Security Softwares, Utilities

QUICK LIST ! (Personal ratings as 1 to 5 stars *) and (Full or Partial Real Time Protection)

Genuine Defense Freewares with Real Time Protection Added (needed)
ALL WITH REAL TIME PROTECTION NOW – FULL OR PARTIAL….

Windows OneCare Antivirus is now Free from Microsoft and very highly rated, West Coast Labs Certified and has won the VB100 Award ! Now called Microsoft Essentials…..
About Microsoft Security Essentials (5* Stars!) (FULL) [wrkx w/ Netbooks]
http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/
Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. Microsoft Security Essentials is a free* download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up to date so you can be assured your PC is protected by the latest technology. It’s easy to tell if your PC is secure — when you’re green, you’re good. It’s that simple.
Microsoft Security Essentials runs quietly and efficiently in the background so that you are free to use your Windows-based PC the way you want—without interruptions or long computer wait times.

Comodo Free Anti Virus Software Internet Security 5* (FULL)
http://antivirus.comodo.com/
Free Antivirus Software from Comodo eliminates viruses, spyware, and other malware from desktops and networks fighting against Internet security threats.

Microsoft AntiSpyware is now Windows Defender 4-5* (FULL) [wrkx w/ Netbooks]
[working-freeware from Microsoft]
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx
Windows Defender is a free program that helps protect your computer against pop-ups, slow performance, and security threats caused by spyware and other unwanted software. It features Real-Time Protection, a monitoring system that recommends actions against spyware when it’s detected, and a new streamlined interface that minimizes interruptions and helps you stay productive.

 Spyware Terminator [working-freeware] (Antispyware and antivirus. Real time protection added ! ) 4* (Full) [wrkx w/ Netbooks, tad heavy]
http://www.spywareterminator.com/  
Millions of users worldwide rely on Spyware Terminator, winner of many awards and high ratings from industry experts and users. Its free comprehensive protection is comparable to competitors’ paid versions!
Spyware Terminator includes: http://www.spywareterminator.com/  
* Fast spyware scanning
* 100% real-time protection
* HIPS protection
* Antivirus protection
* Multilanguage Support
http://www.spywareterminator.com/  
View List of All Features »
http://www.spywareterminator.com/features/antispyware-features.aspx

STOPzilla [working freeware] (Real Time Protection) 4* [wrks w/Netbooks]
Scans, removes and blocks Malware…
http://www.stopzilla.com/
http://www.stopzilla.com/products/stopzilla/home.do
STOPzilla successfully scans, removes and blocks Malware, Adware, Pop-up ads, Phishing attacks, hijackers, rootkits, Trojans, bots, drive-by downloads, rogue programs, messenger service ads, keyloggers, malicious BHOs, dialers, and much more. STOPzilla’s technology has protected users from Spyware / Adware in over 60 countries and has been downloaded by more than 15 million users, worldwide. True Real-timeTM Protection…
STOPzilla’s True Real-Time protection detects, blocks, and quarantines both known and potential Spyware infections before they can attack your system and do damage. Legitimate software programs are allowed to execute freely. From the moment you start your computer, STOPzilla is working to protect you from malicious programming, so your PC is never vulnerable.

SUPERAntiSpyware [working-freeware, and premium version] 4* (Partial) [wrkx w/ Netbooks]
http://www.superantispyware.com/  

Spyware Terminator [working-freeware] (Antispyware and antivirus. Real time protection added ! ) 4* (Full)
http://www.spywareterminator.com/  

Google Pack with PCTools Spyware Doctor 4-5* (Partial) [wrkx w/ Netbooks]
http://pack.google.com/intl/en/pack_installer.html?hl=en&gl=us

Transaction Guard  5* (Full) [wrkx w/ Netbooks]
http://www.trendsecure.com/portal/en-US/tools/security_tools/transaction_guard  

Trend Micro RUBotted (free) 4-5* (Detect only) [wrkx w/ Netbooks]
http://www.trendsecure.com/portal/en-US/tools/security_tools/rubotted

a-squared Anti-Dialer 5+* (Dial Up Modems – not broadband/dsl/cable/satellite) (Full) [wrkx w/ Netbooks]
a-squared Anti-Dialer [working-freeware]
http://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/antidialer/

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition (Partial) [wrkx w/ Netbooks]
http://www.grisoft.com/

