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Friday, November 28, 2008

19 Powertools for PC: Protect Computer from Cyber Threats

There are many threats that are lurking around the internet, and you would really need some security for you computer protection. Here is a list of some of the greatest anti-virus, anti-spywares and firewalls that are available for download on the internet.

Anti-Virus Program Downloads:

  1. AVG Anti-Virus

This is considered to be one of the most used anti-virus today because of its unique features. It has big database which allows you to be kept safe from present viruses lurking around the web. What is very good about this software is that it is free of charge and it still gives you a quality service.

VG 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” – AVG Technologies.

  1. Avast Anti-Virus

This is one of my recommended software because of its ability to detect viruses quickly. It does not only work as anti-virus software but it functions in many ways. You can also choose the specific drive you may want to exclude or include from you search.

  1. ClamWin Anti-Virus

I have personally used ClamWin and it was good. It actually located many viruses which many anti-virus software failed to find. It also let you have an updates of the software just by clicking the update button.

ClamWin Antivirus is antivirus software for Windows. It provides a graphical user interface to the Clam Anti-virus engine. ClamWin uses the GNU General Public License. ClamWin Antivirus comes with an installer and open source code at no cost. It features: scanning scheduler, automatic virus database updates, standalone virus scanner, integration to MS Windows Explorer, and add-in to MS Outlook.”—ClamWin

  1. PC Tools Anti-virus

Some even say that this software is even better than AVG because of its fast updates, and it could be true. It has a very big database for viruses which allows you to be protected from the cyber threats.

PC Tools Anti-virus Free Edition protects you against the most nefarious cyber-threats attempting to gain access to your PC and personal details. Going online without protection against the latest fast-spreading viruses, worms and Trojans can result in infections within minutes.”—PC Tools

  1. Comodo Anti-Virus Download

It eliminates viruses, worms and Trojans that are found on your computer without nay fee. It is developed by one of the leading IT security providers in the world that it is why it always has rapid database updates.

  1. Panda Security

Panda Security has already proven its capability to protect your computer. “Panda Security is one of the world's leading creators and developers of technologies, products and services for keeping clients' IT resources free from viruses and other computer threats at the lowest possible Total Cost of Ownership.”—Panda Security

  1. Norton Anti-Virus

Although there are many competitors who try to overpower Norton, this software still remain strong because of its good presentation and updates to its software. This free software is just a 15-day trial but it will surely protect your computer from any cyber harm. What is good about Symantec is that they don’t go for mediocrity but the best.

Norton Antivirus blocks viruses and spyware with advanced protection. It helps protect your entire computer by stopping viruses, spyware, and other security risks. Norton Antivirus works in the background so you can surf the Internet, read the news, play games, and download software or music without disruption. It also scans and cleans all email and instant messaging (IM) attachments, preventing you from receiving viruses, or spreading them to others.”—Symantec

  1. Yahoo Anti-spyware

This online security system provides good service since it can detect some of the viruses some other software fail to see. “Yahoo Toolbar is a free and convenient search tool that now includes a pop-up blocker. Stop annoying pop-up ads, search the Web, access Yahoo Mail, and games. Customize your toolbar and save your bookmarks online for one-click access from any computer.”—Yahoo

  1. Bit Defender

This 30-day trial software of bitdefender is the latest release of their newly updated anti-virus software. It has bigger database to keep you safe from cyber threats. As said by Softwin, “Bitdefender Antivirus 2009 provides advanced proactive protection against viruses, spyware, phishing attacks and identity theft, without slowing down your PC. Superior Proactive Protection from Viruses, Spyware, and other e-Threats that won’t slow you down.

  1. Kaspersky Anti-virus

This is just free trial software of Kaspersky but I can testify that it really works because I also tried it myself. It can detect a lot of viruses lurking around the web. You are full armored against those cyber threats that will try to invade your computer. It provides you with traditional anti-virus protection based on the latest protection technologies. You can work, communicate, surf the internet and play online games on your computer safely and easily.

  1. Avira Anti-virus

Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus is a comprehensive, easy to use antivirus program, designed to offer reliable free of charge virus protection to home-users only. Avira offers: Extensive Malware Recognition of viruses, Trojans, backdoor programs, worms, etc.”—Avira

Talking about its popularity, you can’t question the credibility of the company that produces Avira. This software prevents harmful viruses and other threats which other software cannot do.

Firewall Download:

  1. Zone Alarm Firewall

This is considered to be the best firewall of today because of its high quality prevention of worm attacks and hackers against your computers. Although this security software is simple yet it is excellent, and other reviews even said that it is already replacing Comodo. What is unique about this program is that 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.

  1. Comodo Firewall

Comodo Firewall Pro is aimed to secure your system against internal attacks such as Trojan viruses / malicious software and external attacks by hackers. Safeguard your personal data through a simple user friendly single click interface offering full immunity to attack. Comodo Firewall Pro helps you connect in a secure way to the internet and global networks.”—Comodo

I am currently using Comodo because I’m trying to see whether how far this program can protect my computer, and so far so good. I could say that this software is one of the best software that is out in the market today.

  1. PC Tools Firewall

This program is designed especially for Microsoft Windows; it tracks the network traffic in and out of the computer. This program is good in preventing stealing private information and other cyber threats. It is presently number 6 among its competitors in CNET

Anti-spyware Downloads:

  1. Spybot Search and Destroy

I have just seen this program being promoted from the other articles I’ve read in Triond that’s why I tried it myself and it really works. Until now, Spybot Search and Destroy is still the program I use as my anti-spyware because of its quality security. It gives the computer the immunization so as not to be harmed by intrusion of cyber threats.

  1. Spyware Blaster

Among any other spyware removers, this program is very different because it does not remove spywares but it prevents them from being installed in the first place. IT prevents unwanted programs from being shown on your computer so as not to interrupt anything that you are doing. It also has updates to keep track of the possible new threats on the web.

  1. Spyware Doctor

This program is another quality product of PC Tools. As the company defines it, “Spyware Doctor is a spyware remover and provides real-time protection against spyware, adware, Trojan horses, key loggers, spyware cookies, adbots, spy bots, browser hijackers, and phishing attacks. Spyware Doctor is easy to use and requires few PC resources. Its scanning speed is delivered by multiple specialized scanners. Almost any function of Spyware Doctor can be updated through the Smart Update process.”

  1. Ad-Aware 2008

This is the best spyware as of now because of its justified reputation. This program gives quality security protection against any harm from the web. This program is a quality product of Lavasoft who has made various programs for computers.

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.”—Lavasoft

  1. Spyware Terminator

Spyware Terminator includes Real-Time Protection, HIPS, and antivirus. Effectively remove spyware, adware, trojans, key loggers, home page hijackers, and malware threats even dangerous threats like Look2Me, BetterInternet, VX2, and CWS. Spyware Terminator is easy-to-use, requires minimal PC resources, and performs ultra fast scans.”—Crawler

This program might not be as popular as the others but this is also a very good online security Protection against any cyber threats.

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