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Your Questions About Anti Spyware Software Definition

Posted by softwareguru on January 31, 2013

William asks…

the difference between Antiviruses and antospyware, antimalware?

since many people got confuse, about difference between amtiviruses and antispyware, anti-malware. Do you guys have a clear definition, and clarification?

softwareguru answers:

Hello steven25,

ask-leo.com has a good answer to your question:

Anti-virus programs scan for viruses and related malware by examining the files on your system for patterns of data that have been identified as being viruses. On some regular basis the database of patterns the programs use is updated to contain the latest information on known viruses.
“In short, you should have one each of all three.”

Anti-spyware programs monitor your system as you use it for behaviours that are known to be spyware-related. For example, an anti-spyware program might trap attempts to change your browser home page, or attempts to install software that starts automatically.

You take care steven

James asks…

Whats the difference between Anti malware, anti spyware and anti-virus?

I have malware-bytes anti malware is that good our does it cover everything to protect my computer? if you have a better suggestion please tell me.

softwareguru answers:

Let me begin with the definition of terms:

Malware (MALicious SoftWARE) is the umbrella term for software programs designed with or can be used for malicious intentions. This includes computer virus, worms, trojan horses, spyware, dishonest adware, scareware, crimeware, most rootkits, and other malicious and unwanted software or programs.

A computer virus is, like its natural equivalent, is designed to replicate itself. In computer terms virus copy themselves into other programs stored in a computer. Virus usually have a negative impact such as slowing a computer down or corrupting or deleting files. Modern computer virus are spread by email or through file sharing networks. As new virus are detected on a daily basis, the best defense is to use a regularly updated anti-virus software.

Spyware is a type of malware that damages your computer system. Spyware is NOT a computer virus in the traditional sense, but is unwanted and harmful nonetheless. It works by getting into your computer system for the purpose of taking partial control over your use, or collecting personal information without your knowledge. It often ends up on your computer after downloading and installing free software so be very careful what software you download, and which websites you download from.

Now to counter those threats, you will basically need an antivirus and an antispyware like these:
1. Anti-virus: (choose only one)
Avast or Avira
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download
http://www.avira.com/en/avira-free-antivirus

2. Antispyware: (choose only one)
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware or SuperAntiSpyware
http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free
http://www.superantispyware.com/

EDIT: I would like to clarify that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is not an antivirus as you may think. It is only classified as an antispyware but may sometimes encroach the antivirus category. It is NOT a substitute for a real antivirus. That’s why I said that you still need an antivirus and an antispyware helping each other out.

You may choose to get a paid antivirus which offer 24-hour customer support but sometimes it’s not really necessary as the free version of their paid product, if they do have one, is just as effective provided that it also works in real-time, not on-demand.

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Your Questions About Virus Removal Software

Posted by softwareguru on January 31, 2013

Maria asks…

I need a free virus removal software program?

I just scanned my computer with a virus removal software and it said that i have roughly 3000 viruses…everything from backdoors, trojans, polymorphic trojans, worms, and everything in between. if you could lead me to a free software as to i will not have to pay it will be of great help. thank you!

softwareguru answers:

Download AVG free edition it will remove all those viruses. Follow the link i post and click the download button at the bottom of the page. Make sure u hit it says free. And u will be set to go.

Chris asks…

what if i find a better virus removal software.?

I went online and took your advice (thanx) by not fooling with best buy, and i downloaded a very good virus removal software. The only problem is that i still have the personal antivirus on there and it keeps popping up at the bottom of the screen. Can anybody tell me , if possible, how can I uninstall it off of my computer?

softwareguru answers:

Here’s step by step instructions to delete personal antivirus: http://www.spywarevoid.com/personal-antivirus-removal-guide-remove-personalantivirus.html

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5 Ways to Ensure Online Privacy for Kids

Posted by McAfee Blogging Team on January 31, 2013

Congress and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have taken special steps to ensure that children under 13 years of age don’t share their personal information on the Internet without the express approval of their parents. Congress passed the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) in 1998 and the FTC wrote a rule implementing the law. The FTC currently is conducting a review of what changes, if any, should be made to COPPA to reflect the changes that may have been brought about from technology, such as the rapid adoption of mobile devices.

Parents who lack experience with the Internet, computers, or mobile devices must learn the basics before they can adequately monitor their children’s habits. A parent’s discomfort or unfamiliarity with technology is no excuse to let a child run wild on the Internet. In fact, in McAfee’s study, “The Digital Divide: How the Online Behavior of Teens is Getting Past Parents” showed that an alarming 70% of teens have hidden online behavior from their parents.

As with any task, one should start with the fundamentals. Spend as much time as possible with kids in their online world. Learn about the people with whom they interact, the places they visit, and the information they encounter. Be prepared to respond appropriately, regardless of what sort of content they find. Remember, this is family time.

