Some good software

There’s a great piece of software that I installed on my laptop about 3 months ago and has paid for itself over and over. You can find it at and its called XoftSpy.
I’m no techie so if I get the words wrong I’m sorry but basically all it does is a regular scan each day (I can decide when) that removes all those nasty little bits of Spyware, Adware, Malware, W32/Spybot, Keyloggers, Unwanted Toolbars, Browser Hijacking, Pop-up Generators – and the like, that mysteriously attach themselves to your computer as you browse the web.
First time I ran it there were literally about 300 of the blighters in my system and, until recently, I was shifting a further 6-10 each 24 hours – and that’s in spite of the usual virus-checkers, firewalls and all that jazz that I’ve accumulated over the years.
I say until recently because, on an ezine recommend, I took a calculated risk (as I saw it) and installed Mozilla Firefox as my internet browser, to replace Internet Explorer that’s been there since Bill Gates was a lad.
Firefox is free, easy to install (must be because I did it), faster, funkier and has considerably reduced the number of those gremlins because most of them are looking for IE to infect.
I suppose I should also take the opportunity to mention that my virus-checker is unorthodox. I use “avast!” offered at; its working really well and doesn’t seem to have the conflict problems I’ve experienced over the years with Norton and other stuff you buy off the shelves.
I may be tempting fate here but this combination of programmes has created a trouble-free and speedy environment for my virtual business.
Oh – and by the way – I’m not signed into any affiliate deals with these people – its just a recommend.


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.