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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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 ...
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Keyboards and mouse of my Laptop (HP DV7) behaving weirdly

I have HP Pavilion DV7 laptop.. for last few weeks I am having problem with the key board and the mouse.Few keys gets pressed automatically. Then few keys performs wrongly like "shift" key acts as ...
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Kaspersky Virus Definitions Update to Another Computer [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Move Kaspersky Virus Definitions Update to Another Computer I want to copy Kaspersky updates that are available from another computer to mine. How can I copy the update ...
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What's the difference between traditional and heuristic virus scanning?

I just got off the phone with one of the major AV companies as to why a lesser known AV caught a virus that theirs didn't. The details of that delima are not important. What caught my attention ...
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Microsoft Security Essentials: keep download scans but disable local activity scans

In Microsoft Security Essentials, I used to disable "Monitor file and program activity on your computer" but enable "Scan all downloads." Now, Microsoft Security Essentials (MSSE) 4.0 removed the ...
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anti-virus software and Flash's AVHardwareDisable

This site claims that [The AVHardwareDisable setting] in flash configuration file has been changed by anti-virus software which disables camera/microphone access for all sites. The article ...
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Do I need to turn on Windows Firewall with MS Security Essentials

I recently switched from Norton to MS Security Essentials (See my previous question). During installation I checked to activate Windows Firewall (recommended) but now I get the Firewall notice of ...
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How does Panda Cloud Antivirus work? [closed]

The question is simple, How does Panda Cloud Antivirus work? I mean how can it detect an infected file without having an offline database or sending the actual file to be checked by a remote server?
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Can Microsoft Security Essentials Signature Update Notifications be Avoided?

I have my Windows Automatic Updates set to "Notify me but don't automatically download or install them.". However, if I install Microsoft Security Essentials, can I have the daily virus signatures ...
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Should I enable Firewall and AntiVirus on a VirtualPC VM? [duplicate]

I run W7 64-bit with windows firewall + MSE running, and there is a firewall on my router also. I want to run a VM (probably using VirtualPC which comes free) but I'm unclear if this is guarded by the ...
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Anti-virus Software downloads [closed]

I don't have any ant-software installed on my PC. I have Windows Vista and would like to install Microsoft Security Essentials. Will having only this on my laptop be enough? What do I need to make ...
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Hard drive write speed - finding a lighter antivirus? [closed]

I recently have been getting a lot of system lag here (for example, the mouse and the display in general take about 15 seconds to react in the worst cases). After a lot of monitoring the resources, I ...
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Fake anti-virus? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I fool Windows into thinking a virus scanner is installed? For "authentication" purposes I'm required to have an up-to-date anti-virus and firewall installed on my ...
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Why is it bad to have two anti-virus systems?

Why is it bad to have two anti-virus systems? It could be useful to get better detection rates. In the second post from the top of the page Stranger claims it's not bad to use two antiviruses as long ...
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What can I do to prevent my user folder from being tampered with by malicious software?

Let's assume some things: Back-ups do run every X minutes, yet the things I save should be permanent. There's a firewall and virus scanner in place, yet there happens to be a zero day attack on me. ...
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How can I protect my bios/efi/uefi?

Perhaps I'm just being paranoid, but after this weird crash which gave me a UEFI login prompt I am so scared of getting the ultimate rootkit... the bios/uefi virus. Probably it was because I was ...
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McAfee scan exclude webdirectory

I'm scanning my web page using McAfee. I'm getting secure alert from phpMyAdmin documentation folder. I believe that not necessary to scan phpMyAdmin folder. So how can i exclude this directory from ...
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Microsoft Security Essentials : Not complete at full scan

I'm using Microsoft Security Essentials(4.0.1526.0) Window 7 Professional(Service pack 1, 64bit) When I run in full scan, it will always stop at this file ...
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Windows 8 and Microsoft Security Essentials [closed]

So, I'm about to try Windows 8 Release Preview (I've been using Developer Preview and Consumer Preview), I've heard that Microsoft Security Essentials is built-in. However, should I try to install it ...
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After installing Windows what should I do first? update or install antivirus? [closed]

Normally, after reformating and installing Windows 7, I used to go online and install all the updates, install all the driver updates and then install the anti virus. Because long ago, when I ...
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Unable to uninstall Avast and Avira [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Cannot uninstall Avast Free Antivirus I have two antivirus programs installed (Avira and Avast), and it is really impacting performance. I tried uninstalling them using ...
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Scan Running Processes for Malware

I am running the latest free version of Avast. I have, what I think is a virus, on a computer. It is running completely fine and Avast shows no kind of warnings, even with the Real-Time shield on. ...
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Does anyone know of an antivirus that can scan multiple hard drives simultaneously?

I have 5 hard drives and am so very sick of waiting for 3 hours for the virus scanner to scan each drive one at a time. I see absolutely no reason that a virus scanner can't be threaded to scan each ...
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What should I do about this intrusion attempt

I keep receiving this message from Norton Antivirus: What should I do about it? Should I be worried? What can I do to stop this? How it would have harmed my system if I had no anti-virus ...
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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, ...