For Godsake, FIRE Norton and McAfee!

January 11, 2007 at 8:57 am (Cool Tech, Internet tech, Rent Me)

Paying for software stinksThere’s no good, valid reason to keep paying for their crapware. Follow these links, and get yourself some really good, free (yes, it’s free!) software to protect your Windows PC. Here we go….

Anti-Virus: AVG Free Edition (Grisoft)

Anti-Spyware: Ad-Aware SE Personal (Lavasoft)

Anti-Spyware: SpyBot Search and Destroy (Safer Networking Ltd.)

(Generally folks use both – one catches what the other might miss)

Personal Firewall: ZoneAlarm (Zone Labs)

If you have any questions about any other possible spyware killer products, check the list of “rogue” anti-spyware at Spyware Warrior. I know for a fact, through personal use, that SpyBot and Ad-Aware are legitimate, and do what they say they do.

If you’re feeling a little more courageous, try a better browser – Mozilla Firefox – and a better e-mail program – Thunderbird. If you have an occasional need for word processing, spreadsheets, and so on, but don’t have the spare $100-150 plus to send to Bill Gates, try Open Office.

And should you be well and truly fed up with Billy G, check out a user-friendly alternative to Windows – Ubuntu Linux.

There’s a lot of really excellent free software out there on the net. Why buy Bill an even bigger house? Bah. Nuts to him.

UPDATE:

Hey, if you want any help with setting this stuff up, and you are in the Portland / Vancouver area, you can always hire me. I work cheaply and quickly, and for what you save by not buying Norton, you can easily afford me.

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1 Comment

  1. lordhelpus said,

    Looks like David Berlind of ZDNet has a similar problem with pre-installed crapware on new PCs…

    What if car dealerships said “Seat belts? Oh, those’ll cost you extra”? by ZDNet‘s David Berlind — Without namin’ names (I’ve noticed it on so many systems, it’s not worth singling out one company), I’m wondering whether the practice of including a limited subscription to an anti-malware (primarily anti-virus) in new computers is a crappy way to treat customers. On several new systems that I’ve had a chance to check out, I’ve […]

    McAfee, Norton, and others pay money to system builders such as Dell and Gateway, to have trial versions of their bloatware included on new computers. I can understand why they do it, but I sure don’t agree with the method. The end result is that, if a user is anything other than a raw newbie, the new computer ends up being “cleaned” before it can be used – removing AOL, MSN, Norton or McAfee, and lord knows what else FIRST. What a pain in the neck!

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