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Viruses and malware are a menace to a work-at-home professional.  Viruses can destroy your precious files.  Malware can be used to steal your personal information and invade your privacy.  Both can slow down your computer.  Thus, it goes without saying that we need protection from these malicious programs.  However, Internet security programs are not created equal. We all want to get the maximum protection against viruses and spyware.  Below are some of the products I recommend:


Kaspersky is my brand of choice.  I once asked a couple of my techie friends, “What’s the best anti-virus for you?”  Without batting an eyelash, they both answered, “Kaspersky.” 

Kaspersky’s latest product is Kaspersky Internet Security 2010.  This security suite has everything you need to be safe and secure while you surf the Internet.  Some of its outstanding new features are the following:

SAFE RUN MODE – Have you ever been unsure about running an application on your computer?  Or does a particular website have the information that you need but you’re unsure if it’s safe to visit?  With Kaspersky, you don’t need to worry because it lets applications and websites to be run in the safe run mode.  You can check out the program or the website while staying protected from malicious programs or codes.

VIRTUAL KEYBOARD – I love this feature.  Kaspersky has a secure onscreen keyboard that lets you type usernames and passwords.  It protects you from key-loggers, those programs that steal your passwords by recording the things you do on your physical keyboard.  No need to worry about your passwords and your bank account information being stolen. This makes online banking and online shopping so much safer!

GAME MODE – It’s really annoying when you’re playing your favorite computer game and then a dialogue box asks you to update your anti-virus. It breaks the momentum, and it’s especially irksome when you’re about to finish a certain level.  Sometimes, it’s also irritating when your computer suddenly slows while you play because the anti-virus is running is a scan. With Kaspersky, you don’t have to deal with these things because you can turn on the game mode which suspends alerts, updates and scans.  You can play uninterrupted while staying protected.

Of course, Kaspersky has a superior detection rate.  It detects spywares and viruses that are undetectable to other anit-virus and anti-spyware programs.  It protects your PC against a wide range of threats that include:

  • Viruses, worms, Trojans and other malware, adware and spyware.
  • Key loggers, phishing scams and screen capture malware that can be used for identity theft.
  • Rootkits, bootkits and other complex threats.
  • Drive-by download infections, network attacks and intrusions.
  • Botnets and various illegal methods of controlling your PC.
  • Zero-day attacks, new fast emerging and unknown threats.
  • Unwanted and offensive web content and spam

If you want to protect your computer, prevent identity and password theft and make online surfing safer for you and your family, you need to invest a good Internet security suite.  For me and for most of my friends, nothing beats Kaspersky.  It's worth every penny.

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There are free alternatives to Kaspersky.  However, they are less effective. Nevertheless, they offer basic protection. These are the free alternatives that I recommend:

(Note: Why do you need this list?  Some malwares are disguised as free anti-virus and anti-spyware programs!  The programs have listed below are the ones that I have tried and found to be safe.)


CAVEAT:  Some users of these free programs have complained saying that their computers became slower after installing some of these free software.  I recommend that you read the reviews of the software that you intend to download at CNET.com.  Also, it is not advisable to install two programs of the same kind in one computer.  If you intend to download an anti-virus, make sure that the other program (such as a firewall) that you download has no anti-virus bundled with it.  If it has, disable the anti-virus component of the firewall before you install your chosen anti-virus.


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