Microsoft has announced they will be releasing their own antivirus software very soon. Given the codename, "Morro," the new software will be a competitor to the major antivirus software makers like Symantec and McAfee.
The main goal of this software is to remove trojans, spyware and viruses. That's it. It's currently undergoing testing and is likely to see a beta very soon for the public. What's interesting, is this antivirus software will be free for Windows users, which is likely to stick a thorn in the side of its competitors.
Microsoft tried the antivirus market before with their OneCare bundle, though it required an annual fee. It never really took hold, so now the free price tag is likely to bring in added interest.
If ever there was a good reason to keep your computer spyware-free, this is it. Last month a group of more than 100,000 Windows-based PCs saw their operating systems self-destruct, after the botnet that infected them issued the "nuclear option". Little-used, though apparently present in several different types of trojan, the "kos" or "kill operating system" command basically wipes access to the user's system.
Various torrents of the Windows 7 RC have been infected with a trojan that, if allowed to run successfully, could open a security hole in a user's system. The affected torrents have the setup.exe install file encapsulated in a self-extracting archive, along with an installer for the trojan itself; launching it triggers an install of both Windows 7 RC and the malware.
A second version of the trojan infecting pirated copies of iWork '09 has been identified, this time distributed with torrents of Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Mac. OSX.Trojan.iServices.B installs with root privileges and then opens a back-door to the trojan author, leaving the Mac potentially open to remote takeover. The malware was identified by security firm Intego, who believe around 5,000 people have already downloaded the pirated CS4.
Apple may have added some neat tricks to iWork '09 earlier this month, but they didn't list a trojan on the spec sheet. That, however, is what at least 20,000 users have found infecting their machines, after illegally downloading a pirated version of the software. The trojan - which obviously Apple didn't add themselves - is called OSX.Trojan.iServices.A, and can access a Mac's root OS, modify existing software, and download and install extra components, potentially allowing the authors to remotely take control of the computer.
We have all gotten those annoying ads that use a “scareware” scheme to try and convince you that your computer is infected with a virus. You navigate to a page only to find a popup that appears to be scanning your computer and finding multiple problems. FTC has gone and put an end to this scam and the five anti-virus programs that were involved.
Apple has begun advising users of its computers to install anti-virus software, in a move that is likely to stir controversy between Mac aficionados and their PC counterparts. The advice is part of a support document entitled Mac OS: Antivirus Utilities, posted on November 21st, in which the company "encourages the widespread use of multiple antivirus utilities so that virus programmers have more than one application to circumvent, thus making the whole virus writing process more difficult".
If you're an avid PC gamer, then you know what it's like to be online a lot and run into malware and viruses. In order to combat these problems, you probably pick up an anti-virus software, but it uses so much room and acts as such a memory hog, it takes the fun out of gaming. It's truly a predicament. That's why Norton has come up with the Norton AntiVirus 2009 Gaming Edition of their famous software.
This new release uses 80% less memory than your average antivirus software. In fact, it gives you the the option to lower the security parameters, making it so it uses even less memory and your gaming experience is elevated.
In addition to these perks, there is a Gamers Mode that puts a halt to downloading updates automatically so you don't have a sudden latency issue in the middle of an epic battle! Antiviral notifications are also put on hold while in this mode.
ASUS has admitted that its Eee Box nettop – the desktop version of its popular Eee PC netbook range – shipped to some customers carrying a virus. According to an email sent out from the company, the Japanese version of the device has a virus file called “recycled.exe” saved in the D: drive partition. If activated, the virus begins to copy itself to the C: drive and any attached USB memory sticks or hard-drives.
Snap! The China-made goods is on the news again, tainted food, poisonous lead and now a malicious virus-infected digital photo frame that identified by Computer Associates as Mocmex , “a nasty worm that has a great deal of intelligence” and “a nuclear bomb of malware”