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Free Software

Free Anti-Virus

www.malwarebytes.org Scan on demand (free) with real-time scanning just $25 one-time--not yearly!  Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware software is one of the very best, and very light on system resources.  You can load it up and run a scan periodically or when you feel you may have been exposed to a virus.  Not only is scan-on-demand free, but the paid version is incredibly affordable, at only $25 on-time charge, for lifetime use!

Google Chrome Extensions

First, grab Google Chrome if you haven't already http://chrome.google.com  Then try the extension "adblock plus" to block annoying video ads on YouTube, Facebook ads, banners and much more. Enjoy surfing the web without obtrusive ads cluttering your screen.  Try out other nifty extensions like facebook adblock, facebook fixer (to increase security on facebook).

Content Filtering/Parental Controls

Qustodio www.qustodio.com is free software that allows full control for parents, including individual child monitoring, time restrictions, content filtering, social network monitoring.  OpenDNS www.opendns.com is not "software" but it is an excellent tool for blocking unwanted content at your router level, keeping all connected devices safe.  (It requires intermediate level installation.)

Safe Browsing

McAfee's SiteAdvisor www.siteadvisor.com integrates with your browser, and most importantly will alert you to a site's potential threat before you go there, and show the result on any search in all of your favorite search engines.  You'll get a lot less accidental viruses with this protecting you from malicious web sites!  Similar software is available from BitDefender  and Norton.  Install more than one if you like!

A Few More

Free graphics image editing www.gimp.org

Organize your images http://picasa.google.com

Real-time free anti-virus www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Audio Editing http://audacity.sourceforge.net

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