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FREE ANTIVIRUS

Ranked #1, Microsoft Security Essentials is a great way to help keep your computer in tip-top shape (UNINSTALL YOUR OLD ANTIVIRUS FIRST!).  Antivirus / antispyware programs can't do everything or repair what infections break:  make wise choices online and in your email so you avoid unnecessary repairs! 

 

FREE ANTISPYWARE

Malwarebytes is free.  Run it when you think your computer has an infection, or once a month.

 

CHILD FILTERS

SafeEyes is our #1 recommended product for keeping your family safe.  It’s $50 / year for 3 computers, and it offers the best protection.

 

K9 is a FREE product, but can be hacked by clever children.  It also needs regular attention, so if you’re unable to keep up with it, go with SafeEyes.

 

If you need to monitor AND filter, try either Cyber Family Alert (from www.itcompany.com, $39.99 flat fee) or Spector Pro ($99).

 

 

 

 

FLASH & JAVA

Keeping up with Flash and Java updates can help protect your computer against attack.  When prompted for an update, do it as soon as possible.  Download Flash here.  Download Java here, or remove it from your computer completely...and stay a little safer.

 

OTHER RECOMMENDED LINKS

Don't forget to backup your data!  We recommend:  Carbonite, Mozy, Dropbox, SugarSync & Microsoft Skydrive, etc.

Google Chrome (the safest browser) Add the Adblock Plus extension to block advertisements and  infections.

Firefox Browser (get Adblock Plus add-on)

Adobe Reader

Google Docs (free online Office product)

OpenOffice (free Office product)

 

 

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