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V i r u s L i n k s
Free Online Virus Scans
- F-Secure Online Virus
Scanner Can scan a single folder.
- VirusTotal is a free service offered by
Hispasec Sistemas meant to scan a
single suspicious file. You upload the file using their web site and it scans
the file with 27 different anti-virus programs. Sample1
Sample2 (both open in
- Jotti is much like Virus Total.
- Kaspersky online scanner (IE only, ActiveX).
Much like VirusTotal, Kaspersky also offers a
file scanner. You upload a file (up to 1 MB) to them and they scan it for
viruses (but only with their own software). Alternate
file scanner link
- Internet-Security from Symantec.
This scans every file it can find. There is no way to limit it to one
directory or just the C disk, for example.
- Panda Software has two free online scanners.
Both are ActiveX based so they only work in Internet Explorer, not in Firefox.
Both scan for viruses and Spyware. The older one is ActiveScan.
The newer one is available at www.nanoscan.com.
The new one is sometimes called NanoScan and other times called TotalScan. As
of March 2007 NanoScan is in beta and the website says there will be a Firefox
compatible version in April 2007. ActiveScan requires an email address before
scanning, TotalScan does not. ActiveScan will remove viruses.
- Housecall from
Trend Micro. Works with IE (using ActiveX) or Firefox
(using Java). Java
version of Housecall. Housecall used to be great, but it has been broken for months (as of
December 2006). In March 2007 Brian Krebs
said that he found the program annoying and had it crash while scanning. I
haven't been able to get a scan even started in a very long time.
- Bit Defender Online Virus Scanner
will clean the viruses it finds.
- Secunia uses
Panda software in their online virus scan
- McAfee FreeScan (requires you to
set up an account) AVERT Stinger vil.nai.com/vil/stinger/
- eTrust Antivirus Web Scanner
from Computer Associates.
- Sophos has a free downloadable Threat
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- Eighty percent of new malware defeats antivirus
by Munir Kotadia, ZDNet Australia. July 19, 2006. The bad guys test their
software against popular AV products to make sure it's not detected. Thus,
you're safer using a less popular AV program. For more, see Why popular antivirus apps 'do not work'
by Munir Kotadia, ZDNet July 21, 2006.
- The contemporary antivirus industry and its problems
by Eugene Kaspersky, Head of Kaspersky Lab Virus Research November 21 2005
- Reviews of
FREE anti-virus programs from PC Magazine September 28, 2005
- Are Security Vendors Tricking XP SP2? PC World
December 21, 2004. Windows Security Center may not know when your antivirus definitions are out of date.
Both Norton/Symantec and McAfee lie to it.
- Fee or free in fighting viruses?
Computer users face tough choices in seeking software San Francisco Chronicle December 20, 2004
- Virus writers elude Microsoft's bounty hunt
By Robert Lemos, CNET News.com November 8 2004
- Biography of a Worm
Follow the trail of the Sasser worm to see how the security system works--and whether it can be fixed.
From the November 2004 issue of PC World magazine
Vendors promise solid tech support, but our test found long hold times and poor
advice. Information Security magazine. October 2004. A review of tech
support from five different anti-virus vendors. Not good.
- Reviews of many anti-virus
products from Firewall Guide.com
- I run Anti-Virus software, why do I still sometimes get infected?
September 1, 2004 Leo Notenboom
- The Antivirus Defense-in-Depth Guide
from Microsoft Last updated August 25, 2004
- Virus Bulletin a web site with independent
Your desktop AV may be leaving you wide open to attack. Information
Security magazine June 2004
- Question: Two e-mail messages were returned to me because they couldn't be delivered due to viruses they contained. But I didn't send these messages. Someone has been using my e-mail address. An antivirus scan didn't show anything
wrong. How can I stop this?
Walter Mossberg, the Wall Street Journal, June 24, 2004
News Full Coverage on Viruses and Worms or alternate
- Help: I Got Hacked. Now What Do I Do?
by Jesper M. Johansson Security Program Manager Microsoft Corporation May 7, 2004
- OCD and the Cycle of Virus Doom
By John C. Dvorak April 26, 2004. It takes so little in the way of lies to get
someone to open an attachment
- Viral Marketing
McAfee or Norton? by Brendan I. Koerner in the Village Voice. April 14,
2004. Take the blinders off and say hello to Trend Micro
- Viruses Tag Along
eWeek March 29, 2004. You can get infected with a virus just by reading an
- New computer worms use password trick
March 15, 2004. NewScientist.com news service
- Why Are Virus Attacks Getting Worse?
By John C. Dvorak in PC Magazine March 8, 2004
- Live Virus Information Feeds
from Wugnet, the Windows Users Group Network
- ZDnet reviewed NAV 2002
AntiVirus 2004 reviewed by PC Magazine November 11, 2003
- PC-cillin Internet Security 2004
reviewed by ZDNet November 2003
- Free Antivirus: Finally Ready for Prime Time
Review of four free AntiVirus programs PC World magazine. November 25, 2003
- Colleges Move to Thwart Internet Viruses
AP September 4, 2003. At one school, students cited for infectious computers must show proof they've been fixed before they can log
back onto the campus network.
- Fight Against Viruses May Move to Servers
The Washington Post August 28, 2003. Computer viruses are becoming so aggressive and sophisticated that they may soon be able to elude anti-virus programs installed on individual
Medicine For E-Mail about ISPs scanning incoming email for viruses. The
Washington Post August 28, 2003
- Why people write computer viruses
BBC News August 23, 2003
- Antivirus Subscription Inflation
Home users with multiple computers get gouged if they want to be conscientious. Things may get worse next year.
Security Supersite July 13, 2003.
Microsoft Office with the Norton Anti-Virus Microsoft Office Plug-In Applies to Microsoft Office XP and Office 2000 and Norton Anti-Virus 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003.
There may be problems.
- Pest Zappers.
A review of anti-virus programs. PC World magazine, May 29, 2003
Antivirus Software for Maximum Protection Activate crucial settings to
ensure that your system is completely protected. From the January 2003 issue
of PC World.
- Stupid virus tricks: What to look for
from Consumer Reports Magazine June 2002
- Klez: The Virus That Won't Die
PC World August 2002
- Reviews of 4 major AntiVirus
programs. ZDNet April 5, 2002
Reviews of unpopular antivirus programs ZDNet April 18,2002
guide 2002 ZDNet July 8, 2002
- Symantec Anti-Virus Center has
information on the latest virus threats and more. Also known as Symantec
- ComputerWorld magazine maintains a dedicated virus
and worm page
is a virus and how does it spread? from PCPitstop.com
- Introduction to viruses, what they are and how to deal
with themfrom pcnineoneone
- badguys.org has papers about
viruses and av software
- Virus Prevention 101
and 102 from The Internet Tourbus newsletter January 2002
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