Virus, Spy-ware, Trojans! Oh, my!!
In priority order, here are the tools I use to protect any PC I own.
I keep using the word "good" below because you can buy bad instances of each of these.
See this especially scary story
'cause it told about a 13-year who had literally hundreds of PC worldwide,
he had in his robot army that he could order to attack any target he wished.
All due to a Windows vulnerability.
- A good Anti-Virus program whose virus definitions get updated frequently
is a must. I use Trend Micro OfficeScan or Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition.
- A close second is a good firewall. Zone Alarm is the free one I use.
Unless you're running Windows XP, which comes with its own firewall,
or unless you're well protected by your specific Internet connection,
I cannot imagine having a PC connected to the Internet without also
running something like Zone Alarm.
Ugh! That's the things nightmares are made of.
- Here's a TIme article on hidden spyware on your PC.
They suggested running Ad-Aware, a free program from
- To fix one's Internet Explorer home page getting hijacked, see
hijackthis, also free.
See For the discussion of this problem, which also has a link to
a tool to get rid of coolwebsearch.com hijackers.
This page was last updated: Thursday, 11-May-2006 14:41:08 Pacific Daylight Time