Antivirus software is essential for preventing attacks on your device from external or online sources. We’ll cover programs that prevent malware, viruses, identity theft, unsecure connections, bad links, phishing, scams, Wi-Fi intrusions, and more.

It looks like Microsoft Excel has a new Macro-like vulnerability

It looks like Microsoft Excel has a new Macro-like vulnerability

Microsoft started blocking certain macros in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint back in July, in an attempt to protect against cyberattacks targeting users across the Microsoft 365 apps. Unfortunately, however, as has been […]

Some Android app APIs have been putting users at risk

Some Android app APIs have been putting users at risk

Rather worryingly, an analysis of 600 Android apps, which are available on the Google Play Store has found that around 50% of all the apps examined were leaking the API keys of […]

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Virus scanning service VirusTotal releases VT4Browsers extension for Chrome and Firefox

VirusTotal is a useful online virus scanning service that Google acquired in 2012. The developers of the service have released VT4Browsers, an updated web browser extension for Firefox and Google Chrome. VT4Browsers […]

Emsisoft Emergency Kit

Emsisoft Emergency Kit is a free portable antivirus that you can use as a secondary scanner or to disinfect PCs

Emsisoft Emergency Kit has been around for a long time and ranks high in my troubleshooting arsenal. It has been a while since it was reviewed on gHacks. So, let's take a […]

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Avast Free Antivirus - An overview of its pros and cons

I installed Avast Free Antivirus on my laptop a few weeks ago, and here is an overview of its features. Why isn't this a review? Well, in my opinion an antivirus review […]

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AV Test's October 2017 ranking: surprise at the top

German independent IT security institute AV Test released its Windows home user antivirus ranking for October 2017 recently. The institute tests antivirus solutions regularly, and tests the protective capabilities, performance, and usability […]

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Microsoft Network Realtime Inspection Service (NisSrv.exe) information

If you open the task manager on a device running a recent version of Windows, you may notice the Microsoft Network Realtime Inspection Service (NisSrv.exe) as one of the tasks running on […]

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Panda Cloud Antivirus Free 3.0 review

Panda Cloud Antivirus is a popular security program for the Windows operating system by Panda Security. The antivirus application has just been updated to version 3.0, a major new version that ships […]

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Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit Driver Error Code 20026 message

I have updated the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware installation to version 2.0 during the beta trial that the company ran, and upgraded to the final version using my own license once it was released. […]

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Kaspersky's AVZ Antiviral Toolkit is a portable second-opinion scanner

When it comes to system security, I'm more of a paranoid user who prefers to run a truckload of security software on a system I'm working on. While I make sure that […]

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Avira adds Cloud Protection and Browser Safety To Free Antivirus

One of the first things that I do after I install Windows on a PC is to install security software on the system to protect it from malware and other attack forms. […]


CrowdInspect gives your running processes a thorough malware inspection

Malware needs to run on a system to be effective, which is why you will find many malicious software running as a process when you open the Task Manager. The main issue […]

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First public beta of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0 now available

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has an excellent reputation, and many consider it to be one of the best security solutions available on the market these days. Part of the success comes from the fact […]

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Process Explorer 16.0 brings Virustotal support

Process Explorer provides you with information that the Windows Task Manager does not offer. While you can use the default task manager to check the running processes on a system, that is […]

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How to turn off Bitdefender blocked this page notifications

If you are using a Bitdefender security product such as Internet Security 2014 on your system to protect it from harm and the many dangers of the Internet, you may have come […]


How to disable Bitdefender Safepay

Safepay is a virtual browsing environment that is integrated into several Bitdefender products. The main idea behind it is to provide you with a secure browsing environment for critical web activities such […]

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How to reduce Microsoft Security Essentials load on your system

Microsoft Security Essentials is a free security product by Microsoft for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.  While that is a good thing, it is also one of the weaker programs in […]


herdProtect is a promising cloud-based malware scanner for Windows

Ever since cloud became a buzzword many security companies started to make use of it in their products. This usually meant doing some of the scanning and verification remotely and not on […]


Trend Micro's AntiRansomware Tool identifies and removes ransomware from infected PCs

Ransomware is a form of malware that encrypts files on a PC so that users cannot access them anymore. To regain access to those files, users are asked to pay a ransom. […]

