I wrote this page because I have acquaintances, clients, friends and family who want to know how to get rid of or prevent viruses and malicious software from getting on their computer. Following is a list of software that I have used on my computer, and with which I am quite pleased. I have not had a virus on my computer in over 10 years.
Update! – I am now on the Committee to Safeguard Children through my church, Holy Family, and we recently had a presentation about keeping your child safe on the Internet, hence this update. I STRONGLY recommend visiting http://netsmartz.org, download, view and distribute the presentation. There are some very good tips on keeping kids safe on the Internet.
With that in mind, if you have a child, and want to be proactive in how your child uses the computer, I don't think there is any software better than Peanut Butter Software, available from Peanut Butter Software. Since I have a child that uses the computer, I looked at all kinds of software, browser filters, etc., until I came across this one. I highly recommend it.
Recently, I've been answering questions about computer security at Yahoo Answers. Apparently, there are a lot of people who need help after having gone out on the Internet.
My Yahoo Avatar – The cat, boy and purse match.
So, I'm putting this list of things that I do to keep safe. They work. They are all free. They work.
1. AVG – I have been using AVG Free for years and have never had a problem.
2. Mal-ware Remover – I like Spybot Search and Destroy. Be sure and put it into advanced mode and take a look at the BHOs and start up programs. You might be surprised to find out what is starting automatically. I also like Malware Bytes.
3. Start-Up Monitor – a tiny little program that alerts you when programs are trying to install on your system, or want to load up on start up.
4. StartUp Control Panel – run this little program from the control panel and enable/disable programs that run on start up.
5. Process Explorer will show you what programs are running on your computer. It's like Task Manager on steroids, and is a great way to stop malware in its tracks (you still have to remove it, but this program will kill it for now.
6. Spyware Blaster – inoculates your browser(s) against known spyware and malware
7. Hostsman – a hosts manager makes it so your browser cannot even go to certain malicious web sites, also prevents a lot of ad tracking
8. Firewall – Windows has a firewall, but it only monitors incoming traffic. It does not monitor outgoing, nor does it monitor programs opening other programs unexpectedly. I like Sunbelt's firewall.
9. Software Inspector – It is important to know which if any of the programs on your systems have vulnerabilities, and get them patched.
10. Disable iframes and frames.
If you are using Outlook, I strongly recommend getting another email client. Outlook is one of the easiest ways to get an infection. I recommend Pegasus to read mail and Mailwasher to preview headers before downloading to an email client.