Here's a selection of three useful downloads that will make your online experience a more secure one.

This article appears as part of the April 07 issue of PC Advisor, available now in all good newsagents

Zoning out safely

ZoneAlarm is a good alternative to Windows Firewall. The free version lacks some of the more sophisticated functionality of pricey alternatives, but it is popular and very reliable.

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Explore more

IE7’s new look may take a little time getting used to, but it’s worth downloading for its tabbed browsing and additional security in the form of an antiphishing filter.

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Wash out your web

Windows NetPurity is a filtering tool that prevents unsuitable content being viewed. It blocks a 100-strong list of sexually explicit keywords – are there really that many?

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