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Avast Antivirus 5 Released

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The newest version of the popular Avast Antivirus is finally available for download. It’s lighter, faster, and more feature-filled than ever, bringing a new behavior shield, heuristics engine, and code emulator to keep you protected at all times.

Apart from its far easier-to-navigate interface, Avast has a few new features that make it hard to turn down. Its new code emulator can emulate a suspicious executable’s code, isolated, for use in its new heuristics engine, designed to detect malware that would otherwise be undetectable with normal definitions—in other words, spotting malware by learning what the code does. If you use the pro version, you also get their new sandboxing feature for even further protection.

Apart from the new features, Avast has also lowered scanning times as well as the resources necessary to scan and update—a common issue with antivirus programs that are always running in the background. If you’re already an Avast lover (and many of you are), you can either wait for the program to update itself in the near future or go download 5.0 straight from Avast. If you’ve tried Avast and turned it down before, it may be worth another look—you may find that its former cons (such as the difficult-to-use GUI and resource use) are now more up to your standards.

Avast Antivirus is a free download, Windows only.

McAfee gives away its Internet Security Suite to all Facebook Users

The Computer Security Giant McAfee along with the Social Community Networking Giant Facebook are taking a big step to improve the security of normal computer users. Today USAtoday posted anews saying,

Tonight, they announced McAfee will make a complimentary six-month subscription of its Internet Security Suite software available to Facebook’s 350 million users.

After six months, Facebook users will be eligible for a special discounted subscription for the software package, which offers PCs protection from viruses, spyware and other online threats.

All users should join the fan page for McAfee to avail this offer. McAfee Internet Security Suite will initially be available to Facebook users in the U.S., UK, Australia, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, France, Canada, Mexico and Brazil.

5 Best Antivirus Softwares Compared

Technology is getting improved day by day. The reasons for us to use computers are getting more and more. All this is the good part. Now comes the bad part, Viruses and other Malwares. BlackHats are making hell lot of money just by these malwares. But these malwares use layman’s computers for making this happen. As of now if you just leave your computer online without any firewalls or antivirus softwares, it is said that, it will get infected in just 10 mins.

With the plethora of viruses, bugs, worms and threats invading the desktop these days, antivirus products have become a critical tool for any PC user. Again there are lots of Antivirus softwares for you to choose. Each one is having its own advantages and disadvantages.

And let me tell you at first only. There are Rogue AntiVirus softwares, which may disguise you .

Wikipedia says,

Rogue security software is a form of computer malware that deceives or misleads users into paying for the fake or simulated removal of malware. Rogue security software, in recent years, has become a growing and serious security threat in desktop computing.

So just don’t fall for this.

Now let me come to the Comparison of Top 5 AntiVirus softwares.

Nod32 Antivirus promises you fast, effective and easy-to-use protection. The system wil not slow down a little bit because of NOD32 and yet it is quite powerful. Almost all emerging threats are detectable by NOD32. The database updates are very frequent offering one of the best real time protection even from the latest malwares. The user interface is quite good. The UI very easy to eyes.  It has 2 profiles for both advanced PC users and normal PC users.  But still the user configurable options are less compared to some other Antivirus. For some users this may be a disadvantage. But still I can sya it is good for its simplicity.

Key Benefits

  • Keeps you safe from viruses, spyware, trojans, password stealers and other malware threats
  • Stops most new threats proactively, well before other vendors have issued a signature, maximizing your defense against new and unknown threats
  • Scans and cleans Internet traffic and email, even when it’s SSL-encrypted, so your email is always safe
  • Stops threats from entering through removable devices so you can share files with confidence
  • Integrated SysInspector and SysRescue simplify system diagnosis and recovery
  • Self defense prevents malware from degrading your level of protection
  • Tiny signature updates happen discretely as needed and won’t bog down your system
  • Free technical support via the Web, email or phone

avast! Home Edition

Avast is famous for their Home Free version. They offers an unmatched protection from viruses free. This free version is only for  Home users. FREE avast! antivirus Home Edition includes ANTI-SPYWARE protection, certified by the West Coast Labs Checkmark process, and ANTI-ROOTKIT detection based on the best-in class GMER technology even with No additional purchase.Avast has a skinnable user interface. The gallery for this skins contain awesome skins. If you haven’t tried avast till now, I will tell you to try it atleast once. Anyway avast detection for Script files is somewhat bad for Home edition.

