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2016′ best antivirus was Avira Antivirus Pro, while Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool is the best for cleaning infected computers

The folks from AV-Test have conducted a 12-month endurance test, involving 897 evaluations for each security software for Windows 10 and took a conclusion.

They performed their research on two different stages: installed virus removal tools on infected systems and evaluated the results and disabled the security software so that the systems can get infected and again, evaluated the results.

Four of the tested solutions were capable of eliminating all the malware samples: Avira Antivirus Pro, Kaspersky Internet Security 2016/2017, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Avast! Free Antivirus 2016. Avira Antivirus Pro has also managed to remove all the registry keys so it scored best in all the tests.

Bitdefender Internet Security 2016/2017, Symantec Norton Security and G Data Internet Security have provided good performance as well, but missed malware in a few cases.

Among the bootable antimalware/recovery software, Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool ruled them all and managed to remove all the malware samples, while the others failed.

The screenshots below are self explanatory.

2016' best antivirus was Avira Antivirus Pro, while Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool is the best for cleaning infected computers

2016' best antivirus was Avira Antivirus Pro, while Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool is the best for cleaning infected computers

Personally, I am a fan of Malwarebytes Anti Malware when it comes to cleaning up infected computers, but I also use AdwCleaner, Zemana and HitmanPro, hoping to remove all the leftovers that were not spotted by my first virus scan. My favorite free antivirus is Avast!, because it is lightweight and has a lot of features.

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Google Allo is coming to the desktop

As you may know, Google has been working a lot at Allo, their smart messaging app, tied to the user’s phone numbers. At first, Google made it clear that it was a “mobile first” service, but it looks like they are working towards making it accessible on the desktop, from the browser.

The desktop version of Allo is in its early development stages, but Nick Fox, Google’s VP of Communications Products, shared an image of the browser-based Allo on Twitter.

Google Allo is coming to the desktop

We can see from the screenshot that the app has an intuitive design, a list of chats on the left side of the screen, while the messages are shown on the right. It has video and GIF support as well and it is said that Google with integrate their new AI virtual assistant into the app.

On Android 7.0 Nougat, Allo has direct reply support, split screen and brings Google Assistant features to iOS. Despite Google’s effort, the app has dropped out from top 500 apps on Play Store, allegedly meaning that consumers did not appreciate it too much.

To my mind, the app was created as an WhatsApp alternative, but I cannot see how it will overtake it. There are other internet services like Telegram or Viber that did not succeed it, so why would Google?

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An Xagent malware for macOS steals browser passwords, takes screenshots and grabs iPhone backups

The guys from Bitdefender have recently discovered an Xagent malware for macOS users, capable of stealing passwords, taking screenshots and stealing iPhone backups from the Apple computers.

Most likely, the malware is developed by the APT28 cybercrime group, but Bitdefender can’t be sure. The Malware contains some modules that can scan the computer for hardware and software configurations, find all the running processes and run malicious files. Also, it steals the passwords saved in the browser and takes desktop screenshots.

APT28 is the group that hacked the computers from the U.S. Democratic National Committee last year during the presidential election. For now, we don’t know how the malware spreads, but the best way to avoid it is to download software only from the Mac App Store or trusted sources.

Despite the fact that macOS is Unix-based and so, the user permissions are more restrictive, compared to Windows, hackers managed to create viruses and malware for Apple’s platform as well.

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Avast created 3 new ransomware decryption tools

As you may know, the number of ransomware infections has increased a lot in the last six months, despite the fact that antivirus companies fight it. Last year, more than 200 new ransomware malware were discovered.

For example, Avast has released 14 decryption tool so far, in order to help users to recover their infected data for free. The latest 3 decryption tools created by Avast can decrypt the files infected by Jigsaw, HiddenTear and Philadelphia/Stampado.

Due to the fact that the ransomware gets updated frequently, the security firms need to update their decrypting tools as well.

