Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Need To Mail This Rebate Before July 1, 2004

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Need To Mail This Rebate Before July 1, 2004

Do you have a slightly older computer that would work with slightly old anti-virus software? If so, stop by your nearest big-box store. The Raiders of the Lost Walmart, brave seekers of retail antiquities, have found large caches of ancient security programs for sale at big-box discount and office supply stores. [More]

This HDMI Cable Represents The Edge Of Human Stupidity

This HDMI Cable Represents The Edge Of Human Stupidity

We’d like to believe that the packaging for this HDMI cable is the victim of poor translation or some kind of misunderstanding. We sincerely hope that no one working in the consumer electronics industry believes that digital video is susceptible to viruses, those viruses cause noises, and that you can fend them off with a nice coating of Mylar. But we’ve had to deal with the public, and know better. [More]

Google Warning Infected Users About Malware

Google Warning Infected Users About Malware

Google has started putting a yellow box with a warning at the top of search results pages for users who may have been infected with a certain kind of malware. [More]

Security Patching For XP Service Pack 2 Ends Today

Security Patching For XP Service Pack 2 Ends Today

If you’re still using Windows XP SP2, you’re about to be on your own. Today Microsoft releases its final security update for Service Pack 2 (the 32-bit version, at least). [More]

Should You Abandon McAfee Or Take Their Free 2-Year Extension?

Should You Abandon McAfee Or Take Their Free 2-Year Extension?

If you use McAfee’s anti-virus program and have Windows XP with SP 3, you may have noticed last week that your PC was shutting down every 60 seconds. That was because McAfee pushed out an update that it now admits wasn’t properly tested. To apologize, the company says it will reimburse you for repairs (although it hasn’t provided details on this yet), and it’s offering everyone who was affected a free 2-year extension of the service. Should you take the offer and call it even? Seth Rosenblatt at Cnet says you shouldn’t bother. [More]

Microsoft Goes After Malicious Ad Suppliers

Microsoft Goes After Malicious Ad Suppliers

If you visited the New York Times website last week, you may have been surprised to have your browsing interrupted by one of those scammy “we’re scanning your computer for viruses OH NO YOU HAVE A VIRUS!” ads that overtake your window. Now Microsoft has filed 5 lawsuits in an attempt to fight back against the jerks who may have been responsible for it, and certainly for other ads like it all over the web.

Hey, Digital River, Try Reading Your Customer Service Email

Hey, Digital River, Try Reading Your Customer Service Email

Reader Lance emailed Digital River to opt-out of the automatic license renewal that came with his three-year subscription to BitDefender Antivirus. Rather than read Lance’s email, Digital River instead decided to cancel his entire purchase. After throwing several protest emails into Digital River’s customer service void, Lance decided to accept the refund so he could buy a different antivirus package. Except now, the refund is nowhere to be found…

Symantec's Support Chat: Upsells And Freeware, But Not A Lot of Support

Symantec's Support Chat: Upsells And Freeware, But Not A Lot of Support

Something bad has happened to Symantec’s once-good chat service, notes Neil J. Rubenking at PC Mag. In the past, he says, they were helpful and knowledgable; now they pass freeware apps off as their own and attempt to get you to pay $100 fees for their “expert” service when you’re trying to troubleshoot a problem with them. He writes, “My new experiences while evaluating Norton 360 version 3.0 opened my eyes to the magnitude of the problem. Did Symantec switch outsourced support companies? Has the chat support team gone rogue?”

Apple Pulls Anti-Virus Advice Due To Bad PR?

Apple Pulls Anti-Virus Advice Due To Bad PR?

According to Computerworld, Apple yanked a “controversial” support document from its website Tuesday, after it began a heated debate among the Apple faithful. What was the controversial advice? Apple suggested its users run anti-virus software.

80% Virus Penetration Amongst The Antivirus Big Boys

80% Virus Penetration Amongst The Antivirus Big Boys

According to ZDNet Australia, if you want your computer to be as disease-free as a virginal Catholic school girl lesbian, you’re better off going with the little guys than Symantec, McAfee or Trend Micro.