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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)

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.

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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.

Free Online Anti-Virus Scan from Trend Micro – the HouseCall

Here at Techie-Buzz, we keep our eyes open for free and easy to use online services. One of the most important things you need to manage is your computer’s security. If you surf the internet, it’s always possible that you’ve either gotten infected, or may suspect you’ve been infected by Malware, Trojans or Viruses.

housecall-icon Fortunately, there’s no shortage of security tools that you can install on your PC. There are also several online tools that you can use, and most of the online tools are free. Trend Micro, one of the most trusted providers of security software, also offers a free online anti-virus scanner, named HouseCall.

Don’t consider online scanners as any replacement for installing good anti-virus and anti-malware tools. The online scanners are there in case you need a second opinion.

It’s easy to use and you can see the steps involved below in a screen-show I’ve inserted.

If you can’t see the screen-show here, follow this link to view it.

Here are links to a few other online tools that you may like to take a look at:

Free Online Security Scan From Secunia

Scan Files Online In 24 Antivirus Engines From One Place

Review of ESET Online Scanner

Security Advice From McAfee That You May Not Want

Compress and Zip Files Online Without Any Software

Best Free Online Image Editors

Techie Buzz Verdict:

HouseCall is a good free anti-virus scanning service from a well respected source. I recommend it as a good source for a second opinion when you are afraid that your current security software is failing you.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

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.