Saturday, February 26, 2011

PC Care: Anti-virus, Anti-malware

Is your pc running slowly?  It may be time to clean up your pc.  On our website,, we have posted a page for PC Care that has our latest tips for software (most can be downloaded for free at, including:

  • Anti-virus
  • Anti-malware (such as spyware, adware)
  • Registry cleaners
We list our favorite programs, such as a new entry on our list: Microsoft Security Essentials -- which has proven to be a good anti-virus program.  Below is an excerpt.  

Please let us know your favorite pc cleanup programs.  

Anti-Virus - these are currently our favorite free antivirus programs:
  • Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) - with version 2, Microsoft has made MSE2 the leader in free antivirus programs.  We still like Avast as well, and we are testing both programs.
  • Avast - a very good anti-virus program; we particularly like the boot scan, which has caught programs that load 
  • AVG comes in at third-place but is still a good antivirus program.

Anti-Malware (cleans spyware, adware & tracking cookies from your pc)
  • WinPatrol - a good program to prevent unwanted programs from jumping into your start-up programs, etc.
  • Advanced System Care - this is a good general all-purpose cleaner.  Includes anti-malware, file clean-up, registry cleaner, defrag.  
  • SuperAntiSpyware - our favorite cleaner, although it is over-exuberant cleaning cookies.  You may elect to allow known "good" cookies to remain on your system. 
  • SpyBot Search & Destroy - a good malware cleaner as well.