Best antivirus protection for Windows 10

UPDATE OCTOBER 19, 2019: “The best antivirus protection of 2019 for Windows 10 – Your PC needs protection against malware, and free antivirus software may be enough. Here’s the best antivirus protection to get for Windows 10, and what’s worth paying extra for” by Clifford Colby (October 19, 2019). CNET’s “best” recommendations stand from last… Continue reading Best antivirus protection for Windows 10

Best PC anti-virus program?

An annual review by PC World: “Best antivirus: Keep your Windows PC safe from spyware, Trojans, malware, and more” (updated August 27, 2018): Antivirus software is nearly as crucial as a PC’s operating system. Even if you’re well aware of potential threats and practice extreme caution, some threats just can’t be prevented without the extra… Continue reading Best PC anti-virus program?

Anti-phishing test results 2017

If you’re particularly worried about somehow landing on a malicious website while browsing the Internet, then this PC World (August 1, 2017) article “AV-Comparatives’ anti-phishing results for 2017 put Avast, Bitdefender, Fortinet, and Kaspersky on top” may be useful. In previous posts, I’ve noted PC World’s summaries of test results by the independent computer security… Continue reading Anti-phishing test results 2017

Rankings of antivirus software 2016

As in past years, independent antivirus testing houses have published lists of the best antivirus products for 2016. PC World summarized these results in their recent article “The best consumer antivirus products of 2016 are Avira and Norton, test labs say.” AV-Comparatives released its best antimalware product of 2016 on Tuesday, after AV-Test announced its… Continue reading Rankings of antivirus software 2016

Prevent malware infection — best practices review

The Malwarebytes Blog recently discussed “10 easy ways to prevent malware infection” — for your PC, Mac, or mobile device. Read the article for the complete text. Here’s the summary below. Protect vulnerabilities: Update your operating system, browsers, and plugins; Enable click-to-play plugins; Remove software you don’t use (especially legacy programs). Watch out for social… Continue reading Prevent malware infection — best practices review

Best anti-virus app for your new Windows 10 PC?

Now that you’ve upgraded to Windows 10, you might want to review what computer security apps (programs, software) you’re using. If you’ve followed my blog, you already checked that your previous anti-virus / anti-malware apps are running okay. And you’re also using two apps: a top branded app and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (free or premium). Just… Continue reading Best anti-virus app for your new Windows 10 PC?

Rankings of antivirus software

PC World’s September 30, 2014, “Free is good: No-cost Panda Software tops AV-Test’s rankings of antivirus software” article summarized rankings for antivirus software by and Antivirus suites are only as good as their latest tests. And in’s latest roundup for July and August, the usual suspects—BitDefender, Kaspersky, McAfee, and Symantec—came out on… Continue reading Rankings of antivirus software

Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) — deceptive, insidious malware

This year I’ve seen more and more Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) creep onto some of my clients’ PCs. Sometimes their anti-virus programs detect these objects; but more often than not, I’ve installed the free version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MWB), which has proved extremely useful at detecting and removing PUPs. Here’s a link which describes MWB’s… Continue reading Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) — deceptive, insidious malware

PC Malware Protection – what’s the best security app?

Similar to 2013’s security software review (see Best PC Internet Security Product?), PC World’s “Security Showdown 2014” article reviewed the current 2014 versions of 10 popular security suite applications / programs: Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 Symantec Norton Internet Security 2014 McAfee Internet Security 2014 F-Secure Internet Security 2014 Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2014 Eset… Continue reading PC Malware Protection – what’s the best security app?

Phishing Attacks August 2013

PC World summarized a Kaspersky Lab’s study that noted: Spam volumes took a usual seasonal drop in August, but phishing spiked, including a noticeable interest in hijacking Apple accounts. This article may be viewed at: Of particular note was the resurgence of some old malware which infects your email contact list. Phishing attacks continued… Continue reading Phishing Attacks August 2013

Best Mac Anti-Virus?

Although malware threats to the Mac have been minimal compared to the PC, for those desiring additional protection there are choices. Topher Kessler (CNET MacFixIt) recently commented on an analysis of the most common anti-virus products. The antivirus tools used in the tests included a number of free and paid scanner packages from Avast, VirusBarrier,… Continue reading Best Mac Anti-Virus?

Best PC Internet Security Product?

So, what’s the best Internet Security product for your PC? There’s no “one size fits all” answer. Perhaps your new PC included a bundled anti-virus program and you’re wondering whether to activate and use it or get another one (after uninstalling the current program). Perhaps the subscription for your current anti-virus product expired and you’re… Continue reading Best PC Internet Security Product?

Mac Flashback Malware

This MacWorld article “What you need to know about the Flashback trojan” provides an overview of this malware and the associated risk. Flashback is the name for a malicious software program discovered in September 2011 that tried to trick users into installing it by masquerading as an installer for Adobe Flash. Cnet’s MacFixIt followed up… Continue reading Mac Flashback Malware

Apple Security Update and File Quarantine

ars technica writes, “The Security Update 2011-003 that Apple released on Tuesday directly addressed the Mac Defender malware threat in two ways: it changed the way malware files are detected by enabling automatic daily updates, and included code to remove at least two of its variants.” The article further discusses Apple’s response to a growing… Continue reading Apple Security Update and File Quarantine

How to avoid or remove Mac Defender malware

Apple posted this article regarding: A recent phishing scam has targeted Mac users by redirecting them from legitimate websites to fake websites which tell them that their computer is infected with a virus. The user is then offered Mac Defender “anti-virus” software to solve the issue. And MacWorld writes: Online crime falls mostly into four… Continue reading How to avoid or remove Mac Defender malware