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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Why do scan results of hacked/hacker applications always indicate infection? [closed]

Whenever I scan a patch, keygen or a hacked application (using an online scanner service which scans with 20+ different antivirus software) the results always say that the file is infected. Do hackers ...
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I can't open/ping any antivirus sites

I have a problem with a virus in windows 7, I don't know what kind of virus is infected my OS, I installed kasersky antivirus, and clear all detected viruses. After that I can't open any antivirus ...
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Removal of Svchost.exe virus

My computer has blue screened on and off over the past week or so and a system restore had fixed this up until yesterday. Yesterday I noticed that Norton Antivirus kept sending a notification that ...
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How can I prevent avira antivirus for specific files?

When my computer starts and in 30 minutes intervals after the start, Avira antivirus alerts me of these files as a virus but they are not. I created these files. How can I prevent Avira antivirus ...
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Lightweight non-intrusive virus/malware protection for Windows Vista? [closed]

I don't know much about Windows, but my girlfriend has a windows Vista laptop and it seems to get frequently bogged down by the McAfee virus/malware protection she has installed and it becomes almost ...
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Do I need an antivirus on a Minecraft server?

I'm about to open a dedicated server for a game called Minecraft. The server is running Windows Server 2008 R2. The problem is, I don't know whether or not I should install an antivirus on it. No one ...
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Keeping a laptop clean of viruses [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I get rid of malicious spyware, malware, viruses or rootkits from my PC? I've just got my laptop cleaned of dust and completely wiped - i.e. set to factory ...
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How to restore Kaspersky reports?

Is there a way to restore cleared Kaspersky reports in Kaspersky 2013 version? I have recently cleared the reports in my Kaspersky 2013 and now I need to recover some information from the reports. ...
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Is win32/keygen dangerous? [closed]

When we download some of illegal software an antivirus often warned about win32/keygen From this link I see Kaspersky said not-a-virus:Keygen. Is win32/keygen dangerous?
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Scanning php uploads in tmp directory with clamdscan fails

I can't seem to get this thing to work, some permission problem maybe, but i can't even run clamdscan normally form console with root the result is always Permission denied. for example i create a ...
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Kaspersky Security for Mac vs Kaspersky Virus Scanner from Mac Appstore

In the Mac Appstore you can find Kaspersky Virus Scanner for €9. On the Kaspersky website, you'll find Kaspersky Security for Mac, for $60. What is the difference between those two, except the price ...
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Is an antispyware really necessary?

I've been always running frequent antivirus scans on my computers, more because I am a security freak than because I really need them (I'm not one of those users that, after a browsing session, manage ...
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Do I need another anti-virus other than Defender? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does Windows 8 require any sort of Virus protection? Jut got new laptop with win8 - the question is if I need some extra AV than windows 8 defender? On my PC with win7 I ...
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Microsoft Security Essentials for small business

According to MSE licence "Microsoft Security Essentials can be used for small business up to 10 PC." But if my company has about 40 PC then what can i do? Can i have a option of purchasing MSE? Or is ...
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Antivirus for Windows server 2008 r2 [closed]

Would someone, please, give me few recommendation for antivirus software on windows server 2008 R2? Do I need one, as nothing will be installed on server, it is not used for storing files? Are there ...
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Why would a legitimate application request to disable antivirus during installation?

Context: I recently was asked by a user (a person with no large technological background) a basic question: how he can disable an antivirus. When I asked why would he want to disable it, the person ...
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One-way scanning to improve performance

For some time now, I've configured the anti-virus software on the systems on my network to only scan files on write, not on read, on-top of a regular full scan overnight. I base this on the ...
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How can I run Windows Defender while running a second anti-virus in Windows 8?

I want to run a Windows Defender scan while running an antivirus scan. In my case I am using Trend Micro OfficeScan Antivirus with Windows 8. Currently Windows 8 will close and disable Windows ...
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Antivirus, Firewall and etc [closed]

I've been using Panda for some years now, and in about a month my Panda Internet Security license is going to expire, and I am not going to renew it. I do not know much about AVs and firewalls and ...
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Every single application in Windows 7 (even these not using internet at all, like notepad.exe) trying to access internet

After some recent AV/FW software update (Comodo) and restarting my computer, I was alarmed with big amount of warnings that application "x" (where "x" is pretty much all of what I try to run) try to ...
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is it okay to delete ntuser.dat from C:\programdata?

