Install Security Software

Install a robust anti-virus application on your computer. There are many free options available that offer strong detection and removal. We recommend enabling real-time scanning and set the application to automatically scan your entire system weekly.

Note: To prevent conflicts with Clear Computing software, be sure to exclude Microsoft SQL installation and Total Activity Control Program files from all scans. This will avoid false positives.

Microsoft Security Essentials
Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows

AVG Anti-Virus Free
AVG Anti-Virus Free for Windows

Panda Free Anti-Virus
Panda Free Anti-Virus for Windows

Battery Backup

Not all problems are software-based. To protect from surges and power outages, we recommend purchasing a UPS (uninterrupted power source) battery backup. This will allow you to safely shut down you computer in the event of a power outage, avoiding data loss and corruption.

Any standard UPS will suffice, though we recommend a model that supports auto-shutdown. Here is an example:

CyberPower CP1000AVRLCD UPS
CyberPower CP1000AVRLCD Intelligent LCD Series UPS 1000VA 600W AVR Mini-Tower

 

Switch to a Modern Browser

The best protection against malicious code is a safe web browser. Modern browsers have much better built-in security and support add-ons that can protect you further. Switch to Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Apple Safari and install the following add-ons.

Block Malicious Ads

Modern internet advertising is a wild place, and too many ads carry malicious code that can install malware into your computer silently and automatically. Block them from reaching your computer with an ad blocker add-on. We recommend installing both AdBlock Plus and Ghostery, as they each specialize in different areas of protection.

AdBlock Plus
AdBlock Plus: Firefox | Chrome | Safari

Ghostery
Ghostery: Firefox | Chrome | Safari

Disable JavaScript

Javascript is a popular scripting language used across the web. But it's also a primary vector for malicious code. For the strongest security, use one of these add-ons to disable JavaScript by default, and only allow it on sites that are safe.

NoScript
NoScript for Firefox

ScriptSafe
ScriptSafe for Chrome

JSBlocker
JSBlocker for Safari