With the advanced technology, we do not just need an antivirus only but need much more. This much more includes Malware, Adware, Spyware, Ransome, etc. Some of the tools are available for free while for some tools you have to pay.
As all of us are very conscious of our online security. Adware and spyware are increasingly common, and they do not behave like viruses. This means they might escape detection when traditional antivirus software scans your system.
What is Malware?
Have you heard about malicious software? Malware is a short form of malicious software. Like Viruses, it refers to absolutely any program or process whose purpose is harmful, even criminal. Now, there are many ways to steal your information rather than virus only.
The earliest form of malware was the computer virus, the name for a program that infects other programs with its code and replicates when the infected program runs. Many early viruses had no malicious payload. They just served to show off the coder’s skills, or even to give a shout-out to a loved one. Because viruses were first, we still use the name antivirus for software that protects against all kinds of malware.
Now malware coders are using new technology. They charge for money now a days. Virus are not that lucrative compare to malware. This sort of malware appears as, and may even be, a useful program of some kind. But once you let it inside the walls of your computer, it turns loose a crew of nastiest.
Infact, they may send your personal and financial data to malware HQ. And, that is more harmful because they fully take control over your system. If this kind of attack hits your computer, you will find that all your essential files have been encrypted.
Why we Need Malware Protection?
Every day we use so many software online. Some are safe but some are not secure. We use antivirus and many other tools to protect our system. But still, sometimes malware (malicious software) can have a damaging effect on all three other types of ware. It can lock up or damage your hardware, subvert or in fact your software.
You can find these solutions in all sizes. An antivirus utility actually aims to protect against all types of malware. Full-scale security suites expand protection to include such things as spam filtering and parental control. Some antimalware tools work alongside your main protection to provide added security against specific threats, such as ransomware.
Most malware-fighting tools also handle removal of potentially unwanted programs. In many cases, you must choose whether or not to remove these. They are not specifically malicious, but they may well be unwanted.
You absolutely need at least a basic level of protection for all of your devices, and that means an antivirus utility. As noted, despite the name these products do a lot more than fight viruses. They take aim at every kind of malware, and some of them do a great job.
Emergency Malware Removal
When we use an antivirus there is a chance that your antivirus might miss malware. You also may run into trouble when you try to install antivirus protection because the malware already entrenched on your computer fights back. In either of those cases, you can call on the many free cleanup-only tools.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is also a good tool to remove malware easily. Most security vendors also offer a free rescue disk, typically in the form of an ISO file that you have to burn to a CD. Windows-based malware only works when Windows is running. Booting from the rescue disk puts you in a different operating environment. You may find the rescue scanner awkward and unfamiliar.
List of the Best 10 Malware Protection:
- Malware Bytes Anti Malware
- Bit defender Antivirus for Free
- Adware Antivirus
- Emsisoft Emergency Kit
- Kaspersky Antivirus
- Norton Security
- Super AntiSpyware
- Microsoft Malicious Removal Tool
- Avast Pro
- McAfee Security system
MalwareBytes Anti Malware
When you are suspicious about malware then malware Bytes can be anyone’s choice. Developer update it on a regular basis which is best to identify and remove new threats the minute they appear.
The first time you install Malware bytes Anti-Malware. You are given a 14-day trial of the premium edition. This edition includes preventative tools such as real-time scanning and specific protection from ransomware. After two weeks, it reverts to the basic free version.
You have to activate it manually. But, I like the tool most. For good results, you can run the tool once in a week. It will check and scan your system. You can also run the tool if you notice that your web browser has suddenly started acting strangely.
Recently, Malwarebytes add Adwcleaner which targets and removes annoying programs that hijack your browser by changing your homepage. And, reset your default search engine, or adding unwanted toolbars. It is also available free and along with Anti-Malware. It can be a great addition to your security toolkit.
Bitdefender constantly provides good result since 2010. In AV-test, Bitdefender achieved 100% protection rating. Bitdefender is an anti-virus software developed by Softwin. It was released in 2001 with a total 17 versions till date and its 18th version are under process.
It includes several protection and performance enhancements such as Search Advisor, Performance Optimizer and many more features.
The Bitdefender products feature anti-virus and anti-spyware, improved Detection, personal firewall, vulnerability scanner, privacy control, user control, and backup for corporate and home users. PC Tune-up and Performance Optimizer are available in the Total Security Suite. In the 2014 version, it had a wallet option to save passwords, a lighter scan and computer performance.
A secure browser prevents malware from snooping on your banking and online shopping transactions, and specialist ransomware protection ensures that even if something does penetrate your defenses, sensitive documents will still be safe.
Some other features of Bitdefender:
- Developer: Softwin (Romania Based company)
- Released in: 2001
- Industry Type: Computer Software
- Products: Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2015, Bitdefender Internet Security 2015, Bitdefender Total Security 2015, Bitdefender Free Antivirus 2015
- Services: Security
- Website: www.bitdefender.com
Adware Anti Malware
It is another great choice if you are looking for an anti-malware. It includes a virtual environment where suspicious programs can be analyzed to see if they behave like malware. This means you are always protected from new malware. Even if you are the very first person to be affected and the malicious program is not yet in Adaware database of known threats. The malware can then be safely contained and removed.
