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OVERALL SYSTEM PROTECTION  
  • To effectively remove spyware, malware and the various pests or parasites, now identified collectively as "x-ware" you should run more than just one anti-spyware program. Today most ISP's (Internet Service Provider's i.e., AOL, AT&T Yahoo!, and MSN) provide anti-spyware, please be advised the program they provide will not eliminate all types of "x-ware".
  • The most common indicators that your system is infested with "x-ware" are extremely slow performance, nonresponsive applications (you click on an icon to start an application and nothing happens), and altered website links (you click on a link to a particular site and you wind up at an unfamiliar site or a site other than the one you selected).
  • To ascertain the most effective virus protection be certain your anti-virus or system security program is updated on, at a minimum, a monthly basis. Most if not all anti-virus programs optionally provide an auto update capability, be sure to enable it.
  • A good place to go to get "safe" tools is C-net's download.com, http://download.cnet.com/windows/.

 

FREE X-WARE PROGRAMS

Ad-aware SE

Designed to provide advanced protection from known Data-mining, aggressive advertising, Parasites, Scumware, selected traditional Trojans, Dialers, Malware, Browser hijackers, and tracking components.

http://www.lavasoftusa.com/support/download/

 Advanced SystemCare (Free version) Highly recommended

This utility offers a one-stop-shop for cleaning and maintaining your computer for better overall system performance. The interface is very simple, featuring only a few buttons, which makes it easy to get down to cleaning immediately (in fact, it automatically runs on start-up) and doesn't confuse you with multiple steps.

The Maintain Windows section focuses on four areas of maintenance: spyware removal, Registry cleaning, a privacy sweep, and deletion of junk files. The Diagnose System button provides system optimization tools, detects spyware, defragments your disk, and scans for hijacked Windows settings.

http://download.cnet.com/Advanced-SystemCare-Free/3000-2086_4-10407614.html?tag=mncol;6

Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a surprisingly effective freeware antimalware tool. It's a relatively speedy malware remover, with the quick scan taking about 8 minutes even with other high-resource programs running. The heuristics engine proved on multiple computers during empirical testing that it was capable of determining the difference between false positives and dangerous apps.

http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000-8022_4-10804572.html?tag=mncol;1

Spybot-S&D

Spybot - Search & Destroy can detect and remove a multitude of adware files and modules from your computer. Spybot also can clean program and Web-usage tracks from your system, which is especially useful if you share your computer. Modules chosen for removal can be sent directly to the included file shredder, ensuring complete elimination from your system. For advanced users, it allows you to fix Registry inconsistencies related to adware and to malicious program installations.

            http://www.download.com/Spybot-Search-Destroy/3000-8022_4-10122137.html

 SpywareBlaster;

  • Prevent the installation of ActiveX-based spyware, adware, browser hijackers, dialers, and other potentially unwanted software.
  • Block spyware/tracking cookies in Internet Explorer and Mozilla/Firefox.
  • Restrict the actions of potentially unwanted sites in Internet Explorer.

            http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html

 SpywareGuard;

  • Fast Real-Time Scanning engine - catch and block spyware before it is executed (EXE and CAB files supported) with signature-based scanning for known spyware and heuristic/generic detection capabilities to catch new/mutated spyware
  • Download Protection - prevent spyware from being download in Internet Explorer
  • Browser Hijacking Protection - stop browser hijacking activity in real-time

            http://www.wilderssecurity.net/spywareguard.html

 WinPatrol;

Detect & Neutralize Spyware.

Detect & Neutralize ADware.

Detect & Neutralize Viral infections.

Detect & Neutralize Unwanted IE Add-Ons.

Detect & Restore File Type Changes

Automatically Filter Unwanted Cookies.

Avoid Start Page Hijacking.

Detect HOSTS file changes.

Kill Multiple Tasks that replicate each other, in a single step!

Stop programs that repeatedly add themselves to your Startup List!

Delete and Remove the most Stubborn Infections

            http://www.winpatrol.com/

 ANTI-VIRUS PROGRAMS

BitDefender

  • Centralized management console
    Benefiting from previous experience, the new BitDefender Free Edition was designed with a centralized management console, which allows protection options configuration for all BitDefender modules. It is enough to open the
    management console in order to have access to all modules: Virus Scan, Scheduler, Live! Update, Quarantine, Reports.
  • System scanning
    On demand scanning - Powerful scan engines ensure detection and removal of all viruses in the wild every time you need it.
  • Scheduled scanning
    You can schedule the checking of your system at any time, periodically, without any other intervention.
  • Immediate scanning
    With just a right click you can check your files and folders.The seventh generation of BitDefender allows you to customize your anti-virus product, so you can make it yours.

http://www.bitdefender.com/bd/site/downloads.php?menu_id=21

 AVG

AVG Free Edition is the well-known anti-virus protection tool. AVG Free is available free-of-charge to home users for the life of the product!

http://free.grisoft.com/doc/2/lng/us/tpl/v5

FIREWALLS

Outpost Firewall

The FREE version of Outpost Firewall offers a basic protection solution for casual web surfers and low budget systems. Please note Agnitum does not provide personal Support Service or any other advice via email for Outpost Firewall FREE. 

  • Basic Firewall Protection
    Standard packet and application filtering safeguard your computer from unwanted communications.

  • Connections Monitoring
    Lets you see network activity in real time, to help define inappropriate connections and close them right away.

  • Surfing Protection
    Maintains your privacy on the Internet, keeps browser protected from Internet dangers.

http://www.agnitum.com/products/outpostfree/index.php

ZoneAlarm

Easy-to-use firewall blocks hackers and other unknown threats.

  • Intrusion Blocking systematically identifies hackers and blocks access attempts.
  • Stealth Mode automatically makes your computer invisible to anyone on the Internet.

http://www.zonelabs.com/store/content/catalog/products/sku_list_za.jsp?lid=dbtopnav_za

REGISTRY TOOLS

CCleaner (Free version)

Although it lacks a few of the bells and whistles found in other PC-cleaning applications, this free program offers more than enough features to make it a worthy download. CCleaner's interface is logically designed and makes it easy to wipe away your tracks from Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, and Google Chrome from various Windows system areas, and from some third-party applications.

http://download.cnet.com/ccleaner/?tag=mncol;1

Free Windows Registry Repair

Free Window Registry Repair is a refreshingly simple tool for cleaning up your Windows Registry. It lacks the bells and whistles offered by some programs--such as special features for uninstalling programs or managing the Start menu--but thankfully so. This is a program that does something well and doesn't stray from that success.

http://download.cnet.com/Free-Window-Registry-Repair/3000-2086_4-10606555.html?tag=mncol;6

 

 

 

 

 
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