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Best places to buy Kaspersky Anti-Virus in 2020 - Android CentralBest places to buy Kaspersky Anti-Virus in 2020 - Android CentralAntivirus Software Market Pin-Point Analyses of Industry Competition Dynamics to Offer You a Competitive Edge - 3rd Watch NewsAntivirus Software Market Research with Covid-19 after Effects - Apsters NewsAntivirus Software Market Scope by Trends, Opportunities to Expand Significantly by 2026 - Jewish Life NewsBest places to buy Kaspersky Anti-Virus in 2020 - Android CentralPosted: 28 Apr 2020 12:00 AM PDTKaspersky Anti-Virus is one of the best computer protection programs around, and has been thoroughly tested by several third-party labs and in our own in-house tests, too. The best place to purchase a copy of Kaspersky Anti-Virus is from Kaspersky itself. However, you can often find deals through other vendors. The trick is finding a trustworthy one, so you don't accidentally purchase and download malware instead of a legitimate copy of Kaspersky. Here a…

Top 5 free cybersecurity tools you can download today - Komando

Top 5 free cybersecurity tools you can download today - Komando

Top 5 free cybersecurity tools you can download today - Komando

Posted: 20 Jun 2020 03:54 AM PDT

Just about every month this year we've seen spikes in phishing attacks, malicious websites and other dangers lurking on the web. All that adds up to big money. Consumers have lost nearly $60 million to fraud so far in 2020, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission reports.

You don't have to take this lying down. Between preemptive measures like security software and in-depth system scans for malware, there are plenty of options these days to protect your computer from harm. Tap or click here to see the best online virus scanners you can use for free.

If you're looking for simple, effective ways to stay on top of cybersecurity, these five free downloads can help you protect your system from malware infection, secure your network and help you browse the web with peace of mind. Here's what you need to install.

1. Essential antimalware software for PCs and Macs

Antimalware programs are essential for scanning and cleaning harmful files from your computer. And when it comes to free options, Windows Defender and Malwarebytes have all your bases covered on Windows and Mac.

Windows Defender is designed by Microsoft to work with Windows 10 computers and comes with your PC by default. Because it works behind the scenes, there are no downloads or installation files to mess around with. Using the program, you can scan your computer for malware, quarantine malicious files and remove them with just a few clicks

In addition to performing background scans, this software automatically scans downloads, open programs and provides new Windows Update definitions so you can stay on top of spreading threats. Make sure you're using the latest version. Tap or click here from your PC to update Windows Defender.

As for Apple systems, macOS doesn't have a stock equivalent like Windows Defender, but that doesn't mean you should go without protection.

Malwarebytes for Mac is designed for speed and can scan your entire computer in as little as 30 seconds. It identifies and removes malicious files for you once the scan is complete — no extra work required on your end.

To get started, click the link below and select Free Download. The installer file will appear in your Downloads folder in the bottom right corner of your dock where all your program icons are found. Click the file to open it, and follow the directions that appear on-screen.

Malwarebytes will run you through the process of your first scan once you boot it up for the first time.

2. Quad9 helps you optimize your network for security

DNS is what's responsible for directing you to specific websites when you type in a web address, as well as the reason why you don't have to enter an IP address every time you want to visit a site. Your internet provider typically assigns your DNS settings automatically, but hackers can hijack these settings to redirect you to malicious websites.

Use a safer option: The Quad9 Domain Name System service is maintained by cybersecurity advocates at IBM and The Global Cyber Alliance. Every time you click on a web link, Quad9 will check the site against IBM X-Force's threat intelligence database of over 40 billion analyzed webpages and images.

Quad9 works to protect you by blocking unauthorized DNS redirects right off the bat and can also protect your devices from cyberattacks by blocking remote hosts as well.

All you need to do to use Quad9 is edit the address into your DNS settings, so there are no additional programs to download. Tap or click here to find out more about Quad9, including the step-by-step instructions for your Windows PC or Mac.

3. HTTPS Everywhere encrypts unsecured websites so they're safe to visit

Are you familiar with "HTTPS?" This online marker shows if a website is properly encrypted for secure communication and appears as a lock icon in your address bar, as well as an "https://" in the web address itself.

Most websites these days use HTTPS to guard against hijacking and malicious hacking attempts, but not every site has made the switch.

Fortunately, the HTTPS Everywhere browser extension fixes this issue. It was created as a joint venture between the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Tor Project. Using a bit of clever coding, it's able to rewrite your web requests as HTTPS — even if the website you visit isn't properly encrypted.

