Computer Security Software

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Computer Security Software

Some computer security software will help protect your computer from viruses and other security threats. In order for the software to be effective, you will need to pay for a subscription each month or year and keep the security software up to date. Subscription prices range in price from $34 to over $50 USD per year depending on the brand and your country of origin. Computers running Windows have more threats from viruses and security threats than computers running the Apple Macintosh (Mac) platform.

"Before you install antivirus software, check to make sure you don't already have an antivirus product on your computer. If you do, be sure to remove the product you don't want before you install the new one. It can cause problems on your computer to have two different antivirus products installed at the same time." Source: Microsoft Corporation,2008

Apple Macintosh Computers


Windows Computers



Free Computer Security Software

Be careful of "free" software. Software that is free usually comes with future e-mail messages promoting a product, online advertising banners and more. Use at your own risk.


  • McAfee FreeScan helps you detect thousands of viruses on your computer. Based on the award-winning McAfee VirusScan engine, FreeScan searches for viruses, including the latest known "in the wild" viruses, and displays a detailed list of any infected files. Should viruses be found, FreeScan even provides links to more information about the viruses and what you can do to clean your system.


  • McAfee SiteAdvisor™ is a plug-in for Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers, tests, analyzes and rates websites in detail for unsafe or annoying practices such as dangerous downloads, spamming, misuse of personal information and browser hijacking. This helps you sidestep possible identity theft or fraud traps. When searching with Google, Yahoo! or MSN, SiteAdvisor's easy-to-understand safety ratings—red (danger), yellow (information) or green (safe)—appear next to search results.


  • McAfee World Virus Map Get a real-time, bird's-eye view of where the latest viruses are infecting computers worldwide.


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