Search This Blog

Sunday, January 31, 2010

a gr8 help

Avira GmbH
is a German antivirus software company. When founded, the company was called "H+BEDV Datentechnik GmbH". Its antivirus applications are based on the AntiVir scan engine also known as "Luke Filewalker" , first launched in 1988. For aesthetic reasons, the name was changed to Avira. Avira's engine has been licensed to Ashampoo antivirus, Ad-Aware, and Webroot WebWasher.Avira is one of the most widely used antivirus programs in the world, with 100 million users worldwide as of September 2009. The company supports the Auerbach Stiftung, a foundation created by the company's founder and CEO, Tjark Auerbach. It supports charitable, social, cultural, and science projects.

Avira AntiVir Personal is for personal use only and free of charge. Like most antivirus software, it scans disks for malware and also runs as a background process, checking each opened and closed file. It can detect and possibly remove rootkits.It also performs Internet updates (daily by default) in which it opens a window, with an advertisement suggesting that the user purchase Avira AntiVir Premium or Avira Premium Security Suite. Avira updated all its products to version 9.0 in March 2009.

As a free service, Avira offers a bootable rescue CD to all users, regardless of whether they have any installed Avira products (free or non-free), and irrespective of the machine's operating system. This CD contains its own bootable Linux-based operating system and the AntiVir program with its latest virus database. If a computer cannot be booted, the CD may be used to boot the machine into the AntiVir program, then to scan for and remove detectable viruses and other malware, thereby possibly restoring normal boot and operation.

Avira AntiVir Premium has several improvements over the free version, including:

  • Email scanning (POP3 and SMTP)
  • WebGuard to block access to malicious sites

Avira AntiVir Premium Security Suite Has some more improvements over both versions, including:

  • Anti Spam for Email
  • Firewall blocks Hackers
  • Backup System to protect and secure important data
  • AntiBot prevents dangerous bot networks from taking over your system
  • Parental Controls blocks unsutable websites for Children and Teens

Product feature summary

Avira AntiVir Personal Avira AntiVir Premium Avira Premium Security Suite
AntiVir Yes Yes Yes
AntiDialer Yes Yes Yes
AntiRootkit Yes Yes Yes
AntiPhishing Yes Yes Yes
AntiSpyware + AntiAdware Yes (from version 9) Yes Yes
WebGuard No Yes Yes
AntiDrive-by No Yes Yes
RescueSystem No Yes Yes
Email Protection No Yes Yes
Fast Premium update server No Yes Yes
AntiSpam No No Yes
FireWall No No Yes
GameMode No No Yes
Backup-System No No Yes
AntiBot No No Yes
Parental Control No No Yes
Cost Freeware 19.95 39.95

AV-Comparatives awarded Avira AntiVir Premium with the highest score, the "Advanced+" distinction, in February, May, and August 2008, earning it the 2008 "AV Product of the Year" award. This large-scale comparative test saw Avira achieve an "excellent" score for its proactive detection performance. In the “Speed” category, Avira made it to the winner’s podium.

In January 2008, Avira AntiVir was given a rating of 6.5 out of 8 in tests for detection and removal of rootkits and 71% for proactive virus detection by Anti-Malware Test Lab; both scores qualified for "gold" status, the highest award.Avira achieved the highest Malware Detection rate, along with G-DATA Antivirus, 98%, and was one of five products that achieved a 90% or higher spyware detection rate in the latest Av-Test.Avira had the highest signature and proactive detection rates in all major independent antivirus tests. In April 2009, PC Pro awarded Avira Premium Security Suite 9 six out of six stars and a place on its A-list for internet security software.In August 2009, Avira AntiVir Personal Antivirus achieved a 98.9% percent overall malware detection rate, and was the fastest for both on-demand scans and on-access scans conducted by PC World, who ranked it first on its website.

Avira was among the first companies to receive OESIS OK Gold Certification.This indicates that that both the antispyware and antivirus components of several of their products have achieved the maximum compatibility score with technology solutions from Juniper Networks, Cisco Systems, SonicWALL and others.

Avira has also received VB100 awards,the most recent in August 2009. It failed the most recent test (October 2009) because of one missed sample.

