AVG is a great anti-virus company. They have a free version of their
software, and the more feature rich version for a reasonable fee. I
used their free version for a year, and then switched to their fee
version. I found it much less resource intensive than Mcafee, and less
problematic when installing new programs or general operations.
There is a multi-computer option on the page for that link.
The free version can be found on this page. It updates itself daily
and runs in the back ground.
"Second question: What is the best/easiest way
to 'clean' a pc of all visited web sites, downloaded files, etc? Is
deleting cookies and temps good enough?"
Most of the time, yes. If you are worried about spyware and unwanted
installations then I would suggest looking into Microsoft's
Anti-spyware. I personally don't have great affection for Microsoft,
but the Anti-spyware they have been developing runs very well, and is
a great program/layer of protection while surfing the Internet.
Currently the anti-spyware from Microsoft is free.
thanks, and happy holidays
Clarification of Answer by
18 Dec 2005 17:27 PST
Sorry .. didn't see this..
The "most of the time" was referring to spy-ware putting files in other areas.
I used Adaware for a very long time, but switched over to the MS
product and have been happier for the switch. Adaware is a great bunch
of guys and really like what they do, but it wasn't cleaning out, or
blocking most of the nastier spy-ware programs. Being a Researcher,
I'm all over the web and some times run into some nasty places.
Try it out, if you don't like it, you can always switch back :-)