Running antivirus software is just common sense... until it causes a few blue screens. Or constantly detects false positives in your favourite applications. Or makes your programs crash with unhelpful, mysterious errors. Is there an argument for not installing antivirus software? Perhaps.
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Avast, one of our past favourite desktop antivirus applications, is acquiring one of it's biggest rivals, AVG Technologies, for $US1.3 billion ($1.7 billion) in cash. The deal will give Avast access to hundreds of millions of devices.
There's already a nice selection of free antivirus programs available for the discerning user, but it's hard to say no to a new entry. Sophos already has a free product available on OS X and it's recently dipped its toes into Windows' waters.
Microsoft Security Essentials long held the title as the most lightweight antivirus option, but with its plummeting ability to protect your system from threats, plenty of challengers have returned to the fore. So which one offers the best balance of safety and speed? The scores are in.
Mac: Although Macs don't often get malware, they aren't immune. If you don't have a good Mac antivirus program installed, or something slipped through, Adware Medic removes common nasties.
A recent test done by the independent antivirus research group AV-TEST — whose tests we've mentioned in the past — took a look at the performance of today's most popular malware-removal applications. Most of the applications performed well, but only Malwarebytes — a free download — managed a perfect score.
One of the great things about Android is being able to sideload apps; to install software from outside Google Play. Cool, but risky.
Meawhile, according to the Mobile Threat Report, 27 per cent of known malicious apps were actually found on the official Android store in 2013.
Trend Micro has responded with its most advanced mobile protection against viruses, spyware, data-theft and malware — including new 'App Reputation' scans to identify and block millions of hazardous apps.
We bank on our phones. We give our tablets credit card details. No wonder mobile malware and phishing are on the rise. Security pioneer Trend Micro has responded with its most advanced iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle apps yet: cloud-based protection against viruses, spyware, data-theft and malware. You also get new lost device (remote locate, wipe) and online backup tools included. Take a look...
With Microsoft neglecting the once excellent Security Essentials, one is always on the hunt for a good replacement. It's hard to beat free though, unless of course the option you're considering is also free. Bitdefender is currently offering its AV software for this exact price — well, for six months at least — providing you with the chance to give it a solid try.
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?