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Saturday, July 08, 2006

Removing Computer Virus

Help! I was sitting in front my computer and it started acting strange! Pop-ups were on my screen and I was not even surfing the web. My home page was changed somehow and so did other web settings. My programs are at a crawl and overall my computer is just not working the way it should be.

Several types of software can infect your computer; some of these are spyware, a virus, a Trojan, and a worm. That is why you need security software. If this sounds like your computer, chances are you have been infected with some type of malicious software.

Below is a brief and simple description of the software that can infect your computer and cause poor performance.

· A virus is programming code or a piece of code that loads onto your computer without your consent. A virus is also self-replicating by inserting copies into an executable code or documents. Any virus is dangerous as it uses up memory and brings your system to a halt.

· Trojans are designed as legitimate software that you can download onto your computer. Once installed though, they can be annoying and/or malicious. Annoying activities of a Trojan would be changing your desktop around or silly icons appearing. Malicious damage from a Trojan is capable of deleting files on your computer and allowing personal and confidential information to be collected without you being aware.

· Spyware is a program that gathers information about the user through the internet without their knowledge. It monitors your web activity and passes this information to another party without your knowledge. Spyware is designed for commercial gain, thus when it is installed in your computer you will probably receive unsolicited pop-up advertisements. It can also gather your email addresses, passwords, and credit card numbers stored on your computer.

· A worm is much like a virus in the fact that it is self-replicating but differs in the fact that it does not need another program to do so. A worm can spread itself without any action from the user. A worm can attach itself to you address book and send a copy to everyone in it, then attaches itself to the receivers address book in addition, send it out to everyone in that address book. Worms are dangerous and in the end can cause networks to crash.

Preventing spyware and other malicious software from infecting your computer through security software is lots easier going online and finding a reputable online scanning site after the fact. Sometimes if your computer is infected, you may not even be able to get online. Therefore, prevention is better than fixing.

Always have the latest version of anti virus and anti spyware technology on your computer. You will also need to keep the program files up to date in order to protect against newest threats.

You can protect your computer from malicious programs in many ways. Here are a few tips to consider.

Only download files from a trusted source. If you are not sure, run a virus scan on the file before downloading it or saving to your computer.

Many sites offer free online scans, and provide instructions for removal of any malicious programs on your computer. Once you have selected a well known, (well-known being the optimal word) follow the instructions for installation carefully to ensure that the scan will work properly. Below are the most common and well-known virus and spyware removal programs. There are limitless resources on the internet offering anti spyware and antivirus programs.

Microsoft has an anti spyware (microsoft.com) removal tool that you can use to scan your computer. This functions mainly by reviewing and checking your files for unwanted software contents, and once found can be selected and removed depending on the procedures indicated on the program. Just follow the tools and guides on how you can remove the infected files.

McAfee (mcafee.com) virus remover features up-to-date protection from the latest viruses and web activity threats for the user. They have three main anti-virus and anti-spyware programs that you can choose perfect for home and business uses.

This program also has a spyware removal and capabilities of removing other damaging programs in your system. Ad Ware Personal provided by Lavasoft.com features scanning and fixing infected files and drives, detection of known and unknown but potentially damaging software with its Code Sequence Identification (CSI) technology.

The above sites are just a few of anti spyware and anti virus removal programs that are available on the web. Take the time and do the research and you will find the right security software for your needs. Once again, it is imperative that the site you select for your computer security is credible.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Best Spyware, Adware And Virus Removers - June 2006

Once you remove spyware and adware programs from your computer you'll find it will run faster and your personal information will be much safer. Your security and peace of mind is worth spending a little time to find the best spyware removers possible.

The best spyware removers should offer you complete protection against spyware, adware, keyloggers, Remote Access Trojans (RATs), and browser hijackers. These are the main spyware infections that expose your confidential information and diminish your PC's performance. Finding the best spyware removers to detect and remove spyware and adware from your computer is much easier if you consider a few things before you make your purchase. Here are a few things to keep in mind when looking for a spyware protection program.

An important consideration for any spyware protection program is automatic updates for your software. There are new spyware programs invented on a regular basis just like viruses and automatic updates cover you against the latest spyware threats.

Customer service is another feature you may consider looking for. It shows the manufacturer is a trusted source who cares about their reputation and will probably be around awhile. Another important consideration to look for should be technical support from the manufacturer. A spyware protection program doesn't do you any good if you have a technical issue that you can't solve. Often, just a minor piece of technical advice will solve most software problems and it's important that your software run right. You also may need someone to answer questions that come up.

Spyware is quickly becoming a major threat to Internet security. It is reported that 9 out of 10 computers are currently infected with spyware, adware or both. Most people don't even realize it's there because spyware and adware is programmed to run silently. Microsoft estimates that spyware is responsible for 50% of all PC crashes.

If you don't remove spyware from your computer it will eventually not work at all or your computer files will become infected by spyware programs. Your personal information, passwords and credit card numbers could end up stolen from you without you even knowing it.

