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June 11, 2007

Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware Software

Some people have asked me recently what anti-virus and anti-spyware programs I'm using. I am using and recommend using the following:

Grisoft AVG - Free software to removes virus, worms, trojan horses.
Spybot Search & Destroy - Free spyware removal tool.
AdAware - Free spyware removal tool.
Microsoft's Windows Windows Defender - Free spyware removal tool.
CodeStuff Starter - Free program that stops TSR's from loading when computer is powered up.

All of the above programs are free, legitimate software programs. Be careful if you decide to go off on your own, as some "anti-spyware" and "anti-virus" programs are actually malicious software programs that infect your computer.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on June 11, 2007 at 09:29 AM


I guess I shouldn't be, but I'm always amazed to find people paying for Norton, Symantec, McAfee, Trend Micro, etc. Not only must they pay for the software, but then for an annual subscription fee to keep it up-to-date.

Besides, I think the free alternatives listed above work as well, and without installing hooks into every part of the system that cause it to slow down and crash.

FYI: The direct link for the free version of Grisoft AVG is free.grisoft.com.

Also, Trend Micro does have a free on-line scanner at housecall.antivirus.com, which is always up-to-date.

Posted by: Robert on June 11, 2007 at 12:57 PM

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