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10 weeks 15 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software sicknero

I guess you've been a bit unlucky - I've run CIS free for two or three years now with very few problems, although I do always install onto a clean system.

I've not tried GeekBuddy but the Comodo forums can be helpful.

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10 weeks 6 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

We encounter these issues all the time with a variety of products and they are always local, due mostly to corrupt system files or the incomplete removal of other security software. MC - Site Manager.

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9 weeks 22 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software gem

It has been a long time since someone suggested Kingsoft Antivirus 2012 to be taken into consideration as possible antivirus solution. (see: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/security/10061-kingsoft-a...) and (http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-anti-virus-software.htm?page=17)

Few months after that there was a quite interesting discussion about the possibility to run Kingsoft Antivirus 2012 alongside other AV without conflicts. This discussion did not end very well meaning there was no clear conclusion to the matter. (see: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/security/10752-could-i-ru...)

I come back here today with Kingsoft Antivirus 2012 (Cheetah) SP5.7 (http://pcdoctor.kingsoft.com) because i have been testing it for a while alongside KIS2013 on a pc with Win XP and on a pc with Win 7 64. I can tell you that i am quite impressed. No conflicts or compatibility problems so far. It is a cloud based antivirus, very light, with useful features, ability to fix vulnerabilities, USB defense function and it claims to be "Perfectly Working with Other Antivirus, Provides Outstanding Protection to End Users.". Although the software itself doesn't update frequently, the virus libraries do.
An interesting fact is that the company that makes the software is Chinese and apparently is no other than the guys from Cheetah Mobile that make known apps like Clean Master, Battery Doctor and CM Security for Android.

I just thought maybe we should give this one, another chance.

[Moderator's note: Link to non-English site edited out. Not allowed as per site rules.]

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8 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

Thank you for pointing this out to me. I have now added a warning to the article.

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8 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

I'm sorry to hear about this. It sounds to me like there may be an issue with your computer. Perhaps another program is actively interfering, there is some sort of corruption, or remnants from a previously removed software are interfering in some way. If you make a topic for this in the forum, and send me a link to it, I can try to help.

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8 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

Thanks for pointing this out. I will look into Kingsoft for the next update.

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7 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software TiagoDM

Please consider Qihoo 360 internet security: http://www.360safe.com/internet-security.html

Very well reviews product in av-test.org.

Thanks for doing this.

Tiago

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7 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

I will be considering them for my next major revision.

Thanks.

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7 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

Am back to using Qihoo 360 IS, and it's been excellent. Excellent independent lab test results, very light on resources and clean installer (which is not the case with most free antiviruses). The Total security version is too much for me, as it also includes Avira engine excluding the BitDefender engine, which is not needed for me. But overall, a perfect suite.

Moreover, it's good to see that Avira is offering a clean installer, which was not the case in the past. And also it's lab results are among the best.

Had to switch from Panda as it was slowing down my system to a crawl :(

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7 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

Qihoo is not a bad choice at all. I'm also happy to hear it's light on your system. From what I have heard Panda is generally light as well. However, the heaviness of an AV is always, to an extent, system specific. Thus, you may find that when you get a new computer it is Panda that is lighter and Qihoo which is heavier.

Thank you.

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7 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

Honestly I expected Panda to be lightweight considering it being cloud antivirus. But the results just mirrored the lab tests at AV-Test with Panda rated lowest in performance, and lower than other Free antiviruses at AV-Comparatives for performance.

But like you said, it also depends from system to system.

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4 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software mrmxyzpltk

FYI, I just visited the Comodo site using the link provided in the article. Download page states that Comodo free AV is for "Operating System: Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista", but nothing about WinXP. So I would not put it down to a computer problem - it's the second time this week I've run into this situation (I have a laptop and desktop w/XP, a desktop w/8.1). I'm sure that this will increasingly be the case, and wonder how many of the other AVs listed in the article no longer support XP. (No disrespect meant to the author - things change quickly.)

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4 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

Update: It seems that the company has switched from 360 Internet Security (IS) and is favoring the Total Security (TS) version, as the last IS version dates back to January.

So far 360 Total Security has been amazing for me. Works great as an antivirus and as a total security suite.

Great performance, high detection, better zero day expolits (registry, files & system protection), keylogger detections, support and frequent updates, makes it awesome.

By the way am using only the BitDefender engine, but even with Avira engine enabled it still seems very light. But I don't wanna go around and update Avira engine, so not using it.

