Today, there is an hour by hour increasing threat from viruses, worms, trojans, spyware and all other sorts of Internet nasties that will do nothing but harm to not only your computer but possibly your bank and personal details too. Thus, it goes without saying that it would be sheer madness not to have some sort of Internet security. Many people associate this with cost but, it need not cost a penny to ensure the security of your PC.
Free antivirus and security software recommendations.
Whilst there are many paid antivirus applications (Nortons Antivirus being one) there are numerous free alternatives that will increase most computers' security perfectly and adequately. Security applications will perform regular computer checks and will provide protection from Internet viruses and such like. Some free PC internet security and antivirus software are detailed below: Avira Antivir: A free anti virus application, Avira Antivir is probably better for more technically minded users. AVG Free: With automatic update functionality, the AVG Free is also good for people with fairly low system specifications as it doesn't eat into resources too much. Avast! 5 Free Edition: Also with automatic updates, developer Alwil's offering is also quite low in terms of system requirements. Microsoft Security Essentials: With what seems like a fairly seamless integration into the Windows environment, some might prefer this offering as it can appear less obtrusive.
Free spyware, adware and malware removal tools.
Description of spyware and malware Another security threat to PCs are spyware and malware. These attack the system in a different manner but, can still be just as harmful as their virus cousins. Whilst most antivirus software nowadays have the functionality to defend against spyware, malware and adware, some are better than others and some (through fear of lawsuits and suchlike) have none at all. Here are some examples of free spyware and malware removal applications which are also being constantly updated: Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware: Although there is paid edition which automates some tasks, the free version still does a very good job of removing malware. Spybot - Search & Destroy: A great tool for detecting, removing and blocking not only spyware but also adware too, with disinfection functionality to help keep your system clean. Ad-Aware: Created by Lavasoft, Ad-Aware detects and removes malware, spyware and adware. It also has antivirus functionality