Here’s some tips to help you protect your kids:

  1. Narrow down devices: In the past, many of us set up our family computer in a high-traffic area, like the family room, but this becomes less feasible as more children have their own laptops and mobile phones. I recommend limiting time online and also limiting the number of devices your child has.
  2. Teach then appropriate online behavior: Kids will be kids, but that doesn’t mean it’s okay to say cruel things, send racy pictures, make rude requests, or suggest illegal behavior, just because they are online. If it isn’t okay in the physical world, it isn’t okay on the Internet. Also discuss with your kids what is and is not okay with regards to the kinds of websites they may visit and what type of content is ok to share or not share. They should also be taught to not open attachments or click on links from people they don’t know.
  3. Use parental controls: Consider investing in software with parental controls, which limit the sites your kids can access, times they are allowed online and the amount of time they spend online each day.
  4. Discuss stranger danger: Just like in the real-world, kids should be taught to never meet someone they know only online in person and that they should not chat or friend people they do not know.
  5. The Internet is forever: You and your kids need to understand that once things are posted online, they could live on forever. You no longer have control over that photo or video and it could come back to haunt them. They should follow the rule of thumb that they should not post or share anything they would not share with everyone.

 

The key to good online parenting lies in the basics of good offline parenting. Talking to your kids about the “rules of the road” for the Internet is just as important as talking to them to about things like looking both ways before they cross the street.

 

Robert Siciliano is an Online Security Evangelist to McAfee. (Disclosures)

Your Questions About Malware Removal Mac

Posted by softwareguru on January 30, 2013

Donna asks…

Very often, Safari continues to display the “loading” symbol long after the site appears to have loaded.Advice?

It also loads rather slow in general.

I have a Mac OS X. I recently created room on my computer by storing many media files on a flash drive, so I doubt that it’s because my computer doesn’t have enough free space.

Any advice or troubleshooting ideas?

softwareguru answers:

When a webpages assets are requested (a “fetch”), it asks for all assets including 3rd party ones, which are on remote servers.

Returning assets on occasion get dropped, and until they are delivered, the system is still waiting for that asset, and will keep ‘listening’ to a specific port for it.
Dropped packets sometimes take a long time because of limited bandwidth; server congestion; mechanical problems; servicing; or any number of problems/conditions.

A solution may be out of your control for all packet inflow snags, but you want to make sure the browser is confining it’s requested assets to only the essentials: which would be the 1st party assets. Block 3rd party cookies (in browser “Privacy” section).
Also, your ISP default DNS may have alternate, more efficient servers.
Not sure how to verify on a Mac, but you might have a look at this utility:
https://www.grc.com/dns/benchmark.htm

Note, since Mac’s are now in the bad guys crosshairs , adopting good security strategies (adopted from years of malware infestations in tens of millions of PC users) must now be employed by Mac’s: and that means concentrating efforts on PREVENTION. Not removal.
Poisoned JavaScript is delivered to the browser, (none are immune), and this powerful language then manipulates a computer and installs these “rogue” items.
Firefox, with “NoScript” controls what automatically deploys from the browser, and is the #1 defense against several vectors of malware.
Https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/collections/dunbar-pappy/dunbarpappy/

Also, the default configuration for Safari has “Open “safe” files after downloading” checked (by default). This setting is under “Preferences” in Safari and is at the bottom of the “General” tab (the first tab).
It must now be disabled (unchecked) at all times.

Thomas asks…

How does a computer virus work?

How do they make them. I always wondered, do the virus protection software companies make them on purpose to sell the software?

softwareguru answers:

A “computer virus” is classified as malware (any type of malicious software) with a reproductive ability (hence the name “virus”). Viruses are made for a variety of reasons, usually to steal people’s personal information either by phishing or by force (keyloggers, browser hijackers, rootkits, trojans etc)

Viruses are made with coding that manipulates or exploits the Windows operating system. Contrary to popular belief, it is not Microsoft’s fault that people write viruses for Windows, it is simply the most popular operating system. The reason why Apple computers do not get viruses are because no one wants to write a virus for a minority system (even though the MAC operating system is a lot more vulnerable than Windows)

Virus protection companies do not intentionally make viruses; this would be very unethical and illegal in a sense.

There are several types of malware (malware is a broader term for “virus”). Including rogues (fake security products that try to trick you into buying something, very annoying) trojans (generic malicious file that can download more viruses) patching viruses (render all .exe files useless) exploits (takes advantages of holes in the Windows OS for malicious purposes) adware (advertisement streaming for a profit) rootkits (viruses that hide themselves inside .sys files) keyloggers (keystroke logging software; this basically will log everything you type, stealing credit card information)

The general intention of most malware is to steal personal information. This is a very profitable business and everyone is vulnerable to them without the proper knowledge.

Malware removal is generally easy and almost never requires a reformat – with the proper knowledge. Prevention, however is a bit more complex and requires multiple lines of defense. If you need any more info or have specific questions, email me.

Michael asks…

How to remove a virus from Macbook pro?

