Tuesday, December 18, 2007

27. Best Anti-Viruses and Spyware Protection

By: Me
Last Update: 12/19/07

Ok, here is the very anticipated post about the anti-virus and spyware protection programs. Here are just a few, and these work very well (and are free also!).

Best Anti-Spyware/Anti-Virus Program To Use: Ad-Aware 2007 by Lavasoft.
It finds lots of spyware and any viruses that Norton or McCaffee does not.

Highly recommended to use every 2 weeks, or at the very least, once a month.

Link to latest download:

Best System Optimization Tool (aka Getting Rid of Unnecessary and Unused Files): CC Cleaner
"CCleaner (formerly Crap Cleaner) is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused and temporary files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster, more efficiently and giving you more hard disk space. The best part is that it's fast! (normally taking less than a second to run)."

Highly recommended to use at least once a month.

Link to latest download:

Second Best Anti-Spyware Program To Use: Spybot - Search & Destroy
"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. The handy online-update feature ensures that Spybot always has the most current and complete listings of adware, dialers, and other uninvited system residents."

Highly recommended to use in conjunction with Ad-Aware 2007; use at least once a month.

Link to latest download:

Best Disk Defragmenter: Disk Defragmenter that comes with Windows.
It will clear up some free space for you, as well as make it easier and faster for you to access, save, and open files.

Highly recommended to use at least once a month.

To access, go to Start --> Programs --> Accessories --> System Tools --> Disk Defragmenter.

That's all for now, check for new updates either through the program's site, or on this page; I will update any updates for the programs regularly.

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