Useful Computer Resources & Utilities:

iDrive Offsite Backup

Top 5 Anti Virus Programs –

  • Bitdefender Anti Virus $59.95 Per Year
  • Kaspersky Anti Virus $39.99 Per Year
  • Avira Anti Virus $44.99 Per Year
  • Eset Anti Virus $39.99 Per Year
  • Trend Micro Anti Virus $39.95 Per Year
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    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??
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    • 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.

     
     
     

    VPN - Private Internet Access
     
     

    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 –

     
     

    Eset NOD32 Anti Virus

     
     

    Anti Virus Boot Rescue CD’s –
    Burn these iso files to a cd, a re-writable cd so you can use over and over when needed. These rescue cd’s are used to boot the computer from the cd (bio’s boot menu boot device must be set to cdrom), the scan runs BEFORE the operating system loads, before the virus or malware loads.

     
     
     

    Computer System Utilities:

     
     

    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 –

     
     

    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

     
     

    Protect Your Internet Privacy With VPN

     

    Best FREE Tech Support Sites –

     
     

    Repair Manuals –

     
     

    Best On Data Line Backup –

    iDrive Data BackupiDrive – 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 –
    Open Office – OpenOffice.org, or OpenOffice, is an open-source application suite whose main components are for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, and databases. It is used as an open-source FREE alternative to Microsoft Office.

     
     
     

    Useful Websites –

     
     

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    VPN Private Internet Access