a project of Different Internet Experience Ltd. It was founded by David
Matoušek in March 2006 with a small group of young people, mostly university
students, who were interested in the Internet, security and other computer
related topics. The group's focus was on security related
projects and providing
specific services to
The group established various business connections with world-class
security software vendors and helped them creating the most secure solutions
on the market.)
and the second dotted link is a pdf-report on what McAfee can do (very
little) and fails to do (a lot).
Also, you may find your own security suite under the first link, for these
people investigated and reported a lot.
So... I have removed McAfee from my harddisk, and will now list and briefly
comment on programs that may replace it or parts of it, or that simply do what
it fails to do or do it better or both.
Before doing so, I should once again refer you to yesterday's
Nederlog, and specifically to its section 2, for other programs that I have found
to be very
So to continue yesterday's list here are four
programs (or suits thereof) all concerned with security, all good as far as I
can see, and recommended and used by many on the internet (you should check it
out for yourself, if you are interested!) and that all are available in a free
version (that I use, for I am anonymous on the net, which includes not making
payments by means of the net (*)) and also in a paid version,
that in most cases allow you to get direct personal support by phone.
First, there is (a link to its site)
This says about the program
WinPatrol takes snapshot of your critical system resources and alerts you to
any changes that may occur without your knowledge. WinPatrol was the pioneer in
using a heuristic behavioral approach to detecting attacks and violations of
your computing environment. It continues to be one of the most powerful system
monitors while staying a single small program.
As a robust SECURITY MONITOR , WinPatrol will alert you to hijackings, malware
attacks and critical changes made to your computer without your permission. As a
MULTI PURPOSE SUPPORT UTILITY WinPatrol replaces multiple system utilities with
its enhanced functionality.
It worked OK with me, though I did not make it go through difficult tests. In
any case - unlike McAfee, again - it gives you a lot of information about your
computer, which is what I want from a security program: I want to see what is on
my disks; what processes are running; what is automatically started up with
Second, there is (a link to its site)
This seems to be a very good firewall, and at least it has that reputation
and many users and also many recommendations by securty sites I like. It says
PC Tools Firewall Plus is a powerful free personal firewall for
Windows® that protects your computer by preventing unauthorized users from
gaining access to your computer through the Internet or a network. By monitoring
applications that connect to the network Firewall Plus can stop Trojans,
backdoors, keyloggers and other malware from damaging your computer and stealing
your private information.
and it has a nifty interface (unlike McAfee) and (also unlike McAfee) shows
you a lot about your computer; what it blocked; how to make it block things and
Third, there is (a download link)
I quote from a review of it on the page I supplied the link for:
This utility offers a one-stop-shop for cleaning and
maintaining your computer for better overall system performance.
The interface is very simple, featuring only a few buttons, which
makes it easy to get down to cleaning immediately (in fact, it
automatically runs on start-up) and doesn't confuse you with
The Maintain Windows section focuses on four areas of
maintenance: spyware removal, Registry cleaning, a privacy sweep,
and deletion of junk files. The Diagnose System button provides
system optimization tools, detects spyware, defragments your
disk, and scans for hijacked Windows settings. In our tests the
scan and clean for each of these areas took less than 10 minutes
to complete. In many of these scans, it is difficult to tell what
exactly is being accomplished by some of the tools, but we were
able to test against other trusted apps, which confirmed Advanced
SystemCare's efficacy in those areas.
Indeed, the last sentence accords with my experience. This suite
comes with a lot of utilities, and the only two complaints I have
is that the Maintain and Diagnose options mentioned in the last
paragraph of the above quotation don't give much explanations nor
many or any options.
Fourth and last, there is (a link to its site)
This seems a lot better than McAfee and it certainly looks better and gives
more help. They claim 80 million users, and also offer a paid edition. This
seems good, and has many recommendations on the net, and again tells one much
more than McAfee does, that basically tells nothing and shows nothing and
requires its user to have faith, which I have little of anyway, and not at all
in security software that hardly does anything and hardly gives any information.
So... the above and the programs I mentioned yesterday should at least help
you to get some good security, and gives me better security than I had with
Very probably you don't need all of them, but I have found all of them
helpful in some respects, at some point. And all are free, and seem to do what
they are supposed to do well, and also do not seem to do anything else, which is
at least as important.
2. Interesting information, tutorials and sites about
security - con'd
Now for some more information about Windows - and this continues what I wrote
yesterday, of which I repeat
since that does give a lot of information about lots of aspects of Windows in
its many tutorials.
Next, there is this for Windows XP users (link to the opening of the site)
This is an extensive site, that opens with an Index you should have a look
at, which is the start of lots of clear and well written information
about Windows XP.
What I have seen and read was well done and helpful, and the only negative
point is that the site has on quite a few places "Recommended: Click here to run
a FREE system scan", which is to software of a firm - liutilities - I
have come to dislike, since it tells you (perhaps) what is wrong (some), and
then refuses to do anything about it without payment.
