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Antirun: Protect your PC from Virus Infected Removable Media Devices

Most of the times it is the USB and flash drives that are the main carriers of viruses in PCs, we normally plug them in our PCs without first scanning them for malicious programs and viruses. But today I will be reviewing an application that will very much solve this problem of virus influx via USB Devices. Here is a brief run down of the application.

What is Antirun?

Antirun

Antirun is a minuscule application that features multitude of protection options so that the users can safeguard their systems from malicious programs and viruses that might occur because of plugging-in of removable media devices such as phones, external hard-disk or USBs. It simply starts scanning automatically the devices that are being plugged into your PC and it immediately prompts whenever a threat is found.

Antirun detection

Antirun simply identifies the threats by directly linking the attributes of files on external media. Whenever a virus or any threat is detected the application provides users with an option to remove it immediately. Users can mange multiple external devices that are connected because Antirun shows each connected device as a separate tab.

The thing that I liked the most about Antirun is that it doesn’t fiddles with the antivirus software already installed on your PC. Just Launch it when you are about to plug-in an external media device.

How to Use it?

Antirun Use

Application will sit in your tray once installed, just open it before connecting an external device to ensure that no harm is done by any Spyware or malicious program. You can either open the external device, eject it or check the disk information within Antirun UI. It also provides a drag-drop file copying functionality without ever having the need of opening the external drive.

Antirun can be downloaded for free from the developers official page. The application works perfectly on Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Avast 6 Released and Available for Free Download

After a long waiting time the strong security suite of Avast has been released and you can download it free from Avast official website. I am a big fan of Avast Antivirus as I have compared it with the most popular paid Antivirus programs such as Kaspersky,Quick Heal,AVG,Norton etc but finally I stick to Avast due to its ultimate real-time protection and comprehensive virus protection database.

avast6

Avast users will be happy to know that company has enhanced its security system in version 6 a lot. Now the installation time for Avast has been decreased and it takes a little time to install. After installation the setup will ask you to install Google Chrome on your system if not found on your computer. You can also skip this step.

Feature Highlights for Avast  6

  • Avast WEBREP

webrep

It is the great feature added in this version with which you can find out the reputation of any website decided by Avast. Avast WEBREP Feature is integrated with your browser and it tells you about website reputation. You can also disable this feature.

  • Avast Auto Sandbox

autosandbox

This exclusive feature allows you to control any suspicious program. Avast 6 run any malicious program in its sandbox at the moment of program execution.

  • Site Blocking Feature

Avast site blocking feature enables you to block any website and those website will not be accessed on your computer.

Other Features

  • Enhanced and comprehensive real-time protection
  • Quick scan after installation
  • Easy to navigate
  • Integrated Google Chrome installation
  • More attractive user interface
  • Improved Anti Spyware
  • Additional protection tab with Auto Sandbox and WEBREP feature controls
  • Tab based advanced navigation

If you already have Avast 5 or 4 then you can upgrade it using setup and you will be asked to restart your PC.

Download Avast 6 free

Do share your experience and views about this new release of Avast

Use EICAR Test String to find Antivirus Effectiveness

When ever you will search for best antivirus on Google, you will be bombarded with tons of options. Most of ant viruses company will claim that your system is infected with viruses and your current Anti-virus program is ineffective to detect viruses and spywares on your system.

Here I’m sharing a quick tip which will help you to find if your currently installed Anti-virus is effective or useless. For this test I’m using Nod 32 antivirus software.

In this test, I would be using EICAR test string, This test file was developed by European Institute for Computer Antivirus Research to test the effectiveness of any Anti-virus and this is harmless for your computer.

How to use this test?

To use this test, create a notepad file and paste this text

X5O!P%@AP[4PZX54(P^)7CC)7}$EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!$H+H*

Now save this notepad file and scan it using your antivirus. If your antivirus detects this  as virus or threat, this means your Antivirus software is working and is effective. Here is a screenshot using my Antivirus:

test-striing

In case if your antivirus failed to detect this is threat or virus. It’s time to change your Antivirus.

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Boost PC Security With Boot Scan Enabled Antivirus Programs

Need of Boot scan

Boot time scan is run before starting any pc application by an Antivirus software. Some time our PC gets infected by a threat due to our own mistake such as if we disable real-time Antivirus protection or our Antivirus is unable to detect threat due to outdated virus definitions. In some cases it may be possible that Antivirus is unable to delete or quarantine the threat in running condition. In this condition scheduling a boot time scan can remove the threat.

How it Works

When we schedule a boot time scan the Antivirus asks to restart PC. When PC is rebooting than Antivirus don’t allow any application to run instead of Windows files and starts scanning Windows and other files. Due to inactivity of threats Antivirus can easily delete or quarantine the infection. Boot Scan function is rare in Antivirus softwares and here are two good Antivirus programs having boot scan capability.

Avast 5 Home edition

We can schedule Boot scan with Avast. Avast is one of the best Antivirus program having a comprehensive virus database. Avast Home edition is free and working like a paid Antivirus such as Kasperky or Nortan etc. To enable boot scan with Avast :-

  • Double click on Avast tray located in bottom right corner of desktop (task-bar)
  • Click on the option “scan computer” and then “Boot-time scan”

Get Avast

bootscan-avast

QuickHeal Antivirus

Quick is another Antivirus software with which we can schedule a boot time scan. But the only difference that you must be sure about your boot scan scheduling options because after starting the scan Quick heal don’t allow you to control scan i.e. you can’t stop or skip the scan unlike Avast. Besides QuickHeal is not free and you can use only its one month trial for free.

Get QuickHeal

quick-heal-boot-scan

Overall Boot time scanning can save your system from re installing operating system. And if your Antivirus program have this utility, it is a  plus point regarding your system security.

Do let us know if you are using any antivirus which scan at boot time?