Taken literally as the "opposite" of a computer virus, an anti-virus software is used to prevent, detect, and remove any potential threats to a computer system.

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How does persistent cache works in modern anti-virus softwares?

I'm talking about Avast! and ESET's NOD32/SS here. Avast! introduced this feature like a year ago (can't remember the exact date). ESET did it in version 7. Just recently. Basically they both scan ...
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Microsoft Security Essentials Not Monitoring

When I boot into Windows Vista, Microsoft Security Essentials is set to run when the system starts. When I open the program, it says Microsoft Security Essentials isn't monitoring your computer ...
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Chrome Downloads Virus Scan Failed

Chrome just recently updated (Version 24.0.1312.57) and I can't download files no more. I think the latter is the result of the former. Internet Explorer (8) has no problems. OS: Windows XP SP 3. ...
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How to turn off “The message was checked…” email signature in Nod32 antivirus version 4?

By default Nod32 antivirus (as well as many others) inserts its signature to every message it checks. IMHO it is completely useless waste of traffic, ink and paper (as many companies use to print ...
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How to scan a file in McAfee antivirus using the command line?

I'm trying to scan a file using the command line with McAfee Total Protection. The problem is I want to use my version of McAfee and not "McAfee VirusScan Command Line Scanner (VSCL)". I found out ...
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Where are panda antivirus exclusion config files stored?

I know should be easy to find having panda installed in one's computer, but my question isn't about general configuration, but more specifically about where are the files that hold the "virus" ...
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I don't use antivirus software (just MSE). Am I insane? [closed]

I know my way around computers, yet I feel safe using only MS Security Essentials. I feel that Norton (et al.) are bloated software suites, that aren't that useful and suffer from massive feature ...
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How do you find the file that Avast Anti Virus is blocking connections from? (notification window doesn't give full path)

Avast keeps going off and popping up saying C:\...\Update.exe has been blocked but doesn't give me any more information. How do I find out what file is being detected and what connection is being ...
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what is youtubeBRwatch.com.exe, reported as virus by Mac Norton Antivirus?

I am running Norton AntiVirus on my MacBook Pro with OSX 10.6.7. Today (26 May 2011) Norton reported that the computer was infected with virus "youtubeBRwatch.com.exe," which it had "safely ...
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How to keep Windows 7 from sleeping while scanning the PC

So, I've been using Microsoft Security Essentials lately. And it usually takes a couple hours or more for it to full scan my hard drive. Because of that, I commonly leave it scanning while I go do ...
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Antivirus that supports Linux on ARM? (other than clamav) [closed]

I am looking for any antivirus that will scan for windows virus/rootkit/malware. I already know about clamav. To be specific I am looking for antivirus solutions that will run on platforms such as ...
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How must I deal with anti-virus software on Windows 7

I know this question is looking like an easy question or not a question at all but it's not really easy question. I'm not related to security and anti-viruses and just don't trust every provided ...
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What would cause an .exe to vanish without a trace?

I have a few computers. One computer, at home, one day suddenly had its pgbouncer.exe vanish. The antivirus didn't have it in its virus chest [avast]. I couldn't find the bgbouncer anywhere. All the ...
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How to protect my USB drive files from antivirus removal

I have recently purchased Trend Micro Titanium Antivirus and installed in my PC. When I connect some virus affected USB, it completely removes all the content of my USB. How I can save my USB ...
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1hr to disinfect a computer [closed]

I constantly find myself in a time-binding situation where I need to clean a virus from a computer as fast as possible. The usual trick is to boot into safemode and disable the virus from ...
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Antivirus logging to Windows Event Viewer [closed]

I'm trying to find antivirus software with centralized management that logs 'everything' to Windows Event Viewer (or a text file). It will run in a server environment. I'm talking about these kinds of ...
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Windows 7 says Avast is off, but it's not! Am I infected?

I have Avast Free antivirus installed on Windows 7. I just noticed that Windows Action Center (the white flag icon in task bar) warns me about activating Avast antivirus, and even if I click activate ...
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What kinds of protections against viruses does Linux provide out of the box for the average user?

I know others have asked this, but I have other questions related to this. In particular, I'm concerned about the damage that the virus can do the user itself (his files), not the OS in general nor ...
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Am i infected with a malware or is it a graphic card issue?

This past month, i've been having many issues with malware, you can tell by looking at my profile, I'm so sick of it to the point where I'm really thinking to dump my windows, once and for all and go ...
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Avast Antivirus Free Edition produces error code 0x80046401. All shields are down. How do I enable protection again?

All the shields of Avast are disabled. The GUI module reports, "The avast! antivirus is off: Start" I can not manually enable Avast and when I try to do that, I get an error code: ...
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What anti-virus works best with microsoft hyper-v

I'm trying to install anti-virus on a server running hyper-v with 3 virtual machines. I've tried one which (shall remain nameless) deleted(!) 2 of the VM's (luckily not the virtual hard disks though) ...
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send anonymouc usage information to mcafee(recommended) is it ok to chekc this option?

while installing McAfee, I am getting a message "send anonymous usage information to mcafee(recommended) " is it OK to check this option or should I uncheck it . ?
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How to prevent ICE CYBER virus - Avira has allowed reinfection [duplicate]

The ICE CYBER virus is particularly nasty. I thought it snuck in while Avira Free Antivir was off, and then became active later. Being more carefull for the two days after removing it with a ...
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Free download manager issue in Chrome?

So Im not really sure why/how/when this happened, but just today, every time I try to download something from the web using Chrome, I am getting this page shown here. It seems a little... sketch... ...
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How do I restore a quarantined object in Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2012?

