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Detection, Activation, Protection

Computer Virus Removal Tips


­    How many antivirus programs and tools can you think of off the top of your head? Five? Maybe ten? If the antivirus software is inaccessible, or the same malware continually rears its head scan after scan, try starting the computer in safe mode.  It is common for viruses to get stored in the files of the Windows registry folder. Think of the registry folder as a website full of instructions for the operating system.  The registry is the brains of the computer sending important information to system about the programs. The same folder is the brains of viruses causing the activation of viruses upon booting up.  Starting the computer in safe mode allows work to be performed using only the basic  elements of the operating system.  Running the antivirus software in safe mode is the 2nd step. Some malware and viruses exists for the sole purpose of downloading new malware and viruses causing the installation of unwanted software on the computer.  If the removal all of the applications is possible, then the laptop will be in tip top shape.

    Is the antivirus software unable to remove the virus in and of itself?  It’s time to do surf the worldwide web and do some research. Did you remember to write down all of the names of the viruses or malware applications that were detected?  Here’s where that step will  come into action. You will need to research all individual files online using a recommended Internet security firm. It is recommended that the firm used is the same firm that manufactures the antivirus or antimalware removal you are using.  Why, you might ask? Different firms, at times,  will give different names to the same virus and all firms will not always  refer to the one virus the same way. You may have to do a little digging to locate files, be sure to back up the registry folder in case an important file is deleted. Deleting all the files linked to viruses and malware is important. Rebooting  your computer and running the antivirus software again is the final step and, if the virus removal was performed correctly, no signs of viruses or malware will show up

What Does Anti-Malware Software Do?     Just like their human companions, computers of all sorts can catch viruses. In the modern world, there’s no question or doubt that keeping computers safe from spyware, malware and other threats ranks high on the top priority list. Detection and removal of risky spyware and malware can keep your computer healthy and running like a well oiled machine. When it comes to the modern world of the internet, trouble is lurking around every corner; trouble is the dark shadow in the corner looking for the unsuspecting computer lover. These days, the internet is polluted with malware and spyware programmed to naturally seek out weaknesses and loopholes in computers. The top antimalware software not only effectively and efficiently prevents the installation of malware, many programs will wipe out malware.       Even if the computer is a personal computer or laptop and has only one user, antimalware software is essential for reliable, safe and vigorous internet security. If you are looking for the least invasive safeguards when it comes to your precious machine, antimalware software is the perfect solution. The top dogs of malware protection software is your computer’s bodyguard and will chase off whatever threats come your way ranging from Trojans to viruses, from rootkits and malicious scripts to spyware and keyloggers. When it comes to virus and malware detection and removal, the software and combat tools are plentiful. 

Antimalware Software: What to Look For

Antimalware software, in order to be ranked among the best,  needs to be able to perform two functions with ease: detect malware and remove it. If an antimalware program cannot fulfill these two tasks, all other fancy features provided will be of little to no value.

Malware Detection
Antimalware software cannot be effective in providing protection against malware and aid in the removal of unwanted programs if the detection of malware is not possible. the software cannot detect malware. Be sure to check out scores that reflect effectiveness to aid in choosing which product you feel will be the most dependable.  Reading reviews on a program’s ability to detect malware is important. The best antimalware should not be like the little boy who cried wolf and should miss practically nothing.  The best of the best when it comes to software will be able to provide protection not only against the current malware and viruses but should be able to sniff out the new kids on the block.  Like a bomb dog on a bomb, be sure to choose the antimalware program that will be able to sniff out the newest threats and all suspicious activities. 

When searching for the extra features and benefits, look at not only how well the product can detect and remove malware, look for user friendly features. A variety of scans to view problems from several point of views is a good added feature.  The more views, the easier problems and threats are detected.  The best choices in terms of software, will always provide prompts such as the ones that are reminders to create backup discs to aid in the protection and backup of important, vital data that will allow the user to safely operate infected computers and will explain the type of malware or virus infection that was found.  In addition to providing the best type of malware detection possible, great software provides the user with easy to understand courses of action and aids in the removal of malware. Great security functions, like white lists and  virtual browsers will greatly reduce infection rates by creating and providing buffers against threats.