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4 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

Thank you very much for pointing this out to me, and I very much do encourage that any reader who notices an issue brings it to my attention. I do keep track of all issues reported, and, if possible, these will be addressed as soon as possible.

For this situation, I have edited the Quick Selection part to now explain this situation. There is an issue where there are significant limitations to Windows XP x64. These are such that if you are running the 64 bit edition I would advise that you use a different AV instead. However, Windows XP x32 should work fine.

Please let me know if this answers your question, or if you have noticed any other issues. Anything you can bring to my attention would be appreciated.

Thank you.

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2 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software darrin71

Good Day A ! Hi George.J ! I am a current user of 360 IS and am considering switching to 360 TS for support reasons as you know. I'm curious if you could tell me more about your experience with 360 TS compared to 360 IS regarding detection rate, resource usage, boot up time, scan time, and how well 360 TS plays with other software, such as MBM and SAS. Never mind George, I have already found answers to my questions.

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4 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software BroKen

Your warning: "Take care to avoid the default inclusion of the Chrome browser and OpenCandy during the install process by using the custom install option" (accessed 2014-08-24). That has been bothering me. :)

It would be very unusual to be given the option to reject OpenCandy. What you can reject are the downloads suggested by OpenCandy, but those come only AFTER OpenCandy itself has been installed, assigned you a permanent identifier, snooped through your stuff, phoned home info about your computer, your software, your geolocation, etc. It then selects downloads based on that info and on its previous interactions with you.

Last I checked, the user could avoid OpenCandy by not including the Software Updater component when installing avast or by removing it later. Note that Software Updater is not the avast updater.

the other thing: The OpenCandy offers are not made, or not only made, during the installation of avast. They come when the Software Updater functions, as long as it is installed.

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4 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software sicknero

According to Open Candy's own information, the OC component itself installs nothing on your system unless you accept one of the bundled offers. I've checked this for myself and it's true.

What happens is that when you run an installer that includes OC, the installer runs a dll which activates the bundled offers.

If you refuse all the offers then the dll is terminated and deleted after the original installer completes and nothing is left behind. I've also tested this for myself.

However, if you accept any of the offers then OC will install an auto-updater along with whatever offer you accepted.

The OC dll will "phone home" anyway, unless you block it, with the following information;

"A. Operating system version and language, country location and timezone of the computer running the installer, and the language of the developer’s installer
B. That the developer’s installer was initiated, and whether it was completed or canceled
C. Whether any third-party recommendations were made and if so, whether they were accepted or declined
D. If a third-party recommendation was accepted, whether the recommended app’s installer has been downloaded and the installer initiated
E. That the recommended third-party installer was initiated, and whether it was completed or canceled."

Note that the OC dll can be intercepted and blocked anyway, by programs like CIS.

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4 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software BroKen

Not sure why anyone would be comforted by the fact that the dll is removed, when (1) the snooping has already been done at that point, (2) it leaves a permanent identifier on the computer, what OpenCandy used to call a "non-reversible identifier" [link with bad WOT rating removed as per site rules], and (3) its dossier on you is kept remotely.

Thus it is, or was, FALSE that "nothing is left behind."

In any case, you are describing the typical case in which OpenCandy comes with an INSTALLER. This is NOT the case with avast.

The dll is in fact NOT removed in the case of avast (not that it matters). You may "verify" that via the avast forum thread linked above. It remains and gets triggered repeatedly by avast's Software Updater component (which is something akin to the Secunia Personal Software Inspector).

Sophisticated users can block OpenCandy, certainly, but those are likely not the users seeking recommendations for free anti-virus programs. Also, the presence of OpenCandy gives insight into the values and ethics of the avast company.

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4 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software BroKen

LOL. The link removed in the paragraph below because of the bad WOT rating was to OpenCandy's FAQ; accessed accessed 2011-03-27.

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4 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

Although you might like to think it's funny, our site rules are designed to protect visitors from potentially harmful links. Of course there are grey areas and situations when having a bad WOT rating does not present a hazard, but once we begin to make exceptions the whole system becomes meaningless. We do however expect members to read the rules before posting and abide by them for the benefit of the community. MC - Site Manager.

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4 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software BroKen

The comic element was the entrance of WOT in this particular conversation, in a rebuttal of the claim that OpenCandy is benign. The opportune arrival of reinforcements. I apologize for the unclarity.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software sicknero

I got the joke and enjoyed the irony too : )

I stand by my comments re; OC in general but fair cop, I hadn't properly looked into the situation with Avast in particular.

