a computer on the Internet can be rewarding. It can
also be dangerous for even the most experienced among
us. Please try to be as savvy and wary as possible
when downloading ANYTHING from ANYWHERE. If you
have any doubts about who, what, or where you are
downloading; then don't.
Google can be a wonderful tool for finding just about anything, but even it is only as safe as your typing. If you misspell any of your search terms you can be taken on a troublesome trip to hacker sites, con-artist, or a complete waste of your time. Please give a good deal of thought before you hit the enter key.
With that in mind we as a club offer these links for our members. We do not commercially endorse these programs or have any association with them. In our club experience we have found them to be safe and reliable for their intended purposes, but as always: Use at your own risk.
Also, remember upgrades are usually pretty frequent for most of the programs listed on the page, so you should keep that it mind.
Here is a link to a good short article that should drive home to all of our members what they need to be safe on the internet.
Suggestions for safe links to common programs for the membership:
Google's Photo Organizer
Picasa 3 is a free software download from Google that helps you share and manage your photos. It locates and organizes all the photos on your computer, allows you to edit and add effects easily, and makes it simple to share your photos through email, prints, and the web.
"Gmail makes email easy and efficient.
And maybe even fun."
Protects against spyware. "Ad-Aware-SE-Personal-Edition" is free.
|Spybot Search and Destroy||http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
Protects against spyware.
Free download of free Spybot Search and Destroy at cnet.com: http://download.cnet.com/Spybot-Search-Destroy/3000-8022_4-10122137.html
A free program to clean up unused files on your computer
A forum page where you can find a wealth of informaion about the Internet, their individual Internet service providers (ISPs) or other networking resources to help you get the most from your Internet connection of any type.
Will test download and upload speeds to and from many of the main servers in the country. With simple and free registration, this site will also keep a record of your testing. It also provides a "ping" test to check your line quality.
|AVG Anti-Virus Free download
Excellent free anti-virus program from Grisoft. The page above shows a comparison of their products, including both "pay" and "FREE" versions.
To skip those details, you
can go directly to an actual downoad page for the free
Another Anti-Virus option that is free and easy to use. (Never install more than one anti-virus program on your computer. They don't get along!)
This security suite from Microsoft is a new, free consumer anti-malware solution for your computer. It helps protect against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It's available as a no-cost download for Windows XP SP2 and higher, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.
Here is a direct link to a
download page that offers help, support and an
This site does testing on the main anti-virus programs and suites a few times a year. Checking their latest reports is a good place to start before updating your security programs.
A free suite of several office programs that are similar to and compatible with all other major office suites, including Microsoft Office.
|Firefox Web Browser||http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/
This Firefox browser has won awards from PC Magazine and CNET. Enthusiasts at QCS love the tabbed browsing. They also think there are fewer viruses, malware, etc compared to Microsoft's browser, Internet Explorer. And did we mention it is free?
A Google search will show several pages of third party uninstallers on the web. I've only used the Revo Uninstaller. I would recommend it only if you are having serious uninstalling problems. It is a free utility, but it is very good at removing all traces of programs.
**Revo, however, is a
powerful utility and you need to take care when using it.
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