining (scanning) files to look for known viruses matching definitions in a virus dictionary, and
- identifying suspicious behavior from any computer program which might indicate infection.
As you must have used many Antivirus programs, we are not talking about them in this post. There are the merits and demerits of all of them. But one thing is for sure. No Antivirus is perfect. By the very nature of their working principle, Antivirus invent the process of cleaning a virus only after a virus is born. And this gap, between invention of a virus and its vaccine decides the effectiveness of an anti virus software.
Here comes the role of Free Online Antivirus Programs.
How Online Anti virus programs help ?
Once it is established that no Anti virus program is perfect, then it is sometimes better to apply double protection, meaning that you you two anti virus programs to scan your PC. But you cannot (or rather should not) use two anti virus programs simultaneously on one machine. So, why not try using free online antivirus programs. So that is the reason of writing this post.
Here we introduce you to 10 best online free anti virus scan utilities, which you can use absolutely FREE.
- Trend Micro HouseCall 6.6 Free Scan: HouseCall is a FREE Web-based tool designed to scan your PC for a wide range of Internet security threats including viruses, worms, Trojans, and spyware. It also detects system vulnerabilities and provides a link so you can easily download missing security patches. After each scan, HouseCall delivers a detailed report, which identifies security threats detected on your computer.
- Panda ActiveScan: Panda ActiveScan 2.0 detects all types of viruses, Trojans, worms, spyware, dialers, hacking tools, jokes, and other active or inactive (latent) security risks on your PC. It also detects vulnerabilities of software installed on your PC which could compromise your computer’s security. You can use Panda ActiveScan 2.0 whenever you want to make sure that your PC is free from all types of threats. Also, if you are registered or have bought the paid version you will be able to disinfect the threats that ActiveScan 2.0 finds on your PC.
- Computer Associates Virus Scanner: This scanner requires a browser such as Internet Explorer which is capable of rendering ActiveX objects.
- Symantec Security Check: Virus Detection checks for known threats, including top threats identified by Symantec Security Response. It provides an analysis of your results and offers suggestions for further action. It does not examine compressed files. In order to run Virus Detection you must be using Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher with ActiveX and Scripting enabled.
- McAfee FreeScan: McAfee FreeScan helps you detect thousands of viruses on your computer. Based on the award-winning McAfee VirusScan engine, FreeScan searches for viruses, including the latest known “in the wild” viruses, and displays a detailed list of any infected files. Should viruses be found, FreeScan even provides links to more information about the viruses and what you can do to clean your system.
- BitDefender Free Online Virus Scan: BitDefender Online Scanner is an on-demand virus scanner which incorporates the award-winning BitDefender scanning engines. You can use it to scan your system’s memory, all files and drives’ boot sectors, and to automatically clean infected files. It is also ActiveX based. Requires Internet Explorer.
- ESET Online Scanner: A user-friendly, powerful tool, our online antivirus utility can remove malware—viruses, spyware, adware, worms, trojans, and more—from any PC utilizing only a web browser. No installation required. The scanner uses the same ThreatSense® technology and signatures as ESET NOD32 Antivirus, which means it is always up-to-date.
- Free Virus Scan – Kaspersky Lab: This free online virus scanner is a great way to find out if you have any viruses or spyware on your machine without having to uninstall your current antivirus software or install a new one. Most importantly, you can see what viruses your current antivirus software let slip through. It is stated that this free online virus scanner is very powerful and scans your machine very deeply, so it could take hours to complete. We suggest running it during a time of low activity.
- F-Secure Free Online Virus Scanner: F-Secure Online Virus Scanner (version 3.3) is a free service. Use it to find out if your computer is infected, and disinfect your computer if needed. The product will automatically download the necessary components and virus definition databases as it is started. The size of the download package is about 35 MB incl. databases
- Authentium :: Command-On-Demand – Free Virus Scanner: Authentium Command On Demand is a highly-effective, totally free virus scanner. Command on Demand scans for more than half a million Internet threats, using definition files that are updated daily.