Then one best part of avast is the BootTime Scan. It helps you to remove viruses at the boot time. This helps to remove the viruses which are very difficult to remove when windows is working. Another thing about avast is its disinfection capability. Its just awesome. If you are disinfecting with avast, a corrupt file hardly happens.

  • Anti-spyware built-in
  • Web Shield
  • Anti-rootkit built-in
  • Automatic updates
  • Strong self-protection
  • Virus Chest
  • Antivirus kernel
  • System integration
  • Simple User Interface
  • Integrated Virus Cleaner
  • Resident protection
  • Support for 64-bit Windows
  • P2P and IM Shields
  • Internationalization
  • Network Shield

Kaspersky®

Anti-Virus 2010

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010 – the backbone of your PC’s security system – offers protection from a range of IT threats and provides the basic tools needed to protect your PC.

  • Overall the best detection rate, Frequent database updates, Good detection of potentially unwanted and dangerous applications, Good self defense, etc etc The good parts of Kaspersky antivirus is incomparable with many of its competitors. As far as I know the only bad part of Kaspersky is, its usage of system resources is a little bit more, and this may make your system a little bit slow.
  • Real-time scanning of files, web pages and e-messages
  • Basic identity theft protection Improved!
  • Color-coding of links to unsafe websites New!
  • Disabling of links to malicious websites
  • Blocking of suspicious programs based on their behavior Improved!
  • Protection from hijacking of your PC
  • Self-protection from malware
  • Regular and emergency updates for always-on protection

BitDefender Antivirus 2010 provides advanced proactive protection against viruses, spyware, phishing attacks and identity theft, without slowing down your PC. Bitdefender is one of the most stable Antivirus Software. Whatever happens to the system, this application runs like a charm. And this helps to recover from any bad conditions. Besides this, the software is just a usual antivirus application.

Features and Benefits

  • Confidently download, share and open files from friends, family, co-workers – and even total strangers
  • Protects against viruses and other malware using industry-leading technology
  • Scans all Web, e-mail and instant messaging traffic in real-time
  • Provides an unmatched detection rate of new threats based on two different proactive technologies
  • Blocks spyware programs that track your online activities
  • Protect your identity: shop, bank, listen and watch, privately and securely
  • Blocks web pages that attempt to steal your credit card data
  • Prevents personal information from leaking via e-mail, Web or instant messaging
  • Guard your conversations with top-of-the line encryption
  • Instant Messaging Encryption keeps your conversations private on Yahoo! and MSN Messenger
  • Play safely, play seamlessly
  • Reduces the system load and avoids requesting user interaction during game play
  • Get fine-tuned performance from your computer
  • Optimized scanning technology skips safe files for better scan speed and lower system load
  • Laptop Mode prolongs battery life
  • Let professionals solve any security issues
  • Assistance with common issues built directly into the product
  • Free technical support for the entire duration of the product license

Avira AntiVir Personal – FREE Antivirus

Avira AntiVir Personal – FREE Antivirus is a reliable free antivirus solution, that constantly and rapidly scans your computer for malicious programs such as viruses, Trojans, backdoor programs, hoaxes, worms, dialers etc. Monitors every action executed by the user or the operating system and reacts promptly when a malicious program is detected.Avira AntiVir Personal is a comprehensive, easy to use antivirus program, designed to offer reliable free of charge virus protection to home-users, for personal use only.

Features

  • AntiVir protection against viruses, worms and Trojans
  • AntiDialer protection against expensive dialers
  • AntiRootkit protection against hidden rootkits
  • Faster Scanning up to 20% faster
  • New User Interface
  • AntiPhishing protection against phishing
  • AntiSpyware protection against spyware and adware
  • NetbookSupport for laptops with low resolution

Now thats all for now. So select a good antivirus, and install. By the way, if you think some oether antivirus should come in this list, put it as comment. Give your reviews also. :D

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Free Antivirus: BitDefender 2010 free license key for 3 months

BitDefender Internet Security 2010 is comprehensive Internet security software that offerr protection against malware, spyware, virus, Trojan, spam, hackers without slowing down the PCs. BitDefender Internet Security 2010 comes with user-friendly interface with designed for expert or novices that interface adapt to the chosen profile and provide quick access to the main security functionality.