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Use AVG Downgrader to turn trial versions into AVG Free Antivirus

Anyone still using AVG for antivirus protection on their Windows systems? AVG products such as AVG Free Antivirus are not best in class anymore as recent security tests have shown. That does […]

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Quickly virus check files on VirusTotal from Windows Explorer's context menu

Sometimes when I download files to my system I'm cautious to execute them even if residential antivirus programs running on the PC have not picked up anything yet. I prefer to double-check […]


HitmanPro.Alert review

HitmanPro.Alert is a product by Surfright, the makers of the excellent HitmanPro security application, that has been designed to mitigate exploits, and here specifically browser attacks. We reviewed it back in 2012 […]

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Use Microsoft's Sigcheck 2.0 to check all files in a folder on Virustotal

Microsoft has released Sigcheck 2.0 a couple of days ago. The excellent program enables you to verify information about files -- including digital certificates, version numbers and timestamp information - by pointing […]

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Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit update improves exploit protection

Malwarebytes recently released a first public beta version of Anti-Exploit, an exploit mitigation tool for Windows that works very similar to Microsoft's Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit. The program steps in when exploits […]

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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Mobile for Android launches

Security company Malwarebytes has been busy in the past year or so with the expansion of its product portfolio. The company that concentrated on the excellent -- and highly popular -- Anti-Malware […]

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11 Avast Free Antivirus 2014 tips to get you started

Avast has just released the 2014 update to all of its security products. We have reviewed the beta version of Avast Free Antivirus back when it was released for public testing, and […]

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Malwarebytes Techbench, plug and play malware removal

If you ever worked in tech support, or are the go-to person in your family or circle of friends when it comes to computer problems, then you know that resolving issues can […]

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Virustotal for Android scans all apps for malicious contents

Apps are without doubt one of the core features that helped Google and Apple gain traction in the mobile phone market so quickly. When you browse the Android store nowadays, you get […]

antivirus remover

Antivirus Remover gets rid of security software that you cannot uninstall manually anymore

Sometimes when you try to uninstall security software like the latest AVG Antivirus 2014 or Avast Antivirus 2014 which we have reviewed a couple of days ago,  you may encounter issues. The […]

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A first look at Avast Free Antivirus 2014

Companies that produce security software release new versions of their products in yearly cycle. That's not only done to increase revenue, but also for marketing to highlight that products are always up […]

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Software to run when your antivirus solution fails

Running up to date antivirus software on your system is one of the best protections against threats that you encounter locally or on the Internet. While it is highly recommended, it does […]

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Microsoft Malware Prevention troubleshooter checks your PC's preparedness

Is your PC properly configured to protect your files, data and information from malware and other malicious attacks? Experienced users may be able to answer that question without having to think much […]

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Virustotal update brings network traffic analysis support

It was not really clear in which direction Virustotal was heading after the acquisition of the service by Google was officially announced. Some feared that it would be integrated into core Google […]

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Online scanner Virustotal upgrades file size limit to 64 Megabyte

Virustotal is one of those services that I do not really want to live without anymore, at least when it comes to using my computer. You can use Virustotal to scan files […]

malwarebytes anti-malware archive scanning

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.75 update adds archive scanning

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is one of those programs that every Windows users should have installed on their system. I'm not saying that it should be the primary antivirus software on the system, especially […]

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Dr.Web CureIt! 8 on-demand virus scanner released

Dr.Web CureIt! is a program that I have been holding in high regard for several years now. The program is an on-demand scanner that I use to get a second, or third, […]

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Survey shows most of you opt to pay for your security

By the title above I did not mean to imply that people are pirating their anti-virus software. While some likely do, there is probably not much that could be worse than running […]

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Avast! Free Antivirus 8 has been released

The new Avast! Free Antivirus 8 has been released a couple of minutes ago and is now available for download from the developer website or via automatic update. It is necessary to […]

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Bitdefender releases Rootkit Remover tool for Windows

Rootkits are usually harder to identify and remove than regular malware due to the way these programs integrate themselves on a computer system. It is probably thanks to Sony and the company's […]

avast cleanup tool

Remove all traces of Avast products from your system

Security software sometimes may not uninstall properly on a system it is installed on. It can be that the default uninstaller that ships with the program is broken and thus non-functional, or […]



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