1 Day and 18 odd hours till April 1. IS YOUR ANTIVIRUS READY?

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ArchiAngel
1 Day and 18 odd hours till April 1. IS YOUR ANTIVIRUS READY?

April 1st, April Fools day is one of the major days for worms,Viruses and Trojans to jump your computer if they haven't already done so, or to spring to life on your computer if they re already there

While Historically most of them were hjarmless andmakes anouncements about April Fools, Hackers have become more aggresive and desparate (And Amaturish if you ask this "Retired hacker") in creating files that accidently, or more commonly, purpousely cause actual damage to systems on April fools

Also, the new hackers know that it is all to easy to rip off private information that is more and more stored on Computers such as banking information and credt card numbers and it is a way for "Easy Money" (They think little of ending up in a MAX Prison with a horney Roommate name Bubba once they are caught) and more and more trojans and viruses work as information gatherers as a means for identity Theft

What can you Do?

Well, If you have a PC and you have $6000 to spare you can "Get a MAC" like Hubby often boasts...lol

If you don't have the disposable cash to by this moth's newest version of MAC with the latest antivirus installed (Apperently as a Millionaire Steve Jobs consider his computers "Disposable")  then make sure you have the latest version of you anti-virus and anti-spyware/Malware programs and have their latest database update and be sure to run it the day before April first

If you can't get your Anti-Virus or Anti-Spyware/Malware updated or refuse to pay for it in the case of Mcfee, Norton and AVG then thereare 2  absolutley Free  ones you can use that have a pretty impressive kill rate

Advast Anti virus (Free, Just need to register email every 14 months) http://www.avast.com/index.html

Spybot Search and Destroy (totally Free, Donations Welcomed but not expected)

http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html

Another benifit of this "tag team" is the Teatimer of Spybot and the Advast Suite resident in combo uses less residental memory then most other commercial Antivirus programs

   

   

hubby
IS YOUR ANTIVIRUS READY? ...

Doesnt the free Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool also detect/remove Conficker?

and oh, check your math.. My dad's new Mac was $499, not $6k ... and you guessed it - he hasnt given Conficker a 2nd thought..

If you must use Windows though, +1 for AVG ..

ArchiAngel
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Hubby wrote:
Doesnt the free Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool also detect/remove Conficker? and oh, check your math.. My dad's new Mac was $499, not $6k ... and you guessed it - he hasnt given Conficker a 2nd thought.. If you must use Windows though, +1 for AVG ..

Lol, $499 for a complete system with full compatibility with all it's other equipment?  Or just the CPU?(Monitor not included) LOL

Yeah, but I prefer SP2 to SP3 cause I have a older system that can't handle all the Added junk in the SP3 update cause of memory restrictions on my ancient Dell that can't expand past 256MB mostly cause the type of memory it uses is obsolete and unavailibe so I have the Automatic update disabled...lol

The MMSR is actually redundant along with the MS firewall if you are running something like Advast that has a firewall along with Spybot with it's teatimer "bouncer" that catches real time changes to files and malicious software trying to sneak in

Never liked the GUI System as a Die Hard Programer type that thought DOS was good enough for in between custom programs and a bad experience of feeling "poweless" with my first MAC encounter and accidently trashing the OS system into the recycle bin while goofing around with it (what does this do)...lol

I had to eventually accept Windows 98, then ME, then XP as the newer PCs only run them and became non PC-DOS/MS-DOS along with the Programs running on them

The only thing that kept me on PC rather then Migrating to MAC was that PCs have always been modular and Cheap compared to MAC packages just because  MAC is only made by 1 company while hundreds make PCs and induce competiion that always drives down cost

My Dell here, was $149 off E-bay as a EX-baltimore Tech ICS Lab computer and dates back to 1991 and is of  a "Gaming/Multimedia" comfiguration that will still put all but the most recent MACs and Gaming PCs to shame as old as she is (Try to get a 1991 MAC to run Rooms of Doom or Emmulte a PS2 to play Guitar Hero...oh wait a 1991 MAC would be a "Paperweight" now...lol)

Beachcamp
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You say " The MMSR is actually redundant along with the MS firewall if you are running something like Advast that has a firewall along with Spybot with it's teatimer "bouncer" that catches real time changes to files and malicious software trying to sneak in".  

Did you mean Avast instead of Advast? I have never seen information that says Avast has a firewall, at least not the free version,  and unless you are running VISTA, the Windows XP firewall is only one way, and I would not consider that to be adequate protection. 

Also, I stopped using Spybot with Teatimer,  because I found it was letting too much spyware on my computer.  I have had virtually no spyware since I changed to SpywareBlaster, which also blocks like Teatimer.

 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Almost Evil
Re: IS YOUR ANTIVIRUS READY? ...

 Avast comes with an On Access Scanner- which is a firewall. And it is free.

 It has 7 components, including web shield, network shield, outlook, p2p, email, instant messaging, and "standard"

"If lightning strikes twice, I dont wanna be standing next to you! "

Beachcamp
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AE, I have read everything on the AVAST page, and I do not see anything about it being a firewall.  I do know AVAST does offer similar protection to a firewall, but it still is not really a firewall.  There is no way I would turn off my firewall and run AVAST without it.

ArchiAngel
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Beachcamp wrote:

AE, I have read everything on the AVAST page, and I do not see anything about it being a firewall.  I do know AVAST does offer similar protection to a firewall, but it still is not really a firewall.  There is no way I would turn off my firewall and run AVAST without it.

Well, if you have the memory to burn, then it isn't a big deal to have the redundancy 

Beachcamp
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I have plenty of memory and I would rather be safe than sorry.  I have done a look of searching at the AVAST website and forums, and no where do I find them recommending not to use a firewall.  When they include the word "firewall" in the specs for AVAST,  them I would consider not using a separate one, but it just isn't there.  

Almost Evil
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 Nothing wrong with being safe rather than sorry. For me personally, I rely on the On Access Scanner and have- as of yet- never had a problem. And i do some pretty risky web browser activity ;) Theres really no harm in using windows firewall with it, so i dont see any problems. Although Windows does always tell me I have more than one firewall running.

 

"If lightning strikes twice, I dont wanna be standing next to you! "

ArchiAngel
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Beachcamp wrote:

 using Spybot with Teatimer,  because I found it was letting too much spyware on my computer.  I have had virtually no spyware since I changed to SpywareBlaster, which also blocks like Teatimer.

Basic setup where Spybot and Teatimer isn't automatically updated everytime it starts?

Yeah, unfortunatly S&D is so successful that hackers actually look for holes in S&D's defences if not trying to take the program out/uninstalling it

It needs to be set into advaned mode and auto updated if you have a cable connection

SpywareBlaster lets "Selected advertisers" through thus the less then perfect score rating while it advanced mode S&D complains if I change my homepage like it's a 3 alarm offence...lol (It also trips if it's own files are altered in advanced mode)

lilgerman1508
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