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dallascisco
05-08-2008, 08:04 PM
The tools below are all free for home use and provide ways to keep your computer safe.


Anti-Virus-

AVG Anti-Virus

http://www.download.com/AVG-Anti-Virus-Free-Edition/3000-2239_4-10320142.html (http://free.grisoft.com/ww.download?prd=afe)


This is a good anti-virus program that doesn't take over your computer like Symantec and Mcafee products tend to do. Includes the AVG Anti-Spyware compenents as well. Please note that you should only have one anti-virus program running on your machine at a time to avoid conflicts.


Anti-Spyware-

Spybot Search and Destroy-

http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html


Lavasoft Ad-Aware Free Edition-

http://www.lavasoftusa.com/products/ad_aware_free.php

These two freebies are a good one two punch as what one doesn't pick up the other generally does.


Hijackthis-

http://www.download.com/Trend-Micro-HijackThis/3000-8022_4-10227353.html


This tool helps you find bad items that can infiltrate your internet explorer web browser.


Firewall-


Zonealarm-

http://www.zonealarm.com/store/content/catalog/products/sku_list_za.jsp


This is a decent software based firewall that adds extra security to your PC beyond that of your broadband router.

Comodo Firewall-

http://www.personalfirewall.comodo.com/download_firewall.html

I prefer this firewall over Zonealarm's free software for users who are comfortable with adjusting settings. Comodo has much more reconfigurability then zonealarm. Users who like to set and forget should use ZoneAlarm.


Instant Messaging-

Trillian-

http://www.download.com/Trillian/3000-2150_4-10047473.html?part=dl-trillian&subj=dl&tag=button&cdlPid=10781763


This messaging client allows you to integrate most major chat protocols into one program.


Other-

Comodo Website Verification Engine-

http://www.vengine.com/products/vengine/index.html

This handy tool helps you identify malicious and phishing websites by placing different color borders around your screen. This utility does not take up much memory and is very good at sniffing out bad sites.


Belarc Advisor PC Audit-

http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

Need to know information about a piece of hardware in your system? need to know which windows patches are installed? Did you forget one of your software products keys? Belarc Advisor tells you all this and more!


Skype-

http://www.skype.com/

Skype is a messaging and voice client that allows unlimited call time for free using your internet connection.

mikesilvia
05-08-2008, 11:34 PM
Adaware and SpyBot are great tools and I run them weekly! Great list overall.

olemissfan20
05-08-2008, 11:42 PM
thanks for the info.

stewart20rulz
05-08-2008, 11:45 PM
I use Zone Alarm Pro. I paid for upgraded software and I've had no problems ever.

meuandthelot
05-09-2008, 06:18 AM
Great idea..Thank You

Very useful in both maintaining the integrity and personal information in your system(IE:prevent keystroke loggers, data miners, etc) and keeping it running in tip top fashion ;)

dallascisco
05-09-2008, 09:01 AM
Adaware and Spybot have been godsends to me as an IT professional. Some companies still don't fully understand how spyware affects them and don't take measures to stop it. It's helpful to have free tools.

Zonealarm Pro enables alot of features if you know how to use them. Most home users only need the free version which provides an extra layer of protection without much complexity.

I'll be adding more items as I remember them. A couple sites I go to were not working at the time of first post.

meuandthelot
05-14-2008, 11:19 PM
I really trust those at Tom Coyote, the techs go through an actual "Online Class" they are second to none at helping with hijackthis logs
http://forums.whatthetech.com/forums.html

Also, bleepingcomputer.com and castlecops.com are very good & trusted resources.

Aharvey
08-31-2008, 09:55 PM
I would recommend techsupportforums.com if you suspect you have any kind of virus, spyware, malware, etc. I went there, and they walked me through the steps to completely remove the infected items and clean my system for free. It ended up saving me quite a bit of money, versus paying for someone to come out to my house and fix it. They use some of the programs listed above and offer step-by-step user firendly instructions on how to use them, as well as other powerful and effective tools.

pootshwan
09-17-2008, 09:30 PM
awesome list!

dallascisco
09-17-2008, 10:36 PM
I've used that forum in the past and agree with you. They are great people. Thanks for sharing!




