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Free ESET NOD 32 License and Review
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&nbsp;&nbsp; ESET is apparently giving away for free NOD 32 antivirus via their ESET India website. The ESET website claims no registration or activation is required.&nbsp; However, the trick is that one needs to be physically located in India to get the free activation and if activated anywhere else it appears to be a 30 day trial.&nbsp; Therefore, install a free VPN software that routes through India for the initial installation.&nbsp; There are several available and one simply needs to do a Google search to find it.&nbsp; Also, make sure that all ports are routed through India during of the installation and first launch of the program.&nbsp; ESET also offers free technical support 5 days a week for Indian users.
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&nbsp;&nbsp; ESET NOD 32 installation is unique compared to other antivirus.&nbsp; The download was a small 46 megabytes in size.&nbsp; The installer prompts to setup a password to prevent users from accessing the antivirus (interesting that it was included in the setup), the option to enable threat sense protection, customize the installation directory and more.
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&nbsp;&nbsp; ESET NOD 32 offers better protection than the most free antivirus.&nbsp; The engine is VB100 certified.&nbsp; The trick is that Virus Bulletin releases certifications every month.&nbsp; If you look at the VB logo on a lot of websites it states the month that it was won (often several months behind, check out Microsoft security essentials. For Example, it says Dec 2006 or something).&nbsp; Most antivirus only win the VB award maybe a handful of times every year.&nbsp; ESET, on the other hand, has won this every month since 1998.&nbsp; NOD 32 also has been certified by AV-Comparatives as having excellent antivirus protection.&nbsp; Put all of these factors together and NOD 32 has great virus detection.&nbsp;
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&nbsp;&nbsp; There are two different scanning options, the smart scan and the full system scan.&nbsp; The smart scan is very fast and scans all critical areas common files, programs files, windows folder and more at approximately 8 megabytes per second.&nbsp;&nbsp; ESET NOD 32 detected openvps.exe as a potential threat but, this is a safe component of a VPN.&nbsp; The smart scan finished in about 22 minutes on a 130+ gigabyte hard drive at 7200 rpm.&nbsp;&nbsp;
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&nbsp;&nbsp; From previous reviews, I have noted a that ESET has a ton of features.&nbsp; I can now saw for sure that NOD 32 has the most customizable settings of any antivirus.&nbsp; A few things that I like is that NOD 32 monitors actual ports in addition to the file system for virus activity.&nbsp; So, in theory NOD32 can catch a virus before the entire thing is downloaded onto a system via a pattern signature.&nbsp; One can also completely block removable media or assign it to only certain ports.&nbsp; I am also a fan of the new interface as it presents everything that&#39;s useful with the option to switch on advanced options.
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&nbsp;&nbsp; Resource usage with NOD32 is excellent.&nbsp; The program uses about 46 megabytes while idle and about 80 megabytes when scanning.&nbsp; It seems that the program actively limits scanning based upon computer activity.&nbsp; It also was one of the first times I didn&rsquo;t actually detect any slow down as a result of a scan or the automatic protection.
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&nbsp;&nbsp; One issue with NOD32 is how it presents the status of the scan.&nbsp; It seems that it moves through 60% within a minute but gets stuck.&nbsp; It would be nice to space out and more properly indicate the scanning status.&nbsp; The settings could also be presented in an easier to understand manner.<br />
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Panda Cloud Antivirus 1.5 Review
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&nbsp;&nbsp; Panda Security has released Panda Cloud Antivirus 1.5 as an upgrade to 1.4.&nbsp; The software includes a lot of notable fixes, including faster scanning speeds, even lower resource usage, more advanced configuration options and more.&nbsp; We will be comparing these updated claims to our test&rsquo;s&nbsp; from the 1.4 versions.&nbsp; Also, Panda Cloud antivirus remains our antivirus of choice due to its light weight and detection effectiveness, on all of our non test systems.&nbsp; If you have the previous version installed, it will automatically update to 1.5. We received the upgrade today.
