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August 3, 2011 by

Why malware networks are beating antivirus software

This week I'm watching a gang of malware distributors preying on Windows users. How are traditional antivirus programs doing against this particular threat? The case study shows why signatures and scans offer imperfect protection.

November 22, 2010 by

Do you really need antivirus software?

Do you need antivirus software on your PC? If you're not sure of the answer to that question, then the short answer is yes. The longer answer is that security software is only one piece of what should be a simple, straightforward, and systematic approach to your PC's health. Here's my seven-step program.

November 14, 2010 by

The sorry state of antivirus software

I've lost count of the number of times I've come across an 'expert' telling some poor soul who's had their PC trashed by malware that it was all their fault and that the problem could have been easily prevented by installing an antivirus package, and keeping that package up-to-date.If only life were that simple ...

October 19, 2009 by

Commonwealth fined $100k for not mandating antivirus software

According to a recently published SEC cease-and-desist order, the Commission has recently fined Commonwealth Financial Network $100,000, for not mandating antivirus software on the computers of its representatives, leading to a security incident which took place in November 2008, allowing the cybercriminal behind the attack to place eighteen unauthorized purchase orders, resulting in $523,000 of unauthorized purchases.

June 18, 2009 by

How good is Microsoft's free antivirus software?

Microsoft has officially unveiled its long-awaited free antivirus program. Formerly code-named “Morro,” it’s now been christened Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE), and it will enter public beta testing next week. I've been taking MSE for a test drive for the past few days. Here's my detailed report, with plenty of closwe-up screen shots to help you see exactly how it works.

August 12, 2008 by

No more need for an antivirus software?

According to computer scientists at the University of Michigan (UM), installing an antivirus software on your personal computer might soon become useless. The research team has used a new approach, called CloudAV, which moves antivirus functionality into the 'network cloud' and off personal computers. This next-generation antivirus system 'virtualizes and parallelizes detection functionality with multiple antivirus engines, significantly increasing overall protection,' according to the team leader. Even if the results look promising, it should be noted that this is just an academics project for the moment. But read more...


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