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

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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, ...
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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 did a Malware get past Avira when it was detected by it?

I have Avira installed on 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 my ...
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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 ...