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

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 AV-test.org and AV-comparatives.org. Antivirus suites are only as good as their latest tests. And in AV-test.org’s latest roundup for July and August, the usual suspects—BitDefender, Kaspersky, McAfee, and Symantec—came out on… Continue reading Rankings of antivirus software

Cleaning an infected PC

Although written in 2013, this PC World article “When malware strikes: How to clean an infected PC” still is a useful reference for dealing with malware. You work hard to protect your PC from the malicious thugs of our digital world. You keep your antivirus program up to date. You avoid questionable Web sites. You… Continue reading Cleaning an infected PC

Mac Anti-Virus Tools

Yes, malware threats exist for Apple’s Mac OS X computers. Generally there’s far less risk than for PCs, but knowing how to stay protected remains important. CNET’s MacFixIt recently revisited this topic, in an article, “Popular antivirus tools for OS X tested, again,” citing a researchers’ testing of these top tools (in no particular order):… Continue reading Mac Anti-Virus Tools

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?

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?

Recognizing Fake Antiviruses

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) defines a fake anivirus as: Fake antivirus is malicious software (malware) designed to steal information from unsuspecting users by mimicking legitimate security software. The malware makes numerous system modifications making it extremely difficult to terminate unauthorized activities and remove the program. It also causes realistic, interactive security… Continue reading Recognizing Fake Antiviruses