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Two of the popular antivirus security companies, Avast and AVG are coming together. Both are famous for their freeware antivirus product editions around the world. Yesterday, Avast CEO Vince Steckler has announced their plan to acquire AVG Technologies for about $1.3 billion.

Microsoft bundles Windows Defender as the default antivirus in Windows 10 to provide basic security against common threats like virus, spyware, trojan and other malware. Since, Windows Defender is deeply integrated with the operating system, the virus definition updates are delivered via Windows Update. So, if you have made changes to Windows Update settings it is possible Windows Defender is not getting automatic updates regularly. You will learn how to manually update Windows Defender if your PC is online and you have disabled Windows Update. If your PC is offline, you will learn how to get Windows Defender offline update in Windows 10.

Kaspersky Antivirus and Kaspersky Internet Security are one of the most popular security suite used by Windows users. Kaspersky Lab has added another member to its line of products available for its users. The new product is a free version of Kaspersky Antivirus aptly called Kaspersky Free. Yes, you read it correct, a free antivirus software from Kaspersky. So what features are available in the free edition of the security suite by Kaspersky? Let’s find out.

Sometimes removing Kaspersky Antivirus or Kaspersky Internet Security or Kaspersky PURE completely is important to fix issues with it or the operating system. You can easily uninstall it using the Programs and Features function (also known as Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP) in the Control Panel. Even after uninstalling this way you may get errors related to left over files or drivers. Completely removing a security suite like the Kaspersky Lab products sometimes requires more than the default uninstaller program shipped with it. For this reason, the vendors of the application releases special uninstaller that removes everything their application installed including hidden drivers. Kaspersky Lab has one such special tool aptly called Kaspersky Lab Products Remover popularly known as kavremover to do the dirty job here.

Any platform that becomes popular also becomes the most targeted one. Be it the popular Windows platform or the popular smartphone platform Android. There have been many reports in the past of malicious Android apps targeting unsuspecting users. The smartphone industry has grown exponentially but the amount of awareness about security is very low. Even the official Google Play store was not safe and that is the reason Google started scanning apps. With millions of apps available for install it is very tempting to install new apps without giving any second thought to it. Installing new apps mindlessly not only puts your security at risk it can also slow down your phone. Often times the apps that you uninstall from the device it keeps behind many junk files and other useless data, thus impacting your device’s performance. IObit has come up with a solution to all these problems by releasing AMC Security (aka Advanced Mobile Care).

If you are using Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 or Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 on your Windows 8 system, you may be excited to know about Kaspersky Now. Kaspersky Now is a free Windows 8 app developed by Kaspersky to keep its customers up to date with the latest security news, threat alerts and expert views. Other than keeping you up to date with the latest happenings, it will also let you do common tasks like quickly see your computer’s security status, scan your computer with KIS 2013 or KAV 2013, update KIS 2013 or KAV 2013 database, etc without leaving Windows 8 Modern UI. You can also renew the license for the two security software products.

Norton Satellite is a freeware Windows 8 App from the house of the security expert Symantec. Norton Satellite scans your files and folders for viruses in your personal cloud or Dropbox account. The free Windows 8 app also keeps your social life on Facebook safe by scanning links in your Facebook feeds. With the help of Norton Satellite you can make sure that the files saved in the cloud, on your PC, or external storage devices are safe before sharing with friends. Read more after the break.

Microsoft Security Essentials 4 antivirus software is available for PCs running Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems. Microsoft has silently made available Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) 4.0 download, the latest version of the Redmond software giant’s free anti-virus/anti-malware program for Windows PCs, on April 24.

MSE 4.0 was available as beta version since late 2011. The latest version is much lighter on system resources than its earlier version and is much more easier to use. Here’s what’s changed in MSE.

Apple’s Mac platform is always promoted as one of the safest platform than the competition. But the scenario is changing soon as Macs market share is growing. With its growth, the platform is now becoming a target just like its competition.

According to two independent security companies, Dr. Web and Kaspersky, an estimated 600,000 Mac computers worldwide are infected by the Flashback Trojan. Most infected Macs are based in the United States (around 55%), Canada (around 20%) and the UK (around 13%). The trojan is designed to steal personal information and disguises itself as the popular Adobe Flash browser plug-in.