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Buy Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 3 License For Free After MIR [Software Deals]

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Want to get your hands on one of the best Internet Security software Kaspersky for Free? If yes, you can buy a 3 user license of Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 for Free after a $60 Mail-In-Rebate (MIR).

After you purchase the software, all you have to do is fill in this MIR form ( link [via]) and wait for your money to come back. An awesome deal, so hurry before the offer is taken off.

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First Traces of Computer Virus Dates Back to 1949 [DYK]

, that the first traces of viruses are dated back to 1949 (cite: Panda Security) and was spread related to a game called Core Wars? However, according to Wikipedia, the first documented virus was released in 1971.

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The first documented virus, was called as Creeper virus, and was a experimental self-replicating program, written by Bob Thomas. Creeper virus affected networked computers and displayed the message, “I’m the creeper, catch me if you can!“.

The term viruswas only coined in 1983 by Frederick Cohen, to describe self-replicating programs. Malicious viruses started making their appearances in 1986, when a virus named Brain boot sector virus coded in Pakistan was released, and affected IBM based PCs. In the same year the first Trojan name PC-Write made its appearance.

The first documented removal of computer viruses is dated back to 1987 and was created by Brent Fix. Several other popular antivirus systems were released between 1987 and 1990, a few of which are widely used even today, including Avira AntiVir, Norton and McAfee.

In those days there was no Internet, however, viruses were usually spread through Floppy Disks and networked computers. However, the virus writers quickly adapted to the internet and started spreading worms through this medium.

At present, viruses have taken a more sophisticated approach and are very hard to spot. There are millions of documented and undocumented viruses going around the Internet. In modern terms, viruses are more than just self-replicating programs and crackers (not hackers) have taken up to scamming people through various means.

You can find more information about the origin of Viruses and Antivirus systems at the Antivirus page on Wikipedia.

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Remove Fake Antivirus from Your System

There are several gullible ads, which prompt users and alert them that their system is infected with virus. Many users fall for the trap, in the process downloading an actual malware software which further affect their systems.

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Power users are well aware of these tricks and drift away from them, however many users are not so tech savvy and end up installing fake antivirus software on their PCs.

Fake Antivirus remover is a useful and security software, which will allow you to uninstall and remove all the fake antivirus software from your PC, with a single click.

Fake Antivirus remover tracks and removes the following Fake antivirus software: Cyber Security, Alpha Antivirus, Braviax, Windows Police Pro, Antivirus Pro 2010, PC Antispyware 2010, FraudTool.MalwareProtector.d, Winshield2009.com, Green AV, Windows Protection Suite, Total Security 2009, Windows System Suite, Antivirus BEST, System Security, Personal Antivirus, System Security 2009, Malware Doctor, Antivirus System Pro, WinPC Defender, Anti-Virus-1, Spyware Guard 2008, System Guard 2009, Antivirus 2009, Antivirus 2010, Antivirus Pro 2009, Antivirus 360 and MS Antispyware 2009

Techie Buzz Verdict

techie-buzz-recommended-software[1] Considering the amount of fake antivirus software that people mistake for real ones, this software is a definite download.

The process of removing fake antivirus software is hassle free and simple, which means that even non tech-savvy users can easily get rid of stupid malware. We recommend all our users to download and install this software, even if they are pro users as it just requires one click to get rid of scumbag software.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3.5/5 (Very Good)

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Protect Yourself From USB Viruses With Ninja Pendisk

After the internet, USB devices are the favorite target of malware developers. A huge majority of modern trojan horses, worms and viruses automatically copy themselves onto USB devices and spread by misusing the autorun.inf file.

Ninja Pendisk is a portable application which sits quietly in the system tray and springs into action as soon as any USB device is inserted. It scans the USB drive for commonly virulent files like autorun.inf and ctfmon.exe and cleans it if any malware if detected. It also immunizes your pendrive from further infection by creating a folder called Autorun.inf with elevated privileges.

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Ninja Pendisk is absolutely bare-bones software. There is basically no interface to speak of. All the configuration options are provided through the context menu of the system tray icon. It is completely automated and scans any device as soon as it is plugged-in. However, it doesn’t present any option to scan an already plugged in device or hard disks.

