This week, I decided to try out a different anti-virus program,
PC-Cillin. You can download a 30 day free trial of PC-Cillin at:
I downloaded and installed the program with no problems. I decided not
to purchase it yet, but try it out and see how I like it. One of the
things the program talks about, is that PC-Cillin can be used as an
internet filtering tool. I was interested in that because I often am
asked what parents can do to keep their kids from going to places on
the internet that they should not go. I was disappointed to find out
that in order to block any sites, you have to enter the URL. If I was
to try and find all the undesirable sites and enter the URLs, it
would take me the rest of my life, so I dismissed that tool as
PC-Cillin has been running quietly in the background for several days
now, and I have not noticed any slow down in my system as a result.
There are three helpful "features" to PC-Cillin that you can turn on
or off. Just double click on the PC-Cillin icon in the system tray
(the little indented area with the clock in the lower right hand
corner of your screen) and you will see several options. "Enable Web
Filter", "Enable POP3 Scan" and "Enable Web Security".
If you have the first two options turned on, you will get this
annoying little window pop up every time you access a web page or
check your e-mail. I had them on at first, I could live with the pop
up window, and perhaps it goes away after you pay for the program.
However, three times since installing PC-Cillin the mail server names
on my e-mail accounts has been changed from mail.server.com to
"localhost". I found this easy to fix, but it is not something the
average computer user would know how to do. I have now turned off the
web filter and POP3 scan. So far, the problem has not returned, and I
don't have to put up with the annoying little pop up window.
The NOSPIN Group