Top Free Downloads for Windows XP Security
1 Microsoft Security Essentials: With the introduction of Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE), people can now use antivirus protection without spending on money and computer resources. You can download MSE from the Microsoft website for free. Microsoft Security Essentials contains not only an antivirus, it also includes several antispyware from Microsoft. The only drawback is that MSE does not carry any firewall.
2 Comodo AntiVirus: Available at Comodo.com, you can find plenty of great freeware for Windows XP. The Comodo Antivirus is one of them. Others include Comodo Verification Engine, BoClean, Comodo System Cleaner ,Comodo SecureMail, and many more.You can download Comodo Antivirus for free. The only problem is with virus database updating. It takes too long to update the virus database the first time, and often breaks up at different points, compelling you to manually update the database.
3. Comodo Firewall: For those who need a good firewall, this review of Comodo Firewall says it is excellent for protecting your computer from intruders. Though the Firewall is bundled in the Comodo Antivirus mentioned above, you can also download Comodo Firewall separately. This version allows you to select if you wish to install both antivirus and firewall or simply the firewall. If you opt for MSE, you need a firewall. MSE and Comodo Firewall combined, offer you a greater protection without any conflicts.
A problem you may face is that it will block your touchpad, especially if it is from Synaptics. The trick is to open Settings and add the touchpad process to trusted applications before it blocks it. If your touchpad is blocked, use ALT + TAB to navigate to the Comodo dialog, use arrow keys to navigate, and hit the spacebar on "Allow" to add it to trusted applications.
4. WinPatrol: Also known as Scotty, this review of WinPatrol helps you manage different components of your computer: startup items, Internet Helpers, and more. The main aim of WinPatrol is to keep an eye on your computer settings and notify you of any changes made to the applications. You may decide to allow or deny the change based upon why and how the change was initiated. Besides monitoring your system for malware, the software also helps you with the configuration of startup items and Internet Explorer Extensions. You can download Winpatrol from its website without paying anything.