Spy ware, Anti-Virus
1) We recommend one of the fine free antivirus programs to
keep your system protected:
Remember, however, since these are free anti-virus
protection, they are offered with minimal support.
If you feel you will need support, you can purchase these
or other programs from vendors.
Download and install the free version of
MalwareBytes, and keep definitions updated when
prompted. NOTE: MalwareBytes is a powerful
anti-malware scanner, but it IS NOT resident, meaning it
only scans when you run it. So update and run it
Download and install
CCleaner, and keep updated. CCleaner can keep
your computer running faster by eliminating unused files
and registry entries, and cleaning out temporary folders.
As MalwareBytes, CCleaner is NOT resident, so remember to
run it periodically, both the file system Cleaner and the
By the way, in order to improve your Internet browser's (IE,
Firefox, Chrome, etc.)
performance, the temporary files or cache should be cleaned out
periodically. This can be found in the tools or options
menu (Ccleaner's file system cleaner will empty this also).
Also, it is a good idea to limit the size of the cache to
200MB for performance sake.
In IE go to Tools then Internet Options then Settings
and move the slider down to 200MB.
Always keep your Windows up to date with all Service
Packs and Critical Updates, when they are made available
(usually on the 2nd Tuesday of each month).This
will keep your system secure against intrusions, and
This can be done from the
[All]Programs menu from the Start Button. In Control
Panel, under Automatic Updates, you can schedule Updates
to be applied automatically, when they are available. Just
know that when they are installed, it may trigger an
unexpected reboot of your machine. Another option is
to have the update system notify you that Updates are
ready to be installed. This option lets you decide
when to install (and reboot if necessary).
recommend against downloading "cutsie" screen savers, wall
papers, games, especially on work or "mission-critical"
computers. Many times these can be offered for free
because they contain "adware', "spyware" or the like,
which offsets the costs of production of the software
though devious means.