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The installation of Cloud Antivirus 1.5 has been completely revamped.&nbsp; Rather than an older formatted window uncompressing all the files, there is a new sleek interface.&nbsp; In the advanced options there is the option to installer the panda security toolbar and customize the installation location.&nbsp;&nbsp; The installation finished in about 1 minute and offers to install the free or pro version.&nbsp; Continuing, with the light weight theme, the download is small at 694 KB which is an increase of 301 KB from the previous version.&nbsp;
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; New on the main screen is a graph depicting the scanned files per minute.&nbsp; This is a handy to indicate the antivirus&rsquo;s status.&nbsp; The main icons have also been redesigned.&nbsp; The scan options remain the same, optimized, scan my computer, and custom locations.&nbsp;&nbsp; Scanning speed has increased from 3 megabytes per second to about 5 megabytes per second.&nbsp; The scanning time has improved from 20 minutes to about 15 minutes (even considering the increased amount of files on the test system).&nbsp; The optimized scan didn&rsquo;t detect any malware during the scan.&nbsp; However, the most frequently detected items are cookies (double click) type on the other systems running the antivirus. A quick security test to attempt to shutdown the process via task manager resulted in an access denied message.&nbsp; This means that viruses will have difficultly shutting down the process.&nbsp;
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Heading over to the advanced menu shows several improvements that panda security has added. New are the detection of potentially unwanted programs, the option to scan compressed files in on demand scans, and a background scanning after cache synchronization (not exactly clear what this feature actually does). There is also now the option to generate advanced logs.&nbsp; In the exclusion area one can exclude files and also whole folders from being scanned.
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; As far as resource usage goes.&nbsp; Panda Cloud Antivirus went from using one megabyte&nbsp; to now only 328 to 401 kilobytes when idle.&nbsp; This is extremely small and complements to Panda Security for achieving this.&nbsp; Scanning sees memory usage remain about the same as previous versions.&nbsp;&nbsp;
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Finally, it appears that the changes from 1.4 to 1.5 are relatively minor but appreciated.&nbsp; Cloud antivirus remains one of the lightest if not the lightest antivirus available online.&nbsp; Not to mention, that the antivirus is completely free.&nbsp; There is now a built-in like system for Facebook and Twitter.&nbsp; I would encourage spreading the word about cloud antivirus, as it is truly a great antivirus program. <br />
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Free Comodo Internet Security Pro 2011 1 Year License Review
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Comodo is giving away their Internet Security Program for free for 1 year.&nbsp; If you go over to the regular Comodo website, you can see that this costs 49.99.&nbsp; But, I have a special download link to get the version completely for free.&nbsp; The antivirus has excellent detection and has been awarded ICSA Labs, Matousec.com, WestCoast, VB 100, and a Cnet 5 star rating.&nbsp; There are also numerous features including auto sandbox technology, firewall, and even free live help via the program interface.&nbsp; This Comodo antivirus doesn&#39;t require activation (auto activates) is completely free and is legally sponsored by the publisher.
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<li><font size=”3″><a href=”http://download.comodo.com/cis/download/installs/1000/standalone/cispro_1year_installer.exe” rel=”nofollow” title=”Comodo Free License”><u><strong>Comodo Internet Security Pro Free 1 Year Direct Download&nbsp; </strong></u></a></font><br />
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The installation of Comodo Internet Security Pro was easy.&nbsp; The program comes in a special 1 year setup file.&nbsp; Double clicking the 59 megabyte file will start the setup automatically.&nbsp; The setup runs to completion and auto launches Comodo when finished.&nbsp;&nbsp; One problem is that the setup does not allow one to change the setup&rsquo;s location.&nbsp; However, there are no next buttons to click everything is handled automatically.&nbsp; When the setup completed (in about 1 minute) the program launched the update process.&nbsp; The update is larger than average at 122 megabytes in size and the program required a restart once it was finished.
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Comodo Internet Security Pro offers&nbsp; a &ldquo;Run a Scan&rdquo; option.&nbsp; In this sub menu there are the &ldquo;critical areas&rdquo;,&nbsp; &ldquo;spyware scan&rdquo;, and &ldquo;my computer&rdquo;.&nbsp; The critical areas scanner scans at approximately 5 megabytes per second (on the slower side) and scans the windows, program files, common files, and more for viruses.&nbsp; The scan started out slow but then boosted to about 53,000 files scanned within 2 minutes.&nbsp; The scanner appears to via a memory scan so that scans are faster as they are done more often.&nbsp;&nbsp; The scanner didn&#39;t detect any malware on the test system.&nbsp; However, given the certifications, including matousec.com, one can be assured that virus detection is above average.
