Top 5 Antivirus Software Programs For Windows XP, Vista And 7

Finding antivirus software that works perfectly with all three versions of Windows is not always easy. These operating system versions have slightly different security needs. And that’s because they differ in features, tools and their in-built security features.

Microsoft Windows 7, for example, is the latest of the three and from reviews and tests shows that it’s one of Microsoft’s best releases. And this is true of Windows XP too which plays well with many antivirus programs – so you won’t have problems running scans, updates and applications on these versions.

But Vista was a rushed operating system release and is one of the worst at working with antivirus software programs. So your choice of software will be crucial to ensure that it’s protected. And there are a number of security programs that supply the necessary protection.

So here’s our pick of the top 5 antivirus software programs for Microsoft Windows XP, Vista and 7 versions. Continue Reading

Norton Technical Support and the Reasons for Its Popularity

As Norton antivirus is one of the most trusted antivirus softwares and is used by millions across the world. That is the reason why Norton technical support has also gained a lot of significance over the years. There are a lot of people who live under the misconception that technical support for Norton is nothing but sheer wastage of money. They do not think that anyone could ever require any form of help while using Norton software. But that is far from the truth. There are several problems that users can face while they use this software.

For instance, while installing Norton antivirus, the user might witness problems like inability to install the software, hanging of PC right after installation, other programs malfunctioning post installation, computer booting and rebooting on its own and so on and so forth. Such issues usually arise from configuration problems, compatibility issues and incorrect installation. During such times, if the user does not have a good idea about how the PC and its various software work, he/she will not be able to sort out the problem. So, for all those people who are not familiar with the inner workings of a computer, the Norton tech support is a boon in disguise.

These services are offered by several companies in the United States of America as well as the United Kingdom, whereby they have under their employment, competent as well as technical support engineers who are experts in resolving any problem related to Norton antivirus. The customers will be able to call them at any point in time and tell them about the problems they are facing with their software. The Norton technical support experts can be contacted through the toll free numbers that are displayed on the official websites of the companies. These companies can be found out by searching online and use of keywords such as Norton technical support, Norton antivirus tech support, and Norton antivirus technological support will result in the display of a list of companies which offer such services.

The callers however need a stable internet connection as well as a telephone line to facilitate the resolution of the problem. The services are chargeable but the amount that is charged is quite cost effective as compared to calling a technician to personally reach the site and look after the problem. Moreover, it takes more time for a technician to get to the site and get on with the repairs which results in a lot of wastage of time.

Getting the Best Antivirus Software – Secure Your Online Presence

Nowadays, only the best antivirus software products are able to detect all threats that are known, identify any potential risks quickly, and remove all malware that might have already been picked up by your computer. They are also able to block malware that might make attempts to get into your computer or laptops using various methods like chat, email, P2P file sharing, external devices, network connections, disks and websites. Most importantly, they should be able to do this in the background, without devouring all of your computer resources that are needed for other things.

Every year, the same antivirus and security products tend to offer the best, but there is always room for change. Here are the best products from current ones that are on the market.

Best Products

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus, Norton Antivirus and Webroot Secure Anywhere Antivirus programs are considered best for technological publications and testing facilities. Webroot and Norton are tied for the top spot in the malware removal test, but Bitdefender is not much far behind as well.

As soon as you have installed your protection and cleaned up any threats that already exist, your antivirus will then spend the majority of the time fending off any new attacks. Some products are better at preventing a problem in rooting out malware that has been in your system for a long time. Webroot seems to always score better in blocking new problems.

The best antivirus software must be constantly evolving in order to combat creative shape-shifting malware. In fact, computer viruses are at a pandemic stage. The first nine months of 2011, one software company processed 19.9 million new specimens of malware and still there are computer users who do not use antivirus software. They think that if they are careful where they click, their computer will not be infected, but this is no longer the case.

Many consumers use more than one real-time antivirus program, but that uses too many system resources, often causing conflicts and can even in some cases reduce your protection.

Best Free Programs

The very best antivirus software that is available free is “Avast! Free Antivirus”, as evident from many recent studies. Avast has been improving steadily in rates of detection over the last several years, so now it rates up there with the best. It also has real-time capabilities including email, web, IM, P2P, network shields, boot-time scanning, and a behavior blocker. The newest version 6 also has features including site rating plugins, malware script protection and other situations. This is a FREE program and it does not use up all your resources as well.

