[greenstone-users] About Virus, Trojans and Spyware.

From Lars N. Clement Bertelsen
DateMon, 5 Jul 2004 21:34:16 +0200
Subject [greenstone-users] About Virus, Trojans and Spyware.
To listmembers and support,

It is obvious that listmembers are bothered by Virus/Trojans and Spyware too from time to time and I would like to give some advice:

I you use windows XP check out that you have ‘Service Pack 1’ (SP1) installed and keep up with the windows updates that MS offer – they are important ! The latest came just a few days ago. Enable windows build in Firewall or get a free to use like; 'ZoneAlarm'. You are NOT protected from all Trojan by a Firewall.

Avoid pop up windows by installing an anti-pop up application: MS has one which is fee to use: http://toolbar.msn.com/ - pop ups can start up damaging scripting to your PC as well as opening new windows !

Antivirus/Trojans (all free of charge):

Always have one permanent/resident Antivirus program installed on your PC and keep it updated from the web all the time. AVG-Antivirus has a free of charge version: AVG 6.0 Basic Free Edition ( http://www.grisoft.com )

NEVER trust just one antivirus program vendor, even if you pay for it: Do regular online scannings of your system as a supplement to the permanent one:

http://www.kaspersky.com/remoteviruschk.html (check single files)

http://housecall.trendmicro.com/

http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/com/activescan_principal.htm

http://security.symantec.com/ssc/home.asp?j=1&langid=ie&venid=sym&plfid=23&pkj=UVSFZOGIJPUVGCWETOM

http://us.mcafee.com/root/register.asp?

The best free of charge download antivirus scan at the moment is from MicroWorld:

http://www.mwti.net/antivirus/free_utilities.asp


Trojans scan: http://vil.nai.com/vil/stinger/

Spyware (all free of charge):

Install all these 3 programs:

Ad-Aware 6.0: http://www.lavasoft.de/support/download/

Spybot – search and destroy: http://download.com.com/3000-8022-10289035.html?tag=lst-0-2

SpywareGuard: http://www.wilderssecurity.net/spywareguard.html

Be careful about installing anti-spyware programs
that does not have a good and reputable reputation already: they can actually contain spyware themselves which just ‘kick out’ competing spyware !!

Reg.

Lars


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