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In addition, to excellent scanning, Comodo Internet Security Pro offers a fully functional firewall. The feature that stood out was the stealth port wizard.&nbsp;&nbsp; One can setup the stealth ports for everything but not trusted networks,&nbsp; alert one to access on any of the stealth ports, or just make it stealth for every type of traffic.&nbsp; This level of customizability is the norm from Comodo programs.&nbsp; If you want to see more about it you can read our other Comodo reviews that go in depth on the settings.&nbsp;&nbsp; However, one other great feature is the option to speak to a &ldquo;licensed technician&rdquo;.&nbsp; Wherever you are within the program this allows one to get help on anything one is confused with.&nbsp; For example, on the update information there is a chat with a technician option.<br />
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Norton Antivirus 2012 Beta Review and Download
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&nbsp;&nbsp; Symantec has just released Norton Antivirus 2012 Beta.&nbsp; The newest features are improved Sonar 4.0 which utilizes hundreds of heuristic analysis against a process to determine if it&rsquo;s malicious, a brand new interface, Insight protection upgrades which include whether a file is reliable in addition to whether it is safe or not, performance improvements and more.&nbsp; From first glance, it appears that Norton has out done itself and remains one of the best antivirus around.
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The installation of Norton Antivirus 2012 was easy.&nbsp; The downloader was only 779 kilobytes in size and the setup file immediately launched.&nbsp; The only problem that I encountered was that the file needed to be run with administrator privileges.&nbsp; Usually executables include a small shield on them to automatically prompt a user, however this setup file did not.&nbsp; The fix is to right click the executable and then &ldquo;run as an administrator&rdquo;.
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; There are now several new scanning options.&nbsp; There is the computer and reputation scan which include a quick scan, full system scan, and custom scan.&nbsp; The newest feature is the &ldquo;scan the Facebook wall option&rdquo; which requires one to give additional privileges to Norton via their Facebook account.&nbsp;&nbsp; I first quickly played around with a couple of the scanning options by starting and stopping them.&nbsp; This routine unfortunately crashed the program, but given that it is beta this is expected.&nbsp; The program recovered after a restart.&nbsp;&nbsp; The quick scan option scanned files at approximately 10 to 12 megabytes per second.&nbsp; The scan checked over 10,000 files within five minutes.&nbsp; The scan utilizes trace based protection in which it scans predefined locations of known malware such as Backdoor.Rustock.B etc.&nbsp;
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; What&rsquo;s interesting is that even though this &ldquo;Norton Antivirus 2012&rdquo; it also includes network protections.&nbsp; They include intrusion prevention, browser protection, and download intelligence.&nbsp; It appears as if the standalone antivirus has morphed into a more internet security like program.&nbsp; This is presumably to compete with the more free antivirus like programs.&nbsp;&nbsp; The settings area is now easier to use with each of the major protection areas on the left and subsets of them.&nbsp; However, the most surprising feature is mobile protection.&nbsp; This is also still in beta and it&rsquo;s unclear whether one will have to buy Norton to get this features.&nbsp;&nbsp; The taskbar icon has also been updated and it&rsquo;s easy to simply just disable the auto protect whereas before one would have to jump through several menus.&nbsp;&nbsp; Also new is a bandwidth metering option in which one can restrict the amount of bandwidth is used on mobile broadband to save users money on their capped cell phone bills.
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; During scanning Norton Antivirus 2012 used approximately 50 megabytes of RAM and about 12 percent CPU power.&nbsp; When the program was completely minimized and in its idle state, the program used approximately 30 megabytes of RAM.&nbsp; Given all of the protections and even a side bar widget loaded, these performance figures are excellent.&nbsp; <br />
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VirusKeeper Pro 2011 Review Free
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&nbsp;&nbsp; VirusKeeper 2011 is an extension of the Multi Virus Cleaner program but, with real time protection.&nbsp; The software boasts an impressive virus database and antispyware scanning capabilities, in addition to regular virus detection.&nbsp; The real time shield scans numerous areas including registry and system file modifications, messenger protection, I/O port monitoring and more.&nbsp; The shield also has predefined settings for game, netbook, and normal mode to conserve power and resources.&nbsp; Finally, the program is used by over 10 million users worldwide ensuring broad publisher support.
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&nbsp;&nbsp; The installation went well.&nbsp; The download size was 24.4 megabytes and was updated as recently as March 30th.&nbsp; The only problem is that the installation file is located within a zip file (not quite sure why because it only saves one megabyte).&nbsp; However, once the setup file started the program installed quickly.&nbsp; While the tray icon and the real time shield started, I was unable to run an initial scan.&nbsp; A quick reboot solved this problem and the program worked fine afterwards.
