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Disconnect Offers a Malware, Adware-Blocking VPN to Protect Your Privacy Disconnect Offers a Malware, Adware-Blocking VPN to Protect Your Privacy

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.

The Best (and Worst) Antivirus Apps for Android The Best (and Worst) Antivirus Apps for Android

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.

Do Android Antivirus Apps Actually Do Anything? Do Android Antivirus Apps Actually Do Anything?

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…

Antivirus Faceoff: A Non-Alarmist's Guide to Mac Malware Protection Antivirus Faceoff: A Non-Alarmist's Guide to Mac Malware Protection

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…

Samsung Keylogger a False Alarm [Updated]

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!

Trick Viruses by Renaming Your Anti-Virus Program to Explorer.exe Trick Viruses by Renaming Your Anti-Virus Program to Explorer.exe

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.

Change Microsoft Security Essential's Update Frequency Change Microsoft Security Essential's Update Frequency

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.

Speed Up Your Antivirus Software with Folder Exclusions Speed Up Your Antivirus Software with Folder Exclusions

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 Going Free for Small Businesses in October Microsoft Security Essentials Going Free for Small Businesses in October

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…

Ad-Aware Adds Antivirus, Scheduled Scans to Free Version Ad-Aware Adds Antivirus, Scheduled Scans to Free Version

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.

Use Read-Only Media to Protect Against Kiosk-Propagated Viruses Use Read-Only Media to Protect Against Kiosk-Propagated Viruses

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 Security Essentials Finds New Malware But Avoids False Positives, Still the Best Free Option Microsoft Security Essentials Finds New Malware But Avoids False Positives, Still the Best Free Option

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.

Thwart Antivirus-Crippling Malware by Changing File Extensions Thwart Antivirus-Crippling Malware by Changing File Extensions

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.

AVG Rescue CD Cleans Your Infected Windows PC AVG Rescue CD Cleans Your Infected Windows PC

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.

How to Remove XP AntiSpyware How to Remove XP AntiSpyware

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.

Use Linux to Scan Unusable Windows Drives for Viruses Use Linux to Scan Unusable Windows Drives for Viruses

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.

SUPERAntiSpyware Portable Handles Spyware Like a Champ SUPERAntiSpyware Portable Handles Spyware Like a Champ

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.

Avast Free Antivirus 5.0 Adds Behavior Monitor, Heuristics Engine, and Improved Performance Avast Free Antivirus 5.0 Adds Behavior Monitor, Heuristics Engine, and Improved Performance

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.

Microsoft Security Essentials Ranks as Best-Performing Free Antivirus Microsoft Security Essentials Ranks as Best-Performing Free Antivirus

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.

Protect Yourself from Drive-By Browser Malware Attacks Protect Yourself from Drive-By Browser Malware Attacks

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.

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