Useful Computer Resources & Utilities:
Top 5 Anti Virus Programs –
I personally have been using Eset Anti Virus for the last 2.5 years and highly recommend!
AV-Test.Org – https://www.av-test.org/en/antivirus/home-windows/windows-7/august-2015/
(Sort the “Protection & Performance columns on above link page)
McAfee, AVG, Norton & Webroot — NOT Recommended!
Research from multiple sources, (and my own experience) has shown that McAfee, Norton and Grisoft’s AVG are some of the biggest hogs of your computer resources. These programs have been shown to be the leading cause of slow system startup, ongoing problems, internet connectivity problems and overall computer performance. These programs install multiple background services, and often run performance reducing scans while you are trying to work or play. Majority of the computers I receive that are heavily infected with computer viruses & malware have one of these 3 “Anti Virus” programs on there computer.
Microsoft Security Essentials & Windows Defender completely fails & consistently scores the lowest on system protection.
Computer Security Utilities
Best FREE Malware Removal Utilities –
- Ccleaner – Free Tracks Eraser / Disk Cleaner – Best one out there today!
- Ccleaner Portable – No installer, run from a usb drive
- Malwarebytes Anti-Malware – FREE, best of the best right here! Direct download from File Hippo
- Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit – “Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit software protects you from zero-day exploits targeting browser and application vulnerabilities” FREE
- Spybot – Search & Destroy 1.6.2 – FREE, been around for ages, scanner & browser immunization tool. Scans take more time than Malwarebytes, but good none the less.
- SuperAntiSpyware – FREE Edition, decent job in detecting/removing malware, spyware but real good at catching the Adware
- AdwCleaner – AdwCleaner is a program that searches for and deletes Adware, Toolbars, Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP), and browser Hijackers from your computer.
- Eset Rogue Application Remover – for the false “bogus” security popups
- RKill – terminates known malware processes so that you can run your normal security programs
- HitMan Pro – portable, 30 trial second opinion multi vendor scanner to quick check a computer
- SpywareBlaster 4.6 – not a removal tool, but helps block the nasties at the browser level
- UnChecky – Tired of unchecking unrelated offers while installing software??
- VPN – Private Internet Access – VPN (Virtual Private Network). Protect your on line privacy & identity with military & financial grade encryption. A must for open wifi hotspots, hotels, restaurants etc. Spoof your IP address & identity. $39.95 per year. connect up to 5 devices – MS Windows, iOS, Android, smart phone.
FREE Anti Virus Utilities –
- Avast! Free Antivirus – Have used this for years, great program basic for protection!
- Avira Free Anti Virus Personal – If you can deal with the advertising popups, and the “Ask” toolbar install, detection rate is very high
- AVG Free Edition – Use to be a good program, have not used it in years, new versions had problems with
- Panda Free Anti Virus 2016 – Provides you with the fastest protection against the newest viruses thanks to its cloud-scanning from PandaLabs’ servers
FREE Rootkit Detection & Removal Utilites –
- TDSSKILLER – by Kasperky labs. “A rootkit is a program or a program kit that hides the presence of malware in the system”
- Sophos Anti-Rootkit – scans, detects and removes any rootkit that is hidden on your computer
FREE On Line Scanners –
On Line File Scanners –
- VirusTotal – free on line file scan using multiple security vendors
- MetaScan – free on line file scan using 33 different security vendors
Malicious Link Checkers –
Anti Virus Boot Rescue CD’s –
Computer System Utilities:
- Glary Registry Repair – Cleaner – FREE Registry Cleaner & Registry Defragmenter
- Defraggler – Free Disk Defragmenter
- Auslogics Disk Defrag – Another great free disk defragmenter / optimizer
- Auslogics Disk Defrag Portable – Run from a USB flash drive, disk defragmenter
- Password Recovery Utilities
- IP Address Tracking Program – This program performs an IP address lookup and finds the ISP and country of origin.
Broad Band Speed Test Sites –
- SpeedTest.Net – Test your Internet connection bandwidth to locations around the world with this interactive broadband speed test.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools –
- SeaTools For Windows – Universal Hard Drive Diagnostics Test & How To
- Hitachi Drive Fitness Test – Universal Drive Fitness / Diagnostics Test
System Hardware Info / Temp Monitoring Utilities –
- Core Temp – CPU temperature monitoring program
- Core Temp Side Bar Gadget
- Speccy – Hardware specs and temp information tool
- CPU-Z – Computer hardware info tool
- Process Explorer – Shows a list of the currently active processes
- AutoRuns – Autoruns shows you what programs are configured to run during system bootup
- HWMonitor – is a hardware monitoring program that reads PC systems main health sensors
- HWiNFO32 – Another hardware information tool
Alternative Internet Browsers –
- Google Chrome – About the fastest browser out there today
- Firefox – Fast & secure with MANY plugin extensions to help productivity
Best FREE Tech Support Sites –
Repair Manuals –
Best On Data Line Backup –
iDrive – Secure, Easy Daily Automatic Data Backup & Recovery – FREE 5 GB Account To Try!
Do not wait for disaster to strike! Start backing up your critical data on your computer today!
Less than the cost of a sandwich lunch to protect, backup your important files automatically everyday!
NO worries about a disaster waiting to happen. Your important files can be recovered at any time, from any where once you log into your account. 5 minutes to download and install software, everything after that is automatic. No cd’s that you can never find, or external drives waiting to fail on you.
Office Applications –
Useful Websites –
- iTools – Tools to look up, to translate, to convert, to find anything
- The Most Useful Websites and Web Apps – a collection of useful websites
- 50 Portable Apps or Tools for your USB Flash Drive
- Network Tools by YouGetSignal.com
- 13 Ways to Move Big Files on the Web
- PopUrls – the genuine news aggregator for the latest web buzz
- 10 Minute Mail – disposable mail address, eliminate spam!
- Portable USB Freeware Collection – Portable Apps
- Ultimate Dropbox Toolkit Guide
- Print Friendly – Make any web page print friendly
- Tube Chop – Chop YouTube Videos – allows you to easily chop a funny or interesting section from any YouTube video & share it.