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2 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software freestuffrocks

Excellent review as usual Chiron. I'd been using the free Avast AV/Comodo firewall combo for about 2 years but problems with Avast updating and your favourable Comodo AV review led me to ditch Avast and replace it with the full Comodo Internet Security free suite. Much less hassle having everything in one place and not having to worry about conflicts and creating exclusions etc. Things are now noticeably quicker.

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2 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

I'm happy to hear that. It's very nice that users have the choice of whether to use Comodo Firewall with Avast Free. They are a very nice combination.

However, I personally also use Comodo Internet Security, and prefer it to any other combination. That said, each computer, and computer user, is different. Thus, the more top-quality options which can be presented the better.

Thank you very much for letting us know that Comodo Internet Security worked very well for you. If you run into any problems, or have any questions/suggestions, please do let us know.

Thanks again.

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2 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software freestuffrocks

One thing I didn't mention was what a nightmare it was to uninstall Comodo firewall to do a clean install of CIS Premium, even using your guide on the Comodo forums (Revo, both removal tools etc). Lost internet connection, CIS wouldn't install and restore wouldn't work due probably to either remnants of Avast or Comodo firewall. I finally got everything to work a considerable time later.

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2 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

Did you make sure that the firewall driver was correctly removed before rebooting into Safe Mode? Sadly sometimes that is not removed by the uninstaller, and I don't believe the removal tools correctly remove that either.

Either way, it is true that Comodo Firewall doesn't always uninstall easily. However, the methods I suggested, which you followed, will allow it to nearly always uninstall correctly. It seems that you ran into some bad luck. By the way, how did you eventually get it to work?

Thanks.

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2 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software freestuffrocks

You're right about the firewall driver. Neither removal tool nor the uninstaller removed it. Your advice to remove it manually is several steps after rebooting into safe mode, so it hadn't been removed before doing this.

Regarding how I managed to get things to work, things are a little hazy due to a fair bit of red mist, but I went through the uninstall procedure again with Avast (2 removal tools like Comodo) and Comodo Firewall, still wasn't able to install CIS but at least restore then worked so as a last resort I restored to before trying to uninstall Comodo Firewall, and just went through the whole laborious process again and eventually it worked.

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2 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

I think perhaps I should move the advice about manually removing the firewall driver into the main advice section of my topic. Then again, it's not something which most users would like to do. I'll have to think about it some more, but your experience has given me a lot to think about.

Thank you.

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1 week 3 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

Well am back to using 360IS again. The reason is 360TS requires more resources on my system. The TS version uses around 150MB RAM while the IS version is very lightweight, using only around 30MB.

Additionally 360TS adds other features like SpeedUp, Junk CleanUp etc, which aren't actually required for me, although it might be useful for others. While 360IS is clean as a whistle, guess it's the best antivirus I've ever used. Sadly the product isn't updated frequently like 360TS version. :(

For a comparison betweeen 360 IS and TS in detection check this video review.

If you want to watch various community video reviews, you've got
360TS MazaiTest
360IS Review
360TS viktik
360TS without BD and Avira engines>
360TS yigido

Overall excellent results from all sides :)

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1 week 3 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

I agree with your findings although with an i5 and 8G in my dual booted desktop I'm not too bothered about resource use for anything. Unfortunately, 360IS is being discontinued in favor of 360TS so I'd rather use something that is being fully supported. MC - Site Manager.

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1 week 3 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

360IS isn't discontinued. It just had an update today :D

It's just that they are concentrating more on the TS version.

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1 week 3 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

Not yet it's not, but their plan is for TS to replace 360IS, although they haven't said when. MC - Site Manager.

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1 week 3 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

Honestly performance matters to me. Here's my findings

360TS is much heavier on the system than IS version.

Idle Memory Usage
360TS - >150MB RAM
360IS - <40MB RAM

Scanning Memory Usage
360TS - 320MB RAM , high CPU usage touching upto 95% at times, Disk Usage is also very high
360IS - <60MB RAM, low CPU usage less than 25%, Disk Usage very low.

You can see the difference. :D It doesn't matter if 360IS doesn't get product updates, I think I'll continue to use it. Maybe I'll stick with TS version on my gaming system. Still it's too heavy.

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1 week 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software Krieg C

Well, I tried it, I'm sure it's a wonderful program, BUT, even after a careful installation, it nags the devil out of you to sign up for the stuff you didn't want. Have been using Bitdefender for a year, no problems. Before that, was using Avast, my favorite, but Avast changed something in their detection rules and it would not allow me the see my security cameras for remote sites. I have income properties in other states.
So, ran a scan with the Comodo antivirus, O (zero) detection. This tells me that the Bitdefender is doing its job, and I am ALL OVER the internet.
Sorry, I can't for the life of me see why anyone would rate this as their number 1 source for protection. It's intrusive, and it nags the heck out of to sign up for the add ons you didn't want in the first place.

