This short article directs home office readers to several Internet sites where they can download free programs that can help to protect their computer systems, including:

  • AVG (free.avg.com) – an easy-to-use program that kills viruses and spyware and prevents users from going to sites infected with malware or opening any virus-carrying files or programs already on their PC;
  • IOBIT’s Advanced System Care (iobit.com) – a program that cleans up hard drives, scans for spyware and erases PC activity and web-surfing history; and
  • Avast! Home Edition (avast.com) – protects PCs from viruses, spyware and rootkits (nasty programs that can hide on hard drives). Prevents malware from slipping into PCs from instant messaging programs.

Source: Staff, Inc.; Apr, 2009, v31 i3 p49

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