If you're concerned about visiting an unknown or new website, HTTPS Everywhere can give you a bit more peace of mind. Just make sure to pair it with a good cybersecurity suite like the ones above for maximum protection.

You can download the browser extension for the desktop versions of Chrome, Firefox, and Opera — and comes standard with Brave and Tor. For Android smartphones, download the mobile version for Firefox and try in the mobile version of Brave for iOS or Android.

Tap or click here to download the HTTPS Everywhere extension for your favorite browser.

4. This keylogger check will show you if someone is spying on what you type

Keyloggers are devastating programs that can monitor the things you are typing and send them back to the hackers in control of them. This allows them to steal passwords, email addresses and other personal information with ease — all right under your nose.

To protect your PC against keyloggers, anti-keylogging software is your best bet. When it comes to free options, Ghostpresss offers a plethora of features in one lightweight download. Not only does it scan for existing keylogging software on your computer, but it also runs active real-time keylogging protection.

This means that it's running in the background while you type and will block any background attempts to record what you're spelling out. It can even prevent remote screenshots from activating, which hackers sometimes use to capture passwords that have their characters blocked by apps.

Tap or click here to check out Ghostpress anti-keylogger.

Using a Mac? Tap or click here for tips on spotting and removing keyloggers.

5. This hard drive health checker will keep your system running smoothly

Ignoring warning signs of a failing hard drive can cost you a good deal of money and time.

To protect and monitor your hard drive, we recommend using a digital health checker like CrystalDisk for diagnostics. This program provides detailed readouts on the status of your storage system and can tell you when something is awry or unusual before the effects become obvious.

Another great option is HD Tune, which you can use free for 30 days.

A good deal of the information you'll get back from a hard drive health checker is difficult to interpret if you're not an expert. The most important thing you need to check is your disk's "SMART status." SMART — which stands for Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology — is how your disk reads its health back to you.

SMART uses specific statuses to tell you your hard drive's health. If CrystalDisk shows you any of the following statuses, that means it's time to replace your hard drive in the near future:

  • SMART 5 Reallocated Sectors Count
  • SMART 187 Reported Uncorrectable Errors
  • SMART 188 Command Timeout
  • SMART 197 Current Pending Sector Count
  • SMART 198 Uncorrectable Sector Count

If you keep a frequent eye on your SMART status, you can see an upcoming hard drive failure before it happens and save your valuable files from being lost forever. They don't call it SMART for nothing.

As computers get more advanced, so do the threats we face on the web. Luckily, these programs can give you peace of mind while you surf the internet and can help your system last longer than it might have normally.

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Posted: 09 Jun 2020 10:32 AM PDT

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Avira Antivirus Pro - Review 2020 - PCMag India

Posted: 11 Jun 2020 12:00 AM PDT

Every 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's still higher than the sweet spot price of just under $40. Bitdefender, Webroot, and Emsisoft are all in that $40 price range, as are more than a dozen others. F-Secure Anti-Virus gives you three licenses for that price. You do pay $59.99 for a year of McAfee, but that gets you protection for Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS device in your household.

As a company, Avira is moving to an emphasis on security suite protection rather than standalone antivirus. That's evident in the promotion of Avira Free Security over the basic free antivirus. Avira's two suite products, Avira Internet Security and Avira Prime, along with the free suite, have recently gotten a full user-interface makeover that more thoroughly integrates their components. That wave of enhancement hasn't washed over Antivirus Pro yet, though it's slated to join the rest by the third quarter of this year.

Avira Antivirus Pro Main Window

For now, the antivirus looks just like it did the last time I evaluated it. A launcher utility manages your Avira tools: Antivirus Pro, Software Updater, Password Manager, Phantom VPN, SafeSearch plus, Safe Shopping, Browser Safety, Home Guard, and Privacy Pal. Only Antivirus Pro is initially installed. For testing, I installed Safe Shopping and Browser Safety.

Antivirus Pro's main window features a simple left-side menu and four big buttons representing essential protection components: Real-Time Protection, Ransomware Protection, Web Protection, and Mail Protection. These four appear on the Protection options page in the free suite, but only Real-Time Protection is enabled for free. Antivirus Pro gets all four.

