Thought you were getting a great free software download? You probably were, but you probably got a "spyware" right along with it in the bargain. Rid your computer of all that nasty "spyware" that reports all your surfing habits to internet marketing companies who later bombard you with spam. Download the free
"Ad Aware" at Lavasoft and run it regularly. You will be amazed at the number of spywares running on your computer unbeknownst to you.
The premium (yet free) download in spyware removal software has to go to Spybot's Search & Destroy. For heavy downloaders or file sharers, this software is an absolute must. What AdAware can't find, Spybot definitely will.
For a free virus software that protects not only your computer, but your email, as well, visit Grisoft and download their AVG software. You will also get free regular virus updates.
Want an internet answering machine to take your calls while you surf? Call Wave provides you with a free one, so that you can hear who is calling while you're online and decide whether or not you want to disconnect from the Net to call them back.
Feel the need to protect your computer from hackers? No, well you should! Zone Alarm has a free version of their pro firewall software that you can download to do just that. Read the article about firewalls HERE.
Got a favorite free download that you would like to share? Send it to us to post here along with your name and a link to your web site.
"I just hate it when people send me viwuses!"
Free Online Virus Scan: After running 5 other virus software scans, this scan found about 20 they had missed. THE BEST I HAVE FOUND! http://www.ravantivirus.com/scan/ See the button to scan on this page.
Trojan Remover: If it's a trojan you've found on your computer, a lot of virus softwares either won't find them, or can't heal them. This trojan remover "Swat It" is free and it will get rid of all of them. download it here: http://lockdown2000.com/bots/downloadswatit.html
Trend Micro's free online virus scanner- Find 'em-heal 'em! http://housecall.trendmicro.com/
Virus Definitions, Updates, Software & Cures: http://www.symantec.com/
McAfee Security - Free virus scan & Information: http://www.mcafee.com/myapps/msk/default.asp
The Virus Information Center serves as a resource, containing detailed information on viruses, worms, Trojans, and hoaxes. http://www3.ca.com/virusinfo/
CAUCE - Coalition Against Unsolicited SPAM Commercial E-Mail: http://www.cauce.org/
A guide to SPAM laws: http://www.spamlaws.com/
Spam: Where to Complain About Frauds & Scams on the Internet http://www.elsop.com/wrc/complain.htm
Spam Abuse: Fighting Spam on the Internet: http://spam.abuse.net/spam/
the SPAM Recycling Center - Get rid of your SPAM here: http://www.spamrecycle.com/
Forward your Spam to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The best virus scanner on the Net. Click on the RAV button to scan your computer.
Your freedom--at what price? If you ask Canadian-based Zero Knowledge Systems (ZKS), the company will tell you that Freedom costs $49.95. Freedom is a relatively new way of anonymously surfing the Internet, and the technology is creating a stir on many fronts. For end users, Freedom is an application that you install on your workstation to redirect significant portions of your network traffic through a complex network of proxy servers over an encrypted transport. Freedom prevents discovery of the exact path that the traffic takes, as well as your real IP address. Freedom dynamically chains proxy servers together and forces traffic to hop between no less than three proxies before that traffic reaches its final destination. So what's the point? Anonymity. Freedom is the first product I've seen that stretches the boundaries of anonymity to a realistically acceptable level. Without the assistance of ZKS and Freedom server operators, a Web site can't trace users to their origin, and ZKS collects no substantial information on any user that can identify that user. The fact that a user can remain anonymous has US law enforcement concerned at local and federal levels. And I suppose the fact that ZKS is outside of US jurisdiction doesn't make US law officials feel any better about this new tool.
Law enforcement officials worry that users will use Freedom to commit crimes such as sending abusive email, spreading child pornography, or trading pirated software. And although officials are probably justified in that concern, their concern has little to do with the Freedom product in my opinion. For example, you might worry about getting mugged or shot, but that worry is no reflection on the Smith and Wesson gun company; it's a reflection of the shooter and the people responsible for properly raising that shooter in today's society. So to me, the law enforcement concerns are moot points. Law enforcement officials are barking up the wrong tree. I think Freedom provides a valuable service to the community. So many agencies are trying to chip away at our privacy in America that I think Freedom might force some kind of showdown. With so much attention focusing on the new Freedom network, it's likely that in the near future, the free world will have to draw more definitive legal lines in the sand regarding privacy.
I've always thought that privacy was a commonsense issue based on mutual respect; that's how I think about any kind of weaponry, no matter how subtle--computers and networks included. But someone else's perceived need for information and control often outweighs respect for privacy. As a result, our First and Second Amendment rights in America remain under acute attack, all in the name of improving society. Were it not for the misconstrued ideals of these privacy violators, ZKS probably wouldn't have needed to create Freedom in the first place. How ironic. So if you need anonymity on the Internet, check out the Freedom Network. But be advised, Freedom currently runs only on Windows 9x. A Windows NT version, as well as Linux and Mac versions, are in the works. Be prepared; however, as surfing through a proxy service will definitely slow down your surfing.
Moving right along...