ThreatFire AntiVirus 4-5* (Full)
http://www.threatfire.com/

PC Tools Firewall Plus – Free Edition 5* [wrkx w/Netbooks]
http://www.pctools.com/firewall/
Easy-to-use, free software firewall for PC users to protect your computer from intruders and malicious network traffic. (PC Tools is maker of famous Spyware Doctor)

Comodo Personal Firewall 5+* (Full) (Advanced)
(Genuine Freeware, and rated by international tests as about world’s best – now includes antivirus real time)
http://www.personalfirewall.comodo.com/

Sygate Personal Firewall Free 5.6.2808 3-4* (Not supported)
(Old favorite now owned by Symantec, GET Online Armor Personal Firewall Free for replacement !)
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Security/Firewall/Sygate-Personal-Firewall-Free.shtml  

Online Armor Personal Firewall Free [new/advanced users] [wrkx w/Netbook] 5+*
http://www.tallemu.com/ (best)
Online Armor Free provides both a firewall and a whitelist approach to program security for Windows NT, 2000 and XP. It does not show pop-ups for many known good programs, and it scans all your installed programs when it first runs so that you can quickly tell it what to do with apps it doesn’t know about.
Operating Systems:  Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Vista

ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 4-5* (popular)
Protect your PC with #1 Free Firewall
http://www.zonealarm.com/security/en-us/zonealarm-pc-security-free-firewall.htm

Ashampoo FireWall Free 4-5*(popular) [wrkx w/ Netbooks]
http://www.download.com/Ashampoo-FireWall-Free/3000-10435_4-10575187.html

ALTERNATE BACK UP BROWSERS / wrkx w/Netbooks

FLASH Firefox, Opera, Safari browsers top list of high risk software 2009
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/bit9-releases-annual-report-on-top-vulnerable-applications-in-2009-79401757.html
NOTE: We have always promoted Windows as safest which Internet Explorer is part of because they are “Unix Certified” (Secure and Stable) whereas others only achieved “Unix-Like” status (Linux OS etc.) Point ? Internet Explorer then is “Unix Certified” as Secure and stable. Period.

Firefox web browser | Faster, more secure, & customizable
The Firefox Web Browser is the faster, more secure, and fully customizable way to surf the web.
http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/

The SeaMonkey® Project 
The Internet browser at the core of the SeaMonkey suite uses the same rendering … If that’s still not enough, SeaMonkey can be extended with numerous Add-Ons that …
http://www.seamonkey-project.org/
SeaMonkey 2.0
Web-browser, advanced e-mail, newsgroup and feed client, IRC chat, and HTML editing made simple — all your Internet needs in one application.
DOWNLOAD HERE FREE / wrkx w/Netbooks
http://www.seamonkey-project.org/

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ANTISPYWARE STAND ALONE SCANNERS 

a-squared trojan remover (Free Working Version for life and Proactive Premium Version) [NOW WITH IKARUS ANTIVIRUS] [wrkx w/ Netbooks]
http://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/free/
(Many awards – probably best antimalware in world ! Largest world database defintions – over 3 1/2 Million ! Detects botnet infection and removes safely…. premium version blocks botnet infections)
a-squared (antispyware) is a complementary product to antivirus software and desktop firewalls on MS Windows computers. Antivirus software specializes in detecting classic viruses. Many available products have weaknesses in detecting other malicious software (Malware) like Trojans, Dialers, Worms and Spyware (Adware). a-squared fills the gap that malware writers exploit. Automatic updates: In a-squared Free the updater must be run manually. The auto-update feature of a-squared Personal checks hourly for new available updates and installs them automatically. a-squared Free is freeware! You can download and use it completely for free. 

Ad-Aware [working-freeware, personal use] (Works with Netbook) [wrkx w/ Netbooks]
http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/
Ad-Aware Personal provides advanced protection from known data-mining, aggressive advertising, Trojans, dialers, malware, browser hijackers, and tracking components. This software is downloadable free of charge for personal use.

Microsoft AntiSpyware is now Windows Defender [wrkx w/ Netbooks]
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx
[working-freeware from Microsoft]
(Works with Netbook) [wrkx w/ Netbooks]
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx
Windows Defender is a free program that helps protect your computer against pop-ups, slow performance, and security threats caused by spyware and other unwanted software. It features Real-Time Protection, a monitoring system that recommends actions against spyware when it’s detected, and a new streamlined interface that minimizes interruptions and helps you stay productive.

