Software for protecting against, detecting, and removing viruses, malware, and other potential threats to a computer system.

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Certain downloaded files take minutes to become usable

I'm on Windows 8.1 Pro, but this problem also happens on my W7 Premium computer. I sometimes download files but am unable to use them for 2-3 minutes after they've been downloaded. It happens ...
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Can Microsoft Anti-Virus really be disabled in Windows 8.1?

I have disabled all "Windows protector" anti virus features, at least as far as Microsoft will admit to me when I use the Action Center tray icon to disable it. However I still see MsMpEng.exe ...
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How can I regain administrative privileges after a virus infection?

Is there software that allows you to bypass administrator restrictions? The problem is a virus has restricted me from doing anything; I can't install anything because I don't have the administrator ...
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unable to reboot after rescue mode by bitdefender

I am using windows 8 and bit defender total security. I recently went into rescue mode using bitdefender then I selected to reboot my computer. There is a black screen with text "reboot: Machine ...
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How did a Malware get past Avira when it was detected by it?

I have Avira installed on my other PC. It detected a Malware, and proceeded with the usual, scan, detect, quarantine. I thought it took care of it but the Malware actually took care of Avira! Now my ...
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In Windows 8.1, how to know if Early Launch Anti-Malware (ELAM) will work with the Anti-Virus Program?

When looking up about security in Windows 8 / Windows 8.1. I read here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/dn168167.aspx (Securing the Windows 8 Boot Process) that Early Launch Anti-Malware ...
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Kaspersky PURE 3.0 high network usage

I'm using Kaspersky PURE 3.0 and Windows 7. The resource monitor shows that avp.exe is consuming a lot of network. Because of this I lose my network data quickly. The resource monitor report is ...
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How do I delay Outlook 2007 and my phone app. until Commodo has booted?

Win 7. Outlook 2007, vBuzzer and Skype are set to boot automatically. I don't want them to be active until my AV, Comodo has finished booting. How can I set that up?
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Antivirus (avast) finding infected files in another program's (AdwCleaner) quarantine folder

avast didn't flag all the files in the AdwCleaner quarantine folder, just two of them. Is this a problem? I assume that because the files are in the quarantine folder it shouldn't be a concern, but ...
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CCleaner & TaskManager & Registry Editor disappear

A month ago I installed ESET Smart Security with a trial version for a month. After this month has ended, I uninstalled it (with its own uninstaller) and installed instead AVG Internet Security. ...
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Is there a way to disable MsMpEng.exe from monitoring file access during parallel computing operations? [duplicate]

I am using Windows 7 and have a 4-core Intel CPU, and was recently running a 4-kernel parallel computation written in Wolfram Mathematica that accesses a directory on an external hard drive containing ...
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Computer infected by adware that my antivirus hasn't picked up

I've recently noticed that my browser (Google Chrome) occasionally opens two new tabs on its own seemingly randomly. The two tabs display the same page- supposedly offering some BT broadband 2015 ...
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Lock down Windows 7?

I have a Windows 7 computer here that got infected. The computer is used by a colleague and for home use, but it's owned by the company and for problems he turns to us. He doesn't know much about ...
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Side-by-side configuration is incorrect for Avast antivirus

I've tried everything from multiple forums online and nothing seems to work. The error I get says: C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\AvastUI.exe The application has failed to start ...
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Do I need an Anti-Virus in a virtual environment?

I have installed Fedora on VirtualBox specially for malware testing. Do I still need an anti-virus protection in Fedora?
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AntiVirus for OSX running parallels

I'm using OS X 10.10.1 on my Mac. I use Parallels Desktop 10 and VMware Fusion 7.1. I do use windows a lot on Parallels and Fusion (Several Virtual machines). Windows 8.1,7 and XP. I've installed ...
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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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Not sure if a virus was removed

I am running AVG, Spybot and Malwarebytes AM. The resident shield in AVG detected a trojan horse (BackDoor.Generic12.BPKA) in the file WINDOWS\System\driveasyncmac.sys - AVG has indicated this is a ...
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Is there a free portable version of F-Prot Antivirus available? [closed]

I'm looking for a portable AV for my USB-Stick (currently using ClamWinAV), and heard that F-Prot is good. Do they offer a free (earlier) version with up-to-date virus definitions, if so where can I ...
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Any folder copied to my Flash/memory card becomes a shortcut?

When I copy any folder to my memory card, it becomes a shortcut and the attributes of that folder changes to protected operating system files (hidden). I've formatted my memory card completely, have ...
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Can scanning for viruses on one Os find viruses on another (with a dual-boot)?

I dual-boot with Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows Xp. I have both Avast and Malwarebytes installed through Xp, and I was wondering if the occasional boot up and scan from Xp would also protect Ubuntu. Thanks ...
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Avast keeps identifying MEGASync as virus

I have avast installed on my computer for about 2-3 years now and had no problems. In fact I used to have a virus that only avast managed to remove and that's why I stayed with it. Also I had MEGASync ...
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64 Bit Free Anti Virus [closed]

Related Question Free Antivirus solutions for Windows I am looking for a free native 64 Bit Anti virus package. I know lots / nearly all packages will run in 32bit emulated mode, but I can't ...
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Free antivirus that is controllable by user (can be stopped/exited etc.) [closed]

There is an ongoing trend of software, especially antivirus, to be less and less controllable by user, probably supposing that the users' intelligence is lower than that of the software. For example, ...
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Is it legal to use Avast Free on a business PC? [closed]

We have a really small company ( 2 person ) and we just started it. There is a server with Windows XP (no need for Windows Server or anything else). Anyway, we need an anti-virus. Is it legal to ...
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Keyloggers for Windows 7 (and how does McAfee find malware)?