I normally know how to do this. From the main program window you just click on the Quarantine button from the lower part of the window. There are two tabs in the new window that appears, one is ...
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Installed new Antivirus Software now Computer is extremely slow! Can I fix that?

Yesterday I installed a new Antivirus as my old licence was not valid anymore. I chose the free Avast. Now the pc is extrem slow. It takes about 8 min to start (before with Kaspersky it took 2 min). ...
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Antivirus in Windows 8

I have been using Windows 8 for a while, and I have just remembered that I did not install any antivirus software. To my surprise, I don't think Windows 8 has ever shown any of the usual nag popups ...
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Clean up infected computer from viruses [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to do if my computer is infected by a virus or a malware? I have a computer which had AVG Free installed from day one. After several months of operation, it starts ...
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How to be certain you don't have a virus when anti-virus scanners find nothing malicious? (Windows 7)

I recently spent many hours troubleshooting a laptop that could not connect to the internet. The laptop exhibited no other unnatural behavior, and so my first thoughts were to try connecting to other ...
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Do i need to format my pc before installing mcafee antivirus? [closed]

Recently brought McAfee antivirus plus 2013. I was wondering if I first need to format my laptop(win 8) before installing it. Or it does it not matter if in case there is some viruses present on my ...
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Issues with avg

I have windows 7 64 bit, avg internet security 2013, and malwarebytes pro. I don't know if i should ask it here or on security.SO, feel free to migrate it if you feel it does not belong here. I'll use ...
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Browsing not working in Windows 8

I'm using Windows 8 Professional installed on Windows 7 using the "Save my preferences and apps" installation option. The Windows works great, apps are downloading and I can listen to online radio ...
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svn unable to connect to a repository at url

I am using Windows7 + TortoiseSVN 1.8.0.24401 (64bit) svn was working fine but few weeks ago I installed Avast Free Antivirus, when try for svn-update it said: I also want to share one issue more I ...
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I can only install drivers in safe mode

Recently, I've ran into a problem regarding the Hamachi network driver which just wouldn't install. I thought it was a hamachi specific problem but turns out I can't install any other driver either, ...
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How to find out if my MBR is infected?

I imagine that bootkits and other malware can install themselves in the MBR and be invisible to antivirus software running after the MBR was executed. Is there any way to execute an antivirus scan on ...
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Installing an anti-virus on a computer that doesn't not have internet.

I work for a government agency and our classroom computers don't connect to the internet. Somehow our usb flash drives became infected with a virus. We have since removed the virus from the usb flash ...
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blue screen - no login

I installed Avast antivirus on a Windows XP Pro (SP3) PC - (perhaps I was too tired at the time, but) I forgot to disable the network antivirus on the PC (Symantec, which is worthless in my opinion). ...
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How to copy Kaspersky pure 3.0 virus definitions update to another computer?

I'm looking for a way of applying updates for Kaspersky pure 3.0 accross 5 computers without having to download the same files on all 5 computers. Is there anyway to achieve this?
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Trojan horse “Generic.15.apnz” impossible to get rid of?

I have a trojan horse infection that lives in memory and seems to be impossible to get rid of. I've tried a few antivirus products (Norton, Windows Essentials and AVG Free) all to no avail and I've ...
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Can a virus scanner show there is virus but actually not?

I saw a specific program has this explanation for some of the virus scans showing it is a virus: Virus scanner results: All virus scanner detection's are a false-positive as long as the MD5 matches. ...
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How far should one go to protect his PC? [closed]

I have windows 7, 64 bit, running two antivirus: Malwarebytes Pro + Malwarebytes Anti Rootkit Avg 2013 internet security (Anti Rootkit included) I had an issue yesterday and a user here on Super ...
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Is there way to scan a registry hive on an attached USB drive?

I have a hard drive with a virus that I removed from a PC. I can scan the file system of it as an attached USB drive. But how do I scan the registry of that USB drive since it is not booted up like ...
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Copy Updated AVG definitions to another computer

Situation: I've installed AVG Anti-virus Free on two computers and I'm using Windows 7 on both. One of PCs is connected to internet and I use AVG online-update to update it time to time, but the ...
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How to know what kind of malware infected the PC?

I downloaded a software from cnet, and cnet downloader installed malicious software. I removed them using the add or remove program but the malware are still there, some toolbar, and some backup ...
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How to copy Kaspersky 2013 virus definitions update to another computer?

I have 5 computers and installed the same anti-virus (Kaspersky Internet Security 2013) on all of them. Now I want to update the anti-virus on the computers. Since my bandwidth and time are limited, I ...
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Avast Antivirus downloading data from net even when told not to update

This is a strange problem that I have never seen before. I have two machines, both running Win 7 and running the latest version of Avast, both seem to be downloading large amounts of data. I noticed ...
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How Do Online Virus Scanners Work? [closed]

I have seen a lot on free online virus scanners available online lately. I was considering trying one of them out, but I have a question. If I have company word documents, excel spreadsheets, etc on ...
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Dualbooted pc: would a virus downloaded on linux infect windows?

Most, if not all Linux and Mac users don't use antivirus. If you dualboot your pc, and you catch a virus on some website or whatever. Would it affect your windows partition if it's mounted on linux? ...
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Anti-virus software removes registry entries

On Windows7 x64 with installed Kaspersky anti-virus program, kaspersky removes the explorer-context-menu installation of "imageconv" (software imageconv) If i stop Kaspersky, i can install and use ...
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Permissions to allow Dropbox access but prevent Anti-virus access

My computer has some anti-virus software installed that runs constantly and checks for what it believes are malicious executables. I cannot disable or control the anti-virus software. I have dropbox ...