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Avira Antivirus Pro - Review 2020 - PCMag IndiaAvira Antivirus Pro - Review 2020 - PCMag IndiaPosted: 11 Jun 2020 12:00 AM PDTEvery computer needs antivirus protection, and one way companies can support that aim is to provide free antivirus to the masses. But these companies can't survive unless some users shell out their hard-earned cash for paid antivirus utilities. Piling on pro-only tools and components is one way companies encourage upgrading to a paid antivirus. Avira Antivirus Pro adds several components not available to users of Avira Free Security, but they don't really add much value. The biggest reason to pay for it is if you want to use Avira in a commercial setting, which isn't allowed with the free version.Avira's pricing is undeniably on the high side, with a list price of $59.88 per year for one license, $71.88 for three, and $95.88 for five. Admittedly, it seems to be perpetually on sale; just now, the one-license price is discounted to $44.99. That…

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Malwarebytes - Neowin

Posted: 21 Mar 2020 02:20 AM PDT


Malwarebytes is a high performance anti-malware application that thoroughly removes even the most advanced malware and spyware. Malwarebytes version 4.xx brings comprehensive protection against today's threat landscape so that you can finally replace your traditional antivirus.

You can finally replace your traditional antivirus, thanks to a innovative and layered approach to prevent malware infections using a healthy combination of proactive and signature-less technologies. While signatures are still effective against threats like potentially unwanted programs, the majority of malware detection events already come from signature-less technologies like Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit and Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware; that trend will only continue to grow. For many of you, this is something you already know, since over 50% of the users already run Malwarebytes as their sole security software, without any third-party antivirus.

What's new in Malwarebytes

  • Improved UI for certain notifications to show full paths and other detail on hover over
  • New "Select Background" Display Option
  • Detection and remediation improvements

Some Issues now addressed:

  • Fixed: Upgrade to Premium Shopping Cart appearing blank under certain circumstances
  • Fixed: Instability related to ELAM drivers under specific circumstances
  • Fixed: Several cosmetic UI Dark mode related issues
  • Addressed: Certain Ransomware protection incompatibilities with Kaspersky, iTunes and Photoshop

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Posted: 23 Mar 2020 12:51 AM PDT

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Microsoft Update Delivers Serious Windows 10 Warning - Forbes

Posted: 23 Mar 2020 06:17 AM PDT

Windows 10 users received a ray of light earlier this week. But now normal service has been resumed and you need to be on high alert yet again. This is what you need to know. 

How To Upgrade To Windows 10 For 'Free' In 2020 [Updated]
Forbes Gordon Kelly

Picked up by Windows Latest, forums are currently full of Windows 10 users reporting that a new Microsoft update (4.18.2003.4-0) has caused Windows Defender, the platform's integrated antivirus scanner, to issue warnings that it has quit scans and/or skipped checking files (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 etc). Defender then tells users no threats were found, a conclusion which obviously reassures no-one. Speaking to BleepingComputer, respected Microsoft reporter G√ľnter Born confirmed that 80% of his readership has been impacted by this.

03/23 Update: is Microsoft distracted by its future plans for Windows? This would be one explanation for the ongoing problems with Windows 10 after the company accidentally leaked a new 'Windows Core OS' (WCOS) on its support documents today. "Please note: Not all of the Desktop fonts will be in non-desktop editions of Windows 10 such as Xbox, HoloLens, Surface Hub, future WCOS devices, etc." The page has now been altered, although leaks suggest this will be an extremely flexible platform with the potential to work on everything from PCs to Mixed Reality headsets and IoT devices. It will work alongside the recently revealed Windows 10X platform. It's an intriguing prospect, though Microsoft has a lot to fix with Windows 10 before it integrates a core of it into everything we own.

"'Windows Defender skipped scanning an item due to an exclusion or network policy'. [I] Click on it. List of exclusions appears. There are no exclusions listed. Trust in Defender now ~= 0" reported one user, summing up the problem experienced by many. 

"Just got the latest Defender Platform 4.18.2003.4-0 on both machines, and both received this new message about skipping an item during a Quick Scan 'scan skipped an item due to exclusion or network scanning settings'. I have no exclusions! And, I have never made any changes to my network scanning settings that I know of. Everything under WD's 'Firewall and network protection' is default 'ON'" - source

"I update and quick scan frequently. Today was the first time " WDA scan skipped an item due to exclusion or network scanning settings". I proceeded to run a full scan with same message displayed. I have made no changes, done nothing to cause this message. Just updates." - source

"Having same problem on 2 of 3 computers. The one not having this problem hasn't gotten the March Cumulative update yet" - source

"Just got the latest Defender Platform 4.18.2003.4-0 on both machines, and both received this new message about skipping an item during a Quick Scan 'scan skipped an item due to exclusion or network scanning settings'. I have no exclusions!" - source

Notably, some users have also reported that their Windows 10 PCs now block them from installing third-party antivirus software as well. For example: 

"This started happening on my end as well today. Also, it says that 'Windows Smartscreen can't be reached' when I try to install software, such as [third party malware checker] Malwarebytes which I wanted to install since that left me a bit worried." - source

"I'm able to [run an offline scan] on another Win 10 device that doesn't present the issue, but not on the one that does. Defender Offline doesn't get past 92%, and all 3rd party offline scans have failed for one reason or another." - source

At the time of publication, Microsoft has not commented on these problems even though the first reports date back up to two weeks. Windows Defender has received further updates since 4.18.2003.4-0 (which suggests the company is aware of it) but they have not resolved the issue and it remains unknown whether affected Windows 10 PCs have been compromised. As it stands, the problem appears to be widespread. 

Microsoft has some explaining to do. Must be Tuesday


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