How to Build Your Own PC & Internet Security Suite For Free
This tutorial will teach you step by step how to built your own PC and internet security suite for free using free antivirus software, firewall and second opinion malware scanners and removal tools.
Malware short for "malicious software" is software that is specifically designed to damage or disrupt a system, steal information (spy on you), or destroy data.
Malware threats grow so fast that even the best antivirus programs take too long to catch up with malware.
Therefore, the best protection is yourself and you need to pay attention with everything you do on the internet!
You can build or buy the best computer and internet security suite, but there's always a change your PC gets infected.
The best protection is yourself and you need to pay attention with everything you do on the internet.
Build Your Own Free Computer & Internet Security Suite
Step 1: Antivirus
First we start with the core of the security suite – and that's the antivirus protection.
A few good free antivirus programs are:
I like Avast, because it allows me to choose which components I want to install.
If you want to know how to install and setup Avast Free Antivirus, then visit: How to Install & Setup Avast Free Antivirus (link opens in a new tab).
Step 2: Firewall
Windows has already a good firewall built-in, but if you want one with more settings, then you can use a third-party firewall.
Two good free third-party firewalls are:
I'm just using the Windows firewall, because it's good enough.
Step 3: Second Opinion Malware Scanners & Removal Tools
Even if you have a good antivirus program installed on your PC, there's always a change that some malware will not get detected by it.
That's why it's always a good idea to have a extra software for scanning and removing malware (computer viruses, spyware, adware, rootkits, trojan horse, worms, etc..).
One of the free removal tools I like to use is the free version of Malwarebytes.
When you install Malwarebytes it will automatically enable a two week trial version of the premium version, but if you don't want the two week trial, then you can easily disable it in the settings.
Tip! Malwarebytes has an option called "Scan for rootkits" and this option is disabled by default and you should enable it.
Follow the next few steps to enable "Scan for rootkits":
- Open Malwarebytes.
- Click on "Settings" (located at the left side).
- Click on "Protection" (located at the top).
- Go to "Scan Options" and turn on "Scan for rootkits".
- Note! You will only have to change this setting once.
A rootkit is a type of malware that is designed to hide the fact that an operating system has been infected. Rootkits allow malware to hide by disguising itself as necessary files that your antivirus software will not detect. So that's why its a good idea to enable this option in Malwarebytes. I don't know why they don't enable it by default.
Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool
Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool is another good tool for removing malware.
You can download Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool here.
Windows Defender Periodic Scanning in Windows 10
Windows 10 included a new security setting called "Limited Periodic Scanning".
When you enable this feature, Windows 10 will use the Windows Defender scanning engine to periodically scan your PC for malware and remove the malware it finds.
You can now use Windows Defender alongside your existing antivirus.
I will show you step by step how to turn "Windows Defender Limited Periodic Scanning" on in Windows 10.
- Open "Settings".
- Open "Update & Security".
- Click on "Windows Defender" (left sidebar).
- Go to "Limited Periodic Scanning" and turn it on.
Windows Defender Periodic Scanning will now be enabled.
Scan with Windows Defender
Windows Defender will automatically scan your PC in the background, but you can also scan whenever you want.
- Go to the Windows notification area in the taskbar.
- Right-click on the Windows Defender icon and choose "Open".
- Go to "Scan options" and select a scan.
- Click on "Scan now".
For more important tips, software and information about computer and internet security visit the links below.
- Important Computer & Internet Security Information & Tips
- Malware: Types, Protection, Prevention, Detection & Removal
- Windows 10 Security Tips & Is Windows Defender good enough?
- Computer Virus: Types, Symptoms, Protection & Removal
- How to Remove Malware (computer virus, spyware, rootkit, trojan horse, worm, etc..) from your computer
- PC Security