Re: [gardeners] virus heads-up

George Shirley (
Fri, 22 Aug 2003 12:03:00 -0500

A firewall only incidentally catches viruses, it's primary aim is 
stopping unauthorized intrusion into your system. Zone Alarm catches as 
many as 500 attempts per day on my system. Some are legit, as from my 
ISP doing checks, many are just sites I've visited pinging me, others 
are malicious and many are attempts at spyware or adware additions. I 
wouldn't be without my firewall as my system is always on line. ADSL 
from the ISP. Zone Alarm and Norton work together along with MailWasher 
(spam catcher) and help to keep my system clean. In all the years I have 
been online I have never (knock on wood) had a virus, worm, or Trojan. 
(Says a quick prayer under his breath.)

As a bonus, Zone Alarm allows me to track the attempt back to the 
original if I want to. It's also fairly easy to use if you follow the 
instructions. In addition there's a free version at


Janni wrote:

> I don't use a firewall of any sort. Norton catches and quarantines them. 
> I like that so I can read the headers.
> At 07:49 AM 8/22/03 -0700, you wrote:
>> Question: Does your Norton firewall not protect you from such? So far, 
>> it and the several patches I have downloaded from Windows have worked 
>> very effectively.
>> Ron