Features Shared With Avira's Free Security

In the past, Avira has made two free products available, a free antivirus and a free security suite. With the latest product line, the company has officially dropped the free antivirus, though it hasn't been wiped from the website. Avira Free Security is a stripped-down version of the top-tier Avira Prime. It includes antivirus protection, naturally, but also integrates a password manager, a feature-limited VPN, and dozens of handy utilities. Many of these features overlap what you get in the Pro antivirus. I'll summarize my findings about those shared features here—you can read my review of the free suite for full details.

Avira Antivirus Pro Lab Results Chart

Avira's scores with the independent labs are quite good. All four of the labs that I follow include Avira's technology, and until recently it boasted a perfect 10 points from my aggregate lab score algorithm. A couple slight bobbles in recent tests brought that to 9.8, but it's still the best score among products tested by all four labs. Bitdefender Antivirus Plus, tested by three labs, came in at 9.9, and Sophos, with two lab reports, at 10.

In my hands-on malware protection test, Avira detected 89 percent of the samples, the same as Spybot - Search & Destroy +AV Home Edition., and earned an overall score of 8.8 points. That's not a great score. Tested with this same set of samples, Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus earned a perfect 10 points. On the other hand, Bitdefender, which, like Avira, takes stellar scores from the labs, came in at 8.5 points in my hands-on test. When my results don't jibe with those of the labs, I give more weight to the labs.

Avira Antivirus Pro Malware Protection Results Chart

For a different view of protection, I challenge each product with 100 recent malware-hosting URLs, noting whether it keeps the browser from accessing the URL, eliminates the malware payload during download, or totally whiffs detection. Avira's Browser Safety component, which installs in Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Opera (but not Internet Explorer), completely blocked access to 54 percent of the samples and eliminated another 27 percent at the download stage. That total of 81 percent protection is way down from Avira's previous score of 96 percent. McAfee AntiVirus Plus, Sophos, and Vipre all managed 100 percent protection in their latest tests.

Browser Safety also serves to fend off phishing sites, fraudulent sites that attempt to steal your passwords. When I tested this feature, it did much better than during my last evaluation, 93 percent detection compared with a previous score of 66 percent. Even so, quite a few others have done better. In particular, Kaspersky Anti-Virus and Trend Micro both managed 100 percent protection in their respective antiphishing tests.

Avira Antivirus Pro Phishing Protection Results Chart

Avira's free and Pro editions both associate with a large entourage of associated Avira programs, most of them free. The Avira Connect dashboard serves as a launch pad for all the other Avira products, and it helps you connect to the online Avira portal. Especially noteworthy is Avira Phantom VPN, which protects your privacy on unsecure networks, for up to 1GB of traffic per month on a single device (for $9.99 per month you get unlimited traffic on unlimited devices). The free security suite integrates VPN protection. In the Pro antivirus, you can install the VPN by going to the dashboard.

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Less Effective Web Protection

One of the bonuses you get for upgrading to Avira Antivirus Pro is Web Protection. Where the Browser Safety extension only works in supported browsers, Web Protection acts at the network level, aiming to keep all web-connected programs from hooking up with dangerous URLs.

For a comparison of the two features, I ran my malicious URL blocking test again, using the very latest reported malware-hosting URLs. In one virtual machine, I ran the test on Chrome with Browser Safety installed; in another, I used Internet Explorer with no browser extension, just Web Protection.

Avira Antivirus Pro Web Protection

I got through 60 functional real-world malware-hosting URLs without seeing a single sign of life from Web Protection. It did show some action during the remainder of the test, but overall, it missed 70 percent of the dangerous URLs caught by Browser Safety. Avira's total score in both tests was lower than what I previously recorded, so I let the earlier measurement stand.

I started to repeat my antiphishing test, comparing the results of Web Protection in Internet Explorer with my already-recorded results using Browser Safety in Chrome. When I reached a dozen phishing URLs caught by Browser Safety but missed by Web Protection, I dropped the laborious test.

I've said this before. I don't understand why Avira doesn't take the clearly superior detection technology in Browser Safety and apply it to Web Protection. As it is, if you use a browser other than Chrome, Edge, Opera, or Firefox, you get no protection in the free edition and comparatively limited protection in Pro.

Ransomware Protection

New with the previous edition, Avira offers a ransomware protection component, designed to eliminate any ransomware that might get past the ordinary real-time protection. To test this component, I turned off real-time protection, verified that ransomware protection remained enabled, and launched a dozen real-world ransomware samples, one at a time, in a virtual machine cut off from the internet.

