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2016 Best Security Suites

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Security Suites for 2016

The best one of the security suites is needed today when one of our major concerns are cyber threats. With an all-in-one security suite, you should find all the features needed to keep your PC secure. Some security suites offer more features than others, with some optional and not necessary.

Features Looked for in Best Security Suites

When looking at Security Suites, the first thing to look at is its antivirus protection. Without this, there is no security for your PC. Another feature to look for is the firewall protection. Some security suites assume Windows Firewall handles what you want with a firewall, skipping this component.

Some suites include spam filters. Which you want a filter that does the job properly and not sifts out an important email message you’ve been waiting for. With reviewing Security Suites, letting spam into an email inbox is better than tossing valid mail away.

Privacy protection is crucial, and when security suites turn users away from phishing sites, it can be helpful. However, some also provide protection for specific sensitive data, such as bank accounts. By entering in this information, and the alarm is sounded with some, while offer credit card protection. There are some with a secure browser for you to do online banking.

Bitdefender Internet Security 2016

This security suite comes out on top with a combination of the best antivirus, antispam, and antiphishing features along with many other integrated security items. With a password manager, parental control, secure browser, unobtrusive firewall, Bitdefender manages to keep your PC safe without bogging it down. For secure online financial transactions, be sure to use SafePay.

Kaspersky Internet Security (2017)

Kaspersky Internet Security (2017) is one of the best at keeping both your PC and devices safe. Software updates automatically, spam filter, phishing protection, no-fuss firewall, great parental control, and many bonus features.

Symantec Norton Security Premium

Protect up to 10 devices, 25GB of hosted online backup, along with the best parental control system with this security suite. Intelligent firewall, cross-platform, spam filter, password manager, top-scoring malicious URL blocking, antiphishing, system optimization tools, with an ability to run with no-hassle and high performance.

McAfee Internet Security (2016)

McAfee Internet Security (2016) is cross-platform protection ensuring every device in your household stays safe. This security suite is loaded with features and includes ones found in McAfee antivirus. Expect awesome spam filtering, award-winning True Key password protection with a multifactor authentication not to mess with, and parental controls.

Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Complete (2016)

This security suite is extremely powerful with unusual antivirus, system optimization, as well as 25GB hosted online backup, and your system resources will not be lagged down. Some features include Web Shield, USB Shield, and PUP Shield, antiphishing, anti-ransomware, along with the ability to erase online activity traces.

These are the best Security Suites available for 2016. These vary on features and cost but essentially offer the same amount of virus protection.

How Windows 10 System Restore and Factory Reset Work

Windows 10 can easily be rebooted.

Windows 10 can easily be rebooted.

Restore and Reset Everything

With Windows 8 is was possible to restore the operating system by using a recovery image on a hidden disk partition, with Windows 10 this can no longer be done. A recovery petition is no longer available. Microsoft wanted to allow uses to increase their disk space availability, which over 6 GB can be saved on 64-bits systems with Windows 10.

Windows 10 System Restore

If you experience issues with Windows 10, first you want to look at your restore point list. If you see one that coincides with the time your issues began, use System Restore tool to restore your settings as they were at that time.

Click Start > Settings in search box enter create a restore point. Select your matching result, choose which drive you wish your restore point to be stored on (generally, system drive) then click Configure > Turn on system protection. System restore functionality is now activated. Now click OK. Next click Create… for a restore point to be created, and name it.

This makes a restore point in which you can use on a later date with System Restore and follow the wizard to restore your computer setting to that state.

If you ae not able to boot into Windows 10 and need to do a system restore to a saved point, you can get there through Advanced Startup. This is accessible by using Windows installation media or recovery drive (when Windows Setup begins, select Repair your computer).

Next go to Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > System Restore, and follow the wizard.

Windows 10 Reset

Reset is the best way to get Windows back to the best way it was. By doing this, your operating system is restored to “factory settings.” Prior to reset, back up any personal data. Keep in mind, all bloatware will be reinstalled, even ones you removed.

Click Start > Settings > Update & Security > Recovery > Get Started > Remove everything. There are two options, first one is Remove files and clean the drive; this one is more secure but takes longer (this option is great if giving or selling you PC and need to wipe it), and the other option is  Just remove my files; which is for a quick reset.

When completed, your operating system will be as if it has been newly installed. You need to input your account information again (or if desired, create a new profile), and all your data needs to be restored.

System Restore or Reset?

System Restore is the least reliable solution, however it is the fastest. Reset is more reliable, but more time consuming. It is recommended to try System Restore before Reset to see if this resolves your issues. Always know how to reboot your Windows programs so you can have the best functionality of your computer.