Internet security is frail, to say the least. Protect yourself and your information by running the latest browser versions, either Netscape or Microsoft Internet Explorer; keep your updates updated, run a firewall software (see right hand column "Zone Alarm") periodically check for spybots and spyware (see right hand column for "Spyware") and last but by no means least, you can surf anonymously.
After doing some research, I found a couple of sites where you can surf anonymously at no charge. You can begin your surfing with them and no one will know your surfing habits, nor will they even know that you are online, so they can try and hack into your computer.
Those sites are:
Net Hush: A free anonymous surfing service. It's a proxy between you and the server, so you make no connections to the page you request, and your personal information is not given out. net HUSH can also be used to bypass the proxy servers of businesses, schools, and other organizations, to display pages which normally couldn't be shown. Start at the top of the page by filling in the url where you want to begin surfing, i.e. "http://yahoo.com. http://www.safeproxy.org/
Nony Mouse: (My own favorite.) Many mice surf the web under the illusion that their actions are private and anonymous. Unfortunately, it isn't so. Every time you visit a site for a piece of cheese, you leave a calling card that reveals where you're coming from, what kind of computer you have, and other details. And many cats keep logs of all your visits, so that they can catch you! This service allows you to surf the web without revealing any personal information. http://nonymouse.com/anonwww.html
Send Private Email From These Sites:
ZipLip: Do you need to send a confidential E-mail? If you're worried about snoops taking a peek at your message, then try this free service. ZipLip uses advanced SSL encryption techniques that protect your confidentiality. When you send a E-mail from ZipLip, it is protected by a password that is stored in an encrypted format. Only when your recipient supplies the correct password is your message decrypted and delivered to the recipient. https://www.ziplip.com/
Hush Mail: Are you worried about the privacy of your E-mail? You should be, given the security woes that plague E-mail these days. A free Web-based E-mail service, HushMail offers 1024-bit technology encryption for your messages and attachments. (Note that your recipient must also be a HushMail user for you to take advantage of the 1024-bit encryption feature). Service is available in English, French and German. For Windows only. See: http://www.hushmail.com/
Learn about using Internet "remailer" services to protect your privacy at: http://www.andrebacard.com/remail.html
Learn all about electronic privacy at: http://www.epic.org/
This informational site shows you what web sites can find out about you. Has quite much information about the whole topic. http://www.privacy.net/
There is one thing you should always remember regarding your Internet privacy, when in doubt: "DON'T!" If you are not using a secure server, and are not running a good firewall software, and your software updates are not current, just say "No" to sending your personal information across the world wide web. Cause all in all, you can always count on at least one adept hacker out there just waiting for your information.
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I don't know about you, but if there is one thing I hate, it's SPAM (unsolicited email), especially when it is served up with a virus. Lately, I have been bombarded with both. As such I have researched, as best I can, how to stop it.
Hopefully, your virus software will catch the emailed virus. After it does, open it BUT DO NOT OPEN ANY ATTACHMENT. (Windows XP Instructions Here) Windows 2000 and earlier version instructions following: Just open the email. Then, click on VIEW in the menu bar, and then OPTIONS. Under MENU HEADER, you will see a large amount of text such as the following:
(this is the header text below contained in a virus email I received)
To determine where the email originated, you will need to find the number of the ISP, which is generally the last set of numbers on the "received from" line. See the blue text above. Take those numbers, highlight them, right click in the shaded area and copy the numbers. As the spammer would like you to believe, this email DOES NOT originate from the email address shown in the header.
Next, go to this site to find who owns that ISP. http://combat.uxn.com/ In the first open dialogue box on the page "Worldwide Whois" right click in the box and paste the numbers you copied in the box provided. Click on QUERY to see which ISP it is. You will automatically be taken to a page which will show you the name of the ISP where the email originated. (If whois is not available to look up the domain, here is another place to find the owner of the ISP: http://www.broadband-help.com/cm_diagnosewhois.asp.
Some of the time, the informational page will show you who you can email the header to, so that you can report the email abuse, such as "email@example.com." If it doesn't tell you where to send it, just email your complaint to "abuse" at their domain name, and it should get there, i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have been sent approximately 30 emails containing viruses in the past two days. Gratefully, my free updatable virus software has caught each and every one. If you don't have a reliable virus software, I strongly urge you get one. You can find instructions for downloading the free AVG Grisoft in the right-hand column on this page. It is also an undatable software and there is no charge for the updates.
Thus far, I have reported more than 50 such emailed viruses, (originating from about 6 ISP's) and all of the ISP's have been very helpful and have put a stop to the majority of the emails because I DID report them.
Viruses are more rampant than ever, and are being spread in .dat, .bat and .exe files, to name just a few. They come in the form of free screensavers, or sometimes even as a link to unsubscribe to their email list. They can also come in a notepad document, so, be very careful what you click on.
This situation with viruses will not get better until each one of us does what we can to combat the sick minds out there who have nothing more to do than to try and destroy someone's computer and all the contents thereon.
Below you will find numerous links about how to combat SPAM and viruses and where to rid yourself of both. Please do what you can to keep this threat from growing and ultimately destroying the integrity of the World Wide Web.