That is not a way of doing or getting busines I like: Trust is earned,
Also, since I have bumped quite a few times into this company, and other ones
like it, such as CyberDefender, you should know that (1) in each and any
case this game was tried out on me it turned out there were other free
utilities that could diagnose the problem AND repair it and (2) my own
reaction is invariably the same, since no field of enterprise is as full of
phoneyness, scams, and con games as is the software enterprise, namely that I
immediately dump such firms and remove their software.
And indeed, I am pleased to tell that my present safety-software seems to
block access to this company on my computer, which is fine with me.
So... I should repeat another link I provided yesterday, simply because it is
highly instructive, and also because it explicitly warns against
masquerading as Anti-Spyware:
Finally, having had an elderly geek, here is fine information about Windows
by a young geek (in the form of a link to the site which has the information)
This says about itself
TweakGuides.com is devoted to providing you with a range of detailed tweak
guides to help you understand and optimize your computer. The place to start is
with the TweakGuides Tweaking Companion, a free PDF guide for Windows XP
and Windows Vista
and indeed that Companion is really well done, and was five years in the
making, and almost certainly will tell you a lot about Windows you did
not know, even if you've used it for over a decade (like I have).
The Tweaking Companion comes in the form of a pdf-file (one can only get at
the above place) and is well worth reading or at least perusing, as it almost
certainly will tell you a lot about Windows you didn't know, and that may be
3. In conclusion
It seems to me that the present and yesterday's
Nederlog should interest nearly everyone who runs Windows XP, and that
these two files contain or link to a lot of useful information and
software relating to your and my computer security.
I hope it may be of some use to you, and I can assure you all the
software I have mentioned and praised helped me improve the running of my
computer (for it really is faster and smoother, and I am finally fairly
confident that it does not contain malware or viruses anymore, and almost
certain that it contains no known viruses or malware), whereas much of the
information I provided links to was new to me, while I found considerable
Also, I am even more confident that what is urgently needed are a new
internet restricted to personal and educational computing. for which see my
that also has more information about good programs (some duplicated in
Nederlogs of this month), and that what is as urgently needed is regulation and
legal bindings of what is happening on the net, for which see
The last link is to a Dutch Nederlog-file I wrote and uploaded October 2
last, and to a section with a title that translates into English as "How
personal privacy is being plundered and pimped" - for it turns out that over
the last few years commercial marketeers have secretively gathered personal
information of all kinds about more than half a billion people on earth, and
more than half of all Dutchmen, which they hope to sell to such other noble
commercial enterprises like banks and insurance firms, so that these can exploit
you to the limit of your tolerance and bankaccount.
In brief, if you are a Dutch adult who has surfed the net for some time,
you probably will be in at least some commercial secret database -
with your income, your personal preferences and dislikes, your health (they
boast they know the level of cholesterol in your blood), your friends, your
birthday, the names and ages of your children, your bank, the amount of your
outstanding loans, your political and sports affiliations ... in short: with
whatever may eventually be of help, now or in the future, for any
commercial salesperson who is willing to buy such secretively gathered personal
information about you, to con you as well as they can, while smiling and
smiling like a vilain.
"All this information was gathered legally", these thieves of your privacy
will confidently instruct their lawyers to tell you, and indeed it was, for so
far such things are not forbidden nor legally regulated, as they urgently
should, for this is nothing but spying and intruding into your and my
personal privacy, for no reason at all, except to squeeze maximal commercial
profit out of you and me.
P.S. I am well aware that much of the above starts being interesting
to you only after you've been hit by a virus or malware, and that you much
rather read about other things than the intricacies of Windows.
Indeed, I agree mostly, but then I have been hit by malware, and it created
a lot of problems for me, and I lost a considerable amount of data and
money because of it.
This was part of the reason to find out what was summarized above, which
turns out to be also at least somewhat interesting if you are interested at all
in what makes your computer work (or malfunction).
And anyway there is a reason you should be interested in computer security,
proactively also, because (1) if you are hit, you may be hit badly, and where it
hurts a lot, and (2) even if you are not hit at all, and have excellent
security, then still you are being continuously tracked and traced by all manner
of commercial or criminal firms (if you let them, and also if you don't), that
gather all manner of private information about you, in order to sell it to
others, so that they may exploit you commercially as profitably as they can.
(*) The main reason is that I have been very credibly
threatened with murder by Amsterdam drugsdealers, who were - and as far as I can
see, still are - protected by the Amsterdam mayor, aldermen and municipal
police, and who still florish in Amsterdam. If you read Dutch, the story is in
ME in Amsterdam - and if you are
inclined to disbelieve me, as well you may, you should consider that the Amsterdam
mayor, aldermen and municipal police all know about me and my complaints, which
are criminal slander if false, and refuse to answer even my letters and mail,
and when it was happening, refused to answer
the letters of lawyers, demanding