Free Software Friday

As you might imagine, I get asked about computer problems a lot.  The conversation usually runs like this:  “My computer’s been running slower and slower over the last few months, and now it won’t even connect to the internet anymore.  Every time it starts up I get these screens popping up and they won’t go away.  Do I just need to buy a new computer or what?”

If this sounds like a question that you might ask, then fear not.  Your computer is most likely just suffering from virus and/or spyware issues and 80% of the time, the free software that I’m going to tell you about will fix you right up. 

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MalwareBytes Anti-Malware Free

This is a great application.  The free version will scan your system and find the vast majority of problems.  It’s not going to proactively look for and warn of potential threats, but it’s a great tool to uncover and correct problems that you suspect may be causing problems.  Just run a quick scan and it pretty much does the rest.

 

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Microsoft Security Essentials

This free tool from Microsoft is actually worth paying for.  It actively runs in the background and scans files as you work.  You can even use it for free in businesses with less than 10 computers.  You can download it from the link above or it will also show up in Windows Update as an optional update.

Both of these tools are simple to install and very easy to run.  If your computer is giving you any problems at all, this is a great place to start.