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Top 3 Antivirus Software Options For Your Small Business

Antivirus solutions are absolutely critical to the security of your business, so don’t let the overwhelming variety available for purchase hinder your buying decision. One of the key features to look for when buying antivirus software is software that offers real-time protection. This means that the program is constantly on alert and continually scanning all incoming urls, files and other variables for potential threats. Think of your antivirus software as your own personal security guard that meticulously checks the credentials of visitors coming to your business.

We have provided a list of the top 3 antivirus software options to consider for your small business.

Avast:
Being a veteran in this industry, Avast has been one of the most trusted antivirus software options available since the early 90′s. With both free and paid options, you can take your time trying out what features the software has to offer your business in terms of security and protection. It is also compatible to a number of operating systems such as MAC OS X and Linux. The average price for Avast is around $40, and they always almost offer discounts for long-term licenses.

BitDefender:
This Romanian-based software is another great choice for the security of your small business. BitDefender has a knack for checking viruses, spyware, email spam, phishing, and includes a firewall. A key feature called Safego offers protection while you are using social media. BitDefender is designed for small to medium-sized businesses and with that in mind, it will cost you about $143 annually for up to five users. BitDefender is a bit more expensive, but they offer a 30 day free trial for those who are on the fence.

Kaspersky:
This antivirus software is yet another real-time protection application that can also be used on the Linux operating system. With Kaspersky defending your small business, no time will be wasted destroying all the sneaky viruses, malware, trojans and keyloggers that permeate your hard drive. If you opt for the Small Office Security Version, your online banking, passwords and even your mobile devices are protected. Kaspersky also offers a 30 day free trial for you to try out as the software runs about $229 yearly for 5 users.

In an increasingly unsecure and dangerous digital world, having the right antivirus software is vital to protecting all your software, hardware and sensitive data. If you believe your computer has a virus, spyware or malware, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Bring it in to the computer professionals at Everything Computers today. We offer many different services to help with all of your computer needs, including:

  • Clean Sweep
  • Data Backup
  • Data Recovery
  • Virus and Spyware Removal
  • System Clean out
  • Software and Hardware Installation

If you need help installing antivirus software, or any other malware protection feel free to Contact us today for more information.

 

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Microsoft Plans Largest Security Update in More than Three Years for Next Tuesday

Microsoft announced yesterday that they would be issuing 16 security updates on Tuesday, November 11th around 1pm EST to patch the following:

  • Internet Explorer
  • Windows
  • Office
  • SharePoint Server
  • Exchange Server

This is the largest security update in over three years, and has been referred to as both “whopping” and “overwhelming” by Microsoft employees.

Of the 16 updates, referred to as “bulletins” by Microsoft, five were noted as “critical” which is Microsoft’s most serious threat ranking. Five were identified as fixing vulnerabilities that could result in “remote code execution,” if they were exploited. In Laymen’s terms, successful hackers could potentially hijack a system and install malware on the machine if these issues were not resolved.

Microsoft did not put a number to the individual Internet Explorer vulnerabilities it will patch, but in the last five months the company has taken care of 161 bugs in the browser (which is about 32 each month).  Microsoft will patch all versions of it’s Internet Explorer browser.

Other critical updates will tackle vulnerabilities in various sectors of Windows, including Bulletin 5, which affects only the server operating systems. Microsoft said that the one or more bugs being resolved in Bulletin 5 were not present in the client editions, but that they would still be updated to provide “additional defense-in-depth hardening” as protection against similar vulnerabilities that may potentially pop up in the future.

Fixes will be applied to SharePoint Server 2010 and Exchange Server 2007, 2010 and 2013 to deal with elevation of privilege flaws, and may require restarting the servers, often a risky deal for IT staffs as both SharePoint and Exchange are mission-critical systems that cannot be offline for very long.

For more information on the 16 bulletins, you can look over Microsoft’s Security Bulletin Advance Notification for November 2014. If you have any questiocomputer-securityns about increasing security on your laptop or desktop computer, the computer professionals at Everything Computers are here to help. Contact us today for more information on computer repair, spyware, malware, installing new software, or just general computer questions.

