Is Cyberdefender a Scam?

no-go-ico On March 24, 2010, lawyers representing the Cyberdefender Corporation issued a ‘take-down’ notice to Allen Harkleroad. The take-down notice claims that Allen published false and potentially defamatory articlesabout their product and sales practices.

The Contenders:

Cyberdefender is advertised as an easy solution for PCs that are running slow or are infected with spyware or adware. You may have seen the television advertisements for MyCleanPC.com and DoubleMySpeed.com. Visits to both of those websites will prompt you to install Cyberdefender software. It looks like Cyberdefender is the owner of both of those sites.

Allen Harkleroad is a well known consumer advocate, who has taken on some pretty big names in business, such as Dell, AMD, ATI, UPS and FedEx, to name a few.

The Contention:

Allen claims that Cyberdefender is a scam and has posted several articles in his websites, supporting those claims. Here’s one of them:

Beware of MyCleanPC.com and DoubleMySpeed.com Same Scam, Same Company

Here is a copy of the legal take-down notice from Cyberdefender’s lawyers:

CyberDefender Corp, MyCleanPC, DoubleMySpeed and Catanese and Wells

At one point, Allen says that he:

I installed the MyCleanPC software on a fully patched Windows XP machine that I rarely used just to see what happen. Other than installing software I use nothing else had been installed and no software had been uninstalled on the machine. It does have anti virus software on it. The CyberDefender software found over 3,000errors on a machine that runs perfectly fine, never had software uninstalled and rarely was on the Internet.

I’ve heard others claim that Cyberdefender isn’t worth the asking price. I decided to try it myself. I used Microsoft Virtual PC, with a copy of the IE6 test virtual machine. This allows me to run a clean, new, fully patched copy of Windows XP. It doesn’t have anything installed on it, not even an anti-virus program. The advantage to using a virtual machine is that I don’t have to worry about messing up a real computer.

Below, I have created a short slide show, which gives the results of my simple test.

Go here if you can’t see the embedded slideshow.

Conclusion:

Let the buyer beware. If I see over 300 errors reported on a clean PC, I have serious doubts and would never buy the software.   What do you think about DoubleMySpeed and MyCleanPC? Would you buy them?


Avast Free Antivirus is Updated to 5.0

shield-green-check-ico [Windows XP, Vista, 7] Back in 2004, I was a happy AVG Antivirus user. One day I heard a false rumor that AVG was going to end support for their free version. I searched around for a good replacement and decided to try Avast Home Edition (version 4). Here is what it looked like at that time.

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It looked like an audio player. I thought it was kind of cool, but many people thought it was a little childish. In any case, I used it for several months and was happy with it.

Now there’s a new version of Avast available. It’s been renamed to Avast Free Antivirusat version 5. Since the days I used it, there have been some drastic changes to the look and feel of the application. One thing that has not changed is it’s high ratings in effectiveness and it’s reasonable system requirements.

Version 4.8 of Avast was roughly a 40mb download and the new version 5 is around 50mb. So, it has apparently gained some weight. Whether or not this has slowed it down, has yet to be independently determined, as far as I know.

To see what the new interface of Avast Free Antivirus looks like, check out this video from CNet.

Link to video (if you can’t see it above)

Avast has over 100 million users, and late last year, they teamed up with Google Chrome. It looks like Google trusts Avast for Windows PCs. However, Google also mistrusts Windows and has decided to stop using Windows in it’s own offices.

The only things that this free version does not have, that their paid version has, is a Firewall, spam shield, script protection and a sandbox test. If you would like a free suite of Antivirus/Anti-malware tools and a Firewall, you may want to take a look at Microsoft Security Essentials. Many people believe that Microsoft’s offering provides a more complete protection solution.

Seth Rosenblatt, at Download.com, was impressed with the new Avast 5 and gave it a 5 star rating. The general user rating there is 4.5 stars, which is quite good.

Download Avast 5 from Download.com

Download Avast 5 from Avast.com

Download older 4.x versions of Avast

Techie Buzz Verdict:

I have not tried the new version, but I have used Avast many times over the last 6 years. I never found anything to complain about and I trust this company. I will not hesitate to give Avast Free Antivirus a thumbs up.

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Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5

Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0 – the best security solution??

Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0 is one of the best security packages available according to the renowned anti-virus software tester AV-comparatives. These tests are performed periodically by AV-comparatives on the numerous security solutions available.

The security software are tested basically by subjecting them to a plethora of viruses,worms,trojans etc observing how many are detected and also on the number of false positives. Also one of the most important tests is the proactive threat detection test which judges a softwares ability to detect new malware.

It was able to detect 59% of the viruses,trojans and worms thrown showing a respectable detection rate in the proactive detection test. This security package however truly made its mark in the false positives test showing only three false positives while many paid products showed over fifteen.

Its greatest advantage is that its free unlike most other security products which are paid, and their free versions are not that good. To use Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0, the only requirement is to have a genuine Windows operating system. The rest is free.