User friendliness - 91/100

Detection - 86/100

Virus quarantine - 84/100



Kaspersky Lab is a computer security company, co-founded by Natalya Kaspersky and Eugene Kaspersky in 1997, offering anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-spam, and anti-intrusion products. Kaspersky Lab is a privately held company headquartered in Moscow, Russia with regional offices in Germany, France, the Netherlands, the UK, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Japan, People's Republic of China, South Korea and the USA.

In 2005, Red Herring magazine listed Kaspersky among "Red Herring 100 Europe", a selection of the 100 private companies in Europe and Israel that it considered to play a leading role in innovation and technology.

The Kaspersky Anti-Virus engine also powers products or solutions by other security vendors, such as Check Point, Bluecoat, Juniper Networks, Sybari (now acquired by Microsoft), Netintelligence, GFI Software, F-Secure, Clearswift, FrontBridge, G-Data, Netasq, and others. Altogether, more than 120 companies are licensing technology from Kaspersky.

The current line of Kaspersky home-user products consists of Kaspersky Internet Security (KIS) 2010, Kaspersky Anti-Virus (KAV) 2010, Kaspersky Mobile Security (KMS) and AVZ Antiviral Toolkit . Kaspersky products are widely used throughout Europe and Asia.

Kaspersky Lab products are available via retail stores such as Best-Buy, PC-World, Currys and online through the official Kaspersky eStore or and other retailers.

The latest 2009 line of Kaspersky products are certified for Windows Vista and are multi-core optimized
The anti-virus software testing group AV-Comparatives gave the Windows XP version of Kaspersky AV an "Advanced+" rating (its highest) in both its February 2008 on-demand detection test (with the fourth highest detection rate among 16 products tested).However, in the Retrospective/Proactive Test May 2008, Kaspersky received the "Standard" rating, detecting 21% of new malware with 1-month old signatures and receiving a substantial amount of false positives.

The firewall included in Kaspersky Internet Security 7.0 got a "Very Good" rating in Matousec's Firewall challenge , with a result of 85%. Kaspersky Anti-Virus 7.0 has achieved a 6.5 result out of 8 in the Anti Malware Labs rootkit detection test . It has also achieved a 31 out of 33 detection of polymorphic viruses and a 97% result in the self-protection test.In 2007 Kaspersky Internet Security 7 received an award from the British magazine PC Pro and also won a place in its "A List".

In addition, Kaspersky has almost passed all Virus Bulletin comparative tests since August 2003 . According to PC World magazine, Kaspersky anti-virus software provides the fastest updates for new virus and security threats in the industry. In the latest AV-Comparatives test, the Technical Release build of Kaspersky 2009 achieved a nearly 85% proactive detection rate, when including both heuristic analysis and HIPS.

User friendliness - 94/100

Detection - 98/100

Virus quarantine - 99/100

Friday, January 29, 2010

The best antivirus.


First of all,All the Antivirus programs are really gr8,but i hope this will give u a fare look on what to buy.It isnt an easy job selecting an Antivirus.You have to make sure it is user-friendly,finds virus's quickly,its detection power and all sorts of things.I will grade the anivirus's on a scale the reaches to 100.It denotes how good it as by me.the various things that will be shown are user friendliness,detection,virus quarantine.And special thanks to wikipedia


This as i know it is the king of all the freeware antivirus's out there,The great AVG.It is mainly run in windows though it supports linux as well.The brand name AVG comes from Grisoft's first product, "Anti-Virus Guard", launched in 1992 in the Czech Republic. In 1997, the first AVG licenses were sold in Germany and UK. AVG was introduced to the U.S. in 1998.
  • AVG Anti-Virus was certified by ICSA Labs.
  • It has been tested 43 times, from February 1998 through May 2003, by Virus bulletin and has failed 22 times and passed 21 times. During the period from June 2003 to April 2008, it was tested 23 times; passing 20 times and failing 3 times.
  • At AVG 9.0 received a review of 5/5 from CNET editors, and a review of 4/5 from consumers.
  • AVG won a Highly Commended award from Australian PC Authority magazine 2007 Reliability and Service Awards Best Software category (over 14,000 survey respondents) with an 89% satisfaction rating. It was beaten only by Firefox satisfaction (93%).
  • At AVG 7.5 received a 77/100. It did a "fine job" in disinfection tests, but ranked last of the ten products tested in proactive protection using one-month-old signature files.

