Trojans and worms Protection from spyware and adware Real-time scanning for email, Internet traffic and files Protection from viruses when using ICQ and other IM clients Protection from all types of keyloggers. Improved! Detection of all types of rootkits. Improved! Automatic database updates

As the Internet continues to evolve, cybercriminals are getting more creative in ways to target your computer with the very latest viruses and spyware. Norton AntiVirus 2012 provides our most powerful virus, and spyware protection so you can do more without disruption. The latest upgrade of Norton AntiVirus offers:

avast! Internet Security version 7 provides complete antivirus, anti-spyware, antispam, sandbox virtualization, built-in firewall protection, and avast! SafeZone™ – for the best defense against any type of malware in 2012.

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition was PCWorld’s top pick in April 2012’s Free Antivirus You Can Trust. It performed well in virtually all of the tests we ran.

Reasonable Anti-Phishing Toolbar installs as a toolbar in Internet Explorer. It works by checking the site you browse to and warning you if any are known phishing sites

ID AntiPhishing is a security program designed to protect your system against scam sites by blocking popup windows from showing on your computer’s screen while you navigate over the Internet. It also permits you to choose which popup you wish to see

The free Pop-Up Stopper prevents them (and pop-under windows) from displaying. You can have sounds notify you when a pop-up has been blocked. The program also allows you to briefly disable the blocking by double-clicking the system tray icon or by pressing Shift or Ctrl when following a new link.

Is your computer running slower than usual? Are you getting lots of pop-ups? Have you seen other weird problems crop up? If so, your PC might be infected with a virus, spyware, or other malware—even if you have an antivirus program installed on it.

In July the Internet Systems Consortium will permanently shut down DNS servers deployed to serve as temporary surrogates for rogue DNS servers shut down as part of Operation Ghost Click.If your PC is one of the more than 1 million computers infected that carry DNSChanger you might unknowingly be relying on one of the FBI’s temporary servers to access the Internet, and if you don’t eliminate DNSChanger from your PC before the FBI pulls the plug on its servers..

Windows Vista and Windows 7 include a firewall called Windows Firewall, which is turned on by default; you should turn it off only if you are using another (third-party) firewall. In this article, I explain the basics of configuring Windows Firewall in Windows Vista and Windows 7. Understanding these basics will reduce your vulnerability and allow you to tweak Windows Firewall to suit your needs.