Sunday, June 25, 2006

The Weed Barrier

Ok, you have this great computer with a firewall and up-to-date antivirus software. You've recovered from a major infection, have completed Windows Updates and still do not feel comfortable that you can keep the weeds out of your computer.

I am sorry to say, but you are right. It does take more to protect your investment. Let's start with Tony Klein's "So how did I get infected in the first place?" for important tips on how to prevent future infections. There is also a lot of helpful information in my friend, the Phantom Phixer's "Mitch's Good Stuff" with tutorials at "Ghosts Markers".

Install and update both SpywareBlaster & SpyGuard to prevent the installation of spyware and other potentially unwanted software. If you use Internet Explorer, IE-Spyad will add thousands of sites into your IE restricted zone. Then again, you may want to check out alternative browsers, such as FireFox or Opera. Another useful program is StartupMonitor, which will warn you when somethings tries to sneak in.

A favorite of mine is WinPatrol. It is hard to go wrong with Scotty on Patrol!

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