Cyber criminals who were in thick of action in 2012 and 2013, have increased their presence through online marketing. For example, the Blackhole exploit kit which was rampant in 2012 got replaced by new exploit kits in 2013 using its parent malicious code. Though it’s author, nick-named “Paunch” was lately arrested in October, 2013, the chances of a likely replacement cannot be under-estimated.
Kaspersky a top-notch brand in AV products, exposed this dangerous root-kit in 2011 itself. Appraising users of this dangerous vulnerability, Kaspersky Lab’s products were successful in detecting and remediating the Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Necurs.a downloader and its corresponding rootkits Rootkit.Win32.Necurs.a / Rootkit.Win64.Necurs.a.
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With the advent of April 2014, no new software and security patches will be available for the out-dated Windows XP and Office 2003. So how will you protect your online security and malware attacks from malicious hackers and “unidentified” drudges? Most of the 2014 Internet community are mobile users and Android is making waves as the most mobile-friendly mobile operating system.
But we cannot underestimate the power of Windows, as still a billion computers are running on Windows throughout the world.
Why to Adopt Windows 8 and 8.1?
According to a recent survey by NetMarketShare, there are 31% of all PCs which still run Windows XP. Though this is slightly different from the Microsoft Infographic we see below, Windows user community strives to get ahead of trojans and viruses.
Lately, Windows 8 and 8.1 also gained prominence in 2014. The development started in 2009 and the RTM came out in Aug, 2012. The first major update in the present form got released in Oct, 2013. Though Windows 7 and XP user base stood steady with 51.3 and 34.5 according to a statistic by “DigitalTrends”, there is gradual progress of Windows 8 user acceptance.
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But the crux of a Microsoft report says that,
Windows XP and Windows 7 users were much more likely to suffer malware infections than Windows 8 users
Though this can be attributed to the large-scale PC users of XP, one should not forget the “malicious” worries of 2014. One has to at-least upgrade to Windows 7, as Vista was a failure to a large extent in features and performance.
According to another interesting find, the malware infection rate also dwindled by adopting Windows 8 as an operating system.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2014 Settings in Windows 8.1 – With Screenshots
Taking into consideration all the security vulnerabilities in 2014, Kaspersky has devised a new anti-virus which incorporates changes to defeat an hacker’s purpose. The best advice from me is to use Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2014 and Windows 8.1 in conjunction while will make online protection maximum and data-theft minimum.
There are several ways of invoking the Kaspersky Anti-Virus Settings in 8.1. Just like the “old” operating systems of Microsoft, there will be Kaspersky icon in the System-Tray. Just right-clicking it and choosing the “Settings” option will bring you the desired screen.
Another way is to just double-click that icon which will open the default Kaspersky Anti-Virus interface. At the bottom there is a small label called “Settings” which will open the same pop-up window.
That windows will contain some options to fine-tune your AV settings. There are 5 major options which are displayed on the left pane.
- Protection Center
- Computer Scan
In this option, you can find some more sub-options. You can disable the KAV protection by just dragging a slider on the right-hand side. Otherwise, it is enabled by default. If its “green” it indicates that protection is enabled. This will also ensure that KAV launches on Windows 8.1 start-up and protects your computer during entire session.
There are also other options like 1. Interactive protection and 2. Autorun.
Using the first option, you can ensure whether to perform recommended actions automatically and do not delete probably infected objects are working properly. You can also disable them by un-checking that option.
The second option let’s you start the application on system-start-up which is an recommended action by Kaspersky.
There are also 2 little labels called – Restore Settings and Default Settings.
If you click the second option, you will get some options like
- Maximum Security level
- Optimal Security level
- Minimum Security level
In the right-pane, you will find the following 5 options.
- File Anti-Virus
- IM Anti-Virus
- Mail Anti-Virus
- Web Anti-Virus
- System Watcher
Each one can be enabled or disabled by dragging the slider, next to the option. The File-Anti-Virus option scans all opened, saved and active files. The IM-Anti-Virus option scans incoming and outgoing IM messages for mailicious and phishing links. The Mail Anti-Virus scans incoming and outgoing messages for dangerous objects. The Web Anti-Virus protects incoming web traffic and prevents dangerous scripts from running on your computer. The System Watcher rolls back malware actions. (Credit : Kaspersky).
Here you can optimize the performance of Windows 8 (or 8.1) when KAV-2014 products are enabled. Generally when an application launches at start-up, lot of CPU and memory are required. To reduce this weight on the OS, you can use Gaming Profile.
Laptop users can also benefit from this option. During scanning and update tasks, lot of computer resources are needed. This also takes some time to complete. So if you are on battery mode, you can check an option to disable scheduled scan tasks if the computer is using battery power.
The best part is in the usage of computer resources. In my case-study, I found that when KAV-2014 is scanning your computer, Windows 8.1 almost hangs. So in order to prevent time-loss, best is to change the automatic scan schedule to manual schedule. This solved much of the performance problems due to KAV-2014.
Alternatively, there are other options available. You can concede computer resources to Windows 8 OS, when the computer starts. Also if you are on CPU-intensive tasks like playing a game, doing an Auto-CAD drawing or performing Mathematical operations, you can concede resources to other applications.
Why not use the Idle resources when you computer is free? This idea might have created this option which allows you to run resource-intensive automatic updates and scans of system memory, startup objects and the system drive while the computer is idle.
Just like the blackhole exploit kit, other root-kits can dis-function your computer. For this purpose you can also enable rootkit scans.
Sometimes false-positives can put “cracks” and other “pirated” software at risk. So unknowingly a required file may be deleted by the anti-virus. To protect from such adversaries, its best to keep the protection level to an optimum. KAV-2014 provides an option, where you can set the security level to high, recommended and low.
There several other settings which can be considered as miscellaneous under this option. You have update settings, threats and exclusions settings, self-defense settings, compatibility settings, network settings, notification settings, reports and quarantine settings, feedback settings, Kaspersky appearance settings which can help to fine tune your KAV-2014 product.
The bottom line is that KAV-2014 is layman’s knife for computer viruses and threats. Personally I didn’t face any problems after I disabled the automatic scan of my computer by KAV-2014. Earlier Kaspersky Anti-Virus products took a lot of time and resources also while updating. But now that problem is a lot rectified in 2014 Kaspersky products. The best part is that you can tailor the product based upon the different settings provided in KAV-2014. The above screenshot from “PassMark” is an indication that its of the top-notch products in the AV industry.