Ask The Nice Guy - Virus Protection, Prepaid iPhones, Strange Emails

This is the 5th post in a series called Ask The Nice Guy. In this series I will attempt to provide answers to the various questions I get asked throughout the week.

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in this blog post, boiled down to five word (or less) summaries.

  1. Recommended Anti-Virus
  2. Prepaid iPhone
  3. Strange Emails

Question 1: Can you recommend a good anti virus program?

Can you recommend a good anti virus program? I don’t mind paying for one if you could suggest one that is good.

There are many options when it comes to anti-virus software. For a PC, I typically recommend Microsoft Security Essentials. I recommend it for the following reasons:

  • It is free
  • It doesn't slow your computer down
  • It is created by the same company that makes Windows
  • It doesn't bother you constantly

Before you install Microsoft Security Essentials make sure to uninstall whatever anti-virus program you have on your computer. It is not a good idea to have more than one installed at the same time.

If you would like to learn more read my blog post 30 Second Tips - Microsoft Security Essentials.

I don't use any anti-virus on my Mac since I have not had any issues with viruses in the eight years that I have owned Macs. If you wanted anti-virus on your Mac I would recommend ClamXAV.

Question 2: Prepaid iPhones?

Is the prepaid iPhone a good idea? I would like some info regarding Walmart’s plan for the iPhone 5.

I think it is a great idea. You pay full price for the iPhone 5 ($649) upfront, but then you will only need to spend $45 per month for unlimited data, unlimited minutes, and unlimited text. You won't be under contract so you can decide to sell the iPhone in the future and not have to worry about early termination fees.

You can learn more about Wal-Mart's Straight Talk wireless iPhone plans by visiting iPhone Now at Straight Talk Wireless.

In the long run it is cheaper to get a prepaid iPhone than one under a two year contract.

I went this route and purchased an iPhone 4S from Virgin Mobile and I have been very happy with that decision.

See my blog post 5 Things - Week Ending 1/11/13 for more on my thoughts on this topic. It is the 3rd topic on the post.

Question 3: Strange emails from friends?

I have been receiving strange emails from people I know trying to sell me pills and other stuff that I know that they wouldn’t send. Did my email get hacked?

Your email account most likely has not been hacked. I receive these types of emails weekly. There is a good chance that the person that sent the email had their account hacked. I would recommend that you contact them and let them know that strange emails have been sent from their account and that you would recommend that they change their password.

There is also a possibility that someone that knows your friend "Sue" contracted a virus or malware on their computer which sent out a bunch of emails to people in their contact list and made it appear that it was sent from your friend "Sue" instead of them. In this case you wouldn't know who contracted the virus so you don't know who to warn.

I wouldn't worry about it too much!

If you would like to learn more about this topic check out Was My E-mail Hacked?

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