You might try Galadriel, who runs tutorials here and has had a lot of value to say on system protection.
Here are some of Galadriel's most recent posts. I was surprised to see that Galadriel is no longer recommending AdAware, preferring Microsoft.
fuzzywuzzy6, I appreciate the kind words, I do.
This has taken me by surprise I must say, I am rendered speechless (those who know me, know that doesn't happen often).
And while my presence has obviously been noted, and noticed, I have to set a few things in perspective. I don't run tutorials here, Grinler, the owner does. I am however part of the staff, I mostly stick to the malware removal training we do here. I try to help when and where I can when time permits, which is why you'll find odd posts here and there in the AV/AS forums and occasionally in the Am I Infected forum. I do have opinions and insight on certain subjects regarding security because of my experiences in communities similar to this one. I've been active in forums and malware removal and prevention for just under 6 years now at several prominent boards like this one (although I still think BC is one of the best I've had the opportunity to peruse and 'work' at.)
I don't have all the answers though, no one does. In fact, some days I feel tiny compared to my colleagues. The pool of knowledge and expertise here is incredible and I am humbled and honoured to be here among everyone. And that includes every member here. Not just the staff.
The Lavasoft support site is indeed down. I only know this because like many others I tried to load the page earlier and couldn't get there. (I've just been told by one of the LS admins that it is due to an ISP problem, and not Lavasoft's servers, they are trying to get it corrected).
As for me having any insight there.... well some would say that me and Lavasoft have had quite a history, and many of the old gang I used to 'hang with' would probably spurt whatever was in their mouth upon reading this. Considering that I was for a long time 'affiliated' to one of their biggest competitors (Spybot S&D).
Oh the irony! I no longer have such affiliation though.
My philosophy is to get the job done, no matter what's required, and I actually prefer recommending safe surfing habits and basic common sense in regards to security. The days of one shot fixes are long gone, and malware has become nastier and nastier with time, and even the best anti-malware/spyware programs get thrown for loops in today's online war. I don't however remember recommending Microsoft as an anti-spyware though, on that one, I'm totally clueless.
This has been quite entertaining. It took me at least 20 minutes to recover from the laughing fit I had upon reading this.
Thanks for the support though, I might get a raise out of this!
Edited by Galadriel, 30 December 2008 - 10:55 PM.
added info about ISP issue