Some free security programs and reviews that can be helpful along the digital highway. Please if you need any related advice ask in the appropriate section in this forum. You can also find related information on the publisher web site, Wikipedia or goggle them.
Avast since 1988
My favorite AV for years; specially with its latest interface and scan options to name few of its many great features. Before installing, please don’t forget to uncheck the installation of Google Chrome if not interested. This said an AV is a personal choice; please read this first:
Prevents the installation of spyware and other potentially unwanted software.
Runs your programs in an isolated space which prevents them from making permanent changes to other programs and data in your computer.
A firewall is a hardware device or software application that sits between your computer and the Internet and blocks all Internet traffic from reaching your computer that you have not specifically requested.
When you leave your house, you lock your doors to prevent robbery, why not use a firewall to put a lock on your computer. Statistically most hacks could have been avoided if people monitored their logs as most hackers will probe a computer before they hack it.
Keeps a very good eye on your Windows. Very recommended!
Please back up your registry (using ERUNT utility below) and make new restore point first if you choose to make any changes in your system.
A 3-steps-application that detects unwanted emails before infecting your system.
Email & Web Scams
Encrypts files, folders, partitions or even entire physical drives.
What is encryption?
Encryption is the conversion of data into a form that cannot be easily understood by unauthorized people.
Firefox Security & Privacy Add-Ons
Tor Browser Bundle
Prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit; it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location, and it lets you access sites which are blocked.
A good source for detailed Windows files information.
Info: It has also some utilities which personally I wouldn’t recommend using.
An advanced automated system that reports on viruses, worms, trojans, adware, spyware, and other security-related risks. Its also handy when checking on suspicious system files.
Hosts a collection of lists that provide information on the components of legitimate and potentially unwanted programs.
What is a CLSID?
What is a BHO?
Windows Startup Database
Kaspersky Removal Tool
ESET Online Scanner
Kaspersky Security Scanhttp://www.kaspersky.com/security-scan
Info: After scanning my system I was able to shutdown my computer only after stopping its processes in Task Manager and its service.
Defragments, rebuilds and optimizes Windows Registry.
Surpasses Windows Registry Editor in backing up and restoring the Windows registry.
Please back up your registry (using ERUNT) and make new restore point first if you choose to make any changes to your system.
The most comprehensive and knowledgeable Windows utility of auto-starting programs, files, processes, services, shell extensions, toolbars, BHO’s, Winlogon notifications and corresponding registry keys.
Shows real-time file system, registry and process/ thread activity in Windows.
Unique in tracking down DLL-version problems or handle leaks, and provides insight into how Windows and applications work.
What is DLL?
What is a handle in computing?
What is a handle leak?
Shows you who has what access to directories, files and registry keys on your Windows. Use it to find holes in your permissions.
Autoruns & Msconfig Video
Malware Hunting with Sysinternals Tools Video
Troubleshooting Windows Startup Process
Searches for and removes infected Alternate Data Streams (ADS) from Windows NTFS file systems. Use with caution.
What is ADS?
Network Security Scan
Select Real Security
How to connect your computer safely to the Internet?
How to make a BIOS password?
Very Important: Please keep your passwords in a safe place; without them you will not be able to access your computer. Also be sure to type the passwords correctly; applying incorrect passwords 3 consecutive times will lock your Hard Disk.
Ninite Free Software
Identifies important parts of license agreements and privacy policies.
Why are registry cleaners can damage your system?