We’re still talking

Third in our series on keeping your Windows PC safe from the crap and garbage found on the internet these days. Really kids, it’s not safe out here!

OpenDNS setup? Check. Scanned for the bad stuff? Check. Today, we are going to finish things off by putting on some antivirus protection that doesn’t suck. Bonus, it also doesn’t cost anything.

You might have Norton or McAffee or something other ‘security software’ installed on your computer right now. Point at the icons near the clock, one of them probably says ‘something something security’. Amirite? Here’s my problem with those applications.

They suck.

To start, you don’t need to pay someone for a firewall. You already have 2. Yes, you read that correctly, you have 2 firewalls on your system already. “But Don, how is that possible?” you ask? Windows, since Windows XP, has included a software firewall. It’s even turned on by default and for most users, it does a pretty good job. The other one is your internet modem. Most of you get your internet from the cable company or phone company, and your computer is plugged into a device into which you can plug multiple other devices. That, my friends, is a firewall (unless you are on Time Warner, but that’s for our next post).

So, you don’t need another firewall. That costs money. And slows down your computer.

All you really need is decent Anti-Virus and to keep it up-to-date. For those chores, I’m a huge fan of AVG Free. You read that correctly. Free. Free like beer. And, it works very very well. If you are one that just has to pay for something before you think it works, you can buy a copy of AVG as well for half the price of the other guys. It has all the same features they do (including the not needed firewall), is easier to configure and is less taxing on your system.

If it were me, I would uninstall any ‘security’ software you have now, download and install AVG free, make sure it’s up-to-date and wait for the next post where we talk more about security and what you can do to help keep yourself safe.

By Don

Lead bottle washer at donburnside.com, host at whiteroofradio.com and tech guru for the MotoringFile family of sites.

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