Antivirus Security

An antivirus security package is used to detect, remove, and prevent viruses, malware, adware, worms, trojans, spyware and a range of other malicious and unwanted computer infections.

While some companies will detail the benefits of their particular brand of computer protection, another question that is equally valid is, how will the antivirus program affect my computer?

Antivirus security packages can lower the performance of your computer, if they are not designed effectively. Many packages also give a series of prompts to the user to allow or block certain programs from being executed, an incorrect decision to one of these prompts could allow a virus to infect your computer or it can also stop a valid program from executing.

Heuristic detection, also known as ‘smart technology’, allows your antivirus security program to identify unknown viruses by looking for virus like activity or behaviour. The effectiveness of this heuristic technology in identifying or not falsely identifying threats, can also have a massive impact on your computer and take some of the key decisions out of your hands and into the hands of the antivirus software, designed by experts in the field.

In one well publicised case, a false virus identification was made by a popular product, which incorrectly recognised an operating system file as a virus and forced many thousands of computers unable to load.

When deciding what is the best antivirus security for your valuable information and personal details, it is worth considering the following:

1.       How effective is the package in identifying known threats;

2.       Does it offer online updates and continuing customer support;

3.       The effect of the software on your computers performance; and

4.       The cost of the package

The links below have great resources from the leaders in antivirus security.

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Free Antivirus Download – Independent Rankings and Downloads Available

What should you look for when installing anti-virus software on your computer?

We recommend a type that does not scan continuously, as antivirus software may cause a significant decline in computer performance when this occurs.

·         Antivirus software generally works at the kernel level of the operating system which is reserved for highly trusted software. This creates a potential avenue of attack, ensure that you only use trusted anti-virus software suppliers and not allow just any provider to have this high level access to your computer’s files.

·         Some antivirus software packages have additional options that employ smart technology which allows them to deeply examine the behaviour of a file to see if it is behaving in a similar manner to known malware or viruses. This type of smart technology helps to protect your system against new and as yet unidentified, viruses and malware.

·         By using a combination of all of the above strategies it is possible to get the most effective protection for you, your important files and documents.

Can you get all of the protection that you require in a free antivirus download?

There are a variety of free antivirus downloads available for both PC and Macs.

You only want 1 free antivirus download running otherwise they could conflict with each other and they will slow your system down more than necessary, so which programme is best. All systems have their pros and cons, if you are using a free version of an antivirus protection then you will not get the same level of support or updates than you do with the paid versions, but certain packages offer sufficient coverage for non commercial users.

A recent independent ranking placed our favorite three antivirus software packages at number 7, 17 and 24 in the overall effectiveness rankings. These are the highest rankings for free antivirus download software available.


Paid Antivirus Protection

If you are considering paying for the extra protection and service of an antivirus programme than than there are many fine products to consider. 

One particularly good product is the Kaspersky antivirus protection. It was also ranked number one overall, providing protection for 99.62% of viruses and malware that were tested against it and in our humble opinion offers excellent antivirus protection for your computer and important data and documents.


There are many other factors to consider when purchasing antivirus software, such as the drain on your system memory and performance, and after sales service and support. The following are products in the Top 25 ranking that we prefer.


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How to Remove AV Security Suite

1. Start your pc in safe mode.
2. copy Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool (KB890830) – Setup Self-Extracting Cabinet from a flash drive onto your pc. or download off of Microsofts website if it isn’t blocked by the virus.
3. If your pc is in safe mode the exe should run.
4. do a quick scan. If antispyware soft is the only virus on your pc 1 threat should be detected and removed automatically. Then the removal tool alerts you that the virus is only partially removed and you need a official anti virus to remove the rest. Ignore that as the 1 file removed seems to disable antispyware softs functionallity.
5. Use the manual removal steps above to hunt down and remove the remaining files such as the exe. and registry keys.

Now if this works as good for you as it did for me your pc should run exes and all of the other blocked files. The only problem I noticed is that internet explorer no longer works as antispyware soft changed the proxy or something.


Fake Antivirus Warning

PCs around the world were trapped in a circle, when they started rebooting themselves when an anti virus program identified a normal Windows file as a piece of malware.

A leading antivirus download company confirmed that the software update it posted caused its corporate antivirus program to misidentify a harmless file. It has posted since recitified the problem, with a patch.

