So What Is The Problem With Antivirus Software

  There is a problem with antivirus software and let me say especially the commercial products. Antivirus software lulls you into a false sense of security – consumers and businesses think that , if I install and have paid for an Antivirus product I will be protected and I can do whatever I want on my computer. This is wrong. Yes wrong. Antivirus products can and do have issues and are great at catching 6 month old issues , thats why they fail against stopping zero day infections in most cases and can cause issues with operating systems , including making them non-booting , slowing them down and breaking some aspects. Google Found Disastrous Symantec and Norton Vulnerabilities That Are ‘As Bad As It Gets’ DELETE YOUR ANTIVIRUS, SAYS EX-FIREFOX DEVELOPER — WHO CLAIMS IT’S WORTHLESS Don’t feel comforted by an antivirus’s security certification Webroot deletes Windows files and causes serious problems for users So what is the solution – you are , its about changing what is between your ears so that you make the correct decision on your Windows computer. It is about what you do and being careful. Keeping your operating system up to date Not clicking… Read More

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So You Decide To Change – Uninstall Your Antivirus

  So You Decide To Change – Uninstall Your Antivirus – how do you do it the correct way ? You do not want any part of the old antivirus left First do not do it through the Control Panel with add remove programs as that can lead to remnants left and will stop your new antivirus from working. You need to download the uninstaller from the company that made it. I have included some links below for popular anti virus solutions. Norton Removal Tool McAfee Removal Tool Kaspersky Removal Tool AVG Removal Tool Trend Removal Tool Avast Removal Tool Avira Removal Tool Then start your computer in safe mode Run the uninstaller – let it run – it can take time Reboot your computer – then set it to reboot normally – not in safe mode If you want to know whether it has been uninstalled properly in Windows 10 – see if Defender is now active. If Windows Defender is active and working – open it up in settings to check – you can install another one or do my preferred option – leave it with Defender If Windows Defender says it is not managing your antivirus –… Read More

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What Can We Learn From The Worldwide Cyber Attack

Saturday morning in Australia we learned of a worldwide cyber attack that caused amongst other things , hospitals in the UK to be disrupted when they were unable to access their computer systems as they were ” locked out ” due to ransomware running on their systems. Are you at risk? If you ignored the March 2017 security update, where the vulnerability was identified and Security Update for Microsoft Windows SMB Server (4013389) which was rated as critical for all versions of Microsoft Windows. If you have not updated your system recently, and I mean “March 2017 or later.” If you are running a version of Microsoft Exchange older than 2010. So if you’re running Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, and you’ve been updating your system regularly, you are probably not at risk. According to analytics firm NetMarketShare, only about 7% of the world is at risk for WannaCrypt right now. So what can we learn: Patch your systems with Windows update – the attacked computers were running out of date operating systems Have a backup that can be restored after an attack Stop opening emails that maybe not for you – when in doubt don’t – if you don’t think it was for… Read More

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Thoughts On Antivirus Software – Think Before You Click

The first question I hear from people is ” Which Antivirus Should I Use “ So let me state software is not the only solution because people still need to engage the area between their ears before clicking or tapping on their devices. Think before you click  When we combine the two elements of thinking about what we are doing and software this can make for a marked improvement in device security. There is no one solution that fixes and protects all. I protect and use all of my Windows 10 devices with Defender and before that Security Essentials so between that and some good common-sense computing habits , such as using Google Chrome with an Adblocker , I have been well protected.

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Mac Computer Not Running Well – Did You Install An Antivirus

If you are running a Mac computer and it is having issues and if you are running an antivirus , that maybe the cause. Antivirus solutions on Macs can and do cause issues. Uninstall the antivirus software and see if it fixes the issue.  Remember Mac computers come with Gatekeeper which means that Non – Apple approved software will not be installed.

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Should I Install An Antivirus Solution On My Mac ?

In one word …. No Third party antivirus solutions , usually cause issues and slow the Mac down. Mac owners should be aware that in the Security & Privacy tab in System Preferences is a setting below. This means that unless you change it , only Apps that are Apple approved can be installed which negates the need for an antivirus. Also remember to keep your Mac software up to date – up to date software keeps you secure.

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Windows 10 – Free Upgrade Ends July 29th – Should You Make The Move

The offer to upgrade to Windows 10 ends on July 29th and after July 29th if you want to upgrade your Windows 7 or Windows 8 / 8.1 it will cost roughly $179 ( depends where you buy it from ). If you are running Windows 8 / 8.1 , I think it is a no brainer to go to Windows 10 ,which is a much improved experience on Window 8 / 8.1. If you are running Windows 7 it really depends if you are happy where you are as it will be supported till Jan 2020 so by that time you will probably have changed your computer. The nag to make the move to Windows 10 should end after July 29th and will probably be removed via an update. What To Do If You Are Going To Upgrade ? Uninstall your antivirus if it is anything other than the one supplied by Microsoft via the uninstall tool supplied by the maker of the antivirus  Do a backup  Remove any bogus programs such as – registry cleaners , “speed up my pc” programs  What Do I Think Of Windows 10 ? I like it now that all the issues have… Read More

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