Friday, December 26, 2008

6 Most usefull free security programs for your computer

1. Firewall
Comodo Firewall Pro
Comodo Firewall Pro has eradicated most of its resource-hogging ways and gives users what they want: a flexible yet simple firewall that's great for beginners but also provides a smorgasbord of information and plenty of options for advanced users.

2. Antivirus
Avira AntiVir Personal Free Antivirus
Avira AntiVir Personal Free Antivirus does double-duty, protecting against spyware and viruses alike. For users who want backups or want to have their antivirus and antispyware separate, we've recommended alternatives, but the trend is to find the two formerly separate features rolled into one program. AntiVir's scans are flexible, allowing the user to check all hard drives, choose a preloaded scan--for rootkits, for example--or customize. After testing on several machines, no viruses turned up, although several malicious hidden files did rear their heads. The heuristic scan can be turned on or off completely or partially, with three different intensity levels.

3. Spyware removal
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware is a surprisingly effective freeware antimalware tool. It's a relatively speedy malware remover, with the quick scan mode taking about 10 minutes. The heuristics engine proved on multiple computers during empirical testing that it was capable of determining the difference between false positives and dangerous apps.
4. Surf Advisor
McAfee SiteAdvisor for Firefox
The SiteAdvisor plug-in for Firefox and Internet Explorer warns you about covert spyware and browser-hijack attempts as you visit a site.

5. Parental Control
KidZui
KidZui seems like a kiddified browser with social networking rolled in. Children can find their favorite YouTube videos, rate content using tags, and share opinions with other KidZui friends, all from a colorful interface with big buttons and labels. KidZui is anything but a standard kids' browser, though, and what makes it so unique is precisely why it's such a safe tool for children.

8. Encryption
TrueCrypt
The ultimate freeware encryption program, TrueCrypt is loaded with powerful features that those concerned with protecting their data from thievery should want--and have.

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