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Dancing with Malware

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For me, the most shocking and worrying thing about the OneCare story is that less than half of Windows users in developing countries use antivirus software.

What are you people thinking?

If you are one of those happy-go-lucky souls who has dispensed with the need to protect your computer, I’m sorry to tell you this, but you’re a moron. There is absolutely no excuse for leaving your computer – whether for home or business use – vulnerable to attack. Not only is your data being compromised, but you’re allowing criminals to use you for their own ends. And you’re not even getting paid.

There is no succour in the cost justification either. There are a number of very respectable freeware antivirus programs that will do the job of protecting your computer just as well as McAfee or Norton. You should also have a decent firewall running, in addition to a spyware-detection program. Anyone who isn’t doing so is either lazy, ignorant, or both. Or maybe a Russian phishing master.

I currently use the following free programs to protect my computer:

  • Anti-Spyware: Spybot Search & Destroy
  • Firewall: ZoneAlarm Free
  • Antivirus: Avast! Home Edition

All of these, and many more, are available for download at I have had one virus in the past 3 years, and that came from a friend’s corrupted USB memory stick. So have a look at what’s available and protect your computer today. Don’t wait for things to go wrong tomorrow.

Update: Since writing this post I have since switched to the free version of Comodo Internet Security for my choice of firewall, and it’s working fine and dandy for me.  Depending on the settings you choose, it can be a little demanding when you first install it, but once it has had the chance to bed in, it settles right down and runs unobtrusively in the system tray.

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