Now Bitdefender offers free license for 3 months.

  • Protects against viruses and other malware using industry-leading technology
  • Scans all Web, e-mail and instant messaging traffic in real-time
  • Provides an unmatched detection rate of new threats
  • Guard the files and conversations with top-of-the line encryption
  • Prevents personal information from leaking via e-mail, Web or instant messaging
  • Blocks spyware programs that track your online activities
  • Connect securely to any network at home, at the office, or away
  • Parental Control blocks access to inappropriate websites and e-mail
  • Antispam stops unwanted e-mail from reaching Inbox
  • Free technical support for the entire duration of the product license.

To get the free license follow the steps:

  1. Visit the promotional page at the following URL:http://www.bitdefender.ro/media/html/ro/romanialibera/
  2. Then click on “Descarca acum” (top of the page) to download bitdefender_isecurity.exe file.
  3. Once downloading the file, run it to install BitDefender Internet Security 2010.

Alternatively, use direct download links below to download and install the BitDefender Internet Security 2010:

BitDefender_isecurity.exe

Grab fast as offer expires December 15, 2009.

PS:If you see the installation in Romanian language, then copy the downloaded “bdis.msi” file from C:\Windows\Temp to another folder and again run that installation file (bdis.msi).

Also this version is windows7 ready.

Microsoft’s new security program – Microsoft Security Essentials

The Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC) would like to introduce you to Microsoft’s new security program – Microsoft Security Essentials. The MMPC is very excited about this release, which should help us to protect more customers around the world at no cost.

Here’s a note from the Microsoft Security Essentials team:

Microsoft Security Essentials (formerly codenamed “Morro”) is the newest security product from Microsoft that helps protect consumers against viruses, spyware and other malicious software. The program, using the same technology as the Forefront product family, is designed to protect and take the guess work out of you wondering if you are protected or not.

If you’re green, you’re good.

Red or yellow means there is something that needs to be done to keep your PC secure. A single click and the PC is back to the green protected state.

Microsoft Security Essentials is also designed to address cost and other barriers that have prevented many of our customers from running up-to-date security protection on their PCs. Because there are no subscription fees, there is no registration required to collect billing or other personal information.

It also runs quietly in the background scheduling scans when the PC is most likely idle and interrupting the user only when there is an action required to keep their PC secure. It employs practices like active memory swapping and CPU throttling to limit the impact on your PC performance, even on older or less powerful PCs.

This isn’t a security suite product that provides rich PC tuning capabilities or backs up your data. But if what you’re looking for is “install and forget” malware protection and solid quality Microsoft Security Essentials may be just what you’ve been waiting for. Plus, as a user of Microsoft Security Essentials you’ll get support from the MMPC.

We think you’re gonna like what you get with Microsoft Security Essentials. See for yourself and download it now!

Microsoft Security Essentials is available now in 8 languages and 19 markets around the world for genuine Windows PCs.
Download at:
http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials.

false Positive from CA

I think this month is the worst for security researchers. AVG,McAfee and now CA, of which CA being the last one who comes up with a false positiv4es. As of all this CA also detects windows system files as some viruses. This is a bad news and for the same reason the users of CA are a little more that upset.

From Thursday onwards the CA users are complaining, after the company’s anti-virus software mistakenly identified a Windows XP systems file as a virus. Also the software is said to be detecting the service pack 3 for Win XP and the files fom the commercial CygWin application.

The CA advisory reads:

“CA Internet Security Suite users should restore affected files from quarantine using the GUI. CA Threat Manager customers should search local hard drives for files with the extension .AVB and manually rename to their original file extension by removing the appended text on the original file name.”

The CA is offering a tool for restoring these effected files through its customer care service.