Norton AntiVirus 2010 17.0

Norton AntiVirus 2010 17.0

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  • Price: Free to try (30-day trial);
  • Operating system: Windows XP/Vista/7
  • Date added: September 09, 2009
  • Total Downloads: 4,504,851
  • Downloads last week: 45,348

CNET editors’ review

Reviewed by: Seth Rosenblatt on September 16, 2009

In the 2010 version of its well-known antivirus program, Symantec continues to build on the unexpected progress it made last year. In addition to maintaining the quick load and scan times, and significantly smaller system footprint, Norton 2010 includes a behavioral detection engine based on both behavior and reputation.

Called Quorum, this new engine doesn’t adversely affect Norton’s performance–a major concern after years of system-crippling sluggishness. It works in concert with Norton Insight, introduced last year as a whitelist-style guard for ”trusted” files. By examining your files and how they behave–both locally and when trying to access the Internet–and comparing them with other Norton users, Symantec claims that it offers better protection than its competitors. Like its competitors who also have behavioral detection systems, however, Norton allows you to opt out of anonymously submitting your data without sacrificing the protection that Quorum provides. Third-party detection and removal ratings are not available for this new version, but last year’s results placed Norton in the upper echelon for efficacy.

Norton AntiVirus lacks the premium services offered in Norton Internet Security. These include a firewall, parental controls, Wi-Fi protection for unsecured hot spots, and identity protection including antiphishing tools and browser search result authentication for Internet Explorer and Firefox. Norton AntiVirus also offers only one license, instead of the three that come with its bigger brother. It does offer the same support network, lacking a searchable knowledge base but including e-mail, IM, phone support and the Symantec forums. The trial has been doubled from 15 days to 30. Norton’s recent approach to performance and its continued efficacy make Norton AntiVirus 2010 a must-consider program for its class.

Publisher’s description

From Symantec :

Norton AntiVirus 2010 defends your PC against viruses, spyware, bots, worms, and more without slowing you down or getting in your way. Intelligence-driven technology identifies and targets only files at risk, for faster, less frequent scans. Vulnerability Protection prevents threats from exploiting security holes in your PC’s software. Pulse Updates every 5 to 15 minutes and real-time online security checks help ensure continuous, up-to-the-minute protection against the latest threats.

Plus, unlike other antivirus solutions, Norton AntiVirus provides easy-to-understand threat explanations and information about CPU and memory resource usage to help you prevent future infections and keep your PC running fast.

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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.43

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.43

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  • Price: Free; paid upgrade available $24.95 to buy (Buy it now)
  • Operating system: Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
  • Date added: December 30, 2009
  • Total Downloads: 30,533,437
  • Downloads last week: 558,914

CNET editors’ review

Reviewed by: Seth Rosenblatt on February 10, 2009

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a surprisingly effective freeware antimalware tool. It’s a relatively speedy malware remover, with the quick scan taking about 8 minutes even with other high-resource programs running. The heuristics engine proved on multiple computers during empirical testing that it was capable of determining the difference between false positives and dangerous apps.

The app has some nice features rolled in, too. It supports multiple drive scanning including networked drives, context menu options including a scan-on-demand for individual files, and the FileAssassin option under the More Tools section for removing locked files. The interface is simple, but pleasant-looking and well-organized. Tabs live just below the oversized logo, with few options per tab to keep down the clutter. The installation process was fast enough, but interestingly offered up the well-kept changelog and an instant definition file update.

Do note that the real-time protection is restricted to the paid version, as is the scheduler for updates and scans. Overall, though, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a responsive malware remover that does what it should with a minimum of fuss.

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From Malwarebytes :

Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware is a high performance anti-malware application that thoroughly removes even the most advanced malware and spyware. With one of the fastest, most effective quick scans and malware removal capabilities on the market, this program is the perfect addition to your PC’s defenses. The full version of the product includes a number of key features, including the ability to schedule updates and scans and most importantly, a real-time malware protection module that blocks malicious processes before they even start.

What’s new in this version:

Version 1.43:

  • (FIXED) Minor issue with crash during scans.
  • (FIXED) Minor issues with 704 (0, 0) errors.
  • (FIXED) Problems with memory usage spiking in protection module.
  • (FIXED) Problems detecting certain types of malicious software.
  • (ADDED) Support for Belarusian language.

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ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4.0.468

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ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4.0.468

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  • Price: Free to try (30-day trial); $39.99 to buy
  • Operating system: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
  • Date added: October 30, 2009
  • Total Downloads: 3,370,582
  • Downloads last week: 27,135
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CNET editors’ review

Reviewed by: Seth Rosenblatt on March 06, 2009

As far as reputations go, ESET’s NOD32 is practically unimpeachable. Version 4 of the popular and effective antivirus and antispyware builds on that rep, emphasizing its community-sourced ThreatSense for preventing attacks before they occur, a slick interface, and some of the highest independently-tested detection rates married to low rates of false positives.

