There have been a lot of viruses going around recently, so here's a couple of handy software packages that will let you scan your system for intruders.

- TrendMicro's Housecall is a web-based antivirus scanning service that will download and run through your web-browser. I prefer it to many other systems because it's all done online and there's never any need to download updates or new virus databases.

- Lavasoft's Ad-aware is available for free download, and it will detect all sorts of hidden advertising software that programs like Kazaa will install on your system without you even knowing it.

Anyone else have any free system utilities to recommend?

- Allen Glosson recommends Zone Alarm from Zone Labs as a great, free, firewall system. I use it also, and it's easy to use and quite effective.



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