Software protects hosted email from spam and viruses

Combining spam-fighting technology with anti-virus engine and content filtering, Email ThreatPak SoftPak for ThreatWall(TM) Content Security Gateway provides protection from email-borne threats at gateway. It uses deep packet inspection to monitor all email traffic on POP2 protocol for malicious content and quarantines or deletes before it reaches user's computer. Once deployed, users can instruct SpamFilter to better recognize junk email and prevent false positives.

SoftPak Update Provides Complete Protection for Hosted Email

The new release protects email downloaded from Internet email (POP3) accounts against viruses and spam, as well as protecting email sent directly to corporate mail servers.

eSoft, Inc., a leading vendor of integrated Internet security and content management solutions, announced today a new release of its Email ThreatPak SoftPak for the ThreatWall(TM) Content Security Gateway.

eSoft's Email ThreatPak combines the latest spam-fighting technology with a powerful anti-virus engine and content filtering to provide cost-effective and comprehensive protection from email-borne threats right at the gateway. It uses deep packet inspection to monitor all email traffic on the POP3 protocol (commonly used by mail programs such as Outlook Express and Eudora) for spam, viruses and other malicious content and quarantines or deletes it before it can reach users' computers.

Software helps ISPs protect customers from spyware

Using eSafe Tiered SecureSurfing(TM) solution, ISPs can provide customers with true clean pipe Internet connection. It enables real-time web surfing with 4-layer spyware blocking using 15 anti-spyware technologies, and Trojan and worm blocking with full inspection of all web page content. Solution also blocks unauthorized applications traffic for business end users. Optional services include phishing prevention, email anti-spam, Web site URL filtering, and virus protection.

Innovative Approach Lets ISPs Easily Provide 'Clean Pipe' Tiered Security Services to Customers While Quickly Increasing Revenues

Aladdin Knowledge Systems (NASDAQ:ALDN), the worldwide leader in Software Digital Rights Management (DRM) and USB-based authentication solutions, and a leading innovator in enterprise secure content management, today announced a new Tiered SecureSurfing(TM) solution, the latest Aladdin eSafe offering specifically tailored to provide ISPs with unmatched security services for end users. Currently in beta, the new SecureSurfing platform is scheduled for general availability in January 2006.

Today, customers at home, small and medium businesses are overwhelmed with daily Internet threats they find difficult, if not impossible, to handle. These threats include spyware and adware that slow computers, compromise privacy and spy on activities and files; Trojan horses and worms hidden in Web pages; as well as numerous other types of malicious code exploiting ever-increasing security holes. These growing threats cannot be handled by inline antivirus services currently offered by ISPs, which only handle email content.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Overall Category Winner and Winner for Best Anti-Spyware: Webroot Software-Spy Sweeper Enterprise 2.5


Spy Sweeper Enterprise 2.5 with Comprehensive Removal Technology is a highly scalable enterprise anti-spyware solution, providing centrally managed, desktop-level protection using the most accurate, technically evolved detection, removal and blocking engine.

It eliminates security risks and the painful impact of spyware on user and IT helpdesk productivity. It also protects the mobile workforce beyond the firewall/AV, and provides management and reporting flexibility with web-based administration.

FINALISTS:

• CA for eTrust PestPatrol Anti-Spyware

• Sunbelt Software for CounterSpy Enterprise

• Trend Micro for Trend Micro

• Webroot Software for Spy Sweeper Enterprise 2.5

Winner for Best Anti-Trojan: Aladdin eSafe from Aladdin Knowledge Systems

Aladdin eSafe is an integrated gateway content security solution providing proactive email security and web browsing security. As an in-line, transparent solution, eSafe offers the industry's highest content security performance, encompassing layered anti-spyware, spam management, application filtering and proactive anti-virus technologies.

With eSafe, organizations take control before problems arise, saving valuable time as well as thousands of dollars in costly repairs. It provides content security where it counts most – at the gateway front line.

FINALISTS:

• Aladdin Knowledge Systems for Aladdin eSafe

• CA for eTrust Anti-Virus

• Kaspersky Lab for Kaspersky Anti-Virus

• McAfee Inc. for McAfee VirusScan Enterprise 8.0i

• Trend Micro for Trend Micro

Winner for Best Anti-Virus: avast! Antivirus from ALWIL Software

ALWIL's avast! anti-virus is based on the company's comprehensive scanning technology available since 1988. Featuring fast, incremental updates and advanced multi-layer, real-time protection of all infection vectors, it safeguards against virtually all kinds of malware.

During the lifetime of the product line, avast! products have become both award-winning, and have reached number one positions in a number of key markets.

ALWIL Software is a Czech-based company, established in April 1991. The company's products were in development and have been on the market in the former Czechoslovakia since 1988, though during that time only available in the Czech language.

FINALISTS:

• Aladdin Knowledge Systems for Aladdin eSafe

• ALWIL Software for avast! Antivirus

• McAfee Inc. for McAfee VirusScan Enterprise 8.0i

• Symantec for Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition 10.0

Winner for Best Anti-Worm: Mirage Networks NAC

Mirage helps enterprises defend their networks with the patent-pending Network Access Control technology that eliminates threats on and enforces policy for any endpoint entering or interacting with the network.