Installation is clean and straightforward. Greatly improved from its humble beginnings as separate scanners that once littered the desktop, NOD32 can be toggled between standard features and more advanced options. Scans were neither blazingly fast nor excruciatingly slow, but the real-time defenses produced no noticeable drags on system performance. NOD32 has consistently scored near the top of several independent antivirus testing organization ratings for finding the most malware. An uninstallation option is available, requiring a reboot. However, we found residual system files and Registry settings that had to be deleted by hand.

If you’re confident in your clicking habits, you might not necessarily miss the firewall and spam filter that ESET built into its Smart Security suite that’s based on NOD32. Even without them, though, NOD32′s speed, accuracy, and lack of impact on resources make it a must.

Publisher’s description

From ESET :

ESET NOD32 Antivirus proactively detects and disables viruses, trojans, worms, adware, spyware, phishing, rootkits and other Internet threats. ESET NOD32 Antivirus provides: 1) Proactive Protection – multiple layers of detection protecting you from Internet threats before it is too late. 2) Precise Detection – accurately identifies known and unknown threats; it consistently wins top awards from testing labs and is recognized for having zero false positives. 3) Lightweight Design – requires less memory and CPU power, allowing your computer to run fast and have more room for games, web browsing, and emailing. 4) Fast Scanning Speeds – highly efficient program ensures fast file scanning and product updates; it runs quietly in the background.

What’s new in this version:

Version 4.0.468 improves compatibility with server operating systems and HTTP scanning compatibility and fixes several bugs.

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AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 9.0.704

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AVG Free provides the bare necessities when it comes to security, but that should be enough for savvy Windows users. You’ll get a combined antivirus and antimalware engine, LinkScanner, and e-mail scanning. AVG Free 9 introduces a few new features, with improvements focused on performance, including claims of faster scan and boot times. One new feature is the Identity Theft Recovery Unit. Only for users in the United States, ITRU is a business partnership with Identity Guard which provides “consumer identity theft solutions,” accessible only from the AVG toolbar in Firefox and Internet Explorer.

The interface is nearly unchanged from the last version, and generally it’s easy to use. From the main window, though, you must double-click to get further information on any feature, whether virus scanning, LinkScanner settings, or updating. Streamlining this to one click would be helpful. A scheduling utility automates both scans and updates, while the upgrade ad at the screen’s bottom can be easily hidden using the Hide Notification button. When starting a scan, a slider makes it easy to jump between Slow, Automatic, and Fast scans: the faster the scan, the less comprehensive it is, so users should take advantage of the scan optimization that is recommended during installation to speed up that first scan. A progress meter for regular scans would’ve been useful, though. Should a virus create serious problems, AVG creates a rescue disk to scan your computer in MS-DOS mode.

The LinkScanner feature protects you from third-party code exploits before they load in your browser and for ranking search results. Annoyingly, when you install its optional toolbar, it commandeers your new-tab page, decidedly inappropriate behavior. The program doesn’t obviously tax your system when scanning or when running in the background, although CNET Labs determined that it will significantly slow down your system’s boot time, and slightly delay shutting down. AVG also detected some image files as threats, when two other scans decided they weren’t–we decided these were false positives. AVG might not be the fastest or the most effective free security option, but it still gets the job done and you’re better off with it.

Publisher’s description

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition is an anti-virus protection tool available free of charge to home users. Rapid virus database updates are available for the lifetime of the product, thereby providing the high level of detection capability.
The new 9.0 edition is faster, safer and easier to use. AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition gives you free rock solid protection for your basic security needs. The combined anti-virus/anti-spyware scanner in AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition runs up to 50% faster than earlier versions and doesn’t get in your way. AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition also delivers new anti-phishing detection techniques, which can quickly and accurately determine whether or not a web page is hosting a phishing attack. Additionally, version 9.0 comes with basic anti-rootkit protection to ensure protection against sophisticated hidden threats.

CNET Editor’s Note:

The Download Now link will download a small installer file to your desktop. Remain online and double-click the installer to proceed with the actual download.

To learn more about AVG products and to ask questions and receive answers from AVG company representatives, please visit CNET’s dedicated AVG Forum.

What’s new in this version:

Version 9.0 runs and installs faster, delivers new anti-phishing detection techniques and introduces the AVG LinkScanner to proactively screen the Web pages you haven’t even visited yet. For added peace of mind, you also get safety ratings for your Google, Yahoo! and Bing/MSN search results.

