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

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

3
votes
3answers
4k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
164 views

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" ...
0
votes
4answers
147 views

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 ...
5
votes
6answers
5k views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
203 views

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 ...
1
vote
4answers
167 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
123 views

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 ...
-1
votes
1answer
253 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
38 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
249 views

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 ...
7
votes
4answers
13k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
68 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
222 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
2k views

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: ...
2
votes
4answers
3k views

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) ...
0
votes
1answer
90 views

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 . ?
1
vote
0answers
38 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
950 views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
1k views

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). ...
6
votes
1answer
376 views

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 ...
6
votes
6answers
3k views

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 ...
13
votes
3answers
4k views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
810 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
801 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
899 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
779 views

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, ...
0
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
0
votes
4answers
359 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
713 views

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?
3
votes
5answers
3k views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
116 views

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. ...
0
votes
4answers
239 views

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 ...
7
votes
6answers
14k views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
5k views

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 ...
8
votes
8answers
24k views

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 ...
7
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
424 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
770 views

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? ...
0
votes
2answers
112 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
4k views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
504 views

Prevent McAfee Security Scan Plus from installing - ever

Whenever Flash updates, some colleague or friend keeps pressing OK, and without noticing, McAfee Security Scan Plus is installed (and it happened to me several times as well). Then, after a while, a ...
-6
votes
2answers
2k views

McAfee deleting Counter Strike.exe [closed]

I have got McAfee in my Windows 8 PC. The problem arose when i installed Counter Strike 1.6 on my PC. McAfee quarantined the game launcher file(cstrike.exe) saying it was a "Generic PWS' or ...
0
votes
3answers
6k views

Microsoft Security Essentials: How to Disable the 'Real Time Protection Is Off' Warning?

I decided to disable the "real time protection feature" of MSE. Now I have this little annoying "feature", that MSE keeps me informed that I have disabled "real time protection": the little red ...
-1
votes
1answer
51 views

Does an antivirus with different versions receive different virus definitions? [closed]

Let's consider two scenarios. On one hand, a user has an ABCAntivirus version.1 program running on one machine and ABCAntivirus version.2 on another. Both machines have the same operating system ...
1
vote
0answers
314 views

No Internet After Uninstalling Avira Internet Security

I am having an issue with one of client machine where after uninstalling Avira Internet Security I lost my internet connection. A weird thing is that, I can still open one website, but not the rest. ...
54
votes
6answers
3k views

Is there a point in installing antivirus on Ubuntu?

I have recently started using Ubuntu. I am wondering about the point of installing antivirus programs on Ubuntu. On SuperUser, I found the opinion that it only detects "windows viruses" and removes ...
0
votes
1answer
366 views

How do I find the source of my virus that creates popups when new programs start up [duplicate]

I have a virus on my windows computer. It seems to create new chrome tabs when I start using a new application. For example, if I go to Youtube and I start up flash, it may create a new tab. When I ...
-5
votes
1answer
442 views

FOSS real time antivirus for Windows? [closed]

Can anyone suggest a open source antivirus software which is capable of real time scanning in any OS ?
0
votes
1answer
1k views

Kaspersky 10 blocking my exchange server emails

i'm a system administrator for about 400 client machines and i need help please. I have recently installed Kaspersky 10 on my domain and now the individual users can't access their exchange emails. if ...
-2
votes
1answer
60 views

Approx. what fraction of viruses will manipulate the installed antivirus program to make themselves undetected once they are in RAM? [closed]

If this percentage is high, why do people still bother to run AV after the PC is booted; why is it not the norm to boot from media (disc etc.) and then scan the infected disk (when there is no chance ...