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Avira Free Antivirus

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Avira AntiVir Personal 8

AntiVir Personal 8 provides more than adequate malicious-software protection, but for the price, we expected more features and polish.

By December 2, 2008

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Avira update blocked Windows applications

Avira resolves faulty software update after it is found to block Windows applications.

By May 15, 2012


Top-five paid app on Google Play was an antivirus scam

Before it was flagged and removed, one of the most successful apps on Google Play for over a week was an "antivirus" app that did nothing other than change an image.

By April 8, 2014


Popular antivirus tools for OS X tested, again

New testing outlines which Mac malware tools detect known threats the best.

By January 31, 2014


Security suites jockey for position on Windows 8.1

The first security suite tests are in on Windows 8.1, and the picture remains mediocre for most of them. Still, almost all of them improved on Windows 8.1's default security.

By January 22, 2014


Former Mozilla CEO to head security-software maker AVG

Gary Kovacs gets the nod to guide AVG, where he'll be forced to contend with problems not unlike those he faced at Mozilla.

By July 30, 2013


Popular security utilities for OS X put to the test

A new and concise round of testing for some common Mac security software shows significant performance differences among them.

By January 31, 2013


Microsoft gobbles up AV ground

Microsoft's free antivirus Security Essentials is now the top antivirus product in the world, and Windows XP continues its downward spiral, according to one report.

By December 11, 2012


Facebook pushing malware security even harder

The social network wants its users to trust the Internet, not fear it. So it's adding new antivirus partners and mobile offerings to the free downloads in its online marketplace.

By October 16, 2012


How to protect your Mac from recent malware

Recently OS X users have been targeted by sophisticated scams via the Web and through downloadable Trojan malware. Here is how to remove this malware and protect your system from it.

By May 17, 2011