Windows Talk: Three Free Programs Every Student Should Have

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By Jesse Langley for Windows Talk

College isn’t easy for students or computers. They’re both asked to handle more files, more photos and more threats than ever before. No need to panic, though. Three easy, free and reputable programs can make life easier whether you’re a freshman or a senior.

#1 Windows Security Essentials

If you’re going to be downloading every file you come across on the internet, you’re going to need a good antivirus. While Norton Antivirus is great, it slows down most computers and is constantly badgering you with notifications and alerts. Free anti-viruses aren’t exactly trustworthy, and they’re less likely to be updated frequently than professional versions.

The solution? Windows Security Essentials. It’s completely free, and is sponsored by the Microsoft Malware Protection Center. The center houses Microsoft’s best threat detection employees who are all working hard to ensure PCs continue to run smoothly despite the looming threats on the internet. With all of that free, why wouldn’t you want to perform a simple download?

Once you have completed the set up process, set weekly reminders to you to update your software. Viruses change quickly, and your antivirus can’t keep up if you don’t do your part to keep it running.

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This excerpt is shared with permission from Windows Talk.

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