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Anti-Virus Guide -- Consider using an Internet service provider or email service that includes anti-virus and spam filtering as your first line of defense. Propagation of most malicious code (virus, Trojan & worm) is done by email and is designed to take advantage of weaknesses in Microsoft products. For a good overview, see Antivirus software, PC World Magazine, Australia, August 8, 2003. Anti-virus software is only as effective as its most recent update because it is inherently reactive treating "known" threats. So when you install anti-virus software, go to the vendor's web site and update the virus definitions immediately and then turn on the auto update feature.

Comparative Reviews

  • Bigger Threats, Better Defense, Mary Landesman, PC World, May 11, 2004, includes Anti-Virus testing of Eset NOD32, Grisoft AVG, McAfee, Panda, Norton & PC-cillin

  • Guard of honor [Kaspersky, Norton, McAfee & PC-cillin antivirus review], Bill Bennett, The Age, December 20, 2003
  • Antivirus: Norton Antivirus 2004 [editor's choice], also tested McAfee, Norman & ViRobot Expert, Jay Munro, PC Magazine, November 25, 2003
  • Pest Zappers, best buys Norton AntiVirus, Spybot Search & Destroy, and Ad-aware, reviews included eight anti-virus programs -- Boomerang Software EXtendia AntiVirus AVK Professional, F-Secure Anti-Virus 2003, GeCad Software RAV AntiVirus Desktop for Windows 8.6, Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal 4, Network Associates McAfee VirusScan 7 Home Edition, Panda Software Antivirus Platinum 7, Symantec Norton AntiVirus 2003, and Trend Micro PC-cillin 2003; and four anti-spyware programs -- Lavasoft Ad-aware Plus 6, PepiMK Software Spybot Search & Destroy 1.2, PestPatrol Software PestPatrol 4.2, and Webroot Software Spy Sweeper 1.5. Scott Spanbauer, PC Magazine, May 29, 2003.
  • PC Magazine 2003, Viruses: New Threats, New Defenses, editor's choice Norton, comparative review of McAfee, NOD32, Norton, Panda & PC-cillin, Greg Alwang, PC Magazine, April 22, 2003

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Anti-Virus Testing -- The importance of the information provided by these organizations is explained in Independent Antivirus Lab Testing, Michael Muchmore, PC Magazine, April 22, 2003; and in Continuous Protection, Cade Metz, PC Magazine, June 11, 2002.


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