I hope you enjoyed the freebies from my last blog article. Here are a few more free things you can get on the Internet.
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.
Microsoft offers a product called Microsoft Security Essentials. Either go to http://support.microsoft.com, click on Protect my PC and select Download Microsoft Security Essentials or go directly to the download page by clicking here.
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.
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:
Sypbot is available at http://www.safer-networking.org/en/spybotsd/index.html
Ad aware is available at http://www.lavasoft.com/products/ad_aware_free.php
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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