Windows Live OneCare safety scanner is a free service designed to help ensure the health of your PC, such as
- Check for and remove viruses
- Get rid of junk on your hard disk
- Improve your PC's performance
The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool checks computers running Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows Server 2003 for infections by specific, prevalent malicious software—including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom—and helps remove any infection found. When the detection and removal process is complete, the tool displays a report describing the outcome, including which, if any, malicious software was detected and removed.
Microsoft releases an updated version of this tool on the second Tuesday of each month, and as needed to respond to security incidents. The tool is available from Microsoft Update, Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center.
ANSAV, abbreviation from An's AntiVirus, is an application that runs on Windows XP and was made especially to handle various mallware like virus, Trojan and Spyware. At this time ANSAV could have detected various newest local virus (Indonesia Viruses) and several foreign viruses that often circulated in Indonesia, but ANSAV cannot be relied on as personal Antivirus because there are quite a few viruses that could be detected by other Antivirus softwares and were not detected by ANSAV. This was caused by the limitations of the Antivirus database (the virus definition signature).
The new AVG Free 8.0 is compatible with most Windows versions, including here Windows 2000, Windows XP/x64 Edition and Windows Vista/x64 Edition. Moreover, the application is available in a large set of languages including English, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Serbian and Spanish. Here are the main functions of the application, as published by Grisoft on the official page of the newly-released program:
- Anti-Virus: protection against viruses, worms and trojans
- Anti-Spyware: protection against spyware, adware and identity-theft
- Anti-Rootkit: protection against hidden threats (rootkits)
- Web Shield & LinkScanner: protection against malicious websites
VirusScan is a quick no-registration virus scanner that lets you upload and thoroughly check files for viruses and trojans online. Virus Scan checks file against 20 well-known virus databases (Panda, AVG etc.) and gives you a summary report from each of them. So what you have here is a one virus checker that combines all of the others. Upload and check files for viruses, trojans and other malware online.
Marketing is an ugly business. Its mission is to highlight the good points of a product and downplay its bad features. I always marvel at how companies can turn basic products such as toilet paper or chewing gum (spanning two ends of the human spectrum!) and represent them as something more exotic that what they really are.
Marketers do the same with software. And since they can be really clever, it's hard to not be swayed by the influential messages they dangle in front of us simple apes. To that end, I've listed in this chapter some of the most common products that I think are worthy (with a couple of exceptions) that you'll likely encounter in your travels from tree to tree on the Internet. Mixed in for good measure are the freebies I mention in this book so you have a single place to reference them.
If you own an Apple Macintosh computer, should you worry about viruses, worms, and Trojan horses? Yes, but not to the same extent as on a PC. Viruses have been written for Apple computers, but they haven't proliferated to epidemic proportions in the same way they have on Windows-based PCs.
So why not? Well, for one, Apple has designed its operating systems really well, especially the latest one called Mac OS X.
Before the operating system came along, there were about 6080 Mac viruses in the wild that threatened Mac computers. Since, there's been none that have been able to assault Macs running OS X. Apple has had to fix security holes in the operating system and issue patches, however.
Download latest free antivirus for Apple Mac Os. Free GUI front end to the ClamAV opensource virus checker. Update the virus definitions, point it to a file or folder and scan. Other features include logging results to a file, placing infected files into quarantine, monitoring folders for changes to their contents, and a Finder Contextual Menu Item.
What’s New in this Version
- Fixed issue with ClamAV engine 0.88.6 which prevented use on some OS X 10.3 systems.
- Fixed issue where context menu or drag/drop wouldn’t initiate a scan if ClamXav is not already running and is set to auto update virus definitions at launch.
- Added Chinese localisation.
1. Spyware: I Spy with My Little App
Spyware includes programs that can record what you do on your computer and share that information with a stranger via an Internet connection. Some can watch and record your web-surfing habits. Some log everything you type. Spyware can also capture user IDs and passwords. It might have the ability to see where you have been on the Web. If there's information on your computer that is of interest to someone and can make them a little money, there's probably a spyware program to capture it.
2. Adware: Attack of the Pop-ups
Adware is equally annoying because it not only spies on you, but then it shows you ads. Some adware spies on you because its mission is to show you ads customized to your tastes, usually via pop-up ads on your computer's desktop. Sometimes adware is a legitimate part of a free program. Software publishers often bundle adware in with free programs they offer, using it as a revenue source. Many warn you of the adware during installation in the End User License Agreement, also referred to as an EULA. (That term always make me think of a slightly portly aunt that you hate to kiss but who makes good cupcakes.)
3. Snoopware: I Wanna Know What You're Up To!
Snoopware watches your computer habits on behalf of someone else, usually someone you know. This can include parental monitoring softwareprograms designed to track children's computer habits. One of the most popular uses of snoopware is to track the behavior of a spouse. Usually it's purchased by wives who suspect their husbands are up to no good on the Internet, though it can equally track wives who might be sending the pool boy spicy emails.
PCMAV 1.4 or PC Media Antivirus 1.4 is one of popular antivirus built by PC Media Magazine, an Indonesian based Security/Antivirus Magazine. This popular antivirus is effectively used for Indonesian origin virus such as Aniee.J, Cyrax-Tutor, Kalong.vbs.E Kalong.vbs.E.inf, Robert. Latest release 23 June 2008