May 9, 2006
Dear CNET members,
Today with spyware wreaking havoc on the computing world, I personally feel as though spyware has stolen the spotlight from viruses. With viruses, you run one solid antivirus app, and as long as the virus definitions are up-to-date, you're pretty much in good shape. But spyware--scum that it is--can come in all shapes and sizes, hitting from all directions. Even some of the savviest computer users can get infected. As today's spyware becomes sneakier and more sophisticated than ever, what do you do to protect your machine? Do you stick with one antispyware utility or run a laundry list of them? Are there specific tasks or routines to ensure a safe computing environment? But before you step up to the plate and tell us your defense against spyware, read the latest CNET Download.com security discussion: "What's the best antispyware weapon?" and see what others have already chimed in to say. Members are always looking for that extra edge to stop spyware in its tracks, so this is your chance to help us out and share your selective weapons and methods to combat scumware.
This week's hot topic:
Best antispyware weapon
As spyware grows more and more sophisticated, even the savviest Internet users are getting hit. In the latest CNET Download.com security discussion, "What's the best antispyware weapon?", many of you contributed your methods to this madness by sharing your favorite utilities and routines to keep spyware out.
Being proactive is key
As someone who has four PCs to keep clean, CNET member Smoaky believes being proactive rather than reactive in protection is the most important step to take. There's nothing to remove if it can't get on your system in the first place. He offers a few solutions in his post.
Read Smoaky's full post in CNET TalkBack
Paranoia keeps me clean
CNET member hyper viper's friends say he's paranoid running so many antispyware programs, but their computers are getting infected with malware while his system remains clean. Do you think hyper viper is going overboard? Or is it just smart protection?
Read hyper viper's full post in CNET TalkBack
Combination of utilities is best
To ensure he doesn't miss anything, CNET member Daveho runs a combination of different antispyware programs at different times. Most tasks are scheduled, so he doesn't have to worry about forgetting to run a scan. This method gives him peace of mind, but do you think it's enough?
Read Daveho's full post in CNET TalkBack
Which antispyware tools do you depend on? Is there a strict regimen that you stick with to prevent spyware/adware from latching on to your computer? Read the latest Download.com discussion: "What's the best antispyware weapon?" and share with us what you use and do to prevent nasty spyware invasions.
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