Apr 9, 2006, 1:14 PM
Post #13 of 16
Pete, Youíve got me beat by two computers. I only have two tower desktops, and two laptops, and one of the desktops belongs to my wife.
Like you, I also have a feeling that if it is free, it might not be as good as a paid program. Thatís probably a false belief, but it nags at me.
I have a daughter that is a supervisor in the computer department of a large corporation. When she first started with the company one of her duties was to remove any viruses from the companyís computers. They have over 550 computers and they used to get about one virus per month on one of the computers.
Some of the computers had McAfee, and some of them had Norton anti-virus programs loaded in them at that time. She told me that the infected computers were always the ones that had McAfee in them. Norton caught them all, but McAfee let some of them in.
Her personal experiences and recommendation have made me a die hard Norton fan. I do think that something is better than nothing, and earlier today I sent the link in an Email that Rolly posted to all my kids, nieces and nephews and their kids. Some of them are college students and some of them are no doubt on a tight budget.
The same daughter that gave me the advice on Norton also told me that you need to run at least three anti-spy ware / ad ware programs to get them all. They are all very good and they do detect most spy ware / ad ware, but some of them are always missed. I read the same advice on one of the sites by a company that sells anti- Spy ware programs, although they advise having at least two programs.
Sometimes after I have run a couple of those programs, the third or fourth program I run will find something the others have missed.
I have four anti- spy ware programs in my computers. Anti/spy ware is included in Norton, and in my Zone Alarm Pro firewall, both paid programs. I also use the free Spybot program http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/ See, I donít always avoid free stuff.
Iím also using a free trail version of Spyware Doctor, I donít think it is available anymore for free. A Google search for spy ware will have many results for free programs I figure four is enough.
You must be cautious when buying an anti-spy ware program. I have read reports that some companies will wave a red flag at some innocuous stuff just to get you to buy their programs.
Whenever I run the Shields Up! Program, http://grc.com/x/ne.dll?rh1dkyd2
My computers are always described as invisible and a non-existent computer to any hacker.
Itís kind of a sad commentary that we have to do so much to keep the vandals from damaging our property.
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