Safe Web Surfing
A broadband internet connection can be hazardous to health of your computer.
Below are links
to sites that will help keep your computer free of viruses and other hazards.
Operation System Updates
Computer operating systems should always be updated
and have the lastest security patches installed. Use
these links for updates.
Microsoft WINDOWS users
should have automatic
updates enabled. Scroll down to the bottom of this
Microsoft Help and Support page for instructions.
WINDOWS updates can be manually downloaded from the
Downloads and Updates page.
Apple MAC O.S. users
download updates from the
Apple support page.
Setting Browser Security
For safer web surfing, users should not use the default
security settings of their browser. Read this link from
"Happy Trails Computer Club" for help in
changing browser configurations for Internet Explorer
Anti-virus software must be updated continually. Please
use the following links for updates and patches for
these commonly used commercial anti-virus software subscriptions.
If you don't use commercial anti-virus software and
think your computer has a virus, please go to one of
the following sites for a free virus scan.
Free Virus Scan
Free Virus Scan
Avast has a free virus cleaner that removes many viruses
and worms. Please read the important notes section before
using this product. avast! Virus Cleaner
Spyware and adware slow down your computer and often
hijack your browser settings. You should use several
spyware programs. There are many other commercial and
free programs available. Please be aware that some "free"
anti-spyware programs are actually spyware.
The links below are free anti-spyware programs.
Microsoft Anti-Spyware Beta
Spybot Search and Destroy