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

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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, ...
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AVG Free Anti Virus - do not track, but who is good / bad? [closed]

The recent version of AVG free features "do not track". There are Ad and Analytic networks I can disable in my browser. Basically I like this feature. What I wonder is, how do I decide who are the ...
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How to find key loggers or such kind of softwares in my computer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Computer is infected by a virus or a malware, what do I do now? I usually try different kind of software which are available on net those can be trial versions or ...
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Rock-solid hardening of a Windows 7 system?

I am historically a Linux guy, and only use Windows when I absolutely have to via VM. However, I recently purchased a new rig so that I can keep a dedicated Windows 7 machine up for hard work ...
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Protecting USB flash drive against viruses

I got some questions about USB FLash drive protection: I'm using Panda USB Vaccine to protect my Flash drive. As far as I know, Panda's app makes autorun file read-only. Imagine that, my flash drive ...
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is anti-virus needed for windows guest accounts

A co-worker of mine insists that if a Windows PC is used exclusively by guest-accounts, then there is no need for anti-virus software to be installed. this strikes me as a bit optimistic. is this ...
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Can/should I install Microsoft Security Essentials when I already have McAfee installed?

I have instructions to install Microsoft Security Essentials. The pc already has McAfee up and running. Should I install the Microsoft product too or do they do the same thing (firewall, email ...
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How come a Malware got passed Avira when it detected it

So I have Avira installed in 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 ...
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Am I safe on Windows if I continue like this? [closed]

Of all the available tons of anti-malware software for Windows all over the internet, I've never used any paid solution(I am a student, I have no money). Since the last 10 years, my computers running ...
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Do I really need Antivirus protection? [closed]

I use Opera to browse the internet The Windows Firewall active I only open/download programs that I trust and come from known & reliable sources what I'm asking is that if I can still get a ...
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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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Is it better to run anti-virus program in safe mode or “normal” mode?

Assuming one can boot into "normal" mode in Windows without any problems, is there a reason to run an anti-virus scan in safe mode instead of "normal" mode? In which mode would an anti-virus scan ...
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AVAST 7.0 is not running with windows 7 ultimate

I downloaded avast 7.0 version for my laptop running on Windows 7 ultimate. After installing, when I started scanning my system it says Avast is not running please start it first. When I ...
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What anti-virus solution works with Windows Server 8 beta? [closed]

Testing out beta Windows Server 8. Would like to install a free antivirus, but MSE doesn't seem to support it yet and can't find one that does. Know of one?
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Gmail virus scan when using a client like Thunderbird

As you know Gmail scans attachment for viruses (when using native web interface). I was wondering if Gmail is doing the same thing when used by email client such as Thunderbird ? If not is there ...
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Anti Virus Service does not run - Windows XP SP3 32bit Home

I have a somewhat strange problem here. I am trying to run Anti Virus Software on my Windows XP Home 32bit System. After a serious crash I had to fall back to an outdated copy of my initial ...
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How to fully delete a virus [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Computer is infected by a virus or a malware, what do I do now? I caught a virus earlier this week. Rebooted to safe mode w/ networking and ran a scan for all .exe and ...
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Microsoft Forefront won't turn on

I am at home with a work machine and cannot get Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 to turn on. If I go to my Start Menu >> All Programs >> Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection I get its ...
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AVG and AD-Aware system scan in multiple partitions?

I have Win7 with AVG + AD-Aware installed running in a (C:)50gb NTFS partition and all Admin files e.g. Desktop, Documents, Music, Videos, Downloads etc.. are stored in a separate (D:)150gb NTFS ...
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Skype “haha foto” virus

There is a new Skype worm that is spreading very fast and the detection rates are very low: analisys It creates groups from all your contacts and sends "haha foto" followed by a link. At the time of ...
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openSUSE 12 fails to start after installing ESET NOD32

I am using openSUSE 12 (64-bit). I installed ESET NOD32 Antivirus. After installing NOD32, it required a restart. After restarting, the system stays in a loading status, and I get following error ...
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Is there any free anti-virus software? [closed]

Is there any free anti-virus software? I am using a PC which is Window 7. I am seeking a free, powerful and lightweight anti-virus software.
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ThreatFire antivirus - how is it different and does it replaces normal antivirus?

When reading the German Federal Office of Information Security recommends Chrome on Chrome Blog, they link to best practices guide: Today the BSI, Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security ...
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After scheduled Microsoft Security Essentials scan finishes, whole system is slow

I have scheduled Microsoft Security Essentials (on Windows 7) to scan my whole hard drive every night at 2 a.m. When I start using my computer in the morning, the scan is complete, but the whole ...
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Which CD-based antivirus can scan ICH10 RAID1 array?

I need to scan my Windows 7 system while booted from CD. However, my system is installed on ICH10 (Intel Matrix Storage) RAID1 array. I tried AVG Rescue CD, however it didn't detect my RAID array. ...
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Is a guest installation of Windows Server 2008 R2 in VMware Player protected by the antivirus software in the host OS?

