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Virus Info, Spyware, Firewall and Fixes

This page contains links to anti-virus software vendors and links to information about virus hoaxes and Spyware detection and removal software and Personal Firewall software protection.

Subscription Suites:
Eset Smart Security
McAfee Internet Security
Kaspersky Internet Security
BitDefender Internet Security

Anti-virus software vendors:

AVG Free for personal use. Comprehensive virus detection and removal.
Avira AntiVir Personal Free - Highly rated by Consumer Reports
Microsoft Windows Defender Anti Badware - free - Highly rated by Consumer Reports
McAffee Anti-virus software, updates, virus map, free security test, education. All easily accesible from the home page.
Microsoft - Free Virus Support Services Virus forum with users questions and responses
Norton (Symantec) Anti-virus software, updates, latest threats, security advisories, removal tools, virus definition updates and education. All easily accesible from the home page.
Trend Micro Lots of info and free online scan
Virus Catcher Free and premium versions
Low cost AV solutions An article explaining some low cost anti-virus solutions
Virus Bulletin Independent anti-virus advice

Identity Theft and Fraud on the Internet:
Rockland County Sheriff's Department The Rockland County Sheriff's Computer Crime Task Force was developed through the cooperation of the Rockland County Sheriff's Office and the Rockland County District Attorney's Office, and launched in June of 2000. The Task Force is a member of the United States Secret Service New York Electronic Crimes Task Force and is a satellite unit of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Members of the Task Force have conducted proactive and reactive investigations that have proven to be effective in the identification and apprehension of many online predators who target juveniles as their victims.

Firewall software:

BlackICE PC Protector Black ICE Protector
Firewall Guide independent, third-party reviews of Internet security products. Good explanations of security requirements on the net.
Kerio Free for personal use
McAfee McAfee Internet Security
Norton Norton Internet Security from Symantec



from Gibson Research. The Internet's quickest, most popular, reliable and trusted, free Internet security checkup and information service. Easily check your system here, and begin learning about using the Internet safely.
Speed Guide Free scan for open ports on your PC directly from the Internet
Sygate Free for personal use.
Tiny Tiny Personal Firewall
Zone Alarm Keep hackers and data thieves out of your computer with ZoneAlarm Pro.

Spyware and Ad detection and removal:

Spamfighter Standard


Free anti spam fighter - highly recommended by Consumer Reports

Spyware Warrior









This site does some good investigation of "antispyware" programs. Please note the long list of programs that are inefective or do actual damage.

quote from the site:
"Some of the products listed on this page simply do not provide proven, reliable anti-spyware protection or may be prone to ridiculous false positives. Others may use unfair, deceptive, high pressure sales tactics to scare up sales from gullible, confused users. A very few of these products are either associated with
known distributors of spyware/adware or have been known to install spyware/adware themselves. Not all products exhibit the same problems, however."

There is a short list of trusted programs and other
useful info.



Get Rid of Spyware now!


AdSubtract Pro


Remove Internet advertising




Adware, Spyware and other unwanted "malware" - and how to remove them



AVG Anti-Spyware





Quote from the site...

AVG Anti-Spyware Free is a free anti-spyware protection tool developed by GRISOFT for home use. We invite you to join the millions of satisfied customers worldwide who have downloaded the software and now enjoy the benefits of AVG Anti-Spyware Free.








SpywareBlaster doesn't scan for and clean spyware--it prevents it from being installed in the first place. SpywareBlaster prevents the installation of ActiveX-based spyware, adware, dialers, browser hijackers, and other potentially unwanted programs. It can also block spyware/tracking cookies in IE and Mozilla/Firefox, and restrict the actions of spyware/ad/tracking sites. With the built-in Check for Updates feature, you can help ensure your protection is up-to-date. SpywareBlaster also includes a System Snapshot feature, which lets you take a snapshot of your computer in its clean state and later revert, undoing many changes made by spyware and browser hijackers.

Spybot Search & Destroy


SpyBot-S&D searches your hard drive for so-called spy- or adbots; that is, little modules that are responsible for the ads many programs display. Many of these modules also transmit information, including your surfing behavior on the Internet.

Ad & Cookie Blockers






AdSubtract interMute

Internet Junkbuster Proxy


Norton Internet Security 2000



SonicWALL Content Filter List Subscription

Cyber Patrol
Cyber Sentinel
Cyber Sitter
  Mailbox Guard -Fight spam, scam, malware and obscenity - before it gets into your mailbox. Get in control over your mail now!

Net Nanny

  Popup Stopper - by Panicware - free 30 day trial. Then, $19.95
  Step-By-Step: Teach end users how to keep spam out of the inbox

Miscellaneous fixes related to viruses:

  • Some practical advice on protecting your computer and yourself from online dangers given by a local resident (Collins Security).
  • How to fix the hoax that removed the jdbgmgr.exe file.
  • Learn about computer virus myths, hoaxes, urban legends, hysteria, and the implications if you believe in them. You can also search a list of computer virus hoaxes & virus hysteria.
  • Popup ad killer - Popnot is a small utility that adds PopNot-specific entries to Internet Explorer's context menu.
  • Hoaxbusters - - Internet Hoax and Chain Letter pages
  • Universal PlugNPlay Security Patch without the security update patch, and with the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) system in its default "enabled" state, any of the many millions of Internet-connected UPnP-equipped Windows systems could be remotely commandeered and forced to download and run any malicious code of a hacker's design. This includes using the machine to launch potent Denial of Service (DoS) and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.

    This means that extremely damaging CodeRed and Nimda-style worms can now be written for millions of Windows machines. Whereas the Microsoft IIS server worms of 2001 found and infested 'only' several hundred thousand IIS servers, a Windows "Universal Plug and Play" worm would have more than ten million XP systems, in addition to many more Windows 98/ME systems, upon which to prey today.
  • Urban Legends - Check out urban legends to find rumors and hoaxes in all sorts of subject areas.