Recommended Software for Safe Computing & Website Management

Houston's Host - Recommended Software

Houston's Host uses and recommends the following products for safe computing, editing and managing your web site. 

Please note that we consider Zone Alarm Pro and Norton Anti-Virus absolutely essential for your protection.  None of our computers are connected to the internet without these applications installed first.
The next layer of protection is Ad-Aware.  We highly recommend this application as well.

Zone Alarm Pro
The first and still the best personal, software based firewall.  A must have for broadband and dialup users alike.  All our machines use Zone alarm Pro!
  • Easy-to-use firewall blocks hackers and other unknown threats. Stealth mode automatically makes your PC invisible to anyone on the Internet.
  • Keeps personal data private and secure, blocks pop-up ads, and more.
  • Quarantines suspicious email attachments and blocks outbound messages containing potential viruses.

Download ZoneAlarm Pro

Norton Anti-Virus
Symantec's Norton AntiVirus 2010 is the world's most trusted antivirus solution.** It removes viruses, worms, and Trojan horses automatically without interrupting your work. New Norton Internet Worm Protection blocks certain more sophisticated worms (such as Blaster and Sasser) before they enter your computer. Norton AntiVirus can also detect spyware and other non-virus threats.  
  •  NEW! Norton Internet Worm Protection stops certain damaging Internet worms at their attempted point of entry.
  • NEW! QuickScan tool automatically searches for and removes viruses whenever new virus protection updates are downloaded.
  • ENHANCED! PreInstall Scan quickly detects and removes infections that can interfere with installing and launching Norton AntiVirus.
    Automatically removes viruses, worms, and Trojan horses.

Purchase Norton Anti Virus


Ad-Aware® SE Professional Edition offers you the highest level of protection from known Data-mining, aggressive advertising, Parasites, Scumware, selected traditional Trojans, Dialers, Malware, Browser hijackers, and tracking components. Lavasoft’s new Code Sequence Identification (CSI) technology protects you from both known and unknown variants of these threats; and with the real-time protection of Ad-Watch you can block suspicious processes and browser hijack attempts from affecting your system. 

Purchase Ad-Aware® SE Professional Edition

Corel Paint Shop Pro X
Essential for image editing.  Paint Shop Pro, a part of the Paint Shop family of digital imaging and photography products, is the most complete, easy-to-use software for creating professional digital imaging results. By combining automatic and precision tools with an integrated learning system, Paint Shop Pro helps you produce professional results with power and ease.

Download Paint Shop Pro (Free Trial)

Cute FTP Pro
Advanced File Transfer for the Security-Minded Professional!
Cute FTP® 8.0 Professional integrates state-of-the-art security standards to ensure that confidential business data stays that way. You can maximize bandwidth throughput, download from multiple sites while uploading or browsing, automatically update Web content and customize data management processes all in one cost-effective application.
  • Very user friendly and intuitive for easy file transfer to/from server.
  • Connect through your standard or HTTP proxy, firewall or SOCKS server to multiple sites simultaneously.
  • Protect logins and transfers using industry standard SSH2, SSL, or OTP (S/Key) based protocols.
  • Perform concurrent transfers, accelerate large file transfers, transfer between hosts, compress transfers, schedule batch transfers and more
  • Edit or view remote content, synchronize or backup your site, monitor a folder for changes and perform a host of other site management operations.

Download Cute FTP Pro Now (Free Trial)

Dreamweaver CS4
WYSIWYG HTML editor of the Pros!  Keep your Web site updated with the the editor that we use.  This product is part of the Adobe Macromedia Web Publishing System. It's everything your business needs to build, manage, and publish content to the web.

Download Dreamweaver MX

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