PC Maintenance & Internet Security (a new batch)
Hard Drive Cleaners:
Ways to Clean Up Your Hard Drive,
Remove Excess Clutter & Junk Files
Windows Clean-Up: (www.stevengould.org): The famous toilet flush sound initiates this rather famous free utility from programmer Steven Gould. It does pretty much the same things as CCLeaner above, but removes even more, and can be dangerous to use for that reason.
Anti-Malware (includes Anti-Virus & Anti-Spyware)
Remove Bots -- Try Trend MicroTM RUBotted (Beta)
Trojan Killer -- Try the online TrojanScan or download a2 free. See our anti-Trojan page for more information.
Ad Blocker -- For MS Internet Explorer 7, try IE7Pro. For Firefox, try Adblock Plus.
Avoid Bad Websites -- Try McAfee SiteAdvisor, HauteSecure or WOT (Web of Trust).
Microsoft Update -- Go here using Internet Explorer
Patch Auditor -- Try Securia Software Inspector, KC Softwares SUMo & RadarSync
Email Client -- Try Thunderbird with anti-spam and anti-phishing as an alternative to Outlook Express.
Checkpoint ZoneAlarm Pro: retail product includes network, program and operating system firewalls, identify theft protection, anti-spyware, privacy protection, game mode, essential email security, wireless PC protection, and smart defense service (but no antivirus).
Personal Computer World review, Paul Rowlingson, July 20, 2006
Quick Launch Toolbar: This toolbar is available in Windows 98, ME, XP, and Vista. Just right-click anywhere on the taskbar>>Toolbars>>Quick Launch. Then, drag your favorite shortcuts onto this bar for one-click access.
Create a Desktop Folder: Clean up your desktop by creating a “Desktop” folder. Then, drag every icon you need – into that folder. Then, cut & paste the folder into the root of your C drive. This will speed up your start-up, and clean up your icons.