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Avast is our favourite antivirus program for Windows, but it isn’t perfect. It has a lot of useful advanced settings, but it also comes with annoying sounds, popups, ads and extra tools you probably don’t want. Here are the ideal settings to get rid of its annoyances.
Android: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a great tool for removing trojans, worms and other malware from your Windows computer, and now it’s made the jump to Android. It still offers robust malware protection, but it goes further to protect your privacy from apps with overreaching permissions or other vulnerabilities.
Dear Lifehacker, I keep hearing conflicting arguments on the state of Android security. Eric Schmidt says it’s more secure than the iPhone, but people laughed at him. Plus, I keep hearing about the threat of Android malware. Who’s right? Is Android safe? Should I install security software like I do on Windows?
Windows/Mac: Avast, one of the more popular free antivirus providers, unveiled Avast 2014 this week. The product sports a newly designed interface that’s easier to navigate and get around, and a few new tricks such as a “hardened” protection mode that uses crowd-sourced data.
If you’ve been thinking about installing a mobile security tool for your Android phone or tablet but you’re worried about the impact it may have on your battery, the folks at AV-Comparatives have some good news for you. They tested 16 different mobile antivirus apps, and none of them seriously drained the battery.
While it’s relatively unlikely you’ll run into malware using the Mac, it’s not impossible, and you may want to consider an antivirus tool to protect your Windows-using friends from any malware you might inadvertently send their way. We think that Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac is the best choice, and it’s free.
Microsoft’s free antivirus comes built into Windows 8 as Windows Defender, but it doesn’t have an option to scan individual files by right-clicking on them. Our friends at the How-To Geek show us how to add it (or any other program) to your context menu.
German antivirus lab AV-Test recently tested several security suites. Most of them declined since a few months ago, particularly Microsoft Security Essentials, our our favourite Windows antivirus app. We still love it, but the recent AV-Test makes us wonder: How much do these ratings matter to you?