They usually say, "Nothing is free", and usually they're right. This time they are wrong. The following programs are great for your computer. They make your PC less "gunky" and run faster, heck, they even fish out a good number of malware / spyware / virus' on their own as well, and they really are FREE. Now, when you install them, they will ask if you want to upgrade to a better, paid version, but trust us, the bells & whistles you'd pay for are not necessary. The root parts of their programs are what make them so great...and so free.

MalwareBytes' primary feature is to scan your computer for the 'bad guys', and on that level it's quite successful. It offers a quick scan, a full scan, and a flash scan to analyze memory and autorun objects. It comes with Malwarebytes' proprietary Chameleon technology, which lets the program install on many infected computers even when the malware blocks other detection tools. CLICK HERE for that nice, free version.

For years we've recommended AVGFREE. Now we're 100% onboard with AVAST! While AVGFREE is still good, it is a resource hog, meaning it will eat up all your valuable RAM, making your system bog along. AVAST! is lighter, faster, and catches all the bad stuff. PLUS it updates itself ... FOR FREE. The downside? For us, it was the voice that tells you everything is updated. If that grates on you too, it's simple to turn it off and go mute. CLICK HERE for wonderfully free virus protection.

Nowadays cookies, temporary files, and various other means of tracking your Web footprint are par for the course. Some of these trackers are useful, while others can be potentially intrusive. Thankfully, there are a myriad freeware cleaners out there that help keep your system in check. CCleaner is one of the better offerings for its ease of use and powerful cleaning capabilities. CLICK HERE for this free program.

Sometimes we need to get into your computer without actually coming into your home or office. There are many times where clients call us and try to describe their computer problems. That's where TeamViewer comes in. Hands down, it is the best at letting us access your PC remotely. Using TeamViewer is nice way for us for to "appear", and you can show us exactly what's what. Other times we can use it to solve your PC problem while you sit there and watch...or go do something else. It's free and you CLICK HERE to download.