“We are not aware of significant impact on consumers and believe we have effectively limited such occurrence,” McAfee said in a statement.

Though bloggers have written that thousands of computers running Windows XP with SP3 were affected.

According to reporting by AP, Intel Corp also appeared to be one of the victims, said posts on Twitter.

All appears to be fine with the service now, but if you are running McAfee and are having problems, please seek teh latest update (which should remove this incorrect file reporting).

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Beware of Fake Antivirus Programs

Google has warned consumers against installing fake antivirus software on their machines. According to the Google “The Fake AV threat is rising in prevalence, both absolutely and relative to other forms of Web-based malware,” they said that Fake Antivirus programs account for about 15 percent of all malware on the net.

So what is a fake antivirus software?

There are a variety of ways that malicious software can be installed on your computer. Companies can place a small piece of malware on your PC that will warn you that you have a virus and ask you to download an antivirus software. The software that it recommends is fake antivirus and you inadvertently install the virus on your own machine.

How do I protect myself from this?

The free antivirus download center believes that your best form of protection is to only download virus protection or internet security packages from well known suppliers. The usual companies such as Microsoft, McAfee, Norton, Kaspersky, Trend Micro, PC Tools, Panda, F-Secure, BitDefender, NOD32, AVG and Avast. There are others, but there is good reason to stick with the larger established players in this market.

If you are looking for the latest free antivirus downloads for free, please visit www.freeantivirusdownload.co.in

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Computer Viruses in 2009, Reach a Record!

According to Panda Security, criminals created 25 million pieces of malware, which includes viruses, bots, keystroke loggers and other forms of malicious code in 2009. This is more than the combined total of all pieces of malware created since the start of the internet and personal computing.

Online criminals have followed the trends in respectable software and online companies and have moved to automation and systemisation of virus production. This is the equivilant of Henry Ford’s Model T production line, only with viruses.

This automation and new professional approach allows online criminals to create thousands of variants of the same malware file, according to Paul Correll of Panda Labs. Paul said “cybercriminals have figured out that they can saturate anti-virus labs by creating millions of samples,” , he also said that “by doing that they can slow down the response times and their infection ratio would be more successful.”

Panda Labs has identified a massive 40 million pieces of malware and are adding 55,000 new samples to this database on average, every day. Trojans are still the most common form of malware, making up two thirds of all identified pieces of malware in 2009.

Of particular concern are social networking sites. Sites like Twitter, Facebook and MySpace are increasingly being used to transmit viruses and trojans between users. Just because a link has been sent by a trusted friend, does not mean that it is any less likely to contain a potentially dangerous piece of malware, or malicious code.

To remove trojans, clean your PC of viruses and protect your computer from cyber attacks; make sure you have the most up to date antivirus protection on your computer. You can find many free antivirus downloads, or free trial antivirus versions on this site.


Freeware McAfee 2008

This is a freeware copy of McAfee 2008. The program tries to be user friendly but the program is not. Some of the advanced features are hidden deep inside the menu options and the dialog boxes are confusing and not clearly laid out.

Attempting to detail every security function, Free McAfee handles viruses, plus includes a firewall, hard drive cleaner, disk defrag & security manager. By including all of this additional software, sometime the software can be slow and use more memory than a leaner program. This is a freeware version that works, but the cons of loss of speed and processing power must be weighed up against the cost savings.

Overall, I give this two stars.


2009 Antivirus Rankings are Here!!!

We’ve been waiting for these for months and now they are released, the 2009 top antivirus rankings. The question we are all asking is, what is the the best ranking antivirus program?

For the 2009 antivirus rankings, 52 antivirus programs were tested with 174,770 viruses!! the number of viruses that each anti virus program identified and negated, are written below as a % of the total viruses tested.


