The Internet has become a hard place to survive.
I get asked all the time about what do I do with an infected
file I can't delete, what is SpyWare and AdWare, how do I
stop the pop-ups, why is my PC so slow?
I also get asked do I need a Router, do I
need a Firewall?
Well the short answer to that question is
At a minimum if you are using Broadband or
DSL, you MUST have a Firewall. But it can be confusing. A
Router generally has a Firewall built-in, and a Firewall is
sometimes called a Router. What you are really looking for
is that it is a hardware device that provides a service called
NAT. Some carriers provide a Modem/Router (Cisco 67x, or equiv.),
some just provide a Modem. For all of you that are in the
latter group, get a Router! I recommend Linksys, wired or
wireless, but there are a number of different manufactures
that provide the same product at a cost of apx $50-75.
Here is a list of FREE Internet protection
programs that I use and recommend. You can find all of these
tools by searching on Google, I have prepared a Zip file with
the versions avaliable as of 9/18/2004 that can be downloaded
here. There are additional
tools in the Zip file that can also be used to do more complete
cleaning if necessary. Please remember that all of the tools
in this Zip file change system settings and can render your
PC unbootable. Use with caution. Also note that the AVG virus
scanner is avaliable through the link below.
- virus scanner. No matter if you have Norton, McAfee, or
some other commercial scanner, I use and recommend a second
Virus scanner program that is used in addition to any commercial
SpyBot - Search and Destroy 1.3- This program
provides protection against SpyWare and AdWare. Both of these
type of attackers are used to provide information about what
you type on your keyboard and where you browse to on the Internet.
These programs silently send this information to a remote
computer. If you notice a high volume of traffic on your Internet
modem, this may be the cause. I would also recommend enabling
the TeaTimer for Registry protection.
AdAware 6.0 - This program is also to protect
against SpyWare and AdWare, just like a Virus Scanner, I recommend
SpyWare Blaster - This tool helps to protect
Internet Explorer from ActiveX software attacks.