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Techie Buzz Verdict

In my testing I found that the immunization aspect of Ninja Pendisk to be overly simplistic. I was able to delete the autorun.inf folder without any problem. Panda USB and AutoRun Vaccine does a better job at immunization by making it almost impossible to remove the autorun.inf folder without re-formatting the USB Drive. However, it did succeed in removing all the malware from my pen drive. Ninja Pendisk does a decent job at protecting you from USB viruses, but there isn’t any reason why you would need it if you already have an antivirus software.

Techie Buzz Rating: 2/5 (Average)

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Automatically Update or Schedule AVG Virus Definition Updates

AVG is no doubt one of the most popular free antivirus software available today. The free version of the leaner and meaner AVG 9 is just around the corner. However, one big issue with AVG is that, it performs virus updates only once on startup.

Users have an option to keep the virus definitions up-to-date manually. However, doing this manually can become a tedious task.  New vulnerabilities keep cropping up every minute, and Antivirus companies keep updating their virus definitions to prevent attacks from them. Keeping the virus definitions updated on your PC, is very critical thing, without which you will not be protected against new virus variants.

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AVUS (Anti-Virus Update Service) is a small for AVG, which runs in the background and automatically runs the virus update service in AVG 8.5. Using AVUS, you can schedule AVG software and virus definition updates to run after certain intervals.

Once you setup a schedule, AVUS will run at the scheduled interval and run the AVG update service to update the software and virus definitions. You can also use AVUS to start and stop the AVG update service.

To make sure that your Virus definitions is updated everytime, you can choose to run AVUS on system startup. This tool is definitely useful to keep AVG updated, without having to manually do it everytime.

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Free ZoneAlarm Pro Firewall 2010 Downloads

ZoneAlarm Firewall, is one of the most popular Firewall applications available today. Considering that people are debating whether free antivirus are as good as paid ones, it is always good to grab a paid software, whenever it is offered for free.

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If you have been looking to buy ZoneAlarm Pro 2010, it is advisable to wait for a few more days, since ZoneAlarm will be giving away copies of ZoneAlarm Pro Firewall 2010 absolutely free on October 13th 2009.

To download your free copy of ZoneAlarm Pro, visit the download page on October 13th. You can also choose to sign up to receive future full day promotion alerts.

Download Free ESET Antivirus for Symbian Smartphones

ESET, a popular desktop Antivirus and internet security software, is making it’s foray into the Smartphone market with the introduction of ESET Mobile Antivirus for Symbian.

This new mobile antivirus solution will protect against a variety of threats on Symbian based smartphones. Considering that many people use their mobile phones extensively for day to day and other important activities, having proper protection is becoming necessary.

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ESET Mobile Antivirus performs archive scanning, on-access scanning and on-demand scanning, to keep your Smartphone safe and secure.

In addition to that, updates are performed daily, weekly or monthly, in addition to on-demand to keep your mobile phone updated with all the virus definitions.

ESET’s scanner is pretty user friendly and probably a no-brainer for many people. I installed the antivirus on my Smartphone and had it up and running in under 5 minutes.

For a limited time, you can download the ESET Mobile antivirus for free. However, please note that the software is currently in beta. You might experience problems or bugs while using it.

ESET Mobile Antivirus will work on Symbian S60 3rd edition, feature pack 1 and 2 and Symbian S60 5th edition. Please note, you will have to sign up for the beta software and activate it on your phone before you can use this software.

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How To Activate Kaspersky Internet Security And Anti-Virus 2010 With Key File

greenshot_2009-09-27_04-32-17 Recently Kaspersky released their 2010 range of products. With all the new security features in the updated suites, Kaspersky also changed the way their applications are activated.

Previously, to activate the software, the user had to input a key file that he’d purchased. But now, following a method similar to that of Adobe and Norton products, users needed to input a string of numbers and get the license validated through the internet.

This method, although decreases chances of piracy of the software, creates an unnecessary hurdle for those users who don’t have an internet connection where they plan to install the security suite.

Incidentally, the WebTrickz blog has come up with a nifty trick that lets you use the old way of installing and activating a license through a key file. You need not knockout anything, or break into any freakish Windows registry. All that you’ll need to do is enter a beta key string (when disconnected), the setup will try to connect to a server and when it will fail, you’ll get an option to browse for a key file. Read the blog post for all the details.

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Download Free Norton 2010 Internet Security [90 Days Subscription]

Norton has made huge improvements in its Antivirus software over the years making it much more lighter and meaner in the process.

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Norton 2010 Internet security offers protection from viruses, hackers, spammers and other privacy threats by providing a comprehensive solution in a single product.

