Laptop security update

February 18th, 2008 by Alistair MacDonald Leave a reply »

Over a year ago I blogged about how to protect your PC from viruses and spywhere. Time and technology has moved on and I will be updating this soon, but I thought I would note that I have changed the setup of my main laptop.

I was using McAfee VirusScan Plus (Special edition) that is available for free from AOL. This was doing a good job without hassle and I still recommend it as a free and simple solution. The problem was that it was slowing my commuter down, especially at boot time.

I had a look at Comodo that I found out about through a couple of podcasts. This looks like a very good “Intelligent” firewall, and the company now has a virus scanner is available in beta. Sadly my installation of Apache has a problem when it was installed so I have decided to leave it for now and test it properly later.

In the end I have rolled back to the Sunbelt personal firewall that was originally developed by Kerio.

For virus scanning I did not want a scanner that dramatically slowed down the computer and had almost resigned myself to having to leave any scanner disabled and enable it when I thought it was necessary. I am only prepared to do this because any email entering our network or stored on the server have already been checked. Interestingly the McAfee scanner only ever found things in the IE cache because of this.

I then read about the open source Moon Secure scanner. This scanner you can not actually turn off, but it is very fast, and appears to find the viruses found by the other scanners. This basic solution is all I need so I will be sticking with it for a while, seeing how it goes, and will report back later.


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