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Old Mar 13, 2010, 7:19 PM   #1
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You are a very skilled computer guru: how do you cope with the "added enhancements," read as malware and cookies, that generally come along with free software?

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Sarah, Hi.
There are many things one can do to protect yourself... in fact most of these are FREE.
1. Use a Firefox browser and use ADD-ONS like WOT, NoScript & BetterPrivacy etc.
2. Use a Free Malware scanner like MalwareBytes
3. Use a Free Anti-Spyware scanner like SuperAntiSpyware
4. Use a Free software Firewall like PC Tools Firewall Plus
5. And last but not least, use Antivirus software like Microsoft Security Essentials, Avira or AVG etc. (These are all free too).
There is no 100% but if you do the basics well, you can reduce most of the risk.

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You are a very skilled computer guru: how do you cope with the "added enhancements," read as malware and cookies, that generally come along with free software?

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Hi Sarah

Yes it's nice being King on Planet Greg

Seriously you are too kind. I thought I would go for the simple answer first - if it's available on download.com then it is 99.9% safe. During installation always select Custom if available, and say no to any "free" optional installs like Yahoo toolbar etc. Then use Revo uninstaller, this is free and can remove all traces of a program. Actually lastly do you know how to use System Restore? What version of Windows are you running?

dbbnet made some excellent recommendations, and JimC and Dustin also addressed this issue recently in the "Invitation" thread.

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dbnnet and Greg-

Many thanks for the excellent suggestions.

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