Simply put a Firewall is a Brick Wall between you and
all the other computers on the internet,
and it will not let anyone in unless you tell it to.
A Firewall is just as important as an Anti-Virus
program because it protects your precious hard drive
and its information from intruders.
Here is a very good program from Zone Labs called Zone
Alarm and its FREE for personal use.
Viruses are appearing at an alarming rate, we are being
bombarded from all sides the only thing we can do is
INVEST! in a good Anti-Virus program. We emphasis INVEST
because that is what it is an investment in your computers
safety and an investment in your data and files. You
can loose years and years of hard work and loose files
and data that can never be restored all in a split second.
AVG from Grisoft is a very good anti-virus program and its FREE for personal use.
Fast Real-Time Scanning engine - catch and block spyware before it is executed (EXE and CAB files supported) with signature-based scanning for known spyware and heuristic/generic detection capabilities to catch new/mutated spyware. Spyware Gaurd
Spybot, Search & Destroy
Spybot - Search & Destroy can detect and remove a multitude of adware files and modules from your computer. Spybot also can clean program and Web-usage tracks from your system, which is especially useful if you share your computer. Modules chosen for removal can be sent directly to the included file shredder, ensuring complete elimination from your system. For advanced users, it allows you to fix Registry inconsistencies related to adware and to malicious program installations. Spybot Search & Destroy
Ad-aware standard Edition is an award winning, FREE!,
multicomponent detection and removal utility that consistently
leads the industry in safety, user satisfaction, support
With its ability to comprehensively scan your memory,
registry, hard drive, removable and optical drives for
known datamining, aggressive advertising, and tracking
components. Well worth instaling on your system Adware