"You have to be a kind of Jeffersonian citizen on the Web. Be aware, be educated, take personal action. If you're just a passive consumer, they will drive right over you." - Tom Maddox, PrivacyPlace Malware Tools Ad-Aware SpywareBlaster Spybot Search & Destroy Anti-Virus AVG Products AVG Free edition. Firewall AVG with firewall Mozilla Products Firefox: Rediscover the Web Firefox is Mozilla's award-winning next generation Web browser. Thunderbird: Reclaim Your Inbox Thunderbird is Mozilla's next generation e-mail client. Thunderbird makes emailing safer, faster and easier than ever before. SeaMonkey SeaMonkey is the all-in-one internet application suite formerly known as the "Mozilla Application Suite", containing a web browser, a mail and newsgroups client, an HTML editor, web development tools, and an IRC chat client in a single software package. Camino Camino® is a Web browser optimized for Mac OS X with a Cocoa user interface, and powerful Gecko layout engine. It's the simple, secure, and fast browser for Mac OS X. Calendar Project We are hard at work creating a first class, cross-platform calendar application. Check out the Sunbird project for a promising endeavor in this area. Safe Surfing SiteAdvisor helps protect you from all kinds of Web-based security threats including spyware, adware, spam, viruses, browser-based attacks, phishing, online fraud and identity theft. Welcome to Spyware Warrior! Here you'll find a wealth of resources to help you fight spyware and adware. General Tools Startup Cop is a good utility to keep an eye on what starts, when. Startup Monitor will alert you when programs try to install things that want to auto-start. Information Counter-exploitation with frames no frames Adware/Spyware Computer Security at James Madison University TweakHound provides good info on various aspects of working with XP, from installation to tweaking. Installing XP "The Right Way" To Install Windows XP is to do as much as possible BEFORE connecting to the internet. Paul Thurrott's Slipstreaming Windows XP with Service Pack 2 Sysinternals "The Sysinternals web site provides you with advanced utilities, technical information, and source code related to Windows internals that you won't find anywhere else. Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell alone write and update everything here. We welcome all suggestions and comments. " Freeware Utilities Rootkit Revealer Limiting Windows Services XP Speed Up "Guide to Useless Services (Windows XP SP2) Aalaap Ghag Dec 30 2005 An operating system is made up of various components that work with each other. The OS isn't just one object - it's a collection of smaller objects, each of which performs a different task. Their conjunction is what makes an "operating system". Windows calls these components "services", Linux calls it "daemons" and so on. Each service in Windows is essentially, to put it in a simpler way, an application that stays running in the back doing its job when required. Now each service takes up some memory, which isn't good if your system has a low amount of memory (like 256MB or less). Fortunately, not all of the default services are required by all users, so you can turn some of them off to free up some memory. In this guide, we'll take a look at the default set of services that come with a fresh installation of Windows XP with Service Pack 2. We'll tell you the ones that you don't need and try to tell you why, so you can disable them without any problems. Each service has three options: automatic, manual and disabled. Automatic is essentially "run at startup"; Manual is a service that is started only when required; Disabled is when a service doesn't start at all. Based on the type of a user you are, there are different settings to recommend, but we'll take the safe route and tell you to disable the services that won't cause important features of your Windows to stop working. If you're comfortable with trying out stunts, you can go ahead and disable some of the other services that aren't mentioned here. If something stops working, you can just turn the service back on - there's no permanent effect. Also, since this is a guide to unneeded services that can be disabled, we won't list the services that are already disabled after Service Pack 2 (like Alerter and Messenger) in an effort to keep the list as simple as possible. One more thing you have to note is that this list is primarily aimed at home users, so we'll be taking out most of the intranet/network related services that don't affect Internet connectivity. If you're using an office workstation with a proper server and all that jazz, you shouldn't be reading this guide. To enable or disable services, go to Start -> Run -> and type "services.msc" and hit Enter.