antivirus

Mon
10
Dec
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Windows 8: New Security Features Explained

Let's get this out of the way: Microsoft's decision to drastically change the Windows interface for Windows 8 remains highly controversial. But there are benefits for users who make the switch to the new operating system (OS). Number one on that ... list: the all-new security features that Windows 8 offers. For one, Windows 8 includes Windows Defender (otherwise know as Security Essentials). This free antivirus and antimalware security program takes over and protects a user's computer automatically, and remains in operation until some other antivirus program is installed. While recent tests have ... (view more)

Mon
16
May
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Windows 7 64-Bit Most Secure: Microsoft Report

A recent report revealed that many businesses still have no plans to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7, leaving their ailing PCs at higher risk for malware. That may change, however, with a new report suggesting that Windows 7 is five times less ... likely to be infected by malware than its predecessor. Windows 7 Five Times More Secure than XP The study comes from Microsoft's own Security Intelligence Report, which is released annually. The report not only revealed that Windows 7 is five times more secure against malware than a machine running Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3), but it was also ... (view more)

Wed
27
Oct
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Mac Vulnerabilities Increase Five-Fold in 2010

With the Windows family still allowing Microsoft to enjoy the lion's share of the OS market, rival companies are forever left to jockey for second place. While the goal for these companies is to one day surpass Windows in popularity, there has ... always been one benefit in playing "second fiddle" to Microsoft: hackers tend follow user demographics. This means that Windows is as much a popular choice for malware attacks as it is for consumers. Such is true for Apple, who listed only 34 known vulnerabilities within the Mac OS family back in 2009. While even one vulnerability should be cause for ... (view more)

Wed
29
Sep
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LinkedIn Email Spam Packs Malware, Steals Bank Info

If you've recently received an abundance of email LinkedIn invitation requests from strangers, you're not alone. A new form of malicious spam attack is making its rounds, consisting of what appears to be an innocent "friend request" from the popular ... business-oriented social networking site LinkedIn. The request is anything but legitimate; in actually, these fake emails contain links to a website where the malicious ZeuS malware is downloaded directly to your PC without consent. The goal of ZeuS is simple: to compromise the personal and financial data of all of its victims. Instant ... (view more)

Fri
04
Jun
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Antivirus says Download Not Safe. How can I be certain?

" Hello Dennis! I am a long time subscriber and I enjoy your email newsletter very much, especially your questions and answers regarding Microsoft Windows. Question: I downloaded a file from a reputable web site, but my antivirus program says the ... file is virus infected. On the site that I downloaded the file, there are people who say the file is infected, while other say it's completely safe to use. How do I know whether or not it's safe to open this file? " My response: Depending on your choice of antivirus / antispyware and their respective protection settings, it's possible you've ... (view more)

Wed
24
Mar
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Antivirus Update Forces Users To Reinstall Windows

A problematic update for the popular BitDefender antivirus software appears to be causing quite a bit of trouble for users running 64-bit versions of Windows. Rather than save users from infection, the update released this past weekend is actually ... labeling important Windows files as malware threats. "We understand your disappointment, we have solved the problem for many of our users already, and we are continuing to work relentlessly to rectify the problem for all users still affected," a BitDefender spokesperson announced Monday. (Source: techradar.com ) Antivirus Update Forces Users To ... (view more)

Thu
18
Feb
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Fake Antivirus Programs Now Offering 'Live Support'

Simply saying that rogue antivirus software is becoming more sophisticated is one thing, but a new fake antivirus program called "Live PC Care" has made one necessary change to dupe innocent users: offering live technical support for bogus software. ... According to Symantec researchers, once users have installed the program, they are met with a screen that informs them of numerous computer infections, several kinds of malware, and the like. This tactic of duping users is nothing new; what is new, however, is the fact that the free trial version of Live PC Care comes with a large yellow "online ... (view more)

Fri
16
Oct
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Total Security 2009: Total Scam (Ransomware)

What's worse than downloading fake antivirus software and paying to "clean" your system of a virus that never existed in the first place? How about being locked out of your PC and having your files held for a $79.95 ransom? Malware Peddlers Up the ... Ante with Ransomware In the past, malware peddlers cashed in after coaxing innocent people into purchasing fake software they don't need. In an effort to spike profits, however, malware scammers are now upping the ante by infecting PCs and demanding users pay a set ransom to retrieve their files and documents. All it takes is 1 wrong click ... (view more)

Tue
14
Jul
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Infopackets + PC Tools: Software Bonanza 2009

Note: Use Coupon Code INFOPACKETS30 at checkout to receive discount (up to 66% savings). Read below for full details -- or click here to visit PC Tools site now! Dennis here from Infopackets with a summer sizzler on simply sensational software! As ... most of you are already aware, we regularly recommend three award-winning software programs by PC Tools in our email newsletters, namely: Spyware Doctor with Antivirus, Spyware Doctor and Registry Mechanic. These programs are not only essential PC utilities in their own right, but they are also at the top of their class and continue to receive rave ... (view more)

Mon
08
Jun
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I've been Hacked! What to do?

Infopackets Reader 'Peneloppe' writes: " I have been hacked by someone I know through my IP address, and this is easy for him since he is a hacker. I have Kazpersky anti virus but still he has been able to tag all my conversations through Internet ... because he gets my IP addresses all the time. Before he used Trojans because he had access to my PC (not anymore). He has shown me files and files of all my conversations. At this point don't know what to do! Please I need help and want to report him to put an end to this never ending story. I am tired of him trying to have control over my personal ... (view more)

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