The folks at Kaspersky just dropped us a line to let us know about its new Kaspersky One security product. As the name implies, Kaspersky's goal is to provide universal security for multiple devices with a single offering. That includes PCs (desktops and laptops), smartphones, and Android-based tablets.
Perhaps you've heard that Windows 8 will ship with built-in antivirus software. Don't fret if you're just now learning this, Microsoft did a great job bombarding the media with information about its next major OS at its BUILD conference, and retaining it all on first pass is asking a lot. Nevertheless, this is a big announcement, and one that can't be sitting well with third-party AV vendors. Security firm Sophos has a message for them: "Too bad, sucka!"
Let us start with the obligatory disclaimer that if it's been a few years since you've played with a Norton product, things are very different than what you remember them to be. Starting with Norton's 2009 Antivirus and Internet Security Suite products, the emphasis has been on performance, both in terms of picking up malware and leaving a small system footprint, and it's been that way ever since (we've awarded Norton two 9 verdicts in our past three annual antivirus roundups). Now Norton will try and keep its revamped reputation intact with the release of its 2012 security products.
The folks over at Lavasoft, not to be confused with Lavalys, makers of the defunct Everest utility that was picked up by FinalWire and rebadged as AIDA64, just released Ad-Aware 9.5 Free Internet Security and Ad-Aware 9.5 Pro Internet Security. Lavasoft's software mechanics stripped the core program of its bloat and tweaked the scan engine.
For all that it offers, the Internet is a dangerous place filled with virtual landmines. Inadvertently step on one and it can ruin your day, if not your Windows install. It's imperative to practice safe computing habits, and as a second line of defense, we always recommend an antivirus solution, whether it's a collection of free programs hobbled together or a dedicated Internet security suite. But are they really effective?
While VentureBeat doesn't think the majority of its readers have heard about Malwarebytes, we're willing to gamble a toasted tuna fish sandwich that most Maximum PC readers are not only aware of Malwarebytes, but have probably used it on at least one occasion. And even if you're one of the ones who haven't, it's clear that many others have, hence achieving over 100 million downloads and over 5 billion malware detections.
The security gurus over at Kaspersky crunched some numbers and determined that cybercriminals are spending big bucks promoting the TDSS botnet, TDL-4. In just the first three months of 2011, TDL-4 has helped infect more than 4.5 million computers around the world, requiring an investment of around a quarter of a million dollars from cybercriminals, Kaspersky says.
Security software maker BullGuard on Tuesday dropped us a line to let us know its BullGuard Antivirus 10 software received a VB100 award from Virus Bulletin, an independent testing lab that we ourselves reference when reviewing AV software. Virus Bulletin's latest AV comparative focuses on performance in Windows Server 2008, giving BullGuard a score of 9 out of 10 based on fast scan times, no stability problems, and exceptional protection.
One of the most popular tricks in the Malware Handbook is to fool users into installing fake antivirus software. You've seen the bogus warnings before, the ones telling you your PC is infected with viruses, and all you have to do to restore order is download and install whatever fake antivirus software is on your screen. Savvy PC users recognize this as a scam designed to get users to unwittingly install real malware under the guise of a helpful product, and the reason it still works is because malware writers keep finding new and creative ways of dishing up their bogus software.
With the year not even half over yet, Panda Security is getting a jump on 2012 by releasing the next major version of its antivirus software, including Panda Internet Security 2012 for Netbooks, Panda Antivirus Pro 2012, Panda Internet Security 2012, and Panda Global Protection 2012. That's enough Pandas to fill a zoo, and one thing they all have in common is they've been especially designed to Internet users who make the most out of Web 2.0 and the digital world, Panda Security says.