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Have you heard the one about the homeschooling family that lives on less than $22K a year in an area that costs above 100% (116%) of the National CoL Index?

I haven't quite figured out why so many people still persist in perpetuating the myth that living on a single income and homeschooling on a dime aren't possible. I can only suppose these are people who can't imagine life without a daily trip to Starbucks and dinner out several times a week. The people who actually shop at malls (*shudder*) and think "Brand Name = Best". The people who really live by the "Keeping up with the Joneses" mentality.

That? Would not be us!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Spybot mal-ware program.

Since I'm having computer woes, I thought this might be a good time to point you in the direction of this: SPYBOT SEARCH AND DESTROY. I downloaded this software several years ago and it still works great. It's free, because the creator believes it should be, but he does ask for a donation if you can afford it. If you decide to use the program, please consider making a donation if you can. He and his team of volunteers work hard on this program, constantly having to upgrade it to tackle the latest spyware/malware creations. (But that doesn't mean you have to constantly download upgraded versions. The program is built so that when you run it, it connectes with their database to find everything it needs to know what to search out and destroy.)

The first time I used the software, I was stunned by the number of things that had been installed on my computer without my knowledge or permission. I'm not just talking about malicious programs, either. I'm refering to all the cookies and records that were there. Very scary.

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3 Comments:
Anonymous amy said...

Since you have Spybot, is it safe to assume you have Adaware, AVG (virus scanner) and ZoneAlarm (firewall) all free and downloadable as well? FYI since I can't e-mail!

July 17, 2007 at 11:46 AM  
Anonymous Birdie said...

We lost a computer to a virus a few years ago and I have been rather paranoid ever since! I second Amy on Adaware and AVG (although I use a different firewall).

July 17, 2007 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger daisyaday said...

I've been using the "Triple Play" myself for several years and haven't had any problems since I started using them. Spybot, AdAware, and ZoneAlarm. I'll have to check out the AVG thing.

I agree...even for something like digital scrapbooking, I have not purchased any "papers", kits, embellishments, etc. You can find so many for free online that you don't have to buy anything.

I like your blog. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

January 3, 2008 at 7:54 AM  

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