to the Internet
No matter who you are or how unimportant you think your
computer is, whenever you connect to the Internet your computer system is under
attack. Our advice is to protect yourself and your system before you even think
of setting up your Internet connection. The programs below will protect you from
most of what the Internet can throw at you but will not protect you from the most
hardened experienced 'Cracker', nothing will, but on most occasions if the idiots
ruining it for everyone else finds your computer to be seemingly protected they
will move on to an easier target. The software shown on this page is not made
by us nor do we suggest that this is the only software available for the purpose,
nor do we make any guarantees that it will be fit for your purpose. What we do
say is that some protection is better than none, and if it's money that is stopping
you from making sure your system is protected, free software IS available. Please
make a donation or contribution to the program editor where requested to do so.
FREE Anti Virus protection
Obviously a must. I do not know of any free 'commercial' virus protection but
for the home user there is AVG
Anti-Virus. "AVG Free Edition is the well-known anti-virus protection
tool. AVG Free is available free-of-charge to home users for the life of the product!
Rapid virus database updates are available for the lifetime of the product, thereby
providing the high-level of detection capability that millions of users around
the world trust to protect their computers. AVG Free is easy-to-use and will not
slow your system down (low system resource requirements). AVG Free Edition is
for private, non-commercial, single home computer use only. Use of AVG Free Edition
within any organization or for commercial purposes is strictly prohibited. Your
use of AVG Free Edition shall be in accordance with and is subject to the terms
and conditions set forth in the AVG Free Edition License Agreement which accompanies
AVG Free Edition."
FREE Fire wall protection
A firewall will stop most attackers from even seeing your system so they will
be unable to attack. There are lots of 'free for home use' firewalls on the market.
Some of the best known ones are listed below;
"FREE for non-business use only"
Malware protection (the one I use)
Malwarebytes has developed a variety
of tools that can identify and remove malicious software from your computer. When
your computer becomes infected, Malwarebytes can provide the needed assistance
to remove the infection and restore the machine back to optimum performance.
Adware and spyware protection
What a lot of choice, or so it would
seem. Many of the so called 'free' adware/spyware programs are trials for paid
for software and do not actually do anything but frighten people! A tool we always
use and would recommend is 'Spybot-S&D'
"Spybot delivers useful tools such as an e-mail list of opt-out addresses
to stop unwanted solicitations and a file shredder to securely overwrite unwanted
files deleted from your PC--all of which Ad-aware Standard Edition lacks. Best
of all, Spybot does it all for free. For protection against ad-serving software,
Trojan horses, and other means of tracking your surfing habits." If you do
download this software PLEASE, PLEASE make a donation to its author, so he can
carry on with such fantastic work.
Other free available protection software
Anti-Virus Software Free
Firewall Software Free
Anti-Spyware Software Free Anti-Trojan
Free Spyware Prevention Software
Protection Software Free
Online Virus & Spyware Scans Free Single
File Scanners Free
Online Trojan Scans