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We have been in the computer repair business since 1997 and in Ruidoso, NM since 1998.  As you might be able to guess, we have run across a lot of software that is really, really bad.  Fortunately, we've also run across some that is really, really good.  The following list is not exhaustive, but is the best of what we have found.  As we find other products, we will either add to the list or replace products in the list if they fall behind in quality.

Software is listed in alphabetical order, not recommended order.  If it is on this page, we like it!

 

Backup

Backup/Disaster Recovery

Whether hit by power problems, malware, thieves, or just a random computer crash...
You will lose some or all of your data. A good offsite backup is your first line of defense.

The following two companies are actually sister companies with different backup plans. Check them both out before you select one. IDrive offers 5Gb storage for free, if you only need a small amount of storage!

Online Backup  

IDrive Remote Backup

 

Malware

What is malware? Malware is a term basically referencing all types of intentionally harmful software, such as.. Viruses, Spyware, Adware, Rogues, etc. 

Can I be completely safe from malware? Unfortunately, there is no "Silver Bullet" for any of these nuisances.  This is because the  vandal (after all, this is, at best, high-tech vandalism and at worst, out and out thievery) writes his new program (malware) and releases it into the public.  After a while, a few hours to a few days, the anti-malware companies discover  them and write code to stop the new malware, then they have to refine it to clean up the mess left by the malware.  Therefore, there is a dead period of time between the malware release and the time your pc receives the new Anti-Malware code to protect itself that the computer can get hit by the Malware. 

What are the best programs to help protect my computer from malware? Here are some of the programs that we have had the best luck with in protecting and cleaning different Malware.  If yours happens to be one of the first to get a new, powerful Malware, it can be several days before any Anti-Malware program can fix it.
 

 

Anti-Malware

Vipre Premium has a firewall as well. 
Great pricing on a home site license for multiple computers.
 

In this section are links for Anti-Malware, but they specialize more in SpyWare, Rogues and AdWare.  We have had good success with the following products, however, if you are running an Anti-Virus program that has a real time scanner, you need to disable either your Anti-Virus or Anti-Spyware real time scanner.  If you try to leave both running, there is a good chance that they will conflict with each other and cause other problems. 

We normally use the following as on-demand scanners.  In the event that your computer has a bad infection, you may need to run several programs.  We have found that no program has a 100% removal rate, so running multiple program scans, will allow other files missed by one, to be "swept" up by another.

These all have free trial periods so you can evaluate them and see which ones work best for you.

SUPERAntiSpyware, with over 20 million users worldwide, is one of the most thorough scanners on the market. Our Multi-Dimensional Scanning and Process Interrogation Technology will detect spyware other products miss! Easily remove pests such as Vundo, TDSS, AntiVirus Pro 2010, and thousands more! Repair broken Internet Connections, Desktops, Registry Editing and more with our unique Repair System. Our Dedicated Threat Research Team scours the web for new threats and provides daily definition updates.
 

Anti-Spam

Ahhh... now we come to spam.  How annoying is spam? Let me count the ways!  Aside from just being a nuisance, it can also be a security hazard.  Spam can be anything from just a time waster to a thief, but it is not irrelevant. 

I've personally been using MailWasherPro for many many years (since version 1.33 around 2001 or 2002).  It was great during the dial-up days because it speeded up e-mail checking immensely by deleting spam at the server and not having to download everything. It is great now, because my spam amount has escalated over the years and MailWasherPro slashes e-mail checking time tremendously by marking the majority of the spam for me.  Since it is color coded, I can scan for and mark additional spam quickly, then dump it and retrieve my good e-mail pronto.  By the way, MailWasherPro even has a recovery feature just in case you ever delete the wrong email by mistake.  It is easy to learn and I really do love this program.  I've tried several others, but I've never found any that I like as much as MailWasherPro.

Try it for a few days free and I'll bet you'll be a believer too!
 

 

 

   
 

More to come as I get time to post!  Check back with us soon.