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Immunet Protect Offers Side by Side Compatibility with Your Current AntiVirus

When Immunet Protect came out some time last summer, I did a little research on it and then tried it. Immunet is a Cloudbased antivirus program, much like Panda Cloud Antivirus. Here’s how Immunet works, according to the home site:

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 was pleased with the way that it worked and I kept it on my system for several weeks. I soon moved on to try Microsoft’s antivirus. Currently, I am running Antivir, after reading a Techie Buzz article which was titled, Avira Antivirus Is the Lightest Antivirus Software.

Recently, I received notice from TechTracker, that there’s a new version of Immunet available. Here’s the news that made me look at Immunet again.

Version 1.0.25 supports ‘side by side’ installs with over 20 new Anti-Virus products including current versions of AVG, Avira, Mcafee, Kaspersky, Avast and Trend products. It also now supports Windows 7, XP and Vista 32/64-bit installs.

Immunet has been friendly with other antivirus apps from the day it was born. The newest version simply adds more friendsto it’s list. What does this mean for the average user? It means that you can run Immunet all by itself, or you can have additional AV protection if you need it. In my case, I have installed Immunet Protect side by side with my current Avira Antivir.

So far, Immunet and Avira are acting like old buddies, but I’ll keep an eye on them. The extra load on my system seems to be about 24mb of memory and I can handle that. I’m seriously tempted to keep Immunet and dump Avira after reading that Immunet recently ranked higher than Microsoft Security Essentials And Avira In MRG Rogue AV Test.

Since we didn’t show you Immunet in our last article about it, I’ll give you a few screen shots and some more details.

Panda Cloud Antivirus Officially Compatible With Windows 7

Panda Cloud Antivirus is now officially compatible to be run on 32-bit and 64-bit versions of and have now received a compatibility certificate from Microsoft.

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The software/hardware compatibility list, is a list of software that have been rigorously tested to work on the new Windows 7 platform. The list has been created and maintained by Microsoft.

Visit the Windows 7 Compatibility Center to view all the software and hardware that are compatible and have been tested to run on Windows 7. This list consists of both free and paid products. To view a list of compatible security software, visit this link.

Avira Antivirus Is the Lightest Antivirus Software

Will it slow down my system?, is a question antivirus vendors are often asked by worried customers. Indeed, antivirus utilities are infamous for having an adverse impact on system performance. A new report released by Av-comparatives a leading antivirus software testing firm, provides us the answer to this oft-asked question.

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Av-comparatives used 16 popular antivirus utilities and measured the impact they had on various activities like file copying and downloading. Fully defragmented hard disks were utilized on each occasion and external factors like network and temperature were neutralized as far as possible.

None of the antivirus utilities had a significant impact on encoding/transcoding and archiving/unarchiving speeds. However, eScan, FSecure, G DATA, Microsoft and Trustport slowed down file copying significantly (more than doubled the time required to copy a file). Thankfully, due to fingerprinting technologies, all of them but eScan performed impressively on subsequent runs.

When it came to slowing down application installations/uninstallations Bitdefender, G DATA and Trustport were the biggest culprits. Trustport also increased application launch times by more than 100%. These three were joined by AVG in the file downloading hall of shame. AVG, Bitdefender, G DATA and Trustport more than doubled file download durations.

Throughout the tests Avira performed admirably and this was reflected even in the WorldBench scores. eScan, Trustport, Bitdefender and G DATA once again found themselves at bottom of the pile.

Thanks to an outstanding all round performance Avira was the overall winner. Kingsoft, F-Secure, Sophos and Kaspersky were the other products which made it to the top five.

Performance Chart

    Antivirus Name – Score (Higher is better)

  1. AVIRA AntiVir Premium 9.0 – 199
  2. Kingsoft Antivirus 9 Plus – 196
  3. F-Secure Anti-Virus 2010 – 195
  4. Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010 – 193
  5. Sophos Anti-Virus 9.0.1 – 193
  6. Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0 – 190
  7. avast! Free 5.0 – 188
  8. Symantec Norton AntiVirus 2010 – 188
  9. ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4.0 – 183
  10. McAfee VirusScan Plus 2010 – 174
  11. Norman Antivirus & AntiSpyware 7.30 – 169
  12. AVG Anti-Virus 9.0 – 164
  13. BitDefender Antivirus 2010 – 154
  14. G DATA AntiVirus 2010 – 152
  15. eScan AntiVirus 10.0 – 137
  16. Trustport Antivirus 2010 – 125

The full report can be downloaded from Av-comparatives.org.

Panda Cloud Antivirus 1.0 Available for Free Downloads

Previously reviewed Panda Cloud Antivirus, has finally gone stable after more than 7 months of beta testing. The first beta of Panda Cloud AV was made available in April 2009. Panda Cloud Antivirus uses the cloud to protect your PC against vulnerabilities and scams. Panda’s collective intelligence servers have analyzed over 87 million viruses.

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Panda Cloud AV is compatible with all Windows versions including and is free to use. The AV also supports 64bit edition of Windows.

Download Panda Cloud AV 1.0

Antivirus Removal Tools for Popular Antivirus Software

Antivirus software are usually used to protect your computer from threats, however, after using an Antivirus for a while you might decide to remove it completely, either due to not being satisfied with it, or because the trial period for it ended. Whatever the reasons, sometimes Antivirus software are stubborn and don’t have straightforward removal tools. I did encounter one such issue while removing ESET from the computer.

Here are some Antivirus removal tools which will allow you to completely uninstall popular Antivirus software from your computer. A big thanks to The Windows Club forum for the putting up these tools.

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)

Free Download Promotion – DefenseWall HIPS from SoftSphere

JumpStart: Go to the promotion page at GizMo’s to get the full featured free download of DefenseWall HIPS from SoftSphere.

SoftSphere, the makers of the highly regarded DefenseWall HIPS are offering a free copy of DefenseWall exclusively to Gizmo’s Freeware readers. The offer is available for a three day period starting from 2.00 PM Pacific Standard Time, Thursday 10 December and ending at 2.00 PM Sunday 13 December.

In case, you are not sure about the effectiveness of DefenseWall, please note that it has been given good ratings in the tests performed at AV-Comparatives, the independent agency to perform tests on antivirus and security software.

About DefenseWall HIPS:

Firewalls control your network activity, antivirus protects you only from known malicious modules. But their writers modify those modules so quickly, that anti-viruses are unable to detect them untill you will be infected with it.

But DefenseWall HIPS uses whitelists and blacklists to control the privileges of the programs that run on your PC. By reducing the privileges of Internet-facing and other vulnerable programs it very effectively prevents the installation of malware. Because it is not signature-based it is effective in preventing zero-day threats.

Remember, you cannot rely upon one single protection mechanism for all your Internet Security needs.

[This is a guest post from Silki Garg. You will sure find her latest posts on Portable Encryption Apps and Antivirus Software Uninstaller to be interesting reads.]

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.