I would recommend techsupportforums.com if you suspect you have any kind of virus, spyware, malware, etc. I went there, and they walked me through the steps to completely remove the infected items and clean my system for free. It ended up saving me quite a bit of money, versus paying for someone to come out to my house and fix it. They use some of the programs listed above and offer step-by-step user firendly instructions on how to use them, as well as other powerful and effective tools.

will22clark
09-18-2008, 01:43 AM
anyone have a link so my family can know how to identify fraud emails and spam so they dont get scammed for their info or money.They pretty much know if its too good to be true,it probably is but theres all sorts of different ones....any help would be appreciated

dallascisco
09-18-2008, 09:11 AM
Most of those emails contain links to fraudulent websites. I'd recommend the Comodo verification engine I described in my initial post.



anyone have a link so my family can know how to identify fraud emails and spam so they dont get scammed for their info or money.They pretty much know if its too good to be true,it probably is but theres all sorts of different ones....any help would be appreciated

will22clark
09-18-2008, 11:04 AM
k,thanks .

corperryale
12-31-2008, 07:32 PM
I have AVG, and it's great.

tikitomoka
12-31-2008, 07:59 PM
i use avast antivirus and love it, also for malware i use malwarebytes also great

Jeremy_Falcons
02-07-2009, 05:46 PM
I use Zone Alarm Pro. I paid for upgraded software and I've had no problems ever.

I have the Free Edition. Is the AVG upgrade worth the cost?

Jeremy_Falcons
02-08-2009, 04:39 PM
I recommend adding CCleaner to the list. It's a great, free tool that cleans out your PC's clutter and also removes deleted/old registry entries. I run this daily. www.ccleaner.com

JesRey
02-08-2009, 05:05 PM
I recommend adding CCleaner to the list. It's a great, free tool that cleans out your PC's clutter and also removes deleted/old registry entries. I run this daily. www.ccleaner.com (http://www.ccleaner.com)

Yup CCleaner is a great program.
But if you want a great program. I would recommend Windows Live OneCare. It cost $50 bucks but it's worth it. I got it on Black Friday for half off.

Bobo
02-21-2009, 10:24 PM
My apologies if it's already been mentioned but Glary Utilities (http://www.glaryutilities.com/) is a cool program. It cleans the registry, finds duplicate files, empty folders, is a file shredder...all sorts of stuff.

lil5up3rman
02-21-2009, 10:50 PM
Theres is also a great program out there for removing programs, it also delets registry files that were created in that program and completely cleans it off your computer it is called youruninstaller. Daniel

jimymac
02-26-2009, 09:44 PM
This list is pretty darn good. But if you don't know how to use Hijackthis you need to contact their help support. Remove the wrong thing and you will need to do a system restore to go back before you ran hijackthis. I worked for Geek Squad for 3 years now work IT for a local school district.

BTW if you ever see an email saying you have a greeting do not open it. Trust me on this I know what I am talking about.

yodawgyo
04-18-2009, 09:52 PM
Another good free Anti Virus is Avira Antivir, I use that along with Comodo Firewall

dallascisco
04-18-2009, 10:49 PM
The thing I don't like about Avira is that it expires after one year.



Another good free Anti Virus is Avira Antivir, I use that along with Comodo Firewall

Glebe
07-28-2009, 05:13 PM
Avast is probably the best free anti-virus, AVG has sooo many false positives.

But honestly, on all my windows OS computers I just use NOD32 and Malwarebytes registered, I Never get viruses no matter what.

will22clark
10-14-2009, 03:02 AM
just got a new laptop.would it be okay to have just the lavasoft program on my computer?or do i need more?had it a couple weeks with just lavasoft and no problems

dallascisco
10-14-2009, 08:08 AM
I use a combo of avg, adaware, and spybot.



just got a new laptop.would it be okay to have just the lavasoft program on my computer?or do i need more?had it a couple weeks with just lavasoft and no problems

Chuck-17
10-14-2009, 12:26 PM
Malwarebytes would be another great program for your list.

will22clark
10-14-2009, 07:44 PM
ok now thAT IVE DOWNLOADED THE AVG ,I AM GETTING THIS MESSAGE EVERYTIME I LOG INTO MY YAHOO MAIL TO CHECK MY MESSAGES:
DANGER:AVG SEARCH SHIELD HAS DETECTED ACTIVE THREATS ON THIS PAGE AND HAS BLOCKED ACCESS FOR YOUR PROTECTION......ETC.....ETC...

