Showing posts with label AntiVirus. Show all posts
Showing posts with label AntiVirus. Show all posts

What Harmful Things PC Malware Can Do to You

Posted by Muhammed Posted on Monday, March 18, 2013

With so much information swarming the internet, and with so much data broadcasted between PC’s, it’s inevitable that at some point you will contract a virus, whether it’s evil or just a prank. Since evil comes in many forms, PC malware may sometimes sneak undetected onto your system to spy and collect everything you hold dear, or simply lock your date up with ransomware and hold it hostage for a quick buck.

Either way, the typical malware aims to covertly infiltrate and then enable an attacker to do as he pleases with your hardware and data. While some malware is easier to remove than others, it all wants to stay undetected and give an attacker full remote control.

Performance Clogging

If your PC starts chewing on more RAM or CPU power than usual, although nothing has changed in terms of running programs, it might be a sign that something fishy is going on and someone or something might secretly be doing something.  This is usually one of the first signs that something might be going on with your PC and it’s highly recommended you do a full system scan using a security suite.

Your internet connection might also be affected, as data could be mined covertly, clogging your connection in detriment of other apps that might need internet access to perform their regular activities.

Storage drives may also become unresponsive or constantly seem like they’re working harder, meaning that files are either written or copied from your hard disk drives. If you can’t pin down the source of the activity, question marks should follow.

Data Theft

The old axiom that “information is power” has never been more accurate, as every byte of data you send online or have stored on your computer can be used against you. Everything from passwords to bank account numbers or compromising pictures and classified company files can be sold to the highest bidder as long as they have some value to someone.

Virulent adware can sometimes be just as intrusive as malware because it can sometimes require access to more data than users suspect. The more adware frameworks bundled with an app, the more likely the collected data will be broadcasted to more than one third-party.

Strange messages

Some malware may cause strange messages to be displayed when certain files are accessed or when certain applications are used. This could be a result of data corruption - malware is the prime suspect.

If files fluctuate in size without you accessing them, it could be a sign that malware or some remote individual might be accessing and editing them without your knowledge. Access permission errors are usually a sign that either some other application is currently using a file or that some malware wants to keep away prying eyes.

Since error messages are easy to spot, it’s also a good idea to investigate the cause to figure out if the reason behind the “complaint” is really legit.

Antivirus protection disabled

One of the nastiest things malware can do to your PC is to disable your antivirus protection, provided you have one. If your PC is caught with its guard down, all types of malware that lurk on the internet might find their way to you.

By disabling your antivirus and firewall protection, anyone with a little hacking knowledge can remotely seize control of your workstation and start nosing around for sensitive data to use either against you or the company you work for.

An up-to-date antivirus solution should easily disable by your run-of-the-mill malware, but malware won’t stop at infiltrating your computer. The usual behavior is to infiltrate all other computers tiedin to your network so it can silently control them.


While malware can do plenty of nasty things to you, reality dictates that, in some cases, it could be a lot worse or a lot better. User awareness and readiness for dealing with malware and preventing malware infestations is still lagging.

The best way to stay safe is to install a leading security solution and be mindful of what files you download and what websites you visit. Keeping all installed software up to date is not only wise but mandatory, as most systems can be compromised via unpatched vulnerabilities in commonly used software, such as Adobe Flash or Reader.

Article provided by BitdefenderAntivirus, creator of multi-awarded security suite Bitdefender Internet Security 2013

Remove unwanted security products using AppRemover

Posted by Muhammed Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012
You know removal of antivirus software is a complex task and some time it required own removal tool to uninstall it completely. In my previous post, we have discussed about the Antivirus Software Removal Tool for top rated Antivirus programs.

What if Antivirus Software Removal fails to remove the Antivirus?

There is number of third party applications are avail on the web but you may have to buy it for use.  Here I would like to share an app which full fill your needs.

AppRemover is a utility that lets you uninstall Antivirus, Antispyware, Firewall, Security suites and public file sharing applications from your computer. It is free and simple to use.

Once downloaded, simply double-click the AppRemover icon. AppRemover will detect and allow you to easily choose which application to uninstall from your computer.

AppRemover is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and it lets you remove McAfee, Symantec, ESET, AVG, Avira, Trend Micro and many others!

You can download it from

Note: When you download AppRemover, it includes the OPSWAT Security Toolbar (optional). Since it is an optional, you can exclude it during the installation. 

Facebook AV Marketplace Expanded with 7 new partners

Posted by Muhammed Posted on Saturday, October 20, 2012
In our previous post we have discussed about the Facebook Anti-Virus Marketplace where the Facebook users can download full versions of anti-virus software for six-month subscription without any charge. It was a great offer for millions of Facebook users who cares security and privacy.

Here comes the exciting news, last week Facebook announced the expansion of AV Market place to include 7 new partners to their growing coalition of security companies. Starting now, Facebook users will be able to download software from avast!, AVG, Avira, Kaspersky, Panda, Total Defense, and Webroot including from the existing partners Microsoft, McAfee, Norton, TrendMicro, and Sophos . Also to make your Facebook experience even more secure many of the existing partners offering anti-virus software for your mobile devices and Mac.

Facebook AV Marketplace

You can visit the AV Marketplace now to download your free anti-virus software for PC, Mac and Mobile. These 12 companies will join on the Facebook Security Blog, where you can learn more about how to keep yourself safe and your information secure both on and off Facebook. 

