We are always on the hunt for better programs to help our clients (and
us) do a better job and not be bogged down with extra software
Currently these links below are our recommendations (most are even
free), but the best part about these programs is that they do what they
are described to do, and NOTHING ELSE:
AVG from www.grisoft.com,
runs daily for full hard drive scan and all the time for E-mail (Outlook,
Outlook Express, and others (not web based mail though))
Spybot Search & Destroy v1.3 from www.safer-networking.org
and/or Adaware from www.lavasoft.de
(both are from Denmark) Both run on demand, for best results use at
least once a week.
Pop-up Stopper from www.panicware.com,
runs all the time.
We recommend a HARDWARE SOLUTION for those with a LAN/WAN connection,
they are very difficult if not impossible to get thru if they have a
NAT (network address translation), notably via www.linksys.com,
(a division of Cisco (the industry standard), they are VERY common and
can even be purchased at Walmart. For those of you without a way to
use a hardware solution, we would suggest something like Zone
Alarm (they have a free download), or use a Microsoft based firewall
(in Windows XP). Still we heavily suggest a hardware based router
with a hardware firewall built in.
Some Spybot removers, popup stoppers, and yes even commercial, well
known ANTI VIRUS software packages install other stuff
in the background. These do not, or they would not be here.