If you do nothing else, use a security conscious DNS

The easiest way to protect yourself from malware etc is to use a DNS provider like quad9.net or nextdns.io. They filter all hostname requests thru databases they maintain and WON’T LET YOU go to a known bad host by just not resolving that hostname! Please, for your own sake, do it now.

I won’t go into details about DNS…if you need more info check https://www.cloudflare.com/learning/dns/what-is-dns/

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Windows Genuine Advantage is Spyware according to Windows Secrets

According to the 06/15/2006 edition of Windows Secrets Microsoft’s Genuine Adfvantage is spyware. I agree with him to a limited extent. And I find I’m getting more and more uneasy (less and less easy?) about dealing with Microsoft. I’ve got a spare laptop … maybe it’s time to install a good Linux distro on it.

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Antispyware apps

On the strength the recommendations from a few friends, I bought and installed Spyware Doctor. PC Magazine has supposedly recommended it but I can’t find the article for the life of me. Spywareinfo has a review of the product here along with a $10 discount code, good until July 28, 2005. Since I had just had a spyware scare, I took the plunge.

Why Spyware Doctor and not one of the others? Well, it seems that all of the good ones are going commercial and I’m not certain that Microsoft’s is as good as it could be. I use it at work and it seems to do a fine job but I dont’ get any positive feedback that it’s found anything, even though I do a full scan every day — and I just can’t believe I’m that clean. Anyway, if I’m going to pay for something, I want to make sure it’s doing the best job possible. Yes, I know the leaderboard changes frequently but, like I said, I had a scare and I wanted the best solution I could get NOW!

My results? So far, so good. It’s constantly removing cookies from a few of the more aggressive ad sites and I’ve already gotten one spyware update. It writes to other processes’ memory, though, and my firewall (Agnitum’s Outpost Firewall Pro) catches and complains about it. A small tweak to one of the firewall options shuts it up but I’m curious what Spyware Doctor’s doing. I’ll have to research that and post my findings.

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