Windows Security Tools

Many malware programs affect Windows' ability to connect to common security websites, either to update existing anti-malware products or to download a new product. The links below allow you to download the current versions of these free best-in-class products from this website, so you should be able to download them even if your computer is infected with malware that prevents downloads from the vendors' websites. The text on the left contains links to the company websites, and the logos on the right link to the downloadable files hosted here. I recommend trying the direct company links first, so you know you're downloading the very latest versions, but if those don't work, use the files hosted here.

Why should you trust these downloads? This page is for folks who, for one reason or another, can't download the apps from the respective company's website, and who know and trust me. If you don't know who sent you to this web page, you probably shouldn't trust it.

Soapbox: Always be suspicious when it comes to downloadable software, and clickable links in general; otherwise you're liable to end up with an infected PC, and possibly lost data, time, money, and/or privacy. If your PC is already infected, it's probably because you (or someone using your computer) clicked something--a link in an email, or on a random web page--without asking any questions. Don't be naïve! Windows is the most-hacked OS in the world, so if you're using Windows, you must be extremely vigilant, even paranoid, about security. Always keep your anti-malware software up-to-date, and verify that it is working properly every time you use your computer. Never click a link or install software unless you're 100% sure that it's from a trusted source.

ClamAV, avast!, AVG, and AVIRA are very good antivirus programs. Choose one. If you're running an antivirus product from Norton/Symantec, McAfee, or any of the other "big boys," I highly recommend replacing it with one of these. You'll save both money and headaches.

ClamAV

avast!

AVG

AVIRA

The Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool is updated monthly by Microsoft, and should be able to remove most common malware from XP/Vista/7/8. This is the September 2013 version.

Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool

Windows Defender is Microsoft's antispyware program, and is designed to work seamlessly with Windows XP. It's already built into Vista/Win7/Win8. For best protection, run it alongside one of the free products.

OpenVPN is not anti-malware software, but some people need it and can't download it from the main site. If you don't know what it is, leave it alone. This is the 32-bit installer for Windows; if you need something else, let me know.

OpenVPN