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PC-Cillin antivirus application

by Elizabeth Bostin

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 useless.

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 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.

Elizabeth Boston
Moderator/Senior Editor
The NOSPIN Group


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