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Zonealarm Extreme Security: Antivirus That Lives Up to its Name

Extreme Security offers top-tier protection but lacks the cross-platform and mobile support that are becoming common in similar suites. Full Story »

Windows XP Lives On: Avast Survey Shows 27 Percent of its XP Users Don't Plan to Switch

XPocalypse? What XPocalypse? A big chunk of antimalware software vendor Avast's users are sticking with XP despite the many risks.


Fake Android Antivirus App Taken Down

Virus Shield, by developer Deviant Solutions, was a handsome, apparently easy-to-use security app for Android devices. For $4, the app promised hassle-free, ad-free security for Android users, without impacting battery life or performance. And, mostly, Virus Shield delivered - no ads, no fuss.


Can Antivirus Technology Morph Into Breach Detection Systems?

Antivirus software is still often considered a "checkbox" item for enterprise deployments, especially on Microsoft Windows, but over the decades, anti-virus software changed to do far more than just signature-based virus blocking. Today, the question is whether the type of anti-malware product that evolved from virus checking can transform again to be a part of a "breach detection system," or BDS.


Nov'IT Says Flashing a New ROM Onto Your Android Phone Can Make it More Secure

Uhuru Mobile is a new ROM derived from Cyanogen that aims to make Android phones more secure


The Top 5 Security Threats to Watch for in 2014

The year's barely started, and we've already had enough data breaches at major retailers to make a barter economy seem like a good idea. Unfortunately there are yet more security threats to look forward to in 2014. Here are the biggest ones we anticipate.


AV Vendors Buck Microsoft, Will Deliver Windows XP Anti-Malware Signatures for Years

Windows XP owners can expect most antivirus vendors to continue providing them with up-to-date signatures long after Microsoft pulls its patch plug in April, but that won't keep their machines safe, an expert said today.


Kaspersky, 6 Others Top Malware Removal Tests

A-V Comparative finds that seven antimalware packages are the best at removing -- not finding -- existing malware on your PC.


Microsoft Won't Turn on Windows Defender for Unprotected PCs

Microsoft representatives said Wednesday that the company will not turn on Windows Defender for unprotected PCs, contrary to what executives said earlier in the week.


PCs Left Unprotected as Zonealarm, Comcast's Norton Struggle with Windows 8.1

At least two security software suites are struggling with Windows 8.1, leaving users potentially unprotected as they upgrade to the new version of Microsoft's operating system.


Managed Security Service Providers Face $40M Liability Exposures

Managed security service providers get paid by enterprise customers to stop malware or other kinds of cyberattacks, but if they fail, they face what’s often a multi-million-dollar liability.


John McAfee Proposes Anti-surveillance 'D-Central' Router to Beat the NSA

Antivirus pioneer and onetime fugitive from the Belize police John McAfee has floated plans to beat NSA surveillance by launching a new type of private peer-to-peer networking device called D-Central.


Is Mobile Antivirus Even Necessary?

Experts disagree over whether or not there are any immediate threats to mobile devices that can be addressed with anti-virus software. Should you invest in AV for your smartphone or tablet?


Mac Trojan Linked to Syrian Electronic Army Shuttered

Shortly after it was discovered by security researchers, a rogue network linking Apple computers through a Mac Trojan had its nerve center shut down.


Proposed Changes to WHOIS System Called 'Extremely Disquieting'

A working group for Internet regulators is under severe criticism for a proposal that would put an end to the openness of the current WHOIS system for domain name registration records.