Back in the “Good Ole Days” it was perfectly safe to surf the Web without thinking about dangerous viruses, worms, spyware, hijackers, Trojan Horses or any other similar malicious software. Things are very different nowadays. If you don’t have a decent antivirus software, you might end up with an infested hard disk totally erased. All your valuable information would have gone to Siberia. I’ve seen thousands of people struck with devastating malware; and it’s getting worse as time goes by.
Spyware is a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications. Spyware silently tracks your surfing behavior to create a marketing profile for you that is transmitted without your knowledge to the compilers and sold to advertising companies.
If you see new toolbars in your Web browser that you haven’t intentionally installed, if your browser crashes inexplicably, or if your home page has been “hijacked” (or changed without your knowledge), your computer is most probably infected with spyware. Even if you don’t see the symptoms, your computer may be infected, because more and more spyware is emerging.
Which is the best application against these vicious malware attacks? I really can’t tell, because there are zillions of anti-virus programs out there; each one saying their programs walk on water. Some of them are viruses themselves disguised as anti-virus programs. Caveat emptor, my dear reader.
After my hard disk crashed several months ago, the company that replaced the bad disk installed a trusted anti-virus and anti-spyware known as AVG Free Edition 9.0.686. Previously I had been using Spybot Search and Destroy with good results. However, I kept AVG to experiment with it and determine if it was worth its salt. I’m glad I did. So far, my computer is clean as a whistle.
AVG Free Edition is a reputable anti-virus and anti-spyware protection for Windows available to download for free. In addition, the new included LinkScanner® Active Surf-Shield checks web pages for threats at the only time that matters—when you’re about to click that link.
AVG Anti-Virus Free has the following features:
- Award-winning anti-virus and anti-spyware.
- Real-time safe internet surfing and searching.
- Quality proven by 80 million of users.
- Easy to download, install and use.
- Compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP.
Caution: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition is only available for single computer use for home and non commercial use. Having said this, please install a trusted anti-malware application in your computer. Don’t navigate without proper protection. I’ll say it once more…please protect yourself. Practice safe computing. Good Day.