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Uh-oh, this computer virus can spread via Wi-Fi

British researchers have created a computer virus that they say is the first to spread like a real airborne contagion.

Chameleon can spread through densely populated areas like the common cold, the University of Liverpool researchers claim, by hopping from network to network via access points, spreading rapidly among homes and businesses. If as that wasn't bad enough, the virus can avoid detection and identify weak wireless access points -- those that are least protected by encryption and passwords. … Read more

Watch a virus-like particle try to enter a cell -- in 3D

It's one thing when a nature videographer captures a fast-moving creature in the wild and has to put up with the background images being blurry while the focus stays fixed on the object of interest. It's quite another when scientists are trying to sneak a peek at a virus as it interacts with the surface of a cell and want to focus on the virus and the cell simultaneously.

Now researchers at Princeton University say they've captured unprecedented 3D footage of a virus-like particle as it appears to try to enter a cell. To keep everything in … Read more

Bitdefender doubles protection for half the price

Bitdefender's latest AV suite, Total Security, has already been touted as the Best Antivirus of the Year by AV-Test. It's sure to win you over with its balance of form and function as it did our security editor. Total Security's award-winning AV, unobtrusive interface, and lightning-fast scanner managed to garner an outstanding 4.5/5 star-rating on Download.com. Starting this week, Bitdefender is offering the suite (normally priced at $79.95/year for three PCs) for the low price of only $39, for two years -- and up to five PCs.

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Review: Protect your PC with ZoneAlarm Free Firewall

ZoneAlarm Free Firewall protects your Windows PC from intrusions and online threats. It's easy to use and works alongside your antivirus and other security tools, including many other firewalls. Its Auto-Learn feature conforms to your computer use. After you've allowed your frequently used apps, ZoneAlarm mostly works in the background, only appearing when something changes, like when you install a new program -- or some hacker tries to.

To install ZoneAlarm Free Firewall, you must opt for an IE toolbar and search provider (which keeps ZoneAlarm free of charge), though they uninstall with a click; or (like us) … Read more

How to better spy on a childhood virus

Influenza, Ebola, and respiratory syncytial viruses (RSV) can be nasty little buggers, infecting their hosts with rash abandon and, especially when they attack young babies, even killing them. And the danger reaches beyond the very young. Pneumonia, for instance, is the leading cause of death in children worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, and RSV is the most common viral cause of pneumonia.

As imaging techniques advance, researchers are being able to study these viruses in greater and greater detail. Now, according to a team of scientists at Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, and Emory, one new technique for studying RSV … Read more

Review: Keep your mobile device safe and protected in real-time with Kaspersky Mobile Security

Kaspersky Mobile Security helps you keep your mobile gadget safe from online threats, malicious applications, spam, and even thieves. This application performs flawlessly and safeguards your device in real-time.

During the setup process you will be asked to log in to your Kaspersky Account. If you don't have one, you can easily create it right from the app using an e-mail address and desired password. As soon as we logged in, we were prompted to scan our device using either Quick scan, Full scan, or Folder scan. The Full scan took less than two minutes, which was surprisingly fast. … Read more

Review: FREE Tablet AntiVirus Security protects your gadget from viruses and malware

FREE Tablet AntiVirus Security protects your mobile gadget from viruses, malware, and malicious apps, while at the same time letting you monitor its overall performance, data usage, and security. It's a fantastic app that you definitely need if you install apps frequently or spend time browsing the Web.

To activate FREE Tablet AntiVirus Security you first need to accept its TOS. Once you do, you'll be welcomed by a rather intuitive interface featuring an unobtrusive ad at the bottom. The app works to enhance overall protection, performance, and privacy of your device, and it's fast, too. Scanning … Read more

Review: Surf safe and stay protected with Avast Pro Antivirus

Avast Pro Antivirus 2014 builds on Avast's proven antivirus technology with privacy-enhancing anti-phishing, do-not-track, and browser-cleaning features -- and its new, proactive Software Updater keeps everything current. Avast Pro's Sandbox and Safe Zone features protect you from malware and other bad downloads, and its Cloud Scanning algorithm and crowd-sourced early-warning features detect and destroy even zero-day threats. Avast Pro is free to try, but its license is almost $40. That's not too much for Avast Pro's extra features and technical support, especially compared to an infected PC.

Avast Pro did most of the setup work, itself, … Read more

Giveaway: Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus

Good news, fellow Downloaders! Christmas is coming a little early this year thanks to the good folks over at Bitdefender. For one week only, the popular AV is giving away free licenses of their Mobile Security & Antivirus (Android) app to the first 1 million users. Get 180 days-worth of protection on any of your mobile devices, absolutely free. It's easy:

Sign up on the giveaway page using your e-mail. Grab the app from the Google Play store. Follow the instructions to enter in the key from the email and you're all set!

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Torrent scam hits thousands eager for PC version of GTA V

Rockstar hasn't yet announced a PC version of the overwhelmingly popular Grand Theft Auto V, and fans are desperate for it. A massive number of people -- over 614,000 -- have signed a Change.org petition to port the game, which smashed through seven world records in its opening weekend, to PC. Industry sources have hinted at a PC version coming in early 2014.

But when you want what you want when you want it, sometimes common sense flies right out the window. Thousands of hopeful PC gamers have downloaded a legitimate-seeming torrent file claiming to be GTA … Read more