Keeping your computer safe and running at optimum performance capabilities is and should be a top priority for everyone who uses a computer, with all the viruses, spam, hijackers, malware, spyware, and any other malicious attacks from around the net, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
I’ve spent years searching for the best software to help keep everything running safe, and smooth and after much trial and error these are my findings:
(this list will be continually updated as time permits)
Best all around optimizer:
CCleaner is the number-one tool for cleaning your Windows PC. It protects your privacy online and makes your computer faster and more secure. Easy to use and a small, fast download.
Advanced System Care Free Download here from cnet.com
This utility offers a one-stop-shop for cleaning and maintaining your computer for better overall system performance. I found it pretty simple to use and very thourough for a free product. There’s really no need to upgrade to the pro version, so stick with the freeware and you’ll be fine. Just remember to run the program every so often because if you don’t purchase the pro version, you can’t set up any auto-scheduling.
Here’s The publisher’s description of AdvancedSystemCare Free;
Slow down, freeze, crash, and security threats are over. Advanced SystemCare Free is a comprehensive PC care utility that takes a one-click approach to help protect, repair, and optimize your computer. It provides an all-in-one and super convenient solution for PC maintenance and protection. Download here from cnet.com
2. Three best free anti-virus protection:
About Microsoft Security Essentials
This one is best for Microsoft users, and so easy to use, with realtime protection and the simplest of setups. I use this one, along with Ccleaner and Malwarebytes to keep everything running great on my PC. Here’s what Microsoft has to say about it:
Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.
Microsoft Security Essentials is a free* download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up to date so you can be assured your PC is protected by the latest technology. It’s easy to tell if your PC is secure — when you’re green, you’re good. It’s that simple.
Microsoft Security Essentials runs quietly and efficiently in the background so that you are free to use your Windows-based PC the way you want—without interruptions or long computer wait times.
Avast Free 5, an A-list freeware antivirus app, provides the same steadfast protection of well-known, pricier antivirus programs. Avast is remarkable for both its effectiveness and arguably providing the most complete free antivirus on the market. With over 71 million downloads since it’s appearance on Jan. 18, 2010, I’d say it’s a good bet. I like it a bit better than AVG as it doesn’t take up as much space on your hard drive and still packs a punch. Download from cnet.com
AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 9.0.730: Cnet has this to say in their review:
AVG Free provides the bare necessities when it comes to security, but that should be enough for savvy Windows users. You’ll get a combined antivirus and antimalware engine, LinkScanner, and e-mail scanning. Rapid virus database updates are available for the lifetime of the product, thereby providing the high level of detection capability. The new 9.0 edition is faster, safer and easier to use. AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition gives you free rock solid protection for your basic security needs. The combined anti-virus/anti-spyware scanner in AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition runs up to 50% faster than earlier versions and doesn’t get in your way. AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition also delivers new anti-phishing detection techniques, which can quickly and accurately determine whether or not a web page is hosting a phishing attack. Additionally, version 9.0 comes with basic anti-rootkit protection to ensure protection against sophisticated hidden threats. Download AVG 9.0 from cnet.com
3. best free anti-malware/spyware:
Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware D0wnload from cnet.com here
cnet has this to say, From Malwarebytes :
Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware is a high performance anti-malware application that thoroughly removes even the most advanced malware and spyware. With one of the fastest, most effective quick scans and malware removal capabilities on the market, this program is the perfect addition to your PC’s defenses. The full version of the product includes a number of key features, including the ability to schedule updates and scans and most importantly, a real-time malware protection module that blocks malicious processes before they even start. D0wnload from cnet.com here
And that’s that. After you’ve downloaded all of these programs, run them and set a reminder for yourself to keep up with the maintenance by checking back at least once a week to make sure all your scans are clean, then you’re good to go. And you should have a fast running, safe and secure computer at it’s optimum performance capabilities.
What are YOUR favorite anti-spyware, anti-malware and optimization programs?