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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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 After a serious crash I had to fall back to an outdated copy of my initial ...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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Norton 2012 on Vista

Not sure if this is the correct forum for this but... I hace a user running system Windows Vista. Last week I had to renew and got Norton 2012 Internet Security software. However when I Install it ...
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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 ...
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Folders are hidden after scanning from Quickheal antivirus

Today when I scanned my pendrive with Quickheal antivirus it detected some virus but it also made hide all folders. All the folders are present in that usb drive as it is showing the same file size ...
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Is it possible to check Mac files for virus in a PC?

I have been on PC for almost 15 years :D and never touched a Mac (uncle bill will be angry on me!). A friend of mine asked me to get her something from torrents (somewhere you can find plenty of ...
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Cleaning up a boot-disk by mounting it in another computer [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to do if my computer is infected by a virus or a malware? I am helping a friend out who has made quite a mess of his windows PC. Problem is that thar are lots of ...
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Avast Antivirus has a strange version number

Avast! Free antivirus shows the version as 111101-3 Is this correct, or am I a target of fake software?
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Is it bad for the computer to have an anti-spyware and a separate anti-virus at the same time?

It is said that having two anti-virus software is bad for one's computer. But, I want to know if it is also bad to have an anti-spyware and a separate anti-virus at the same time. Should I just use ...
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What is the difference between aswMBR and the freely available avast antivirus?

Does aswMBR offer scan features not available in the free version of avast antivirus?
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How to restrict file upload from specific folder in windows xp [closed]

I am trying to make copy protection.I can protect from edit, copy,save as actions but i can't protect from file uploading.My netowrk users shoud be some is full controll and some is only view.View ...
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how to remove mcafee.com from windows XP system

I have an Windows XP-32 system, running a (Cox-supplied) version of McAfee. That seems to work fine. There is also for reasons I don't know (I inherited this computer) a version of McAfee.com here. ...
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How can I safely switch to other Anti Virus software?

So, say I've been wanting to install other Anti Virus software on my computer (or install a newer version of my current software). Since in between installing, the computer is probably vulnerable to ...
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What should I look for in an antivirus program?

I've never really bothered with antivirus software or firewalls before, and it's never been a problem, but since I just invested in a nice new Windows box, I figured I'd get some extra protection. ...
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How can I stop Hotmail from sending e-mails containing virus links?

My friend's XP PC recently didn't have proper anti-virus protection. Her Hotmail e-mail contacts have received multiple spam e-mails from her over the past few days, each containing a link (which I ...
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Which antivirus is good for my typical usage? [closed]

I've got Windows XP and use MS Office and Arstisteer and browse the web. My McAfee expired and I'm about to renew it and would like to know if you think I'm doing the right thing buying it from ...
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Malwarebytes vs Anti-Virus? [closed]

What are the differences between Malwarebytes and a premium Anti-Virus? By premium, I mean anti-virus suites that isn't free (e.g. Norton and McAfee). Better yet, what are differences between ...
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Boot time scan of Avast: “XXX archive is corrupt”

I scanned my PC using the "boot-time scan" of Avast because I wanted to detect if there is a virus on my system. I didn't find any viruses after the scan but it did detect some archives that are ...
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How do I troubleshoot high CPU usage?

My CPU usage is very high by default. As soon as I starts a program it touches the maximum. After some time it becomes normal. I have a doubt that my disk is infected. So I tried to install ...
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How to avoid catching a virus on my pen drive when plugging it into a lot of computers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Virus protection for flash drives We know there is a lot of malware and viruses that stay on pen drives and attack the data or even the host machine data. To spread ...
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Does anyone have a patchset to get FastBT running on windows?

Short explanation: I am doing some anti-virus research. FastBT is very intriguing. It is a tool for doing something like binary instrumentation with a specific purpose of adding an additional layer ...