Finding and Replacing Drivers that are Outdated

Update those drivers and take back your computer.

Update those drivers and take back your computer.

Replace Those Old Drivers

You may have drivers that are outdated and require updating, but how would you know? Drivers are software that correspond with your computer’s hardware so it will work with the operating system. A sign that you might have a driver that needs updating is if you are experiencing system trouble, such as games crashing or printer does not work.

There are drivers available for your computers motherboard, audio, video card, and more. However, if everything in your system is working fine, you may be better off not updating at this time. If you do need to update, though, here are a few different methods for you to use.

Check Your Computers Drivers

Even though you have drivers that are installed in your system, you might not know what they exactly are or the version that is being used. To find this out, press Windows Key + R to open your run menu. After opened enter cmd, then OK. This opens the Command Prompt. Enter Driverquery and hit enter for a list of names and dates for drivers that are installed. However, keep in mind that the date is when the driver was published, not updated.  

Device Manager

You may see drivers for different devices through Device Manager, as well. After opening, you will see a list of display adaptors, disk drives, processor, among more. By right-clicking the name of the device and selecting Properties and go to the driver tab. There will be a date of publishing for the driver and the version number.

You can search for an update here by selecting Update Driver… You have the choice of searching manually or automatically for the update. Windows checks the database online for any newer drivers when you select Search automatically for updated driver software. Although, there is no guarantee the newest one will be found it usually does. If there are any found, follow the wizard to install for installation.

Automatic Updates

Windows is set automatically to update drivers, by default. Do a system search to find device installation settings. Here you will find different preferences for your automatic driver updates. If you do not want Windows Update to provide automatic updates, choose No, let me choose what to do. If you have has problems with drivers that are new being unstable, you may prefer to never have drivers updated automatically. However, it is recommended by Microsoft to use automatic updates.

Manual Updates

You can go to the manufacture of the device to update the outdated driver, also. Be sure you are at the correct website to ensure the driver is correct and safe.

If all is working like it should, it might be best to leave the drivers be. Remember, drivers should be downloaded only from sources that are reputable.

Free Up Space on Hard Drive or SSD

Free up space on your hard drive.

Free up space on your hard drive.

 

Space is Essential for a Computer

Even with the large amount of space we have on our hard drives, they tend to fill up quickly. There are options of upgraded disk space by replacing your hard drive, or using an external drive. Before we resort to those measures, you can free up space on your current hard drive or SSD.

Run Disk Cleanup

Using Windows 8, right-click on the screens bottom left corner. Now select control panel. Find on the bottom, Administrative Tools, and select Free up disk space. If you have two or more drives, Dick Cleanup will ask you to select which drive you want cleaned. Disk Cleanup now scans how much space on your disk drive you can save. After scan is complete, a dialog box will appear showing how much space you can save at the top of the box. The choices for cleanup include recycle bin, temporary internet files, offline webpages, and more. Now select Clean up system files, toward the bottom of the dialog box. Everything that is selected will now be cleaned.

Uninstall Application No Longer Wanted

Again, open control panel. Under Programs, select uninstall programs. Check all the programs, and select uninstall on ones that you no longer need or use. Before doing this, make sure you know what each program controls before uninstalling.

Remove Window Store Apps Not Needed or Wanted 

Windows 8 comes with many Window store apps already installed, and you can download many, as well. Some people do not use many of these apps, or they no longer want them. These can be deleted. Pointing your mouse upward from right hand lower corner, or swipe inward from the right of screen, select settings. Now select Change PC settings, PC and devices, Disk space, then App sizes. This will give you a list of store apps installed. Select each one you want removed, and hit uninstall. Keep in mind, this only uninstalls them from the user account. You can empty your recycle bin on this page, as well.

Clean Browser Cache

No matter what browser you use, cleaning their cache can free up space. Most times temporary files at approximately one gig, are saved. You should do this occasionally, or when space is desperately needed.

Copy Music, Photos, Videos

If there is music, photos, or videos on your PC that you want to keep, consider copying them to DVD, USB Drive, or an external storage. This can free up plenty of needed space.

External Drives

If you still need room after following these steps, external drives can give a lot of space easily. These come in several types, and sizes. Very simple to use and install.

There are many ways to clean up space, or even get more space on the PC that you’re using. Which you choose to go with depends on the needs and wants you have, and which you feel is the best choice to go with. All of them have pros and cons when it comes to additional storage space for your PC.