Consultant and friend Steve Brier of Brier Associates tells me that he's seeing more clients whose computers have been brought to their knees not by malware, but by excessive and redundant security programs.
"I had a computer today that was barely running. Took forever to startup, flaky internet connection, all sorts of weird stuff. I finally figured it out. Three popup blockers, four full time antispyware programs, programs from the pc manufacturer, AOL and Norton to monitor system files for who the heck knows. Most of the RAM, and significant portion of cpu cycles were taken up by the various protection programs. As soon as I started disabling stuff (that AOL security edition crap is *everywhere*), things started running better." Security Overdose
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