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
Member since:
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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RE: "Don't install anything"
by pandronic on Tue 17th Oct 2006 07:54 in reply to ""Don't install anything""
pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

I only have a firewall, I do all the experimenting in the world and I do regular (every few months) scans with a file scanner and malware remover and for a lot of years I've never had a problem.

Where does that fit into your scheme?

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RE[2]: "Don't install anything"
by raver31 on Tue 17th Oct 2006 08:46 in reply to "RE: "Don't install anything""
raver31 Member since:
2005-07-06

I would give a qualified answer and say you are lying.

If you were to try his experiment, you would at least get hammered with spyware, but then, your firewall would be useless there as most spyware you get uses ports already open on the firewall, like port 80.

You might indeed run a virus scanner ever few months, but tell me, which virus scanner detects trojans and spyware ?

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protagonist Member since:
2005-07-06

"with a file scanner and malware remover"

If you never have a problem then why do you need the removal tool? Why even bother to scan? The precautions you are taking are not enough in todays world. It may not be what you manage to keep out of your system but what you manage to pass on to someone else. They may not have that great store of computer smarts you seem to possess.

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