This is where we will link to some of our favourite products and services. Some free, some not, all good.
Microsoft caused a little stir with the launch of Microsoft Security Essentials, their own free anti-virus, spyware and malware protection software. Reviews have been good and we find it easy to use and far less demanding of PC performance than some of the alternatives.
But if you want something stronger or for commercial use, you cannot beat the Eset NOD32 Antivirus and Smart Security products – we use it on all our PCs and know it’s much better, and cheaper, than Notrun (shudder).
If you’ve got an infection, or suspect you may have, then probably the best scanner and cleaner is Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware. An absolute must-have in your toolkit.
RAM upgrades almost always offer the “biggest bang for your buck” – the cheapest way to getting the most improvement in your PC’s performance. We use the Crucial Memory Advisor Tool as it takes the guesswork out of upgrading. It’s free to use and then you can source your RAM wherever you like. However, Crucial’s online shop prices are competitive and their service is excellent.
One of our favourite online backup tools is SugarSync. Not only does it backup your files, it allows you to easily synchronise them between multiple PCs, even Macs! There is a free 5GB option plus bigger options that you can try FREE for 30 days.
If you’re installing software on a new or rebuilt PC, you can make your life a lot easier by visiting ninite.com for your software downloads. Free, simple and time saving. What more could a Geek want?