A few years ago, when I bought my first computer, I didn't realize that I needed a firewall. I didn't know I needed an antivirus program.

I thought those software applications were for the BIG businesses like IBM, 3M, Microsoft and others. After all, I was such a tiny fish in such a tremendously large ocean (the Internet).

It always seems like the computer viruses come out in spring, right around April or May. In 2003, I had a small problem with my computer, but all I had to do was install a patch from Microsoft.

A year later, I wasn't so lucky. My computer got smacked down something terrible from Sasser. It ran extremely slow. It took me hours just to bring up my browser, and about an hour more just to type an URL into my address bar, only to have the screen FREEZE.

It took me three WEEKS to get my computer working again. That was when I discovered the Anti Malware Forums. It was simply amazing how my computer's performance improved after I installed ZoneAlarm on it, which is a firewall. I installed AVG Antivirus on it also, there is a free version for private home use.

You must have an antivirus and firewall installed on your computer. There are so many viruses out there in the wild on the open Internet, that it's mind-boggling.

I don't know how I ever survived so long without a firewall and an antivirus program on my computer.

The rise of computer viruses, keyloggers, worms, trojans, spyware, and numerous other forms of malware has provoked the development of Internet communities such as Geeks To Go, MajorGeeks, PC PitStop, Virus Vault, Wilders Security, Gladiator Security Forums, MalWare Removal, TomCoyote and others. These forums have thousands of dedicated members who dedicate their free time to helping others clean their stricken computers of pesky, troublesome malwares of every description.

There are many talented people who devote their time and energy to the development of software applications that help people clean up their computers from malware. Please help me compile a list of those products, I will start another page dedicated to those.

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