Free software to secure Net access on Windows PCs

Diagnostic Software

Advanced WindowsCare Personal 2.7.2 (6.25MB)

http://www.download.com/Advanced-WindowsCare-Personal/
3000-2086_4-10407614.html

  • License: Free
  • Editor’s Rating: 4 star editors rating
  • Average User Rating: 4 star user rating (out of 4183 votes)
  • Downloads: 6,629,844
  • Requirements: Windows 2000/XP/Vista
  • Limitations: No limitations
  • Date Added: May 04, 2008

Publisher’s description of Advanced WindowsCare Personal

From IObit: Slow down, freeze, crash and security threats are over. Advanced WindowsCare Personal is a comprehensive PC care utility that takes an one-click approach to help protect, repair and optimize your computer. It provides an all-in-one and super convenient solution for PC maintenance and protection. All work will be done with 1 click and 1 minute. This fantastic program is available free of charge. Compared with its nearest competitor, Advanced WindowsCare Personal provides the more essential and practical formula for Windows: Removing Spyware and Adware, Preventing Security Threats, Privacy Protection, Fixing Registry Errors, Temporary Files Cleanup, Startup Cleanup, Repairing Windows, Speeding up System and 1-click Mechanism.

Version 2.7.2 is a bug fixing release.

Also try:

CCleaner 2.07.575 (2.76MB)

http://www.download.com/CCleaner/
3000-2144_4-10315544.html

Firewall

ZoneAlarm Firewall (Windows 2000/XP) 7.0.362 (201.74K)

http://www.download.com/ZoneAlarm-Firewall-Windows-2000-XP-/
3000-10435_4-10039884.html

  • License: Free
  • Editor’s Rating: 5 star editors rating
  • Average User Rating: 3h star user rating (out of 1864 votes)
  • Downloads: 44,008,729
  • Requirements: Windows 2000/XP/Vista
  • Limitations: No limitations
  • Date Added: July 11, 2007

Publisher’s description of ZoneAlarm Firewall (Windows 2000/XP)

From ZoneAlarm: ZoneAlarm is designed to protect your DSL- or cable-connected PC from hackers. This program includes four interlocking security services: a firewall, an application control, an Internet lock, and Zones. The firewall controls the door to your computer and allows only traffic you understand and initiate. The Internet lock blocks Internet traffic while your computer is unattended or while you’re not using the Internet, and it can be activated automatically with your computer’s screensaver or after a set period of inactivity. Zones monitor all activity on your computer and alert you when a new application attempts to access the Internet. Version 7.0.362 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.

Note:ZoneAlarm is free for individual and not-for-profit charitable entity use (excluding governmental entities and educational institutions). Advanced features are available.

Anti-Spyware

Ad-Aware 2008 7.1.0.8 (18.27MB)

http://www.download.com/Ad-Aware-2008/
3000-8022_4-10045910.html

  • License: Free; paid upgrade available
  • Editor’s Rating: 4 star editors rating
  • Average User Rating: 3h star user rating (out of 9870 votes)
  • Downloads: 293,877,555
  • Requirements: Windows 2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista
  • Limitations: No limitations
  • Date Added: May 21, 2008

Publisher’s description of Ad-Aware 2008

From Lavasoft: With the ability to scan your RAM, Registry, hard drives, and external storage devices for known data-mining, advertising, and tracking components, Ad-Aware 2008 can clean your system easily, allowing you to maintain a higher degree of privacy while you surf the Web.

Ad-Aware 2008 includes an improved threat detection, enhanced rootkit removal system, faster updates, Lavasoft ThreatWork to submit suspicious files for analysis, and is now compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit Windows Vista.

Also try:

Spybot – Search & Destroy 1.5.2 (9.27MB)

http://www.download.com/Spybot-Search-Destroy/
3000-8022_4-10122137.html

Anti-Virus

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.0.1 (45.57MB)

http://www.download.com/AVG-Anti-Virus-Free-Edition/
3000-2239_4-10320142.html

  • License: Free
  • Editor’s Rating: 5 star editors rating
  • Average User Rating: 4 star user rating (out of 14573 votes)
  • Downloads: 90,793,562
  • Requirements: Windows 2000/XP/Vista
  • Limitations: No limitations
  • Date Added: April 23, 2008

Publisher’s description of AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition

From AVG Technologies: AVG Free Edition is the well-known antivirus protection tool. AVG Free is available free of charge to home users for the life of the product. Rapid virus database updates are available for the lifetime of the product, thereby providing the high level of detection capability that millions of users around the world trust to protect their computers. AVG Free is easy to use and will not slow your system down (low system resource requirements. Highlights include automatic update functionality, the AVG Resident Shield, which provides real-time protection as files are opened and programs are run, free Virus Database Updates for the lifetime of the product, and AVG Virus Vault for safe handling of infected files.

Version 8.0.1 adds integrated spyware protection and a new LinkScanner feature that gives users safety rankings for their Google, Yahoo, and MSN searches.

Also try:

Avast Home Edition 4.8.1201.80516 (21.98MB)

http://www.download.com/Avast-Home-Edition/
3000-2239_4-10019223.html

Avira AntiVir Personal – Free Antivirus 8 (21.28MB)

http://www.download.com/Avira-AntiVir-Personal-Free-Antivirus/
3000-2239_4-10322935.html

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