General PC Maintenance & Security Software: Like it or not

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General PC Maintenance & Security Software: Like it or not

Post  Admin on Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:10 am

Today, we see viruses, spyware, ad-ware, scams and crackers waiting to ruin your computing experience. Every download, transaction and web page visit is almost like a game of Russian roulette. It becomes important to protect and maintain your PC from these types of malware and evil-doers more than ever.

There's a special fuzzy feeling you get when you install and use a PC maintenance utility or security program. Sometimes retail software programs are preferred. Alternatively, there are some great free programs to help you out and give you an extra fuzzy feeling because they cost zero dollars.

First, you need a secure trustworthy and virus free place to download from.

==> http://download.cnet.com

Downloads.com is simply part of C|net.com which is a fantastic download site. When you are there, you can review and download trial and free software (ie. see programs listed below). I recommend the following:

Free Internet Security Programs
:

Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus
Auslogics Disk Defrag
Advanced Registry Optimize
Glary Utilities
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
Revo Uninstaller
SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition


Retail Internet Security Programs
:

Kaspersky Internet Security (KIS)
Revo Uninstaller Pro
Tuneup Utilities


Note that sometimes even if a retail internet security program is used, a free program is used also.

For example, even though I have KIS, I opt to use some free software programs as "on-demand". On demand simply means that the program is not actively running all the time. I just run them when I need.

Here's my current setup
:

Kaspersky Internet Security (KIS-2012) - Retail product, but all-in-one, feature rich... well worth it. Why?

- price (low cost)
- easy Install and operation
- pretty much configured (ready to go out of the box with secure settings enabled)
- light on computer resource usage and a small footprint (size or taking up space)
- scan times are decent and less likely to cause a false negative (false alarm)
- scans downloads in real time (as they happen... even inside zip or rar archives)
- scans incoming and outgoing emails and their attachments
- has a high detection rate and has a low false positive rate
- one of the top 4 products in its class

I've had good luck with KIS since 2007. The current KIS has a safe online banking feature and a game mode too (although I never use the game mode because KIS is light on system resources anyway)! It updates itself once a day and can let you know if it needs updating before it does it automatically. It doesn't inundate me with pop up messages and has an emergency disk feature that can be made (which is easy and great for situations where your computer is infected upon starting up. In this case, you can use the emergency disk to start up the computer and remove the virus that way).

CCleaner - I have this free program set to clean and empty everything except the registry.

Tuneup Utilities
- This is retail, but does all cleaning and optimizing really well for the price.

Revo Uninstaller - This totally free program does a much better than the Windows built-in "Add-remover" and removes a lot of extra junk when uninstalling a program. This works well for 32Bit operating systems such as Windows 7, Vista, XP. Now it does run on 64Bit operating systems, but it does not work with the 64Bit programs, only the 32Bit programs.

Revo Uninstaller Pro
- This costs, but not much. Like the free version, this program does a much better than the Windows built-in "Add-remover" and removes a lot of extra junk when uninstalling a program, but this does work well for 64Bit operating systems such as Windows 7, Vista, XP.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
- It's a free type program. I use it for an "on-demand" scanner. The paid version enables real time protection and some other fancy features. I don't recommend the retail version if you already have a product like KIS.

SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition - It's a free type program. I use it for an "on-demand" scanner. The paid version enables real time protection and some other fancy features. Again, I don't recommend the retail version if you already have a product like KIS.


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The Update: Internet Security

Post  AKMARK5000 on Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:19 am

An internet security software suit is very important; especially now with the arrival of this new CryptoLocker Randsom-malware.  

Information Article ==> http://blog.kaspersky.com/cryptolocker-is-bad-news/

I'm sure most internet security software have similar articles and informaton, but I use Kaspersky Internet Security because it has provided my household computers with protection for the last five years.  Without getting too technical, it is constantly ranked in the top five products in it's class, it is fairy speedy and does not really slow down the computing experience.  Most important is the price -- cheap far as internet security software goes because it is licensed to install onto three computers.  Through amazon.com I've seen it for less than or equal to $30.

I urge family and friends to not only use a good internet security suite, but also use external media (CDs/Portable USB Drives and Memory Sticks).  External or portable media can house financial documents and data, photos, music files and other data.  You can work with files and data as if they where on an internal hard drive. 

Personally, I keep all my important files and data on external drives and then remove or disconnect them when not in use.  Turn your computers OFF when not in use and be aware of what you are putting onto your computer (ask yourself; does that file, photo or document really need to be there?).  And finally, make backups of everything and work from copies!

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