I would like to install a keyboard sniffer (AKA keylogger) on Windows 7 64-bit. However, when I go to most of these sites I get a warning from McAfee. And probably if I install the software McAfee ...
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On Comodo Internet Security to restrict an application

I've installed Comodo Internet Security a couple of days ago on Win 7 64bit Home Premium. One of the features is Defense+ and Auto-sandbox with specified level of restriction. Recently I have ...
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Cryptolocker virus removal

I am facing cryptolocker virus problem, I have tried decryptcryptolocker website but it did not work. In the below link you will find an example encrypted file in my pc. ...
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Mysterious folders and files with symbol names on Windows 7

I opened a thumbnail drive last evening and noticed that there were several files and folders with symbolic names (not alpha-numeric) added to it. The Date modified was also a curiosity. I have run ...
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What is the safe way to scan external drive for viruses

I have an external drive which contains lots of important files and MacOS time machine backup. I had to plug it to a computer in our school and my drive is infected by viruses. Now I'm worrying about ...
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Can a 32-bit antivirus program protect you from 64-bit threats

I think that 32-bit programs cannot look inside 64-bit processes. So I am asking this question out of curiosity. I am using Windows 7 x64. I do not know about the bitness of the antivirus except that ...
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Does keeping Windows 7 updated make anti-virus software useless?

I was thinking, given that I regularly keep Windows 7 updated through Windows Update, doesn't this make having any anti-virus software useless. I may well be a naive user, but it seems to me that if ...
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Kaspersky Antivirus exclusion definition for files within composite files/archives

We regularly get virus notifications for a legitimate component within our develop/test chain, for which I have attempted to define an exclusion. However, I can't seem to get this exclusion to be ...
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Antivirus software that doesn't run in the background

Is there such a thing antivirus that doesn't run in the background? Every antivirus I have tried runs in the background even if I stop protection, quit, or etc; there still are drivers/services of the ...
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Can't Turn on Windows Defender - Error code 8050800d

My friend using an HP pavilion G, running Win7 64 bit version. Recently had to restore to factory defaults, due to unstable operating environment. Reinstalled all updates, to date. Using Windows ...
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McAfee: Stock software distributed by SONY with Windows 7. Do I need to register this software or not? What happens if I do/don't register it?

My Sony VAIO Windows 7 system came with a copy of McAfee installed, but I never registered it. What puzzles me is, yes, I know it's out of date now, but the software still runs and protects me from ...
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Multiple explorer.exe processes consuming large amounts of memory

I'm pretty sure my laptop has been infected with a virus but I can't identify it or remove it. Symptoms: Multiple explorer.exe processes being spawned some consuming lots of memory When I launch ...
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Symantec Endpoint Protection fails to install due to error 1603

I am trying to install Symantec Endpoint Protection version 12 on Windows 7 64 bit, and during the installation it keeps failing and rolling back. I checked the log file, and the error code I'm ...
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Is there a software that can perform recorded user actions at a later date?

Is there a software that is able to record and perform the actions (clicks, entering of text, etc) that can be replayed at a later date. For example, I often place downloaded software into the same ...
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Installing Antivirus on Hyper-V Guest and Host Systems [duplicate]

I have one physical server which runs two Hyper-V Servers. One is for SQL Server and the other is Domain Controller. I want to install Antivirus on these servers with exclusions added. Is it ...
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Fix 0xC0000005 application crash error?

Almost all my installed programs (Firefox, skype, other 3rd party programs, ...) crash. They all assigned with EventID:1000 and Exception code: 0xc0000005. I have tried to change the memory but ...
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Virus causing multiple explorer.exe instances using high memory [duplicate]

To begin, yes, there are similar questions out there, even on this site. However, none of them seem to off a solution outside of format the computer. Story time! (Or the background to this whole ...
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Does changing or removing file extension trick antivirus software?

I have little experience of antivirus software. I wish someone help me with common antivirus behaviors. For example, I have an EXE or PDF file containing virus. Does removing the .exe/.pdf or ...
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McAfee for Linux

I have a set of 20 Windows PC's running in VLAN and I'm planning to implement McAfee On-Demand scan. I will update .DAT and run Full scan on each PC. I also have one PC running Linux. I'm planning to ...
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Mac OS X: which folders should ClamXav Sentry watch?

I'm using ClamXav on my Mac. I've read this, and I am aware of the whole Macs-need-no-AV-but-they-do-anyway discussion. I guess that's why I would feel like a real jerk if I somehow managed to ...
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Eset antivirus cannot clean the MBR infected virus W32.Sality

I'm using Eset Nod 32 antivirus, Windows 8.1 64 bit, today I meet w32.Sality virus from an USB drive, it look like the virus affected the MBR (Master boot record), all the antivirus I have detected ...
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How to use update file for McAfee?

My organization has a huge LAN and my team has a VLAN. VLAN consist of 15 PC's. None of the VLAN PC could see outside world. This was designed to isolate those PC's. Each PC on VLAN has McAfee ...
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How to prevent viruses to hide files automatically in Windows XP?

Well, I've read the similar questions and did not find what I need. I use ESET Smart security and I've scanned the computer twice but still "Do not show hidden files and folders" is controlled by the ...
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Force Uninstall Symantec Endpoint Protection 11?

Symantec Endpoint Protection 11 blue-screen-of-deathed my computer. I was unable remove S.E.P. (Symantec Endpoint Protection) while booted in safe mode so I simply disabled all related services, and ...