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Symantec Partner we're pleased to provide here
their continuously updated 'ThreatCon'
(e.g. threat condition) tool summarizing
reports from Symantec's installations world-wide
to provide status on current Internet operating
conditions and threats. Click on the 'ThreatCon'
tool's tabs and scrollers below to see assessed
threat levels geographically, historically, etc.
as well as many of the specific threats that are
being coped with by Internet users who are NOT
ThreatCon tool (See our
always-updated LIVE COPY at the bottom of
As we write it's at level 1 noting:
"Microsoft has released
their scheduled security advisories
for May 2012."
A SAFE Computing
Do you remember when
AntiVirus software was enough?
Many of our 2SS.Com
clients are using AdAware from Lavasoft in conjunction with other
virus and spyware protection software from Norton or Microsoft.
They make a good 'protection and recovery' combination
that help insure safe computing at home or at work.
Start with high quality
AntiVirus protection that includes features like automatic daily updates to virus signatures, automatic
checking of every file (sometimes called 'Auto-Protect'),
and periodic automatic scanning of all files just in case.
At 2SS.Com we like Norton AntiVirus and Microsoft Security
Essentials because they do most of the work for you
automatically and well!
Next we routinely
recommend and use Lavasoft's AdAware software to complement the
AntiVirus choice. Good AntiVirus software includes Anti-Spyware
but it's not too aggressive. It gets the really
threatening stuff, but leaves a host of minor spyware behind to
slow things down that AdAware is great at finding and
removing. It also keeps it's definitions file updated
automatically and in some situations can be reliably scheduled
to do full systems scans automatically. (More on AdAware's
new version 10 below)
And, now we're
recommending an addition to the 'SAFE Computing' picture with
ThreatFire. This software we currently recommend for
Windows XP and 7 systems that have at least four or preferably 8
GB of RAM and that can handle a third protection tool with
little strain. ThreatFire is top-rated and FREE software
designed to complement 'in-place' AntiVirus software. It uses
predictive analysis to identify bad behavior rather than relying
a constant stream of virus signatures and spyware definitions
to do it's work. The result is what's called 'zero-day
protection' that is more-and-more important to provide complete
There are links to ThreatFire below-left if you want to try it,
but please don't hesitate to check in with us if you have any
A SPECIAL NOTE on
New owners have
acquired and rather radically updated the new AdAware version 10.
In our testing it still appears to be great software but we’ve not
ironed out enough of the new kinks to recommend the upgrade (We
do have it on a Windows XP test PC and we’ve begun to routinely
install version 10 on Windows 7 systems). But,
there’s no pressing reason to upgrade because most folks are using
it to supplement finding and removing spyware.
AntiVirus, Microsoft Security Essentials and others, remain as the
PRIMARY protection program and they are looking for
viruses and major spyware already. Finally the older versions of
AdAware are still updating and still performing their function. So
there's no hurry to upgrade and some time will be involved in the remove and
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