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Men Should Worry About HPV Too Men Should Worry About HPV Too

It’s women who get pap smears on the regular, and girls who are more likely to be up-to-date on their human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines—but a new study confirms that the virus puts men at risk, too. Men were six times more likely than women to have a high-risk type of HPV in their mouth or throat, where it can cause…

How Worried Should You Be About the Zika Virus? How Worried Should You Be About the Zika Virus?

Zika, the virus suspected to cause brain defects in Brazilian babies, may start showing up in the southern United States this summer. It’s already a concern for travelers, and the World Health Organization considers the epidemic a global emergency. Don’t freak out, but do stock up on bug spray.

10 Malware Removal Apps Tested, Malwarebytes Comes out on Top 10 Malware Removal Apps Tested, Malwarebytes Comes out on Top

A recent test done by the independent antivirus research group AV-TEST—whose tests we've mentioned in the past—took a look at the performance of today's most popular malware removal applications. Most of the applications showed excellent performance, but only Malwarebytes—a free download—managed a perfect score.

What to Do When Someone Gets Unauthorized Access to Your Computer What to Do When Someone Gets Unauthorized Access to Your Computer

We don't like to think about it, but it can happen: whether by hacking or by theft, someone can get access to your computer and everything on it. When the unthinkable happens, here's how to pick up the pieces.

Mac Trojan Injects Ads Into Chrome, Firefox, and Safari Mac Trojan Injects Ads Into Chrome, Firefox, and Safari

A new trojan called Trojan.Yontoo.1 is going after Macs. If you run into it, Yontoo.1 prompts you to install a browser plugin called "Free Twit Tube" or something similar. When it's installed, it injects ads into your browser. It requires an install, so if you haven't installed anything weird lately you should be…

ESET Mobile Security for Android Puts Antivirus, Antispam, Anti-Theft, and System Monitoring All in One Sleek App ESET Mobile Security for Android Puts Antivirus, Antispam, Anti-Theft, and System Monitoring All in One Sleek App

Android: ESET Mobile Security is a full suite of security and privacy tools rolled into one app. Full-phone antivirus and malware scanning, call/SMS/MMS blacklisting, and a host of anti-theft features are all accessible from the main screen. As if that weren't enough, the app also has built-in system monitoring…

How to Protect Your Computer from Mac Defender and Its Counterparts How to Protect Your Computer from Mac Defender and Its Counterparts

While it hasn't infected a lot of computers yet, Mac Defender has been making a lot of noise as one of the first major Mac security threats. Here's a look at how to protect yourself from it and avoid it altogether.

Antivirus Faceoff: A Non-Alarmist's Guide to Mac Malware Protection Antivirus Faceoff: A Non-Alarmist's Guide to Mac Malware Protection

The vast majority of Mac users do absolutely nothing to prevent malware or viruses from infecting their systems, and very few of them have experienced anything that would make them think twice about it. The fact is, however, that Mac malware does exist, and there are tools available to ensure that your Mac is as safe…

Fix the Windows Registry from a Linux Thumb Drive Fix the Windows Registry from a Linux Thumb Drive

Add Registry fixes to the list of Windows repairs you can make with a live Linux system, even if you can't boot into Windows. An Ubuntu Forums member shows how to make specific registry tweaks and fixes from inside Ubuntu.

Nine Common Myths and Misconceptions About Viruses, Examined and Debunked Nine Common Myths and Misconceptions About Viruses, Examined and Debunked

There are so many myths, misconceptions, and just plain old lies about viruses that it's often hard for anybody to know what to think. Let's examine a few of the biggest myths about viruses, and debunk each of them.

Scan for Viruses from the Windows AutoPlay Dialog Scan for Viruses from the Windows AutoPlay Dialog

Thumb drives are a standard part of any PC repair toolkit, but once you've used them on a suspect PC, you should always scan them for viruses. Here's how to scan for viruses directly from the AutoPlay dialog.

How to Troubleshoot Your Friends’ Computers From Far Away How to Troubleshoot Your Friends’ Computers From Far Away

You're the computer whiz in your circle of friends and family, which means, inevitably, somebody is going to call for tech support. If you can't fix it in person, these are the best approaches we've found for troubleshooting from far away.

How Do You Know If Your Download Really Has a Virus? How Do You Know If Your Download Really Has a Virus?

Antivirus and anti-malware apps fill an important need on our computers, but they're not foolproof (*ahem*, McAfee). More often than you'd think, they're just plain wrong. Here's what to do when you're not sure whether a download has a virus.

How Can I Find Out If a File Really Has a Virus? How Can I Find Out If a File Really Has a Virus?

Dear Lifehacker, I recently downloaded a program recommended by Lifehacker, and after I installed it, my antivirus program yelled bloody murder and flagged it as a virus. No one else in the comments has reported similar findings, and my antivirus application has reported false positives before. I love my AV app, but…

Do You Run Antivirus Software? Do You Run Antivirus Software?

From the looks of our recent thread on software you should never install, several Lifehacker readers have given up on running antivirus software. Maybe you're smart enough not to open up that email attachment, or maybe you're confident enough in your spyware protection to snag viral nasties, or maybe you're running…

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