Windows Defender is a free program that helps
protect your computer against pop-ups, slow performance, and security threats
caused by spyware and other unwanted software. It features Real-Time Protection,
a monitoring system that recommends actions against spyware when it's detected,
and a new streamlined interface that minimizes interruptions and helps
you stay productive.
Advantages: It's free and from a trusted vendor
that is very compatible with the Windows operating system.
Drawbacks: Not compatible to work with Windows
98 or ME. (If you use these operating systems we recommend Lavasoft)
Personal SE (By Lavasoft)
Ad-Aware Personal provides advanced protection from known
data-mining, aggressive advertising, Trojans, dialers, malware, browser
hijackers, and tracking components. This software is downloadable free
of charge. Users of Ad-Aware Personal can efficiently remove behavior-tracking
spyware; thus protecting your privacy on the Internet and more.
Advantages: For use with ALL Windows operation
Drawbacks: Very few if any.
Search & Destroy
Spyware, hijackers, dialers, trojans and other malware
can play havoc with your PC and snoop around your personal data. Spybot
- Search & Destroy is the essential solution to protect your online
privacy. It removes snoops that already found their way into your system,
and prevents others from infecting your computer. Spybot S&D even has
applications for cellphone surfing.
Advantages: Compatible with operating systems
from Win 95 on. Winner of many awards and recommended by reputable sites,
publications and services making this a very credible application.
Toolbars with pop-up blockers
Packed with features and includes pop-up blocker and
award-winning Anti-Spy technology. Completely customizable to include the
features you want and need.
Advantages: Yahoo has long been the leader of
internet searching and technology. The integration of the pop-up blocker
and anti-spyware is most valuable.
Drawbacks: This tool bar can be lengthy for some
to download. For some the inclusion or deletion of the features might seem
a bit advanced.
Has many of the outstanding features of the Yahoo Toolbar
but includes a spell checker for use with online forms and e-mails. Can
translate English words into other languages. Includes a very good pop-up
Advantages: Google has become the current leader
among search engines. Download and installs somewhat faster and easier
Drawbacks: This toolbar lacks the anti-spyware
that Yahoo has but if you use one of the softwares we recommended earlier
this does not become an issue.
Yours Chat Toolbar
We are very proud to place ourselves among the other
two leaders of the internet with our very own toolbar. We in no way claim
that we are in the same league but we do think we have a very non imposing
toolbar that can serve your needs. The AYC toolbar is not lacking in features
and includes something that neither Google or Yahoo offers. We have a radio
that you can add a multitude of stations with your favorite genre of music.
You may add and delete features. Click the link provided to see what features
our toolbar has to offer.
Advantages: Also has pop-up blocker. Downloads
quicker than either of the other two listed on this page. Quick links to
many of the AYC pages and services.
Drawbacks: Hey, this is our baby. We love it!