Which of these 10 AV Contenders deserves a spot on your PC?
It’s entirely possible to run rampant through a minefield without blowing yourself up, but do you really want to risk it? One wrong move or accidental step will have you forever regretting that decision. There are strategies you can employ that will lessen the chance of setting off an explosive, but unless you have a blueprint of the entire landscape, your luck is bound to run out at some point.
Security outfit Avast Software has spent the past two years developing GrimeFighter, a deep cleaning utility for PCs that's now available. According to Avast, what sets GrimeFigther apart from other PC cleaning software is that it follows through with its promise to increase PC performance when it's finished scrubbing your system. It's also unique in that it doesn't ask users what components should be analyzed.
Microsoft is making a mistake to hang XP out to dry, Avast says
Avast COO Ondrej Vlcek doesn't think Microsoft is doing Windows users a solid by discontinuing support for Windows XP next month. Vlcek digitally inked a cautionary blog post warning Microsoft that turning its back on XP is a "big mistake" that will have negative repercussions not only for XP users, but for the "whole ecosystem." As it stands, Microsoft is planning to end support for XP on April 8, 2014.
Windows 8 ships with a new version of Windows Defender that’s supposed to offer the same level of protection as Microsoft Security Essentials. Along with other security upgrades, we’re left wondering if there’s any reason to saddle up with a third-party antivirus program. To find out, we compared Windows Defender with Avast, which as we discovered in last month’s antivirus roundup is a formidable ally to have by your side as you romp around the web.
Note: This article originally appeared in the May 2013 issue of the magazine.
In a twist on our annual AV roundup, we let you, the readers, pick the 10 contenders for best antivirus software!
Every year, antivirus vendors paint the same gloom-and-doom portrait, their canvases filled with startling statistics outlining the rapid spread of malware. As a consumer, the natural reaction is to look at these reports with a fistful of salt and a sack of skepticism—after all, AV vendors have a vested interest in promoting a need for security software, but are we really as vulnerable as they say? It all depends on your computing habits, but make no mistake, the web is a dangerous place to roam.
Note: This article was taken from the April 2013 issue of the magazine.
The newest version of Avast is better suited for touchscreen displays.
The march of technology is inevitable, and not just on the hardware side. As luck would have it, no sooner did we finish our annual antivirus roundup (look for it in the April issue of Maximum PC), Avast, one of the contenders, comes out with a new version. That's bound to happen when you're evaluating 10 different programs, but timing aside, here's what Avast 8 brings to the table.
Streaming works well for music and movies, so why not push out software updates that way as well? That's the question Avast Software asked itself when building Avast 7, the next major release of its antivirus software set to hit the streets sometime later this year. Avast 7 will give users streaming updates on new malware threats in addition to regular virus database updates, Avast Software says.
Are you having troubles getting Steam to boot up today? If so, the problem might not be with Valve's blockbuster gaming service; the issue could be your antivirus, instead. This weekend, the freebie Avast! antivirus misidentified a Steam component as a nasty little Trojan and sent the executable to the time-out box known as Quarantine as a result. The problem: SteamService.exe was a totally clean file, and Steam won't run without it.
Users still clinging to Windows XP like that fast and gnarly Trans Am from yesteryear that's just too familiar to part with have yet another reason to consider a new ride. According to security firm Avast, XP is a fertile breeding ground for cyber infection, especially for rootkits, of which 74 percent of infections originated from in a recent six-month study cataloging over 630,000 samples.
Security vendor Globalshareware announced the launch of Avast Pro Antivirus 6.0 with an improved antivirus and anti-spyware engine. Globalshareware says it paid particular attention to upgrading the heuristic engine, which scans for previously unknown viruses, spyware, and other forms of malware. There's also a new sandbox mode that will run potentially exploitable or suspicious programs in a virtual environment to contain an outbreak from spreading to the OS.