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My Recommended Software

  Here is a list of Software that I recommend installing to keep your PC safe against spyware and ads.

 

 Ad-Aware

 Find and remove Ad-ware

 

 Spybot S&D

 Find and Remove Spyware

 

 SpywareBlaster

 Ad-ware Blocker

 

 A-Squared

 Find Trojan Horses, Worms,

 Dialers

 

 AVG Anti-Spyware

  Find Trojan Horses, Worms, Dialers

 

 Avast Free Edition  

 Anti-Virus

 

 Mozilla

 Firefox Browser

 

 Google Toolbar

 Popup Blocker

 

 Comodo Firewall

 Free Firewall

 

 

 

 

 

Useful & recommended Software

 

Here is a list of anti-virus and firewall programs you should consider installing on your PC to keep it safe!  Most are freeware!  Along with links to some of the best help sites on the web.

All items are either freeware or shareware. Note: I do not own, nor am I affiliated with any of this software, or it's developers, in anyway, unless noted otherwise.

NOTE: Always turn off system restore, and reboot into safe mode when removing viruses and spyware. This is the safest way to completely remove unwanted viruses and spyware utilities installed on your pc.

STARTUP UTILITES:
 
Never use MSConfig to disable startup programs no matter what others have recommended. MSConfig was never meant to be a startup manager. Please note the warning found on the Microsoft site concerning MSConfig. If you use it and then run a program, you may cause problems that can only be resolved with a repair install of your Operating system.

Free Anti-Virus

These are Free!

Avast Free Edition

Avast! Antivirus software is based on the ALWIL Software Virus, Worm and Trojan horse scanning technology since 1988. The Avast! Antivirus portfolio includes a number of products, providing effective protection at all levels - from PDAs to large networks.

 

AntiVir Personal

 

The new AntiVir PersonalEdition Premium provides more security for viruses, worms and Trojan: The comprehensive security of the cost-free version is supplemented with useful features in security and comfort by the Premium Version of the known and popular AntiVir software:

 

Avira AntiVir PE Classic

 

Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic is a reliable antivirus solution, that constantly and rapidly scans your computer for malicious programs (such as viruses, Trojans, backdoor programs, hoaxes, worms, dialers etc.)

 

ClamWin Antivirus

 

ClamWin is a Free Antivirus for Microsoft Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/2003. It provides a graphical user interface to the Clam AntiVirus engine.

AVG Free Edition

New - AVG Free Edition is now available for all single home users worldwide!
 This is a full package, includes background scanning and updates!

Panda - Free Online Virus Scan.

Try the Panda solution that best suits your needs, free of charge.

Stop Sign

Stop Sign is eAnthology's Anti-Virus Service. Get a Free Virus Scan to determine if you are infected!

Norton

The world's leading antivirus software - Use only the best to keep your pc protected.

Trend - Free online scan

Ease your mind and scan your PC for viruses NOW!

McAfee

FreeScan detects the presence of viruses on your computer.

Sygate

Sygate is the market leader in endpoint security. Our flagship solution, Sygate Secure Enterprise, protects corporate networks from damage and loss with centrally managed security agents on network endpoints and network access points.

Zone Labs - Free online scan

Simply surfing the Internet exposes your browsing habits to others. Files can be placed on your computer to track your activity online and report back to questionable parties. These tracking devices are unwanted files that invade your Internet privacy.

 

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FREE FIREWALLS
 
These are Free!

 

Ashampoo Firewall

 

Heavy-duty Protection for Everyone; Small and efficient instead of big and confusing

 

Comodo Personal Firewall

 

FREE Comodo Personal Firewall - Secure your system against internal attacks such as Trojan viruses / malicious software and external attacks by hackers. With a user-friendly single click interface you can allow or block access to the Internet offering complete immunity to attacks and total protection of your personal information.

 

Filseclab Firewall

 

Filseclab Personal Firewall is a personal firewall that allows you to control which programs can access the Internet and at what times. It offers an automated rules wizard that will prompt you for action whenever an incoming or outgoing connection is detected, that does not match any of the existing rule sets. You can then choose to grant or deny access, and automatically create a rule for it.

 

Jetico Firewall

 

The software offers detailed, configurable event logs, reports, plus the option to view and edit the firewall configuration. The modular architecture is as open as possible to assist with easier evaluation of the security.

 

Omniquad Firewall

 

  Omniquad Personal Firewall is a personal security system to protect your computers from unauthorized access over the LAN and / Internet.

 

R-Firewall

 

R-Firewall is an effective and easy-to-use solution to secure your on-line activity. It protects a computer connected to a local network and/or to the Internet against any intrusions, attacks, Trojans, spyware, and other external and internal threats. R-Firewall also filters out inappropriate Internet pages content and blocks dangerous active components you may get while browsing over the Internet or receiving e-mail massages.

 

SafeZone

 

SafeZone locks a computer system to external connections by analysis and routing of network traffic. SafeZone can be customized to isolate, record and warn the user of all hacking attempts.

 

SensiveGuard

 

SensiveGuard checks every inbound and outbound network access for policy compliance, suspends and warns on every access in real-time that is not allowed or denied explicitly by policies.

