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Anti virus program?

by marsh / March 11, 2004 1:02 AM PST

What is the best way to protect computer from viruses?
Is there a way to tell which web sites are potential for infecting with a virus? I have a program installed, but hearing info that it may not really be doing what I think. Is it better to suscribe to a program with a certain ISP that scans email rather than purchase a seperate program? Is a firewall necessary? If so, which if any exclusions should be listed? Please advise.

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Re:Anti virus program?
by Marianna Schmudlach / March 11, 2004 1:09 AM PST
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Protect Your PC Against Viruses

Banish viruses before they can harm your system.

Viruses can easily spread to your system from the Internet, bulletin boards, and email attachments, and we're talking epidemic. Some are as benign as the common cold, and others can be as deadly to your hard drive as something from the movie "Outbreak." With thousands of known strains, there's a pretty good chance your computer will eventually encounter one. Today we're telling you how to protect your computer from viruses and to showing you how to cure it if it gets infected.

Read more: http://www.techtv.com/callforhelp/howto/story/0,24330,2000006,00.html

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Re:Anti virus program?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / March 11, 2004 5:02 AM PST
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Whenever posting questions on these forums, please give us as much information as possible about your computer. We need the operating system, processor speed, amount of RAM installed, brand name of the computer, (if there is one), and any other information you think might be helpful. The more information you give us, the better informed our answer will be. Enough of that, back to your question.

In addition to Marianna's good information, I recommend using everything you can. If the antivirus program you have is working well and not causing problems, keep it running and keep it current as to virus defintions. There's probably no reason to install another. It will be the "main cog" in a group of programs that protects the computer from intrusions. ISP's that scan your mail are a fairly good thing, BUT don't depend on them to detect everything. You can choose to use a firewall if you like, but it depends on the type of internet connection you use, plus a number of other things. Do some reasearch about them and why you may or may not need one.

Explore the antispyware programs that are available. ("Ad-Aware" and "Spybot Search & Destory" are two of the best.) They can help you rid the computer of "junk" that can get placed there.

If you're using Internet Explorer, make sure that the internet settings are secure so you don't let websites take over the computer.

When using your e-mail client, make sure that there isn't a preview pane running and make sure that the settings are secure on that as well.

And last, but not least, the most important part of good virus detection is YOU. Learn about viruses and the various types of security issues. You've got a good start by visiting this forum.

Hope this helps.


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Re:Re:Anti virus program?
by marsh / March 12, 2004 9:09 PM PST
In reply to: Re:Anti virus program?

Thank you!
Great Reply!

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Re:Anti virus program?
by Donna Buenaventura / March 11, 2004 8:24 AM PST
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Hello Marsh,

Marianna and Grif has provided enough information for you. Just adding a bit of comment Happy

Grif wrote "I recommend using everything you can". I fully agree with his recommendation.

What is the best way to protect computer from viruses?
I'm not sure of the best way but keeping your system fully patched is one way Happy

Is there a way to tell which web sites are potential for infecting with a virus?
Yes. Some sites has HTML goodies (activex, scripts). You need to configure your browser to disable or prompt you before running such while viewing a site. Go to this site - http://www.staff.uiuc.edu/~ehowes/btw/ie/ie-opts.htm for IE security setting if you are using IE.You must not download files from site if you do not have an AV that will monitor incoming files for viruses and trojans.

You might also want to install and use below items if you don't have the same program yet:


1. Ad-aware & Spybot S&D ? use to scan your system for spyware and other malware. Links: http://spybot.safer-networking.de/ and http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/
2. SpywareGuard ? real-time protection for spyware, hijacker. Very good to use while online and/or while installing a software.
Link: http://www.wilderssecurity.net/spywareguard.html
3. (For XP users) XP-AntiSpy ? disable the most unneeded and insecure services in Windows XP (example: messenger service that is now used by spammers).
Link: http://www.xp-antispy.org/

Monitoring Tool

Be aware of what?s in your startup folder, IE helpers, running task, cookies, active programs and running services. Quick info is provided for each known file (.dll, .exe etc.)
Link: http://www.winpatrol.com/


AVG or Avast! ? if you do not have an antivirus program or your antivirus program is expiring, get any of these 2 popular and good AV.
Links: http://www.avast.com/i_idt_153.html and http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_dwnl_free.php

Patch Management tool:

Bigfix or HFNetChkPro ? BigFix supports Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP that will alert you if you have missing patches. HFNetChkPro supports Windows 2000 & XP.
Links: https://www.shavlik.com/pDownloadForm4.aspx and http://www.bigfix.com

Personal Firewall

Outpost, Kerio or Zone Alarm ? manage which applications is allowed to make a connection by using any of these good free personal firewall.
Links: http://www.kerio.com/kpf_home.html, http://www.agnitum.com/download/outpost1.html and http://www.zonelabs.com/store/content/company/products/znalm/freeDownload.jsp


Script Sentry ? not all AV will monitor your files for malicious scripts.
Link: http://www.jasons-toolbox.com/scriptsentry.asp


Mail Magic Monitor, ePrompter or Mailwasher ? Most spam contains malicious scripts or files. Delete unwanted spam from the server before retrieving your e-mails to your HD.
Links: http://mmm3.sourceforge.net/, http://www.mailwasher.net/ or http://www.eprompter.com/

Use a secure Browser ? Mozilla or Firefox ? http://www.mozilla.org/download.html

Is it better to suscribe to a program with a certain ISP that scans email rather than purchase a seperate program?
Hhmm... it helps but it is recommended to have your own antivirus scanner installed in your system since e-mail is not the only way to be infected. Downloading files from the net, clicking on some links that has is coded with malicious scripts, installing programs with bundled parasites are other ways that your system can crash or get infection. If that ISP can scan all of these, then maybe but I doubt there is one Happy

Is a firewall necessary? If so, which if any exclusions should be listed?
Yes! so you'll be able to take control to whom your system is communicating or which applications are allowed to connect to the net.

Hope the above helps.

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Re:Re:Anti virus program?
by marsh / March 12, 2004 9:10 PM PST
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Thank you!
Great reply!

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