Anti Spyware Removal & Virus Scan Software

Have you been looking for ways to download high quality anti spyware removal & virus scan software? There are many ways to deal with the problem of malware and viruses attacks on a computer system, and one of the most effective methods for doing this is to download scanning and cleaning program.

They are typically able to provide a free scanning feature for new users to help them determine the amount of errors currently existent on their system. However, the best and most effective PC protection software would require the user to register as a member and pay a small membership signup fee.

1. What Do You Need to Do to Fully Get Rid of All the Possible Spyware, Adware and Virus Infections on your Computer?

The first step is definitely to download a computer virus and malware cleaning and getting it to run a full scan on your system. However, this step will only detect all the errors and show them to you in a summarized report format without quarantining and deleting them.

My own virus and spyware removal software also provides me with a real time protection function capable of detecting and preventing malware from entering my computer as soon as they are detected on incoming files and data packets. This is much better as compared to having to find them through manual scanning before deleting the malware / virus. By then, some important registry files or personal documents may have already been damaged beyond repair.

2. How Do You Find High Quality Anti Spyware Removal & Virus Scan Software?

To make sure that you are downloading legitimate and not fake (or even harmful malware) programs, you will want to first check out on the reputation of the security companies which you are downloading from. This can be done by checking out testimonials and web reviews from experienced users who are currently using them. You can download a copy of the high quality software at my website link below.

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Remove Norton Antivirus – Find Out How To Permanently Delete Norton

If you’re finding it difficult to permanently remove Norton antivirus from your computer system then continue to read. Nortons’ software is designed to become your internet protection service and protect from known internet hazards. The software usually contains an antivirus tool, Adware remover, firewall amongst many others.

Norton is definitely one of the most well-known internet protection providers available. However it’s not liked by all as it can be considered difficult to use and/or maintain. One problem that has been evident in my research of the product is many customers are being frustrated by the constant pop-ups, even when browsing safe websites. Furthermore the software is large and is known to slow down performance speeds upon smaller systems. The software also makes it very time consuming to remove fully, hence why this article has been put together. Follow the steps below to completely remove the program from your system.

Delete Norton Antivirus

Norton has many files and folders that come with it upon installation, especially if the program was preinstalled upon purchase. Thus the program can be removed using the Windows add/remove software, but this will only remove the program itself and the immediate programs surrounding it. Other files or folders may not be and could be left on your system, slowing it down. If you would like to know n exactly how to remove it permanently and completely follow the steps below:

  1. Firstly make sure that Norton Antivirus is not running. To do this press Ctrl + Alt + Delete, select Task Manager and then locate the Processes area.
  2. Scroll down the list and locate Norton and single click. Click End Processes.
  3. Find the Start button, and then navigate to the Control Panel.
  4. Click the Uninstall a program icon. If you are using XP or a lower OS then this will be labelled Add/Remove Programs.
  5. Scroll to Norton Antivirus and click the Uninstall button.
  6. The wizard should explain everything clearly, but just make sure you click remove all.
  7. Follow the on screen instructions.
  8. Repeat this process from step 5 onwards for any other Norton software that you are aware is installed on your system.
  9. Restart your computer system.

Ok, the above method works perfectly fine if you know exactly what you’re removing. However if you are unaware of all the traces fo the software on your computer the above process will not work fully. This is most evident inside your Windows registry. However do not attempt to remove these files manually unless you know exactly what you’re doing. Doing so could lead to computer malfunction and corruption. In this case you should opt for a 3rd party solution (such as the Perfect Uninstaller for example) and worst case scenario hire professional help.

Using A Software Alternative To Remove Norton Antivirus

Using the process above can be tricky for certain people and time consuming for others. Mistakes made can be costly to your system so your best option is to opt for a software alternative. There are many available on the web, be sensible and do your research and you’ll come across a number of highly respectable pieces of software. Removing unwanted programs fully at the click of a button!

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.

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

Best Free Antivirus: Windows Defender vs. Avast

Best free antivirus head to head

Windows 8 ships with a new version of Windows Defender that’s supposed to offer the same level of protection as Microsoft Security Essentials. Along with other security upgrades, we’re left wondering if there’s any reason to saddle up with a third-party antivirus program. To find out, we compared Windows Defender with Avast, which as we discovered in last month’s antivirus roundup is a formidable ally to have by your side as you romp around the web.

Round 1: Interface

There’s a lot going on in Avast, so much, in fact, that you might not even notice that it doesn’t scan for potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) by default, a setting we recommend enabling as an added ounce of protection (which, as you know, is worth a pound of cure). To get the most out of Avast, there’s an initial time investment required to poke around all the settings and tweak everything just the way you want it. In stark contrast to Avast, Windows Defender takes a minimalist approach with an interface that’s extremely straightforward and dead simple to navigate. There are just four headings to browse—Home, Update, History, and Settings—none of which tries to upsell you on security; Avast does. In this instance, simplicity gets the nod, and so does Windows Defender.

Winner: Windows Defender

Windows Defender doesn’t integrate scheduled scanning into its UI. For that, you need to invoke the Windows Task Scheduler.