For more information : click here

To download Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0

Comodo Offers Comodo Internet Security for Free to Those Who Can’t Afford It

Comodo-Internet-Security In the recent past, Comodo has been bashed left, right and center for a multitude of reasons (mainly its business practices). However, that doesn’t change the fact that Comodo Internet Security suite is one of the best premium malware protection suites available in the market.

The premium edition would normally set you back by $49.99 per year. However, Comodo is offering a free one year license of Comodo Internet Security to anyone who can’t afford to pay for it. All you have to do is sign up at the official forums and request a license key.

Here is the message posted by Melih Abdulhayoglu, CEO of Comodo:

There are many out there who might be able to gather enough to buy a computer but not have enough to buy security or even have access to general help with computers.

I believe access and exposure to computers are vital to the future of human race. So anyone who can’t afford to have Security or a geek to help with stuff, pls PM me with your details, and we will be more than happy to provide 1 year worth of full CIS Complete and GeekBuddy at no cost!

but please only genuine requests.

Bill: Stop PMing me…you own bloody Microsoft, you can easily afford $69 a year!!!

PS: if you are a school that can’t afford security, or charity, or an organisation doing good work for the community, pls feel free to PM me or any one of our Moderators for this too.

thanks

Melih

Norton Smartphone Security: Officially Released for Android

No matter how many features developers pack into an Operating System, users are always left panicking about viruses and malwares. Google’s flagship Android OS is no exception. However, for good or for bad, Norton comes to the rescue in this situation as well.

Norton has finally released the android security app it talked of last month and is calling it the Norton Smartphone Security. The app provides for three types of protection and is powered by an intuitive interface. Now, we all know how disappointing Norton is on the desktop. Though, it being the only security company jumping into the Android arena at present, we have nothing to compare this app with!

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Norton Smartphone Security features a regular virus scan which can be scheduled for monthly, weekly or daily scans. It can also be improved by synchronizing with a user generated threat reporting and protection system called Norton Community Watch. This is the first and the most expected feature.

The second feature, though least expected is a Call Blocking. It can be used to blacklist numbers from both calls and SMS. This comes in handy and provides for a good method of prevention against stupid service alerts and bugging notification from service providers. An auto reply feature allows us to make an answering machine out of our phone.

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The third and most interesting feature is remote lock and wipe. It can be used to setup a remote locking mechanism and a method to wipe out all the data on the memory card by sending an SMS. This feature reminds me of the hacker who created an overflow attack on the iPhone and hacked it by merely sending SMS. The feature can prove to be a lifesaver in case the phone gets stolen.

This app is still in a beta stage. More features like a secure DNS and Norton Live Update are expected to be seen soon as the first version rolls out of Symantec in a few months.

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Quickly Scan Any File with 40 Different Antivirus Engines

VirusTotal-icoThere are several online services that will allow you to check files for viruses or malware by uploading the files from your computer. One reason you might use one of these services is that you have downloaded a new program and you want to know if it’s safe to install on your computer. One of the services that I use most often is called Virus Total’.

Virus Total is a free, independent service that will analyze uploaded files with around 40 different antivirus engines. Here is the current list:

AhnLab (V3)
Antiy Labs (Antiy-AVL)
Aladdin (eSafe)
ALWIL (Avast! Antivirus)
Authentium (Command Antivirus)
AVG Technologies (AVG)
Avira (AntiVir)
Cat Computer Services (Quick Heal)
ClamAV (ClamAV)
Comodo (Comodo)
CA Inc. (Vet)
Doctor Web, Ltd. (DrWeb)
Emsi Software GmbH (a-squared)
Eset Software (ESET NOD32)
Fortinet (Fortinet)
FRISK Software (F-Prot)
F-Secure (F-Secure)
G DATA Software (GData)
Hacksoft (The Hacker)
Hauri (ViRobot)
Ikarus Software (Ikarus)
INCA Internet (nProtect)
K7 Computing (K7AntiVirus)
Kaspersky Lab (AVP)
McAfee (VirusScan)
Microsoft (Malware Protection)
Norman (Norman Antivirus)
Panda Security (Panda Platinum)
PC Tools (PCTools)
Prevx (Prevx1)
Rising Antivirus (Rising)
Secure Computing (SecureWeb)
BitDefender GmbH (BitDefender)
Sophos (SAV)
Sunbelt Software (Antivirus)
Symantec (Norton Antivirus)
VirusBlokAda (VBA32)
Trend Micro (TrendMicro)
VirusBuster (VirusBuster)

They keep those engines up to date with the latest virus signatures, and they also offer detailed results from each engine in their reports. Virus Total is available in nearly two dozen languages.

To use this service, you simply visit the web page, click on the file upload button, select the file and wait for it to upload. Once the file is uploaded, you will often have to wait a few minutes for the scan results to appear. If you think that sounds pretty easy to do, you are correct. However, Virus Total now offers an even easier method, the Virus Total Uploader.

After you install the Virus Total Uploader [Windows Only] on your PC, you can right click on a file, then Send tothe Virus Total site.

