Tag Archives: Anti-Malware

It’s a good thing I have anti-malware software installed

Along with those who believe NASA faked sending men to the moon and Holocaust deniers, is a group of people who argue that traditional anti-malware (or anti-virus) software is useless and unnecessary.  These AV-deniers believe that simply by avoiding things … Continue reading

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Some Anti-Malware basics

This is not a blog post for the IT professional, unless you have little idea how anti-malware, reputation, etc. work.  It is a small primer for those who don’t quite get all this anti-malware stuff. At its core anti-malware seems … Continue reading

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Yes Virginia, Anti-Virus software is quite useful

Every now and then I come across an article or blog posting arguing that Anti-Virus software is near useless and shouldn’t be bothered with because it can only protect you against known threats and not emerging threats.  First of all … Continue reading

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Protecting yourself from malicious websites

With all the press about the Flame malware the last couple of weeks I took yet another look at my own security precautions. This involved a bunch of ad-hoc testing on my part, and I’ve come up with a couple … Continue reading

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Good summary of Windows 8 security

Jason Garms, the Group Program Manager at Microsoft responsible for Windows 8’s security features, has written an overview of Windows 8’s added malware protection.  If you are on the techie-side then it’s a great read, but otherwise your eyes will probably … Continue reading

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Windows 8 Defender

One of the end-user oriented features revealed in yesterday’s BUILD keynote that I’m particularly excited about is the expansion of Windows Defender capabilities.  Microsoft has had the limited Defender anti-malware capability built-in to Windows since Vista.  Defender, although it uses the same … Continue reading

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Internet Security Myths

eWeek recently published a nice article covering survey data that shows user understanding of PC security threats is outdated, which of course may lead to poor security practices.  Overall I like the article, but I take issue with what they claim … Continue reading

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Is Symantec also in the Scareware business?

A few weeks ago I wrote about the Adobe/McAfee Security Scan Plus Scareware debacle.  Well, Symantec’s faux pas isn’t nearly as bad but I still think they need a slap on the wrist.  If you run their free web-based Symantec … Continue reading

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Why you need more than one Anti-Malware product protecting you

I recently downloaded a file that I knew would be Malware.  It was called document.zip and was attached to a piece of mail that allegedly came from someone at FedEx.  The email headers were forged, and the mail itself wasn’t … Continue reading

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Malware or Not?

I’ve been doing an interesting experiment, in a virtual machine on a separate PC with no personal information  at all on it.  I’ve been going through SPAM emails and clicking on every link to see what happens.  It is an … Continue reading

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