Re: [gardeners] virus heads-up

Janni (
Fri, 22 Aug 2003 12:57:53 -0500

Zone Alarm is known to report false/positive pings. I used to use 
MailWasher, but when the sender's address is bogus, it doesn't get sent 
back. That is why I had it in the first place. Zone Alarm was intrusive to 
some of my programs, so it got installed really quickly.


At 12:03 PM 8/22/03 -0500, you wrote:
>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.