Anti-malware

April 17, 2008 at 8:45 am | Posted in Computers, Internet, Software | Leave a comment

In a recent editorial in Gizmo’s Support Alert, he observed how the anti-spyware, anti-trojan, and anti-spyware vendors were adapting to the new combined threats to basically become the same thing. A single anti-malware product. How different branches of the ‘security’ industry have ended up offering similar products. Interesting observations about the history of the products too.

http://techsupportalert.com/issues/issue156.htm#Section_0

He asks if, unless you engage in high risk activities like downloading from P2P (file sharing) sites, the average user needs all these different products running? “For the majority of average users the answer is no. A single competent broad spectrum anti-malware product is enough. My recommendations here include AntiVir, NOD32, Kaspersky, BitDefender, Norton and a few others.”

For myself, I’ve found Norton to be a resource hog. NOD32 I’ve been very happy with – the kind of program you forget is even there but it does the job if a threat arises. I used to use AVG but its not been keeping up as well as the above.

Gizmo observes that if you’re using the free versions of things you may need to diversify a bit, old school style. But then you’ll suffer from the lower performance and extra hassles of keeping it all current.

Of course, you’ll still want some sort of firewall between you and the wide open Internet. A hardware NAT, like you get in a router is very good. I still like to see a software firewall on board to prevent outgoing, should an infection occur. Save you from infecting your neighbors.

Be aware that you can now get infected simply by visiting a compromised web site. You download the infection with the site. For myself, i use Firefox with Noscript and Stop Autoplay addins. That helps avoid much of that issue if I land on a site with trouble. With SiteAdvisor too, that happens a lot less often.

David

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