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Avast Professional Edition 4.8.1351 & 5.0

avast! Internet Security 5.0.332 Beta

altALWIL Software offers specialized security solutions designed for personal use on individual machines – either at home or in your office. These products combine high performance with exceptional ease of use and outstanding design. avast! antivirus has been awarded the highest “Advanced+” rating following tests carried out by AV-Comparatives.
avast! provides a package of applications that aim to protect your computer from a possible virus infection or other malware threat. If you use it correctly, and in combination with other programs such as data backup utilities, it will significantly reduce the risk of your computer being attacked or infected by a virus, and thus the risk of losing important or private data.
The Avast! Internet Security application comes with an antispam filter and built-in firewall. Once installed, avast! runs silently in the background to protect your computer against all known forms of malware. You don’t need to do anything else – just install and forget!

Real-time shields. The real-time shields are the most important part of the program, as they are working continuously to prevent your computer from becoming infected. They monitor all your computer’s activity, checking all programs and files in real-time – i.e. at the moment a program is started or whenever a file is opened or closed.

Virus Chest.
The virus chest can be thought of as a folder on your hard disk with special properties, that make it a safe, isolated place for storing potentially harmful files. You can work with the files in the virus chest, with some security restrictions.

avast! antispam filter. avast! Internet Security includes a fully integrated antispam filter to detect unwanted email.
Spam delivered to your mailbox can result in your mailbox quickly becoming full, as a result which, legitimate emails may not be received. It can also unnecessarily increase the load on the email server, internet connection, local networks etc.

Firewall. avast! Internet Security includes a fully integrated firewall which can be controlled directly from the avast! user interface.
The firewall monitors all communication between your computer and the outside world and blocks unauthorized communication based on a number of “allow” and “deny” rules. In this way, the firewall can prevent sensitive data from leaving your computer and can also block attempted intrusions by external hackers

Command-line scanner. The ashCmd program uses the same avast! scanning engine to detect potential malware infections so the results are exactly the same as running a scan via the normal program interface. The avast! command-line scanner, ashCmd.exe, is normally installed in the directory C:Program FilesAlwil Softwareavast5.
A scan is run from the command prompt using various switches and parameters. To see a description of the parameters, locate the ashCmd file and double click on it. This will open a new window in which the various parameters are displayed.

avast! Internet Security Features:
• High performance antivirus engine
• Anti-rootkit protection
• Anti-spyware protection
• Script shield
• Process virtualization
• Command line scanner
• Anti-spam filter
• Built-in firewall

Changes in avast! Internet Security 5.0.326 Beta:
– solved a nasty memory leak in AIS (reported a few times on the forum)
– (hopefully) solved all the issues related to trial licenses and registrations
– solved scan areas in custom scans
– solved areas in boot-time scanner
– solved some Behavior Shield -related crashes in aswSP.sys
– solved some sandbox-related crashes in aswSnx.sys
– stability and functional improvements in the firewall

Homepage – http://www.avast.com

Size: 43.1 MB

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Avast Professional Edition 4.8.1351

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  • Price: Free to try (60-day trial); $39.95 to buy
  • Operating system: Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP/Vista/7
  • Date added: August 19, 2009
  • Total Downloads: 6,181,954
  • Downloads last week: 81,078
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CNET editors’ review

Reviewed by: CNET Staff

Avast Professional Edition skillfully scans your PC and several programs for viruses, although configuring it is not for the faint of heart.

Immediately after installation, the program asks if you want to schedule an antivirus scan of your local hard drives at system start. You’ll notice two icons in your system tray after installing Avast: one to configure the functions and another to activate the virus recovery database.

Well-designed, Avast scans executables, inbound and outbound e-mails, and P2P programs such as Kazaa, Limewire, and Morpheus. Instant messages received from several messenger programs are inspected for harmful viruses as well. The program was able to block URLs and common file operations such as renaming and deleting. We appreciated the sensitivity adjusters to get protection to desired levels including normal, high, or customized.

We must say this application did slow down our system while surfing and using other programs. Many of its configurations require intermediate know-how or better. Fortunately, it has a generous 60-day trial. Don’t let the steep learning curve turn you off; Avast safeguards your system at optimum levels.

Publisher’s description

From Alwil Software :

Avast 4 Professional Edition is a complete ICSA & Checkmark certified antivirus, Checkmark certified anti-spyware & anti-rootkit software package for corporate and advanced home use. Avast Professional Edition includes an on demand scanner with two user interfaces, a skinnable simple interface: just select what you want to scan and in which way and press the play button, an enhanced user interface: Outlook like UI allows users to set any feature of Avast, prepare and run tasks, store and check task results, on access scanner: special providers to protect: most available e-mail clients, instant messaging: ICQ or Miranda, network traffic: lightweight firewall, P2P protection for Kazaa, BitTorrent, Web shield: all HTTP traffic, script blocker. avast Professional Edition is available in 32 languages. Small, true incremental, updates are downloaded and installed automatically.

What’s new in this version:

Version 4.8.1351 features: Uni brings improvements in the malware and rootkit scanners and an enhanced setup experience.

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