Security Products for Private Individuals
Here you will find a list of security products aimed at private individuals. It is essential that you install an anti-virus scanner. Further security products, including a range of browser plugins, also further increase security for your computer. If you require a security product, in particular a business solution, then please visit Enterprise Products.
We differentiate here between freeware and payware versions. In many cases vendors offer a cost-free version as well as a version for purchase. Cost-free or freeware virus scanners are generally adequate. Some cost-free scanners contain advertisements for the payware version, or the payware version offers additional functions. A number of ISPs also offer their customers security solutions. We refer here directly to offers from the respective vendor.
Important: Whether you use a freeware or a payware version, be sure that your virus scanner is updated regularly.
Security Solutions from ISPs
Freeware Virus Scanners
avast! Free Antivirus
Avira AntiVir Personal
Avira AntiVir Rescue System
Standalone System Sweeper (beta, program for experts)
Microsoft Security Essentials
Panda Cloud Antivirus
Payware Virus Scanner
Security products for Mac Users
Your Browser is your gateway to the Internet and as such it is liable to be attacked. Here we have listed a range of browser plugins which provide your browser with extra functions that increase the security of your computer. You will find detailed descriptions on plugin installation and functionality on their respective sites. All these plugins are cost-free.
AdBlock Plus (for Mozilla Firefox)
AdBlock (for Apple Safari)
AdBlock (for Google Chrome)
COMPUTER BILD-Abzock-Schutz (for Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer)
Flashblock (for Mozilla Firefox)
NoScript (for Mozilla Firefox)
Web of Trust (appropriate for all popular Browsers)
Opera Urlfilter.ini File (for Opera)
NoAds (NoScript + Adblock) (for Opera from v11.00)
GMX Toolbar (for Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer)
Web.de Toolbar (for Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer)
Further useful tools
The following programs will help you to protect your computer. They are all freeware with the exception of UpdateStar.
Microsoft Safety Scanner - is a free security scanner for your computer.
Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 2.1 - examines your computer for missing security updates and typical security mis-configurations.
Microsoft Malware Remove Online Scanner - examines your computer for malicious software and removes it if necessary.
Spyware Doctor - examines your computer for spyware and removes it if necessary.
Secunia Personal Software Inspector - examines whether your entire system – including Windows components and added software – is up-to-date and also supports updating if necessary.
UpdateStar Premium - payware, whose function is to check for possible updates for installed software and support updating if necessary.
F-Secure Health Check - examines whether your computer is sufficiently protected and advises on typical security risks.
Spybot Search & Destroy - examines your computer for spyware and other threats. It also offers a protection functions in order to block suspicious files.
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware - examines your computer for malware and removes it.
SUPERAntiSpyware - examines your computer for malware and removes it.
Threatfire - complements your anti-virus software, it provides early detection of malware and removes it.
CCleaner - removes typical traces such as temporary files and old or unwanted Windows registry database entries.
Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) - program for experts
Protection for Mobile Devices
Here we provide a list of freeware and payware anti-virus products for mobile devices.
XLAB Device Monitor | ACDC Partner XLAB – protects Android mobiles
Conan Mobile | ACDC Partner INCIBE – protects Android mobiles. Please note website is in Spanish.
Avast! Mobile Security – protects Android mobiles
AVG Mobilation Free – protects Android mobiles
ANTIVIRUSfree for Android - realtime protection anti-virus product for your Android smartphone.
eScan for Android – solutions for both smartphones and tablets
Avira Free Android Security (Beta) – security app for your Android smartphone
Kaspersky Mobile Security - protects your smartphone against malicious software, spam oder hacker attacks.
F-Secure Mobile Security - is one complete security suite for your smartphone.
Bullgard Mobile Security - ensures realtime detection for the removal of spyware, viruses or other malicious threats.
Lookout Mobile Security - protection agains malicious threats like malware, spyware and other applications that threaten your privacy.
Norton Smartphone Security - protects your confidential data against mobile threats.
Bitdefender Mobile Antivirus - protects against viruses; infected applications will be deleted reliably.
To prevent the re-infection of your computer please note these important rules:
- Check your computer for infection. Please use our EU-Cleaner to remove all malware.
- Install current Service Packs and Security Updates for your system. Activate automatic updates. Microsoft Instructions: Protect.
- Check your Internet browser and the embedded plugins (e.g. Java, Flash, Shockwave, Quicktime) regularly to make sure they are up to date. Browser- and Plugincheck
- Install a virus scanner, e.g. one that is mentioned here and update it regularly.
- Use a firewall e.g. built-in Windows firewall or a router. More Information about Firewalls..