More than ever you need to be running an anti-virus and anti-malware program. Viruses are everywhere on the internet, and what has become known as “drive-by” infections happen all the time now. But surfing securely and safely isn’t a question of how much money you can spend, it’s a question of how far are you willing to go to protect yourself and family from having your (or their,) identity or data stolen. There are some really good free programs out there, here are a few I use all the time…
The freeware version of this anti-virus will stop viruses and spyware in their tracks. The virus data base is always up-to-date, and support from them is always efficient, fast, and will stick with you until your problem is completely solved. The present version is v8.0, and while the freeware is really good, some of their premium services are very nice. The Avast Internet Security package has everything a person could want to keep hackers, thieves, and viruses out. I recommend both the freeware and the premium Internet Security package to my clients.
Malwarebytes is one of the best programs available for detecting, quarantining, and removing malware…and it’s free. At least the best parts of it are. The Pro version of the service will block in real time, and watches closely for zero day threats. The paid version is also a little faster when scanning your machine, will automatically update, and scan scheduling is available. I’ve had occasion to have to request support, and the community was more than happy to help, and I got my answers fast.
Whether I’m surfing the internet checking out the dangerous sites, or just playing around on Facebook, I always have my browser sandboxed. It keeps any possibility of an infection away from my delicate system files. There are other paid and free sandboxing software out there, but of the ones I have tried, I like Sandboxie the best. It’s easy to operate and if, (like me,) can be configured to start seamlessly. I never even know it’s running.
As I said, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune, all of the above programs are completely free for anybody, but all have extended services that are each excellent in their own right. But, just using the free versions will keep you completely safe and secure on the internet.