    AVG Technologies provides a number of products from the AVG range, suitable for Windows2000 onwards. In addition to this, AVG Technologies also provides Linux and FreeBSD versions of the software. AVG Anti-Virus 9.0 is available in both a free and commercial editions. AVG 9.0 has identity theft protection through a partnership with Intersections Inc,. AVG 9.0 also adds white listing, behavioral protection and cloud operations to their signature-based blocking. The software adds the Resident Shield, firewall, and identity protection modules. The LinkScanner component has been improved to cut phishing threats further.

    For desktop protection of PCs running Windows, the AVG solutions include:

  • AVG Internet Security 8.5 is a full suite which brings together the AVG Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware, LinkScanner, Anti-Rootkit, Web Shield, Security Toolbar, Firewall, Anti-Spam, Identity Protection and System Tools protection components.
  • AVG Identity Protection 8.5 provides protection against identity theft and unknown malware threats using behavioral monitoring.
  • AVG Anti-Virus plus Firewall 8.5 provides the Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware, LinkScanner, Anti-Rootkit, Web Shield, Security Toolbar and Firewall protection components.
  • AVG Anti-spyware was a rebranded version of ewido Anti-Spyware, that was integrated into AVG Anti-Virus as of version 8.0. A free version was also available, having now been merged into AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition
  • AVG Anti-Rootkit was a free anti-Rootkit program that was discontinued as of late 2006. Like AVG Anti-Spyware, it has now been merged into AVG Anti-Virus
  • AVGADMIN is a remote administration tool, which allows the software to be managed centrally on networks.
  • AVG Anti-Virus 8.5 provides the Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware, LinkScanner, Anti-Rootkit, Web Shield, and Security Toolbar protection components.
  • AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.5 provides basic Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware protection, plus the full AVG LinkScanner safe search and surf technology. There are some limitations with AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.5 compared to the commercial versions of AVG products. These limitations include:
    • Less protection – AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.5 provides the same anti-virus and anti-spyware scanning engine as the commercial product; however, it lacks anti-rootkit. The older 7.5 Free Edition is perfectly capable of finding and disabling rootkits based on signatures, but cannot scan for rootkit-like activity. The 8.5 version of AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition version lacks any anti-rootkit capability. While there is no official protection for files from messaging sources, the Resident sheild automatically scans files before they are opened or copied.
    • Infrequent updates – AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.5 receives updates via a lower priority service. Priority updating via high-speed servers is only available for the commercial versions of AVG products.
    • No telephone or e-mail technical support – There is no telephone or e-mail technical support provided by AVG for users of AVG Free Edition products anywhere in the world. AVG Free Edition users have access to support via the self-help AVG Free Forum.
    • Less customization – Scheduling options in AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.5 are very limited (only one scheduled update per day, one scheduled scan per day etc.). However, the AVG Resident Shield configuration allows exclusions. The on-demand/scheduled scanner allows advanced testing options such as heuristics and reporting of password-protected archives reporting. Process priority for on-demand/scheduled scans can be dynamically adjusted over three different configurations.
    • No server support – AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.5 cannot be installed on server operating systems (such as Windows Server 2003), nor can it be used for the scanning of network drives.
    • AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.5 is only licensed for home and non-commercial use on a single computer.

AVG Free Edition has previously been responsible for popup ads advertising the non-free versions of AVG Anti-Virus 8.0 and AVG Internet Security 8.0, which claim to provide more comprehensive levels of protection.AVG Anti-Virus 8.5 Free Edition users are now also subject to a daily pop-up advertising campaign for a "recommended upgrade" to AVG Internet Security. A "manager" on the AVG free version forum states that this advertisement appears once per day for one month each year.


User Friendliness - 81/100.

Detection power-71/100

Virus quarantine-82/100.