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1 week 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

Were these messages you saw in the lower-right corner of the screen in a small popup window? If so, then I just added advice on how to disable these advertisements to the article. I apologize, I had meant to mention this previously, but forgot to include it in a previous revision.

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5 days 5 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

Take a look at Tiranium Internet Security. A splendid antivirus with firewall. Seems to be getting rave reviews..

Certain community video review tests
Review 1
Comparitive review 2
Review 3

If you aren't interested there's also a Cloud Scanner that you can work with your current antivirus and a KeyLogger provided by the developers

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5 days 4 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

Tiranium is an interesting project but is just a one man show with a small team of "helpers". We won't be featuring this here (or anything else like it) unless it develops a lot further and begins participating in recognized independent tests. MC - Site Manager.

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4 days 20 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

As MidnightCowboy said, at this time it is not a good fit for this article. However, I will keep an eye on it and see if it continues to improve, including testing by independent testing agencies.

Thanks.

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4 days 20 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

I honestly wouldn't bother. After a bit more research I came up with these: MC - Site Manager.

http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/security-software/327316-do-you-trust-you...
http://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/do-you-trust-your-antivirus.368257/
http://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/tiranium-antivirus-tiranium-antiv...

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1 day 6 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

An emotional Paste from DubSeven the developer, and the reactions

Tiranium will be closed in a month.

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1 day 6 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

One great comment.

"I saw how everything depends on money. The computer security is no longer about security but about money".

You could pretty much extend the first part to everything on the planet. MC - Site Manager.

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1 day 4 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

I guess you meant 'planet'.

I'm surprised that the developer is an 18 year old kid, and was 13 when he first coded Tiranium. Those insults must have hit hard on him. But he did some great work at such a young age.

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1 day 4 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

Indeed. The trolls enjoy their work however and must be really pleased with the result. Some might even suggest that one or more of the established names in the industry might have been involved. It's well known that some vendors employ legions of fanboys and trolls to post good and bad "reviews" online about competing products.

Thanks for spotting my typo above which is now corrected. :) MC - Site Manager.

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1 year 26 weeks ago Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover AJNorth

Malwarebytes have released the first beta version of their dedicated stand-alone anti-rootkit application, Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit (MBAR) -- http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/mbar/. They have a detailed discussion at http://blog.malwarebytes.org/news/2012/11/meet-malwarebytes-anti-rootkit/ .

Ghacks.net also have a brief discussion -- http://www.ghacks.net/2012/11/11/malwarebytes-anti-rootkit-beta-is-out/?....

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1 year 36 weeks ago Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover Chiron

Can you please see if Comodo Cleaning Essentials (CCE) would be well suited for inclusion in this article? It's already featured in the article about the Best Free Trojan Scanner and Remover:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-trojan-scanner-trojan-remover.htm
but it also appears to be quite good at finding rootkits.

Thanks.

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1 year 36 weeks ago Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover arcedo

Hi all! It seems that F-Secure's website doesn't provide BlackLight any more.

Provided link redirects to http://www.f-secure.com/en/web/home_global/internet-security that is other product and it's not free. I have found a valid download link here: http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/F-Secure-BlackLight-Rootkit-Detect... (it's a beta).

Thanks & regards!

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1 year 36 weeks ago Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover MidnightCowboy

Thank you for the link. We would not advise the use of beta software in this category though for anything other than testing on a spare machine. MC - Site Manager.

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1 year 32 weeks ago Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover AJNorth

Bitdefender Labs have released a free rootkit remover tool -- http://labs.bitdefender.com/projects/rootkit-remover/rootkit-remover/.

Martin Brinkmann has a brief review article at Ghacks.net -- http://www.ghacks.net/2013/02/07/bitdefender-releases-rootkit-remover-to....

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1 year 30 weeks ago Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover Paxmilitaris

Why no mention of Vba32arkit?

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1 year 30 weeks ago Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover MidnightCowboy

This is beta software with a very sporadic development cycle and therefore not recommended. MC - Site Manager.

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1 year 24 weeks ago Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover AJNorth

TechRepublic have published an article many will find worthwhile, "Rootkit coders beware: Malwarebytes is in hot pursuit" (2013.03.18) -- http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/security/rootkit-coders-beware-malwareb... .

