Anti-Virus or Anti-Malware? What’s the Difference?

Malware, Virus, Tomato, Tomahto? Recently, I’ve received a few different questions on the concepts of anti-malware and anti-virus programs.  Are they the same thing?  Which is better?  Is PC Matic an anti-malware program? There’s a lot to be said on the matter.  But here is the most basic explanation.  Malware is a blanket term used […]

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1 Out of 5 PC Users Lack Real-Time Protection

Study Shows Over 20% of PC Users Lack Real-Time Security PC Matic recently conducted a study on the number of PCs that are currently running without the protection of an anti-virus (AV) solution.  A total of 35,609 were scanned for security protection.  Out of those, the results were broken down based on operating system. Looking at […]

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Traditional Anti-Virus Programs Don’t Work

Why Your Traditional AV Isn’t Working According to a recent study completed by KnowBe4, your traditional anti-virus alone is not effective in stopping today’s biggest cyber security threat, ransomware.  Ransomware is a form of malware that locks your files or entire PCs and demands a payment to unlock them.  In the study, KnowBe4 asked 500 […]

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Malware Now Disguised as Disk Utilities

Since rogues began to circulate seven or so years ago, they’ve always pretended to be anti-spyware or anti-virus products, imitating the look of many legitimate anti-virus products and even the structure of their product names. In the last two months, however, it has become clear that the rogue writers are trying something new to confuse potential victims.

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Windows First OneCare

On May 30, 2006, Microsoft entered into the security software market with its U.S. release of its fully supported version of its Windows Live OneCare software. The OneCare product includes firewall, anti-virus, back-up and restore utility, as well as Microsoft’s Windows Defender anti-spyware technology. Also included is a tune-up utility which performs routine maintenance tasks such as defragmenting and temp file clean up.

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