Disclaimer: The links and downloads discussed on this page are provided for you to use at your own discretion. Southwestern Community College is not responsible for any problems that may occur with your computer as the result of installing products discussed on this page. Please understand that these links will take you away from SWCC's Web site and we cannot guarantee the content of these external links. If you encounter a problem with any of the products discussed on this Web site, please contact that product's vendor for support information. 


Below are some essential applications that your computer may need in order to fully utilize some Web sites. These downloads are free.

Adobe Flash

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Adobe Shockwave



Real Player

Virus Protection / Security

Microsoft Security Essentials

Free antivirus protection from Microsoft.


Malwarebytes is an incredibly useful, free, tool for removing infections that are already on your computer. 

AVG Free Advisor

AVG offers this great virus scanning application for home users.

Avast Free Antivirus

Another popular free antivirus program.

Trend Micro HouseCall

Trend Micro HouseCall is free online tool for checking whether your computer has been infected by viruses, spyware, or other malware. HouseCall performs additional security checks to identify and fix vulnerabilities to prevent reinfection.

Hosts File

A hosts file can be installed on your computer to help control annoying banner ads and pop-ups. It can also be used to prohibit your computer from accessing dangerous Web sites. (The information on this page is technical and targeted at advanced computer users)

Other Helpful Links

Open Office

A free productivity suite that is similar to Microsoft Office. The newest version of Open Office allows you to open and save documents in the new XML format that Microsoft Office 2007 uses.


A resource for freeware, shareware, and trial offer downloads. Download.com ensures that all downloads from its site are virus free.

Microsoft Office Tutorials

Having difficulty using the new version of Microsoft Office? Are you comfortable using Office but wish you could do more? Check out these free online training tutorials from Microsoft.

Microsoft Updates

Its a good idea to make sure your PC has the latest Microsoft Updates installed. These updates fix security problems and can sometimes solve some common bugs and glitches that may occur with your computer.