This is my site for links to Genuine Free Stuff as well as some useful advice. I use most of these programs regularly. It's good gear. It's all worth having.

** April 2014. Major revamp and update for relevance happening, especially now that support for Windows XP has ended, and now that we all are addicted to our Android phones. A lot of old stuff is going.

This post in particular started this whole website...

I have been building and using computers since about the Ice Age, from DOS 3 through to Windows 7.
I have been mucking about with mobile phones for quite some time, using Symbian S60 and then Android.

Press F8 at boot to start in safe mode - Windows XP and 7
To see the details of you computer, download, install and run 'Speccy' - shows Operating System, Firewall, Anti-virus and hardware.
If you think you have a virus, start here 'Free Online Virus Scan'. Try any or all, and be patient.

March 15, 2014

Free Anti-virus programs. April 2014. Windows XP and Windows 7

Here's my summary of the anti-virus programs I have experimented with.

AVG free anti-virus
http://www.avgfree.com.au/

Avira  Free anti-virus
http://www.avira.com/en/avira-free-antivirus

BitDefender anti-virus
http://www.bitdefender.com.au/solutions/free.html

Malwarebytes
http://www.malwarebytes.org/downloads/

Microsoft Security Essentials
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/security-essentials-download#dlbutton

Also refer to..
FileHippo for anti-virus software
http://www.filehippo.com/search?q=anti+virus

And read here for unbiased reviews and tests...
AV-Comparitives
http://www.av-comparatives.org/

All free and all do the job. Pick one.
** Disclaimer - all these sites will try to make you buy the paid version, of course, so be careful which button you click on. Even then, you will receive regular messages to upgrade. Stick with the free version if you can. Buy the full version of you like how it works, I usually do after a trial.

Cheers. Si.
Checked April 2014 for link and relevance. Still valid for Windows XP and Windows 7
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