Here are the web addresses of the several important programs.
All are free except grisoft which is only free for individuals. For
home computers, they can always be kept free of problems using free
AVG7 from grisoft is an extremely good antivirus program, as good as
any paid for
package, but only free for individuals, not for business.
Remember to update regularly, perhaps once every week, or better, every
A very friendly and easy to use software firewall which is free of
charge for everybody.
When using broadband you are well advised to additionally use a
hardware firewall as well.
You have to look around a little on the website to find it , but the
free version is always available.
3/ Pre-examination of email on your ISP's server
www.mailwasher.net - trial version
This program allows you to examine the list of email on your server and
to delete or bounce if it looks like spam or virus. The free version
can only be set up to look at one email server.
When you are using AVG7 from grisoft you need to disable the incoming
email plugin as otherwise there is a conflict between mailwasher
free beta version
A brilliant program for stopping those pop-up ads. Has various features
including one for setting your clock to the atomic standard.
This website enables you to identify the originating ISP of spam,
viruses etc. so that you are now able to report the problem.
Responsible ISPs will act on your information and stop the perpetrators.
You can also report spam using www.spamcop.net
6/ Online virus scanning
At any time when you have problem of virus an on-line scan can help.
There are many companies providing this service and this is my
This is useful as virus scanners from different companies do work in
different ways and problems which are hard for some can sometimes be
resolved using another company's scan.
This online scan is very up-to-date and very thorough, but, although it deletes the viruses, it requires you to save the report and
to manually delete the various spyware etc.
This manual process is best done in 'safe' mode (press f8 immediately
before windows starts).
7/ Spware Detection
Your computer picks up unwanted spyware when you browse to many
websites. Most spyware is only used for targetting op-ups and
market research but, some is used for malicious purposes such as
gathering your keystrokes including bank account logins and passwords,
so always it is a good idea to keep the spyware off your machine.
SpyBot from www.safer-networking.org
Ad-Aware from www.lavasoftusa.com
8/ Screen Capture
A very easy to use screen capture program for Windows which I have used
for my presentation.
MWsnap from www.mirekw.com
Mandriva 2006 from www.mandriva.com
The first 3 disks (download version)
can be downloaded for free. It is some years since I used Windows as I
find the use
of Linux a very much better experience. Gone are the irritations of
crashes, re-booting, freezing and so on. And, if you believe that XP
SP2 does not crash try keeping it going 24/7 and see how long it is
before you have to re-boot. My Linux machine normally runs 24/7, I just
switch off monitor and modem when not in use, the computer remains on.
The system is easy to use, the menu structures are very intuitive, but
the administration is different and a little harder.
The real advantage is that you just do not have virusses or any of the
problems which we have come to accept as being normal with the use of
Now, just how has it happened that
the whole world believes that computers which crash, freeze, require
re-booting and have virusses are the norm?
Working in industry I am well used to computers which simply do not
have these problems and accept that THIS is the norm. The UNIX machines
run constantly 24/7 and are only switched off when electrical
maintenance is required. Linux is simply open source UNIX.
Updated 14 May 2006