FREE PROTECTION/ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE:
The following software runs continuously in the background, helping to protect your computer from infection:
Microsoft Security Essentials
Provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.
Avast! Antivirus Home Edition
A free antivirus software with anti-spyware, anti-rootkit and strong self-protection included,. Free for home users.
Anti-Virus software from Grisoft that automatically protects computers from viruses by providing timely virus database updates and protection.
SAFER WEB SURFING WITH SANDBOXIE:
Sandboxie: Create a secure partition on your computer for safer web browsing with this free program. This is a great tool for more advanced users.
Already Infected? Fix it.
FREE SPYWARE/SCAREWARE REMOVAL TOOLS:
The following software scans your system for malware, destroying any infections it may find. Install and run these routinely (At least once a week.)
A highly regarded and effective program that identifies and removes malware and scareware from your computer.
A free malware remover that also works on rootkits, spyware, adware, worms and parasites.
SpyBot - Search & Destroy
Detects and removes spyware of different kinds from your computer.
Scans your RAM, Registry, hard drives and external storage devices for known data mining, advertising and tracking components. Ad-Aware can easily rid your system of these tracking components, allowing you to maintain a higher degree of privacy while you surf the web.