Anti-virus continued… (for those with Windows PCs)

Ok, I was feeling bad.  I wrote a post last week about anti-virus for the Mac, but that is still a pretty small threat (at least it is if you are educated on the issues).  PC users have had to address this issue, from, if nothing else, Microsoft’s success of owning so much market share (and maybe they deserve a little of the blame too), for quite a while now.  I think almost all PC users are aware and guarded against malware and viruses.


I don’t know if you have heard of it before, but I am a big fan of Immunet (disclaimer – Immunet is owned by Sourcefire). But don’t take my word for it, even CNet gave it four and a half stars. 🙂 You can run Immunet’s free anti-virus even if you already have an anti-virus loaded on your PC.  The download can be found at


And, if you think you might already have a virus or malware, you might want to run Ad-Aware Free Internet Security 9.0.  

You can download it at  That will make sure your anti-virus is working properly and make sure you don’t have any malware already on your PC.


Just remember the famous trademark phrase from Sergeant Phil Esterhaus: “Hey, let’s be careful out there.”  Be aware of what you are doing and who you trust, change your passwords often and use strong passwords.

Anti-virus on a Mac? Yup, it’s time.

It is sad to say, but Mac has become a target for malware. Mac Defender proved that.  So it’s time to start using an anti-virus.  There are many out there.  Sourcefire has ClamAV which Mark Allen has put a nice front end on to create ClamXav (open source and free, but please donate) which works well on a Mac.  Another good option is a slightly more user friendly Sophos (again free).   I’ve tried using Norton and McAfee in the past but they were resource hogs. I don’t think it matters as much what you use, just that you are using one.  

Little Snitch is nice too, it’s not an anti-virus but it does alert you to all the apps that are talking across your network. Interesting to see if nothing else. 


No script is another tool to look at if you use Firefox (or not scripts for Chrome). Again, I allow most scripts to run, but it is good to see what scripts different websites are running and what they are tracking.
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