Another best antivirus software for free is MS Security Essentials by Microsoft, which has high rates of detection, predominantly for rootkits. It is even more remarkable in having very few “false positives”; doesn’t use many resources and is also good at removing any malware that already exist. It needs very little interaction and it updates and removes threats automatically. Moreover, it doesn’t have any registration, ignoring advertisement or nag screens. It is best to note here that MS Security Essentials needs an authentic copy of Windows to be installed.

What are the predictions for 2013?

Threats to our computer systems and networks are predicted to get more sophisticated in 2013, as hackers become better at what they do, so it is going to be necessary more than ever to have the best antivirus software that you can afford. You may also have a look at the free software that is on the market, if your finances are not in a good shape lately. Lack of money is no longer a reason for not protecting your computer and personal information.

Norton Technical Support and the Reasons for Its Popularity

As Norton antivirus is one of the most trusted antivirus softwares and is used by millions across the world. That is the reason why Norton technical support has also gained a lot of significance over the years. There are a lot of people who live under the misconception that technical support for Norton is nothing but sheer wastage of money. They do not think that anyone could ever require any form of help while using Norton software. But that is far from the truth. There are several problems that users can face while they use this software.

For instance, while installing Norton antivirus, the user might witness problems like inability to install the software, hanging of PC right after installation, other programs malfunctioning post installation, computer booting and rebooting on its own and so on and so forth. Such issues usually arise from configuration problems, compatibility issues and incorrect installation. During such times, if the user does not have a good idea about how the PC and its various software work, he/she will not be able to sort out the problem. So, for all those people who are not familiar with the inner workings of a computer, the Norton tech support is a boon in disguise.

These services are offered by several companies in the United States of America as well as the United Kingdom, whereby they have under their employment, competent as well as technical support engineers who are experts in resolving any problem related to Norton antivirus. The customers will be able to call them at any point in time and tell them about the problems they are facing with their software. The Norton technical support experts can be contacted through the toll free numbers that are displayed on the official websites of the companies. These companies can be found out by searching online and use of keywords such as Norton technical support, Norton antivirus tech support, and Norton antivirus technological support will result in the display of a list of companies which offer such services.

The callers however need a stable internet connection as well as a telephone line to facilitate the resolution of the problem. The services are chargeable but the amount that is charged is quite cost effective as compared to calling a technician to personally reach the site and look after the problem. Moreover, it takes more time for a technician to get to the site and get on with the repairs which results in a lot of wastage of time.

Start With Kaspersky Professional Services to Ensure Quality

There are a lot of different things to think about when considering rolling out a new product or service. Not only does it require the product and staff to be prepared but it also requires that the new methods of marketing and advertising is also ready. Kaspersky Professional Services is going to have many things that they can help companies with.

Security is going to be a number one priority though. They need to ensure that hackers and viruses are not taking over any system. There are many things that they will do onsite or remotely to ensure that the system is safe.

Computer systems can be very complex. They need to be able to do a lot of different tasks quickly and easily. The consumer should have many things that they are going to be concerned about when rolling out the new campaign.

When people are installing software and other things to their computer, they may run into issues with it not wanting to download or giving error messages. Consumers are able to get the help that they need with this because a technician will be able to walk them through these steps. They may be missing one step or have other things running in the background that needs to be turned off temporarily.

Every computer system is going to be different so the tech has to be very educated as to what they should do if something else goes wrong. Their security software could also be blocking an installation of a necessary program because it is trying to download to the computer. There are many settings that can affect how the operation of it works.

A professional is going to be able to deliver advice over the phone, online or at the location that it is needed. Whatever method a person chooses, they are going to be satisfied with the work that gets done. All of the services that are provided are going to help tremendously with the security of these systems.

People will have the advantage of being able to choose which method they want to be billed. They can be billed monthly, quarterly or annually. It is nice that they can pay it all at one time and be done with it. Some companies are not equipped to be able to do this though so they will be able to pay monthly.

Remote consulting technicians will be able to access the system from a different location. They can see what is going on with it and help the company to get their system running smoothly. Everybody has different options that they will consider.

When the staff goes onsite to assist them, it is likely that they were unable to or did not wish to use the remote consulting. Everybody has a different type of system that they will use and some of them are not able to be accessed from someplace else very easily. Training will also be available to the staff so that they will be able to use the systems.

There are going to be many managed solutions that will be available. Each of them are going to be a good choice. Everybody will be able to use the services that will help them and will not have to pay for ones that they are not receiving.

