If you're not protecting your computer with a good firewall and regularly updated anti-virus software, then it's just a matter of time
before you're hit with a virus or some other nasty surprise. Here are some great tools that are free for personal use that you can use
to protect yourself from the bad guys out there. That said, security tools are only helpful if you're keeping your
operating system updated and patched for security holes. It's a cat and mouse game that moves quickly. If you haven't done an update
recently, the first free thing to do is to update your operating system. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Mac OS X Update
Red Hat Linux Update
These online security tools will scan your computer by way of your Internet connection. There are two benefits to doing this
online. First, if your system has been compromised by a virus, your anti-virus system may well have been compromised as well.
Using an online scan makes sure that the anti-virus scan has not been deactivated.
Secondly, it's an easy way to preform a secondary scan of your system
that's using a different detection engine than your installed anti-virus software. Having two ways to scan your computer for viruses
gives you the added assurance that nothing has been missed.
Online Software Inspector
This scanner detects unpatched versions of common programs that have been installed on your system. For a more in-depth software scan, see the
program in the free software tools below. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Secunia Online Software Inspector
These free online scanners will detect viruses and trojans that have been installed on your system.
Infected Or Not Scanner (Avast users may need to pause it to run this.)
Microsoft Safety Scanner
Kaspersky Free Online Virus Full System Scanner
Panda Software Free Online Virus Scan
Trend Micro HouseCall
BitDefender Online Scanner
F-Secure Online Virus Scanner
ESET Online Scanner
These scanners will detect viruses and trojans in individual files that you may be suspicious of.
Kaspersky Free Online Virus Individual File Scanner
This scanner will remove viruses and trojans that it detects.
Avast Free Online Virus and Trojan Cleaner
These scanners will detect spyware running on your computer.
Ewido Free Online Spyware Scan
Trend Micro Free Online Spyware Scan
System Back Up
This online service allows you to back up your files with free online storage.
These port testing sites allow you to see if your firewall is protecting your computer.
McAfee's Hacker Watch
These software tools are free security programs that you can install on your computer. They generally run in the background
and keep your computer free from viruses and unauthorized intrusion. At a minimum, you should have regularly updated
anti-virus software running along with a good firewall.
This program detects unpatched versions of programs that have been installed on your system, and is a more in depth version of the scanner program listed above.
Secunia Personal Software Inspector
These programs protect you from viruses and trojans. Only run one at a time.
Did you know that it is possible to hide spyware or a virus in a way that will fool even the traditional antivirus products?
Some spyware programs are already using so-called rootkits to hide deep in the system.
These programs will look for rootkits installed in your Windows operating system.
These programs will protect your computer from unauthorized access. Only run one at a time, and be sure to turn off Windows' internal
firewall to prevent conflicts.
This program will clean up your Windows system.
Spyware is generally pretty harmless, but overtime, it can become a drag on your computer. It's good to do a full sweep of your
system once a week, and these tools can do a good job of it.
Spybot Search & Destroy
If you're looking for a way to stop adult content from reaching your children, check this program out.
K9 Web Protection
Tired of all the spam? Who isn't! Check these programs out as ways to eliminate this headache.
Ella For Spam Control (Outlook Users)
Instant Messenger Protection
Do you get a lot of IMs from people you don't know? This can help.
Zone Alarm IM Protection
Wireless Hotspot Protection
If you use a wireless connection in Internet Cafes or other hotspots, you'll want to check this out for your security.
AnchorFree Hotspot Shield
On the Fly File Encryption
If you have a laptop or use thumb drives, you'll definitely want to encrypt your important information.
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