More free stuff

I hope you enjoyed the freebies from my last blog article. Here are a few more free things you can get on the Internet.

NEMT IT Magician Andrew Clarke

Anti-virus software

As I’ve said before, you NEED to have anti-virus software installed on your computer in order to protect yourself while you surf the Internet, play games on Facebook or read the funny stories in your email. The good news is that this protection is available for free.

  • Your Internet service provider may offer free virus protection software. All you need to do is follow their installation instructions.

  • If you just need a quick scan, try the free on-line scanner from eset at http://www.eset.com/us/online-scanner/. This free scanner can be run regardless of what anti-virus software you have installed in cases where you suspect your current anti-virus software may have missed something.

No matter which anti-virus software you decide to install, make sure you only permanently install one package. Multiple anti-virus installations can sometimes cause problems. Remember that eset’s online scanner is not permanently installed.

Malware software

Sometimes you download what you consider to be legitimate programs that end up collecting data about you in the background or performing other unwanted functions. This type of product is known as malware. I’ll talk more about the differences between malware and a virus in a future blog article. For now, it’s important that you know that you need to protect yourself from both. Here are two free programs that are available to find and eliminate these unwanted programs:

Each of these products has its own list of items to search for to determine programs that are behaving badly, so it’s good to run both periodically. If you want to have one running like anti-virus software, just follow the instructions during installation.

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3 Responses to More free stuff

  1. Nic says:

    A better practice would be to learn how viruses are contracted and avoid those situations. I have had many computers and never installed an antivirus and I’m still clean. You wouldn’t buy flood insurance if you live at the top of a mountain.

    Plus with slower computers, antivirus software will really bog you down.

    Remember, education supersedes buying a solution.

  2. pc support says:

    I really like it whenever people come together and share ideas.
    Great blog, stick with it!

  3. Syarif says:

    A better pacrtice would be to learn how viruses are contracted and avoid those situations. I have had many computers and never installed an antivirus and I’m still clean. You wouldn’t buy flood insurance if you live at the top of a mountain. Plus with slower computers, antivirus software will really bog you down. Remember, education supersedes buying a solution.

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