Software and other Internet Resources.
Free Security Related
Most of the following software is available for free or free after
a trial period. Most also have a Pay version available as well.
Some are totally free, some are donation ware.
- Antivirus software
Home Edition (Free for home use)
AntiVir (free version)
AVG Free (free version)
- Firewall software
Free (free version) Requires Win2K or later. Earlier ZoneAlarm
Free version here
(latest version that works for Win9x/ME: version 61 737 000). Win9x/ME should not be on the Internet - There are vulnerabilities that Microsoft will never fix.
Personal Firewall (free forever) Requires Win2K or later.
- Antispyware software
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (free/trial/pay-to-play) Excellent program. When you go past the trial period, you just need to manually get the updates and do your own scans.
Search & Destroy (free)
Windows Defender (free but requires WGA validation - NOTE:
Be sure to use Internet Explorer to download. Windows XP or later
- Prevention software
(free and pay-to-play versions) - Excellent Program- does a great
job. Particularly good for slower computers or computers with
(free, pay for automatic updates) - a must have
Software Inspector (free) browser/Java based software inspection
of the components like Java, Flash, Windows Updates, etc. to ensure
you have the latest versions and especially important to make
sure you do not have any latent earlier versions laying around
to be exploited.
(free), MYWot, also known as My Web Of Trust. Works great for Internet Explorer and
Firefox. Firefox versions for Windows, Mac and Linux.
(free) NOTE: During install, recommend unclicking Yahoo! Toolbar
if you don't want it. Configure settings (Windows and Applications
Tabs) before running CCleaner - unclick cookies for browsers and
let antispyware products take care of cookies, and maybe recent
documents if you use that feature.
- ATF Cleaner - great to be used with CCleaner or standalone. No installation needed. Small and handy cleanup tool for Windows.
- Alternative Browsers and Email Clients
and pay now, soon open source)
Parental Help - Free Internet Filtering
Non Free Security Solutions
Many of the free security programs you will need to update on a
weekly basis if they don't an auto update function (antivirus software
generally has an auto update function).
Many find it's easier to remember to run their 'Weekies' if they
put the short cuts for their security programs into a new folder
on the Desktop called Weekly as a reminder. I generally create a
folder called Weekly and change the folder Icon to the little security
lock image under customize Icon in Windows XP.