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Must have freebie programs to protect and clean

I was originally told about these two products when they were initally freeware and I was doing my A+ course my teacher mentioned them and I have used them with utter success to protect and clean my computer.  These two programs will keep your computer virus free and malware free so you dont get that slow feeling.

 

1.  AVG Anti-Virus, free version is still awesome! http://free.avg.com/ca-en/homepage

2. Spybot Search & Destroy, also still freeware there are builds for all OS http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html

 

 

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Re: Must have freebie programs to protect and clean

You also need to remember, if your using a router, be it external or built in with your modem, a software firewall is not needed. Experts say the hardware firewall (aka router) is far more efficient than any software firewall.

In terms of keeping the computer clean, personally I live by CCleaner as stated above. AVG is also good at detecting viruses and cleaning them.

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Re: Must have freebie programs to protect and clean

I personally use the following two pieces of software to protect my HP Mini I got from Rogers:

 

Avast! free Antivirus: http://www.avast.com/en-ca/free-antivirus-download

 

and

 

Windows Defender: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/defender/default.mspx

 

These two programs have been doing great for me since I got my HP Mini, and never had any issues whatsoever. Both run nicely in the background, never even notice them, except when Avast! does it's updates(which you get a woman's voice). Other then that, I use CCleaner to keep the system clean and that's it. The Mini runs smooth and never have had an issue.

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Re: Must have freebie programs to protect and clean

@ne14t, @javatyger

 

Thank you for the recommendations!

 

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Re: Must have freebie programs to protect and clean

Your most welcome!

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Re: Must have freebie programs to protect and clean

I also use Avast on all my non mac computers. It works great.. The voice telling you about updates is annoying but hey it's free!

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Re: Must have freebie programs to protect and clean

Spybor S & D is great but sometimes the resident TeaTimer app can bog down a single-core machine.

 

Good places to go for Windoze users:

 

http://www.majorgeeks.com/

http://www.msfn.org/board/index

stick-in-the-mud W2kP users like me:

http://www.vorck.com/windows/

and if I really need a modern desktop without that activation nonsense I go Linux:

Startin with Mandriva, going to PCLinuxOS and Linux Mint{better than Ubuntu but uses the same repositories]

http://forum.mandriva.com/index.php?sid=dfe9a36cff20d9efcff8ce04dcac0894

http://www.osdisc.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi/products/linux

Keeping in mind that the upgrade path for Linux is the use of libraries/repositories kept on mirror sites,

unless you're really good with tarballs.

Remember, an OS is just a means to get your work done and it helps when Mozilla/Sun/Oracle has cross-platform apps.

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Re: Must have freebie programs to protect and clean

Avast is a great free AV.  Spybot is great for Spyware.  CCleaner is great for optimizing your system and getting rid of wasteful and unwanted files (i.e temp files). Recuva is useful for recovering deleted files.

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Re: Must have freebie programs to protect and clean

Trend Micro has a few nice tools

http://free.antivirus.com/clean-up-tools/

Rubotted, Rootkit Buster, 

 

and the essential HijackThis!

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Re: Must have freebie programs to protect and clean

I'm a big fan of MalwareBytes myself from http://www.malwarebytes.org. The AV I use on my Windows 7 machines is the Microsoft Security Essentials and I use the Rogers Online Protection on my XP machine (it's a vast improvement over the old Norton software Rogers used to provide, much less system intensive now).

The other programs mentioned in this thread I have also heard good things about.

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Re: Must have freebie programs to protect and clean

You also need to remember, if your using a router, be it external or built in with your modem, a software firewall is not needed. Experts say the hardware firewall (aka router) is far more efficient than any software firewall.

In terms of keeping the computer clean, personally I live by CCleaner as stated above. AVG is also good at detecting viruses and cleaning them.

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