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‘Free’ security programs

Having decent security programs installed on your system is the best way to stop malware problems.
You can of course pay for these programs, but there are good free versions readily available.
Here i will list the recommended security categories and some of the free software available.


A firewall is a hardware device or software application that forms a barrier between your computer and the Internet.
It then blocks all Internet traffic from reaching your computer that you have not specifically requested.

It is important to note that you should only have one software firewall installed and running at any one time.

A few ‘Free’ software Firewalls are:

Online Armor
Comodo Firewall
Zone Alarm
If choosing Zone Alarm be aware that the free version also installs Zone Alarm Spy Blocker. It is recommended however that you UNcheck this option when installing.

Anti Virus software

Anti virus software is used to prevent, detect, and remove malware, including computer viruses, worms, and trojan horses.
Such programs may also prevent and remove adware, spyware, and other forms of malware.

It is not recommended that you have more than one anti virus product installed and running on your computer at a time.
The reason for this is that if these products have their automatic (Real-Time) protection switched on, then those products which do not encrypt the virus strings within them can cause other anti virus products to cause “false alarms”.
It can also lead to a clash as both products fight for access to files which are opened again this is the resident/automatic protection.
In general terms, these programs may conflict and cause:
1) False Alarms: When the anti virus software tells you that your PC has a virus when it actually doesn’t.
2) System Performance Problems: Your system may lock up due to both products attempting to access the same file at the same time.

A few ‘Free’ Anti Virus protectors are:

Avira AntiVir
Avast free
BitDefender free
MS Security Essentials
Upon installation MS Security Essentials will check that your OS is a legal copy.

Anti Malware/Spyware software

A ‘Stand Alone’ Anti-Malware scanner:
Installing another scanner that you can run once or twice a week is always beneficial.
Something like:
Malwarebytes AntiMalware

Remember to update these programs each time before running.
You can install more than one of these if you only run them as stand alone programs

6 Comments leave one →
  1. anthonyvenable110 permalink
    November 27, 2013 2:37 am

    Hmm do you recommend avast! Over Microsoft Security Essentials?

  2. November 27, 2013 5:07 pm

    No i don’t recommend Avast over MSSE.
    In fact i haven’t used Avast for a long time. ( actually forgot that it was in the list)
    I gave up on Avast when they started passing customers on to IYogi for phone support.
    Said company then tried charging huge amounts for the service.
    So when this happened i stopped recommending it.
    Have now added BitDefender to the list as i’ve been running that on 2 systems for awhile and am very happy with it.

    I couldn’t remove Avast from the list today as you have commented on it and it would have made your post look odd if it had been removed.

  3. anthonyvenable110 permalink
    November 30, 2013 4:45 am

    Ok, thanks for the response. I was curious as to what your feelings were on the matter. In that case, what do you suggest instead?

  4. November 30, 2013 8:24 am

    MSSE is fine for Vista or Win7, but i don’t recommend it for Win XP as M$ will stop the definition updates in the New Year to try and force people to move off XP.
    So if it’s a ‘free’ program you are after, i recommend either MSSE, Avira or BitDefender.
    If you want a ‘paid’ program, then i would recommend either Kaspersky, Eset NOD32 or Emsisoft AntiMalware.

  5. January 20, 2018 1:42 pm

    Heya Starbuck
    well I would suggest Kaspersky Free in addition. It’s available from Kaspersky’s product ovwerview at their website.
    TheSentinel 😉

  6. January 21, 2018 4:09 pm

    Hi Udo, To be honest I’ve meant to update this section for awhile….. it’s just finding the time lol. I will get around to it though.

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