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&nbsp;&nbsp; VirusKeeper 2011 is kind of unique in that it has three different scanning types.&nbsp; There is the instant analysis, antivirus file, and the antispyware scan.&nbsp; The instant analysis runs a quick scan utilizing the heuristic and behavioral engine.&nbsp; The analysis checks active processes, web browser integrity, new files, and active processes.&nbsp; This scan completes in about 30 seconds and scans at about 2.6 megabytes per second.&nbsp;&nbsp; The next scanning option is the antivirus scanner which has four scanning options the deep, quick, full, and custom.&nbsp; The quick scanner runs at an impressive 10 to 13 megabytes per second and finished in approximately 10 minutes.&nbsp; Another plus is the scanners responsiveness in that it can be stopped and started almost instantly versus a huge lag time with most free antivirus.&nbsp; Next, is the antispyware scanner which extensively checks the registry for toolbars and other spyware programs.&nbsp; This finished in about 7 minutes and scanned 100,000&rsquo;s of registry keys.&nbsp; An additional option is the cookie area in which VirusKeeper detects all system cookies, not just internet explorer but with all browsers.&nbsp; A user has the option to delete any offending cookie.
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&nbsp;&nbsp; There are also several tools available to diagnosis problems with one&rsquo;s computer.&nbsp; The ProcessWatch displays running process, loaded drivers, and services etc.&nbsp; The only problem is that the trusted database is pretty limited and labeled notepad.exe as unknown.&nbsp; The services and loaded drivers functions also didn&rsquo;t work on the test system.&nbsp; I like the NetWatch which shows which programs are actively connected to a network and by what specific ports.&nbsp; The &ldquo;more details&rdquo; tab shows a lot of information about a process including loaded modules and their location, what windows the program is actively using (extremely handy for malware detection i.e. shows the keyscrambler protection inside of Firefox which could have easily been a keylogger), security privileges , cpu time and virtual memory usage, and more.&nbsp; This is by far the best feature of VirusKeeper 2011.&nbsp; Next, there is the Program Report which lists all startup programs (could be more in-depth).&nbsp; Finally, there are scheduling options and a password protection option.
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Resource usage is kind of mixed.&nbsp; I say this because it depends on how many windows are open at a given moment.&nbsp; With the program completely idle and just the tray icon, it uses approximately 20 megabytes of RAM which is better than most free antivirus.&nbsp; When scanning, VirusKeeper 2011 can use upwards of 200 megabytes of RAM and approximately 15 percent CPU power.&nbsp;&nbsp; However, I am really pleased that the real time shield barely affected system operation and boot times.&nbsp;
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&nbsp;&nbsp; Some things to improve in future versions, could be one scan that integrates all three scanning options for simplicity.&nbsp; Fewer menus and wait times when launching scanners would also be helpful.&nbsp; The inclusion of cloud integration and a more effective trusted database.&nbsp; Finally, a resizable window could help users with smaller screens. &nbsp;<br />
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Free Avira Premium Security Suite 10 Review
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Avira has announced that it <strong>is giving away 6 months free</strong> of their venerable security suite (the most feature rich offering).&nbsp; I will include the instructions in the installation area.&nbsp; As far as the suite goes, it offers a firewall, anti-rootkit, anti-bot, and antispyware in addition to the award winning antivirus engine.&nbsp; The program has av-comparatives highest rating of advanced plus and the coveted VB100 award.&nbsp; The software also includes a full rescue system, game mode, and even netbook support.
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<li><font size=”3″><u><strong><a href=”http://bit.ly/eoL0Vj” title=”Avira Premium Security Suite Promotion”>Avira Premium Security Suite Full Subscription Promotion Page (link 1)</a></strong></u></font></li>
<li><a href=”http://dlpe.antivir.com/package/webloader/win32/isec/avira_premium_security_suite.exe” title=”English version direct download”><font size=”3″><u><strong>English version (link 2) </strong></u></font></a><br />
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; To get the six months free subscription head over to the Avira site from the above link 1.&nbsp; Download the german installer and click next until one arrives at the &ldquo;Willkommen bei&hellip;&rdquo; screen.&nbsp; There click the &ldquo;Produkt testen&rdquo; and enter a valid email address.&nbsp; Then hit next and do not continue to hit next (exit the installer). Click the link from an email and get the hbedv.key from the website.&nbsp; Next, install the English version (link 2) and on the license wizard page click, hbedv.key and select the file location.&nbsp; The installation then went smoothly after key was entered.&nbsp; The download was approximately 70 megabytes in size with the initial installer needing to download the setup file.&nbsp; A restart was required to get the program to fully function.
