What are the best computer security programs.?

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  1. cotojo says:

    Use Firefox in preference to internet explorer…..much safer:

    Online Armor Free Firewall:
    Installation Tutorial:

    Avast anti-virus better definitions, anti-spyware and anti-rootkit built in, faster and more reliable:
    Setup Guide:

    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware:
    Download, install, update and select Full Scan.
    Remove all infections that it finds after scan.

    SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition:
    Download, install, check for updates, then select Scan your Computer, select your drive and select Perform Complete Scan

    Spybot S&D:
    Download, install, update and Immunize, turn off Tea Timer then click ‘Check for problems’ then when complete select all and then ‘Fix Checked’
    Open Spybot, click on Mode, select Advanced, click on Tools then Resident and untick Resident ‘Tea Timer’
    Do NOT untick Resident ‘SD Helper’ as that is your protection.

    Spyware Doctor Free Basic Edition – Realtime monitoring:
    Download install, update and run.

    A-Squared Free:
    This is not a limited version but a full tool to clean your computer from Malware, Spyware, Trojans, Backdoors, Worms, Dialers and Keyloggers.
    How to use:
    Download, install and it will ask to check for updates, which should be allowed and will take a few minutes initially, it will then restart the program for updates to take effect. Click on Scan and ensure deep Scan is selected then click the Scan button.

    Comodo BO Clean:
    Simply download and install, follow instructions on screen.
    Real time virus and malware protection – stops rootkits,, hijackers, keyloggers and Trojans from stealing your identity.
    Go here to see what it protects you against:

    KeyScrambler which encrypts everything that you type in including credit card numbers etc.
    Works on most browsers, email clients and IM programs, and it’s free.
    How to use:

    CCleaner, it deletes your cookies and history:
    Click on the Cleaner Tab on the left and under Windows tick all boxes in Internet Explorer. If you save your username/passwords untick ‘Autocomplete Form History’ and under System tick all boxes except the last 2, and leave Advanced all unticked.
    Then click on the Applications tab and tick all apart from Saved form information if you use Firefox and save your username/passwords
    Click on Options then Settings and under Secure Deletion mark the Secure file deletion (slower) and use the drop down to select Guttman (35 passes)
    Please note that some files are ‘locked’ but will be removed on shutdown.

    JKDefrag, which is better than Windows Defrag:
    Double click the JkDefrag executable and the program starts. There is no need to tell it which drive to defrag or whether to place folders first. JkDefrag will start processing all mounted fixed volumes it finds. It will slowly analyze and slowly defrag each drive.

    KeePass which is a free open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way.
    You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. So you only have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database.
    The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES and Twofish).
    Also available as a portable version for usb flash drives.

  2. Interested says:

    You are best to use an integrated security suite when you don’t want to be bothered with manually updating and checking that a collection of different anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall programs are working together properly.
    The better ones now include extras like anti spam and browser protection as well.
    I’ve been using McAfee for nearly 20 years so I definitely recommend their Security 2009 protection suite.

  3. arouge1786 says:

    There are a few choices when it comes to security, mainly in the AntiVirus department. Some very good, free anti-viruses available to download are:

    1) AVG 8 AntiVirus. Easiest interface to use, very fast scanning and doesn’t lag your computer at all. Only has a 78% detection rate, but catches the most harmful of viruses. If you’re a normal home user, you’re not in too much danger of higher level viruses and this is the AV for you:

    2) Avast! 4 AntiVirus. Smaller, sleeker skin, average scanning speed, but reports alot of safe files as viruses, so you might need to watch out for that. 78% detection rate, but alot more complicated than most other free AVs. Use this if you are handy with a computer and you know what needs to be scanned:

    3) Avira AntiVirus. Simple layout, which even the most basic of users can navigate. Incredibly fast scanning, with a 90% detection rate. Not as easy on the eyes as other AVs, and you need to know what you’re doing to get the more advanced features, but it is definite a candidate:
    Personally I use AVG, but only because I go for the easier interface. If you are paranoid about viruses then the only real option is Avira. But if you just want normal protection, then any of the three will do it for you.

    For any spyware problems, get SpyBot – Search and Destroy:
    And for protecting your computer for malware or tracking cookies, use Ad-Aware 2008 Free Edition:

    All of them are free, as powerful as paid programs, like McAfee and Norton (which only has a 18% detection rate!), and don’t use up as many resources.
    Just boot into Safe Mode (Press F8 when turning on the computer) and run full scans.

    Hope that helps.

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