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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How do I get rid of malicious spyware, malware, viruses or rootkits from my PC?

What should I do if my Windows computer seems to be infected with a virus or malware? What are the symptoms of an infection? What should I do after noticing an infection? What can I do to get rid of ...
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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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How do anti-viruses work?

So I was thinking about viruses recently, and wondering how exactly antiviruses keep up? Considering anybody who'd been coding for a few weeks could hack together something do do nasty, nasty things ...
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Does Microsoft Security Essentials replace Windows Defender?

Does Microsoft Security Essentials replace Windows Defender?
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What does Firefox do when “scanning for viruses” after download?

Never mind the fact that Firefox is a browser and not a AV tool, but what exactly does it do after a download? Even on systems that have an up-to-date AV this generates a pause of several seconds ...
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Should I worry about malware on Linux? [closed]

I don't run an antivirus on Linux ( most people I don't AFAIK ) and I'm not at all concerned about any form of malware or spyware or any other_bad_ware. Should I by concerned? Of course I don't ...
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Is my host machine completely isolated from a virus-infected virtual machine?

If I am running a Windows 7 virtual machine on a Windows 7 host using VMWare or VirtualBox (or anything else) and the virtual machine is completelly overloaded with viruses and another malicious code, ...
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Looking for an AntiVirus Rescue CD [closed]

I am looking for a bootable antivirus rescue CD that can be used to fix virus infections. What is your preferred Antivirus BootCD to fix virus infections?
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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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Does the Virtual PC XP Mode need safety measures?

Does the Virtual PC XP-Mode (or any other virtualized mode) require safety measures, such as antivirus or a firewall? I'm just wondering if the XP-Mode would be a large security loophole, since it's ...
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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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How do I explain how Anti-Virus protection works to a non-Super User?

I found this question which expalins a little in detail of how Anti-Virus softwares work exactly. But I just had a client ask me this, and I really couldn't give him a good, simple, easy to understand ...
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Recommended offline on-demand virus scanners

I have never run full anti-virus on my Windows XP systems. Instead I use various anti-malware tools to manually perform scans every few weeks. This approach, combined with Windows updates and ...
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Is Anti Virus Software needed for a Mac (OS X); If so free solution? [closed]

I have a MacBook that I use for programming and graduate school work. Since I bought it, I've not given much thought to putting an anti virus on it. I bought it about 6 months ago and for some reason, ...
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Windows Home Server anti-virus recommendations [closed]

Have just got myself a new Windows Home Server (a Tranquil PC model) and loving lots of the features, but I can't help feeling that with all of my valuable data concentrated in one place, it's ...
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How does the performance of Microsoft Security Essentials compare with other Anti-virus products [closed]

Are there any solid data (i.e. benchmarks) comparing the performance of Windows Security Essentials with other anti-virus products? In particular, I'm interested in how much overhead it imposes on a ...
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How to disable/enable Microsoft Security Essentials from the command line?

I would like to know how to disable and enable Microsoft Security Essentials from the command line. This is a common procedure on build machines in order to speed-up the build process.
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How can I make my OS appear as if it is running virtualized?

A lot of malware these days is able to detect when it is running virtualized under VMWare, VirtualPC, WINE, or even in a sandbox such as Anubis or CWSandBox. This essentially means that malware will ...
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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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What's the difference between “anti-virus”, “anti-malware” and “anti-spyware” tools?

Many products (such as Norton or McAfee) advertise as "anti-virus" tools or suites, while others advertise as "anti-malware" (like Malwarebytes), and even more as "anti-spyware" (Spybot S&D). Are ...
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How to Benchmark an AntiVirus Software

We just installed Windows 7 in our brand new PC that we build ourselves. There are heaps of antivirus software out there, avast, panda, avg, etc. We would like to balance between speed and security. ...
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Can I fool Windows into thinking a virus scanner is installed?

I'm trying to allow programmatic access to Outlook without getting an annoying popup. This is configurable under Tools -> Trust Center, however my outlook warns Antivirus Status: Invalid. Which ...
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How to copy Kaspersky 2013 virus definitions update to another computer?