I have installed Windows Server R2 as a guest in VMware Player in Windows 7. The host OS has Microsoft Security essentials. Since everything that comes to the guest has to come through the host, is ...
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Do i need an antivirus with fedora 16 KDE? [closed]

This is the first time i am operating Linux . I just installed Fedora 16 KDE and i need to know if i really need a antivirus ? I have heard that antivirus isn't needed with linux. Is it so ? If i ...
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SSD write usage & AntiVirus impact on SSD life

I have the following SSD, a generation 1 OCZ 60 GB Vertex: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227394 I'm currently trying to extend the longevity of it. I've been keeping tabs ...
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Does an antivirus also scan for viruses targetting other OSes other than the one it runs on?

Today my company has some external support personnels coming over and 1 of them bought a thumb drive containing the files for the fix to the driver problems. The IT manager of my company requested ...
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Software Development Environment Locking up entirely

Currently, our software developers are working with MSVC and have certain parts of their build process reach out to files on the network. Theres one portion of the build process in which they use a ...
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Security essentials not starting [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Computer is infected by a virus or a malware, what do I do now? When I attempt to navigate to a site using IE I am always redirected to a seemingly random internet site. ...
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Polymorphic Viruses - What happened in history? [closed]

About 10-15 years ago, the next "big deal" in anti-virus protection was the polymorphic virus, which mutated, and everyone was saying that it would be hard to defend against because of that. Yet, ...
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Logging Virus Definition Updates for MS Security Essentials in The Security Event Log

I would like to log a security in event in Windows 7 whenever the Microsoft Security Essentials 2 virus definition files are updates, deleted, or changed. I was expecting to do this with an Audit ...
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Unstoppable mail spam

Few days ago, my friend mailed me. I noticed that the last message, coming again and again. The content of message is something like that: same message + line break + right after line break attached ...
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Getting Notified that a Virus Definition Update is Available for Microsoft Security Essentials

I have to perform regular offline updates on Microsoft Security Essentials Virus definition files for a computer not hooked up to the internet. I found the following KB article with a link to the ...
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What It Takes To Create Rescue/Recovery/Reanimator USB Multi-Bootable Flash Drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I create a bootable USB Flash PcRepair Kit? I wanted to create rescue/recovery/reanimator USB multi-bootable flash drive a year ago. I want to create the ultimate ...
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How to prevent Win 7 Antivirus 2012 virus?

So my dad's laptop got, for the second time, got some "Win 7 Antivirus 2012" virus, one of those that keeps popping up a fake antivirus window, etc. It was even popping up in safe mode. The laptop ...
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Upgrade Symantec EndPoint 2011 Or Use Something Else? [closed]

I have got laptop with IT edition of Symantec and it slows my computer down. It constantly bugs me about .TMP files in temporary directory thinking it is a virus. It slows down laptop. Is it better ...
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Accidentally tried to open an infected PDF, but MS Security Essentials gives false negative

I received a couple of emails with attached PDFs from a fairly tech-savvy friend who never sends me cute/annoying forwards, so I thought they were safe to open but Adobe Reader X threw an error and ...
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What executable does Microsoft Forefront use to manually scan for viruses?

In Trillian it asks for the executable to used to scan any downloaded files automatically. My company laptop uses Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection on Windows 7. My best guess would be: ...
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How to configure Windows' security settings to be more secure [closed]

I've heard that Windows' default security settings may be less secure than they could be, and I'd like to configure them so they're more secure. Is there a (preferably free) software tool that can ...
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How to remove ping virus? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Computer is infected by a virus or a malware, what do I do now? I have a virus on my computer that calls an executeable (ping.exe) in the C:\Windows\system32 folder. ...
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Is it possible to set up a service/application like Jotti's malware scan?

I would like to scan files that are under 500/100 MB. Sadly, Jotti only scans files up to 25 MB. Is it possible to set up a service like that at home? The only way I know to run so many anti-virus ...
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Msmpeng.exe is Making Me Tear My Hair Off!

msmpeng.exe causes CPU spikes that happen every 15 mins or so, and it has finally got to me. As far as I can remember, I started facing this after installing MS Security Essentials on my Windows 7 ...
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Is it a virus on my PC?

Somehow sqlservr.exe launches cmd.exe (with very strange command line params) and ftp.exe processes on my PC, please see screenshots. I have already installed antivirus. What it could be, how to treat ...
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How do I remove the “System Fix” Virus [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to do if my computer is infected by a virus or a malware? My parents computer have apparently contracted a virus named "System Fix" I have diagnosed this from ...
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ekrn.exe is constantly writing to my HDD

I installed Windows 7 about five days ago, and I realized that the system is constantly using my HDD. I turned off file indexing, and every other services, without any effect. Now I downloaded ...