The top 20 ranked antivirus applications are:

1. Kaspersky version beta – 99.23%
2. Kaspersky version – 99.13%
3. Active Virus Shield by AOL version – 99.13%
4. ZoneAlarm with KAV Antivirus version 7.0.337.000 – 99.13%
5. F-Secure 2007 version 7.01.128 – 98.56%
6. BitDefender Professional version 10 – 97.70%
7. BullGuard version – 96.59%
8. Ashampoo version 1.30 – 95.80%
9. eScan version 8.0.671.1 – 94.43%
10. Nod32 version 2.70.32 – 94.00%
11. CyberScrub version 1.0 – 93.27%
12. Avast Professional version 4.7.986 – 92.82%
13. AVG Anti-Malware version 7.5.465 – 92.14%
14. F-Prot version – 91.35%
15. McAfee Enterprise version 8.5.0i+AntiSpyware module – 90.65%
16. Panda 2007 version 2.01.00 – 90.06%
17. Norman version 5.90.37 – 88.47%
18. ArcaVir 2007 – 88.24%
19. McAfee version 11.0.213 – 86.13%
20. Norton Professional 2007 – 86.08%

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Microsoft has released a Free Antivirus Download for Indian Computer Users

On Tuesday 29 September, Microsoft Corporation released a new free antivirus download. The free Microsoft antivirus software will protect computers against viruses, spyware, malware and other forms of malicious computer code.

The new antvirus product, called Microsoft Security Essentials, is available for download online. It has been built using similar technology to that used by the global software giant in the  computer security programs it designs for corporations.

“With Microsoft Security Essentials, consumers can get high-quality protection that is easy to get and easy to use, and it won’t get in their way,” according to Amy Barzdukas, general manager for consumer security at Microsoft.

“Consumers have told us that they want the protection of real-time security software but we know that too many are either unwilling or unable to pay for it, and so end up unprotected.”
Microsoft has hopes that the antivirus download will be widely adopted and will help to protect Microsoft Windows environments in general. Windows is operating system of choice for 90% of the world’s personal computers.

Security Essentials has been designed in a similar manner to many of the top antivirus programs on the market. It is designed to run behind the scenes, providing protection to machines against viruses, Trojans and other forms of malicious computer code.
Microsoft Security Essentials is a real time program that automatically updates against teh latest viruses and computer threats.

According to comments from large industry player Symantec “From a security perspective, this Microsoft tool offers reduced defenses at a critical point in the battle against cyber crime,”
“Unique malware and social engineering tricks fly under the radar of traditional signature-based technology alone — which is what is employed by free security tools such as Microsoft’s,” it said.

Microsoft’s Security Essentials, the free antivirus download, is available to Indian consumers from Tuesday 29th September 2009. You can download it by clicking the following link Microsoft Free Antivirus Download.

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How to Remove McAfee Antivirus

How to Remove McAfee Antivirus 

A common question we receive is to how remove McAfee Antivirus. McAfee can come pre-packaged on a new computer or you may have trialled a version with a limited day trial. Whatever the reasons, if you are looking to start using a new antivirus system and want to remove McAfee antivirus here is what you need to do.

 Using the traditional remove programs/hardware function in Windows will not remove all traces of McAfee Antivirus. Antivirus programs are notoriously difficult to remove, if they were easy, then spyware could also easily remove them and then wreak havoc on your system.

Step 1 to Remove McAfee Antivirus

Uninstall McAfee by using the Add/Remove Programs tool in the Control Panel

Steps for Windows XP users

  1. Go to Start, Settings and then Control Panel.
  2. Click the Add or Remove Programs icon.
  3. Select the McAfee Security Centre item from the list.
  4. Click Remove and then follow the steps on the screen.

If you are using Windows Vista

  1. Go to Start, Search, then type Programs and Features, and click Go icon.
  2. Click Programs and Features.
  3. Select the McAfee Security Centre item from the list.
  4. Click Uninstall and follow the steps on the screen.


Step 2 to Remove McAfee Antivirus

Download and run the file MCPR.exe

  1. Download the removal tool from the McAfee website at the following location http://download.mcafee.com/products/licensed/cust_support_patches/MCPR.exe 
  2. Save this file onto the desktop of your computer.
  3. Open the file above.
  4. Close all McAfee windows and any other unnecessary programs.
  5. Click on the file MCPR.exe and run the removal tool if you are using Windows XP. If you are using Windows Vista, you must right click MCPR.exe and select Run as Administrator
  6. After you receive the message ‘Clean Up Successful’, you can restart your computer
  7. When you restart McAfee antivirus will be removed from your computer


Your system should now be ready to install another type of antivirus software.

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