Though Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit is still in beta, an updated version has been released -- http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/mbar/ .

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1 year 24 weeks ago Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover AJNorth

Dr.Web CureIt! 8 on-demand virus scanner has been released - http://www.freedrweb.com/cureit/?lng=en . A favorable review by Martin Brinkmann at Ghacks.net can be found at http://www.ghacks.net/2013/04/06/dr-web-cureit-8-on-demand-virus-scanner... .

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49 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover RockyStunner

1) How can we know if some process is downloading something in the background silently ?

2)How to Identify which Process is downloading something in the background ?

3) How to track at what locations what files are being downloaded (other than the one which we choose to download at a particular location or the ones that we can usually see in the download managers etc.)

4) We can use the software like OpenedFilesView(http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/opened_files_view.html) which can give us an insight of which files are actively locked and being changed with the size, but one needs to be an expert to track what is happening.
So is there any software which can give us a realtime view of which process is downloading what thing from which site and downloading it to what location? (I feel Firewall does not give indepth information). This can help us find the Trojan/rootkit activities or the malicious softwares updating itself in the background or adding up space on our harddisk silently in the background without our notice.

Any Expert input on this will be highly appreciated.
Thanks in Advance :)

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48 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover AJNorth

TDSSKiller has been updated to v3.0.0.14 (2013.10.15)

Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit has been updated to v1.07.0.1007-Beta (2013.10.07).

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51 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Intrusion Prevention and Detection Utility for Home Use (HIPS) Paxmilitaris

About MJ Registry Watcher:

How can you write "Installation is not required, simply run the program from whichever directory you un-zip it to." and then "There is no portable version of this product available."?

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51 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Intrusion Prevention and Detection Utility for Home Use (HIPS) MidnightCowboy

Thank you for pointing this out. The wrong box was ticked when it was entered into our products database. MC - Site Manager.

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11 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Intrusion Prevention and Detection Utility for Home Use (HIPS) SkuterB

This may be old news to some here, but it was news to me today.
WinPatrol has apparently been sold to Ruiware.
According to the WinPatrol site, nothing will change and the new owner says he plans to continue as before.

I was aware Mr. Pytlovany has had some personal issues, I thank him for everything and wish him the best....

SkuterB

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11 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Intrusion Prevention and Detection Utility for Home Use (HIPS) MidnightCowboy

Alliances and takeovers happen all the time in this industry and we as consumers are mostly unaware of them. Bill has always been upfront with his development objectives however and Bret Lowry appears to be in the same mould. You can read the product statement here. MC - Site Manager.

http://billpstudios.blogspot.com.br/2014/06/winpatrol-generation-ii.html

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1 year 33 weeks ago Best Free Income Tax Filing Software and Service howiem

Here's an online tax calculator I came across the other day. Have not had time to test it.
http://www.completetax.com/income-tax/calculators/federal.asp

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1 year 6 weeks ago Best Free Memory Optimizer parjanya

i use giant matrix Memory washer... its nice
do check it out

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1 year 6 weeks ago Best Free Memory Optimizer kendall.a

This product does appear to be free and the site is green (WOT). However, if you check out their FAQ, it states that for support you need to go to their forum. When you go to their forum, you will find 0 posts. Yes, there are absolutely no posts in their forum. I assume that this means that this is a brand new company and we know very little about them. And, I doubt you're going to get much support from a blank forum. So, just beware if you decide to download this software.

I would strongly suggest running this installer through Jotti or Virustotal.

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1 year 6 weeks ago Best Free Memory Optimizer parjanya

@ kendall.a

what you say is right but i am using this product for a long time... i have old pc 512 ram and i do programming,and Photoshop so i need to clean ram constantly....

what you say about forum is fine... how care weather they give support or not. you can never ask much from freeware..the main thing is they are giving it for free..

worst come to worst scenario i terminate the program if it gives me trouble or simply uninstall it and find better alternative...

2 thing i want from freeware is that:
1) They should be completly FREE...no strings attached
2) should not contain any virus or malicious code

this program is really great and haven't given me any trouble but i agree that there maybe better alternatives

i just felt like sharing with others what i use and i wasn't in your list

please don't feel bad and forgive me if i am offending
parjanya

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43 weeks 3 hours ago Best Free Memory Optimizer wsalew

Does anyone tried this clean memory app?
http://www.koshyjohn.com
Using it for about a year and im satisfied with it, so i would be glad for some "professional opinion" about this software.

