Showing posts with label Antivirus. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Antivirus. Show all posts

How to Check the Performance of Antivirus?


Test your Antivirus Performance by Sample Virus


It's been a long time since I discussed about PC security last time. Because I've talked about MSE and Windows Defender. If you use any of the two in your PC, I believe you don't need any other security tools to protect your PC. But if you use any third party security tools or if you've any doubt about your current security software, you can check its performance by a sample virus


Windows users often purchase security software ie. Norton, Kaspersky, Bit Defender etc. Many of them use trial versions to protect the system. But how much safe you are? Are these tools really working for you? Can these tools detect viruses or worms? Let's check it! 
  1. Go to Run by Pressing Start + R
  2. Type Notepad and hit Enter
  3. Copy and Paste the following code on notepad
  4. Now Save the file as Virus.exe 
  5. Scan the file with your antivirus

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

If your security tool is strong and if it has real time protection system, then you don't need to scan at all. It should be able to detect the file as virus automatically. If it doesn't detect the file immediately, then scan it. After scanning the file, if you see that your antivirus does nothing, remove the antivirus immediately. Because you're not safe with non performing security program. Rather it slows down your operating system. 


I've also checked this code by Windows Defender. Defender is able to detect this file immediately. Even if you save the file with .txt extension, defender can detect it. The background scanning system of defender is so strong. 

I believe Microsoft Security Essentials will do the same job as Defender. Both have tight security system. If your antivirus doesn't work well, you should use either MSE or Defender. Defender comes with Windows 8 by default. But if you're using previous versions of Windows, you can use MSE at free of cost.



Defender reports this file as: 


  • Item Name: Virus:DOS/EICAR_Test_File
  • Category: Virus
  • Alert Level: Severe
  • Description: This program is dangerous and replicates by infecting other files
  • Recommended Action: Remove this software immediatley


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How to Install Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows XP?

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Microsoft Security Essentials is the most reliable antivirus ever released  In fact it is a great job by Microsoft Corporation to provide an antivirus to the Windows users at free of cost. Though it is very harmful for the third party security companies. 

Windows 7 users can easily install MSE on their computers. But if you're using Windows XP then you may face problem installing it on your system. To install MSE on Windows XP SP 2 you need some additional files. 

To install MSE on XP SP 2 download the file below. Then install all the three files of the folder. Then install MSE. If your XP is service pack 3 then install only the first file. 


If you use Windows 8 then you don't need any third party security software. Because it has built in security system

To know more about Microsoft Security Essentials click here

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Built in Security in Windows 8


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If you're using Windows 8 then you don't need to purchase Anti Virus or Security Tool! Windows 8 has a built in antivirus program named Windows Defender. Windows defender was also included with windows vista and 7. But its functions were very limited. In windows 8, defender has been redesigned like Microsoft Security Essentials. The skin and interface of New Windows Defender is just like MSE. But maybe there are significant changes in case of performance. 



Earlier Microsoft released free security software for PC users- Microsoft Security Essentials. But it was not default. To enhance the security of new Windows, defender has been included with it. Certainly you'll enjoy this.  


Windows Defender Update Required



Features and Facilities: 

  • 100% Free (No Option of Serial Key or Crack!)
  • No installation required- Built in
  • Fast, safe and reliable Scan
  • Real Time Protection
  • Never Slow Down PC
  • No Unnecessary Messages
  • Options to allow, remove, disinfect or quarantine the infected objects
  • Capability to Disinfect the infected files (If Possible)
  • Shows the detailed information of Infected Files
  • Simple interface with no unnecessary options
  • Run quite fine even you don't update (But never do this!)


Few Problems and Difficulties: 
  • Windows 8 should be genuine. Otherwise you will have several problems. So, Activate your Windows
  • Virus cleaning process is somewhat slower
  • No option to pause the scan. You can just cancel it. 
  • You can't scan the files just by right click on it! 
  • Security Software Providers like Kaspersky, Bit Defender, Avast are very angry!
  • You can't clean the viruses before finishing the scan. 


Operation Manual: 

If you are experienced with MSE then Defender has nothing new for you. But if you have no experience with MSE then following instructions maybe useful for you: 

  • Make sure Defender is turned on. Press Start and type Defender. Open it and go to the Settings tab. Click on Administrator and be sure that the option Turn on Windows Defender is marked. 
  • You can't scan files just by right click. To scan a flash drive or any other folder you've to open defender from Start. Then Home > Scan Options > Custom Scan > Scan Now > Choose your Files, Folder or Pen Drive > OK.
  • After installing Windows 8 please run a full scan. Quick scan is not necessary because after installing Windows your PC is normally free from virus. Scan options are available under the Home Tab. 
  • Auto Update is enabled. If you wanna update manually then go to the Update tab. Before hitting Update button, make sure you're connected to the net. 
  • After finishing the scan, if virus is found you will see a message at the top- PC Status: At Risk. Then you've to hit on Clean Computer button. 
  • You can manually select the action for each infected files. There will be options right to the infected files whether to remove, disinfect or allow them. If you're not sure about a file then leave it to the default action. 

Case: Sometimes your friends may tell you- MSE or Defender can't detect few viruses like Avast, Kaspersky or Bit Defender! And you might be confused after hearing this. You may think the database of MSE or Defender is poor. 

But keep in mind that MSE or Defender updates themselves twice a day. And they never detect unnecessary files unless it harms you. And they normally don't delete executable files. Rather they try to disinfect them. 



Personal Opinion: As I've used MSE for 3 years and now using Defender near about 1.5 years with no problems regarding virus, you can trust me. Both MSE or Defender are fully reliable. If you can use any of them properly, within a month you will ask- What is VIRUS? 



VIRUS- Vital Information Resources Under Seize. 



Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE)

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Computer and computer virus are extremely involved. Maybe inactive but almost all computers have some viruses. If it is a Windows Platform PC then the possibility is triple. Because more than 80% PC runs on Windows OS. So hackers' first target is windows based PCs.

To guard viruses, there are many antivirus programs. Such as Kaspersky, Norton, Bit Defender, Avast, Avira and so many. But none of them is perfect. Some of them make your PC secured but slow down the performance. Some of them are over smart. They detect a normal file as virus. Sometimes there are numerous commands. Users get confused with this commands and options. 

Besides every year you need to purchase a new license. And if you are a trial user, then you have some other jobs to do. Each and every month you need to download the program again. Then sometimes Antivirus denies to delete a virus if you are a trial user etc etc. 


But if you use Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE), then you are free from all of these problems. This is the fastest, lightest, safest and more reliable Antivirus I've ever seen.  


Features 
  • Easy to use
  • Full Free*
  • Fast, safe and reliable
  • Real-time protection
  • System scanning
  • System cleaning
  • Windows Firewall integration
  • Dynamic signature service
  • Rootkit protection
  • Protection against real threats, not good software
  • Network inspection system

MSE Home



* Your PC must run genuine Windows to install Microsoft Security Essentials. Internet access fees may apply while downloading. 




To download Microsoft Security Essentials, Click here


To download offline definition update, Click here



If windows XP shows error message while installing MSE then download and install the following files.