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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Anti-Virus Look Alikes on the Rise

According to a Google study, fake antivirus popups -- sometimes referred to as scareware -- now accounts for about 15 percent of all malware that Google detects on websites, which is the result of a 13-month analysis conducted between January 2009 and February 2010.


http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/fake_antivirus_malware_rise

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

More Norton Beta Releases

We have here Norton Internet Security 2011 Beta and Norton Anti-Virus 2011 Beta. Download links can be found here:

http://www.symantec.com/norton/beta/overview.jsp?pvid=nis2011beta_overview

System requirements:


Unmatched Protection

Norton Download Insight helps you download and share files safely by warning you if a download can be trusted or contains threats or crimeware before it can cause harm.

Safe Web identifies unsafe websites right in your search results, blocks known malicious sites, and exposes suspicious online sellers.

Umatched Performance

Faster and Lighter than ever before, Norton Internet Security 2011 beta uses minimal system resources and scans only files at risk for fewer, shorter scans and the fastest scanning times.

Proactive Performance Alerts help you optimize your PC’s performance by notifying you when applications are slowing you down.

New Rescue Tools

Sometimes PCs become infected with difficult to remove “scareware” programs or they get so infected by threats that are deeply buried in the PC’s operating system that special tools are required to remove them. That’s where Norton Rescue Tools can help.
Microsoft® Windows® XP (32-bit) with Service Pack 2 or later ***
Home/Professional/Media Center
Microsoft Windows Vista® (32-bit and 64-bit) Starter/Home Basic/Home Premium/Business/Ultimate
Microsoft Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit) Starter/Home Basic/Home Premium/Professional/Ultimate
Minimum Hardware Requirements

* 300 MHz or faster processor
* 256 MB of RAM for XP, 512 of RAM for VISTA and 1GB of RAM for Win7 (minimum of 512 MB RAM required for Recovery Tool)
* 300 MB of available hard disk space
* CD-ROM or DVD drive (if not installing via electronic download)

Support for AntiSpam

* Microsoft Outlook® 2002 or later ***
* Microsoft Outlook Express 6.0 or later ***
* Windows Mail (spam filtering only)

Browser support for Vulnerability Protection and Phishing Protection

* Microsoft Internet Explorer® 6.0 or higher (32-bit only) ***
* Mozilla Firefox® 3.0 and later ***

Email scanning support for POP3-and SMTP-compatible email clients


http://www.symantec.com/norton/beta/overview.jsp?pvid=nav2011beta_overview

System requirements:


Unmatched Protection

Norton Download Insight helps you download and share files safely by warning you if a download can be trusted or contains threats or crimeware before it can cause harm.

Umatched Performance

Faster and Lighter than ever before, Norton Internet Security 2011 beta uses minimal system resources and scans only files at risk for fewer, shorter scans and the fastest scanning times.

Proactive Performance Alerts help you optimize your PC’s performance by notifying you when applications are slowing you down.

New Rescue Tools

Sometimes PCs become infected with difficult to remove “scareware” programs or they get so infected by threats that are deeply buried in the PC’s operating system that special tools are required to remove them. That’s where Norton Rescue Tools can help.
Microsoft® Windows® XP (32-bit) with Service Pack 2 or later *** Home/Professional/Media Center
Microsoft Windows Vista® (32-bit and 64-bit) Starter/Home Basic/Home Premium/Business/Ultimate
Microsoft Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit) Starter/Home Basic/Home Premium/Professional/Ultimate
Minimum Hardware Requirements

* 300 MHz or faster processor
* 256 MB of RAM for XP, 512 of RAM for VISTA and 1GB of RAM for Win7 (minimum of 512 MB RAM required for Recovery Tool)
* 250MB of available hard disk space
* CD-ROM or DVD drive (if not installing via electronic download)

Browser support for Vulnerability Protection feature

* Microsoft Internet Explorer® 6.0 or higher) ***
* Mozilla Firefox® 3.0 and later ***

Email scanning support for POP3-and SMTP-compatible email clients
***As made available by Symantec within your service period

Monday, April 19, 2010

Norton Power Eraser Screenshots and Disclaimer

This is still a beta product. It has false detected Private Firewall as a rogue in my case even though it is legit and clean. It has been documented at Wilders Security to detect Thunderbird, Firefox, and a few other clean applications. Take the scan results with a grain of salt and double check.

With that being said onto screen shots.





Free Norton Beta Products

Norton Power Eraser

Norton Power Eraser:

Eliminates difficult to remove crimeware that traditional virus scanning doesn't always detect.

The NEW Norton Power Eraser takes on difficult to detect crimeware known as "scareware" or "rogueware" that cybercriminals use to trick you into unknowingly downloading threats onto your PC. This growing form of crimeware uses bogus pop-up alerts or security messages that scare you into thinking your PC has been infected and needs to be fixed immediately. It can be so tricky that it automatically downloads onto your PC even if you didn’t actively click on anything! The Norton Power Eraser is specially designed to aggressively target and eliminate this type of crimeware and restore your PC back to health.

You should use Power Eraser only when nothing else will remove the threat and you are willing to accept the risk that the scanner may quarantine a legitimate program.


Norton Bootable Recovery Tool

Gets you back up and running if your PC becomes so infected that it won’t work properly or even boot up.

