People ask me fairly frequently what the best antivirus program is for their home computer. Generally I irritate them by first suggesting they purchase a Macintosh and don’t worry about malware, since OS X Macs basically don’t have any virus and spyware problems at all. (At least not yet.)
Since most people (sadly) reject that solution out of hand and want a recommendation for Windows-based antivirus software, I do provide them with more advice. The first idea is that people running Windows computers MUST run some type of antivirus program. I know some folks who still don’t, and they are (predictably) infected with a variety of different adware, spyware, and virus programs that bog down their computer.
As far as specific advice on antivirus programs, Symantec Antivirus remains one of the most popular choices. PCWorld has published a new (March 2006) prioritized list of malware detection software programs for Windows-based PCs, but Norton AV 2006 is actually fifth on their list. The top solution is BitDefender 9 Standard available for $30.
Not included on the PCWorld list, but certainly good to know about and consider, are open source / freeware antivirus and anti-malware programs. These are generally for home/personal use only, if you need an antivirus solution at work or school you (or your organization) will need to pay for a commercial version. Miguel Guhlin has a good sampling included in his download-a-la-mode list. These include (not in any particular order):
- ClamWin AntiVirus
- AVG Free Edition
- AntiVir Personal Edition
- Avast! Home Edition
- McAfee AVERT Stinger
Stinger is a standalone program that can be run from a CD or other removable drive, and is “not a substitute for full anti-virus protection.” Download the most current version when you are ready to use it.
Armed with this knowledge and these tools, there is really not an excuse for any Windows-users to be running their computer without malware protection. Commercially supported antivirus programs are not expensive, but freeware solutions are also viable. Newer versions of some AV programs do support adware and spyware removal, but it is sometimes advisable to run a separate adware removal program. Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware Personal Edition remains an excellent, free choice (again for personal use) for adware/spyware detection and removal.
If you enjoyed this post and found it useful, consider subscribing to Wes' free, weekly newsletter. Generally Wes shares a new edition on Monday mornings, and it includes a TIP, a TOOL, a TEXT (article to read) and a TUTORIAL video. You can also check out past editions of Wes' newsletter online free!
Did you know Wes has published several eBooks and "eBook singles?" 1 of them is available free! Check them out! Also visit Wes' subscription-based tutorial VIDEO library supporting technology integrating teachers worldwide!MORE WAYS TO LEARN WITH WES: Do you use a smartphone or tablet? Subscribe to Wes' free magazine "iReading" on Flipboard! Follow Dr. Wesley Fryer on Twitter (@wfryer), Facebook and Google+. Also "like" Wes' Facebook page for "Speed of Creativity Learning". Don't miss Wesley's latest technology integration project, "Show With Media: What Do You Want to CREATE Today?"
On this day..
- Tips for Self-Publishing Your Book (February 2019) - 2019
- MakerSpace Resources & Ideas for Digital Music Creation - 2016
- Digital Storytelling MeetUp with Joe Lambert: Friday, February 13 - 2015
- FREE iPad App Coffee Chats start Tuesday, February 7 in Edmond, Oklahoma - 2012
- Learning from a Master Teacher: Darren Kuropatwa #k12online - 2011
- Get ready for Sixth Sense Technologies - 2010
- Getting started video tutorials with WordPress - 2010
- Internet safety and our need to connect with teens - 2009
- Larry Lessig on the idiocy of current US copyright law - 2009
- Podcast301: How to Create a Great PowerPoint Without Breaking the Law: Take 2.0 by Alvin Trusty - 2009