Norton Safe Web Lite - Surf, Search, & Shop safely

Posted by Muhammed Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012
Norton Safe Web Lite is a FREE Web site rating service and it provides a safer search experience to the users by warning you of dangerous Web sites right in your search results, so you can search, browse, and shop online without worry. It works with Google, Yahoo and Bing search engines.

Norton keeps millions of website in their data base and constantly crawl the Web to test and analyze sites and determine if any particular site is safe before you visit it. To achieve this Norton Safe Web Lite uses signature-based file scanning, intrusion detection engines, behavioral detection and install and uninstall analysis.
It defiantly helps you to avoid accidentally downloading viruses, spyware, and other online threats. Also helps you find reputable online merchants you can trust.
It supports Windows XP SP2 or later, Windows Vista and 7. And it works with Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher and Mozilla Firefox 3.0 or higher.

AV Market Place - Free Antivirus for Facebook Users

Posted by Muhammed Posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Facebook announced launch of Anti-Virus Marketplace with partners Microsoft, McAfee, TrendMicro, Sophos, or Symantec for all Facebook users. AV Marketplace enables people to download full versions of anti-virus software for six-month subscription without any charge. However, Microsoft SecurityEssentials will remain free, though it can be downloaded from Microsoft page as well. You can access the AV market using the direct web link

Additionally these companies will share educational materials on the Facebook Security page. You just need to Like the SecurityPage to receive these updates.

Antivirus Software Removal Tool

Posted by Muhammed Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Running multiple antivirus products on the same computer may degrade performance and cause system instability because the high usage of the memory of those programs. Each antivirus program need to run on the background and monitor the process which is running on the computer for a real time protection.  From my experience better is to have only one Antivirus product at a time for the protection.

Some time removal of antivirus program may complex task because of the inbuilt protection within the program itself. Here I would like to share the removal tools for common antivirus software. Click the link associated with the antivirus software currently installed on your system and follow the prompts or instructions on the website to remove the antivirus.






Windows Live OneCare     

Windows Security Essentials

Zone Alarm

Note: removing antivirus software will remove the settings which you saved on Antivirus program such as firewall, identity safe etc…

Best Free Antivirus Program for your Windows

Posted by Muhammed Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012
Everyone always looks for a good protection for their computers since they are concerned about security and privacy. Here I would like to share some of the free Antivirus Programs which available on web to protect your computer.

Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials is a new, free anti-malware solution from Microsoft for their consumers and it helps protect against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. You should have genuine Windows to install this program and the MSE will work on PCs running Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows7. The features of the Microsoft Security Essentials are
Ø  Real-time protection
Ø  System scanning
Ø  System cleaning
Ø  Windows Firewall integration
Ø  Dynamic signature service
Ø  Rootkit protection
Ø  Protection against real threats, not good software
Ø  Network inspection system
For download Microsoft Security Essentials, visit

Avast Free Antivirus

Avast Free Antivirus

Avast Antivirus package available free for noncommercial home users. It has better detection than competing paid-for products! It is one of the best anti-spyware protections for Windows 7, Vista, or XP. The key features are
Ø  Blocks viruses & spyware   
Ø  Gives file reputation warnings   
Ø  Streams real-time updates   
For download Avast Free Antivirus, visit

Avira Free Antivirus

Avira Free Antivirus

Avira AntiVir should remain on top of every free antivirus user’s list. It eliminates many forms of malware, including worms, rootkits and costly dialers. It AHeAD Technology halts unknown code that looks suspicious and blocks new viruses before they run. The key features are
Ø  Keeps your PC clean
Ø  Blocks new viruses before they run
Ø  Blocks criminal hackers
Ø  Click, run, protect
For download Avira Free Antivirus, visit

Panda Cloud Antivirus

Panda Cloud Antivirus

Panda Cloud Antivirus is based on Collective Intelligence, a system for detecting and disinfecting viruses and other threats that feed off the knowledge shared by millions of users. It is easy to use and support Windows7, Vista and XP (SP2 or later). The key features are
Ø  Real-time protection against all types of viruses.
Ø  Automatic & transparent upgrades of new engine and program versions.
Ø  URL and Web filtering of malicious, drive-by exploits and phishing sites.
Ø  Product localized into 20 different languages.
For download Panda Cloud Antivirus, visit

Comodo Internet Security

Comodo Internet Security

Comodo Internet Security is the free, multi-layered security application that keeps hackers out and personal information in. it includes Antivirus, Anti-Spyware, Anti-Rootkit, Bot Protection, Anti-Malware etc. The attractive features are
Ø  Prevents malware from being installed
Ø  Free to both business and home users
Ø  Detects and eliminates viruses
Ø  Auto Sandbox Technology™
Ø  Easy to install, configure and use
Ø  Defends your PC from Internet attacks
For download Comodo Internet Security, visit

Norton Safe Web - Symantec

Posted by Muhammed Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Norton Safe Web is a service developed by Symantec Corporation which helps users to identify malicious websites. Safe Web delivers information about websites based on automated analysis and user feedback. This service included in the current version of Norton Internet Security and Norton 360. Safe Web operates as a web browser plug in and requires Internet explorer 6 or later. For detailed information visit