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Another Reason to Hate Trend Micro…

Tonight, one of my new clients asked me to clean up a rogue anti-virus app and install his new anti-virus, Trend Micro Titanium (…whatever that means).  I popped the disc in, clicked install and bam!

Check out the screen shot below (click to enlarge):Trend-Micro-Titanium

Are you F’n kidd’in me?  Trend Micro is NOT compatible with an On-Demand scanner (the free version of MalwareBytes is not real-time)?  Personally, if it were me, I’d cancel this install and buy a full copy of MalwareBytes (which includes really good real-time protection).

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Testing Panda Cloud Anti-virus 1.1

Last night I tested the latest version of Panda’s Cloud Anti-virus. Why? I’m on the hunt for an effective free anti-virus that doesn’t use too much ram (about 25 mb tops) and doesn’t have “in your face” nag screens. Panda’s Cloud Anti-virus fits those 2 requirements, but can it really protect my clients? Yes and no.

During my testing I can see that Panda’s Cloud AV (v1.1) is able to tackle more of those zero-day threats, however it let a nasty rootkit through (see screen shots below). While that’s distressing, I can see that the free version of the Panda Cloud AV scanner is getting much better and you’ll probably be seeing more of it in the media.

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Avira AntiVir Free Version 8 Prevention Test Review

I tested Avira AntiVir 8 last night (the free version) and it blocked (quarantined) 5 out 5 pieces of malware.  Perfection!  3 pieces of malware were detected via Avira’s signature engine and 2 others were blocked via the Avira heuristics engine (very nice for a free app btw).

Here are facts:

  • 5 Malicious URL’s tested.
  • 5 Malicious URL’s were prevented from infecting the host computer
  • Internet Explorer was used.
  • PC was clean
  • Avira AntiVir Free version 8 was used
  • Signature DB was updated minutes before test
  • Heuristics were set to high

Watch the prevention review below:


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