Malware Herd Protection For Your PC

What is that old saying, “there is strength in numbers?”… Malware is the leading cause to computer problems today that is also criminal in nature. What I have discovered over the years that no single anti-malware or anti-virus program can give you protection 100 percent of the time.

This is where the cloud sourced program called herdProtect can help, as your second line of defense against malware, by providing strength in numbers. herdProtect utilizes a ‘herd’ of multiple online anti-malware engines (68 engines to be exact) to guarantee the widest coverage and the earliest possible detection. As a second line of defense anti-malware solution, herdProtect is designed to run with any existing anti-virus program already installed on a user’s PC. herdProtect is a free service to help user’s find and remove malicious software; and, is an excellent resource to run, after an infection, when you think you have a computer cleaned of malware using your own anti-malware software. herdProtect is available as a full windows install or can be downloaded and run as a portable app.

herdProtect - Anti-Malware

The herdProtect scanning engine works by monitoring the active objects (processes, modules, drivers, etc.) on a user’s PC as well as the hundreds of auto-start execution points (ASEPs). As new objects such as processes become active in the system, herdProtect will use a secured network tunnel to scan the object for malware against the engines of the top 68 anti-malware scanners. By scanning in the cloud all processor intensive activities are performed independent of the user’s PC. Depending on the aggregate results of the scan, the user can then take the appropriate actions and keep their PC free from any known malware threats.

 

An Online Lightning Fast Virus Scanner

To add another tool to your arsenal in the fight against malware, be sure to visit BitDefender’s QuickScan.

BitDefender’s QuickScan

BitDefender’s QuickScan is an online tool which uses a technology they call .in-the-cloud. scanning technology which is capable of detecting active malware in less than a minute.

BitDefender’s QuickScan

The benefit of this technology is that the scanner uses online scanning engines that only uses a fraction of system resources needed to perform the scan; PLUS,the entire database of signature updates, etc… is maintained online by BitDefender.

One thing I do want to point out here and this is important:

BitDefender’s QuickScan is a tool that is designed to “detect” malware that is already existent on your PC, which is already active in memory or present in files that are run at system startup. In other words this tool is used, as a second opinion, to determine if your system is infected or you have suspicion that your system is infected.  It is not designed to provide real-time protection; but, again it is another tool to add to that arsenal in the fight against malware.  Thank you BitDefender for helping keep us safe…

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Search and Destroy (Spyware and Malware)

There are numerous security software offerings out there these days to the point, as an end-user, you do not know what direction to go.

Typically it is a good idea to layer the protection on your PC.  For example on my PC I have installed Microsoft Security Essentials, Immunet and the commercial version of Malwarebytes Anti-malware.  All three play very well together and all three are monitoring my system in real-time.  Another strategy that I will use, in addition to what is already installed, is through the use of portable security apps. On a periodic basis I run the portable security app to scan my computer. It is sort of my way of getting second opinion.

One of the “portable versions” of a security app that I use is Spybot Search & Destroy [ CLICK HERE ] .

Spybot Search and Destroy Portable

If you are someone that is an old dog in the world of computers, I am sure you know about the full install of Spybot Search and Destroy; it has been around for a long time. I think I may have swayed from the full install of Spybot at one point due to all of the other offerings that came about, so I am happy seeing this as a portable app option.

So if you are looking for a “portable” security app that you can slap on your flash drive as an addition to your tech toolbox OR you are looking for that “second opinion” security app to periodically scan your PC, then Spybot Search & Destroy Portable is a nice addition.

Spybot Search and Destory

Spybot – Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications. Spyware silently tracks your surfing behaviour to create a marketing profile for you that is transmitted without your knowledge to the compilers and sold to advertising companies. If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you haven’t intentionally installed, if your browser crashes inexplicably, or if your home page has been “hijacked” (or changed without your knowledge), your computer is most probably infected with spyware. Even if you don’t see the symptoms, your computer may be infected, because more and more spyware is emerging. Spybot-S&D is free, so there’s no harm giving it a try to see if something has invaded your computer.

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New Site Added to Blogroll – Malware Removal Instructions

Just a quick note…  I recently completed a link exchange with a site that I would like to introduce called “Malware Removal Instructions” .

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Your computer is infected with malicious software? Do you have popups on your PC? If so, search this blog for removal instructions or find computer threats by category.

Malware Removal Instructions has been added to the What’s On My PC blogroll (at the sidebar of the blog) for your future reference. If you have never experienced a malware infection, I strongly encourage you to visit this blog to get a “look see” of what the talk is all about.  You will be amazed how malware evolves, changes on a daily basis, damages your PC, and can literally convince you into handing over your money.

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Remove fake Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool (Uninstall Instructions)

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SUPERAntiSpyware Now Available in a FREE Portable Version

Malware infections on today’s PC is probably one of the most frustrating experiences out there. Your PC, when attacked, is rendered useless and attempts to remove the infection is futile. The infection is usually in the form of FAKE security software that has one goal of extracting (stealing) money from you by using the FAKE security software as the bait (and as an illusion). Your attempts to install  legitimate security software to resolve the problem fail; your attempts to download malware fixes (from reputable security sites) fail; popup windows accumulate; your security software on your PC is crippled; control panel is crippled; safe mode is crippled; file data on your PC is compromised; and the list goes on and on. In essence, you have lost all control of your PC.

Many users end up resorting to a complete recovery of their PC that takes the PC back to factory specs; AND, as a result end up losing valuable file data (such a pictures, emails, important documents, etc…).  This experience is not only frustrating to the everyday computer user; but, is also frustrating experience for a computer tech, as well.  The attack vector and complexity of these infections changes daily and you have to be prepared.

This is where the SUPERAntiSpyware Portable Scanner can help.  The SUPERAntiSpyware Portable Scanner is a new product made by the makers of the FREE SUPERAntiSpyware software you install on your PC.

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I am a real advocate of this software and highly recommend it.  Simply download it and keep a copy of it on your flashdrive. When a malware infection attack occurs that renders your system useless, run this scanner from your flashdrive.  The SUPERAntiSpyware Portable Scanner is another valuable tool to keep in your Tech Toolbox (on your flashdrive).

The new portable scanner harnesses the same powerful anti-spyware engine as the Professional Edition of SUPERAntiSpyware and references a spyware definition database that is updated at least once per day. It is free for personal use, and technician and corporate licenses are available. SUPERAntiSpyware Portable can be downloaded from

http://www.superantispyware.com/portable

In addition to keeping the SUPERAntiSpyware Portable Scanner on your flash drive; I also suggest you take a look and install the FREE version of SuperAntiSpyware on your PC.

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SuperAntiSpyware comes to us in (2)-two flavors. The FREE version and the PAID Professional version. The only difference between the two is that the FREE version requires manual intervention (e.g. scans, updates); whereas the PAID version provides real-time protection, scheduled scanning and other additional protective features. Folks, this is good software and having it installed on your PC adds another layer of protection that plays well with your other anti-virus and anti-malware software products. I have featured this product on the blog several times [ Link ] and highly recommend it.

Some of the Features of SUPERAntiSpyware:

  • Detect and Remove Spyware, Adware and Remove Malware, Trojans, Dialers, Worms, KeyLoggers, HiJackers, Parasites, Rootkits, Rogue Security Products and many other types of threats.
  • Light on System Resources and won’t slow down your computer like many other anti-spyware products. Won’t conflict with your existing anti-spyware or anti-virus solution!
  • Repair broken Internet Connections, Desktops, Registry Editing and more with our unique Repair System!

I applaud the makers of SUPERAntiSpyware for making the internet a safer place!

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