Is your antivirus program actually protecting your computer?
by Cate Eales
Appeared June 11, 2012 on castanet.net
Not only does your computer need antivirus protection,
it needs that program properly configured. Also, Firefox 13 was released
and it works great.
Two antivirus programs are not better than one!
Here are the answers to three of the antivirus questions I’m most of the
- You should be running ONE antivirus + antispyware
- You should have the real time protection turned
- You should have it set to do a full scan daily.
You can pay as much as you want to for an antivirus
program, but there absolutely are good, free antivirus programs for home
users. (If you are using your computer for business, you might not be
entitled to use a free antivirus program.)
My current recommendation is Microsoft Security Essentials which is free
for home and small business users running Genuine Windows, is easy to
install, and just works without throwing ads or scary warnings at you.
read more about it here and you can
download a copy here.
My one knock on the product is that the default setting is to scan every
Sunday at 2 AM. That’s crazy.
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Change the Settings!
Once you’ve installed it, be sure to click on the
Settings tab and configure it to run every day at a time when your
computer is usually on.
My second favourite free antivirus is
Avast! available here. Avast! Comes in three flavours, only one of
them free. Make sure you know which one you are downloading and
installing. As with Microsoft Security Essentials --- or any antivirus
program --- check the settings and make sure you’ve turned on the daily
scan. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve visited a new customer only
to find the antivirus they think has been protecting them was never
No single antivirus + antispyware program, free or not, can possibly
protect your computer from everything all the time. In addition to that
program you should use an antimalware program which you run on demand
every so often.
SuperAntiSpyware is a good choice. So is
careful to download the free version of the program, not a trial version
unless you want to pay for it. Install it, and run a scan every week or
Firefox version 13 is nice and fast
Mozilla released Firefox 13 and it’s a major update! I’ve been using it
for a couple of days and it is way faster than version 12. Part of the
upgrade was a complete overhaul of the start page and the addition of a
New Tab feature to make Firefox behave more like Chrome and Internet
When you open a new tab in Firefox now you’ll see thumbnails of your
recently visited and frequently visited sites. You can add or remove
thumbnails from that page, or drag to reorder them. Some people really
love this and find it very handy. Others totally want to know how to
turn that feature off! (Click on the grid icon in the top right corner.)
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Firefox 13 New Tab page - click the grid to go back to
the old way
You can still use whatever start page you want, but the new default
start page places a Google search bar in the middle and icons linking to
your Downloads, Bookmarks, History, Settings and so on at the bottom of
the page. I’m still deciding if I like that or not.
All my add-ons from version 12 work with version 13 except my Evernote
WebClipper. I can’t be too mad at Firefox for this. Evernote has a habit
of being way behind in updates to the WebClipper. I have my fingers
crossed that they’ll issue an update soon.
If you’re using version 12, you’ll be offered the update automatically.
You can also click on Help | About Firefox and get the
update there, or
download it from the Firefox site. Watch a video about the new
If you really hate the way things look in the new version of Firefox,
make it look like the old version with this theme or
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sponsor me in the 30K Bikeathon June 16.
I am so grateful for your support. If you haven’t already signed up to
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contribution, large or small.
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