SUPERAntiSpyware [working-freeware, and premium version] [wrkx w/ Netbooks]
http://www.superantispyware.com/
SUPERAntiSpyware scans your computer for known Spyware, Adware, Malware, Trojans, Dialers, Worms, KeyLoggers, HiJackers and many other types of threats, and allows you to remove or quarantine them. It offers daily (manual) definition updates, as well as home page hijack protection and customizable scan options. Furthermore, the program includes a Repair feature that allows you to restore various settings which are often changed by malware programs, but usually not corrected by simply removing the parasite. The free version lacks real-time blocking and protection as well as several other advanced options. 

Google Pack [wrkx w/ Netbooks]
http://pack.google.com/intl/en/pack_installer.html?hl=en&gl=us
Google Pack is:; Software specifically selected by Google; Always free – no trial versions or … International versions of Google Pack available in: … INCLUDES Spyware Doctor, Norton Security Scan, more

UTILITIES / ANALYSIS / ROOTKIT SCANNERS

Online Tool Developed to Check for Botnet Activity   [wrkx w/ Netbooks]
BotnetChecker.Com
Go To: http://botnetchecker.com/
PRWeb via Yahoo! News Wed, 12 Dec 2007 5:00 AM PST
http://news.yahoo.com/s/prweb/20071212/bs_prweb/prweb575432_1
It is estimated that 1 in 4 computers on the internet today are part of a botnet. After observing bot activity from thousands of compromised computers, local administrator develops easy way to check for botnet activity.

Transaction Guard
http://www.trendsecure.com/portal/en-US/tools/security_tools/transaction_guard
Note to Trend Micro Internet Security Users: Trend Micro Internet Security already includes all the functionality of Spyware Monitor, plus the ability to remove spyware. Use Spyware Monitor when you are using a computer that does not have Trend Micro Internet Security installed (for example: at a library or an Internet cafe).
Version 2.0
Transaction Guard is FREE software that protects you against spyware while performing sensitive online tasks on a public computer, like Internet banking or other financial transactions. Transaction Guard has two components:
Spyware Monitor – Monitors for spyware and notifies you of any intrusions.
Password ClipBoard – An on-screen keyboard for securely entering user names and passwords.

a-squared Anti-Dialer [working-freeware] [wrkx w/ Netbooks]
http://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/antidialer/
No chance for the Dialer rip off! Protect your PC with a-squared Anti-Dialer from manipulated dial up connections, which can cause a phone bill of several hundred dollars quickly. a-squared Anti-Dialer provides a complete defense against Dialers. Scan all files on your harddisks for Dialer behavior using the Dialer scanner. The integrated background guard protects the PC from new infections. As soon as a potential Dialer creates or manipulates a dial up connection, the a-squared Anti-Dialer will alert it.

CWShredder [working-freeware, install this! worst known threat, only known solution available] [wrkx w/ Netbooks]
http://www.intermute.com/spysubtract/cwshredder_download.html
CWShredder finds and destroys traces of CoolWebSearch. CoolWebSearch is a name given to a wide range of different browser hijackers. Though the code is very different between variants, they are all used to redirect users to coolwebsearch.com and other sites affiliated with its operators. Learn More: http://www.intermute.com/cwshredder/learn_more_cwshredder.html
(Note: CoolWebSearch has been reported as the worst, and the CWShredder is the only known true remover for all traces, variants – and is constantly updated. CWSredder has been aquired by Trend Micro AntiSpyware now but is still free as a stand alone program from them. Take a look at the extensive variants list of the CoolWebSearch toolbar browser hijacker at CA Spyware Information Center……):
CA Spyware Information Center (List of CWS variants)
http://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/pest/pest.aspx?id=453076035

Trend Micro RootkitBuster (popular) [working-freeware] [wrkx w/ Netbooks]
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Antivirus/Trend-Micro-Rootkit-Buster.shtml
Trend Micro RootkitBuster is a rootkit scanner that offers ability to scan for drivers, registry entries, processes, hidden files and hooked system service. Trend Micro RootkitBuster also includes the cleaning capability for hidden files and registry entries.  License:  Freeware / OS:  Windows All

AVG Anti-Rootkit Free [working-freeware] [wrkx w/ Netbooks]
http://free.grisoft.com/doc/download-free-anti-rootkit/us/frt/0
AVG Anti-Rootkit Free is a powerful tool with state-of-the-art technology for the detection and removal of rootkits.

Sophos Anti-Rootkit (popular) [working-freeware] [wrkx w/ Netbooks]
http://www.sophos.com/products/free-tools/sophos-anti-rootkit.html
Eliminates hidden applications and processes. Removing rootkits without compromising system integrity is particularly challenging and needs to be done with care. Our free software, Sophos Anti-Rootkit, finds and removes any rootkit that is hidden on your computer.

