Software

Software listed below is recommended by PCWorx

YOU MUST PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER!

Being on the internet can be a risky business. The first thing I would suggest is that you make sure your computer is free of viruses and spyware etc.

If you don’t already have it you should download Malwarebytes and install it. This will catch anything else that is lurking around on your computer and keep it clean from spyware. If you wish you can add Ad-aware also.

You might ask why do we have to have more than one different Anti-Spyware programs..

Software companies work hard at trying to keep up with all the nasties out there on the internet. If you take any 1 piece of Anti Spyware¬† software, you will find that it will not find all nasties in your computer. This is why I suggest you install and run at least the 2 I have just mentioned on a regular basis. Its not hard to do and you could be kicking yourself¬† if you don’t do it.

Once you have done that you should make sure you have a decent Anti-Virus program loaded. AVG antivirus is free. But there are many on the market and you should maybe do some research to see what best suits you. I personally use and have had not problems with AVG. Please ensure you keep them updated to ensure your system runs clean and continues to run clean.

These are all free to download, and should give you all the protection you need.

Here are some links to Anti-Virus, and Anti-Spyware protection / removal programs that you can download for free.

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition -This is a highly recommended, free Anti-Virus. Although I believe this will not be free to download for much longer. But so far it looks like they are providing a free version as well as a paid version.

Ad-Aware -This program gives advanced protection from known Data-mining, aggressive advertising, Parasites, Scumware, selected traditional Trojans, Dialers, Malware, Browser hijackers, and tracking components.

Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware a.k.a. MBAM – Download Free Version (freeware)Homepage
Why? Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware is very good at removing the zlob trojan, virtumonde, and most other current infections. This single tool has replaced multiple tools that have been required in the past.

1. Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
2. At the end, confirm a check mark is placed next to the following:

* Update Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware
* Launch Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware

3. Then click Finish.
4. If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
5. Once the program has loaded, select Perform full scan, then click Scan.
6. When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
7. Be sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
8. When completed, a log will open in Notepad. The rogue application should now be gone.

Note: Some infections will prevent MBAM from running. If MBAM won’t run, try renaming the file mbam-setup.exe to a random name, and then try again.

CCleaner-Removes unused and temporary files from your systems, allowing Windows to run quicker, more efficiently and give you more hard disk space.

RegSeeker

 

RegSeeker is a perfect companion for your Windows registry !

RegSeeker includes a powerful registry cleaner and can display various informations like your startup entries, several histories (even index.dat files), installed applications and much more ! With RegSeeker you can search for any item inside your registry, export/delete the results, open them in the registry. RegSeeker also includes a tweaks panel to optimize your OS ! Now RegSeeker includes a file tool to search for duplicate files, bad shortcuts and more !

RegSeeker is FREE for personal use only !

RegSeeker can search for items, uninstall applications, clear histories, clean your registry, and more. It includes a powerful registry cleaner and can display various informations like your startup entries, several histories (even index.dat files), installed applications and much more. You can search for any item inside your registry, export/delete the results, open them in the registry. It also includes a tweaks panel to optimize your OS. It also includes a file tool to search for duplicate files, bad shortcuts and more.

Latest Changes:

* Introducing Vista support (you will need to elevate UAC)

* Improved backup/restore functions (double-click for opening in regedit)

* Integrated Exclusion list editor with Import option

* Fix issue with StreamMRU cleaning (quicklaunch/desktop icons reorganization)

* Safer registry cleaning results

* Some crashes fixed

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BROWSERS

I DONOT use Internet Explorer, There are a lot of security problems with IE. Even the new version. It is on everyones computer and because so many people use it, it makes it easier for hackers to hack into your computer.

Mozilla Firefox– Mozilla is the browser of choice for many internet marketers and autosurfers.

The award-winning Web browser is now faster, more secure, and fully customizable to your online life. With Firefox update, they have added powerful new features that make your online experience even better.

Why download Firefox? First off, it’s the safest browser available for free, not only that, but you can customize and tweak Firefox any way you want with thousands of available plug-ins and skins. Firefox also comes with Google Toolbar which further makes it easier for you to search for anything in a split second. Browse the web faster. Get Firefox with Google Toolbar

Emailing is a risky business, particularly if you use Yahoo or Hotmail addresses. Any email can arrive in your email box with a virus attached. Open the email and off it goes. A potential trap.

You can use a program like Mail Washer to check your emails before they even arrive on your computer. Then if you find it is a spam email for from someone you don’t know, you can bounce it right back to them.

Other Resourses

MWSnap – Some people would like to get a snap shot of your screen. With this program you can just press a combination of Keys and then select the area you want to copy, and it is done. Save it and use the saved image where you want.

Other FREE Downloads

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Microsoft DirectX Latest Version

Microsoft .NET Framework Version 2.0

Microsoft Internet Explorer

QuickTime Player

RealOne Player

Windows Media Player