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Avira Premium Security Suite offers 10 different scanning modes.&nbsp; The complete system, scan for rootkits and active malware, quick system, and windows system scan etc.&nbsp; The scanner scans at approximately 6 to 8 megabytes per second which is about the same as the benchmark free antivirus.&nbsp; I did have one issue with the real time scanner.&nbsp; I got the virus Win32/Alueron on the test system which is a boot sector virus.&nbsp; While Avira detected the virus in the boot sector, it could not clean it (Avira&rsquo;s boot sector cleaning tool failed too).&nbsp; I also got this virus when the real time scanning engine was active (had updated definitions for the virus).&nbsp; I had to reinstall Windows as a result.&nbsp; However, one unique thing to the program is how it selects files extension.&nbsp; There is the smart extension option in which the program uses artificial intelligence to first examine the contents of the file and then decide if it should be scanned.&nbsp; This is different than most antivirus which rely on a predetermined list of file extensions and therefore have major vulnerabilities from a safe extension starting an illicit and obscure one.
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The firewall is still generally the same as the previous versions.&nbsp; Even though I was on the medium setting (second to lowest), I was still prompted for basic trusted application access.&nbsp; Avira needs to implement a system similar to competitors like Norton Insight and Panda Collective to identify trusted application via the cloud.&nbsp; Rules are segmented into application and adapter (ports and IP address).&nbsp; It doesn&rsquo;t seem that the Trusted Vendors list has been updated for several years.
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In addition to the firewall, there is a web protection which is fairly advanced.&nbsp; In addition to scanning active Url&#39;s, it also scans all Url&#39;s embedded within a page.&nbsp; The scanner is also hardcoded into the antivirus rather than just a browser toolbar so that it adds protection to any browser.&nbsp; The parental controls utilize the Windows account and allow one to set an adult, child, or young person role for each account.&nbsp; There is also a backup option to save modified files on a system from potential deletion.
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Resource usage is usually Avira&rsquo;s strong point and that&rsquo;s no exception with the Premium Security Suite.&nbsp; While idle, the software uses approximately 30 megabytes.&nbsp; When scanning, the avscan.exe process expands to 80 or 90 from 24 megabytes (110 total) and uses approximately 14 percent CPU power.&nbsp; The Suite&rsquo;s system performance impact is basically not noticeable.
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; As far as things to improve, the main complaint is the limited use of the cloud.&nbsp; The program must quickly add this functionality or it will be become outdated.&nbsp; Also even though version 10 was released in March 2011, the interface still remains the same.&nbsp; The settings area and customization options are also few and far in-between and need to be improved. &nbsp;<br />
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eScan 11 Antivirus Review Free
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; eScan has just released an updated version of their flagship antivirus software.&nbsp; The biggest change is a revamped interface that has significantly improved over the previous version and provides an OSX like dock to navigate through the application.&nbsp; In addition to being more visually pleasing, the software offers excellent protection via the 6,999,003 virus and malware signatures (some of the most seen in a consumer antivirus).&nbsp; eScan 11 has also been certified by all major testing labs including ICSA, WestCoast, AV-comparatives, and OESIS.&nbsp; In addition to the main antivirus engine, there is an included firewall, antispam, recovery disk and more.
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<li><a href=”http://update1.mwti.net/akdlm/download/escan/escan11/awn2k3ek.exe” title=”escan version 11 download”><font size=”3″><u><strong>Download eScan Version 11 Directly for Free </strong></u></font></a><br />
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The installation of eScan 11 was good and designed for Windows 7.&nbsp; The download size is 157 megabytes which is actually on par with the average internet security program.&nbsp; The installer automatically disabled Windows Defender and Firewall and ran an initial virus scan to check for viruses (can take a while so, one may want to skip).&nbsp; One problem was that once the setup completed, the program wanted to play an introductory video.&nbsp; There are a few bugs as it didn&rsquo;t go to a completely full screen.&nbsp; One is also given the option to restart the computer, which is necessary to start the firewall.&nbsp;
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&nbsp;&nbsp; One of the biggest updates in version 11 is a white list or memory scanning technology.&nbsp; This technology utilized by Norton and others, speeds up scans by ignoring files that may not have been modified and are known as safe (subsequent scans really do increase in speed).&nbsp; There are 5 scanning options which include, computer, USB, critical area (memory, registry, and services), and custom scans.&nbsp; The virus scanner is faster than average at 6 to 7 megabytes per second.&nbsp; I ran into one problem that needs to be fixed.&nbsp; I accidently clicked on the scan button twice (took a while to initially load) which launched two independent scanners.&nbsp; There needs to be some safeguard to prevent this from happening.&nbsp; The scanner detected one virus on the test system BLuPro as a Trojan.Generic.4842150 (DB).&nbsp; This is a false positive as it is associated with Bkav antivirus.&nbsp; Escan 11 also detected Malware.Win32 (ES).&nbsp; One thing that I like about the scan was the option to instantly set the scanner to low priority (even though the scan didn&#39;t significantly affect system operation).&nbsp; I didn&rsquo;t like that there wasn&rsquo;t a time till completion or even a status bar for the scan.&nbsp; Also when a scan is finished, it&rsquo;s not really apparent to the user except for a small &ldquo;Scan Completed&rdquo; in the lower status bar.&nbsp; The real time scanner can be customized to a certain extension, code analyzer, maximum file size, and the option to scan network drives.&nbsp; The real time shield can also block USB drive executable and can protect specific user defined files from modification.&nbsp; The update interval is set as 120 minutes (can be set as low as 30) by default and can even execute a program after an update (better than most free antivirus).