Two of the samples took no action, perhaps detecting that they were under observation. All the rest ran to completion. The nasty Petya ransomware encrypted the entire (virtual) disk. My single screen-locker sample successfully locked the screen. And the remaining samples encrypted my test files without a peep from Antivirus Pro. After this dismal performance against real ransomware, I didn't bother testing with the simulated attacks generated by the RanSim ransomware simulator from KnowBe4.

Avira Antivirus Pro Ransomware Protection

It turns out that I was fooled by the display, just as I was the last time I reviewed this product. Despite Avira's status page clearly showing ransomware protection active, it was not. When you turn off real-time protection you're also turning off ransomware protection, even though the display says it's on. That's a user interface element that could use some work. I'll look for improvement when the next version hits the shelves.

Trend Micro Antivirus+ Security couples ransomware protection with overall real-time protection in the same way, though it doesn't send the same kind of mixed message. As with Trend Micro, I couldn't truly test Avira's ransomware-specific abilities, because the regular antivirus wiped out all the samples.

Other Pro Features

The Pro edition adds Mail Protection, which I thought might be a spam filter. It isn't. Rather, it scans incoming POP3 and IMAP email for malware. You can optionally set it to scan outgoing SMTP messages, though I can't picture how a malicious file could escape the real-time antivirus and then get caught by Mail Protection. Given that an incoming malicious attachment would get scanned by the real-time antivirus before it could launch, I'm not sure how much this feature adds.

Most malware attacks come over the Internet, but there are a few malware families that spread using infected USB devices. Some high-end security suites include device control, a business-centered feature that lets an administrator ban the use of unknown USB drives, but allow specific approved USBs. This feature works well in G Data Total Security and TrustPort Total Protection.

Avira Antivirus Pro Manage Devices

Avira's Pro-only Device Protection doesn't give you full USB control. Critically, there's no option to block all devices except those marked as trusted. When you insert a USB drive, it simply asks whether to allow or block access, with a checkbox to remember the device and whitelist or blacklist it. There's no obvious access to configuration for this feature. It appears nowhere on the main window, or in that window's menu. But if you click to configure PC Protection in the Settings dialog, you'll find a page for Device Protection that lets you turn the feature on and off and displays the whitelist and blacklist of known devices. Note that Device Protection is off by default, so if you don't dig into settings and enable it, you'll never see it.

Hoping to find a way to prevent unauthorized users from allowing access for an unknown device, I enabled password protection for the product's configuration. However, password protection doesn't extend to the Allow/Block popup that appears for unknown USB devices. I had no trouble whitelisting an unknown, which defeats the purpose of this feature. If your aim is to keep kids (or employees) from plugging in random, possibly infected USB drives, this feature won't help.

Doesn't Add Enough

Avira Antivirus Pro provides good protection against malware, but all its best features also come in Avira Free Security. Pro-only Web Protection does extend antiphishing and malicious URL blocking to all browsers, but it's vastly less accurate than the Browser Safety extension. And while Device Control aims to let an administrator prevent unauthorized users from mounting unknown USB drives, there's no way to lock it down so they can't. As for Ransomware Protection, I couldn't test it, because it's tied to real-time protection, which eliminated all the ransomware samples.

If you like Avira and want to use it in a noncommercial setting, stick with the free suite. If you need antivirus for your business, pay a little less and choose one of our for-pay antivirus Editors' Choice products. Specifically, Bitdefender Antivirus Plus, Kaspersky Anti-Virus, Norton AntiVirus Plus, and Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus cost less, while McAfee AntiVirus Plus seems to cost the same as Avira, but allows you unlimited installations.

Avira Antivirus Pro Specs

On-Demand Malware Scan Yes
On-Access Malware Scan Yes
Website Rating No
Malicious URL Blocking Yes
Phishing Protection Yes
Behavior-Based Detection Yes
Vulnerability Scan No
Firewall No

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Best Windows 10 antivirus - ITProPortal

Posted: 28 May 2020 12:00 AM PDT

Despite what you might think, being the most popular PC operating system in the world - Windows 10 - isn't easy. Its users make an appealing target to all sorts of illegal, immoral, and/or simply nosey practices, including malware, spying, ransomware, financial frauds, identity theft, and more.

Many Windows 10 users are aware of this fact and are doing their best to protect themselves, primarily by getting an antivirus platform. And while Microsoft's own Windows Defender that accompanies every Windows PC by default is a pretty robust solution by itself, it's still pretty basic in comparison to some other players in the industry.

For those that are still on the lookout for the best product to keep their PC safe from the above-mentioned threats or simply wish to replace their current solution with a better one, here are our top 5 suggestions:

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