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The GeekTech crew invades the PCWorld Podcast! Listen in for the first GeekTech Edition of the PCWorld Podcast.


Wanted: Your Best Holiday Tech Hacks

Got a holiday-themed hack? Send it our way--it could be featured in a future GeekTech story!


Avast Pro Antivirus 5

Avast Pro Antivirus 5 has a slick interface, but its middling malware detection performance prevents it from achieving a higher score.

G-Data AntiVirus 2011

G-Data AntiVirus 2011 is a solid package, with strong malware detection, blocking, and removal capabilities.

Comodo Internet Security Premium

Comodo Internet Security Premium did a good job at blocking brand-new malware and has a firewall, but its inconsistent overall detection performance makes it tough to recommend.

Avira AntiVir Personal: Great Malware Protection

Avira AntiVir Personal does an great job at blocking and detecting malware, but its interface needs a makeover.

Free vs. Fee: Free and Paid Antivirus Programs Compared

Can free antivirus software protect you? Or is it worth paying for a full-blown A/V app? We look at the benefits--and pitfalls--of free and paid antivirus products.

Avast Free Antivirus 5: A Solid All-Around Contender

Avast Free Antivirus is a well-rounded free antivirus package: It does a solid job at blocking malware, has a pleasant interface, and scans files quickly.

Panda Cloud Antivirus 1.0

Panda Cloud Antivirus is easy to use, but its scanning speeds are slower than average. Look for the Cloud Antivirus 1.3 update, which the company says should improve its ability to block brand-new malware.

Symantec Norton AntiVirus 2011

Symantec's Norton AntiVirus 2011 is a great choice thanks to its strong malware detection and smooth interface.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 is very effective at blocking new malware attacks and is easy to use, but it slows system performance more than we would like.

BitDefender Antivirus Pro 2011

BitDefender Antivirus Pro 2011 does a good job at detecting malware and disinfecting PCs, but it had some difficulty in blocking brand-new malware.

Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0

Microsoft Security Essentials is easy to use, but it lags behind newer products at detecting malware.

MySpace and Facebook Planning to Make Joint Announcement on Thursday

Word broke late Wednesday night that Facebook and MySpace will present a joint announcement Thursday afternoon--and it's left the tech blogosphere scratching its collective head.

Video: The Pumpkin PC Is One Scary Hack

See what happens when PCWorld Labs analysts get their hands on a pumpkin and some spare PC components.