Anti-Malware

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Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware (proactive solutions):

There are many variables between these programs so you may want to read the descriptions and possibly take a look as some reviews to find the best option for you.

Avast! –  No computer should be without a real time anti-malware program.  Unlike the more basic Microsoft Security Essentials, Avast! includes numerous additional features and much more customization.

Avira Free Antivirus – Avira Free Antivirus is an award-winning product that provides comprehensive protection against all types of threats, secures your data, protects your privacy and ensures your PC remains virus-free.

Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit – Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit wraps four layers of security around popular browsers, preventing exploits from compromising vulnerable code.

Microsoft Security Essentials – All the basics such as automatic updating, easy scan scheduling and a simple interface are included in this free anti-malware program from Microsoft.  (This product is also free for business use on up to ten workstations.)

Outpost – “The free solution employs modern techniques to prevent infections, data corruption and PC intrusions.”

Sophos Home – “Sophos Home protects every Mac and PC in your home from malicious software, inappropriate websites and viruses. It uses the same award-winning technology that IT professionals trust to protect their business systems. Best of all, you can manage security settings for the whole family from any browser.”

ZoneAlarm – “The only all-in-one free security that seamlessly integrates award-winning Antivirus and ZoneAlarm Firewall together for maximum protection and performance.”


Virus/Malware Clean-Up:

Kaspersky TDSSKiller – If your computer is exhibiting bizarre or strange behavior and your anti-virus/anti-malware software has not detected an issue, we recommend running TDSSKiller.  This software is a free and simple utility that will detect and remove common rootkits.  Even if your computer is not exhibiting this behavior, we recommend an occasional scan with TDSSKiller as part of your routine to keep your system healthy.

Malwarebytes – Along with Superantispyware (below), this product is the best for removing the latest pests “Antivirus 2008/2009,”  “Antivirus XP” and other agressive bogus programs.  Using new detection technology, Malwarebytes is very effective and efficient at identifying and removing malware.  A paid version will get you real time protection and automatic updates.

Microsoft Safety Scanner – “The Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free downloadable security tool that provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It works with your existing antivirus software.”

SUPERAntiSpyware – Along with Malwarebytes (above), this product is the best for removing the latest pests “Antivirus 2008/2009,”  “Antivirus XP” and other agressive bogus programs.  A paid version will get you real time protection and automatic updates.

Windows Defender Offline – Sometimes the only way to remove malware is to boot your system with a CD or DVD so the operating system on your hard drive is not active while trying to remove the malware.  Microsoft has created Windows Defender Offline for this scenario.  The program includes an easy to use interface for creating the boot CD or DVD.

Avira Anti-virus for PC


Web-Based Scanning/Clean-Up Tools:

Norton Online Scanning Tool – This tool will allow you to scan for viruses and/or security holes on your system. (Please note that Internet Explorer is required to run this utility.)

Trend Micro House Call – Another online virus scanner. This one is slower but it will actually clean and delete files.


Anti-Spam Software for Your E-mail:

SpamBayes – An email anti-spam filter for your desktop.  A great addition to filter junk from your email if your email service provider is letting too much junk sneak through.

Malwarebytes for Mac – “Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac scans for and removes code that degrades system performance or attacks your system. Making your Mac, once again, your Mac.”

Trend Micro Dr. Cleaner – “A free Mac cleaner utility app that provides you with better computer performance by optimizing both your Mac OS X disk and memory.”

Sophos Home – “Sophos Home protects every Mac and PC in your home from malicious software, inappropriate websites and viruses. It uses the same award-winning technology that IT professionals trust to protect their business systems. Best of all, you can manage security settings for the whole family from any browser.”

Avira Anti-Virus for Mac – “Avira Free Antivirus for Mac delivers first-rate protection for free. Not only does it protect you from all Mac related threats, it also prevents you from passing on PC viruses as well.”