Internet Security

Please choose a specific security area:

Free Anti-Virus Software

AVG Antivirus – http://free.avg.com

On their website click the Download Now button. Make sure you choose “AVG Free Edition“. There are many attempts to have you download a free trial version but it will eventually expire. During the installation make sure you choose free basic protection.

ALERT: AVG Free Anti-Virus has been a very popular download online because it is free and offers great protection. It has been brought to our attention that there is a fake anti-virus program named “ANG” (that is the letter N in the name) causing confusion.

The creator spreads advertisement on insecure websites that present the same logos and “look” as the authentic AVG software to trick you into downloading it.

Free Spyware Removal Software

Mallwarebytes http://www.malwarebytes.org

After installing Mallwarebytes be sure to fully update the software before you perform your first scan. If it finds and removes any threats we suggest that you run the scan twice more rebooting the computer between scans. We have had success with this software removing some stubborn threats that anti-virus software reports but cannot successfully remove.

Spybot Search & Destroy – Visit http://www.download.com and perform a search for Spybot and you can download it free.

Free Online Virus Scanners

Trend Micro  http://housecall.antivirus.com

Symantec  http://security.symantec.com

McAfee   http://us.mcafee.com/root/mfs/scan.asp

Even if you currently have anti-virus software running on your computer feel free to perform an online scan simply as a “second opinion”. Free online scans are able to search and possibly remove viruses infecting your computer, however, they are only good for the moment you run them and are meant to attempt a repair after your computer is infected.  For this reason must maintain updated anti-virus software to continually looking for virus threats in order to prevent infection.

Other Online Security Resources

Microsoft “Protect Your PC” page
http://www.microsoft.com/security/protect/default.asp

Internet Crime (Fraud) Complaint Center
http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx

Computer Emergency Response Team
http://www.cert.org/

U.S. Department of Justice Cybercrime and Intellectual Property Section Site
http://www.cybercrime.gov

Combating Spam

For instructions on how to adjust your email Spam Filter click here.

Illegal Activity

Fraudulent Activity- Internet Fraud Complaint Center 

The IFCC accepts all forms of fraudulent activity. They have arrangements with the below organizations and will forward a complaint to these authorities below.

Unsolicited E-mail (“SPAM”) and Identity Theft Complaints- Federal Trade Commission

Allegations Concerning The Distribution Of Child Pornography-  National Center for Missing and Exploited Children