has been a player in the security world for some time; however, in 2008 its status
boomed because of its remarkably strong detection rates. It still remains near the
top of independent antivirus efficacy tests, but while the 2009 version more or less
kept pace with the competition, the 2010 edition isn't quite as good as it could
be.Both longtime and new users alike will note the pop-up ad that appears whenever
a program update is downloading; it has been the unaddressed focus of critical and
user dislike for several years. While the occasional ad that interferes with a user's
work flow used to be considered tolerable for effective free security, that's no
longer the case. Avira's lack of a silent-running entertainment-gaming mode is also
noticeable, since so many free and paid competitors now offer the mode.
Although AVG has flagged a little in the past few years, AVG Anti-Virus Free 2011
breathes some new life into one of the most popular security programs around with
a shorter install, better usability, and faster scans.
The never-ending mantra chanted by security suite vendors sounds a lot like "faster
scans, easier to use, better performance," and AVG has released a new version that
it says accomplishes all three. Certainly, the scans are faster, it does install
more quickly, and some tweaks to the interface have made it easier to use. However,
changes to the engine that powers the detection and removal of threats has made it
hard to come to a conclusion until independent labs return their efficacy results
later this year.
You get less, for less. Norton AntiVirus 2011 offers the same core high-quality computer
and networking protection features as its more full-featured sibling, Norton Internet
Security, but it lacks some key Web protection features that users shouldn't really
Over the past few years, Symantec has completed a course reversal for its Norton
consumer Internet security suites. The massive package of security tools works better
than it ever has before, with an impressive set of features, some useful new tools
including the free Power Eraser, and third-party security efficacy benchmarks that
are nothing short of remarkable. Meanwhile, J’s - Labs' performance benchmarks indicate
that though Norton doesn't leave the smallest footprint on your system, users should
see a minimal impact overall.
Microsoft Security Essentials Versienummer: 2.0.657.0
During installation, checks whether you have a valid, legal version of Windows. Other
scanners you should disable or uninstall if you try Security Essentials.As a no-cost
service for genuine Windows PCs, Microsoft Security Essentials offers you comprehensive,
state-of-the-art protection against malicious threats such as viruses, Trojans, spyware,
and other malware. Microsoft Security Essentials: Delivers quality protection backed
by industry standards and ongoing research into software threats. Built on the Microsoft
industry-certified antimalware protection platform, Microsoft Security Essentials
takes advantage of the same core antimalware technology that fuels the rest of the
security products from Microsoft, including Microsoft Forefront, the Malicious Software
Removal Tool, and Windows Defender, and has received the VB100 award from Virus Bulletin
Ltd., Checkmark Certification from West Coast Labs, and certification from the ICSA
Labs. Microsoft Security Essentials is backed by the Microsoft Malware Protection
Center (MMPC), which provides world-class antimalware research and response capabilities
to support all Microsoft security products and services.
After the last version's radical new interface that brought this security stalwart
into a visual comparison with its competitors, Avast looks to the future with version
6's edgy improvements. Avast made great strides in its previous update. Version
5 set the stage for the modern, massively popular, and free security suite with a
new interface that ditched a quirky, late-'90s jukebox style for a more polished
look. Easier to navigate, it also became easier to add new features. Make no mistake;
Avast 6 adds features both big and small. Some that had previously only been available
to paid upgrade users are now free for all versions, and newer features have been
seamlessly added to the interface experience. If you're familiar with Avast 5, upgrading
to Avast 6 won't be that big of a leap.
Before installing personal firewall software on a Windows computer, be sure that
the firewall built into Windows is turned off. Never use two software firewalls at
the same time. Completely uninstall one before installing another. Use the vendor's
uninstall utility or if not available, use the Windows add/remove software tool in
the control panel. After you install a firewall, be sure to check it with a service
like the Security Space Desktop Audit to make sure that it is configured correctly.
Testing your firewall is the only sure way to tell that your computer is really being
protected. See our installation page for more information.
Patches, Updates & Service Packs
Microsoft Update -- Go here using Microsoft Internet Explorer
Patch Auditors -- Malware loves out of date software
Securia Software Inspector (scans for missing security updates, provides links to
Qualys Browser Check
KC Softwares SUMo (scans for missing software updates, download the lite version)
Software Updater -- Try CNet TechTracker Free
Bots -- Try Trend MicroTM RUBotted (Beta)
Google Pack -- Includes PC Tools Spyware Doctor with Anti-Virus for spyware, adware,
trojans & keyloggers; go here to download.
Intrusion Prevention and Detection -- Try PC Tools
ThreatFire Free [formerly Novatix CyberHawk]. See our Zero-Day Protection page for
Phishing -- Use features built into IE, Firefox and other browsers. See our anti-Phishing
page for more information.
Scareware Removal -- Try Norton Power Eraser
Spyware -- Try avast! antivirus Home Edition including anti-spyware & anti-rootkit,
Microsoft Security Essentials (anti-virus/spyware), and Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
Free. See our Anti-Spyware page for more information. After cleaning, use SpywareBlaster
to block new spyware from loading onto your computer.
Trojan -- Try the online TrojanScan or download a2 free. See our anti-Trojan page
for more information.
Virus -- Try Panda Cloud Antivirus, Alwil Avast! Home Edition, AVG Anti-Virus Free
Edition, Avira AntiVir Personal Edition or Microsoft Security Essentials (anti-virus/spyware).
See our Anti-Virus page for more information.