by David Bradley
I wrote about ntl netguard, the predecessor to this program now available from www.virginmedia.com/pcguard, I have not risked installing this apparent update as I don't have a sacrificial test PC available that I want to trash. As regular Sciencebase readers will know only too well, I had an horrific experience with ntl netguard and would not recommend any similar product ever again.
I stand by the idea that it's best to install separate tools for security, antivirus, firewall, registry cleanup, antispyware and other applications rather than relying on a single suite type application. But, more importantly, ntl netguard made so many irreversible changes that I had to do a full hard disk reformat and reinstall Windows and all my applications, settings, and data files to get back to square one, hence my reluctance to recommend www.virginmedia.com/pcguard despite the company's claim that, "We believe your security is essential, so we provide anti-virus, firewall and security software to our customers free of charge". If someone from VirginMedia wishes to contact Sciencebase and can offer me a test machine on which to try out PCGuard I'd be happy to do so, but I suspect it's the same software simply renamed and I am not taking the risk with any of my working computers. Sciencebase readers will note that I haven't hard linked the www.virginmedia.com/pcguard link on this page to save them from inadvertently visiting the site. If you really must take a look, then cut and paste the URL into your browser address bar and cross your fingers before installing.