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Best Free Antivirus Software of 2014

With security attacks and viruses increasing in size and severity, it is important to make sure that you do your part to protect your computer against malware.  Millions of people are impacted every day by viruses such as the recent Game over Zeus Virus, the Heartbleed bug, and numerous other data breaches. To ensure better protection against viruses and hacking, it is vital that every PC owner has effective and dependable antivirus software. Unfortunately, this can be expensive, especially given the cost of annual updates.

No worries, because there are plenty of free antivirus software solutions, many of which are just as proficient as their commercial counterparts. If you’re tired of annual subscriptions, but want to make sure that your PC is properly protected then check out the Best Free Antivirus Software of 2014 according to TechRadar.com and PC Magazine. We’ve selected 5 of the best free Internet security tools to deliver great security to your PC free of charge.

1.    Panda Cloud

Panda Cloud is a lightweight and simple tool that provides free real-time antivirus protection. It can be used in conjunction with many other security tools without any issues. Panda Cloud is a free version of a commercial product, so there are a few missing features, but it is definitely capable of carrying the bulk of the load. Panda Cloud recently released version 3.0, and users of the free software are now able to access a new interface as well as schedule scans and automatic USB vaccinations.

2.    Avast

Avast is one of the most popular security tools around. The program is easy to install and its clear-cut interface makes it simple to use. The software provides a quick first scan that identifies any potential threats on your PC. Another bonus is that Avast has minimal impact on your system performance.

 3.    Malware Bytes Anti-Malware 2.0

When other antivirus products fail, many tech support agents recommend Malware Bytes Anti-Malware 2.0. It is a very successful cleanup tool, and with version 2.0 there is significant improvement in appearance and ease of use. The software installs and scans in Safe Mode and its chameleon technology resists malware attacks.

4.     ZoneAlarm

One issues is that the free antivirus database is updated daily as opposed to the hourly updates provided in the commercial version. However, the program does provide plenty of functionality, with a capable, AV-Test-certified antivirus engine, an easy-to-use firewall and browsing protection.

5.    AVG

Many people have probably heard of AVG, as it is a popular choice for antivirus software. It is a solid package with a fine range of features: an antivirus engine, email scanner, identity theft protection, and LinkScanner Surf-Shield to keep you safe online.

If you believe your computer has a virus, spyware or malware, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Bring it in to the computer professionals at Everything Computers today. We offer many different services to help with all of your computer needs, including:

  • Clean Sweep
  • Data Backup
  • Data Recovery
  • Virus and Spyware Removal
  • System Clean out
  • Software and Hardware Installation

If you need help installing antivirus software, or any other malware protection feel free to Contact us todayfor more information.

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How to prevent the GameOver Zeus Virus

You may have heard rumors about a new “money-stealing virus” and this time the rumors are true. There is a new virus called GameOver Zeus (GOZ) that can steal your bank account numbers as well as your passwords. The virus sends your bank credentials directly to hackers so they can drain your account. Thus far Zeus has stolen more than $100 million dollars. The Justice Department announced this week that the U.S. just shut down a cyber crime ring that infected between 500,000 and 1 million computers with the Zeus virus.

Follow these steps to prevent yourself from becoming the next victim to Zeus:

  • Invest in good anti-virus software: If you don’t have any anti-virus software on your PC, you should install some ASAP. There are many different types of software from different companies for different prices, so just choose one that fits in your budget and works on your system.
  • Update your current software: Software patches stop attackers from taking advantage of known problems or vulnerabilities. Many operating systems offer automatic updates, and if this option is available, you should enable it.
  • Take Advantage of anti-malware tools: The US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has put together a list of Anti-Malware tools to remove Zeus from your system.
  • Change your passwords: This is a no brainer and should always be done immediately after a large virus or password leak takes place. US-CERT has not specified which passwords are vulnerable, so to be safe you should change all bank account passwords. A good rule of thumb is to change your passwords every 6 months.

GOZ can also send spam emails that damage other computer systems and networks so make sure that you are not contributing to the spread of GOZ. Although the government shut down the group responsible for GOZ, which was led by Russian hacker Evgeniy Bogachev, the malware from the virus still exists. Only PCs are affected, specifically the following: Microsoft Windows 95, 98, Me, 2000, XP, Vista, 7 and 8 and Microsoft Server 2003, Server 2008, Server 2008 R2, and Server 201, according to US-CERT.

If you need help removing the GameOver Zeus virus, or any other virus, Everything Computer can help. Contact us today for more information.

