Ten free security utilities you should already be using
ZDNet has a list of free security utilities, software and websites, which can help keep your computer safe and secure.
- Secunia Personal Software Inspector
- Active Virus Shield (or another anti-virus program)
- Haute Secure for Internet Explorer
- GMER anti-rootkit
- Netcraft toolbar
- File Shredder
- PC DeCrapifier
- NoScript add-on for Firefox browser
SPECIAL NOTE: if Secunia keeps telling you that a program is out of date (Java, for example) when you already updated it and re-scanned, the old version may still be on your computer (as some programs just add another version, not replace the old one, Java being a prime example). Use Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs, and remove the oldest (lowest number) version(s) — all but the latest. Then re-scan with Secunia.