Free PC Security: OS Microsoft Windows 2,000, XP, 2003, Vista, 7
These are the best free security programs that I have found that actually do get rid of mal-ware
, spy-ware, viruses, and worms for free. If your security program is not protecting your system very well, or it is an older paid for version that is now out of date and will not update any longer unless you purchase the new version, then you might do well to download and install these very powerful and efficient
You should only have one anti-virus/anti-spy-ware
program installed and running on your PC or a conflict can occur, besides the fact that there would be an un-necessary use of the system resources
. If you remove your old security program be sure to remove it from the add and remove programs in the control panel (some security programs have to be disabled
before they can be removed). Also mal-ware
is not the same as viruses, spy-ware, or worms. Malwarebytes
will not remove any viruses, spy-ware, or worms, and AVG will not remove any mal-ware
AVG-Free Edition will automatically update itself and run security scans, it can be set from the AVG control panel in tools, advanced settings, schedules. You should set up the schedule so that it will update and scan at a time when the PC is not in use (usually during the middle of the night).
Also be sure that the Microsoft auto-update is not scheduled to run at the same time that you scheduled
AVG to update or run a scan, if it is then change the Microsoft auto-update settings to something that will not run at the same time that AVG runs, for example (evryday 9:00 a.m., every Sunday 9:00 a.m., etc.). You can change the Microsoft auto-update settings in control
panel, auto-updates. Malwarebytes
is the best free anti mal-ware
program that I have found, the free edition will not auto-update or auto-scan and these functions must be manually done, but that is trivial compared to the protection that this program provides. After Malwarebytes
has been installed, update it from the update tab and then check for any updates, after any updates then run a scan from the scanner tab, and then select a Full scan for the first time.
If you are using Vista right click on Malwrebytes
and select Run As Administrator.
To fully protect your PC, Malwarebytes
should be ran anytime that you close your web browser and are done using the internet, you should run a quick scan and if any malware
is found then you should also run a full scan to be sure that the malware
has been completely purged from your entire PC.
You can also protect your PC from known rogue web sites by downloading and installing SpywareBlaster
, it does not scan for anything, and it does not remove anything, SpywareBlaster
will prevent your internet explorer from connecting to known restricted, harmful, or rogue web sites for an added layer of protection.
Download AVG-Free Edition from here;http://download.cnet.com/AVG-Anti-Virus-Free-Edition/3000-2239_4-10320142.html?tag=mncol
These security programs will do a very good job at protecting your PC from internet threats. I used to have to fight these threats all the time to get rid of them, on either friends or family if not my own PC, but ever since I have installed these three programs on my system, and that of all my friends and family, it has actually become quite boring and I almost miss the battles.