Shipley Consulting Inc.

 

USEFUL COMPUTER-RELATED LINKS:

 

 

Free Anti-Virus Products 

 

AVG Free Anti-Virus -- Free download

http://free.avg.com/us-en/homepage

Also available on c|net Download.com

 

Avira AntiVir -- Free download

http://www.avira.com/en/avira-free-antivirus

 

Microsoft Security Essentials -- Free Antivirus download (32-bit & 64-bit)

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/security_essentials/default.aspx

June 2011 - lately I've had several client systems using MSSE that got infected, so I moved them to AVG.

 

Avast Free Antivirus -- Free download

http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Also available on c|net Download.com

 

 

Free Online Anti-Virus Scanners 

 

F-Secure -- Free online scanner/cleaner

http://www.f-secure.com/en_US/downloads/

 

BitDefender -- Free online scanner/cleaner

http://www.bitdefender.com/scanner/online/free.html

 

Panda Software --  FREE on-line virus scanner

(Use the link below if the above link fails.)

http://www.pandasecurity.com/homeusers/solutions/activescan/

 

 

 

Malware / SpyWare / Adware Removal Products 

 

MalwareBytes -- Free malware removal

http://www.malwarebytes.org

Also available on c|net Download.com

 

Hitman Pro -- Rootkit removal (32-bit & 64-bit)

http://www.surfright.nl/en/hitmanpro

Also available on c|net Download.com

 

AdAware -- Free Standard Edition!

www.lavasoft.de

Also available via c|net Download.com

 

SpyBot - Search & Destroy -- Free! (Donations Accepted)

www.spybot.safer-networking.de

Also available via c|net Download.com

 

 

 

Anti-SPAM Products 

Both of these programs are free, and you can use both at the same time if you wish.  Myriad anti-SPAM products are available, several of which are freeware, while others are just free for an evaluation period.

 

K9 -- Free Edition! 

www.keir.net

K9 is intelligent.  It starts out somewhat dumb and you have to train it to recognize what you consider to be spam.  After a few days of training, its accuracy improves to over 90%.  And it is not based on your Contact List.  It is a bit more involved to install and configure.  You must manually create a Spam folder in Outlook/OE to receive messages considered Spam.  You must also create a rule to move messages flagged by K9 as Spam into that Spam folder. 

 

MailWasher -- Free Edition!

www.mailwasher.net

Also available via c|net Download.com

MailWasher is entirely manual. It filters anyone not already in your email Contact List, but you have to set it all up manually, and add new contacts as you gather them. MailWasher is probably inappropriate for users who often receive valid email from strangers (such as new customers), as all messages from new contacts will be filtered.