In addition to that Norton will also scan all incoming and outgoing emails for spywares and viruses.

Overall definitely a good product to use to secure your system. If you want to give Norton 2010 Internet Security a try you can download it for free and use it for 90 days.

This will give you free subscription and virus definition downloads for 90 days.

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Get Amazing Real-Time Protection With PC Tools Anti-Virus

PC Tools AntiVirus Free Edition is an excellent program that can thoroughly scan and protect your PC from virus attacks. With PC Tools AntiVirus Free Edition you are protected against the most dangerous cyber-threats attempting to gain access to your PC and personal information. Going online without protection against the latest fast-spreading virus and worms, such as Netsky, Mytob and MyDoom, can result in infections within minutes.

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Once infected, the virus will usually attempt to spread itself to your friends, family and associates by accessing your email contacts and networked PCs. The infection may also allow hackers to access files on your PC, use it to launch attacks against other computers and websites or to send mass SPAM email.

That’s why PC Tools AntiVirus Free Edition provides world-leading protection, with rapid database updates, IntelliGuard real-time protection and comprehensive system scanning to ensure your system remains safe and virus free. This program has been used by millions of people everyday to protect their home and business computers against online threats.

Features

  • Protects your PC as you are working, surfing and playing
  • Detects, quarantines, disinfects and destroys Viruses, Trojans and Worms
  • IntelliGuard protects your computer against threats in real-time
  • Automatically checks for frequent updates against the latest threats

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How to Run AntiVirus on a PC That Will Not Boot

Three Questions, One Answer

  • How can you run a virus scan if you can’t get Windows up and running?
  • How can you use a different brand of antivirus on a PC that you don’t have administrative rights to?
  • How can you run an up to date virus scan on a PC that does not have an internet connection?

Do you have any suggestions?

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In my opinion, the simplest solution is using a Live Emergency Rescue CD. It’s most likely to work in all three cases as long as the PC can boot from the CD/DVD drive.

Many of the leading AntiVirus vendors offer a bootable CD with their brand of antivirus on it. Here is the typical procedure for using them.

  1. Download an ISO or other CD image file from the AV vendor (See downloads below)
  2. Burn the image to a CD (How?)
  3. Insert the CD into an infected PC and reboot

Notes on Use

The rescue CDs that I’ve used often boot up quickly. Once booted, many of them ask you what you want to scan and how you want to handle suspected infections. If you can set the AV scanner to automatically report or remove infections, you can typically walk away from the PC while it’s working and come back after it’s done.

There is one drawback. Most of these rescue CDs can’t be easily updated. If you keep using one too long, it’s less likely to detect the latest infections. I recommend that you always download the latest ISO and burn a new CD. The cost of a blank CD is well worth the extra time and headaches that an Emergency Rescue CD can save you.

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ImmunetProtect: Free Cloud-Based AntiVirus With Collective Wisdom

We have told you about Panda which is a free cloud-based antivirus, then why bother telling you about another one? Well, ImmunetProtect offers something that Panda doesn’t.

Firstly, ImmunetProtect has been put together by veterans of Symantec and McAfee who know what they are doing when it comes to computer security. Secondly, ImmunetProtect is a community-based antivirus where all users of the community would be instantly warned if a virus gets into even one of the computers.

Instead of traditional updates by the anti-virus companies, the protection in case of ImmunetProtect would be real time. Information about every attack would be recorded in the cloud and users will be able to help others by sharing their experiences.

Here’s what people who made ImmunetProtect have to say about it:

Immunet Protect provides protection by harnessing the collective wisdom of the security products that you already run, as well as knowledge on the applications installed across Immunet’s entire user population.


Here are some key features of ImmunetProtect:

Monitor Application Install:
· Examines all new software applications that are installed on your computer. This includes programs that you intentionally installed, and programs installed by other applications in background such as updates

Monitor Application Start:
· Examines all applications when they begin run on your computer. This provides an additional layer of security by detecting threats missed during their installation.

Active Protection Mode:
· Prevents applications from being installed on your computer until they are determined to be safe. Normally, this determination takes a fraction of a second. If disabled, applications will be installed first, and their security checked later.

You can download ImmunetProtect here.

Are Free Antivirus Software Equally Good as Paid Antivirus

There has always been a heated debate between the advocates of Free Antivirus Software and the promoters of Paid security software products. The first category of people try to criticize the security software companies like Symantec and McAfee for charging the computer users for something which is freely available from developers like Avira and AVG totally free of cost.

