It's really important to use
Windows Update regularly now. Microsoft is usually releasing new security
updates on the second Tuesday of each month.
Viruses and privacy:
Two highly rated free antivirus
programs are AVG and
avast!. AVG seems a
little simpler and more intuitive, but avast! is a very comprehensive program
for someone who is technically inclined.
Comodo is a firewall that's been getting very
good reviews. It won a PC magazine Editor's Choice award. There is a free
version and a pay version. If you are using Windows XP, Comodo may be a better
choice than the Windows XP firewall, which only blocks inbound traffic, not
outbound. You can go into the settings and tell Windows to use Comodo, not
Spybot Search & Destroy is one of the best free programs to remove
Google Pack is a compilation of some of the most trustworthy software
downloads available. As far as security software, Norton Security Scan and
Spyware Doctor are included. Spyware Doctor can use a lot of your PC system
resources, so you may want to disable having it automatically start with Windows
and just run it occasionally if it seems to slow down you r computer.
Shields UP! is a useful tool to help you test your internet connections
security. Click on the "Probe My Ports!" button to begin the brief test. If you
don't understand the results, you can print the results page and show them to
the people at a computer store.