If you don't want to fork out for an all-in-one security suite then fear not. We've rounded up the best free apps available online to help you create you own inexpensive PC security system.
The free security bonus
With this last tool, your roll-your-own suite will go beyond what even the best paid suite can provide. The free VirusTotal Uploader gives you a right-click option in Explorer to upload any suspect file no larger than 10MB to VirusTotal.com, where a whopping 35 different antivirus engines will scan it. No single antivirus application can catch everything, and for this reason VirusTotal provides a great (and easy-to-use) second line of defense.
If you get the go-ahead from all of the engines, you're almost certainly golden. If you see one or two generic-sounding alerts, the file is likely safe, as the warnings are probably false alarms. But if you receive, say, seven or more different warnings, and some of them identify a specific threat, watch out.
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- An outbound firewall and extra web-search safety
- The free security bonus