For example, HiddenTear’s source code is hosted on GitHub and can be used and modified by everyone. It encrypts files under the extensions: .34xxx, .locked, .BUGSECCCC,.bloccato, .lock, .saeid, .unlockit, .Hollycrypt,.monstro, .lok, .razy, .mecpt, .암호화됨, .flyper, .kratos, .8lock8, .fucked,.CAZZO, .krypted, .doomed et cetera.

The antivirus companies fight side by side against this kind of threats, due to the fact that there is no tool to offer 100% safety. So far, decryption keys from Avast, AVG, Kaspersky, Emsisoft, McAfee, Trendmicro.

For more information, see this blog post from the Avast website.

We will keep you posted. Stay tuned.

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KasperskyOS has been officially released

A while ago, Eugene Kaspersky has announced that they have created its own operating system designed for embedded devices and used it on Kraftway Layer 3 switch.

Well, KasperskyOS has been officially released, specially created to secure embedded devices. It is designed with security in mind and prevents the execution of malicious code by its design.

The guys from Kaspersky have worked 15 years for KasperskyOS and now it has been released for software developers and IT equipment manufacturers from the entire world. It is ideal for the telecom and transport industries.

KasperskyOS was designed to secure the IoT devices and uses a kernel built in-house. A few top class security engineers have gathered and discussed about security and came to the conclusion that regular operating systems cannot be too secured because the way they are designed. So, the engineers have started to create their security-focuses operating system, running their own kernel.

KasperskyOS permits the software to make only predefined operations, so the software developers have to respect a strict security policy. While the Kaspersky engineers have struggled a lot to implement this concept, it is really useful to the developers. If a software has a bug, the operating system stops it from doing other things that it is not designed to do, due to its security policy. The security policy can be customized by the company’s needs and not the other way around.

While there is no 100% security, KasperskyOS guarantees 99%. Technically speaking, injecting malicious code in such a complex medium would not succeed. Due to the fact that the malware activities are not included to the security policy, malware applications or software that contain malware are harmless. So, KasperskyOS is immune to cyber threats by the way it has been designed.

KasperskyOS is a universal operating system, created for businesses in telecom, logistics and industry, but the Russian company is also working at special packages for the financial businesses, in order to security the POS terminals and to consolidate the security operations of Linux systems.

KasperskyOS can be used as an IoT operating system running on networking equipment, including routers, switches and IP cameras. The applications are launched inside Kaspersky Secure Hypervisor, which is an isolated and secured medium. The operating system is available for network equipment vendors and other producers and is not free. The price depends on the client’s needs.

For more information, read this article.

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Norton Security 2017 – Free trial for 90 days

Yet another good security solution from SharewareOnSale.com is Norton Security 2017, which can be downloaded for free as a 90 day trial version.

Among others, it offers:

  •  Virus and malware protection
  • Web protection, phishing website blocker, vauld module for keeping sensitive information safe, locked with a password
  • Computer optimization functions: temporary file cleaning and defragmenting

To download the software, you have to access this link and press the DOWNLOAD NORTON SECURITY 2017 button. Next, a new page will be opened, where you need to fill in all the required fields and push the GIVE IT TO ME button.

Install, download and activate:

The SharewareOnSale installation kit has to be downloaded and installed, like any other regular app. You can decide to keep the Norton Security 2017 installation kit for future usage in your downloads folder, by checking the required box.

After the installation has been done, you need to create a Norton account, in order to enable your 90 day trial. To do that, press the activate button, next create an accound by fillind and submitting the required data.

Norton Security 2017 - Free trial for 90 days

Norton Security 2017 - Free trial for 90 days

Norton Security 2017 - Free trial for 90 days

Norton Security 2017 - Free trial for 90 days

Norton Security 2017 - Free trial for 90 days

Norton Security 2017 - Free trial for 90 days

Norton Security 2017 - Free trial for 90 days

Norton Security 2017 - Free trial for 90 days

Norton Security 2017 - Free trial for 90 days

General presentation:

The security tab offers different compute scan options, including quick scan, customized scan, or Facebook link scan.

The identity tab offers web protection modules, including anti phishing functions and blocking malitions websites.

The performance tab permits the users to perform computer optimization (temporary files cleanup and disk defragmentation) and service management, providing information about the amount of resources that startup services use.