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The firewall offers four settings the allow all, limited filter (default via pre defined rules), interactive filter (prompts for every application), and block all.&nbsp; With the limited filter enabled I didn&rsquo;t encounter any prompts to allow connections.&nbsp; In the settings area, eScan 11 correctly auto detected the local network IP address range and added it as trusted.&nbsp; The Expert Rule area has rules for all major ports and protocols including http, dns, msn, rdp, and more.&nbsp; If one is unhappy with a rule, it can be easily customized via a specific interface (new)&nbsp; and a large list of source and destination options (my computer, network, single or range of IP&rsquo;s, port, port range or list etc.).&nbsp; I think the most unique thing is the reporting functionality which can show most network activity for a month or even longer with the top 10 IP&#39;s and applications and when a rule was revoked.&nbsp; I am a little annoyed that the eScan 11 doesn&rsquo;t include their own network activity monitor (they just used ViewTCP 3.1).
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; eScan 11 also includes an option to create a Rescue ISO disk, restore default settings to window, and an option to download the latest hot fixes for the program.&nbsp; The mail scanner has several customization options and functions via port rather than the application level (therefore, is compatible with all email clients).&nbsp; However, I like the Anti-Spam in that it reports to major antispam servers.&nbsp; There is also a virtual keyboard and gaming mode option accessible via the tray icon.
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; eScan 11 has efficient resource usage.&nbsp; The program uses about 30 megabytes of RAM while idle and about 70 megabytes while scanning.&nbsp; CPU usage can range from 5 to 12 percent CPU power.&nbsp; It seems that the scanner is automatically put into a lower priority if it is detected as running in the background.<br />
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Sophos 9.5 Endpoint Antivirus Review
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sophos has recently released their new 9.5 endpoint protection that includes cloud integration and a firewall.&nbsp;&nbsp; As one may know, I have used Sophos antivirus programs for 8 years, and I have been generally happy with the performance.&nbsp; I currently have one installation protecting a windows server and appreciate the maintenance free capability compared to competitors.&nbsp;&nbsp; I also appreciate that the company tends to be on the forefront of combating the latest viruses and exploits (essentially pushing the boundaries in the industry).&nbsp; Also new in this version, is tamper and web protection,&nbsp; Sophos Live real time updating, and more.
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<li><a href=”http://bit.ly/9NeT6A” title=”Sophos 9.5 download page”><font size=”3″><u><strong>Download Sophos 9.5 Directly from Sophos </strong></u></font></a><br />
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The installation of Sophos 9.5 was easy.&nbsp; There are two versions of the endpoint protection, the 70 megabyte standard, and the 75 megabyte edition with a firewall.&nbsp; What&rsquo;s nice is that both setup files support 32 and 64 bit systems all the way back to Windows 2000, in one compact executable.&nbsp; The installer prompted to install the optional firewall component and also has an option to remove third party security software that may conflict with program.&nbsp; After the installation completed, a restart was required to install the firewall driver.&nbsp; After the reboot, it took Windows an additional 20 seconds to finish booting to the desktop.
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&nbsp; &nbsp; The Sophos 9.5 scanning options remain the same with the &ldquo;Scan my computer&rdquo; and the &ldquo;set up a new scan&rdquo;.&nbsp; However, within the customize scan option there are new settings to configure.&nbsp; In the advanced area one can specifically set to decompress which types of archives and which type files to skip.&nbsp; This appears to be one of the most advanced exclusion type list of all free antivirus tested.&nbsp; Sophos 9.5 scans at approximately 6 to 7 megabytes per second putting it slightly above the benchmark antivirus.&nbsp; The program immediately detected a virus on the test system which ironically is Blue Atom Antivirus (Antivirus.exe and a Sus/Com-Pack-C).&nbsp; Now this is clearly a false positive and which I believe is attributed to an overly sensitive HIPS engine.&nbsp; I have also received a false positive from Webex PcNow by Cisco via a Reg-Mon alert.&nbsp; NirCmd.exe was also found on the test system and is actually malicious.&nbsp; The scan takes quite a while to finish (speed hasn&rsquo;t changed significantly from previous versions and after 20 minutes was still on 2% presumably because of the rootkit scan which is separate and slow).&nbsp; If one wants the scan to be faster disable the rootkit option.
