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Old 02-03-2006, 04:16 AM
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Default Protecting Your (and your clients) PC - for those of you on a budget

Protecting Your (and your clients) PC
[SIZE=1]For those on a budget

[/SIZE][SIZE=1](this post was originally by [/SIZE][SIZE=1]Mercutio and Wastaz from my other forum Anime-Forums.com)[/SIZE]
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Every once and awhile, there is a thread about computer security. And I felt like writing a very simple quick guide to helping users with a budget get a jump start on protecting thier pc from spyware, viruses etc.

1.) Virus Protection

Avast 4 Home Edition is the perfect tool for protecting your pc, not only is it free but it runs full time resident scanners and can run a scan at boot to rid your computer of those nasty nagging viruses.

Download:
http://www.avast.com/eng/down_home.html


2.) Firewall

While there is no better protection than setting up a router for your internet to your current computer (direct connecting to the internet is just asking for it in our times) I can suggest to you a good free firewall for home use. Kerio is a great, light-weight firewall that wont bog down your virtual memory while still providing great protection. It can be found here for free.

Download:
http://www.kerio.com/kpf_download.html



3.) Spyware / Adware

While this is a known fact to 70% of the tech forum regulars, I still had to add on Ad-aware and Spybot to this list. Personally being my top picks in this catagory. For those who do not have both I urge you to run off and download them now here.

Spybot Download:
http://www.safer-networking.org/en/mirrors/index.html

Ad-aware Download:
http://www.lavasoftusa.com/support/download/


4) Stop using Internet explorer.

Its a known fact that its got more security holes in itself than any other single piece of software known to man. By not using IE you'll decrease the risk of getting spyware/hijacking programs/weird other crap by A LOT. Yes, this does mean that you should not be using any browser based on IE, that includes things like Avant browser that, while being a little bit better, still is based on a flawed ground.

Mozilla and Firefox download:
http://www.mozilla.org/

Opera download:
http://www.opera.com/
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