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How to setup and protect your computer

Hints and tips for PCs

The first hint is to load a Linux operating system on your PC.

If you must use Windows, then the hints in this document should make it easier to keep your PC safe.

Windows Security issues overview and tools:
http://grc.com/default.htm This is a good primer site on Windows security.
windowsupdate.com
www.windowsupdate.com This is critical, update Windows on a regular basis; alternatively, use a Linux or Mac Operating system. ;)
Anti Spyware tools:
http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/ AdAware
http://www.safer-networking.org/index.php?page=download SpyBot
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html SpywareBlaster
Antivirus tools:
http://free.avg.com/us-en/download AVG free anti-virus
http://www.nai.com Network Associates, home of McAfee and Stinger, also listed below.
http://us.mcafee.com/default.asp McAffee Anti Virus software.
http://vil.nai.com/vil/stinger/ This is a clean-up tool for after a virus problem.
http://www.symantec.com/ Norton Anti Virus software.
Firewalls:
http://www.zonelabs.com/store/content/home.jsp ZoneAlarm
http://www.kerio.com/us/kpf_home.html Kerio Personal Firewall
http://www.agnitum.com/products/outpost/ Outpost personal firewall
Browsers:
http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox Firefox Browser
http://www.apple.com/safari/download Safari Browser
http://www.opera.com/download Opera Browser
http://www.google.com/chrome Chrome Browser
Startup managers:
http://www.rayslab.com/startup_manager/startup_manager.html
Proxy filter:
http://www.proxyplus.cz/ For a computer sharing solution.
http://www.junkbuster.com/ For Filtering out ads.
Windows tools.
http://www.annoyances.org/exec/show/tweakui
http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file_description/0,fid,2803,00.asp