The more Norton tab promotes other products, including Norton Identity Safe for Android and iOS.

Norton Security 2017 - Free trial for 90 days

Norton Security 2017 - Free trial for 90 days

Norton Security 2017 - Free trial for 90 days

Norton Security 2017 - Free trial for 90 days

Norton Security 2017 - Free trial for 90 days

Norton Security 2017 - Free trial for 90 days

Norton Security 2017 - Free trial for 90 days

Norton Security 2017 - Free trial for 90 days

Norton Security 2017 - Free trial for 90 days

Norton Security 2017 - Free trial for 90 days

Norton Security 2017 - Free trial for 90 days

Norton Security 2017 - Free trial for 90 days

Norton Security 2017 - Free trial for 90 days

Conclusion:

I have installed the software on one of the computers from the office and tested it a little. I liked how the virus search gets performed and the results found and I really think that is a good alternative to a free antivirus. I recommend it.

If you ask me, it is better than AVG Internet Security 2016.

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AVG Internet Security 2016 – 6 months free trial

SharewareOnSale.com is a platform that provides free proprietary software with extended trial licenses or at reduces price. Those who need a free antivirus for both home usage or office protection, can now get AVG Internet Security 2016 for 6 months, absolutely free.

AVG Internet Security 2016 protects the computer agains viruses, worms and other threats, finds the malicious links, prevents users from clicking infected email attachments, encrypts passwords so that they cannot be discovered if someone listens at the traffic over the network and it can integrate into Outlook to move infected mails to a dedicated folder.

To download it, you have to go to this link and press the orange DOWNLOAD button. A new page will be opened, where you have to fill in the required fields and then to press the GIVE IT TO ME NOW button.

The installation process is very straight-forward. The SharewareOnSale install kit will also download the AVG installer. Next, you have the option to keep the AVG kit in the download folder for later usage. Due to the fact that the software is trial, it comes with “its license” already actived, for 180 days.

Below are a few screenshots with step by step instructions.

AVG Internet Security 2016 - 6 months free trial

AVG Internet Security 2016 - 6 months free trial

AVG Internet Security 2016 - 6 months free trial

AVG Internet Security 2016 - 6 months free trial

AVG Internet Security 2016 - 6 months free trial

AVG Internet Security 2016 - 6 months free trial

AVG Internet Security 2016 - 6 months free trial

AVG Internet Security 2016 - 6 months free trial

AVG Internet Security 2016 - 6 months free trial

AVG Internet Security 2016 - 6 months free trial

AVG Internet Security 2016 - 6 months free trial

While AVG is not as popular as Kaspersky or ESET, it really does a great job for basic protection. And its free to use for 6 months.

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Kaspersky and ESET are very popular on both desktop and mobile devices

According to AV-Comparatives, a security firm, ESET and Kaspersky are the most popular two antivirus solutions for desktop computers and laptops, featuring in the top four of every continent. Kaspersky is the most popular antivirus for mobile devices, also.

35.4% of the people use free desktop security solutions, but despite that, the number of paid antivirus solutions did not change. The number of people that do not use security solutions at all has decreased to 1.8%.

86% of the people that use security solutions say that their system was not been infected by malware, while 35% of them say that the security software blocked malware within the last week.

58.2% of the users have Windows 10 and 26.6% use Windows 7. On the mobile side, 71.8% of users use Android, 17% use iOS and 6.8% still use the rusty Windows Mobile.

Due to the fact that I also work from home with sensitive information, I am a little paranoid with security. I am a computer geek capable of restoring everything and cleaning up the computer if it gets infected, but I am afraid of ransomware malware.

So, in order to stay safe, I use ESET Antivirus, Zemana AntiMalware and Cybereason RansomFree. While ESET has both computer and internet protection, Zemana is a highly capable, cheap, anti malware software famous for finding and stopping ransomware viruses from encrypting data. On top of that, there is the free Cybereason RansomFree radar that has created a bunch of dummy files to keep them as bait for ransomware and to kill the encryption process in time, before it eats all the data.