 

SoftPerfect Firewall

 

SoftPerfect Personal Firewall is a free network firewall designed to protect your PC against attacks from the Internet or via a local area network. SoftPerfect Personal Firewall offers customizable security using user-defined rules for packet filtering.

 

Xeon Personal Firewall

 

Xeon Personal Firewall is one of the most powerful firewalls available on the internet. You are able to control which applications can access the internet, and what security setting you would like on your computer.

Zone Alarm

Basic PC protection for the home user. Millions of users have selected ZoneAlarm as their basic Internet security solution. The award-winning personal firewall blocks dangerous Internet threats, guarding your PC from many of the tactics used by hackers and data thieves. For more complete protection from all threats from email-borne viruses to privacy-violating cookies and web bugs.

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SPYWARE And ADWARE
 These are Free!

Ewido

 

Complement your existing protection system today!

We offer you real-time protection against over 61.000 threats of the newest generation:

 

A2 Squared

 

In the past, the classic virus, which attached itself to other programs, was the only major concern. In today's Internet environment, a new kind of menace which is especially made for attacks on the Internet are much more dangerous. Every computer on the web is vulnerable. Two categories of harmful code have become more important in the last two years: Worms and Trojan Horses. Such harmful tools are called Malware. The term was created by a combination of "malicious" and "software ".

Ad-Aware

DOWNLOAD

Ad-aware Standard Edition is THE award winning, free*, multicomponent detection and removal utility that consistently leads the industry in safety, user satisfaction, support and reliability.

Spybot S&D

DOWNLOAD

 

Application to scan for spyware, adware, hijackers and other malicious software.

Hijack This

HijackThis examines certain key areas of the Registry and Hard Drive and lists their contents. These are areas, which are used by both legitimate programmers and hijackers.

Hijack This Tutorial

Hijack This by Merijn is a great tool for detecting and removing browser Hijacks. A browser hijack is when spyware takes over your internet settings.

Adware, Spyware and how to remove them

Go here for programs that detect and remove malware files.

Bazooka Adware and Spyware Scanner

DOWNLOAD

Free - Detect a multitude of spyware, adware, trojan, keylogger and trackware components; sources of irritation that antirus software does not deal with.

1st Privacy Tool for Windows

1st Privacy Tool is a powerful security utility that allows you to restrict access to Windows important resources.

IESPYAD

IE-SPYAD is a Registry file (IE-ADS.REG) that adds a long list of sites and domains associated with known advertisers, marketers, and crapware pushers to the Restricted sites zone of Internet Explorer.

SpywareBlaster

Prevent spyware from installing in the first place!

Browser Hijack Blaster

Running silently in the background, Browser Hijack Blaster only springs into action when an attempt is made. It watches and protects the following items:
IE Homepage, IE Default Page, IE Search Page, BHOs.

Spy sweeper Detect and remove spyware and adware

Download free spy sweeper software, use spysweeper to uninstall detect and remove spyware and adware.

WinPatrol is a FREE a multi-function tool

Scotty the Windows Watch Dog will sniff out malicious, nasty "mysteryware" that may attack your computer. WinPatrol puts you back in control of your computer with no need for constant updates.

 

CWShredder

 

CWShredder finds and destroys traces of CoolWebSearch. CoolWebSearch is a name given to a wide range of different browser hijackers.

XP Anti-spy

Keeps Spys Away!

 

1-2-3 Spyware Free

 

Protecting from spyware and adware can be easy and effective! 1-2-3 Spyware Free is the award winning solution that will comprehensively scan your PC for unwanted components and will suggest their removal. The Update Option enables you to get an up-to-date version on a regular basis. Use 1-2-3 Spyware Free and be safe!

KazaaBegone 1.01

KazaaBegone is a Kazaa uninstaller, which scans and removes all elements of all Kazaa versions, as well as all of the bundled software that comes with it. You have the option to just search for the components or to search and destroy.

 

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TROJAN DETECTION/REMOVAL

Trojan Scan-online scan

Trojan horses are a huge security threat. A Trojan is a program that enters your computer undetected, giving the attacker who planted the Trojan unrestricted access to the data stored on your computer.

a2 Free - Anti-Trojan

a² is a complementary product to antivirus software which is specialized in protection against harmful software. Antivirus software often features an inadequate protection against Trojans, Dialers and Spyware. a² fills this gap.

PestControl

Odds are your PC has spyware on it right now. When you receive e-mail, visit websites, or download files, these digital Peeping Toms can sneak into your PC and reveal your deepest secrets to unscrupulous hackers and relentless spammers.

SwatIt.-FREE

SwatIt Anti Trojan and Bot Scanner and Remover
Now with Advanced Heuristic Detection!

 

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MOHERBOARD MONITORS

Belarc Advisor - Free Personal PC Audit (version 6.1)(Freeware)

CPU-Z is a freeware detection program base on the Panopsys hardware detection engine.
It allows getting some information on your system.

Sandra Standard

SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.