On the other hand, the paid security software vendors say that it is futile and dangerous to expect the free antivirus software makers to put in that much amount of effort and time, which is actually required to combat today’s internet threats. It requires lots of money and time to do the research, and if the antivirus developers do not get the money back and earn profit, you cannot expect them to operate on a serious note.

My own argument is in favor of the the Paid Security Software vendors. And I also want to add here that most of the free antivirus software are actually a stripped down version of their full-blown software, which is often given as an upsell product for promoting their paid version. If these Free Antivirus Software companies start making their Free products equally potent as their main paid product, who will go and buy their full-blown product? It is separate issue that recently launched Microsoft Security Essentials does not fit in this category and looks to be an independent effort to clean the Windows ecosystem, in general.

David Hall, Symantec’s Product Manager Asia-Pacific Consumer Products and Solutions, has recently raised a powerful voice in support of paid antivirus software and blasted that efficacy and utility of free security software. It sure looks like an aggressive marketing attempt in support of his own employers at a crucial time when Microsoft Security Essential is gearing to offer a serious threat to the profit margins of established security vendors, but still, David has a point worth mentioning.

What do you think on this issue? Are free antivirus software equally good as paid antivirus?

[This post is from Silki Garg. Do not forget to check out her latest posts on Portable Antivirus and Windows Security]

Scan Files Online In 24 Antivirus Engines From One Place

Desktop virus scanners are not the only software that will help you scan files that you download, there are several online antivirus engines that will let you upload a file and scan it to see if it contains any virus or spywares.

No Virus Thanks also provides with a easy way to scan files for viruses, however the unique thing about this service is that, once you upload a file it will scan it against 24 Online Antivirus engines simultaneously.

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Another interesting feature of this online antivirus engine is that it also allows you to scan files by providing a URL, so if you have suspicions about a software you want to download, you can first scan it and check to see if it is clean, before even download it.

The maximum size of file you can scan using this engine is 20MB, however it can come in pretty handy to scan suspicious files.

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Download Kaspersky Anti-Virus & Internet Security 2010

toplogo Kaspersky Labs, creator of premier security applications have launched the new versions of their security suites. Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 and Kaspersky Antivirus 2010 are out on the streets.

The new updated suites carry a lot of updates and new features to keep you safe from the bad guys. Kaspersky’s software has a very good reputation of spotting and killing viruses. So you need not worry, the cops are with you.

A quote from the Kaspersky team to let you know about some new technologies they have used in the updated 2010 range of their products.

The new version 2010 products incorporate the advantages of advanced Host-based Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS) technology in the Application Control module that assigns a security rating to previously unknown malware; unique Sandbox technology embodying virtualization technologies and providing a dedicated secure runtime environment; and the innovative Kaspersky Security Network that uses information from millions of users to dramatically reduce response times to new threats and replenish reputation databases with the most up-to-date information about clean and infected files.

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Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010 provides the basic tools needed to protect your PC. It offers protection for a range of IT threats.

New features:

  • Kaspersky Toolbar for Internet browsers to warn you about infected or unsafe websites.
  • Special Game Mode to suspend alerts, updates and scans while you play.
  • The Safe Runfunction makes surfing the Internet using various web browsers much safer and easier, as well as allowing any number of other applications to be run simultaneously. A green border around the application window also makes it easy for the user to see that it is protected.

Updated Features:

  • Basic identity theft protection, including improved secure Virtual Keyboard
  • Urgent Detection System to stop fast emerging threats
  • Next generation proactive protection from zero-day attacks and unknown threats

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Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 has everything you need for a safe and secure Internet experience. All the features and technologies of Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010 are included in this product.

New Features:

  • Unique Safe Run Mode for questionable applications and websites
  • Kaspersky Toolbar for Internet browsers to warn you about infected or unsafe websites
  • Special Game Mode to suspend alerts, updates and scans while you play

Updates Features:

  • Security Application Monitor to give you full picture on programs installed on your PC
  • Identity Information Controller to give valuable data an extra layer of protection
  • Advanced identity theft protection, including improved secure Virtual Keyboard
  • Urgent Detection System to stop fast emerging threats
  • Next generation proactive protection from zero-day attacks and unknown threats

Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 works to prevent the system from getting infected, which is a much more effective approach than treating an infected computer.

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