Round 2: Features

Whereas Windows Defender is super simple to navigate, it comes at the expense of an expansive feature-set. There’s very little in the way of fine-grain control, limiting most of what you can do to including/excluding certain file types and locations, and whether or not you want to scan removable drives. You can’t even schedule a scan, at least not through the traditional UI. To do that, you need to open up the Windows Task Scheduler and configure it through there. That’s lame. Avast, on the other hand, offers a much bigger toolbox. The “AutoSandbox” feature alone, which automatically isolates suspicious programs from the OS, wins this category for Avast. There’s also a remote assistance feature for troubleshooting family and friends who are running Avast, plus browser plugins, and more.

Winner: Avast

Avast is chock-full of settings and provides excellent real-time protection, no matter where the threats come from.

Avast is chock-full of settings and provides excellent real-time protection, no matter where the threats come from.

Round 3:  Scan Speed

Windows Defender uses the same pokey scan engine as Microsoft Security Essentials, and since there’s no easy way to schedule scans, it’s even more problematic. Running a full system scan with 30GB of data on a solid-state drive took 20 minutes with Windows Defender, and subsequent scans took just as long. That’s an indication that Windows Defender doesn’t skip over files that haven’t changed since the last time they were processed. Avast clocked five minutes and nine seconds to scan the same data, and though it also didn’t get any quicker during subsequent scans, it’s still significantly faster than Windows Defender. Plus, you can easily schedule scans in Avast to run during times when you’re not sitting at your PC, such as after-work hours (assuming you leave your PC on 24/7).

Winner: Avast

Round 4: Performance Impact

Good news for both programs. If you’re rocking a solid-state drive with Windows 8 on a relatively modern machine, you’re unlikely to notice a performance impact with either Windows Defender or Avast installed. We slapped a 120GB Kingston SSDNow V300 drive onto an Asus P6X58D Premium motherboard with an Intel Core i7-930 processor, 4GB of DDR3/1333 RAM, and a Radeon HD 5850 graphics card. Boot times were virtually unaffected, with Avast introducing a startup penalty of just a few seconds. On the flip side, we recorded 4,035 in PCMark 7 with Avast installed versus 4,011 with Windows Defender. If this were a presidential race, it’d be too close to call. Subjectively, surfing the web and opening up programs felt equally snappy regardless of which AV program was running.

Winner: Tie

Round 5: Protection

Windows Defender needed to pull out a win in this round to keep the race interesting, but it doesn’t have the legs to compete with Avast. Using our own collection of malware, Avast detected twice as many dirty files as Windows Defender, though that might have to do with the way each program counts individual files within an infected archive. In both cases, Malwarebytes detected infections that both Windows Defender and Avast missed. However, Avast is better at detecting zero-day threats and adds a second layer of protection through its automatic sandbox mode, which Windows Defender lacks. Finally, we’re a little wary given that Microsoft’s antimalware engine is having trouble passing certification with AV-Test (www.av-test.org), a well-known independent testing laboratory. All things considered, this crucial round goes to Avast.

Winner: Avast

And the Winner Is…

avast

Avast wins this bout by taking three of the five categories and tying in another, though it’s not quite as lopsided as it appears. Windows Defender, while not as fully featured as Avast, is capable of blocking common threats, and it doesn’t put a drain on system resources. Avast’s army of defenses is just bigger and better trained to spot danger from more places, like IM clients. It also has a bigger arsenal of weapons.

5 Of The Best Free Antivirus Software You May Want To Go For

The internet is proving to be a dangerous place because of viruses, hackers, and spyware and phishing sites. Therefore, PC owners require reliable antivirus software to help them keep computers safe. However, it can prove expensive to keep the PCs safe, because you will need to keep updating the antivirus software every year. Fortunately, several top antivirus software available in the market makes it easy to keep your PC safe. These include:

1. Panda Cloud Antivirus

The Panda Cloud antivirus features a lightweight tool that offers real-time antivirus protection for free. The software can be used along other security programs without problems. It is a free version of the commercial product and therefore, it has several missing features. The “USB Vaccine” helps to reduce the risks of malware likely to infect the USB drive while the Pro-edition seeks to protect users on public Wi-Fi networks.

2. AVG Free Antivirus

The AVG Free Antivirus offers a solid package with a range of features including: an antivirus engine, identity theft protection, email scanner and a Link Scanner Surf-Shield that helps to ensure safety while you are online. The software features lots of buttons, tiles and menu entries, which make the program to look more complex.

3. A vast Free Antivirus

The A vast Free Antivirus is considered one of the most popular softwares. The program can be installed easily because it features a straightforward interface that is easy to use. Performing a quick scan can help you identify potential threats on the PC. All this offers a minimal impact on the performance of the system. Independent testing of the software has found the program good. The Avast Free features useful extras include a software updater that alerts you to update the program.

4. Zone Alarm Free Antivirus + firewall

The main concern about the Zone Alarm Free Antivirus + Firewall are that it is updated daily (the hourly updates are normally reserved for the commercial-version). The daily updates leaves the PC exposed to the latest threats. Nevertheless, the software offers plenty of functionality (with a capable AV Test certified antivirus engine), some browsing protection and easy-to-use firewall.

5. Emsisoft Emergency Kit

Other antivirus programs do not come with guaranteed 100% rate of detection. As a result, malware is likely to slip through the defenses. Therefore, it is important to have in place a second tool such as the Emsisoft Emergency Kit. The program operates without requiring to be installed. This reduces chances of conflict with other existing antivirus packages.