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.

Autorun Eater Helps You Remove Suspicious Autorun Files

We previously showed you how to stop USB drives from loading programs automatically, so you can protect yourself from viruses that get into your autorun files. However, there are times when preventing all the autorun programs is not the ideal solution. This is where Autorun Eater can help.

Autorun Eater is a freeware utility that removes only those autorun files that it thinks are suspicious. This clean-up is performed even before the drive is accessed by the user. All the removed files are backed up incase the user wants to access them. You can also use Autorun Eater to completely disable Autoplay so no applications are automatically loaded.

Autorun Eater can help significantly in adding an extra layer of security and preventing your computer from malware that creeps into the autorun.inf files.

You can download Autorun Eater here.

Save Yourself From Infected Torrents

Any person who actively download torrents will tell you that infected and/or fake torrents are pretty common. You will download a 200 MB file thinking it is a movie, but it would turn out to be an empty file, or worse, contain a virus. There are very few effective ways to screen a torrent completely before downloading it. However, what if somebody can screen every torrent for you and only allow you to download torrents that are genuine and safe?

Sounds too be good true? It is not. Vertor (VerifiedTorrents) is a service that screens all the torrents before listing them in their database. They download each torrent and check it for download errors. Vertor also takes screenshots of video files and make small clips of audio files so you can check the quality of the content before downloading it. If there is a description within the torrent file, it is saved as a text file and displayed publicly.

Besides being a heaven for safe and genuine torrents, Vertor is a regular torrent search engine that allows you to search for games, movies, music and all the other good stuff.

HELP!!! What Is TeaTimer.exe? Why Is It Running On My Computer?

Another distress help call came to us through the contact us form asking us about a weird task running on a user’s computer. The task in question is called TeaTimer.exe and has been running on the user’s computer.

TeaTimer.exe is not a virus, spyware or malware, in-fact it is run by a spyware defending software called Spybot Search & Destroy.

So if you have this spyware protector installed in your system, you will most like see it in running processes.

Here is a excerpt from the Spybot knowledgebase:

The Resident TeaTimer is a tool of Spybot-S&D which perpetually monitors the processes called/initiated. It immediately detects known malicious processes wanting to start and terminates them giving you some options, how to deal with this process in the future.

However there are certain variants of worms that use the same name, if you do not use the above software, you should definitely cleanup the worm.

To solve any spyware issues you might want to read a article which we had written earlier about removing spywares/worms from your computer.

To stay on the safer side don’t forget to read our articles on Detailed Instructions on Protecting Your Computer from Internet Threats and Online Security Tips Keep your computer secure and safe.

What Is GoogleCrashHandler.exe? Is It a Virus or Spyware?

Update: Click here for more interesting tips on dealing with unknown file types and processes.

One of our readers recently saw a suspicious file that was running on their system called GoogleCrashHandler.exe, and asked us what that file was and whether it was a virus or Spyware?
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GoogleCrashHandler.exe is a helper file for the Google Update software, if you have Google Update installed on your system, you will see an instance of GoogleCrashHandler running when you visit the processes tab in Task manager.

Update: Google now has a help page that explains what GoogleCrashHandler.exe is for;

GoogleCrashHandler.exe runs continuously on your computer if you’ve selected to send anonymous usage statistics and crash reports to Google for certain Google software, like Google Chrome. It helps send crash details to Google when your Google software unexpectedly shuts down. We use this data to help determine how to prevent these errors from happening in the future.

To stop GoogleCrashHandler.exe from running, turn off the sending of usage statistics and crash reports for all the Google software on your computer.

This file is neither a Virus nor a spyware, however if you want to get rid of it you will have to uninstall Google update from your PC.

Windows program installer is not the best way to remove programs, if you are looking for alternatives some of the excellent alternatives for uninstalling software from your PCs.


More Resources That Might Interest You

  • Analyze The Processes In Your Windows Background – Want to know more about a process that is running on your computer? Read this article on how you can easily do it.
  • Windows Task Manager Alternatives – The default Windows task manager does not provide the control you should have, use one of the free alternatives available to manage processes more easily.
  • Add/remove Programs Alternatives – Many a times the default add/remove programs leaves a lot of information back, try one of these free alternatives to remove software completely.
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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.

Download Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010

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

Kaspersky Anti-Virus | Download 30-Day Trial | Purchase (For $39.95 for 1 year)

Download Kaspersky Internet Security 2010

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.

Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 | Download 30-Day Trial | Purchase (for $59.95 for 1 year)

Conficker Removal Tool: Stinger

Quite recently we had told you about the Conficker Worm, which is set to exploit systems on April Fool’s day, however McAfee a popular antivirus software creator has released a Conficker remover called Stinger.

To prepare for any trouble on April 1, McAfee now offers a special build of its standalone cleaning tool Stinger, which will be updated on a daily basis to include any undetected Conficker variants from the wild.

It is highly recommend for users to download this tool.

Download Stinger Conficker removal tool [Direct Download Link]

How To Remove Conficker Worm?

Recently one of our readers had emailed and asked about removing a deadly worm codenamed Conficker aka Downup or Kidofrom their system, though we did not have enough time to research and reply back to the reader, we did come across a solution that would help users to remove Conficker worm from their systems.

For those who are unaware of this worm, here is what Wikipedia has to say about Conficker:

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Beware of Windows 7 Transformation Pack for Windows XP

The latest news doing round of most part of the technology blogosphere is the availability of Transformation pack for Windows XP.

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However while trying to review the product, I came across a virus alert that may be a potential threat to your system, the Windows 7 Transformation Pack for Windows XP contains a virus. The threat may be a false alarm, but its safer to not use the software till the author fixes the problem with it.

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Gmail Could Not Scan This File For Viruses?

Gmail has been a pretty strong spam blocker so far, and I use it to route emails to avoid webmail spam for our other email ids too, but there have been some lapses on their part where International characters (non English)  are concerned.

Related: How to find if your Gmail Account is Hacked?

I received a email at my Gmail account, which had a rar file attachment, but for some reasons Gmail showed a message saying Gmail Could Not Scan This File For Viruses.

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