The Norton Bootable Recovery Tool helps fix your "worst nightmare" PC problems, like when crimeware embeds itself so deeply into your PC’s operating system that it takes a special tool to remove it. Norton Bootable Recovery Tool does two things:

1. It helps you create a Customized Rescue Boot Disc (CD/DVD/USB) before your system becomes infected

2. In the event of an emergency situation where your PC has become so infected that it won’t boot up, it will help restore your PC to normal working order

When you first install your Norton Security Software, be sure to take a moment to open the Norton Bootable Recovery Tool Wizard and follow the simple steps to create your Customized Rescue Boot Disc. Your Customized Rescue Boot Disc will boot your computer in a safe environment, then work to remove the threats that caused the problem so that you are back up and running in no time.


http://security.symantec.com/nbrt/overview.asp

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

MakeUseOf's Top 10 AV List

The list can be seen here:

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/ten-best-antivirus-programs/

This list is a joke.

A few posts ago I posted VB100 awards. MSE failed. There are more than 10 Anti-Virus apps that have passed that are free and MSE wasnt one of them.

AVG is alright, but its huge number of false positives would make it less than stellar for the average joe.

Avira Free is great. Its my favorite and I use the premium version here at home.

Avast v5 Free is also great. I have a tutorial on how to get rid of the ad in Avast v5 Free that makes it a little more appealing.

Malware Bytes Anti-Malware isnt an Anti-virus software, its a malware software designed to fill the holes that AV's dont. Not sure why its on the list, but it is a great piece of software none-the-less.

ComboFix is good as long as your stuck on Windows XP. The last time I used attempted to use it, it wasnt compatible on Vista or Win7.

ClamWin has pathetic detection rates. Unless of course they are referring to ClamWin-Immunet with Immunets cloud based detection as well and then it may be decent.

Panda Cloud AV is great and light. I use it on my netbook. Its one of the few set and forget AV's out that dont require any user intervention. That may scare some as it offers very minimal configuration opportunities.

Last but not least Comodo. Comodo has a great Firewall and HIPS (Defense +), but Ive never used the AV portion so I cant comment. However I hear good things.

Google Buzz Feature Added!

I have added the new Google Buzz widget over on the right hand side of the page under the Subscribe heading. It allows you to share pages here with minimal effort and with other people who may not know about this blog. As soon as things start getting shared a number will appear in the icon. This number corresponds to the amount of items that have been shared. Lets start sharing!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Latest VB100 Results

Im going to hit the highlights here and the important points.

I recently did a review on Sunbelts VIPRE. Needless to say it failed the VB100 test.

MSE has also been a huge praise for Microsoft and everyone thinks its so great. To bad it failed VB100 as well.

VIPRE failed for supplying 2 false positives while MSE failed for missing 1 virus.

On a bright note AVG, Avast, Rising Internet Security, and my personal favorite Avira have all passed. More importantly Avast hasnt failed a test since August 2009.

You can view the full details, but registration is required. You can register here for free:

https://www.virusbtn.com/register/index

And you can see the latest report which these statistics where pulled here:

http://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/archive/2010/04

Monday, April 12, 2010

Zone Alarm Pro Give Away

Check Point is giving away 1 year 3 PC licenses for Zone Alarm Pro. It is available now until 4/14/2010 at 6AM PDT time. They are also tossing in 1 year free of Identity Guard. In order to get Identity Guard free for 1 year you must fill in the application and submit your social security number, address, and credit card information. After the 1 year it will automatically renew, unless you call and cancel, for $4.99.

Keep an eye on your email inbox for the email from ZoneAlarm. The email will contain your download link and your registration information.

http://promotions.zonealarm.com/security/en-us/cdn/pt/index.htm?cid=W100020

If that one takes you to a face book page try this one:

http://www.zonealarm.com/security/en-us/cdn/pt/facebook.htm#

The initial download size is 41.8Mb

Thursday, April 8, 2010

How To Block The Ad in Avast Anti-Virus v5 Free

Here is the ad Im talking about:



I try to run the lightest security setup possible so this tutorial is going to be how to block the ad in Windows 7's built in Firewall.

First thing you need to do is navigate to the Control Panel and click on Windows Firewall.



Then you need to get to the Windows Firewall Advanced settings which allows inbound and outbound rules. The basic options firewall just allows you to set programs to allow.



Click Outbound rules on the left hand side.



Then click new rule on the right hand side.



Select Custom at the bottom and hit next.



Then select "This Program Path" and browse to your Avast install directory and select the AvastUI.exe and hit next



Hit next on the Protocol and Ports screen, hit next on the scope screen, on the action page you want to make sure the bottom rule is selected to block.



On the next screen make sure that all profiles are selected: domain, private, and public. And hit next.



The last screen is just your naming convention and description for the rule. I recommend using something that will remind you of what the rule does.



And the aftermath. This is what your Avast v5 Anti-Virus free interface should look like if the rule was successfully entered.


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

NovaPDF, Backup4All, and Ashampoo Give Aways

I found some software give aways over at V3. Up for grabs is NovaPDF v7 Lite, Magix Movie Edit Pro 15, Backup4All Lite v4.3, and Ashampoo WinOptimizer 2010.

http://store.v3.co.uk/?act=search&cat=13

Returnil Give Away at Wilders Security

In an attempt by Wilders to reach to gain 100,000+ more members on top of their already growing community they have put this give away together and teamed up with Returnil to give away Returnil's RVS Home Lux 2010.

To get your free give away, head over to Wilders, register, and sign up for the give away with your email address, and dont forget to stay awhile.

The registration link for Wilders can be found here:

http://www.wilderssecurity.com/register.php

The Returnil Give away link is here:

http://www.wilderssecurity.com/sendm...turnilgiveaway

And here is the product description page where you will need to download the trial and use your registration info from Returnil to register.

http://www.returnilvirtualsystem.com/rvs-home-lux

The person whos responsible for this over at Wilders is Returnils own ColdMoon. If you have questions, comments, concerns, feel free to contact him. After all you have to be a member to contact other people and post topics and since your already a member you might as well stay. Here is his profile page for quick access to you:

http://www.wilderssecurity.com/member.php?u=55770