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Public Service Announcement for Windows Users Aug. 13th, 2003 11:13 am
Get some decent virus protection, and keep it updated, please!!! (these things are updating almost daily, now)

http://uk.mcafee.com/ OR
http://www.symantec.com/region/reg_eu/product/nav_index.html OR
http://www.f-prot.com/products/home_use/win/ (probably cheapest, but still effective)
Any more recommendations, geekz?

This has been a public service announcement by the Society for Clean Networks.
(Because the next virus is only going to be nastier)

(Oh and get AdAware (http://www.lavasoft.nu/software/adaware/) too, for the more 'commercial' virii out there (thanks to nisaba for reminding me))

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From: robinbloke
Date: August 13th, 2003 - 03:25 am (Link)
AVG is quite good; http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_index.php; and they do a free version.
From: ciphergoth
Date: August 13th, 2003 - 03:27 am (Link)
From: wechsler
Date: August 13th, 2003 - 03:33 am (Link)
Oh, sh*t.
From: nisaba
Date: August 13th, 2003 - 04:09 am (Link)
You feel ZoneAlarm is enough? That's reassuring, because I don't use any specific anti-virus software but I do use ZoneAlarm (and Adaware, purely for viruses and spyware since I run a firewall on a separate debian box). I also don't use any Windows mail clients (although occasionally I use webmail in the form of Yahoo). All these latest virus alerts are making me a little panickey though :)
From: wechsler
Date: August 13th, 2003 - 04:11 am (Link)
Dunno what Paul thinks, but I'd never consider a firewall alone to be sufficient; my home network is behind a hardware firewall and there's no way I'd operate without AV tools.
From: nisaba
Date: August 13th, 2003 - 04:18 am (Link)
No, you're right, but that's why I use ZoneAlarm - my firewall stops attackers getting in, but ZoneAlarm warns me if something on my PC wants to get out, and prevents it unless I say otherwise. Which is generally what spyware and viruses want to do. I've picked up spyware that way in the past.

From: wechsler
Date: August 13th, 2003 - 04:24 am (Link)
Well yes, but that only notifies you *after* infection. While most recent virii have been more concerned with spread than destruction, the latest batch appear to be causing more significant damage.

And yes, good point about AdAware.
From: nisaba
Date: August 13th, 2003 - 04:33 am (Link)
Ack, destruction NotSoGood[tm]. Might be time to get some actual AV-specific software...

And AdAware is my friend :)
From: giolla
Date: August 13th, 2003 - 06:29 am (Link)
And "personal firewalls" are generally not terribly good, and shouldn't really be considered firewalls. They don't stop anything
contacting your machine, just change the behaviour such contact causes.

From: kiaransalyn
Date: August 13th, 2003 - 04:30 am (Link)
Thank you for this. I have Norton 2003 at home which is updated weekly, and I also have 'zone alarm' too. Of course, my main home protection is to switch the machine off when it's not being used.

Here at work we have McAfee, so we should be quite safe.

If I receive anything from the IT folks I'll write a LJ edit. After all more information is not a bad thing at times.
From: fluffymark
Date: August 13th, 2003 - 05:20 am (Link)
I agree. My firewall was taking a severe pounding from the MSBlast worm yesterday, I was being scanned on port 135 about a dozen times a minute.
From: giolla
Date: August 13th, 2003 - 06:33 am (Link)
I'd strongly recommend Kaspersky's AV products, been using them both at home and in corporate environments for over 5 years now, tend to score in the top 3 /* quitre frequently top over all */ in Secure computing's AV tests, also multiplatform.
They now do a "personal firewall" as well if you like that sort of thing.

Prices seem to be about the same as other AV vendors.