Review of the Eset Online Scanner

A few days ago, I installed Microsoft Security Essentials on my new netbook. It is doing it’s job quite well so far. In fact, it caught an intrusion from some questionable software (my bad) that I was trying out.

Today I decided to get an additional opinion from Eset Online Scanner. I trust the Eset name, since their antivirus solutions have been a gold standard in security for many years. Eset’s online software uses the same AV engines and signatures as it’s flag-ship products, ESET Smart Security and NOD32. It promises to work on any Windows NT, 2000, XP, Vista or 7 systems. In addition, it will run directly inside of Internet Explorer 5 or greater (using ActiveX), and you can also run it from a downloaded Smart Installerif you aren’t using Internet Explorer.

After the ActiveX or the Smart Installer finishes, Eset will start downloading it’s signature database.

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Next, you’ll be able to actually tweak your scan with a few settings. The settings will even allow you to change the areas that ESET will scan on your hard drive.

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Now ESET gets down to the dirty job of actually scanning the PC. I was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t take much more that 15 minutes before it finished.

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And finally, you will reach the results screen. Hopefully, you’ll get the same message that I did.

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If ESET’s online scanner does detect some suspected malware, it actually won’t automatically delete the files. Instead, they are put in quarantine and you’ll be allowed to either restore the files or delete them.

ESET Online Scanner page

http://www.eset.com/onlinescan/

Techie Buzz Verdict:

techiebuzzrecommendedsoftware1 Having a second opinion on your system’s security is almost priceless, and in this case, it’s almost painless. I can highly recommend ESET Online Scanner. I found no faults with the scanner, but if it were up to me, I’d get rid of the ActiveX install. It’s not needed and it’s extra work supporting it. I think I could also recommend that you download the Smart Installer and drop it on a flash drive, just before you make a house call to fix up your friend’s sick computer.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

MalAware 1.0 Scans for Trojan/Virus/Spyware in 60 Seconds

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Emsi Software, maker of popular PC protection applications such as a-squared Anti-Malware, recently announced the release of MalAware 1.0. It’s a very small application which scans the most frequently targeted areas of a PC for malware infections (virus/trojan/spyware).

Emsi claims that their objective was to create a very small and very fast scanner. In my opinion, they’ve succeeded. It’s a single 1mb executable file and no installation is needed, making it completely portable. It may not scan your PC in under a minute but I doubt if it takes two minutes from what I’ve seen so far.

On the down side, this tiny app is not a replacement for full malware protection. If it does detect a problem, it only recommends that you download their larger security apps. Keep in mind that they do offer great full service applications such as a-squared Free 4.5, which has just been updated recently.

Here’s a sceenshot of MalAware in action:

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I was impressed with the speed of the scan and I’ve set up MalAware to scan my PC once a month using a Windows Scheduled Task.

Download MalAware 1.0

You may also want to try the free fullversion:

Download a-squared Free 4.5

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

Great for a quick scan. It’s also portable so you can carry it with you on a USB flash stick. This app is best used in addition to other more permanent anti-malware protection.

Techie-Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

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Free Kaspersky 2010 Internet Security License for 6 Months [Software Deals]

Kaspersky is giving away a free license for 6 months of Kaspersky 2010 Internet Security in partnership with MSN China. To get your free license, visit this page and click on the Orange button and sign in with your Windows Live mail id.

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Sorry, but my Chinese is a bit weak, so I won’t be able to translate whatever is written on the page :-). And yes this will only work with the Chinese version of Kapsersky, which you can download here. Now don’t forget to brush up on your Chinese, if you want to use this for free :-). Also, don’t forget to copy the license key from the confirmation screen, as this will not be emailed out to you. Thanks Pranjal.

ESET Cyber Monday Offers 10% Discount on NOD32 and ESET Smart Security [Software Deals]

I am a big fan of ESET, the lightweight and comprehensive security solution for Windows PC. Some ESET products include, NOD32 Antivirus and ESET smart security solution for Windows PC. If you have been waiting to buy this Internet Security solution, you might just wait for a few more hours.

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ESET Cyber Monday deal is offering a 10% discount on NOD32 and ESET Smart Security. The deal will go live in a few hours on November 30th at 12:01 AM PST (GMT+8). If you try to visit the page right now, you will be redirected to another landing page, which shows the above message.

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Protect Your Computer With Returnil Virtual System 2010

Returnil Virtual System 2010 is a powerful combination of anti-virus, anti-malware and a virtual system that protects your computer from all types of viruses, trojans, adware, worms, keyloggers, rootkits, spyware and unwanted system changes. This program comes with an excellent virtualization feature that creates a clone of the actual operating system. This allows you to run your applications and perform all the activities in an entirely isolated environment.

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Returnil Virtual System was installed smoothly in our computer. We had to reboot our system to complete the installation process. Virtualization feature was activated as soon as we returned to Windows. Once the virtualization feature is activated, a floating bar is visible on desktop as well as on top of all the applications.

You should check all the system requirements before entering into virtual mode. You should atleast have twice the space of your RAM, in order to access the virtual mode. You need to reboot your computer, in order to return to the previous state. The best part is that, all our downloaded files were deleted and all the changes we made in our system was returned to its previous state. This feature is extremely helpful in case of a virus attack.

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This program also allows you to create and mount virtual drive, which can be used easily in the virtual mode. You can access all your files and folders in virtual mode with the help of in-built file manager. The virus guard included in this program provides real-time protection to your system against malware and virus attacks.

Techie-Buzz Verdict

The virtualization feature of this program is extremely useful. This program worked smoothly on our system without any lags even while installing it. It also allows us to select the data that we want to keep in the real system and discard other stuffs by simply selecting the files, folders and registry items. This program works on Windows7, Vista and XP.

Techie-Buzz Rating: 3 / 5 (Good)

Check out the video review of Returnil Virtual System below…

Video Review

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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.

Buy Kaspersky Security 2010 Free after MIR

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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