I have 5 computers and installed the same anti-virus (Kaspersky Internet Security 2013) on all of them. Now I want to update the anti-virus on the computers. Since my bandwidth and time are limited, I ...
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Is there any 64-bit software for Windows that is much preferable to its 32-bit counterpart in a 64-bit OS?

I was searching for a free 64-bit antivirus, since I read somewhere here on SU that its much better for 64-bit systems than the 32-bit version, I have only found 32-bit versions with 64-bit OS ...
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Is virus protection neccesary with unprivileged users?

If an user does not have admin privileges or privileges to edit the registry, is there any reason to have antivirus software installed?
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How to scan and detect spying software

I have a friend who caught his landlord in his apartment using his laptop (he moved out afterward). The next time he tried to log in, his password was changed. I fixed the password problem but I got ...
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How to report a malicious site to Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, etc. so that they will warn users

I completed a project a year ago. Now a few modification were needed. While trying to test the site, there was an index.html file with a malicious script which had an iframe to another site's jar ...
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What happens if you install an antivirus program with another already installed? [duplicate]

Antivirus software always warns that any other antivirus currently installed should be uninstalled to avoid serious problems. From what I understand, one program may see another AV as a potential ...
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What is the difference between - Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials?

What is the difference between - Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials? Should I run both?
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Windows 7 says Avast is off, but it's not! Am I infected?

I have Avast Free antivirus installed on Windows 7. I just noticed that Windows Action Center (the white flag icon in task bar) warns me about activating Avast antivirus, and even if I click activate ...
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Is there way to scan a registry hive on an attached USB drive?

I have a hard drive with a virus that I removed from a PC. I can scan the file system of it as an attached USB drive. But how do I scan the registry of that USB drive since it is not booted up like ...
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Prevent exe execution from temp internet folder

how can i prevent exe excution from temp and internet temp folder. we have antivirus deployed but it does not prevent exe execution from temp folder. I have tried prog trust-no-exe ...
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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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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 Windows Firewall / Antivirus good? [closed]

I was wondering if I should let Windows Firewall and Antivirus take care of my system's health. Should I consider buying a paid version of another antivirus/firewall (Norton, AVG)?
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Avast Antivirus downloading data from net even when told not to update

This is a strange problem that I have never seen before. I have two machines, both running Win 7 and running the latest version of Avast, both seem to be downloading large amounts of data. I noticed ...
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Clean up infected computer from viruses [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to do if my computer is infected by a virus or a malware? I have a computer which had AVG Free installed from day one. After several months of operation, it starts ...
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Would my virus scanner be able to scan multiple files concurrently with dual CPU instead of multi-core?

Anti-virus: Microsoft Security Essentials OS : Windows 7 x64 Silly question perhaps, but somehow I was under the impression that multiple cores would mean the anti-virus scanner would be ...
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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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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'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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Lightweight virus scan for win XP [closed]

I have an older machine (athlon 1500+, 1.5Gb RAM) running XP on which I not currently running an on access virus scanner. I do scheduled scans with clamwin and malware bytes. I would like to find a ...
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How can I test my virus scanner?

How can I test several anti-virus programs to determine which performs the best, so that I can writing reviews? Where can I find viruses for tests?
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Should I run an antivirus in a Windows Server? [closed]

Should I run an antivirus in a publicly-facing Windows Server? If so, which one would be the best for that situation?
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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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Should I enable Firewall and AntiVirus on a VirtualPC VM?

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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How can I make totally sure that I don't have a keylogger/trojan/something uploading my personal files to the web?

I got this Antivirus Soft installed. It was awfully annoying and my antiviruses (yes, I have more than one) just didn't do anything. So, now I am afraid they might be compromised or something. I am ...
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trying to get antivirus policy changed

I am a radiologist who spends all day taxing my computer with thousands of medical images and heavy duty image processing. Unfortunately, my hospital, and many like it, apply the same antivirus policy ...
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How to scan and remove MBR viruses?

Once I read that the Windows 7 installation disc could clean an infected MBR. I also found an article that suggested one tool to scan the MBR for viruses. And I also read that one MBR virus could ...
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Does it make any sense to install anti-virus on Windows XP Mode?

This is almost certainly a dumb question, but... say I have Windows 7, with some anti-virus software installed, and I am using Microsoft's Windows XP Mode to run some legacy applications as well. Is ...