One of the first applications built to find and remove malware and spyware, Ad-Aware's
reputation is well-justified. The latest version continues the publisher's tradition
of adroitly addressing user concerns, yet some annoyances remain.
Ad-Aware 9 continues the development progress that publisher Lavasoft began in the
previous version. No longer content with offering only malware protection, Ad-Aware
now includes antivirus protections licensed from Sunbelt, the makers of Vipre, as
well as interesting in-house improvements.
Lavasoft first started changing Ad-Aware's protection engine more than a year ago
in version 8.1, when it introduced Genotype. This heuristics-based technology identified
identical snippets of code across multiple threat mutations. In version 9, Genotype
receives support from what Lavasoft calls "Dedicated Detection." This tech looks
inside files, analyzes the code, and creates a loose pattern for finding families
of related malware. The company touts that a single dedicated detection signature
can detect hundreds of thousands of threats. More importantly, Lavasoft expects that
dedicated detection will lower false positive rates by creating more points of comparison.
is a Norman program utility that may be used to detect and remove specific malicious
software (malware). Note that it should not be used as a substitute for running normal
proactive antivirus protection, but rather as a reactive tool to handle systems that
are already infected.By downloading and running the program below it will clean an
infected system completely:
• kill running processes that are infected
• remove infections from disk (including ActiveX components and browser helper objects)
• restore correct registry values
• reveal and remove rootkits
• remove references created by malware in hosts file
• remove windows firewall rules for malicious programs
Norman Malware Cleaner covers cleaning of all known variants of the following families:
- To give Norman Malware Cleaner the best working conditions possible, we recommend
that you start the computer in Safe mode before running the program. To do this,
tap the F8 key on your keyboard during startup, before Windows starts, and select
Safe mode from the menu that appears.
- Pressing the F8 key at just the right time may be a little difficult (after the
firmware POST process completes, but before Windows displays graphical output). If
the F8 method does not work, repeat the procedure, but press the F8 key more quickly,
or press it several times.
- On some (older) computers, the F8 key method may not work. In these Windows versions
you may also configure your computer to start in Safe mode through the System Configuration
- In some cases Norman Malware Cleaner may require that you restart the computer
to completely remove an infection
Supported operating systems: Windows 98, Me, NT, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008 and
Operating system: Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Freeware IObit Security 360 is a fast and welterweight utility for both detecting
and removing malware, and determining any security holes in your system before they
can been exploited. The interface has large icons with simple labels that won't confuse
novices, and the tools menu offers some useful features that more advanced users
are sure to appreciate.
The Overview tab is the main window and contains links for immediate Smart scans,
definition file updates, a "security analysis," which evaluates potential exploits
in your system and includes Windows security patches, and a status update window.
This tells you whether your real-time protection, automatic scans and updates, and
heuristic-based scans are on or off. Automatic scans and updates and scheduled scans,
are restricted to the paid upgrade. The Scan tab lets you initiate a Smart scan,
a Full scan, or a Custom scan, and the Protection tab lets you toggle your real-time
protection status. It seems a bit odd that a user would want the separate controls
the program offers for "known malware" and "unknown threats."
The Tools tab gives you seven useful system security tools. There's a Hijack scan
for power users, a Security Holes scan, a Passive Defense that disables cookies in
Firefox and Internet Explorer, and ActiveX in IE, and an Unlock and Delete tool for
getting rid of files your system thinks are in use. There's a Privacy Sweeper that
will clean not just cookies and cache but saved forms, download history, and other
Internet traces in all major browsers, as well as utilities like archival tools,
multimedia players, and other applications. Annoyingly, a PC Tuneup option takes
you to the download page for another IObit program, but users on the go will like
the custom portable version that you can launch from a USB key. Security 360 eats
about 50MB of RAM when idle, with a Smart scan taking about 6 minutes and a full
scan finishing in 45 minutes, making this one of the fastest in its class.