TechnologyTips Radio Episode 019

Originally Aired Tuesday, May 1, 2006

This week on TechnologyTips Mondays: Spyware, Scotts and firewalls.


Every Tuesday I appear on AM 640 Toronto (640 AM) on The Stafford Show. Mike Stafford is a good friend and long time host on the station and I started doing 30 minute live tech help calls (no prep, seat of the pants) with him in early 2005, then I was forced to take a break because of my schedule, but now I am back.

If you listen live on the Internet, the show airs Tuesdays at 6:30 PM Eastern Time.


  • Ben’s got a plethora of anti-spyware programs but still has pop-ups. Andy gives him the magical dosage to cure spyware.
  • Scott’s firewall gets in the way of files larger than three or four MB.
  • Mike’s got weird problems with SpyBot not catching any spyware! What could it be? Possibly your anti-virus…
  • Another Scott doesn’t like Mozilla Firefox. Ok, It’s not perfect, but it’s still much more secure than Internet Explorer.
  • The virus honeymoon is over for Macs.
  • Speaking of viruses, Sue’s family computer got fried by quite a few. $300 later, she’s wondering what sort of firewall she needs.
  • Ben’s patience pays off and he win’s a copy of Andy Walker’s great book, the Absolute Beginners Guide to Security, Span, Spyware and Viruses.

Shownotes by Maurice Cacho

Click here for Episode 19 (MP3, 13:40 mins, 10.1 MB)

Also, be sure to check out LabRats, Andy’s podcast about technology you already own. Watch it whenever you like.