5/8/2012 1:16 PM
Malware, short for malicious software, is software designed to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain unauthorized access to computer systems. Anti-Malware is a term that encompasses preventing and removing all types of bad software, from fake anti-virus, trojans, spyware, adware, and so on.
While we do not provide support for third part software, we do strongly recommend having Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware programs on your computer. Aside from links to these programs, we also provide a link to the User's Guide for our customers because just having these programs is not enough; they must be used regularly and kept up to date, so you should know how to use it.
While protection is important, it's best to only have a two or three programs. You typically must choose one Anti-Virus program, then one or more Anti-Malware programs. Too many can slow your computer down and impose too many restrictions, which defeats the purpose. We suggest you try out a few and buy a full, licensed, copy of your favorite.
Here are some FREE options, most of which have more elaborate, and more effective, pay-per-license counterparts.
Microsoft Security Essentials
A free, yet robust Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware program that intergrates perfectly into your Microsoft XP, Vista or Windows 7 (32/64 bit) operating systems. This program is used by a majority of our technicians on their personal computers. It provides active services to protect you while you work!
Microsoft Security Essentials Home Page
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
Better than most free anti-virus solutions, Malwarebytes will dive deep into you system to remove threats. It even scans your system's registry for those tough to find infections. The licensed version also comes with a real-time protect module to help stop the infections before the even start.
Malwarebytes' Consumer Support Page
CCleaner is the number-one tool for cleaning your Windows PC. It protects your privacy online and makes your computer faster and more secure. Easy to use and a small, fast download.
Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool
Front line countermeasure from Microsoft for Windows computers. This tool is updated every month to eliminate new threats. Many users already get this monthly through Microsoft's Automatic Update services.