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As soon as you introduce your computer to an external data source (Floppy, CD, Internet, bluetooth etc), you are at risk of allowing nasty things to crawl into it. Some of these nasties are worse than others but all of them are generally unwanted vistors on your machine. Some can destroy files (these are viruses) while others simply track your Internet usage and feed data back to their owners (this is Spyware). Worryingly, all of this can infest your machine without you knowing about it and too much spyware can slow your web browsing down to a snails pace.

There are things you can do to prevent things from fouling up your PC. You could install a Firewall - this is essential if you are permanently connected to another system - such as the Internet - via Broadband. Firewalls allow you to control the flow of data between external systems - helping you stop hackers from accessing your computer. Another piece of essential software is a Virus Checker, which cleans files on your PC for Viruses and if your on the web a lot, we suggest you also get a Spyware removal tool, and use it often.

Right, now how much is it gonna cost - answer NOTHING - here's the links you need

109: Avast (Anti-Virus)InformationGold-Star Avast Antivirus is a superb FREE virus protection program with full support and updates. With many of the features of commercial rivals and more unusually, a very street-cred stylist and skinnable user interface - look no further
Edit: 17th May 2005 - View Similar Links

1691: Ghostery (Tracker Detector)InformationGold-Star Ghostery is a great plug-in which can be installed on all major browsers. It detects and optionally blocks tracking code which companies use to trace our browsing habits.
Edit: 19th Aug 2011 - View Similar Links

1637: Advanced SystemCareInformationGold-StareCommerce Advanced SystemCare is a free all-in-one system cleaner from system specialists IOBit. It has a very clean interface and is able to deal with Spyware, Registry Issues, Activity Traces and Junk files. It optimises your systems speed.
Edit: 12th Dec 2009 - View Similar Links

1630: Gibson Research InformationWikipediaShining-Star GRC is the home of Gibson Research. Over the years Steve Gibson has developed some brilliant tools, mainly aimed at the more technical amongst us. SpinRite is the industry number one disk recovery system, but Shields Up is well worth checking out. It detects leaks in your systems firewall in seconds.
Edit: 18th Nov 2009 - View Similar Links

1587: Syncplicity (File Synchronisation)InformationWikipediaGold-StarInspire Me!eCommerce Syncplicity provides 2 Gigabytes of free online storage, more with subscription options. You can easily synchronise files between computers, share files with others, of simply just use it as a backup medium. As of Sep 2009, it os one of the leading synchronisation tools.
Edit: 21st Sep 2009 - View Similar Links

1586: Net Nanny (Parental Control)InformationWikipediaGold-StareCommerce Originally released in 1994, Netnanny is probably the most highly regarded parental control software available. As of Sep 2009 it's about 20 but it is worth every penny to ensure your children are safe from porn, race-hate and even instant messaging. It's all controlled using a simple interface.
Edit: 20th Sep 2009 - View Similar Links

100: Microsoft Windows Defender (Anti SpywareInformationGold-Star Defender is Microsofts official spyware protection product and it claims to block new incoming spyware and remove existing spyware in one package. The interface is very XP-esque so you should feel at home with it
Edit: 20th Jun 2005 - View Similar Links

90: CoolWebSearch RemovalInformationGold-Star CoolWebSearch is a common piece of spyware which hijacks your Internet start page and causes other nasty things to happen. It can prove difficult to remove but Trend Micros CWShredder will do the job quite nicely for free
Edit: 23rd Aug 2005 - View Similar Links

111: Crap Cleaner (Clean Your PC)InformationGold-Star Crap Cleaner does what it says on the tin. It cleans all the temporary junk, cached and history files from your PC. Hiding your Internet trails, freeing up disk space and optimising performance. It's fast and it's free
Edit: 15th May 2005 - View Similar Links

113: Spyware Blaster (Spyware Protection)InformationGold-Star Spyware Blaster is an essential browser plugin which stops spyware, diallers and other beasties from being installed on your PC in the first place. A perfect companiion to Adaware, Spybot or MS Antispyware
Edit: 10th May 2005 - View Similar Links

163: Spybot Search and DestroyInformationGold-Star Spybot Search and Destroy is a FREE award winning detection and removal program for spyware, adware, hijackers and other malicious software. The site is a great spyware reference.
Edit: 22nd Feb 2005 - View Similar Links

167: Sophos Anti-VirusInformationGold-Star If your serious about enterprise strength virus protection, Sophos is a world leader in protecting businesses against viruses and spam with over 35 million users
Edit: 13th Feb 2005 - View Similar Links

169: Grisoft AVG Anti-VirusInformation AVG Free Edition is the well-known anti-virus protection tool. AVG Free is available free-of-charge to home users for the life of the product!
Edit: 13th Feb 2005 - View Similar Links

174: Adaware (Spyware Removal)InformationGold-Star Lavasoft is the industry leader and most respected provider of anti Trackware solutions. Adaware, their basic detection package is freely available.
Edit: 18th Jan 2005 - View Similar Links

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