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To be quarantined, or not be quarantined. That is the question.

While there is a slim to none chance of ever having a run in with malware and viruses on a Mac, you may want to be open minded to the use of an antivirus or antimalware program anyways.  Peace of mind is everything and you will also keep the Windows and Linux using friends save out of harms way by unknowingly sending viruses. Check out  Sophos Anti-Virus program  for your Mac.

Sophos Anti-Virus


  • Compact, user-friendly interface that has options for custom scans of drives, folders and files. Scans can be scheduled to periodically run full scans or run on demand.
  • Files are scanned for known viruses, trojans and malware that are common in Windows and will quarantine or deletes files so you can avoid risking spreading viruses to others via USB drive, network sharing, or emails.
  • Known threats are quarantined you have the choice quarantine files that are dangerous or suspicious.
  • Running quietly as a  background program, emails, files and downloads are scanned and if infected, prevents you from opening infected files before harm hits.
  • Installation and uninstalling Sophos is easy.
  • Sophos’ “Live Antivirus” is a great feature that will update your app as soon as new threats are sniffed out of the wild.

Strong points

Sophos actually dates back to early 1980s and is a strong point in Mac’s history of malware.  The fact that the article exists should remind Mac users that while they’re not the primary target for malware authors, they’re by no means invulnerable. The size of the article however should issue some confidence that the risk—while present—is by no means critical.

Sophos Anti-Virus rises above the competition Mac antivirus apps because of quietly running in the background to scan folders and files without tapping into your valuable system resources. Sophos will always be consistent with updating the database of known Windows trojans, viruses, and other threats, so if you unknowingly download a Windows malware or other threats, you wont accidentally spread threats. . Sophos is intelligent enough to inform you that “Hey, this file isn’t a threat to you, but it will be placed in quarantine or deleted so you don’t accidentally forward the attachment or files to others.”


Sophos Anti-Virus, unfortunately, is not a perfect program. Yes, it is light on resources and demands but it was not the top dog in tests. It just stroke a special chord in the heart hitting a sweet spot between  it’s great features and resources.

Sophos Competition

ClamXav is the choice for those who love the open source  life and uses the virus scanning engine known as  ClamXav.  Like sophos, this great program can pick up on both the OS X malware and the WIndows malware, can be run on a scheduled time or on demand and it is easier on system resources and slightly more lightweight than Sophos. System requirements for ClamXav is any operating system from OS X 10.5 and beyond. Short fallings when it comes to  ClamXav is that the definitions tend to be a little on the sporadically than most users prefer.  Performing scans might be a breeze but fine-tuning settings and getting the app to be proactive when it comes to scanning files can take a little more effort than you as a user might like in a program. Even with the few flaws, ClamXav an outstanding choice and ranks high on the checklist if Sophos doesnt make the cut for you.


Avast! Free Antivurus for Macs is a great choice and great Mac friendly version of  a Windows favorite. Researchers have found that Avast has a 100% detection rate of Macs malware that went through the program.  This is an honorable feat  that so few other programs did not accomplish. For those on a budget, Avast is  free, lightweight and it really does works.  Avast short coming is that it does not detect Windows viruses or malware and catches only the malware and viruses specific to Macs.


Another great free utility that ranks high on the list and worth looking into is Avira.  Like Avast, Avira has a 100% perfect track record in terms of sniffing out Malware on your Mac. You have no need to fear a false positive reading, Avira has never had this happen.  Avira’s UI and options are extremely user friendly and can even be used by those who are not tech savvy.  Avira has a great shield and offers an unfailing, solid source of protection against all currently known Mac threats. Like Avast, it’s with a sad and heavy heart, it has to be brought to your attention that there is no protection against Windows viruses and threats.  Avira’s downfall is that it struggles in the area of custom scan options as well as scheduled scans.

To debate, or not to debate, that is the question. Wait, is that a question? Unfortunatley, it is one that you will have to battle out for yourself. The use or not use virus protection on a Mac will never end.  The fire has been burning for years and will burn forever more.  When all else fails, surf the web to aid in the choice to use virus protection or not to use protection.