Ok , well I had the chance to look over my last one and you know what , it seems to be a tad bit outdated somehow , so here I am helping you people once again
I , myself use Agnitum Outpost Firewall for most of my security needs. It's passed all my tests and remains to be the top firewall in my book.
Agnitum Outpost Firewall Direct Link
This is a free trial , you can either buy or whatever you may do to your liking , but I would insist on making it full version.
If maybe you are not so computer literate *wink wink* or do not have enough money for a firewall here are a couple I've scrounged up for you guys. Also , if you do not have a good understanding about ports or programs accessing the internet , I will include links to firewalls that require little to no user interaction. I can't stress enough how important it is to know what your computer needs and what it doesn't need , if you block something you need , it A) wont work and B) May cause other things to stop working , so if you do not know , don't do it.
This seems to be the firewall that everyone seems to use if they don't have the cashola. Easy to use and gets the job done.
Kerio Personal Firewall
Kerio Personal Firewall Homepage
I've never used Kerio Personal Firewall , but from reviews and other people I hear it is a wonderful firewall and gets the job done.
Sygate Personal Firewall
Sygate Personal Firewall Homepage
I used this firewall before Outpost came out and it was a great firewall as well. I would recommend this firewall.
Norton Personal Firewall
Norton Personal Firewall Homepage
Now here is the one I promised to you less-literate ones. Norton is very very easy to use and has little to no interaction at all. You install once , set the autoconfigured rules and you're good to go. Everyone so often you MAY come across it asking if something needs to access the internet , more times then not you can find the answer by searching it on google.
Mcafee Personal Firewall Plus
Now this is another firewall that competes with the Norton Firewall. I personally don't like to use Mcafee products , but if you want an easy to use firewall (not sure how great it is , reviews I read weren't too good) , this is for you.
Ok , this is a vital part of keeping your computer away from malicious files and other programs that may affect your computer in many different ways. I've been back and forth with about every virus scan there is , so I have some pretty strong reviews.
Symantec Antivirus Homepage
Ok , this is the virus scan I'm currently using. I've used all varieties of these scanners , and these seems to be the only one that actually works on all sides. I would highly recommend this virus scan.
Eset Nod32 Homepage
I've used Nod32 on and off for quite awhile now. Nod32 uses virtually no resources at all. Nod scans your computer constantly while you're doing whatever you need to get done. Updates almost daily against new threats. The only bad thing I've ever had happen was a few joke files and low threat viruses slip through , this was enough to turn me against this though. Overall if you need something quick that uses little resources I would definately recommend this.
Now I have never got around to using this virus scan , but all I've heard from this scanner has been positive. It is FREE
and from what I hear works like a charm. My sources have never wrong before , so I would recommend this scanner as well.
Trend Micro PC-Cillin
Now this is one of the few scanners that I've yet to use. PC-Cillin has came through for me in the past with their online scans , so I don't see how this would be much different.
Now I've only read reviews on this one too , so bear with my good judgement
. Reviews on this have been just fine , nothing majorly wrong with it. It's FREE
and works. I would try it out.
Avast! Antivirus Homepage
Wohoo , another one I can only go off of reviews on. Avast seems to be a pretty popular virus scan from what I have gathered and would probably give it a try. It's FREE
Panda Antivirus Homepage
Yay , finally one I can personally vouch for. Panda Antivirus was everything I expected from a virus scan and looked good while doing it , I just didn't have the "resources" to keep it running for more than 30 days , but if you have the cashola , I would definately invest.
This antivirus is a flippin' joke. I downloaded it a long while back and it's nothing but a resource hog and lets viruses through. Most schools (of all places that actually need it) use this program , I successfully tested this on a few computers and it is definately not worth anyone's time. I would give this 2 thumbs down.
Free Online Virus Scanners
Now I know that i've had my share of viruses slippin' through here and there and they've been pretty though to get rid of , here's a few places you can have you computer scanned , completely free and actually works!
Trendmicro House Call
Panda Active Scan
(Not Compatible With Firefox)
This doesn't suprise me a bit. You can't scan your WHOLE computer , but let alone 1 file , wow how helpful huh? Kaspersky is JUNK!
Let me start off by saying if you are using internet explorer , read through this thoroughly
This is the LATEST and Greatest ladies and gentlemen. Firefox is not full of security holes and other exploitable material , but rather had the time taken to smooth everything out. So in other words, think the opposite of anything that Micro$oft does. I would HIGHLY recommend this browser to anyone, this is highly customizable and is secure. Also has a built in pop-up blocker , I haven't had one pop through since i've used it.
This is another browser that many people use. As long as you aren't using Internet Explorer , you're somewhat safe. Opera is similar to Firefox in many ways, just a little different GUI here and there , nothing to big.
These are only two of the millions of browsers that are out there , but as long as you dont use IE , you should be just peachy.
Ad-aware / Spyware Scanners
"Enlarge your penis" , "Jump Higher" , "Prescription drugs online" , "Legal Drug alternatives" blah blah blah , we've seen them all right? Most of these pop ups are caused by your browser installing "Ad-aware" , "Spyware" and tracking cookies (monitors online activity) etc... and we apparantly don't want this. Here are a few ways of getting rid of this. 1. PLEASE for all things that are holy DONT USE INTERNET EXPLORER , this is the leading cause of getting these pesky pains-in-the-neck. Next , use these programs:
Spybot Search and Destroy
This program is widely used to fight these junk files. It detects over 15000 different types and definately works.
Ad Aware SE
This program picks up what spybot leaves behind , but who can complain , it's all free. This program used with Spybot Search and Destroy will nuke about any piece of spyware you could think of.
After you have scanned with these programs i would recommend you also get Spyware Blaster
, this will put in a safe guard that will stop these files from even ENTERING