3 comments on “Idiot infestation

  1. Tthe two I use are Spybot Search & Destroy (http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html) and Ad-Aware (http://www.lavasoft.com/), both of which are free though they really push to upgrade to the pay versions. I’m usually careful about what I click on and download, but I run these every couple of months just in case. They work together pretty well because one can pick up something the other didn’t. Spybot also offers to “immunize” your PC by making it block any connections to known evil addresses, but I don’t use that option anymore. It works, though.

    For virus software, I just use Microsoft’s free Security Essentials and it’s fine…I don’t even use free third-party virus software anymore. I also use the MS firewall built into Windows 7, it’s great. MS is finally on board with this stuff. 🙂

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  2. ISPs can do their part too. Best practice is to allow outbound mail ONLY through their SMTP servers. Spambots that include their own SMTP engine never get out, and those that try to use the “official” mail server can be monitored and filtered by the service provider.

    As for the “get a Mac” crowd: by all means, get one. Everybody get one. Then once market penetration gets above about twenty percent, the scumbags will start to take an interest in YOU as well – I wish I could find the article about the researcher who applied game theory to the problem to come up with that conclusion. Apple releases security updates for a reason – the company ISN’T run by the fanbois.

    I’m trialling MS Security Essentials on my netbook, mostly because it’s less resource-hungry than AVG (http://free.avg.com) which I am using elsewhere. Another free full-strength antivirus is Avast (http://www.avast.com) though I don’t know which is more annoying: AVG’s upselling on installation, or Avast’s goofy sound effects. Malwarebytes (http://www.malwarebytes.org) is a highly-regarded free product with a malware focus (as if you couldn’t guess.)

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