CounterPoint combines ease of management with enterprise-class security technology. This Network Access Control appliance deploys out-of-band, has no signatures or agents and supports any OS or device.

FINALISTS:

• Aladdin Knowledge Systems for Aladdin eSafe

• Citrix Systems for Citrix NetScaler

• Internet Security Systems for Proventia Intrusion Prevention Appliance

• Mirage Networks for Mirage Networks NAC

• TippingPoint, a division of 3Com Corporation, for TippingPoint Intrusion Prevention System

Monday, April 17, 2006

The Mafia & Spyware

The Mafia & Spyware

The deluge of spyware festering on consumer and corporate PCs will help to spark a boom in spending on security Latest News about Security software, a new report from Framingham, Massachusetts-based IDC predicts.
Anti-spyware software revenues will rise from US$12 million in 2003 to $305 million in 2008, with traditional antivirus software vendors, such as Norton and McAfee, competing with dedicated anti-spyware companies for leadership of the market, according to the study.
Spyware, also known as adware or malware, is infecting millions of computers with multiple purposes: stealing personal information, enabling identity theft, tracking users' online activity, and selling the information back to anyone willing to pay.
IDC estimates that 67 percent of all computers -- mostly consumer PCs -- have some form of spyware.
At the moment, key players in the spyware detection market include specialist vendors, such as Webroot and Computer Associates-owned PestPatrol. However, the IDC report argues that anti-spyware will increasingly become part of antivirus vendors' offerings.
"Currently, some antivirus software vendors are more focused on spyware than others," said IDC analyst Brian Burke. "For example, Norton has not been as focused on spyware as its rivals, such as McAfee, but it is rapidly catching up and will be bringing out a product.
Spyware is very different from viruses, he noted, and is much more difficult to eliminate because it establishes itself in a computer's registry. And different anti-spyware programs will not all find the same spyware when they do a scan of a computer hard drive.
"What I think will happen is that the antivirus vendors will take the lead in tackling spyware because, in the corporate market, I.T. managers have an established relationship with firms such as Norton and McAfee. They will not want anyone but a trusted vendor getting into the registry of spyware-infected machines."
The IDC report argues that the biggest threat from spyware is in the environment.
"I see a massive business opportunity for anti-spyware vendors," Burke said. "Spyware is not just a nuisance for consumers, but an I.T. management nightmare for corporates."
This is particularly the case in small to mid-size companies, which don't have sufficient I.T. staffing resources, he said. "In some cases, infected PCs can become very slow, prompting users to keep making calls to I.T. help desks."
On the consumer side, people don't want anyone stealing their personal data through spyware that carries out keystroke logging, he said.
"But for a business, there may well be legal requirements for privacy Latest News about privacy, particularly in the financial services industry. Organized crime is now taking an interest in spyware, seeing it as a way to steal information."

Saturday, April 15, 2006

How to combat spyware

The increasing -often commercial- interest in obtaining data that can identify and profile users is the root of the growing concern among the Internet community regarding protection of privacy. While most companies obtain data on potential clients transparently and legally, as with all things there are exceptions. There are still malicious users and businesses prepared to obtain confidential information with scant regard for ethics.

These unscrupulous practices have fuelled the use of spyware: applications designed to obtain information about users without their knowledge, or in some cases, consent. Some spyware programs can draw up a detailed profile of a computer user, including, for example, the persons Internet habits, the amount of time spent online, favorite football team, or even in extreme circumstances, the user's religion or sexual tendencies. There's no doubt that the presence of spyware on a computer is a serious intrusion of privacy that needs to be dealt with.

On many occasions the information gathered is sold -often for considerable sums- to third-parties, which will no doubt lead to a further increase in the proliferation of spyware.

Spyware is actually installed remarkably easily on computers and many users are shocked -on scanning their systems- to find their computers crawling with this kind of program.

These kinds of programs often enter computers hidden in programs that apparently pose no threat whatsoever, such as freeware, shareware or demos. Often, the source of the download is more of a factor than the file itself, as many well-known files are tampered with and spyware inserted in them, meaning that when a user installs the legitimate program, the spyware is installed as well.

How to protect against spyware


Only download from trustworthy Internet sites, and take care to avoid dubious sites, regardless of how reliable the download file itself might appear.
Pay attention to the messages that appear when installing programs. Some spyware programs display messages asking for your consent to install the application, although they are often mixed in among other messages and installation processes that have no relation to the spyware.
Make sure you have antivirus software installed on your computer and that it can detect and eliminate spyware. There are also programs designed specifically to root out spy programs, although it is advisable to combine this with effective antivirus protection.
Protect your Internet connections with a firewall (hardware or software). This will prevent spyware from sending information out to others even if it has managed to infiltrate your computer as it will need to use unprotected communication ports.