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Turn on your PC and you're immediately vulnerable. Protect yourself for free today with PC Advisor's favourite 15 free security tools.

One of the things readers frequently ask us is whether or not their PC is at risk and how to work out whether the machine in question has been infected. Sad to say, as long as your Windows PC is connected to a network or to the web, you run the risk of it being attacked. If you haven't got appropriate protection, it's in danger.

As with worrying about an undiagnosed ailment, it's far better to pay a visit to the doctor and find out whether there's anything wrong, rather than fretting unnecessarily.

In the case of PC infections, there are diagnostic tools that can perform a quick health and security check. You'll find some suggestions in the following pages. And if you need to know whether you're putting yourself and your PC at risk by visiting an unfamiliar online location, we can recommend ways to get a second opinion.

The right tools can help you understand the level of risk involved. The following utilities appraise the situation and deliver an informed assessment of where you stand.

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