Friday, April 14, 2006
One big problem with broadband is the fact that its "always on" feature means that it's got a static IP address. Dialup, on the other hand, is all about dynamic IP addresses. If you're going to be a target, it's better to be a moving one.
And the reason for the 4 month old databases: your installation package was probably created 4 months ago with the databases that were current at the time.
Security should be based on prevention and prevention can only work if people stop surfing in suspicious websites. Prevention will work only if people stop clicking on anything that is animated and colorful on their screen. It is natural that people will get infected if they go after porno sites, cheats, casino stuff and download programs which they have not doubled checked whether they are trustworthy. People get infected only because they are not security aware and not because there is a conspiracy behind this. They just dont care.
It is not true that there are no good firewalls. Kerio Firewall is an excellent and extremely powerful firewall. It can be unistalled perfectly ok without any problems.
You simply cannot handle your operating system in a correct way. These problems do not arise unless you have really messed up your system. And who knows what else you have done with it.
Blacklight is a great program, the best rootkit revealer out there.
Viruswitch, believe me when I say that Charles is probably one of the few North American males never to visit a porno site or any sort, do online gaming, or do online gambling. :-)
Thing is, if Blacklight just detects rootkits, why does it need to be so huge? Or are there as many rootkits out there as there are regular viruses, and each needing a new definition/cure? (It wouldn't surprise me if there were, actually.)
I think the stock market counts as gambling, PW, so I can't say I am completely innocent.
But it's true that as much as I admire the female form, I dislike the XXX commercialized format. All my anti-virus/anti-spyware is up to date. And I download very little: certainly nothing dicey.
That's not good enough nowadays. You can get malware by IM, by clicking on a normal-seeming website, or even by someone finding a port on your computer that isn't tightly guarded and sending it to your direct.
Viruswitch, the F-Secure product under discussion is (as Sami says) a security suite. It includes anti-virus, a firewall, parental controls, e-mail scanner, anti-spam etc.
It sucks, bigtime.
I have just now managed to yank out enough of the tentacles to be able to return to my former firewall. But it wasted three days.
BTW, some people like Kerio. Plenty don't.
I am not a geek, but if a piece of software causes me trouble, it will causes other people a lot more trouble.
My guess is there are a few other people who have these problems. Whatever one can say, any vendor who offers a trial version and provides miserable support is not likely to provide better support after you give thm the money.
I am not talking about you personally since I do not know you. But people in general get infected due to reckless surfing, due to an internet behaviour, which is not within the limits of reason because these people either do not have the necessary education on security or do not wish to accept it.
It has been 2 years since I last got a piece of malware (which did not even activate itself) and that was because I deliberately surfed in suspicious site. Apart from that nothing comes through the fortress of my pc. Why? Due to my antivirus? No. I even consider antivirus and firewall unnecessary if the pc is patched, windows and browser settings correctly set and one knows that the sites one visits are trustworthy.
I am not sure why they did not respond to your email. I also despise bad support. However, they always reply my emails when I sent feedback and problems related to blacklight and viruses.
You do not need to be a novice computer user to mess up your pc. It can happen to anyone, a small incompatibility between two running programs, errors from wrongly installed drivers, remains of registry keys, running processes or temp files etc from long erased programs can all lead to a great destruction. Sometimes the reason cannot even be identified. Windows is just windows.
I don't think it's so that the size of this security suite is because of rootkits. F-Secure brought out a wonderful little app to nail rootkits and it couldn't have been more than half a meg. The security suite is, if I recall, 60 Megs zipped. That's getting biiiiig.
While it's true that most people get infected off of reckless surfing, it's also true that malware threats have started to get far more creative.
With my current firewall, every release says it increases system stability. This has been going on for four years. So, I think it's a widespread issue.
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