How to Remove Viruses and Spyware for Free

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Viruses are an unfortunate fact of information technology. Short of never connecting to the Internet, there is no way of completely avoiding exposure to viruses and spyware. A complete protection strategy is important to safeguard your system and data. Windows includes a firewall in the operating system as of XP. However, you'll need to install an antivirus program for complete protection and virus removal. Many excellent paid commercial applications are available to fill this need. However, several free antivirus programs exist to provide basic protection at no cost.


Download and install Microsoft Security Essentials. Built on the Windows Defender spyware removal tool, MSE provides complete virus protection to Windows XP or later. It includes real-time protection, scheduled scanning and single-file scanning.


Download the AVG Anti-Virus Free edition. This version isn't as complete as the paid AVG program, but it does include basic scanning and browsing protection. If you plan to use your computer for surfing and reading email, the protection is adequate.


Download and install ClamWin Free Antivirus. ClamWin is an open source antivirus program. It includes scheduled scans and single file scanning. However, it doesn't include real-time protection.

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