Security researchers recently revealed that a certificate with security vulnerabilities has been shipping pre-installed on some Dell laptops. Here’s what you need to know about this Superfish-like vulnerability, and how you can check to see if your Dell laptop is affected.
Windows/OS X: Disconnect, makers of our favorite privacy tools, unveiled a new desktop app designed to protect your computer from malware, adware, and spyware. There are two tiers: A free version that protects your browsing, and a premium version that encrypts your traffic using Disconnect’s VPN.
Greasemonky (Chrome/Firefox/Opera/Safari/Android): The Windows download world is in a sad state. Tons of download sites, including popular ones like Sourceforge and Adobe, bundle extra crapware with their installers. AntiAdware is a simple script that blocks these, so you don’t have to worry about getting tricked.
There's an old belief that Macs don't have the same crapware/malware problem that Windows does. However, with the rise of Macs over the past few years, that's no longer true. Our friends at the How-To Geek explain how OS X crapware works, and how to avoid it.
Security researchers have discovered a vulnerability in a piece of adware called Superfish that makes your computer vulnerable to all kinds of attacks. Superfish ships preloaded on many Lenovo computers, but can also be installed on any machine. Here's what's going on and how to test if you're infected.
This week, Ars Technica and How-To Geek released some pretty startling news: a lot of browser extensions are either injecting ads into the sites you visit, or are tracking your entire browsing history—possibly without you knowing. Here's what's going on.
A new trojan called Trojan.Yontoo.1 is going after Macs. If you run into it, Yontoo.1 prompts you to install a browser plugin called "Free Twit Tube" or something similar. When it's installed, it injects ads into your browser. It requires an install, so if you haven't installed anything weird lately you should be…
Android: A disturbing trend is afoot: ads popping up on Android device's notification area, even when you aren't using the originating apps. The Tested blog reveals your options for tracking down those apps and opting out of the ads from at least one ad server.
Windows only: After fading from the spotlight a bit, spyware removal tool Ad-Aware keeps rolling out improvements like faster scans and Outlook integration. Now, they've also added the long-awaited virus scanning and automatic scheduler to the free version.
Windows: Popular adware removal tool Ad-Aware just keeps on improving, adding Outlook email scanning and live download verification, and a (regrettably tiered by price) rootkit removal system to its standard suite of scans and sweeps for bad stuff.
Windows only: Just last week popular antivirus utility AVG updated to a new version; today the similarly popular adware-removal tool Ad-Aware sees its own update to Ad-Aware 8.1, featuring faster scans, improved design, and different modes to fit your needs.
Windows only: Avira AntiVir is one of the most popular antivirus applications available, and the latest upgrade to version 9—which adds anti-spyware and anti-adware features to the free version—makes it that much better.
Windows only: Cut through the legalese to the meat of software End User License Agreements (EULA) with freeware application, EULAlyzer. To use it, just run the program whenever you're installing a new software, point it at the license agreement, and EULAlyzer will analyze and flag the most questionable sections of the…
Tech-Recipes has written up simple instructions for running anti-spyware program Ad-Aware as a background process - therefore saving some CPU juice.
A new CNET online course promises to teach you how to detect and defeat the bane of most Windows users' existence: adware and spyware.
Always looking out for the little guy with malware problems, Google has begun redirecting certain search results to a malware warning, requiring you to confirm that you do in fact want a little taste of malware in order to visit the site.
A recent study reveals the Web search engine terms that return the most malware-ridden sites, including:
Windows only: Free software EULAlyzer examines the text of software End User License Agreements and flags phrases and words of concern.