GMer Free Rootkit Scanner [wrkx w/ Netbooks]
http://www.gmer.net/
Download: http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64192-order,1-page,1/description.h
License Type: Free Operating Systems: Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP

a-squared HiJackFree [working-freeware] [wrkx w/ Netbooks]
http://www.hijackfree.com/en/
a-squared Home: http://www.emsisoft.com/en/
a-squared HiJackFree is a detailed system analysis tool which helps advanced users to detect and remove all types of HiJackers, Spyware, Adware, Trojans and Worms. (Note this is the superior alternative to HiJackThis for advanced users with instant analysis online).

RegSeeker [working-freeware] (One of world’s best registry cleaners) [wrkx w/ Netbooks] http://www.hoverdesk.net/freeware.htm [Latest versions work with Windows Vista]
RegSeeker is a handy tool for managing several popular registry items and searching the registry by keyword. It offers quick access to Startup Entries, Uninstall Information, Color Schemes, History items (URLs, Recent Documents etc) and IE Favorites. The program also includes a registry cleaning feature that finds invalid and unused registry entries, allowing you to delete them. RegSeeker can automatically create a backup before deleting any registry entries. The program comes with an attractive, easy to use interface. Nevertheless it is not intended for complete beginners and you should feel comfortable working with the Windows registry before using it. 

SiteAdvisor.Com Information and Download [working-freeware, Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers] [wrkx w/ Netbooks]
http://www.siteadvisor.com/
We test the Web to help keep you safe from spyware, spam, viruses and online scams.
SiteAdvisor’s safety ratings are based on automated safety tests of Web sites (including of our own site) and are enhanced with user feedback from our users and our own manual analysis.
We do not accept payment from sites to be rated, so we have no conflict of interest. We also document our safety tests for every site we analyze. (Now owned by McAfee).

Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer V1.2.1 [working-freeware, works on home PC] [wrkx w/ Netbooks]
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/tools/mbsahome.mspx
MBSA 1.2.1 is the free, best practices vulnerability assessment tool for the Microsoft platform the tool helps with the assessment phase of an overall security management strategy. MBSA Version 1.2.1 includes a graphical and command line interface that can perform local or remote scans of Windows systems. MBSA 1.2.1 runs on: Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 systems. (Run this to find all missing Windows Updates, and security analysis of your installed protection sofware and settings).

EarthLink Free Software & Tools For All Internet Users [working-freeware security toolbar]
[wrkx w/ Netbooks] http://www.earthlink.net/software/nmfree/
EarthLink Toolbar: Surf safer and easier with our exclusive ScamBlocker and Pop-Up BlockerSM, plus a convenient Google search added to your browser toolbar. Free download. EarthLink Tools for the Firefox Browser, featuring ScamBlocker: Now you can use the popular Firefox Web browser with our customized EarthLink theme and our own extension—the EarthLink Toolbar featuring ScamBlocker! EarthLink Spy Audit: Do you have spyware on your machine? Find out now—FREE!

EULAlyzer 1.1 [wrkx w/ Netbooks]
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/eulalyzer.html
EULAlyzer can analyze license agreements in seconds, and provide a
detailed listing of potentially interesting words and phrases.
Discover if the software you’re about to install displays pop-up ads,
transmits personally identifiable information, uses unique identifiers
to track you, or much much more. 

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition [working-freeware] [wrkx w/ Netbooks]
Download, Information at this website :
http://www.download.com/AVG-Anti-Virus-Free-Edition/3000-2239_4-10320142.html
http://www.grisoft.com/
AVG Free Edition is the well-known antivirus protection tool. AVG Free is available free of charge to home users for the life of the product. Rapid virus database updates are available for the lifetime of the product, thereby providing the high level of detection capability that millions of users around the world trust to protect their computers. AVG Free is easy to use and will not slow your system down (low system resource requirements). Highlights include automatic update functionality, the AVG Resident Shield, which provides real-time protection as files are opened and programs are run, free Virus Database Updates for the lifetime of the product, and AVG Virus Vault for safe handling of infected files.