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UPS Data Breach: How You Could Be At Risk

The credit and debit card information of customers that have recently shopped at UPS Store’s may have been compromised and a computer virus is to blame. Does this all bring you back to last November when Target’s data breach put 40 million shoppers at risk?

The presence of the malware intrusion, which was found by the Department of Homeland Security, is not currently identified by anti-virus software has been found on the systems of 51 UPS stores in 24 different states. According to a spokeswoman for UPS, there were about 100,000 transactions made between January 20th and August 11th and the information that was stolen includes names, card numbers, email addresses, and postal addresses.

According to UPS, in many stores the intrusion didn’t take place until about March, and they are unaware of any reported cases of theft thus far. UPS will be providing identity protection and credit monitoring help to the affected customers. In Georgia alone there were three affected stores, none of which are in Marietta (the closest was in Canton). To see if a store near you was impacted, click here.

Here at Everything Computers, we now how terrible and sometimes terrifying it is to find out your personal computer has been compromised by a virus or malware. If you think your PC or laptop may be acting up, bring it in and we will take a look. We offer both basic and advanced virus and spyware removal. Contact us today with any questions.

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Steps to protect yourself from viruses and spyware

Remember last year when 40 million Target shoppers had their credit card, debit card and personal information stolen? We sure do! If hackers can get into target’s computer system and steal data like that, just think what they can do with a personal computer.

Here are our tips on keeping your data and personal information safe from viruses and spyware:

  1. Avoid clicking on misleading pop-ups
  2. Make sure your browser asks permission before running or downloading any files
  3. Clear your browser’s cache (click here for step-by-step instructions on clearing cache from wikihow.com)
  4. Consider using a newer browser such as Google Chrome or FireFox, which may have tools like Adblock Plus to help protect your computer
  5. Download from trusted locations only and check out the files extension before downloading
  6. Install antivirus software, anti-spyware programs, and enable a firewall

If you believe your computer has a virus, spyware or malware, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Bring it in to the computer professionals at Everything Computers today. We offer many different services to help with all of your computer needs, including:

  • Clean Sweep
  • Data Backup
  • Data Recovery
  • Virus and Spyware Removal
  • System Clean out
  • Software and Hardware Installation
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Tips to speed up your computer

In this fast paced world, nothing is more irritating than a slow computer. Oftentimes this is something we try to fix at home by installing some software that promises to speed up our computer, unfortunately that isn’t always the most helpful solution.

Here are a few tips on how to improve the speed of your PC:

  1. Uninstall unwanted software – Oftentimes PCs come with preloaded software that you don’t actually need, and will probably never use. The issue with these programs is that they start running when you start your computer, causing your computer to run slower. To remove these unwanted programs, open the Control Panels’ Programs and Features page and uninstall the programs you don’t need. You have to be careful however to not uninstall programs that you don’t realize that you actually need. Keep in mind, sometimes programs that claim to speed up or clean your PC, are actually the ones slowing it down.
  2. Disable Startup Programs –The more software you install on your computer, the longer it may seem to take to start up. This is because programs add themselves to the list of programs started when you turn on your computer; the longer this list becomes, the longer it takes to start your computer. You can disable some of these startup programs, however we recommend letting a professional help you with this, as it can be a little tricky and you don’t want to disable something that you need to remain installed.
  3. Run a Disk Cleanup – This simple task can make your snail-like PC move like a much faster machine! A disk cleanup, or Clean Sweep, will scan your system for large, unnecessary files that are slowing your computer down.
  4. Clean out Malware – Malware is the most common factor behind a slow PC. Often malware is able to disguise itself to avoid being cleaned out. To make sure you really remove all malware and spyware, it is best to bring your computer in to your local computer pros, like the ones at Everything Computers, to run virus and spyware removal.
  5. Install More RAM or a Faster Hard Drive – If you do a lot of computer gaming, video editing, or run several applications at one time, you may need to install more RAM or a bigger and faster hard drive to speed up your PC. If you are using up anymore then 85% of your hard drive, installing a bigger one will definitely speed things up.

If these tips don’t seems to help you, or you aren’t very computer savvy, can always bring your computer to Everything Computers to have it looked at. We offer many different services to help with all of your computer needs, including:

  • Clean Sweep
  • Data Backup
  • Data Recovery
  • Virus and Spyware Removal
  • System Clean out
  • Software and Hardware Installation