Free Antivirus Proection is available from each of the “big three” Internet providers in Canada. An unprotected computer connected to the Internet can be infected in just 5 minutes – according to Microsoft – don’t let it be yours. Install security software, including antivirus and Internet Protection on a new or rebuilt computer as soon as possible. Cleaning up from an infection is time consuming and potentially costly.
The good news is; as a Shaw, Telus, or Rogers customer, they will give you security software free of charge! Here’s how to get your copy.
Free Antivirus Protection – First
strong>Note: Before installing any of these free antivirus protection programs it is important that you uninstall any protection software you may currently have. There’s no benefit to running both, and in fact they will fight each other and slow down your computer.
Shaw internet security is part of the Shaw mail POP3 service. Shaw offers protection via their Shaw Secure(tm) free antivirus security package, which appears to be a re-branded version of F-Secure.
Shaw Secure includes:
- Internet Firewall
- Virus and Spy protection
- Spam control
- Identity Theft
- Parental controls
Shaw’s free antivirus download requires Windows XP, 2000, Vista, or Windows 7, 1Gb RAM, and 800Mb of free disk space. They even have a link where you can download a utility and test your system to make sure it qualifies. Shaw Secure does not support Mac’s at this time.
You must login to your Shaw account to download Shaw Secure, then on the left menu select Internet -> Download. Here are full instructions from Shaw.
Once downloaded, run the install. If you are using their Shaw Webmail then there is no need to download this product.
Telus’ free antivirus system is their antivirus protection package is called Telus Security Services(tm). You’ll need to select your Province (it is not offered in Ontario for some reason) to get access to the download.
Telus Security Services includes:
- AdBlock, Anti-Spyware
You can download Telus Security Services and view the installation instructions. Telus also has suggestions for what you can do to protect yourself. Telus Security Services is free with High Speed, High Speed Enhanced, High Speed Extreme and currently works with Windows XP and Vista. Support for Windows 7 is available but I’ve had issues with the install in the past.
Rogers virus protection now comes in two levels; basic and premium. Basic protection is free and the link is included below. This software includes:
- Parental Control
- up to 3 comptuers
What if I’m not with one of these three Internet providers?
A. There are many virus and firewall products out there right now. Try NORTON 360 3.0 1 USER for 3 PC’s ESD
Securing your computer is imperative these days. If you can, save yourself a bit of money and use the free software provided by your Internet provider.
|NOTE: These products are intended for home use. In a business environment with multiple computers you will be more effective using a robust solution with centralized management. Email or call us at 604-715-5107 to find out how we can help.|