Anti-Virus Answers

October 14, 2006

There are more and more viruses and malware that anyone can get hidden away in the Internet, installation files, emails, and more. Recently, two major security flaws were detected on Microsoft products. One pertained to Internet Explorer 6.0, and the other on Windows XP. Malware and viruses can range from just annoying to devastating. Some uploads you documents onto a server. Others corrupt your system files. And even others play around with your firewall making you more vulnerable to viruses and hackers.

There are also many anti-virus programs available for you to use. Among the two most advertised are Norton AntiVirus and McAfee VirusScan. (Just because they’re advertised doesn’t mean their the best.) McAfee certainly isn’t your answer. (Read my last post.) Norton AntiVirus 2007 is much lighter than its predecessors.  But there are two other applications which prefer: Windows Live OneCare and Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6.

Windows Live OneCare
Microsoft’s OneCare is better defined as a PC tuner than an anti-virus program. It offers three services: Protection Plus (virus protection), Performance Plus (system tune-ups, such as defragmenter, temporary files cleaner, and Windows updater), and Backup and Restore (back-up and system restore wizards).

  • Protection Plus offers a strong virus scan and cleans out the infection promptly. It also offers a firewall and notifies you if a unknown process connects to the internet. It allows you to easily scan a specific file through integration of the Windows shell. It also specializes in scanning attachments with Windows Live Messengers and MSN Messenger.

  • Performance Plus works on a schedule which defragments your disk, removes uneeded files, and download and install critical updates for your system.

  • Backup and Restore helps you store your important files on CDs, DVDs, and/or flash drives in case your computer crashes or your files get deleted.

All in all, OneCare isn’t such a bad choice for virus protection. To learn more or to buy the product, go to http://www.windowsonecare.com/.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6 is a wonderful anti-virus app. With very frequent updates, it will keep you safe from the latest threats. Anti-Virus 6 can search within a variety of files, such as, but not limited to, .zip, .rar, .ut!, .dll, and even .exe. Kaspersky supports many installers and can search MSIs, InstallShield, Setup Factory, NullSoft, and even custom made ones, too! This makes it vitually impossible for a virus or Trojan to hide within another file. Here re some facts that may amaze you:

  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6 has a 99.57% chance of detecting viruses. Norton AntiVirus 2007 has a 97.61% chance, and McAfee VirusScan has a 96.41% chance.

  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6 can add a definition for a new threat in 0-2 hour(s). It takes Norton 10-12 hours and McAfee 8-10 hours.

  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6 is the only anti-virus software that offers hourly updates!

  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6 supports spyware and adware protection, real-time protection, and on-demand and scheduled scanning.

  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6 supports more archives than its competitors (.zip, .ari, .rar, .cab, .lha). Norton only supports .zip, and McAfee supposedly supports none.

  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6 has an option to scan only new files, as Norton and McAfee don’t.

  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6 has a proactive anti-virus protection, can detect harmful Microsoft Office macros, and disinfect SMTP and POP3 email. It is the only software of the three that has a proactive behavior blocker, proactive rootkit removal, and supports system restore after a malicious attack.

  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6 is the only one that disinfects IMAP4 email, scans HTTP traffic on-the-fly, optimizes protection level with scan speed, suspends scanning during increased usage, and supports power-saving for laptops. It is also the only one where the user can change the interface appearance.

As you can see, Kaspersky definately outmatches its rivals and goes on to show you that just because a product is advertised more, it doesn’t mean it’s the best, and sometimes even reliable. For more information about Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6, go to http://usa.kaspersky.com/products/anti-virus.php.

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