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Anti Virus Conspiracy


Computer virus stupidityDo I believe there is an Anti-Virus conspiracy afoot? Let me put it this way: I am sick and tired of software companies pissing on me and trying to tell me it’s fucking raining. Just so there is no misunderstanding, let me make this clear. I am not against anti-virus software. My problem is with the companies themselves. Let me tell you a little story. About five years ago, one of my systems got hit with a particularly nasty virus called ‘Virtua.monde’ I was running Symantec Anti-Virus at the time ans although the system exhibited every symptom of a viral infection, Symantec insisted there was nothing wrong. Being the geek I am, I ran SpyBot Search & Destroy which found Virtua.monde, but could not get rid of it. This surprised me as SpyBot had never let me down before. After a bit of research on the Internet, I found that Spyware Doctor with Anti-Virus from PC Tools claimed to be able to handle it. I gave them a shot and lo and behold, it found the infection and cleared it. Spyware Doc cost half of what Symantec was charging and better than that, it was leaner, meaner and faster than Symantec. Life is good.

Two blondesUnfortunately, three years ago, Symantec bought PC Tools. And as Symantec is wont to do, they took a great application, made it their own and in my opinion, ruined it like they have for every product they acquired. Remember Norton Ghost? PC Anywhere? Veritas Backup Exec? In a few short years, Spyware Doctor became a bloated, slow, more expensive, questionably effective resource hog. The last scan of my PC took 23 hours to run. That is ridiculous! To add insult to injury, my experience (as well as thousands of others according to web posts) has been that after every one of the last four upgrades, I end up with a recurring BSOD naming PCTOOL.SYS as the culprit. PC Tools Tech Support claimed there was no issue. However, there is always a patch issued a few months later that makes the blue screens go away. The blue screens that PC Tools says aren’t happening. A new version of PC Tools came out a few weeks ago and guess what? My old friend the BSOD came back with it.

Heavenly workplace!Here is my solution. As much as I don’t believe for a moment that Microsoft is an altruistic and/or philanthropic organization, their FREE Anti-Virus product, Microsoft Security Essentials, has received almost universal positive reviews as the best of the free Anti-Virus applications available. Is it as good as the top rated paid anti-virus applications? Nope. But it IS effective, it is free and it was designed by people who know the Windows O/S inside and out. IMHO, coupled with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware, we may finally have an approach that will be hard to beat and won’t make my eight i7 cores with 16GB of memory run like a a Z80 (Look it up! Google is your friend!).

If you have any comments about this article, pro or con, bring ’em on. I love hearing from you and I want to know what you think.

Love ya, Poppy xxxxx

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