Learn how to use free Microsoft’s Security Tools

When it comes to keeping your Windows PC secure, all of the scare tactics and overblown virus stories out there make it hard to feel safe online. The fact of the matter is that you don’t need to pay for Windows security.

via Stop Paying for Windows Security; Microsoft’s Security Tools Are Good Enough – Security – Lifehacker

Worth a read if you find yourself overwhelmed with malware, spyware and overwhelmed with system errors when other people can keep their systems fault free for years. It’d seem the new Microsoft Security Essentials has leaped frog into the free virus security tools arena and caught the eyes of many. I’d probably give it a go.

How to Uninstall Symantec Antivirus Client without password

Been playing around with my anti-virus options and accidentally double-clicked on the Symantec anti-virus’s archive installer I got some time back. Can’t stop the installation process and if you’ve installed SAV before, you’d realise that for some reason it prompts you for a password to uninstall. Here’s the solution to yet another technical annoyance:

1) Go to Start -> Run and type regedit

2) Navigate to:

CurrentVersion\Administrator Only\Security\

3) Double click on the value name “UseVPUninstallPassword” and change the value from 1 to 0

[Password to Uninstall Symantec Antivirus Client]

After you’ve changed that registry entry, you won’t be prompted for the password during uninstallation.

Anti-virus don’t like each other?

I’ve been using free AVG for quite a while now and decided to try some other free anti-virus available out in the market. After an uneventful scheduled weekly scan by AVG which only picked out the usual bunch of website cookies, I installed Avira AntiVir. Once the software is updated, I ran a complete system scan.

I picked out a few trojans which AVG missed but the strangest occurrence has to be the following:

avira avg

I don’t quite understand what’s happening but it seems AVG’s Resident Shield picked out a trojan scanned by Avira or somehow it just labelled Avira’s avscan a trojan.