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After a few seconds, your web browser will open up to show you the results of the antivirus tests from Virus Total.

That’s not the only trick that the Uploader has for you. When you launch it from your Start menu, you’ll see three other upload options in it’s interface:

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  • upload a file by choosing it’s process name
  • select a file by browsing to it’s location
  • type in the URL of a file on the web

Go to the Virus Total Uploader page to get it.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

Having a good antivirus program installed on your PC is a must have. The ability to double check files using 40 different antivirus engines is not required, but it sure is nice to have. If you’d like to try this application, I recommend it.

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Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Airtel launches Norton smartphone security

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Airtel has tied up with Norton AntiVirus to bring its antivirus services for mobile phones. This step is taken to ensure that smartphone users are free from spam, virus attacks and unwanted messages. Let us have a look at the features offered by Norton Smartphone Security (NSS).

1) Advanced Protection: – Norton Anti Virus will automatically scan and detect viruses and spams. It will make sure that your phone is safe from virus intrusions by checking individual files and applications. It even guarantees safety while Bluetooth transfers, Wi-Fi, GSM and 3G.
2) Real-time protection: It includes prevention from Dos attacks with enhanced firewall blocks.
3) It helps in blocking SMS/MMS from unknown senders.
4) NSS comes with an easy to use interface. Now you can easily manage and schedule antivirus scans.
5) LiveUpdate ensures that the virus databases are always updated.

For information related to downloading the application, click here.

Via: Telecomtalk

New Free Virus Removal Tool from McAfee – Fake Alert Stinger

flying_wasp [Windows Only] McAfee is well known for it’s antivirus software, and you usually have to pay for their protection. They offer the free Stinger tool to help people clean out PCs that have been crippled by virus and trojan attacks.

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There is no installation required. Just download it and run it. It works on all Windows PCs as far as I know.

I normally download a fresh copy of Stinger onto a USB flash drive or CD before I go off to help my friends with bug problems.

In addition to the standard Stinger, there’s a new version of Stinger out now called FakeAlert Stinger. It’s designed to specifically target multiple varieties of the FakeAlert trojans, such as, Kryptik, AVP Security, Fakespypro, Winwebsec, Antivirus Soft and XPSpy.

FakeAlert applications are a form of ScareWare that pop up fake warnings which attempt to trick you into running their scans and buying their premium products. It’s a huge money-making scam that’s been very effective against new PC users.

Download McAfee Stinger and FakeAlert Stinger

Notes: There are many other antivirus and anti-malware tools that can help you clean up an infected PC. Last year, Keith wrote about an application which will Remove Fake Antivirus from Your System. If all else fails and the PC is really trashed, I’ve got an article describing how to Run AntiVirus on a PC That Will Not Boot.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

techiebuzzrecommendedsoftware1 There are two versions of McAfee Stinger. Both are very good, and there’s no reason not to use both of them when you need to clean up an infected PC. I have used Stinger for years and I’ve never had an issue with it. I only wish it was Open Source, so that more people could contribute to it’s effectiveness.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

100,000 People Are Now Using Immunet Protect AntiVirus

Is 100,000 a big number by the standards of the Internet? No, it’s not. However, the people at Immunet might disagree. To them, this is very likely a much anticipated milestone.

My fellow author Tehseen first wrote about the Immunet Protect service in August of last year. At the time, only a few thousand people were using it. Immunet is a cloud (internet based) service that is constantly connected and stays up to date against the most recent bugs. Here’s what Immunet says about it:

Imagine for a moment that you could leverage the computers of your friends, family and a worldwide global community to harness their collective security. Every time someone in this collective community encounters a threat everyone else in the community gains protection from that same threat in real time.

I recently wrote about trying Immunet as an addition to your regular antivirus. Since then, I’ve started using it as my only active antivirus. I do occasionally run ESET’s online scanner.

This afternoon when I booted up my netbook, this is what I saw above my task tray.

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Congratulations to the Immunet Protect team on crossing 100,000 users. You can tweet them at @immunet to offer your toasts to them as well.

Note: I only recommend this free AntiVirus service as an addition to your existing protection. That said, I don’t always take my own advice.

More information:  https://immunet.com/protect

Free F-Secure Internet Security 2010 6 Months License

F-Secure is one of the most well known and trusted Antivirus and Internet security solution provider. However, they are not free like many others, but good security does come at a price right? However, you can get 6 months license of F-Secure Internet Security 2010 for free by just posting a comment.

F-Secure Safe and Savvy

F-Secure has launched a new blog called, Safe and Savvy, which is run by the woman employees of F-Secure across the world. To promote the opening of the new blog, F-Secure is giving away free licenses to users who comment on this blog post.

That’s is no competition, no inane forms to fill, just comment on the post and you will be eligible for the free license. However, try to be among the first few people who comment, as there are only limited number of licenses which will be given away for free.

So go ahead and comment on the post and get yourself a free license of F-Secure Internet Security 2010.