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.