THINKING BUSINESS
a blog by Chris Barrow

Some good software

There’s a great piece of software that I installed on my laptop about 3 months ago and has paid for itself over and over. You can find it at www.paretologic.com and its called XoftSpy. I’m no techie so if I get the words wrong I’m sorry but basically all it does is a regular scan each day (I can decide when) that removes all those nasty little bits of Spyware, Adware, Malware, W32/Spybot, Keyloggers, Unwanted Toolbars, Browser Hijacking, Pop-up Generators – and the like, that mysteriously attach themselves to your computer as you browse the web. First time I ran it there were literally about 300 of the blighters in my system and, until recently, I was shifting a further 6-10 each 24 hours – and that’s in spite of the usual virus-checkers, firewalls and all that jazz that I’ve accumulated over the years. I say until recently because, on an ezine recommend, I took a calculated risk (as I saw it) and installed Mozilla Firefox as my internet browser, to replace Internet Explorer that’s been there since Bill Gates was a lad. Firefox is free, easy to install (must be because I did it), faster, funkier and has considerably reduced the number of those gremlins because most of them are looking for IE to infect. I suppose I should also take the opportunity to mention that my virus-checker is unorthodox. I use “avast!” offered at www.avast.com; its working really well and doesn’t seem to have the conflict problems I’ve experienced over the years with Norton and other stuff you buy off the shelves. I may be tempting fate here but this combination of programmes has created a trouble-free and speedy environment for my virtual business. Oh – and by the way – I’m not signed into any affiliate deals with these people – its just a recommend.

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