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42 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Memory Optimizer kendall.a

The site has a green WOT rating and he has 3 software programs that all appear to be free. In fact, at least 2 of them, for me, appear interesting. Both the memory cleaner and desktop search program look to be possibly worth testing.

Unfortunately, I don't have the time right now to test either of them. Maybe, someone else can or will?!

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32 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Memory Optimizer texastechy

CleanMem - very useful. I waited too long to install this since reading the "Special Note" near the top of this article... about windows 7 optimizing memory well, and third party Ram managers not being needed. (not true)

I'm happy to report that my Ram use after installing CleanMem on my Win7 64bit PC has shown a marked improvement. Now that I have 8 gb of ram it's not the issue it used to be. But it's always irritated me that certain programs use so much ram and don't seem to release it. Before installing CleanMem my free ram would remain in the 3-4 gb range. Now it's staying in the 5+ gb range even with many apps running. Apparently CleanMem DOES make a difference. I'm not going to tell you it's needed. You'll need to decide that. But it does work if you're looking to free up Ram use.

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32 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Memory Optimizer William2

CLEANMEM also increases overall system performance.

Read this:
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/windows-7-memory-usage-whats-the-best-way...

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1 year 26 weeks ago Best Free Process Viewer ploubert

Just an update for the top pick (System Explorer) seems to have moved to http://systemexplorer.net/ the above links no longer work. ;-)

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1 year 26 weeks ago Best Free Process Viewer Anupam

Thanks a lot :)... now corrected.

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1 year 13 weeks ago Best Free Process Viewer Collier

please remove System explorer link
I just downloaded and it was packaged with programmes which i cannot now remove!!!

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1 year 13 weeks ago Best Free Process Viewer Anupam

I just installed it on my own computer, and there is nothing bundled with it. Are you sure it came from this software? I think it might have come from somewhere else.

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1 year 5 weeks ago Best Free Process Viewer Rocky Scott

System Explorer (SE) failed to list a DLL that was successfully listed by both Process Hacker (PH) and Process Explorer (PE).

I tested all three of the programs at least three times each, ensuring that only one of the programs was installed at a time. Yes, I repeatedly installed and uninstalled each program (although PE is never really installed, you just run the .exe.). I never closed Excel or Chrome (they are both running right now). The results were the same each time: SE failed to find the DLL, and both PH and PE worked perfectly. I was careful not to download adware at the same time.

Because SE is unreliable, I have settled on PH over PE for two reasons:
1. PH allows you to track more than one process at a time, e.g., I can track concurrently, and in real-time, in separate windows side-by-side, the modules used by both Excel and Chrome.
2. PH is open-source through SourceForge.net.

A little more background:
I tested the programs in two scenarios:
1) The DLL remained loaded for a minute or more.
2) The DLL was quickly loaded and then unloaded. (Deactivating the sheet with the UDF's that called the DLL triggered the VBA "End" statement).

Both PH and PE indicated the DLL being loaded and unloaded as expected. SE failed to see the DLL at all, ever. Even when the DLL was loaded for only a fraction of a second, PH and PE showed the DLL loading and unloading by highlighting the DLL green and then red and then gone.

Specifics:
Windows 7
Excel 2007
DLL that was not caught by SE: Refprop.DLL (a fluid properties DLL from NIST that is loaded via VBA Declare statements and called using VBA User-Defined (worksheet) Functions)

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49 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Process Viewer BrollyLSSJ

Maybe "Yet Another (remote) Process Monitor" can also be tested. It seems to also allow remote management.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/yaprocmon/ & http://yaprocmon.sourceforge.net are the web sites.

Maybe Extended Free Task Manager is also a look worth.

http://www.extensoft.com/?p=free_task_manager

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46 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Process Viewer johnvk

reiterating, process hacker links is old, v1. There's a v2. Perhaps v2 has not been evaluated in the article. But it's download link is http://sourceforge.net/projects/processhacker/files/processhacker2/ and the .zip is portable (non-install) binaries, while the -setup.exe is regular full install.

processhacker-2.32-src.zip < 23 hours ago 2.6 MB
processhacker-2.32-setup.exe < 23 hours ago 1.9 MB

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1 year 20 weeks ago Best Free Digital Photo Organizer bolide

Another free digital photo organizer to consider - BonAView:
http://www.highmotionsoftware.com/products/bonaview

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50 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Digital Photo Organizer kastaldi

Hi ! I have a Sony RX100 that uses Sony .ARW files and Picasa still doesn't handle this format unlike the excellent FastStone viewer. Moreover, Picasa keeps on converting everything to JPEG, even lossless formats, and quality degrades soon. I'm used to use Picasa to manage my photos because of its integration with Picasa Web Albums and Facebook but lately this is more of a nuisance.

