Occasionally I have been requested to check over someones PC, whether its a friend, relative, or client, as they suspect they have a virus, malware, or some other form of malicious content on their PC.
Usually their suspicions are aroused when they find their PC is starting to operate differently from its normal day to day behaviour, such as showing more pop-ups whenever online, slow down of their PC, unexplained crashes, or worse complete system failure.
In the worst case scenario of a complete system failure, I usually format and reinstall the Operating System, and then add a selection of software and plugins which I have trusted and believe have helped to keep my PC clear of any virus infections or malicious content. For other issues, usually a virus scan and a malware scan will quickly identify if the PC has been infected, and if it hasn’t then it is usually a system fault which is another issue.
The following list is a range of free software and free browser plugins that I have found useful to prevent any unwanted content, as well as protect my privacy from advertisers online. This list is all the software that I install on every PC as standard.
Mozilla FireFox Plugins
FireFox has the ability to add plugins to your browser to enhance your browsing experience. There is a wide range of plugins available including video managers, games, social networks, and security to name a few.
Below is a list of plugins which I use and automatically add to every fresh install of FireFox to ensure better security and privacy online.
This isn’t a definitive list, as I’m sure many people can suggest other tools they use, to keep their PC security and Privacy, but I found this list has helped to keep my PC clean and secure for several years. As always you should always judge sites for yourself and learn to spot the signs that a site may be malicious in nature or disrespects your right to privacy. These tools merely help you protect your PC better and help you make better informed choices of what sites to visit or avoid.
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