ClamWin Free Antivirus [Open Source – working freeware] [wrkx w/ Netbooks]
http://www.clamwin.com/
ClamWin is a Free Antivirus for Microsoft Windows 98/Me/2000/XP and 2003. ClamWin Free Antivirus comes with an easy installer (and open source code). You may download and use it absolutely free of charge. It features: High detection rates for viruses and spyware; Scanning Scheduler; Automatic downloads of regularly updated Virus Database. Standalone virus scanner and right-click menu integration to Microsoft Windows Explorer; Addin to Microsoft Outlook to remove virus-infected attachments automatically. The latest version of Clamwin Free Antivirus is 0.88.2.3 . Please note that ClamWin Free Antivirus does not include an on-access real-time scanner. You need to manually scan a file in order to detect a virus or spyware.

Avast AntiVirus Home Edition [working-freeware] [wrkx w/ Netbooks]
http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html
Free avast! 4 Home Edition. avast! 4 Home Edition is a full-featured antivirus package designed exclusively for home users and non-commercial use. Institutions (even non-commercial ones) are not allowed to use avast! Home Edition. However, ALWIL Software provides the full line of avast! antivirus products at special discount prices for non-profit, charity, educational and government institutions. Please see our price lists for details. 

BitDefender Free Edition
BitDefender Free Edition is an on-demand virus scanner, which is best used in a system recovery or forensics role. If you are on an “always-on” Internet connection, we strongly advise you to consider using a more complex antivirus solution.
http://www.bitdefender.com/PRODUCT-14-en–BitDefender-Free-Edition.html

FIREWALLS (necessary to block direct take over of pc by hackers)

Comodo Personal Firewall [new, advanced users]
(Genuine Freeware, and rated by international tests as about world’s best – now includes antivirus real time)
http://www.personalfirewall.comodo.com/ 

Sygate Personal Firewall Free 5.6.2808 [Not supported, extinct, good system32 monitor]
(Old favorite now owned by Symantec)
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Security/Firewall/Sygate-Personal-Firewall-Free.shtml 

ZoneAlarm Free Firewall
Protect your PC with #1 Free Firewall
http://www.zonealarm.com/security/en-us/zonealarm-pc-security-free-firewall.htm

Ashampoo FireWall Free 1.2 (popular) [wrkx w/ Netbooks]
http://www.download.com/Ashampoo-FireWall-Free/3000-10435_4-10575187.html

Online Armor Personal Firewall Free [new/advanced users]
http://www.tallemu.com/
Online Armor Free provides both a firewall and a whitelist approach to program security for Windows NT, 2000 and XP. It does not show pop-ups for many known good programs, and it scans all your installed programs when it first runs so that you can quickly tell it what to do with apps it doesn’t know about.
Operating Systems:  Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Vista

Internet Tracks Cleaners Recommended (Privacy and Security)
[You should have browsers Settings to delete all internet history each time it closes. Do NOT keep cookies on your computer at all. They have been broken into by crimewares. Cookies should only be given session cookies permissions as a privacy and security issue (cookies have been broken into by malwares) and only if necessary.

CCleaner – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
CCleaner supports the cleaning of temporary and unneeded files from certain …
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CCleaner
CCleaner http://www.ccleaner.com/

ADD FOR FIREFOX…. 
BetterPrivacy :: Add-ons for Firefox 
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6623
Customize Firefox, Thunderbird, and other Mozilla products with thousands of … Better Privacy serves to protect against not deletable longterm cookies, a new …
http://addons.mozilla.org
….deletes flash cookies that none others generally delete. Cookies should only be given session cookies permissions as a privacy and security issue (cookies have been broken into by malwares) and only if necessary.

FREE SCANS / TOP COMPANIES…..

Trend Micro Housecall
http://housecall.trendmicro.com/
Bitdefender
http://www.bitdefender.com/scanner/online/free.html
F-secure
http://www.f-secure.com/en_US/security/security-lab/tools-and-services/online-scanner/
Kaspersky
http://www.kaspersky.com/virusscanner
McAfee
http://home.mcafee.com/Downloads/FreeScan.aspx
Panda
http://www.pandasecurity.com/homeusers/solutions/activescan/?
Symantec
http://security.symantec.com/sscv6/WelcomePage.asp
Windows One-Care
http://onecare.live.com/site/en-us/default.htm?s_cid=sah
SUBMIT: VirusTotal.com
http://www.virustotal.com/

Our freeware tip: MalAware 1.0! http://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/malaware/
Brand new out of the Emsi Software labs:
The basic idea behind MalAware was to create build the smallest possible (1 mb) and the fastest possible malware scanner (scan in less than 1 minute) that will only provide an indication of whether a PC is infected with malware or not.

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