Vaccinate my computer!

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by silentstranger, Jan 16, 2004.

  1. A very small number of you may remember the problems I had with my computer a while back. In short, I ended up saying "screw the bandaid solutions" and reformatted. I'm now sitting pretty (pretty ugly ;) ) with WinXP and no major problems, and I want to install stuff to keep it that way. Here's what I'm looking for:

    - the best FREE antivirus software
    - the best FREE pop-up blocker
    - the best FREE program like SpyBot or AdAware
    (see the pattern? I'll stop being repetitive now)
    - something to keep those $^%@#%%@# adware programs like nCASE from constantly trying to install themselves...yea, I can click "No", but I don't want them to try at all! :spit: Then again, it's worse when they just install without giving me the option to say no...
    - maybe a spam blocker?
    - anything else my non-techie brain has forgotten that will help to make my computing experience as non-irritating as possible?

    Recommend your faves! All input appreciated :)
  2. popup blocker: google toolbar

    anti spyware: spy bot AND adaware (both find things the other doesnt)

    Absolute best way to remove crap you picked up on the internet.

    It is, however very capable of detecting stuff that you're supposed to have, and is meant to be used by an experienced user. It did, however get rid of my comp's problems that adaware and all that other crap couldn't.

    It will definitley get rid of the crap, but just make sure you know what's crap and what's not.

    As for anit-virus software, that's only needed for business and servers etc. The companys that put that stuff out are just trying to play on the emotions of people and generate hype. They slow down your computer, have many false positives. Viruses don't just happen, and the odds of someone deliberately targeting you are very small.
  4. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    Free antivirus

    Good stuff. I use it. It gets rid of stuff that even Norton didn't get rid of! Like a wormm that my sisters new laptop came with installed from the store.
  5. yebb, I'd also recommend AVG (, adaware and spy-bot and the google toolbar.

    and in case you're interested in hearing about other programs, then:

    <a href="">Winamp 5</a> for music
    <a href="">Zoom player</a> for videos(although winamp can handle videos pretty well nowadays)
    <a href="">OpenOffice</a> for all your text, spreadsheet, etc. needs

    it's also important to always have the latest windows updates installed.

    hope this helps, but those programs are of course just what I use. that doesn't mean they're the best(they are, though :p )
  6. Ty McNeely

    Ty McNeely

    Mar 27, 2000
  7. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Nobody mentioned porn. Why are you all defensive about porn??? I didn't say porn. The Bass didn't say porn. Defeldus didn't say porn.

    What's going on? Feeling defensive.

    Talk to me Ty.

    What's up?!
  8. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Get Hijack This 1.97 from It finds all the hijacks and questionable items on your computer and gives you the option to delete them. It's tiny, free, and finds things Spybot and AdAware do not (they don't catch hijacks very well).
  9. I have to add in that I disagree with this as well.

    That attitude is dangerous when so many mass mailer worms exist. They're not designed to target individual users.

    More and more, viruses like Blaster can cause businesses tremendous amounts of damage by taking advantage of unprotected home users. Denial of service attacks are becoming really popular because they're so effective and pretty easy to program. If you remember a couple years ago when,,, and some other sites went offline, it was because of widespread denial of service attacks launched by unwitting home users.

    And there are plenty of viruses that will attempt to delete data, install spyware, send out email to contacts in your address book, install trojan backdoors and keyloggers, etc etc. Some particularly nasty ones will overwrit your master boot record, which will effectively shut down your OS unless you have a recovery disk.

    I think maybe you're confusing deliberate attacks on servers (attempting to root them) with viruses? Viruses are rarely designed to target an individual user, but root attacks almost always are. Perhaps you're thinking of firewall software...some versions of those programs unnecessarily alert people to some fairly common and usually harmles portscanning.

    And now an unrelated final note: I'm a total fanboy for the browser Mozilla Firebird. It has automatic popup blocking, tabbed browsing, and prevents your browser from running a ton of malicious code that other browsers (cough IE) will run because of things like ActiveX controls.
  10. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ is amazing! Up there with MS Quality if you're interested.

    But as far as the Windows update: if you know anything about your setup, don't install everything blindly. Some updates aren't necessarilly intended for your hardware and may cause negative effects.

    Just a thought.
  11. Ty McNeely

    Ty McNeely

    Mar 27, 2000


    Usually when you say that you've been to sites that are "questionable," the first thing to come up is porn. So, I decided to go ahead and get rid of that question once and for all before it could even come up :D