Subscriber Buck Bailey wrote me recently to ask for help:
Don’t know if you answer inquiries or not, but here goes. Even with active AVG anti-virus working, I seem to have picked up a nuisance virus. My AOL mail is sending out occasional mail with an advertisement link to my mail list. Tim’s checked it out, but the problem is still there. I know this because I have received some "undelivered mail" from AOL, and have verified it from a couple af addressees. I have AVG, Ccleaner, and SuperAntiSpyware protection. Any comment would be appreciated.
I wrote back to Buck to give him a suggestion.
It’s possible that the problem is not actually on Buck’s computer. The slime-balls that infect computers in order to send spam also fake the sender’s name and other identifying data. Some even send fake "undelivered mail" notices to get you to open them, read them, and click on a link to infect you.
Assuming he’s right about the spam actually coming from his computer, I think its time to change his protection.
I’m a firm believer in "you get what you pay for" in antivirus, antispyware and firewall software. I don’t use any of the free antivirus software and haven’t in years – after an experience in which it was not only obvious but also stated by one of the "free" software companies that the free users got their virus definitions one or more days after the "paid users."
Buck is a longtime subscriber, so I’m sure he knew what my answer was going to be. The antivirus/antispyware program I use and recommend is Sunbelt Software’s VIPRE Antivirus + Antispyware.
VIPRE is available with a fully-functioning 30-day free trial. At the end of the trial, or before that if you choose, you can buy a license for VIPRE.
Sunbelt offers licenses for single or multiple computers, an unlimited site license for your home computers, and one-, two- or three-year licenses.
VIPRE is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP and with Windows 2000, Windows 2008 Server and Windows 2003 Server.