THIS MESSAGE IS ONLY SHOWING WHERE ADVERTISMENTS ARE. IS THIS NORMALLY GOING TO HAPPEN FOR NOW ON WHERE THOSE ADVERTISMENTS ARE?

THATS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE...

I EVEN CHANGED MY EMAIL ADDRESS BECAUSE I THOUGHT ID CATCH A VIRUS FROM MY OLD EMAIL ADDRESS,LOL.....

Glebe
10-18-2009, 07:54 PM
the ads probably had malicious script in them so avg is protecting you form it, don't worry.

theonedru
10-22-2009, 04:35 AM
What are peoples views on ZoneAlarm Extreme security. my wife and I are leaning towards it.

dallascisco
10-22-2009, 10:09 AM
I've never used the "extreme security" version but the zonealarm free firewall works pretty well.



What are peoples views on ZoneAlarm Extreme security. my wife and I are leaning towards it.

meuandthelot
11-11-2009, 07:01 PM
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/get-squared-anti-malware-free-1-day-only.htm

12 hours left, I have it, and it behaves well with Spybot and Avast.

JeRmZ
11-16-2009, 10:00 PM
I have a question ..

My McAfee just ran out and I really don't want to renew it (read can't afford it) ... if I download this AVG Anti-virus and the Zonealarm firewall is that good or am I better getting back with McAfee?

Not really up to speed on this type stuff. I've always heard though that McAfee is not that great and not worth the money.

Thanks!

dallascisco
11-17-2009, 08:58 AM
Honestly, I find the free stuff to be just as good as the stuff you pay for.




I have a question ..

My McAfee just ran out and I really don't want to renew it (read can't afford it) ... if I download this AVG Anti-virus and the Zonealarm firewall is that good or am I better getting back with McAfee?

Not really up to speed on this type stuff. I've always heard though that McAfee is not that great and not worth the money.

Thanks!

JeRmZ
11-17-2009, 09:00 AM
Cool then, I'm gonna check it out tonigh. My McAfee just ended yesterday and I don't have the money to pay for it right now. I rarely use my computer at home but it obviously still needs to be protected.

Thanks!!

YuckyBoy88
01-13-2010, 03:01 PM
I am a phone tech for a computer company we do consumer tech support and we always run Malwarebytes its great. if you have any questions about it or removing virus feel free to shoot me a PM

meuandthelot
02-18-2010, 05:00 PM
Cool Tip, something to try:
There are many great tools, but this is easy & fun ;)

Bootable CD with Puppy Linux(can also make a live cd), it loads in the Ram, yes ram, no HD needed..give it a try on an old system you have that may be bjorked or just sitting there. Works well on laptops

It can also mount a hard drive, so you can see if there's any readable info left on it.

mdclapps
03-28-2010, 12:49 AM
I use AVG, works great!

FriSC0NiN3rs
06-07-2010, 11:13 PM
Nice thread on security... I use Eset, the best anti-virus money can buy , it doesn't eat your system resources and has a very fast scan engine unlike Norton and Kapersky, etc,,...

Nod32 vs competition:
http://www.eset.com/home/compare-eset-to-competition ...
Their numerous awards:
http://www.eset.com/home/compare-eset-to-competition/awards

For free antivirus programs I use avast, AVG is ok, but I prefer Avast... Spybot is the best for spyware, adaware was just ok..

Oh yeah and how really secure is your firewall???
https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2

I'm stealth and passed.. How do you stack up??

Zonealarm was great until checkpoint bought them out... I still use a older version of zonealarm for my software firewall and don't forget about your hardware firewall settings also, enabling the hardware firewall makes a difference, but also can block some web pages from loading...

Thanks..

CYmarlins
08-18-2010, 06:04 PM
Microsoft Security Essentials has blown AVG out of the way. Less resources and much more effecient in real time protection. Absolutely free for all home users.

Malwarebytes is also a good program for spyware removal.

CCleaner is good as well.

I do IT work and run a side business, going to college to get my degree in Network Security, but those are the main programs I use for my clients. Never given me a problem.