It is important to check out Kaspersky Professional Services to see what is offered. There are many things that will help with security and the way that the system is operating. Everybody will run different programs and using the security software that works the best with them is going to be beneficial.

New Rogue “Antivirus System” locks you out of safe mode

By Tyler Moffitt

Recently we’ve seen a new fake security product running around that has made improvements to the standard rogue. Typical rogues are annoying, but relatively easy to take care of. Previously, all you had to do was boot into safe mode with networking and remove the files and registry entries (or install Webroot). Support forums everywhere use safe mode with networking as the “go to” mode for virus removal as non-core components are not loaded at start up and it’s easier to isolate problems. In the vast majority of the rogues we see, they are not loaded in the few modules which start up in safe mode. Antivirus System does, however, and it also applies some new and improved social engineering tactics to fool you into thinking it’s a real program trying to help you.

Once loaded onto your system, any executable you try and launch will be stopped and flagged as malicious – pretty standard. Eventually the interface will come up and will start scanning. What’s unique about this variant is it does actually scan your system. I do not mean it removes malware or does anything beneficial, but the infections it reports are real files on your computer. This variant flagged Dell drivers that are exclusive to my laptop model and one of my chrome extensions. This indexing of real files is a big improvement over the transparently fake “scan” buttons on previous rogues that just lead to an animation of a loading bar along with a generic list system files. Antivirus System also has many “features” which appear on most legitimate security applications. It has Internet Security which is similar in description to Webroot’s Web Threat Shield. Their Personal Security attempts to spoof features like Webroot’s Identity Shield, and Proactive Defense fakes features similar to Webroot’s Real Time Protection. This rogue even has configuration settings like “Concede resources to other applications” alluding that it can lower how much of a resource hog it can be – if you pay for it. Of course none of these “features” do anything, and if you try and switch them on you’ll just be presented with their purchase screen.

Removal without Webroot installed

Most experienced users would immediately go into safe mode with networking after seeing this. This won’t work, as the rogue is attached to the explorer shell, which is a module loaded in safe mode, and it will lock you down after you launch any executable (regedit, task manager, standalone virus removal tools, ect.). This is probably the point where most people have run out of options and consider taking their PC to a 3rd party technician where you’ll likely pay double the ransom cost of the Rogue. There is no need to do this as there are plenty more tricks to get around these rogues.

  • Boot into Safe mode with Command Prompt (doesn’t launch explorer shell)
  • The first screen that comes up is cmd.exe, type: “control nusrmgr.cpl” to launch the user account screen
  • On the user account screen click on “Manage another account”
  • On the Manage Account screen click on “Create new account”
  • Call this account whatever you want and then create the account (just make sure it has administrator privileges)
  • Reboot the computer and then log into that new account (safe mode or normal mode)
  • This new account won’t have those policies the virus created and you should be able to use this account freely You can install Webroot to scan and remove the virus, or you can just delete the files and registry entries associated:
  • DELETE:
    C:\Users\All Users\pavsdata
    C:\Users\All Users\pavsdata\21.4.exe
    C:\Users\All Users\pavsdata\app.ico
    C:\Users\All Users\pavsdata\cache.bin
    C:\Users\All Users\pavsdata\support.ico
    C:\Users\All Users\pavsdata\uninst.ico
    C:\Users\All Users\pavsdata\vl.bin
    C:\ProgramData\pavsdata
    C:\ProgramData\pavsdata\21.4.exe
    C:\ProgramData\pavsdata\app.ico
    C:\ProgramData\pavsdata\cache.bin
    C:\ProgramData\pavsdata\support.ico
    C:\ProgramData\pavsdata\uninst.ico
    C:\ProgramData\pavsdata\vl.bin
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “avsdsvc” = “%CommonAppData%\pavsdata\21.4.exe /min”
  • MODIFY:
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\shell\open\command]
    Default=”C:\\ProgramData\\pavsdata\\21.4.exe\” /ex \”%1\” %*
    to
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\shell\open\command]
    Default=”%1\” %*

Removal with Webroot installed

If you already have Webroot installed, then you shouldn’t even have to scan as we should block this in real time.  If you happen to come across a new zero-day signature that doesn’t yet have a determination, then you should know about Webroot’s ability to remediate infections without a database determination. All you have to do is open your client, click the “System Tools” tab, and then click “Start” under Control Active Processes. You’ll then be presented with the screen below, which shows all the active processes that are running:

Anything running under the “monitor” column should be scrutinized. If you find anything randomly named under AppData or ProgramData, then you would set it to “block” and run a scan. Upon finishing the scan, Webroot will remove the file and roll back any changes made by the malware.