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In addition to an antivirus engine, Sophos 9.5 includes a firewall.&nbsp; The problem is that this firewall prompts for every network /application protection.&nbsp; For example, simply opening a common browser such as Internet Explorer or FireFox, one is prompted to allow or disallow.&nbsp; The tradeoff is that for a small business or organization a large firewall rule set could be beneficial in keeping unwanted connections in and out of a system, however, for an individual, this could be extremely tedious to classify every single firewall rule (not to mention the radio boxes are in a different order from alert to alert).&nbsp; I think the firewall should at least include some auto learning rules for common applications.&nbsp; However, some good things about the firewall are its advanced handling of ICMP traffic (a frequently abused protocol), a LAN exclusion list for local networked computers, location based rule sets for roaming and wireless users, and an improved logging system which shows active connections and hidden processes.
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Some additional intriguing features are the tamper protection in which a user a must enter defined password to uninstall or modify the program, and a secondary update server if the first one failed. &nbsp;<br />
Resource usage is about the same with Sophos 9.5.&nbsp; The programs uses about 160 megabytes across 9 process while idle.&nbsp; When scanning, the memory usage remains about the same and uses about 10 percent CPU power, which is more than the average free antivirus.
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Some things that I would like to see improved are a more user friendly interface (probably won&rsquo;t matter in a business setting), more efficient resource usage, possibly a memory scan, and better details about scans (a separate progress bar for different scanners).<br />
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VirusBuster Personal 7 Review Free
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; VirusBuster is not the most well known antivirus and is actually Hungarian.&nbsp; However, the most exciting thing about VirusBuster is that version 7 was awarded the VB100 award for February 2011.&nbsp; This means that the software really does provide the most current protection against the latest threats.&nbsp; The program also has ICSA, WestCoast (specifically for anti-trojan detection), and CheckVir certifications.&nbsp; The only thing that seems to be moderate is the interface.&nbsp; However, it&rsquo;s a tradeoff for better resource management (excellent in tests) and responsiveness.
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<li><font size=”3″><a href=”http://www.virusbuster.hu/download/vb_windows/nsis/x64/winpers.exe” title=”VirusBuster 64 bit free download”><u><strong>64 bit Version Download </strong></u></a></font><br />
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The installation of VirusBuster was good.&nbsp; The download size was 65.8 megabytes and separate setup files are needed for the 32 and 64 bit versions.&nbsp; The installer worked great on Windows 7 and gives the user the option to input an update sever address (ideal for a small business setting).&nbsp; Once finished, the installer prompted for a restart even though the program launched.&nbsp; VirusBuster also auto updated and time stamped the updates after the install.
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; VirusBuster breaks down the scanner setting into tasks which are predefined but can also be customized by the user.&nbsp; The predefined scans are the local hard drive, readable and writable removable disks, and rescanning threat status (rechecks quarantined files) scans.&nbsp; The local hard drive scan, scans at about 5 megabytes per second which slightly higher than the benchmark free antivirus.&nbsp; The default setting is to first delete the file and then quarantine it if that fails.&nbsp; I personally liked the logging capability which is presented as a main function of the antivirus.&nbsp; If a file is access denied or there are access restrictions the user will be immediately notified with a detailed explanation.&nbsp; Unfortunately a quick scan isn&rsquo;t a predefined profile but can be added via the tasks menu.&nbsp; A user can also customize the schedule of the scan, whether it scans networked drives (accesses networking neighborhood), and if default extensions are included or all extensions.&nbsp; The user defined scans can be easily accessed via the tray icon.&nbsp; The local hard drive scan finished in a quick 1 hour and didn&rsquo;t detect any false positives or viruses on the test system.
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In addition to on demand scanning, VirusBuster offers a real time shield.&nbsp; The protection or sensitivity level can be set to either weak, medium, or high.&nbsp; The real time shield is also very efficient at scanning files while idle and had already checked 24,183 files just after about 1 hour of use.&nbsp; The updater offers several ways to update over most free antivirus including http, ftp, a specific path, netware, or even via a CD or flash drive.&nbsp; Updates are also delineated into tasks and can be set to update on restart and/or login and even where definitions versus program updates are received.&nbsp; In the advanced settings one can set an administrator password and even an smtp server to send alerts to.&nbsp; There is also a rights management area where one can set if the antivirus can be modified and by whom.
