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Being proactive about protecting your PC can save you money.
Around 40% of the Personal Computers within the United States do not have any form of active Virus or Malware protection installed.   You can almost guarantee that 50% of those are Windows based machines.

Right now, over 10% of Personal Computers in the United States are infected with ACTIVE Trojans, Viruses, Worms, Malware and Adware.  That leaves a large amount of Personal Computers unpatched and unprotected that COULD become ACTIVE at any one moment.  All it takes is one click and you have lost control of your information, your email and very possibly your finances.

Being proactive can ensure that you do not become a victim.   4 Simple steps - Check, Clean, Patch, and Protect.   It's free and simple and WILL save you money in the long run.

The following are my recommendations for FREE solutions to help you clean, patch and protect your WIndows based Personal Computer.  There are many other reliable and reputable products available on the market, but these are products that I use and recommend for my clients on a regular basis.
Windows Malware Scanning, Cleaning and Protection
Malwarebytes has developed a variety of tools that can identify and remove malicious software from your computer. When your computer becomes infected, Malwarebytes can provide the needed assistance to remove the infection and restore the machine back to optimum performance.

Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus combines two powerful engines to detect and remove unknown threats faster. Antivirus guards against malicious PC threats. Antispyware prevents information and identity theft. It defends your computer against malware attacks with multiple layers of protection using proactive, reactive and automatic protection to stop threats at every entry point. Now includes memory scanning, behavior profiling, and report cards to provide up-to-date protection and status monitoring for your PC.

SUPERAntiSpyware offers Free and Professional Editions which will detect and remove the latest rogue/fake anti-spyware products as well as over 1,500,000 other harmful application components. SUPERAntiSpyware definitions are updated daily to protect users against the latest zero-day threats. The SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition, a 100% free product, will detect and remove potentially harmful software from a user's computer. In addition, the Professional version provides real-time protection against the installation of new threats, scheduled scanning and removal of threats as well as additional protective features not available in the free edition.

Get the Latest Windows Patches
Install Windows Updates.  To have Windows install important updates as they become available, turn on automatic updating. Important updates provide significant benefits, such as improved security and reliability. You can also set Windows to automatically install recommended updates, which can address non-critical problems and help enhance your computing experience. Optional updates are not downloaded or installed automatically.

Install Windows Antivirus Protection
Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.  Microsoft Security Essentials is a free download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up to date so you can be assured your PC is protected by the latest technology. It's easy to tell if your PC is secure - when you're green, you're good. It's that simple. Microsoft Security Essentials runs quietly and efficiently in the background so that you are free to use your Windows-based PC the way you want—without interruptions or long computer wait times.
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