you will find links to great programs and information I have found over
ZoneLabs's ZoneAlarm is the best FREE personal software firewall. ZoneAlarm
makes programs "ask for internet", you have to authorize every
program that wants internet with a simple yes/no alert.
AVG anti-virus is the best FREE non-messing up your computer anti-virus
out there. Norton etc have messed up / caused problems on many computers
I have worked with. If you install AVG UNINSTALL ALL OTHER ANT-VIRUS PROGRAMS
BEFORE installing AVG. AVG is smart enough to lock out files that are known
viruses so you do not pass them on to your friends, it also downloads FREE
updated virus definitions and you can also schedule it to run at a certain
time every day to look for viruses.
Spybot - Search & Destroy does it all, removes cookies and
looks for spyware programs. It also allows you to lock your IE homepage
from being changed; my personal favorite.
Popup Blocker / Closer
POW! - Popup blocker, easy to use and only closes ads/windows YOU want to have closen. POW isn't like other popup stoppers
that close wanted windows, you control the list of what gets stopped and what doesn't.
Foxit PDF Reader has a small installation file and doesn't take as much CPU, crash, or update as much as Adobe Acrobat. Uninstall Acrobat and install Foxit.
Print to PDF
CutePDF Writer is very easy to use, it installs as a printer so to create a PDF document you just go to File > Print > and Select CutePDF. You now have a PDF document of your file.