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Computer Monitoring Software
Computer monitoring software helps protect your computer. PC virus protection and a computer firewall are a few protection applications available. What is the best virus protection for your system?
Computer monitoring software keeps on eye on the health of your computer, and makes sure your computer is not being used for things you don't want it used for.
Anti-virus software, computer firewalls, and anti-spyware programs are discussed on this page.
It is important to recognize that the 'bad' stuff (e.g. hackers, viruses, worms, etc.) is constantly changing and evolving; you need to be proactive and keep your protection up-to-date. Companies that are producing protective programs are constantly updating and testing their products and services to try and stay ahead of the 'bad stuff' that can happen to computers. But you need to invest your resources to protect not only your system but the data that you keep on your system (don't forget to do regular back-ups on an external hard drive of all your information).
After resisting for years, my 77 year old mother learned how to use a computer last year. She got her first computer from us (it helps to have a computer builder in the family) and we made sure she had some lessons from the local community center to learn how to operate her computer. The pc virus protection had been installed but within the first week, Mom was on the phone telling me the computer was broken. When I went over to check it out, I found that she had inadvertently clicked the computer firewall protection off the system and had been infected by a computer virus.
It took me all day and to ensure that she could not take the protection off (now, she is NOT the administrator of her system).
Once up and running, she learned very quickly. Now, she is able to send photos to relatives overseas; she communicates daily via the internet with her friends and family; she follows her love of Opera on the internet (and actually enrolled in an online Opera history course); she doesnt know how she would be able to do without it! Shes grown into a very good system user (although she still wants nothing to do with the hardware or software support issues).
Best Virus Protection: Anti-Virus Software
Anti-virus software is a must have these days. 99 percent of the web is a great place to get information, have fun, and meet great people. However, that 1 percent can be some real nasty types. Anti-virus software will help to keep your computer safe from the majority of these people.
For any anti-virus software that you install, make sure that you configure it to run regularly scheduled scans on your computer. Simply installing it is not enough. This will keep your anti-virus software up to date with the latest virus detection, and will keep your computer nice and clean. I set mine up to update itself at 1:00 AM every day, and to scan my computer at 2:00 AM every day.
Free Anti-Virus Software
Paid Anti-Virus Software
These anti-virus software programs are not free, and will usually charge a yearly fee to use them. These computer monitoring software programs are, however, more robust than the free ones, and offer more than just anti-virus. They are a more full featured computer monitoring software program.
Spyware are small programs that are installed on your computer without your knowledge. These programs are usually designed to intercept traffic such as which sites you visit or your surfing habits, but they can also be nastier and do things such as re-direct your web browser to sites with harmful viruses, or even take control of your computer and change settings and really mess up your computer.
A firewall is either a hardware device, or software program that inspects traffic that goes through it and denies or permits access based on a set of rules. Here is a list of free firewalls to help protect your computer.
All systems need to have some level of computer monitoring software; at least, make sure that you install the best virus protection available for the price you can afford to pay (from free on up).
Software for your system is more than the standard office type of product (such as a word processor, a spreadsheet program and more).
You also need to consider the software that operates your system and that helps it to operate efficiently (and to troubleshoot it when it doesn't run).
Make sure that you develop a working knowledge of what's available in these areas: operating systems to run your computer; monitoring software to protect your computer; utilities for managing and reporting on the functioning of components, such as the CPU and HD; benchmarking which will compare speed, BIOS and hardware details to other systems; and applications (such as a word processor) to run on your computer.
Need help diagnosing computer problems or challenges? Check out our troubleshooting page for common computer building issues.
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