Virus Protection

Purchased software is not necessary. Quality virus protection programs can be found for free on the internet. Purchased virus protection is not necessarily better. Some suggestions are listed below.

AVG is an anti-virus program that is available free of charge through the AVG website.

XP operating systems should download Microsoft's Anti-Spyware from the Microsoft homepage under popular downloads
   
XP users should enable internal firewall
   
XP users should have the Service Pack 3 installed for security

SpyBot, a service provided free of charge, is recommended for all operating systems for Spyware protection

All operating systems should be updated from Microsoft's homepage

Aftermarket firewalls are not necessary with XP operating systems