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.
With the growth of malware threats on Android, it definitely makes sense to use an antivirus app, but unfortunately, a new study reveals many security apps have miserable detection rates, so you need to choose wisely. Here are the ones that performed best.
If you've been watching tech news headlines over the past week, you've likely heard that Android malware is growing at an alarming rate, up something like 472% from May of this year. Should you be worried and run off to purchase and install an antivirus package for your Android phone? Not so fast, there's just as…
The vast majority of Mac users do absolutely nothing to prevent malware or viruses from infecting their systems, and very few of them have experienced anything that would make them think twice about it. The fact is, however, that Mac malware does exist, and there are tools available to ensure that your Mac is as safe…
UPDATE: After investigating the supposed keylogger, Samsung discovered that the software that identified the keylogger was mistakenly identifying a false positive. Details at Network World. Thanks Dan!
There are a lot of viruses out there, but many of them follow the same pattern: they lock you out of your system and only let you visit their site, pretending to be anti-virus software. Here's a trick to squash them.
Microsoft Security Essentials is still our favorite antivirus tool, but its update method can cause some problems. Here's how to change the update interval with a registry hack.
If your antivirus software is bogging down your computer with CPU-consuming scans, you can lighten the load by excluding low-risk folders.
Microsoft Security Essentials has always been free for personal use, but now our favorite Windows security suite is coming to small businesses as well. Starting in October, small businesses will be able to license Microsoft Security Essentials for no cost on up to ten PCs. Compared to other anti-virus solutions that…
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.
Public kiosks, such as those used for photo printing, are exposed to thousands of USB drives and other media every month. Many of them are poorly secured and are using your media as a virus-propagation tool. Protect yourself with these simple steps.
Microsoft's free Security Essentials package rates well at removing malware and running light, but what about dealing with brand-new, unidentified bad stuff? Turns out Security Essentials is still the best at figuring out what's bad—while also avoiding annoying false positives.
Certain annoying types of malware stop your antivirus program from running (stopping you from removing the malware). If it's of the less intelligent variety, you can outsmart the virus by changing your antivirus apps' file extension to something besides .exe.
There's any number of great antivirus tools that help protect your PC from viruses, but what about when you encounter an already-infected PC? Your best bet is a boot CD, and the free AVG Rescue CD cleans viruses easily.
It's been awhile since I've had to deal with a malware-laden PC, but my long streak of luck ran out this weekend when a family friend—who describes himself as computer illiterate—called.
Often, even if we do catch a virus, it's not so difficult to eradicate it using installed antivirus—but if your system has been crippled, try using Linux to scan the drive for viruses instead.
Windows only: Spyware removal tool SUPERAntiSpyware has finally released an official portable version of their application, and, just like the installed version, it easily removes most infections on your PC in a single swipe.
Windows only: The newest version of the popular Avast Antivirus is finally available for download. It's lighter, faster, and more feature-filled than ever, bringing a new behavior shield, heuristics engine, and code emulator to keep you protected at all times.
Anti-malware testing group AV-Comparatives.org not only gave Microsoft Security Essentials a top rating for malware removal, but now they've given it their best ranking in their performance test as well.
We explained that you don't need to pay for Windows security last week, but today we're taking a closer look at how to protect yourself from drive-by malware that can infect your computer by simply visiting the wrong web site.