June 11, 2007
Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware Software, Part II
Rob's list of anti-virus and anti-spyware software below is a good starting point.
But if you're serious about keeping your computer free of various forms of malware, get one of these:
As someone who supports Windows desktops and servers for a living, and has supported home users for longer than I care to remember, keeping a Windows PC secure is nearly impossible for the average person. Security is a process, and no amount of software is going to protect you from yourself. This is especially true on a Windows PC.
And if you're sharing your computer with your kids, rather than having them use their own separate PC, you've already lost the battle.
As I started telling everyone who's asked me for support: "Get an Apple, and stop calling me. I've got a life to live."
Trust me: Once you go Mac, you can never go back.
Posted by Robert Racansky on June 11, 2007 at 12:21 PM
On a non-Mac Note, we've been really happy with Nod32 from Eset. Updates the virus signatures several times a day, never lets anything through, and it can be configured to send an email or instant message with details to someone if something comes up, which is nice since my mom is so non-computer-savvy that she recently fedexed her laptop to me because it needed rebooted. It's reasonably priced, too. It's not something I would tell a non-technical person to download and install because you have to understand what the configuration questions are asking, and some of it is definitely non-intuitive (i.e. for the notification emails you have to set up notification, then go in and change a setting and THEN it sends a test email), but if someone has some fairly basic technical knowledge they can probably handle it.
Posted by: Alice H on June 24, 2007 at 11:32 PM