17 March, 2009
Fighting the Trojans
So, three nights, now, I've been doing battle with the Trojans. Where they came from, I don't know - probably one of Microsoft's infamous security flaws, coupled with the fact that one of the buggers seems to have been clever enough to knock out McAfee. (Rather reminds me of the guard dog I owned once. She actually got stolen. That's one pathetic guard dog, and McAfee's one pathetic program, although it worked fine until now.)
Thanks to you lot and your help with me stepmum's computer lo these many months ago, I knew just where to go: Spybot Search and Destroy. I tried Ad-Aware, too, but it requires someone who knows what the fuck they're looking at. So does Hijack This. Spybot's been fighting valliantly on the front lines, all by its lonesome because McAfee apparently has decided that Virtumonde isn't adware. The thing about Virtumonde is, when you remove one bit, it's already seeded itself elsewhere.
Avast is awesome.
Aside from their hideous sounds - I mean, for fuck's sake, is it really necessary to have some fucker screaming "Virus!" at you while sirens wail? But that's easily disabled. And I've been watching it play whack-a-mole with Virtumonde all night.
It doesn't just quarantine, it kills.
And it appears to have been made for novices such as myself. It's not quite as mindless as McAfee, but it doesn't require much effort to understand and use. And it doesn't seem to suck quite as much memory, which is nice.
Between SpyBot and Avast, I don't think the trojans stand a chance.