Links on anti-virus, anti-spam, etc. software
A list one of my acquaintances posted on her mailing list, in an
effort to help list members decontaminate themselves and quit cluttering
the list with viruses. The comments and recommendations are Phlip's,
not Dr. Bloch's.
As far as I [Dr. Bloch] can tell, all of these are Windows-specific.
Which is fine, because the great majority of viruses, spyware, etc. are
designed for Windows... but there are viruses, etc. written for
Unix and Macintosh, so if you use a Mac, it doesn't mean you're
safe, only somewhat safer.
This is the one Mike Wilson suggested. Every time I tried to use it, my
server bounced on me, so I gave up, but I used my other protections.
This is one I use. It does a good job, comparable to Norton, and has
free updates. It is also compatible with Norton, so you can run both
without your computer tying itself up in knots- or at least, I can,
using Windoze 97.
- Ad-Aware (free)
AdAware does a nice job of digging out hidden adware that various sites
and free programs sneak into your computer. It has a mild incompatibility
with Spybot, but spybot will explain that, and how to use both without
problems. Works well with my other programs, and has clear explanations
of what it does for you.
Search and Destroy (free)
This is excellent at digging out spyware. I knew I had a spybot in my
machine, and nothing else would get it, but Spybot finally did. It's
easy and provides support. It's free, but if you can afford it, please
make them a donation -- donations won't get you more services, they
really are totally free, but donations will help keep services like
- Pop-Up stopper
This one blocks pop-up ads, and does a very good job. It's easy to use,
and you can easily turn the block on and off if, like me, you occasionally
go to sites where supplementary information is given through pop-ups-
CNN.com is a good example. You can buy a copy with more abilities,
but the basic freeware copy is quite adequate.
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