anti-malware

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware review

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0 is a substantial update to the famed malware-killing machine. This new malware hunter also integrates rootkit detection directly into the software and sports a more streamlined interface.

Pros

New design: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0 sports an upgraded look that's more approachable. The more modern design is also an improvement -- larger boxes, fewer tabs, touch-friendly buttons, and adaptive windows. The program tucks nicely into your system tray when not in use and feels sleeker overall.

Features and utilities: Anti-Malware 2.0 has improved 64-bit support and now comes with built-in Anti-Rootkit. Access managers, automatic schedulers, … Read more

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware review

MalWareBytes Anti-Malware isn't the do-it-all app you're used to on your desktop, but it is certainly effective. It sacrifices some of the powerful features you'd use less often for ease of use and speed. That makes it a lot easier for new users to understand while still maintaining the power to fully protect your phone or tablet.

This app offers protection from viruses, as well as privacy concerns and theft. Our first scan took about a minute and a half, which is great for a full scan. Doing a privacy scan took a matter of seconds, found … Read more

Security suites jockey for position on Windows 8.1

Independent security testing firm AV-Test.org released its first Windows 8.1 results earlier this week, showing that, once again, most security suites are capable, but not great, at protecting you from threats.

AV-Test spent most of 2013 focusing on testing security suites on versions of Windows prior to Windows 8. The company's January and February tests showed that top-rated suites on Windows 7 generally performed well on Windows 8. The new Windows 8.1 tests saw similar results.

The new tests compared 24 suites during November and December 2013 on Windows 8.1 with no default security features … Read more

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is now available on Android

On Wednesday, Malwarebytes launched the mobile version of their popular anti-malware application on the Google Play Store. In a press release, CEO Marcin Kleczynski said the following:

"Since computer software has been around, people have been finding ways to attack it through vulnerabilities or through targeting users. The Android mobile operating system is no different. Its success in the consumer space--and its openness--has made it a huge target for malware authors."

The app, itself, focuses on three primary functions. Most users who are familiar with the PC counterpart should recognize the device scanner, which basically detects any malware … Read more

Fight pesky malware with IObit at your side

With IOBit Malware Fighter 2 Pro, you'll get a utility that can detect and remove a host of malicious software such as spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, bots, and hijackers from your machine. Many rootkits can hide away and reinstall themselves after standard removal procedures. IObit's unique "Dual-Core" engine can prevent this constant reinfection and is capable of taking out the most complex and persistent malware.

Key Features:

Improved IObit unique "Dual-Core" engine for deeper and faster detection. "Smart One-Stop Solution" to fix all problems with only one click. New IObit "Cloud … Read more

Review: AVG Antivirus and Internet Security 2014

AVG's Anti-Virus and Internet Security line follows up last year's highly ranked security suite with a stronger emphasis on personal data management and privacy utilities to prevent unwanted privacy breaches. Version 2014 not only maintains a consistently level rate of protection, but also includes a few new extra tools like File Shredder and Data Safe for a more permanent and secure solution to deleting files, as well as creating a safe box for files on your local machine.

Review: F-Secure Mobile Security gets the job done

F-Secure Mobile Security is an all-encompassing service that provides antivirus scanning, parental controls, and anti-theft solutions in an attempt to provide an all-encompassing protection package.

Upon installation, the app will walk you through a series of steps that include accepting some guidelines and allowing permissions, like the ability to wipe your device without warning, check your location, and other sensitive administrative actions. It'll then guide you through an anti-theft setup process, first with Android's stock security and then with F-Secure's own security code. You'll then be asked to add an optional trusted number to send an … Read more

Windows 8's rising security tide raises all antivirus boats

In one of the first independent tests of third-party security suites on Windows 8, nearly all antivirus and anti-malware software tested well. What may surprise you is that even without a third-party suite, Windows 8 is relatively resistant to modern threats like zero-day attacks, according to the report.

Independent German security suite evaluators AV-Test.org publish bimonthly tests that rate the effectiveness of the biggest Windows security suites out there and rated all 26 of the suites they tested on Windows 8 in January and February as "certified," including Windows 8 itself. This is because Windows 8 comes … Read more

New Avast features roll out to fan legions

The new version of the Avast security suite focuses on repairing the past mistakes of Windows. Debuting today exclusively with CNET's Download.com, Avast 8 addresses some of today's most pressing security concerns but leaves at least one other growing problem unresolved.

All told, Avast Free Antivirus 8 (download), Avast Pro Antivirus 8 (download), Avast Internet Security 8 (download) and the new top-tier suite, Avast Premier 8 (download) command upwards of 170 million active users, making Avast the most popular consumer security suite by a long shot.

Although the suite leaves privacy in the cold, the rest of … Read more

Microsoft bombs another security test

Updated Thursday, January 17, 2012, at 4:50 p.m. PDT with comment from AV-Test.org.

For the second time in a row, Microsoft Security Essentials has failed to be certified as effective by AV-Test.org, an independent testing lab based in Germany.

The lab publishes test results every two months, and the test from November and December 2012 looked at 25 consumer antivirus security programs. Three failed certification: PC Tools Internet Security 2012, AhnLab Internet Security 8.0, and Microsoft Security Essentials 4.1.

This was the second test in a row in which MSE failed to earn certification. … Read more