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Windows Recommended Software

Anti-Virus:    There are several good "free" anti-virus applications available.   We suggest you refer to AV-Test (Independent IT - Security Institute) and review the analysis for your current version of Windows operating system.


Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home or small business PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.  Microsoft Security Essentials is a free* download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and is automatically updated to protect your PC with the latest technology.

MalwareBytes AntiMalware

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MalwareBytes is a great tool for cleaning already infection machines or keeping uninfected machines clean from smaller infections.  While it does not provide real time protection, a scan can be initiated at any time.

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware is a high performance anti-malware application that thoroughly removes even the most advanced malware and spyware. With one of the fastest, most effective quick scans and malware removal capabilities on the market, this program is the perfect addition to your PC's defenses. The full version of the product includes a number of key features, including the ability to schedule updates and scans and most importantly, a real-time malware protection module that blocks malicious processes before they even start.


Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox is recommended on campus as an alternative to Internet Explorer.  While still providing security, Mozilla enhances a users browsing with more compatibility and customization options.

Firefox is a free, open-source web browser for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.  With enhanced browsing options, security, and compatibility, Mozilla Firefox is a must for any office computer.

Libre Office

LibreOffice is a great alternative for those unable to purchase the Microsoft Office Suite or are unhappy with the Microsoft product.  Not only is it free, but provides many of the same tools.

LibreOffice is the free power-packed Open Source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base. 


CCleaner is a very efficient product for clearing up space on ones PC.  Through basic use of a computer, many temporary files are stored on the computer.  While this in many cases increases performance, it also can take a great amount of hard drive space.  CCleaner seeks to remove the unused files.  While it provides no antivirus measures, it helps to improve overall computer performance.

CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner.

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