Totally Free Anti-Virus Programs

Looking for a totally FREE, no-charge at all anti-virus? Well, you've come to the right place for information. I know two best anti-virus programs that is totally free, and no charge at all.



AVAST – I personally use this totally free anti-virus. You can download it at www.avast.com. This anti-virus program is totally for Home Edition. You can also register your home edition for free and it gives free anti-virus support updates.

Here's a brief glance of its features:
  • Anti-spyware built-in
  • Web Shield
  • Anti-rootkit built-in
  • Automatic updates
  • Strong self-protection
  • Virus Chest
  • Antivirus kernel
  • System integration
  • Simple User Interface
  • Integrated Virus Cleaner
  • Resident protection
  • Support for 64-bit Windows
  • P2P and IM Shields
  • Internationalization
  • Network Shield

Please do note that the HOME EDITION is totally FREE as long as it is non-commercial use and for home use only.

AVG Free Edition – I think this anti-virus program was ahead of all other free anti-virus programs. Please do note that there is a paid version and there is TOTALLY Free edition. You can get the totally free edition in this link: www.free.avg.com.

The FREE Edition only contains three basic features:
  • Anti-Virus - Makes sure you can’t get or spread a virus, worm, or Trojan horse.
  • Anti-Spyware -Prevents unauthorized information access by spyware and adware.
  • LinkScanner® - Ensures every web page you visit is safe – even before you go there.

Comparing the two Anti-Viruses, I personally would recommend the AVAST. It has more FREE Features and I personally have tried it and I believe it is a good anti-virus. Maybe not too good as those that are paid, but it is definitely the best FREE anti virus.
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How To Network Your Computers at Home

Have you ever thought about networking your computers at home? If you have a small collection of computers around the house (and a small collection of computer users), you can connect each one of those computers to one another and share data, software, and hardware including a single Internet connection. There are many creative uses for home networking, however it's an ideal situation when upgrading each computer to the same capability is financially out of the question. On a home network, each computer has access to the equipment of the better machine in the group as if that equipment were their own.

Connecting computers with either an Ethernet cable or a Wireless connection can create a home network. The easiest and cheapest method uses an Ethernet connection, which requires a series of network cards, a cable for each computer, and a router. The network card is similar to the old modems we used in the past to connect to the Internet, however in a home network, it's used to communicate with every computer that's connected to it.

But please also be reminded that having a wifi inside your home is now far better than using ethernet cables. I myself find it more useful to have wireless network than having a cabled network especially if you are using a laptop.

You'll want to first, select the computers that will connect to each other and then install the network cards inside each of them. Then you'll connect a cable to each computer that will communicate with the server. These cables won't connect to the server directly. Instead, they'll connect to the router. To enable Internet access for each computer, this router will need to connect with a modem of the host machine.

Once the hardware is set up correctly (you'll need to read the instruction manual of your equipment for details), you can then setup the network from Windows on each machine. Within Windows, you can set up a home network similar to the way that you set up an Internet connection. Only this time, you'll set up a LAN (Local Area Network) connection.

Windows should walk you through setting up a LAN after starting the computer and once complete, you can begin to connect one of your machines to the network. You can do this through Internet Explorer by typing in the address and password required to access the router (the address and password required to access the router will be in the router manual).

Connected to the network, each computer can send files back and forth, open programs on a remote computer, play the sound files and videos located on another computer, and share a single Internet account to browse the web, download files, or chat with someone in an entirely different country. If a single printer is available on only one computer in the network, every connected PC can send documents to it and print them out. Kids will enjoy the ability to play multi-player games and adults will enjoy the ability to blast a single message to everyone at once or maintain a group schedule.

Since we're describing a home network that will connect to the Internet, you're strongly advised to install a protective firewall program to thwart Internet viruses, worms, or other damaging spyware code. Firewalls prevent - but they don't repair. Only anti-virus and anti-spyware programs can reverse damage. So you should install a firewall on the computer that grants access to the computer, and then install an anti-virus and anti-spyware program on each of the remaining computers in the network.

If you have files that shouldn't be shared (bank statements, credit card information, etc.), you can restrict their access in one of several ways. You can put them in a new folder and then remove the "read" permissions for that folder. Or you can specify who can (and who cannot) access specific files with a password from within Windows Control Panel.
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