Best Free Security
Software for Your PC
Computers are great tools for boosting productivity,
communication and having fun. However, they can also be a source
of danger. Hackers, scammers and spammers all thrive in the
digital world. They can steal or destroy your information with viruses, fake
software and more. You have to be on your guard at all times.
Fortunately, there is software available to help. Don't run your
computer without these programs!
AVG AntiVirus - Antivirus is the core of any security
system. It scans for a wide variety of threats. Then it can
remove those threats when they're found. AVG is a long-time leader in the antivirus field. It has a great
record of catching viruses before they can install. Plus, the
program is free!
Zone Alarm - A firewall is what keeps hackers and automated
viruses from waltzing into your system. Windows has one built
in, but it isn't the best. Try this powerful yet free program
instead. It keeps your computer well-hidden from attackers. Plus, it
learns your computing habits. It can tell if something
suspicious is going on with your system.
Ad-Aware - Stopping viruses is a good thing. However, there
are other threats out there. One threat is a type of malicious
program called spyware. Spyware records everything you do on your computer. It can
record financial and banking information. This is then sent off
to hackers who will drain your accounts. This free program can
help keep that from happening.
Microsoft Security Essentials - You need to have both
antivirus and antispyware programs running. Or you can get a
program that does both. Microsoft's latest security suite is a
good choice. It can detect and remove all kinds of malicious programs. Plus,
it integrates with the Windows firewall for enhanced protection.
Best of all, it's free for personal and small business use!
Secunia Personal Software Inspector - A lot of hackers take
advantage of security flaws in programs. That's why software
makers routinely update their programs to fix security flaws. Of
course, you have to install the updates to stay safe. Not all programs let you know when they're out of date. That's
where Secunia comes in. It monitors your programs and lets you
know what updates are available.
Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper - Hackers are very
tricky. Even with the best security software, they might get a
virus onto your system. Some viruses are very stubborn and
removing them is almost impossible. That's why Microsoft made the Standalone System Sweeper. It's a
powerful, last-ditch virus-removal tool. You can use it to clean
out almost any infection. Hopefully you never need it, but it's
good to have on hand, just in case.
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