Secure Your Computers
The following products are options for HOME COMPUTERS ONLY. Computers in Brevard Public Schools are already protected with an enterprise antivirus solution called System Center Endpoint Protection (by Microsoft). If a BPS computer needs virus attention, please contact your Technology Specialist.
Please protect your computers from viruses, trojans, SPAM, and other malware. Not only can you become a victim of cyber attack, but anyone you connect to (email, social networking, file sharing, flash drive, etc.) also risk becoming victims.
There are many great products on the market. Some may be purchased through subscription and some are free. We have listed a few of the free products to get you started. We do not endorse any of these products, but merely offer these as a starting point as you begin to research your best protection option.
The good news is that Windows 10 comes pre-installed with free Windows Defender. It protects your computer from viruses and malware.
Microsoft Windows Defender - FREE real-time protection that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software for Windows 8 and 10. Windows Defender is built into the latest versions of Windows and helps guard your PC against viruses and other malware.
Microsoft Security Essentials - FREE real-time protection that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software for Windows 7.
avast - FREE antivirus software with spyware protection for non-commercial and home use.
AVG - FREE antivirus software and antispyware protection for non-commercial and home use.
ClamX - Free virus checker for Mac OS X.
Vipre Rescue - FREE tool that can identify and remove malicious software from your computer. Use this if you know you are already infected.
Malwarebytes Anti-malware - FREE tools that can identify and remove malicious software from your computer.
SUPERAntiSpyware Free - Detect and Remove Spyware, Adware and Remove Malware, Trojans, Dialers, Worms, KeyLoggers, HiJackers, Parasites, Rootkits, Rogue Security Products and many other types of threats.
Ad-Aware Free - Real-time protection against spyware, trojans, rootkits, hijackers, keyloggers, etc.
VundoFix - FREE removal tool developed to remove Virtumonde infections.
Trend Micro - Free tools that help detect, identify and clean computers that have been infected by viruses, malware and other Web threats.
Safe(r) Internet Browsing
McAfee Site Advisor - Browser add-on that tests websites for spyware, spam and scams so you can search, surf and shop more safely.
WOT for Firefox - Web of Trust, warns you about risky websites that try to scam visitors, deliver malware or send spam.
WOT - Web Of Trust - Free Internet security add-on for your browser.
Hoax / Urban Legend Websites
List of Hoax Sites - Teaching Web Page Evaluation Using Hoax Sites - by Dr. Mary Ann Bell.
McAfee Hoaxes - McAfee Avert Virus Hoax Listings.
Snopes - Urban Legends Reference Pages, is a web site that is the best-known resource for validating and debunking urban legends.
PC World Article Regarding Free Antivirus Software
It's Free! - From PC World.
Microsoft Online Safety - Creating Strong Passwords
Microsoft Online Safety - Password Checker
Online Qr Lab - Password Security Information