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November 9, 2012  5:02 PM

Heads-up! First Win8 Critical Security Updates A’Comin!

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Security, Windows 8

Next Tuesday, November 13, will be the first Patch Tuesday since the official Windows 8 release occurred on October 26. Thus, it's entirely fitting that Windows 8 will receive its first-ever "Critical" updates on that day. I puzzled over an article from Lance Whitney at CNET a few minutes ago...

September 4, 2012  7:13 PM

Egad! More Java vulnerabilities surface

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Java, Security

Ars Technica reported that the hurry-up fix delivered on 8/30 for Java to address a slew...

August 29, 2012  6:01 PM

Possible Java Exploits Can Expose PCs to Attack

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Java, Security

Quick: visit on any PC close at hand. There are a number of Java exploits rampant in the wild at the moment, so you'll want to see a resulting screen that looks like this if you do have...

July 30, 2010  4:28 PM

Microsoft Security Essentials Gets a New Beta Version

Posted by: Ed Tittel
free protection for all Windows PCs, new Security Essentials beta offers improved functionality, Security Essentials beta download now available, Security Essentials offers basic

Last week (I'm still playing catch-up from my vacation from 7/18 to 7/28, sorry) Microsoft announced the availability of a new beta version of its Microsoft Security Essentials package. Described as a "

May 13, 2010  2:45 PM

PC Tools Anti-Malware Products Continue to Excel

Posted by: Ed Tittel
anti-malware, anti-spyware, anti-virus, AVG AntiVirus Free Edition, Avira AntiVir Personal, Norton Internet Security 2010, PC Tools Internet Security, PC Tools Spyware Doctor, VB100 April 2010 ratings, Webroot Internet Security Essentials, Webroot Spy Sweeper

Over the past 5 years. since the publication of my 2005 book The PC Magazine Guide to Fighting Spyware, Viruses, and Malware, I've been following the rise and fall of numerous anti-virus and anti-spyware software packages with great interest and attention. In that period...

June 17, 2009  3:57 PM

Vista Fares Poorly on Malware Detection

Posted by: Ed Tittel
anti-spyware comparisons, Enterprise Vista, enterprise Windows Vista, PC Tools Spyware Doctor, Webroot SpySweeper, Windows Vista anti-malware performance, Windows Vista anti-malware resistance

Here's an interesting story from June 16 on the Website, based on recently-released research work from leading antispyware firm Webroot. It's entitled "Vista Low on Malware...

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January 19, 2009  4:48 PM

Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool

Posted by: Ed Tittel
antimalware, antispyware, antivirus, HijackThis, rootkit, Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool (mrt.exe), Windows Update, Windows Vista, Windows Vista troubleshooting

Like clockwork, Microsoft proffers up a new version of the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tools on each and every Patch Tuesday. In January, 2009, that item is described in Knowledge Base article KB890830. This tool is not intended to...

December 17, 2008  9:11 PM

Essential out-of-cycle IE security update now available

Posted by: Ed Tittel
CVE-2008-4844, MS08-078, Security, vulnerability scanner, Windows Update, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista SP2

When Secunia calls a Windows security update "extremely critical" you know a serious vulnerability is being patched. The Windows security community has been abuzz since last week when a number of remote code execution vulnerabilities originally thought limited only to IE 7 turned out to affect...

December 10, 2008  5:27 PM

Patch Tuesday Posts a Plethora of Critical Items

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, MS08-70, MS08-71, MS08-72, MS08-73, MS08-74, MS08-75, MS08-76, MS08-77, Patch Tuesday, Security, Windows Update, Windows Vista

The second Tuesday in each month is when Microsoft schedules its patches, fixes, and security updates. Recently, Microsoft has begun to offer Advance Notification for its Security Bulletins, which makes it a lot easier to...


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