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45 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Digital Photo Organizer shnbwmn

I'm sticking with Faststone; it's hands down the best choice. Tried digiKam ... and it was really slow and kept crashing when opening RAW files. Might be good on Linux, but a no-no on Windows.

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45 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Digital Photo Organizer kastaldi

After some weeks using the RX100 I found out that the best free software to manage ARW files is Sony RAW Converter. The problem is that Faststone is compatible with ARW files but there are many camera settings that only Sony can manage. Moreover, Faststone doesn't read some specific EXIF tags such as scene mode so you must use Sony (or Exiftool). Anyway Faststone is still #1.

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5 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Digital Photo Organizer Misty27

Note to the reviewer, v.laurie.
The summary for XnView says there's no portable version. That's incorrect.
There are portables from the developer for the "classic" version & also the newer XnViewMP.
The new (still beta) "MP" version also has a 64 bit (.

There's also a portable of the classic version available from http://portableapps.com/apps.

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5 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Digital Photo Organizer v.laurie

Misty27, thanks for the information. This category has no editor at the moment and I am just a caretaker. However, I will change the statement about no portable version.

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3 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Digital Photo Organizer richtea

Re: Windows Live Photo Gallery
"Needs Windows Live sign up"
Never did.

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1 year 31 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher supanut

Rocketdock is great, but after I reformatted my PC, I felt too lazy to install it, Windows 7's superbar is great with jumplists similar to OSX's dock (although less customizable). For me the Windows 7 taskbar is more than enough, the higher your screen resolution is, the more that can fit on the taskbar.

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1 year 31 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher oblivion

If you don't want the customisation facilities that things like RocketDock provide, and your workflow doesn't need anything above and beyond the facilities offered by Windows itself, then of course you're not going to find a third-party launcher useful.

RocketDock is a nice compromise between eye candy, customisability and functionality and we will continue to recommend it for people who need what it offers!

Your point, though, is well made: none of these things are more than a shortcut to things Windows can already do without their help.

(But if it's okay with you, I LIKE being able to customise my systems in this way, and I usually feel slightly hamstrung if I have to work with a system without the enhancements I routinely use -- which is one of the reasons I tend to prefer the portable options here!)

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1 year 31 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher supanut

I have to agree with those points. Rocketdock is indeed the greatest, as I've seen it featured in almost all Windows - Mac transformation packs/tutorials.
Also one unique feature is that I can pin specific files to Rocketdock while the Windows 7 taskbar can't!
Although, I may decide to install Rocketdock later, if I feel that I want something cool for my desktop.
One question, are any of these still in development? Rocketdock I think has no updates for several years and it kinds of becoming outdated.

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1 year 26 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Geert

Hi oblivion,
A year ago you wrote you were evaluating Executor (http://executor.dk/).
Why hasn't it made the list, so far?
I've been a long term user of SlickRun (and other key command based launchers), but some years ago I exchanged it for Executor and I'm still very happy with that decision.
It's certainly worth a spot in this list!

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1 year 26 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Mike C

I second this motion. One of the greatest things about Executor is that it can be made truly portable from system to system.

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1 year 26 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher oblivion

Sure -- although several of the launchers featured here are also available in portable form.

While I agree that Executor is a good example of its type, it doesn't seem to be under active development and I struggled to find anything on the website clarifying the license under which it's released.

I will reinvestigate, however, since it seems to have at least a couple of enthusiastic users. :)

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1 year 26 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Geert

>> it doesn't seem to be under active development
You seem to be right.
However,
- SlickRun isn't under active development neither. Although it is in the list.
- that doesn't need to be a problem. I'm using it for 2 years now without any issues or extra requirement I'd have.

>> I struggled to find anything on the website clarifying the license under which it's released.
The site says:
Welcome to Executor. A multi purpose launcher and more advanced and customizable **freeware** windows run replacement and more..

Btw, I looked for an alternative for SlickRun because I had (hanging/delay) issues with it.

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1 year 26 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Mike C

Just to expand a little more, Executor is portable in the sense that it automatically accepts a different drive letter on external hard drive, etc. As long as programs are stored on the same drive or have the same common location as in notepad, this feature works.

