Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 17th Oct 2006 01:51 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption Softpedia posted today a small review of three anti-virus software that are free to use, complete with screenshots. Consider using Microsoft's or Adaware's anti-spyware utilities too to keep your XP healthy.
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"Don't install anything"
by seishino on Tue 17th Oct 2006 06:42 UTC
seishino
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2005-09-10

I love how the full protection advocated against malware is "don't install things you don't know."

Having a computer is all about experimentation. If you can't install things you don't know, you can't move out of the Windows / MS Office / IE world. Or maybe you can and you have, but now you're stuck in your own separate world. You know Open Office is ok compared to Word because you're L337, but do you know how it compares to Koffice? or AbiWord, GobeProductive, Atlantis, 602PC Suite, Ability Write, Nisus, CarteOffice Live, or ThinkFree Office? Ah, there is no such thing as Carte Office, now you're infected with a trojan.

Saying you don't need antivirus software on a Windows computer is like saying you don't need protective gear in a motorcycle. Just drive slowly and never make a mistake, and you'll be fine. And drive on the roads you know. And avoid driving, if at all possible.

I've done a ton of virus scans on client's computers who thought they were clean. Let's just say that if you're innocent enough to think that you're clean, you're not.

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