Note: Please keep in mind that all of these links are to web sites
that we do not have any control of, so we cannot be responsible for
anything they say or do. Things on the Web change quickly,
so it is entirely possible that any of these sites could say or do
something with which we disagree entirely, before we become aware of
it and take them off this page.
In our opinion, there are 3 best anti-spyware products.
2 are free for personal, home use:
AVG Free Anti-Spyware
and Ad-Aware from Lavasoft.
The third is the best of the lot, but costs (the perfectly
reasonably price of) $30: SpySweeper from
The other two cost about the same, for business use.
We recommend using at least two different
Here, the field is much less crowded. The best-known
products (which we won't name here because we don't want to
be sued) all have very serious technical issues, which lead
to all sorts of problems when people use them.
Our favorite is AVG
anti-virus, which is available in both
a free version for
personal, home use, and a
for business use. The paid version is about half the
cost of the better-known ones, and it works much better, in
our experience. Try it; you'll like it.
Note: generally, using more than one (1) anti-virus
program on your PC is a very bad idea, and causes all sorts
of problems. Since they are much more effective than
anti-spyware programs, you should only need one, if it is
a good one.
Usually, we shy away from blanket recommendations, since
so few companies do more than one thing especially well,
but if you're looking to download something, a good place
to look first is
You will have to carefully read the description of what you
are getting, but you can at least be sure of not getting
spyware or viruses, and you can read the C/Net Editors'
reviews, and those of other users (you can even write your
own), and compares users' ratings before you download.
- File Sharing & Online Backup
Please note that there is no reason why you could not use
all of these options. Each gives you 2Gb free, and
allows you to upgrade to much more storage for a reasonable
monthly fee. Each will also give you somewhat more
space if you use the referral link on this page.
Dropbox is what you need
if you want to share files between a couple of computers,
or with your friend(s). It has a bunch of cool features,
but the best thing is that it just works.
is another choice. It offers
more configuration options than Dropbox, and theoretically
may offer better security for your data, if you are
concerned about that. Technical types may prefer it.
Mozy Backup is
another excellent choice.
- Web Browsing
We don't recommend that anyone should ever use Internet
Explorer unless there is a web site that (shame on them)
does not work right with other browsers. Partly
because it is used for 50% of all web browsing, and partly
because of sloppy programming, the vast majority of
viruses, spyware, phishing and all sorts of malware
are spread by exploiting flaws in (or "features"
of) Internet Explorer. To add insult to injury, all
of the alternative browsers are nicer to use, besides.
or Chrome or
They are both completely free, for personal or
business use, and overall nicer and much safer
We recommend against using Outlook and Outlook Express,
for exactly the same reason as Internet Explorer (above).
We recommend using
(by the same people who make Firefox, above) which is
completely free, for personal or business use.
- PC Pitstop
- Find out all kinds of things about your PC. Takes about 5 minutes.
- House Call
- Does a virus and/or spyware check from your browser.
- Windows Updates
- Check here for updates to Windows™. Only works with Internet Explorer.
- Office Updates
- Check here for updates to Microsoft Office™. Only works well with Internet Explorer; click the link near the top-right, then do it again.
- Check your Internet Bandwidth
- Are you getting the speed you're paying for? Click
- Buying an HP printer?
- This articles suggests you should think twice.
And three times.
- How Bad are Internet Threats?
- Even the terrorists are worried about it!
- Browser Wars: Origin
This is an article from 1998 taking Microsoft and Netscape
(since bought by AOL) to task for failing to make their
browsers really work according to the W3C standard for HTML
(the language that makes the web work). This is why
some web sites work better with one browser than another.
Remember: this article is from '98! If anything,
the problem is worse today than it was then.
Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.