We all know that we should protect our PC’s from adware, spyware and virus infection and yet there are still PC’s that do not have adequate protection or worse, no protection at all!
For some users it’s ignorance, for others it’s a blind belief that it won’t happen to them. Unfortunately, unless your PC is isolated from the internet and you never install or load data/software via external sources, then at some point your PC will become infected.
There are some very large corporations which have grown from selling PC security protection, the two largest are Norton (Symantec) and McAfee (Network Associates) but they come at a price for the initial software purchase and then you have to purchase an annual subscription to get the essential virus updates. There are however, excellent alternatives available and they are FREE.
There are NO companies that will guarantee complete protection, however, we have used the following FREE products on our PC’s and they perform as well as the big named brands:-
Microsoft Security Essentials - It provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.
Free avast! Home Edition – This is an excellent product that will automatically update itself when your PC is online. Very easy to install and use.
AntiVir® PersonalEdition - It remains small, easy on resources and simple to use. AntiVir is very adept at ferreting out those pesky spyware trojans and is a perfect mate for your antispyware scanners.
TinyWall - is a solid choice for those looking for a reliable, low-resource firewall program.
Please ensure you read and follow the manufacturers install and help instructions since PC-KING cannot accept any responsibility for your usage of the above products.
Microsoft Windows Update – Make Your Computer More Secure!
Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of each month for their operating systems (yes, those prompts that you always ignore!) i.e. Win XP, Vista and Windows 7. It is essential that you apply these updates otherwise your PC is left vulnerable to security risks, two notable ones were “MSBLAST and SASSER “ which exploited already known security weaknesses fixed by Microsoft but many people had not applied the critical update and became infected.
Tip from PC-KING
Check out this excellent site provided by Get Safe Online, a joint initiative between the Government, law enforcement, leading businesses and the public sector. Their aim is to provide computer users and small businesses with free, independent, user-friendly advice that will allow them to use the internet confidently, safely and securely.