Security researchers and “white hack” hackers work hard to weed out potential exploits in software and networks that could be used for malicious intents. How do they stay ahead of the threats, and what can you do to protect yourself?
Using a computer means occasionally dealing with annoying, possibly disastrous problems like losing all your data if your hard drive crashes. Here are ten of the most common computer problems and how to deal with them.
Mac: Although Macs don't often get malware, they aren't immune. If you don't have a good Mac antivirus program installed, or something slipped through, Adware Medic removes common nasties.
Anyone running a Windows computer knows how important it is to have good anti-virus software—but you don't need to pay for good protection! If someone you know still doesn't have anti-virus software running, here's a quick guide you can send them to help them set it up.
Cryptolocker is a nasty piece of malware that encrypts the files on your computer and holds them ransom. If you don't pay for a code to unlock the files, you don't get them back. FireEye and Fox-IT recently launched a tool to help users get their files back.
A good antivirus tool doesn't have to cost a ton of money, and it doesn't have to drag your system down either. Last week we asked you for the best, then looked at the five best desktop antivirus applications. Now we're back to crown the crowd favorite.
Good browsing hygiene and "common sense" only get you so far on the internet. A good antivirus utility is worth keeping in your pocket in case either of those two things fail you (as they have been known to in the past) or someone less tech-savvy asks you for a good tool. This week we're looking at five of the best…
If you're going to stay safe out there on the internet, a good, reliable antivirus utility is a great tool to have in your back pocket. This week, we want to hear from you which ones you trust to keep threats at bay without bringing your machine to its knees.
Windows: The built-in Windows Task Manager is better than ever in Windows 8, but it still doesn't give you a lot of information about running processes. CrowdInspect is a portable utility that provides more detail about processes and also checks them against several online threat analysis engines.
Obviously, the most important feature of an antivirus program is the ability to catch viruses—but it'd also be nice if the program was fast and lightweight, too. The team over at Soluto put together a graph that shows how many seconds some anti-viruses add to your boot time.
If you've been thinking about installing a mobile security tool for your Android phone or tablet but you're worried about the impact it may have on your battery, the folks at AV-Comparatives have some good news for you. They tested 16 different mobile antivirus apps, and none of them seriously drained the battery.
Shortened links are everywhere, but you never really know where they might take you. If you aren't sure whether to open one, URL Uncover can keep you safe.
While it's unlikely you'll ever run into malware for the Mac, you may want to consider an antivirus tool anyway—if not to protect yourself, but to protect your Windows-using friends from any malware you may inadvertently send their way. We think that Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac is the best choice, and it's free.
The best way to avoid viruses is to use common sense, but that doesn't mean you should avoid antivirus altogether. Our friends at the How-To Geek explain why.
Microsoft's free antivirus comes built-in to Windows 8 as Windows Defender, but it doesn't have an option to scan individual files by right-clicking on them. Our friends at the How-To Geek show us how to add it (or any other program) to your context menu.
So you've contracted a virus that's taken over your computer, and you can't even boot up to try and troubleshoot the problem. The solution: Create a rescue CD, boot into a safe environment, and rid your PC of any nefarious software while it sleeps. Here's how to do it with minimal effort.
Computers are supposed to make our lives easier, yet sometimes it feels like they exist only to cause us endless amounts of frustration. Popular advice for slow computers includes antivirus, RAM upgrades, or even reinstalling Windows from scratch, but these make a lot of assumptions about what's wrong with your…
Facebook is having a promotion where you can download one of many different antivirus apps, including Panda Internet Security, Kaspersky Pure Total Security, McAfee Internet Security, and others and get 6 months free.
Dear Lifehacker, One of my friends recently sent some pretty suspicious links to his entire address book and his friends on Facebook. He sent another message later to say he didn't do it, but doesn't know how it happened, and to tell everyone not to open links from him. How can I help him get his computer straight,…
No matter how tech savvy you are, there are certain things every one of us has to deal with when using a computer—and we don’t always deal with them in the most efficient ways. Here are 10 things that everyone can (and should) learn to keep their computer fast, safe, and easy to use.