Sunday, May 22, 2005

Is there Such a Thing as Free Software?!


Now, all of you people think that you pay for what you get, right? (With the exceptions of you few pirates that read.) Well, that's not the truth. There is free (legitimate) software out there that works just as good, if not better. You just have to know where to look for it!


First, and foremost, with the boom of spyware, when people ask me to fix their computer most of the time all the trouble is spyware and trojans, which are spyware related. Now, I'm not going to disinstill the public for my own gains, but here is what one might use/need to remove and prevent spyware.



First off, let's remove the spyware you have:





Lavasoft's Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition
This is a "free" edition of a very popular program that was designed to eliminate and help prevent spyware, but in this limited version its only purpose is to eliminate spyware, and with that said, it does a very good job of it, thus bringing it to the top of my list of downloads here.



Spybot Search & Destroy
A fully free piece of software that's built to remove, but has a few blocking agents. It's not as strong as Ad-Aware, but still knows what it is doing. Coming clean with a registry backer, this is a dynamic piece of software.



Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware (Beta)

When Microsoft got the hint that there could be a profit made, it jumped right on the bandwagon. While this program is free for the time being, while in its Beta stages, it will become a subscription service more than likely when it is fully developed. It exspires sometime in July I belive, so if you believe that this is worth it, it does have a whole mass of tools for even the unexsperinced use to negotiate. It will scan and protenct. Well worth its weight in code.



Once we have it all removed, let's start preventing it in the first place:





SpywareBlaster

Made by Javacool Software, this free bit of software is fully free, save the autoupdate feature which can be negated at a price. It prevents spyware from downloading and installing in Microsfot Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Its relativley small download size and power punch make it ideal for dialup users.



SpywareGuard

Another blocker from Javacool Software, this program prevents the execution of spyware, where SpywareBlaster only defeated the download aspect of it.







On with the free Virus scanners:



Free avast! 4 Home Edition

With one of the most comprehensive Residential shield of a free scanner, it ranks up there on this little list of three. It's 8MB files size is usual for this day in time, but small, relatively. It does reqiure a registration, but is fully free none-the-less. Very good auto-update features, also



AVG Free Personal Edition

A good residential shield is here, but the only problem I had was that it didn't always want to delete the virus that was detected. Usual auto-update, but nothing to boast about here. This scanner is very placid up against Awil's avast!.



ClamWin Free Antivirus

This is the only piece of software here that I have not downloaded due to me just finding it today. I will put up a review if I think of it of find it neccisary. It is fully free (as in freedom). Thank you to the Free Software Foundation. Download this and try it. It looks like a very good scanner/blocker. All the other free software I've came in contact with were only scanners. This seems not to be the case anymore.





I will touch on Firewalls and other things at a later date, but for now, this should tide you over. I would recommend downloading all of the Spyware stuff and only one virus scanner, due to the way virus scanner can act. Thank you for your comments that I hope this will bring, in advance. I will update later!!!



--D. J. Moore

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