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AVG Mobilation for Android tablets is a full-featured security suite

AVG has been offering a pair of Android security applications for a while, and both the free and paid versions of its app have proved to be extremely popular with Android users. Now the company has launched a tablet-specific version as well. Called AVG Mobilation for Android, the new app offers protection from malware, and a handful of other useful functions. Mobilation also provides a...

G Data CloudSecurity offers free protection from Web malware

You may not have heard of G Data, but the German security software developer consistently posts top marks in antivirus tests. Now, we know many of you don't like toolbars, but G Data CloudSecurity for Firefox and Internet Explorer is one that might be good enough to recommend to your friends and family who need help avoiding malware on the Web. CloudSecurity offers functionality much like...

Google pulls 21 Android malware apps with Trojan rootkit, over 50,000 users infected

Thanks to a tip-off by a redditor, and some investigation by Android Police, Google has pulled 21 Android Market apps that were infected with a backdoor Trojan rootkit. If you downloaded any of the infected apps, they will be automatically deleted from your phone. The attack vector was ingenious, and plays on the Android Market's biggest weakness: the almost complete absence of app moderation....

BlackHole RAT Mac OS X backdoor Trojan virus mimics password prompt

A new backdoor Trojan virus that targets Mac OS X has emerged, Sophos reports. Interestingly, the new virus, which is called BlackHole RAT (or OSX/MusMinim-A in virus definition speak), is a variant of the 'legitimate' Windows Trojan DarkComet-RAT. Fortunately, the virus doesn't seem to be very malicious. It allows a remote controller to reboot or shutdown an infected computer, or pop up a...

Microsoft Security Essentials vulnerability reminds that security risks are everywhere

Microsoft recently delivered a patch for its malware and antivirus tools, including Security Essentials, Windows Defender, MSRT, and Forefront -- its enterprise antivirus solution. The patch addresses a flaw in Microsoft's scanning engine which could allow an attacker who had a valid username and password to gain elevated rights on a system. As is often the case with these flaws, the fact that...

Avast 6 ready for download, adds sandboxing to antivirus defense

After only a few weeks in beta testing, Avast 6 is now ready for download. If you're looking for a good, free antivirus program for your Windows computer, Avast is still one of the best options -- and version 6 adds one very powerful defense mechanism. Sandboxing -- which allows your computer to run unknown and untrusted programs in an isolated spece where they can't harm your operating...

Immunet 3.0 antivirus debuts, brings ClamAV integration for offline protection

One shortcoming of previous versions of Immunet Protect -- the upstart cloud antivirus recently added to the Google Pack -- was that it needed to be plugged into the cloud in order to provide meaningful protection. That's not a big minus since most of us are online 24-7, but with Immunet's acquisition by Sourcefire it became important to address the needs of network administrators. And...

Immunet becomes default antivirus app in Google Pack

For a while now, Google has offered Google Pack -- a collection of free programs for Windows users. The bundle has always included essential apps, including tools for working with digital photos, communicating with friends, and, of course, Google toolbars for Firefox and Internet Explorer. An antivirus program has also been part of the Pack, and until very recently Avast! was the app of choice. ...

Avast 6 beta buffs up free antivirus with better sandboxing, new Web protection

It may have taken a long time for Avast to move from version 4 to 5, but that's not going to be the case with Avast 6. A beta version has been made available for download, and there are plenty of new features that will make Avast 6 a worthy antivirus program for Windows. Two technologies which were introduced in paid editions of Avast 5 -- the Web Script Shield and site blocking -- have been...

AV-Test year-end report shows exponential growth of malware

Now, we don't need fancy graphs to tell us that malware is all over the place -- but it's certainly eye-opening to see just how bad the problem has gotten. Unique samples gathered by AV-Test Labs this year nearly doubled in 2010 -- to almost 20 million, up from 12 million in 2009. That's no doubt due to the ever-morphing horde of rogue applications, which now include bogus system tune-up software...

Kaspersky Pure simplifies, centralizes home virus protection and backups

Keeping the computers on your home network can be a messy business, but Kaspersky has a solution which can make things a bit easier to manage. Their re-tooled Pure Total Security suite offers full-spectrum network protection from malware defense to backups to parental controls. Pure packs a ton of functionality, including malware protection, firewall, spam and phishing protection, backup and...

F-Secure named Windows antivirus product of the year by AV-Comparatives

AV-Comparatives spends all year evaluating antivirus applications, and their recommendations are always worth paying attention to. The company's 2010 summary report has been posted, and F-Secure has been declared the top Windows antivirus program. AV-Comparatives also states that it was extremely difficult to choose a winner this year -- which is a good thing, because it means that security...

Immunet acquired by security firm Sourcefire

It's been quite a ride for the crew at Immunet -- from their launch in August 2009 to the release of version 2 of their cloud antivirus software last year. Now, they're going to be joining forces with Sourcefire -- a cybersecurity outfit who has just acquired the upstart Canadian company. Sourcefire develops such products as ClamAV and Snort, a widely-used intrusion prevention and detection app....

Sophisticated Android Geinimi Trojan appears in the wild

Over at the Lookout Mobile Security blog there's news of a sophisticated new trojan spreading on Android devices. Dubbed Geinimi, the Trojan has been injected into legitimate versions of Android games (primarily) and apps, and distributed via third-party app stores in China. While Lookout isn't certain of Geinimi's intent, the company believes it to be capable of receiving commands from a...

Trend Micro Browser Guard protects against zero-day critical flaws in Internet Explorer

With so many types of Internet threats to watch out for nowadays, it's important to have a multi-layered defense in place. A good antimalware program is a start, but it won't protect you against everything -- like some zero-day exploits such as the new one reported by Microsoft which affects Internet Explorer. Trend Micro's Browser Guard offers additional protection for users of Microsoft's...