Virus's are on the increase and more deadly than ever. Now I don't know the technicalities of how they do what they do but I reckon you've got to be pretty smart to write one and send it everywhere. Luckily I'm just a little bit smarter because I've purchased PC-Cillin and it kills the blighters DOA.
For a measly 29.99 my PC is very safe.
PC -Cillin comes as a complete suite which is very user friendly. It covers the 3 main areas of attack from viruses. These areas are E-Mail, Internet and files from floppies or CDs. The program is very thorough in its job and does take a little time to perform its scans; this will of course depend on how many files there are on your PC.
It checks for all know viruses and updates its virus files regularly through the internet. This update is free once you have purchased the program. Before purchasing you can get a free virus check from trend-Micro at trend micro.com. This should help you evaluate the properties of the program so you can decide whether to buy or not.
It also has a browser program which checks for malicious active X content and warns the user of active x content which can potentially seriously damage you PC
What about e-Mail I hear you say well surprise surprise PC-Cillin has that covered too. There are various levels of cover here and the user can define the scan to suit there needs. Any E-mail with a virus is quarantined and you then have the option to delete of remove the infected file or attachment.
It does a Real Time scan of your system on boot up then sits nice and comfy in your taskbar. One double clicks and you can scan your files, Check the quarantine list of virus's previously found and delete if required. Update through the internet which is usually un-necessary since it does this automatically once it has detected a connection has been made.
When you open your browser a pop up screen informs you that Web Security has been activated.
Whilst downloading your E-Mail pop3 Scan is done in the background and if an E-Mail has a virus it will catch it. I've tried other Anti-Virus programs like McAfee and Norton but I have found this to be the most user friendly and efficient.
The small penicillin like capsule in the taskbar can be used to switch either of the scan systems of or in fact switch PC-Cillin off. I found it quite amusing that they used a penicillin capsule as there logo, and find the name of the program a nice play on words. That aside this is a great package and definitely one of the best £30s Ive ever spent. It has served me very well, and in these days of identity theft and potential costly damage to you PC, dont you think it is about time that your PC got the JAB.
Introduction ----------------- Over the past few years the threat from viruses and worms has grown ever great untill the situation that we find ourselves in now with at least about one major virus scare every single month and with the range of files these virsuses can attack and their new attacks the threat overall to ones computer from these is now real and not just a statistical chance. Because of this I deceided to buy a virus scanning program for my pc and after several recomendations from friends I deceided on PC - cillin and I have not regretted this since. PC-cillin Specifications and Good Features ------------------------------------------- Secures against new, unknown, and script-based viruses through enhanced antivirus scanning PC-cillin's Personal Firewall provides adjustable security levels, a trusted site list, and port-blocking capabilities Secures all common attack and infection points -- removable media, the Internet, email, and even Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) Protects important information stored on your Personal Digital Assistant Friendly interface quickly familiarizes you with all of the powerful features Self-maintaining to insure that the most current security measures are in use (Above features are quote from the PC-cillin website) I deceided to go for PC-cillin for a number of reasons. Firstly unlike many other virus companies this company only charges you for the softtware once and although you can buy the latest version to get more features you can still get all the latest virus updates without doing this. This immediately sets it apart from most of the other virus companies which demand an ongoing subscription fee. Another feature I like about this virus scanner is the extreme speed at which they bring out new virus patches. Wheras most virus companies take a few days to bring out an update after a new virus is released pc-cillin brings out an upd
ate after just a few hours. One reason that they can produce updates so fast is they can usually get the viruses before other companies since they offer a free online virus scan. Allthough obviously this scan is nothing like the program it does allow them to find viruses quicker. Other features this program has is a real time scan (This scans anything that is currently running), e - mail scanner and a firewall (a device that protects one from hackers). Problems with PC-cillin ------------------------ The main problem with all this protection is that it does reduce the speed of the machine. On a new computer this is hardly noticable put on an old computer this can completely slow down your computer. If the latter is true I would definately suggest turning off the real time scanner since this is the main thing that slows ones computer down since it is running all the time. However if one does this then one should make sure the virus scanner does at least one complete scan everyday. Conclusion ---------------- What makes this program especially good is that it goes further than its competion as opposed too mearly doing the bear minimum. It also costs less than the competion at about £30 and that is without the need for a subscription. I would recommend this virus scan to anyone even if they have a free virus scanner since the level of protection of the free virus scanners is far less than PC-cillin and in today's world I suggest that, the level of protection of the free virus scans is too little.
Although I have had my Hewlett Packard M50 for over 2 years now, I still tend to coddle it. Therefore invitations to download exciting software, often free of charge, are generally ignored. As are the discs given away free in newspapers and magazines or popped through my letter box. However, with viruses apparently rampant during 2001, I viewed with great interest the offer from Trend PC-cillin of 90 days free trial. After this period I could install the virus protection for $29.95. I duly downloaded the PC-cillin, and sure enough, my computer appeared to be scanned with unfailing regularity. In fact the box which sprang onto my screen as I worked, informing me that my 'puter was being scanned for viruses became a little tedious. It also popped up when offline. It was because the problems began whilst offline, that I did not recognise their source. Now, although not a fan of computer games, I am addicted to Microsoft Freecell. In fact I am quite good at it now. I should be! Until I recently discovered Dooyoo, Freecell would keep me up at all hours. Gradually I found that that the little arrow directed by my mouse was moving more and more slowly. Eventually it stopped altogether. Anxiety set in as I believed that there may be something wrong with my computer. The problem ceased if I shut down the computer and started again. Then began similar troubles online. At this stage worse was to come. My computer regularly "froze". Not just the freezing which necessitated use of Ctrl/Alt/Delete and End Task. This was permafrost! I was left on more than one occasion with no option but to pull the plug; leaving me with lost work and an angry rebuke from my machine when it was switched on again. It didn`t take long for me to recognise that the symptoms began shortly after PC-cillin`s reassuring box appeared on my screen. The 56MB RAM of my HP has always been more than adequate for my needs, so I was not prepared to easily accept that downl
oading the virus protection system had overloaded the memory. Since Trend invites one to contact their customer services with queries, I promptly did so. In fact I gave up this idea when they had ignored my request for advice for the third time. I subsequently discovered that I could have disconnected the virus protection from my computer myself. But I am still finding my way around these things. So, I patiently waited for the end of the 90 day period and, Hey Presto! All was well again. Since this time some months ago, I have been free of problems. I have since been informed by email friends that they have experienced a variety of problems with virus protection systems. While prepared to accept that this software may work for some, I shall in future take care opening my mail and keep my fingers crossed.