Hot CPU Tester Pro is a system health and stability tester

Hot CPU Tester Pro - Hot CPU Tester is a system stability tester. It tests CPU, and virtually all parts of motherboard units for errors.

Power supply Calculator

Have you ever wondered if you're buying the proper sized power supply?   -   If you've ever looked, the information isn't that easy to find.  Here's the solution....

Power supply Calculator

You may not know it but your power supply is crucial to your system. Not having enough power may cause system freezes or crashes. This interactivity will determine if you have sufficient power. Configuration based on a average PC.

CPUID

PC WIZARD 2004 is a powerful utility designed especially for detection of hardware, but also some more analysis. It's able to identify a large scale of system components and supports the latest technologies and standards. This tool is periodically updated (usually once per month) in order to provide most accurate results.

INTERNET ACRONYMS/ABBREVIATIONS AND OTHER SYMBOLS GLOSSARY

To help assist those new to WWW message boards or USENET newsgroups on just what all those acronyms mean.

Motherboard Monitor 5.3.5.1

Motherboard Monitor will access one or more of the following chips: LM75, LM78, LM78-j, LM79, LM80, WinBond W83781D, WinBond W83782D, WinBond W83783S, WinBond W83627HF, Asus AS99127F, GL518SM, GL520SM, ADM9240, ADM1021, ADM1020, MAX1016, MAX1016a, FMS2701, VIA686A, THMC10 and THMC50 on your motherboard and provide you with information about your motherboard’s temperature, voltages, fan speeds ,CPU temperature and more. It's a nice tool.

ERROR BEEPS

POST Error Beeps and Codes

Hot CPU Tester Pro - Beep Codes

The computer POST (Power On Self Test) that tests the computer insuring that it meets the necessary system requirements before booting up. If the computer fails the POST the computer then returns a beep code indicating what is causing the computer not to post the POST.

Registry Edits for Windows XP

Registry Edits for Windows XP. "Tweaks and Tips"

 

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POP-UP BLOCKERS

All in One Secretmaker Spam block & popup killer software

All in One Secretmaker is optimized for the needs of most Windows users. All in One Secretmaker follows the zero configuration technology, which means that you do not have to change any settings to use All in One Secretmaker. All in One Secretmaker is easily understandable and does exactly what you expect, fast, quickly and smoothly. With All in One Secretmaker your privacy is protected and surfing is easier. All in One Secretmaker is freeware, without advertising, and doesn't require registration.

Kill Ad

As you may have noticed, many Internet sites love to open additional browser windows (so called "popups") with advertising contents. KillAd assists you to close all undesirable popups automatically. Being fairly sophisticated software full of features, it is highly customizable, small in size, undemanding to system resources, fast, and (I hope) reliable.

Google Toolbar

This is one very good pop-up stopper, a must have for pop-up free web surfing!

POP STOP-POPUP KILLER

Free Pop Stop from BestToolbars.net can block 100% annoying pop-up and pop-under ads automatically while never interferes with your navigation. It is small, freeware and easy to install. Unlike most pop-up killers, there's no need to designate particular websites or keywords - it works without human intervention; - it only blocks unsolicited pop-up windows while does not in any way interfere with opening new windows!

 

The Woosh Blog

 

 The Whoos Blog, is filled with many Spyware help and support article to help with your computer needs.

 

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KEY LOGGERS

Keep track of what goes on, when others are using your computer! Want to know where the kids are browsing? These are the programs for you.

Keyboard Spectator Lite is absolutely free

Keyboard Spectator is a multifunctional keyboard tracking software (a.k.a. keylogger) that is widely used by both regular users and IT security specialists.

SpyArsenal.com: invisible keylogger-Home Keylogger v1.70 - easy to use keystroke recorder(FREEWARE)

Family Keylogger - is your best choice, if you want to know what other users are typing on your machine

WinSpy

With @WinSpy, You can find out what the others have done on your computer.

007 Spy Software 3.10

007 Spy Software is a stealthy monitoring program which allows you to secretly track all activities of computer

Spytech SpyAgent

Need to track employees and monitor workstations at all times?
Ever need to keep tabs on your child or spouse while they use the PC?

SpyAnytime PC Spy

SpyAnytime is extremely powerful and easy to use keylogger spy software. It allows you to secretly monitor and record user's activities on computer.

PC WATCH Personal

PC Watch is an easy to use tool for basic PC activity monitoring.

 

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LINKS FOR XP REPAIRS

Key Finder - Windows activation key

The Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder is a freeware utility that retrieves your Product Key (cd key) used to install windows from your registry. It has the options to copy the key to clipboard, save it to a text file, or print it for safekeeping.

XP Repair

Following are experiences with repairing XP. I will not assume any responsibility for problems that may occur to your system from using any of these suggestions.

Boot Disks

WINDOWS AND DOS BOOT DISKS.

Internet Explorer Repair Tools

Problems? Here is the site for you

Creat Bootable CD-Roms

A bootable CD-Rom is a CD from which you boot the PC. This means putting the CD in your CD-Rom drive and power-on or reboot your system. The PC will load a boot image from the CD-Rom and control is given.

 

 

hit tracker

 

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