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; VirusBuster has excellent resource management.&nbsp; While idle the program used approximately 21 megabytes of RAM via two services vbcmserv.exe and vbsystry.exe.&nbsp; During scanning an addition process quick scan process starts (6 megabytes in size) then disappears and RAM usage never exceeds 32 megabytes.&nbsp; I also didn&rsquo;t detect an increase in startup or shutdown times.&nbsp; CPU usage is anywhere from 5 to 12 percent.&nbsp; VirusBuster clearly has one of the most efficient antivirus engines.&nbsp;
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The only complaint is the interface.&nbsp; The publisher really needs to update it to compete with other mainstream antivirus.&nbsp; I would also like to see some more customization settings.
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Blink Personal 4.8 Endpoint Antivirus Review
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&nbsp;&nbsp; eEye Digital Security released an updated endpoint protection, Blink Personal 4.8.&nbsp; I have used eEye security programs for years and appreciate the attention to making a system actually secure.&nbsp; The program provides a series of protections including full virus and spyware protection, an intrusion prevention system (IPS), vulnerability scans, system protection (registry and application), firewall, and a lot of customizable settings for the advanced user.&nbsp; Therefore, the program is really more of an internet security program than a simple endpoint antivirus.&nbsp; All of these protection come in an easy to use package that kind of resembles the Sophos interface.
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The installation of eEye was problem free on the test system.&nbsp; The installer is quite large at 179 megabytes, but this seems reasonable considering it has both the 32 and 64 bit versions inside.&nbsp; The installer prompts one to uninstall potentially conflicting software but doesn&rsquo;t do it automatically.&nbsp; Once the installer finished the program immediately started and didn&rsquo;t require a reboot to finish.&nbsp; Unfortunately, even though this version is supposedly the latest, the updater had to download several new components including a new updater and antivirus engine, in addition to the definitions (rules).&nbsp; About 30 megabytes of updates needed to be downloaded before initial operation.
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Blink Personal 4.8 has three different types of scanning the quick, full, and custom.&nbsp; For each scan one can customize the decompression depth (how far to unzip archived files; speed vs. security trade off), a sandbox scan mode, heuristics, boot sector scanning, and also the scan priority among others.&nbsp; With the scanning priority set to high, scanning is quite slow at an average of 10 files per second.&nbsp; Disk access remained at about 5.3 megabytes per second making it about the same speed as the average free antivirus.&nbsp; The scanner did detect a VNC server on the test system and the quick scan took about 20 minutes to finish.&nbsp; One feature I liked was the option to defer the current scan for a later time period.&nbsp;&nbsp; The virus and spyware management acts like a quarantine and clearly detected all traces of the VNC server including registry entries.&nbsp; One has the option to restore a detected file, add it to a trusted list, or even rescan the file.&nbsp; Quarantine files are also rescanned after every update to mitigate the false positive risk.&nbsp; As far as updating goes there is the option to retry an update if it failed within the last 2 hours.
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The most unique thing about Blink Personal 4.8 is its Intrusion Prevention System or IPS and eEye&rsquo;s specialty.&nbsp; The default set is broken down with analyzers (Http, IP rules that check host headers, upnp, malformed POST requests and 1000&rsquo;s more) and signatures specific attacks such as a LinkedIN IE Toolbar Buffer overflow.&nbsp; Each rule can be further customized via protocol, whether its local or not, excluded IP&rsquo;s, and descriptions (has bugtraq and CVE classifications).&nbsp; The best part is that one can create their own rules (very advanced) for very specific situations.&nbsp; This powerful functionality is perfect to lock down a windows server.&nbsp; The system can also capture the specific IP packet involved, has phishing identity protection, and can be set as passive or an IDS.
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The firewall also has a comprehensive rule based system.&nbsp; Unfortunately, there isn&rsquo;t an auto learn mode except for Microsoft signed executables.&nbsp; One will be prompted&nbsp; but on an application level not on a port level so, only initial configuration is required.&nbsp; The vulnerability scanner scans on a schedule basis and can be set according to a user defined time frame.&nbsp; Finally, the System protection has the option to allow or enable removable drives and also has API protection or a self defense for Blink Personal 4.8 items. One can also set an admin password and ban certain IP addresses.
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The applications resource usage is average&nbsp; While idle, the program uses approximately 100 megabytes of RAM.&nbsp; When scanning, the RAM usage doesn&rsquo;t increase (nice) and uses 7 to 10 percent CPU power depending on the scan priority.<br />
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