My macbook sent a message that said I have a 71 viruses on my computer. I thought Macs didn’t get viruses so now I don’t know what to do to remove them. At first it was saying to install some software disk that I don’t have. Now I can’t even figure out how to run a test to see if the virus is still there. Does anyone have any suggestions about how to fix this problem? Thank you
Thank you all for your comments!! I now know how to fix the problem :)

softwareguru answers:

Shssh! Other Mac owners will hear you. They won’t accept the truth that Macs can get infected by malware. There are three rogue programs that are currently infecting Macs:
1. MacGuard — http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-mac-guard
2. Mac Protector — http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-mac-protector
3. Mac Defender — http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-mac-defender

Those links contain the removal instructions and the link to the Mac Rogue Remover Tool.

George asks…

how to remove the fbi warning virus on mac?

Is there any tool to remove it?

softwareguru answers:

Preparation Guide For Use Before Using Malware Removal Tools and Requesting Help

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic34773.html

Sandra asks…

Which internet security is more effective and good for my windows 7?

I brought a new desktop pc. Now i am confussed to choose a best antivirus solution for my windows 7 32-bit..!
Which brand is best for internet security and antivirus solution..?

softwareguru answers:

Because of the wide range of answers you’re sure to get, I’d recommend doing some research and trying out a few different products (ONE AT A TIME) before settling on a final decision.

The most respected Antivirus Testing Companies are AV-Comparatives, AV-Test and Virus Bulletin. Check out a couple of the top-rated programs and buy/use the one that best fits your needs.

Personally, I’ve used ESET NOD32 Antivirus since early 2006 and have loved it. It’s worked great with every Windows and Mac computer I’ve had and I’d highly recommend it. It’s very light on my system, has saved me many times over the last 6 years and they even offer free Technical Support to their customers, including (should you ever need it) malware removal assistance. I have enjoyed it so much that when I found out they had an office in San Diego, I got a job there.

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Your Questions About Spyware Removal Tools

Posted by softwareguru on January 30, 2013

Joseph asks…

Which spyware removal tools are compatible with Kaspersky Internet Security 2010?

I’m running Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 and would like to have an additional spyware scanner/removal tool on the side. Can anyone recommend one that is compatible?

softwareguru answers:

Spybot S&D is the best Antispyware consistently has been doing a tremendously fantabulous job of keeping computer spyware free…Spybot S&D can prove to be really beneficial to fix remove the unwanted spyware.

Susan asks…

How do I do a malware scan on a computer where I can’t get the NIC to get an IP address?

I can take the HDD out and put it on the secondary IDE and run a virus scan, but hijack this and most other spyware removal tools seem to want to be ‘updated’ from the boot drive.
Any tips?
Most software only wants to check the boot drive.

softwareguru answers:

Press F8 repeatedly while the computers running, start in SAFE MODE WITH NETWORKING download/install whatever, run it
live hapily ever after

(I’d go with adaware or spybot S&D)

Don’t forget to update definitions before you restart into real mode. Also, run it once in safemode.

David asks…

About my computer having spyware And to remove it?

Hey guys i am having spyware in my Computer.to remove this i have downloaded many spyware removal tools.But most of them are not free.Can anyone tell me which is the best Spyware removal tool?

softwareguru answers:

You are infected with spyware if:

* You see too much pop-up advertisements.
* Your browser has toolbars that you haven’t installed.
* Your homepage has changed (and you can’t change it back).
* Other settings have changed without your permission.
* Your computer is slow.

To get rid of spyware and keep your computer clean you can use an antispyware or even more.
You can download a antispyware software. There are 10 good anti-spywares.
Here is the reviews: http://toptenantispyware.com/

You can download one and scan your system.
All are safe and can be trusted.

Paul asks…

How can I disinfect my computer system?

On my desktop screen it says that my system is infected. The screen is green and there is a black box that says “Your system is infected!” in big, red letters. It also says that my “system has been stopped due to a serious malfunction and that spyware activity has been detected. It is recommended to use spyware removal tool to prevent data loss.” I don’t what to do. I’ve tried everything that I know but nothing works. Could anyone help me? Thank you!

softwareguru answers:

Reinstall windows and start afresh.

Sharon asks…

How do you uninstall System Security?

Our desktop was infected and a System Security warning popped up. My mom bought the “software” and now I have to uninstall it seeing as it is a fake spyware removal tool.

softwareguru answers:

Here’re some links to read about:
http://www.spywared.com/spyware-removal-instructions/2009/07/21/remove-system-security-system-security-removal.html
http://www.spywarevoid.com/system-security-removal-guide-remove-system-security.html
http://www.spywarevoid.com/remove-system-security-2009-systemsecurity-2009-removal.html
http://www.spywarevoid.com/remove-system-security-452-systemsecurity-452-removal-help.html
http://www.spywares-remove.com/remove-system-security
http://www.spywares-remove.com/system-security-2009-removal

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