We've all seen the TV commercials - "PC running slow?", "Are spyware and viruses ruining your computer?". You know what's coming next, just go to www.soandso.com for your free evaluation. What they fail to tell you in these ads is that, while the evaluation is free, fixing whatever is wrong is not. You normally have to buy their programs to remove all the problems from your PC. This can range anywhere between $25 and $100. Or, if you really want to spend some money, take it back to the big box store that you bought it from. There, you can give $200 to $400 to the "Tech Squad", and have them run pretty much the same programs that I am going to show you here. Or even better, have them come to your house for a $150 service fee plus "labor and parts".
Some people are afraid to work on their own computer, but you don't have to be. Anyone with basic computer knowledge can install and run these programs. When these applications are run on scheduled intervals (weekly/monthly), they will maintain your PC and keep it free from viruses and spyware, without slowing your system to a crawl. I will give you tips on how to run some of these programs in future articles. But, for now, lets take a quick look at these programs and get you started on the path to PC recovery.
Avast Free Antivirus: (http://www.avast.com) - Avast Free Antiviris one of the best antivirus programs out there. If you do a search for reviews for this, you will see that many experts rate it better than most of the products available, free or paid. The antivirus detection rates is on par with AntiVir and Microsoft Security Essentials. Avast has the most features, with full real-time capabilities including web, e-mail, IM, P2P, network shields and boot-time scanning. It stays running in the background and constantly updates, sometimes several times a day. Just be sure to turn your sound down or off before bed or you may hear "Virus database has been updated" coming out of your speakers at 3AM. You only have to register it yearly with your email address, other than that, it takes care of itself. Get it, run it, and keep it current and you will love this program.
So, as you can see, there are many applications out there for what you need to keep a clean, fast computer. It can be a little overwhelming if you haven't done a lot of work on your PC. But with these tools and a little research, you can save yourself a lot of money and time. Please feel free to leave any questions / comments that you may have concerning these applications. You can put them here, or on Facebook (http://facebook.com/kenholak). Please feel free to friend me, especially those of you that play Cafeworld, I need more neighbors. Or you can email them to me (