Webroot support is always more than happy to help with removal and any questions regarding infections.

 

Article Source: http://blog.webroot.com/2013/07/17/new-rogue-antivirus-system-locks-you-out-of-safe-mode/

Antivirus Software: Fighting Blame, Not Hacks

Craig Elliott, chief executive officer of Pertino, a cloud-networking startup, knows that the antivirus software his company uses won’t deter all hacking attacks. That won’t stop him from using it. “It’s a safety blanket,” he says. “It’s CYA [cover your ass] more than anything else.” That’s why the antivirus industry, born in the late 1980s to combat floppy-disk viruses, has staying power, even in this era of sophisticated hacks from China and elsewhere.

Although the word virus generally applies to all manner of computer attacks, data security pros no longer just worry about old-style viruses—programs or pieces of code that replicate and spread from computer to computer, degrading their performance. The new threat: advanced forms of malicious software, or malware, such as online banking password-stealers and military-grade spying software.

Recent incidents like the attack on the New York Times by Chinese hackers, which antivirus software failed to stop, illustrate the challenge facing industry leaders such as Symantec and McAfee. A weakness of antivirus software is that it’s designed to zero in on so-called signatures, or identifiable patterns in code. When an antivirus company finds a piece of malicious software, it adds a signature to its database, which is included in software upgrades sent to users.

The approach was effective until more sophisticated malware arrived on the scene in the early 2000s. Now identifying a piece of attack software after the fact has limited value because the most advanced malware is custom-built for specific attacks—and never used again. Today’s hackers also prefer to infiltrate networks via e-mail and social media, making attacks harder to detect. The Times attack is thought to have begun with infected e-mails sent to employees.

After the Times disclosed that Symantec software failed to identify the malware used in the breach, the Mountain View (Calif.)-based company issued a statement saying that antivirus protection alone is not enough to thwart advanced attacks. Symantec (SYMC) and Santa Clara (Calif.)-based McAfee are upgrading their security software to keep pace with hackers, such as adding blocking features that crunch traffic data to determine whether an unknown e-mail attachment or website is trustworthy.

“The industry will likely change pretty dramatically,” says Francis deSouza, Symantec’s president of products and services. “We’re seeing more malware than we’ve ever seen before, and we’re seeing more custom malware than we’ve ever seen before. Those trends have profound implications for the antivirus industry.” Michael Fey, chief technology officer for McAfee, which is owned by Intel (INTC), says “one product is not a silver bullet.”

Despite this, companies aren’t likely to dump their antivirus software. Even if they wanted to because of cost or performance concerns, many simply can’t, says Amrit Williams, chief technology officer of Lancope, a company which sells software that scans computer networks for malware. Retailers that accept credit cards, for instance, must comply with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) data-security standard, which mandates antivirus protection. Corporate security chiefs in industries that don’t require antivirus software can choose to buy it—or risk their jobs if they go without it and get attacked, Williams says. Consumer and corporate purchases of software to combat online threats will account for $8 billion of the $66 billion in worldwide spending on computer-security technology this year, according to Gartner (IT).

Another reason demand for antivirus companies’ products is likely to remain high is that there’s still a threat from less sophisticated attacks, says Steven Ashley, an analyst with financial services firm Robert W. Baird in Milwaukee. The New York Times is still a Symantec customer, though it is “exploring other options,” says spokeswoman Eileen Murphy.

“Antivirus is an important element that will always be there,” says Ashley. “Even if someone broke into a guarded office or facility, you won’t take down the fence around it.” At least one company, though, has done just that. Palo Alto Networks (PANW), a maker of network-security equipment, has no official policy on antivirus software, says co-founder Nir Zuk. Its 840 employees are not required to have antivirus software on their machines, and the company uses its own network-security products to defend against attacks. Most infections occur in the first 48 hours after a new piece of malware is released—before antivirus companies can get a fix out to customers, Zuk says, citing his company’s research.

“I think there’s value in AV—most CTOs won’t get rid of it,” he says. “It’s just that I think the cost of it, and the fact it only works on some machines, and the fact that it’s not detecting targeted or new attacks, makes me want to invest my money in other solutions.”

The bottom line: Companies are spending billions on antivirus software even though it’s becoming less effective at stopping hacking attacks.

 

Article Source: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-02-14/antivirus-software-fighting-blame-not-hacks