posted on May, 8 2008 @ 03:55 PM
People spend hundreds of dollars on anti-virus protection every year for no reason. All books dedicated to proper windows security scrutinize the
companies which offer only 1 year leases of their products and direct people to free alternatives.
It is not just the anti-virus industry profiting from ignorance, Sony was caught out knowingly infecting people's PCs without their knowledge when
they played a Sony CD on their PC. This Rootkit limited what people could do while playing CDs. E.g. limiting their ability to rip or burn music. The
rootkit also made people's CD drives impossible to use if they tried to uninstall the rootkit. This was all the way back in 2005.
This does not however in any way suggest that you will be better off without protection. Never have your computer unprotected especially if you like
to look up porn, torrents, lyrics or game cheats.
Avast! - A free, aggressive anti-virus software for personal use.
AdAware - the most popular free spyware detector.
Spybot Search and Destroy - another free spyware detector/eradicator.
There are plenty of free programs available on the internet, but not all have good intentions. Be careful when downloading ANY free software. Only
goto reputable download sites such as pcworld.com/downloads or download.com and always read the descriptions and reviews to make sure the software
does not contain spyware.