Does “www” stand for “World Wide Web” or “wild, wild west?” The Internet often seems like a lawless and barbaric place, with threats around every corner.
I’ve got good news! It’s not “every man for himself” out there. For every rootin’ tootin’ virus-slingin’ bandit online there’s a sheriff in town.
You can download plenty of excellent free security programs from my Security Center. I’ve got antivirus, firewalls, anti-spyware and more. You’ll want to have all three types of software running.
It’s important to remember when it comes to firewalls and antivirus, that you can only have one of each type of program running at once. Running multiple programs of each type can cause conflicts that make you less safe.
Unfortunately, not every security suite can catch every threat. That’s why your sheriff needs a deputy.
For that I recommend Malwarebytes. It’s capable of finding and removing threats that other software misses. Plus, the free version won’t conflict with your existing antivirus.
To get started, click the white Free Download button on the Malwarebytes home page.
You’ll want to leave the “Update Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware” button checked after install. That way, you’ll be sure to get the latest version of the program when it’s released.
One thing to note is that the free version of Malwarebytes has no passive protection. That means you’ll have to manually run it when you want to check your system. I would do this once a month.