All this happens quietly in the background, and can be suspended temporarily if you want your processors’ full power for a gaming session.
Adaware Antivirus Free can also scan downloads before you install them, helping prevent malware infestations in the first place by filtering their most common point of entry.
This tool kit is very useful. In fact, you can also help your friends as well to help in the removal of malware. It is a portable app, so you can keep it handy on a USB stick. Or your cloud storage service of choice. This is a small size tool kit near about 591 MB. But, it generates log files that cover space.
Like any malware removal tool, Emsisoft Emergency Kit has a database of current threats. And the PC you are cleaning needs an internet connection so the software can check for updates.
Once it is updated itself, it scans the PC for threats and any suspicious things. It finds to stop it doing further damage to your system. After a quick reboot, the files will be deleted.
Kaspersky Anti Malware
Kaspersky is an antivirus developed by Kaspersky Lab. This software was previously known as Anti-Viral Toolkit Pro. KAV is used for:
- Malware protection
- Real-time protection
- Detection & Removal of viruses
- Removal of other suspicious elements like trojans, worms, spyware, adware, keyloggers, and rootkits.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus prevents itself from being disabled by malware without user permission via password access prompts upon disabling protection elements and changing internal settings. It also scans incoming instant messenger traffic, email traffic, automatically disables links to known malware-hosting sites while using Internet Explorer or Firefox, and includes free technical support and free product upgrades within paid-subscription periods.
Its free edition lack in few features, which are found in its paid version. These missing features include a personal firewall, HIPS, Secure Keyboard, AntiSpam, Anti Banner and parental control tools.
Some other features of KAV
- Developer: Kaspersky Lab
- Release in: 1997
- Operating System: Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux
- Type: Antivirus
- License: Freemium
- Website: www.kaspersky.com/kaspersky_anti-virus
Norton is an anti-virus and anti-malware software. Symantec Corporation Developed Norton in 1991. It uses signatures and heuristics to identify viruses. Other features included in it are e-mail spam filtering and phishing protection.
Norton runs on Microsoft Windows and Mac operating system. Symantec has released so many versions of Norton and its 12th version is fully compatible with Mac OS X Lion.
Some other Features of Norton:
- Developer: Norton (Symantec)
- Release in: 1991
- Operating system: Microsoft Windows (Windows 95 & above), macOS, Linux
- Platform: X86, X84
- Type: Antivirus
- Website: us.norton.com/antivirus
It is also a good anti-malware software. Its free edition detects all forms of malicious software including adware and spyware. It removes every trace quickly and efficiently.
If you suspect that a particular file might contain malware, you can submit it to SUPERAntiSpyware’s threat labs. Here its behavior will be analyzed. It is not as fast or convenient as tools that scan files using a virtual machine. But is a good option if your system is low on resources.
You can also control which types of file are scanned, whether SUPERAntiSpyware should follow shortcuts, and whether it should check inside ZIP archives. It is very handy if you have downloaded a program in an archive and want to check it before extracting the contents.
Scans must be performed manually, but SUPERAntiSpyware granular control makes it a great choice for more confident users.
The Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) is a free anti-malware tool provided by Microsoft. The MSRT is normally downloaded with automatic updates, to run alongside the built-in Windows Defender AntiVirus.
However, for those users with automatic updates normally turned-off you can download the software directly.
The MSRT is updated once a month to deal with the most prevalent threats, namely viruses, worms, and trojans.
If it does not detect anything it will run in quiet mode. But it if does a balloon alert will appear stating that malware has been detected and needs action for removal.
If you struggle to remove any problems with the MSRT, then you could also try the Microsoft Safety Scanner which is also available as a download.
This is also designed by Microsoft to detect and remove malware from Windows computers, but it intended to run in support of the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool.
Avast developed a family of internet Security applications for Microsoft Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS. It also includes both type of versions whether free or paid. Avast provides some products in its free version.
They are computer security, browser security, antivirus software, firewall, anti-phishing, antispyware, and anti-spam among other services.
As of February 2018, Avast gets 6 out 6 points in Antimalware products during the test conducted by AV-Comparatives. By detecting 100% of malware samples used in this test and earning an “AV-TEST Certified” seal. Avast Mobile Security & Antivirus app has also performed well and detected 100% of malware samples in January 2018 test of Android malware by AV-Comparatives
Some other Features of Avast:
- Developer: Avast
- Stable release: 11th March 2019
- Operating System: Microsoft Windows, macOS
- Available in: 45 languages
- Type: Security software, Antivirus
- Licenses: Freeware, paid
- Website: www.avast.com
McAfee Security System
McAfee is American antivirus software. It is known for its two names, one McAfee Associates from 1987-2004 and second Intel Security Group from 2014-2017. It is said that McAfee is the largest Security technology company.
In February 2011, McAfee became the part of Intel and now served as Intel Security division. McAfee develops security tools for PC and server devices and for smartphones.
Some other Features of McAfee
- Headquarters: Santa Clara, California, US
- Founded in: 1987 as McAfee Associates, 2017 As McAfee, LLC
- Type: Antivirus
- Products: Security software
- Services: Computer Security
- Website: www.mcafee.com/