Click on the links below to access some of the best known
free Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware, Adware, Firewall and other useful free software.
the following programs are now Vista and Windows 7 compatible. Keep checking back
from time to time, as we will add to the list where appropriate or
following suggestions. I have now included a link to an
excellent backup programme, HomePCBackup. This is designed for
home users specifically and allows trial use, but the full programme
is really excellent, up to 50GB data storage with more available for
additional cost, automatic scheduled
backups, incremental backups, and of course ever so easy restoration
of your data, all for only £5 per month. Add-ons also allow email data backup, and all
data transmission is extremely secure.
Contact me for further details, or simply click the link to try
it out yourself.
This free Anti-Virus software is very effective indeed and comes
out well in tests against other paid for packages.
AVG claim that
98 million people currently use it! It contains an
email scanner to prevent access to email spread viruses.
Follow the link above to get
the latest version, AVG 2015 Free. Be sure you click on the AVG
AntiVirus Free 2015, Free Download, NOT Free Trial. This is turn then takes you to a Download.com page with "Welcome AVG Free 2015 Users, to complete your
download, click the link below". Click on the big green button
immediately below that says "Download Now". Once it has downloaded, as
it loads select the Basic Protection option and then all the default
options, and let it do the rest
itself. It will prompt you for a re-start, and to register, you do not
need to, and then will continue to load AVG 2015. This la
test version now includes a wealth of additional
bits and pieces, as well as AVG's well known Link Scanner to help you stay
safe on the internet.
Once installed you need to click on the
Options menu on the top right hand corner of the AVG window , and select
Advanced Settings. In the left hand margin expand Scans and place a tick in
Scan for Rootkits and all other boxes EXCEPT Report enhanced set of
Potentially Unwanted Programs. Also tick Scan Media Files. Do
the same for Specific Files or Folders scan, and Shell extension scan.
Then expand Schedules and Enable this task and set a time convenient to you
to for the a scheduled scan. I suggest that you set it to the "Every
day option". AVG Free works fine with all versions of Windows Vista, Windows 7
and Windows 8.
If running Windows 8 or 8.1 I personally think Avast Free is better, and it
has come out slightly better in tests even against AVG. Click here for
Avast Free AntiVirus, make sure you click the green button entitled Download
Now CNET Secure Download, NOT the other big Download buttons.
Windows XP, my recommendation is that you also use Avast Free, in
conjunction with a firewall such as ZoneAlarm below, the Windows XP Firewall
is not very robust, and don't forget that Microsoft are stopping support for
Windows XP in April 2014.
need the AVG version for Linux, follow this link, and choose the Linux
This is probably the best free firewall package about and
compares very favourable with expensive ‘paid for’ versions.
installing and updating, be sure to select basic ZoneAlarm protection rather
than anything else. Click the link above, and then the big
yellow button Free Download to ensure you get the free
version, unless you want to pay! This is not needed on Windows Vista,
Windows 7 or Windows 8 installations, BUT most definitely on Windows XP.
This is a comprehensive and efficient "resident" spyware
terminator. That means it provides a "shield" which is working all the
time to protect your system. It prompts you when any changes are made
to your system files or registry to ensure that it is an allowed change.
It does NOT slow your machine down unnecessarily as many resident programmes
do. It also auto-updates before carrying out automatic or scheduled
There are a number of valid reasons for keeping
your computer free from clutter, not only will keeping your machine tidy
help it run more smoothly but it may help you to keep personal and private
information more secure. Most files that accumulate on the average PC will
be relatively harmless but there may be some files and folders that contain
more sensitive information. When you delete these files or folders some
tools are better than others at completely removing them so when you want to
remove them, its important to find a reliable and effective tool to do
CCleaner is a powerful and hugely popular system
cleansing utility that will enable you to remove any data, irrelevant or
sensitive, that may be stored by online applications. Use it to remove
Temporary Internet files and clear browser history as well as clean Registry
files and other information. Use with caution, as over zealous use
can result in problems.
This is a really good Adware and other unwanted
bits cleaner. It does not install on your computer, so when you
download it, choose Save, and put it on your Desktop. Once completed
just double click the icon on your desktop and agree the terms and
conditions, then click Scan. Once completed, click Clean, and it will
work its magic in removing junk.
This is a really useful application, that is so
simple to use. DoPDF7.1
installs itself as a virtual PDF printer driver so after a
successful installation it will appear in your
Printers and Faxes list. To
convert any document to PDF format, open
a document (with Microsoft Word, WordPad, NotePad or any other software),
choose Print and select
doPDF from the list of printers.
It will ask you where to save the PDF file and when finished, the PDF file
will be automatically opened in your default PDF viewer usually Adobe
Reader. Click on the link below to get the latest version, currently
version 9.3.4 Unless
you want it, be sure to remove the tick from the "Get Google Toolbar" box.
Note that if running MS Office 2007 or higher you do not need this as you
can create pdf's directly from the Save As menu, when clicking the Office
button or in Office 2010 and later, select the File menu in the top left hand corner, then
Save As, and in the Save as Type box towards the bottom of the Save As
window, scroll down to PDF.
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