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1 year 20 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Panzer

Concord Free Version:
http://www.concordapp.com/

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1 year 19 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher oblivion

Thanks. The licensing looks like freeware unless you want extra features or program customisations; I'm trying to get some explicit clarification, though.

It has a prerequisite of one of the .net frameworks, which I know can cause some people concerns, and I'm also trying to find out if there's a portable version available. I'll post more once I've found out some more. :)

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1 year 7 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Panzer

Start Menu 9 - "Floating" Start Menu + Art Module + Data Module + More Cool Stuff ...:
http://papatsoftware.com/
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Launchers-Shutdown-Tools/StartMenu9....

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1 year 5 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher oblivion

Mm. Thanks for the find; looks interesting, although the impression the website gives is of a launcher that's more oriented towards children. The free version -- limited to 55 "slots" -- may be enough for many people but on first glance I'd struggle to justify choosing this over -- say -- Magic Formation.

The installer is an MSI, which suggests a lack of portability too.

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1 year 5 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher g2mXagent

FSL Launcher is The BEST !!

FSL Launcher + dexpot + rocketdock = Perfect “OSX”.

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1 year 5 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher oblivion

Thanks!

I found FSL Launcher at http://fsl.sytes.net/launcher.html

It doesn't look like it's under active development: the forum looks pretty moribund.

However, it's new to me and I'd be interested to know why you think it's better than the alternatives.

Also, why is combining it with Rocketdock is better than just using Rocketdock? (Or, for that matter, what part of Rocketdock gives you facilities that FSL Launcher is missing?)

Adding Dexpot is fair enough: I'm a big fan of virtual desktops myself (although I didn't get on with Dexpot and rather prefer Virtuawin: this is significantly offtopic, though :) )

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1 year 5 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher dlibertine

I've been using Quick Launch for years and am satisfied.

http://www.horstmuc.de/wqsel.htm

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1 year 5 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher g2mXagent

Windows Start Menu, 8start, Free Launch Bar, ... ...
there exists a serious flaw: Screen utilization rate is LOW! and I think there will be some useless features.

I want to Launcher can be like in OS X that:
1. Activation (show) in Screen HotZone(corner of the screen).
2. Hotkey.
3. Easy to manage a large number of programs.
4. No keyboard operation.
5. Can take advantage of screen space.
6. Simple & easy used.

I found a list of launch programs (http://en.softonic.com/windows/program-launch-toolbars), many of them tried. I found that best meets my requirements is FSL Launcher (worked on Windows7 x64), although it has not been updated for a long time.

Dexpot = OSX Mission Control + Spaces
FSL Launcher = OSX Launchpad
Rocketdock = OSX "Dock"

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1 year 5 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher MidnightCowboy

Beware! Softonic uses a wrapped installer like cnet.

http://www.thesafemac.com/tag/softonic/
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/cnet-downloadcom-wrapped-install...

Users are advised to source their downloads from clean sites such as Softpedia and MajorGeeks that do not resort to this underhand practice. MC - Site Manager.

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1 year 5 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher g2mXagent

Thank reminder! I did not actually download it from there, I get the software information from that site, such as website, then go to the official website to download. I hate them downloader.

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1 year 1 week ago Best Free Program Launcher Panzer

LaunchQ (2/47 on Virus Total):

Features:

* Portable, free, light, open-source, runs in system tray and consumes minimal memory and mind.
* One shortcut (Shift + Z) does it all . Press it to show/hide LaunchQ GUI. This shortcut is customizable.
* Supports unlimited number of launch items.
* Window Size, Background color, Text color and transparency can be changed a/c needs.
* Auto-Scrolling - Move your mouse pointer above the LaunchQ window to scroll up, below the window to scroll down OR
use Mouse wheel for scrolling.
* Easy Add - Wanna add a file or folder to LaunchQ, drag it into the GUI, choose a name and you're done.
* Easy Remove - Deleting a shortcut is even more easier. Hold a shortcut and drag it out of the the LaunchQ window.
* Multi-Launch - Launch multiple shortcuts with a single-click. See Guide to know more.
* Launch Web-sites too, just click on the bottom Add Web-Site button in the GUI and paste the link.
* Shortcuts are auto-named intelligently.
* It can start at system start up, check for updates and get path links from temporary (Desktop) shortcuts.

http://avi-win-tips.blogspot.in/2013/05/launchq.html

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1 year 1 week ago Best Free Program Launcher oblivion

I hope the shortcut isn't fixed to shift-Z -- or Zachary Zephaniah Zob might have trouble signing his letters. ;)

(I note from the website that it's customisable but I couldn't resist...)

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