I ran the Combofix program to check for malware and it deleted ntuser.dat from C:\programdata. Is the file necessary in that folder?
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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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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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Installing Avira Antivirus on Windows 8

I have a licence of Avira and recently I switched to Windows 8 but apparently I cannot install the Avira on Windows 8. Has anyone managed to install Avira on Windows 8 and how?
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Do I need Avast! if I have Windows Defender? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does Windows 8 require any sort of Virus protection? I haven't got my head completely around Windows Defender for Windows 8. What is it? I have Avast! but it seems like ...
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How do I virus scan an individual file under Windows 8? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to add the Windows defender into Windows Explorer’s right click menu to scan a particular drive/folder/file on demand? From what I understand, Windows 8's version of ...
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How to allow screenshots with PrevX 3.0

I'm using PrevX 3.0, which blocks potentially dangerous screenshots from being taken. It's usually possible to use a dialog to allow a screenshot to be taken; this has now stopped working. Is there a ...
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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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What is the “lightest” -> not messing with system registry antivirus [closed]

I am looking for antivirus for one shot. Just scan every piece of the system and delete the antivirus itself. I know that they are messing with system registry, slow down the system. I want to be sure ...
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Can other Antivirus solutions be used with Windows 8? [closed]

There is built-in AV software in Windows 8, will it will turn itself off when I install antivirus from another vendor? Should I install another AV, or will default one suffice?
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Does Windows 8 require any sort of Virus protection? [closed]

I have read about how Windows 8 is better and has better built in security... So the question is, do I really need third party Virus protection, or is the built in security good enough?
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Is this virus threat fake or is Waterfox infected?

Avast keeps popping up this notification: I did a full system scan and it didn't find anything. What should I do? Get a different antivirus? When I click on "more details" it takes me to this Avast ...
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Why does my company's software download get blocked by anti-virus programs when downloading from the company website but not other websites?

My company distributes software via website download off of a URL that is on our company's website. The download is an .EXE. We are getting calls from multiple customers saying the download is being ...
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Cannot stop Avira Antivirus service: access denied

I want to stop Avira Anti Virus services in services.msc. Stop service is disabled for me. I am administrator of the computer. I installed it from the same account from which I am trying to stop. If ...
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Does Windows need a 3rd party antivirus program?

My Windows 7 is alerting me to "Find an antivirus program online - Windows did not find an antivirus program on this computer." Do I really need such a program, or Windows is good enough as it is if ...
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Stopping Microsoft Security Essentials

This used to work. However after a recent Windows Update it is no longer possible neither to use net stop command nor the services applet to stop this service. It also seems not possible to use ...
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How do I set Microsoft Security Essentials to prompt me on what to do when it detects a virus or malware?

How do I set MSE to prompt me on what to do when it detects a virus or malware? It seems that MSE's real-time protection only allows a default automated option when it detects a virus or malware. In ...
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Disable Norton IS2012 from monitoring Visual Studio projects

I am currently developing a C++ application in Visual Studio and every couple of minutes I build an executable and try to run it. It takes a relatively long time and I am pretty sure it's the ...
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Why does Security Essentials notify me about custom DLL file?

I created a dll file with gcc(mingw). When I start my application Microsoft Security Essentials notifies me: Security Essentials detected items on your PC that it doesn't recognize Why does ...
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What is Antivandal in OS X? Why did it block port scanning? [closed]

I'm new to OS X Mountain Lion. I have installed VirusBarrier x6. When I browsed one site, an alert came through VirusBarrier that current site did port scanning (Antivandal) remotely. I blocked that ...
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Are these ads in AVG Antivirus normal?

My Windows XP PC started acting strange and I am right now actually in Linux running off of a USB drive. I am running Avast under Linux and it has discovered some viruses on my XP drive. Some of the ...
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Will viruses affect OS X Lion? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is Anti Virus Software needed for a Mac (OS X); If so free solution? I am using a Mac Mini with OS X Lion. Will viruses affect OS X Lion just like Windows (booting ...
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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 ...
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Removing Trend Micro resulted in not being able to access the Internet [closed]

We've currently got Trend Micro as our anti-virus, but will be switching to Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP). (This is for Windows XP and Windows 7 machines.) My co-worker removed Trend Micro, but ...
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Unable to copy files previously extracted from archives created on a Mac, even after claiming ownership

I reinstalled Windows on my computer today, and backed up my music to a USB drive. Now, I'm trying to copy the files onto my fresh Windows partition, but I'm unable to copy files that I obtained ...
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Is anyone familiar with this message in Kapersky Internet Security 2010?

Hi I just started my computer up & opened a website for my checking my mail, when I opened a Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 window popped up. C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local ...
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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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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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How can I get LoL Replay to work nicely with my Norton 360?

Norton 360 thinks that some of the files required for my LoL Replay to work are viruses. THe LoL Replay says I should add the file path for the program into my antivirus to allow it as an exception. ...
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executables on external hard drive detect as viruses

I've been avoiding this issue for quite some time, but I feel like this is a good time to ask about it. I have an external hard drive loaded up with most of my important and large files. for a few ...