I figured I might as well bring this up since the "Swine Flu" story has been all over the news lately.
And since I literally spent 2 days trying to avoid a OS reinstall earlier this month, only to finally figure out our Seagate FreeAgent hard drive contained 4 Trojan worms on it.......I thought yeah, now's a good time. (the virus' were copying themselves over to the C drive after each of the last 2 OSRI's. (operating system reinstalls)
Anyway, I usually get asked one of two questions whenever someone I know has the same issue on their rig. mes up. Either, "What's the best FREE anti-virus program?", or something along the lines of, "How'd that thing-ah-mah-jig get in there to begin with?"
And it's almost always the same reasons. They either got careless with a p2p app such as Limewire, Utorrent, etc. OR Their "trial" version of Norton/McAfee expired, but since they still see the icon in the task bar, they think they're still being protected. Sound familiar?
So, after much research, review reading, and trial and error, I thought I'd share my thoughts of what works, what doesn't and most importantly......what I'm using now.
Basically it comes down to 4 main things. (depending on your level of paranoia)
- Anti-Virus Software that doesn't bog down your system, auto updates DAILY, and has a 93% or higher success rate.
- Anti-Spyware software that offers "real time" protection.
- An almost inpenatrable software firewall running at all times alongside a router/NAT/hub.
- Keep Windows Update ENABLED. (change setting to "notify me/don't download") *must be performed in Internet Explorer only*
Here's a good trio of tools that should offer you all the points mentioned above.
- For your Anti-Virus protection: Avira's AntiVir or ClamWin
- For Anti-Spyware: PC Tool's Threatfire
- For your Firewall: Comodo Personal Firewall
You can also install and run other Anti-Spyware tools such as SpywareBlaster, Windows Defender, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Highly recommended), Spybot, etc.