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Free Anti-Virus Software for your PC
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Protect your PC

If you use your PC to acccess the web, you need to make sure that you’re protected – especially as the threat of malware, spyware and general internet virus attacks have never been so prominent.

Antivirus (or anti-virus) software is used to prevent, detect, and remove malware, including computer viruses, worms, and trojan horses.  Such programs may also prevent and remove adware, spyware, and other forms of malware as well.

Surfing the net is one thing, but using peer-to-peer sharing sites and torrents is far more risky as you are downloading files from other people (totally untrustworthy) directly onto your computer.  How do you know if that latest song is actually a song – just because it comes with a .mp3 file extension?   You don’t have to look far into Google to start finding horror stories where victims have literally lost their PC’s/emails/everything.

In times of recession and when every penny counts, not everybody can afford to spend £30-50 for an all-round anti-virus software package.   Don’t get me wrong, there are some really good packages and offers out there, and I have tried most of them; Norton, AVG, Symantec etc.   There may be some slight differences between them, but as long as they block the bad stuff, I’m happy.

Now for my readership, I’m going to make a personal recommendation for a FREE antivirus software package that most people don’t realise is out there (including me until I found it!).  Who makes it? … none other than Microsoft.

 

I’ve been using this as my only virus protection for some time and I’m really happy with the results.  It runs quietly in the background, doesn’t drain computer performance (unlike most), and hey, it’s FREE.

 

See more by clicking the link below:

http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/

 

 

I also recommend applying the below points to guarantee  total PC safety:

  1. Turn on your Internet firewall. The firewall prevents outside sources from accessing your computer. If you’re using a computer with a Windows operating system, go to your Control Panel and click on “Windows Firewall” or “Security Center.” Your firewall should be operational at all times.

  2. Enable automatic updates for your computer. For computers using Microsoft Windows, go to the Control Panel and click on “Automatic Updates” to make sure it is turned on.  The patches and programs that are installed on your computer will help to ensure that your system remains current and capable of guarding against new viruses and worms that have been found elsewhere.

  3. Install current software. See above, but keep the software current by checking for updates to download whenever you schedule a scan.

  4. Do not open email attachments from senders you do not know.  It’s so easy and sometimes purposely curious to open an email that seems to offer something that appeals.  Don’t be fooled and subject lines are written specifically for you to open them.  These attachments can contain viruses or worms that will infect your computer immediately. Even when the sender is known, you should scan their attachment with your anti-virus tool.  People are often unaware that their computer is infected and may send viruses to your email contacts without you even knowing.

  5. Avoid websites or programs that require peer-to-peer file sharing.  These sites and programs are often breeding grounds for viruses.  Also do not open pop-ups or websites that seem to be suspicious or that you believe to be unsafe.  Do not click on links provided in emails or instant messages.

  6. Make backups of all your important documents and files in the event your computer becomes infected with a virus or worm and is rendered inoperable.

 

That’s it.   Just be aware and suspicious of everything, get some anti-virus software up and running and it will help you stay safe and happy on the internet.

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