Posts Tagged ‘ Antivirus

Microsoft Security Essentials

One of the better, free, no frills virus/malware apps.  I’ve been using MSE for a while now and have found it to a good piece of software.  MSE has a very small footprint and keeps to itself, yet it’s quite effective at finding malicious software.  I’ve had it come up with a few  items from spam I received (I might have purposely opened them to do some testing).  If you are interested in a free PC protection solution head over to http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/ to take a look.

For further information on how MSE ranks among its competitors here is another article you can look at. http://lifehacker.com/5433229/microsoft-security-essentials-ranks-as-best+performing-free-antivirus

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Firefox:Disable Virus Scan on Download

Firefox PortableWhen Firefox finishes downloading items, by default it does a virus scan. This can can cause FF to hang for a bit as well as prevent you from accessing the file until the scan is done. If you have antivirus software installed on your system, it will already prevent any viral activity via it’s real-time scan.

You can disable this feature by typing about:config in the address bar, and then filtering on browser.download.manager.scanWhenDone. Double click this line to set the value to false.