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Virusus are getting to be rather passe amongst the terrorists, with the backdoor Trojans, etc, gaining in popularity. Actually, they are often larger pieces of code that more can be done with.

Since this stuff is largely based on "adware" technologies, a new layer of protection is needed to prevent the loading of these things, and to help us scan for them on a regular basis.

So, I did a little list, and you can peruse the sites for your own edification. I hope that this will answer some of your questions.


Zonealarm Firewall (free edition) Zone Labs:

Free antivirus software

Spyware blocking programs (free):

Spyware Blaster and Spyware Guard (the link will take you to the Blaster page. The menu bar at the top will take you to the Guard page. These two programs, written by the same developer, work hand-in-hand to protect you from invasions).

Spyware Killers (free)!

Spybot Search & Destroy

Ad-aware - Software - Lavasoft

I run both of these, as they occasionally find something that the other did not.

Additionally, Microsoft has made some poor choices about default settings in the OSs, resulting in multiple security weaknesses. Gibson Research has a number of little programs that will help you close security holes without having to edit your registry, wander My Computer, etc., just to get secure. I highly recommend this resource.

Gibson Research Corporation Home Page

The secret to running these programs is to update at least weekly! Update Adaware and Spybot before you run a scan every time. Don’t forget to update Blaster and Guard when you are doing your maintenance. Make sure the antivirus software us up-to-date. Put a note on your computer reminding you to do it!

Last, but not least, if you are a Microsoft user, update, update, update! Put it on your list! The only Trojan that ever made it through my security did not take me down because I was current on my security patches, which limited what the Trojan could do. (It was still a big pain, though). Most of you will have a Windows Update selection when you click “start”, but if you do not, here’s a link:

Microsoft Windows Update

Stay safe! Enjoy the WWW!


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