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Best Ways to Protect Your Computer from Viruses and Spyware

Wed, 06 Oct 2010 04:38:00 +0000

(image) Is your computer malfunctioning due to viruses? Most of the computer users experience the save quite often. To protect your PC from a virus attack, you should understand exactly what a virus is. Computer virus is a software program which is designed with malicious intentions. It is not very difficult to keep your computer running like a brand new-one with the regular maintenance and updation of your anti virus software from time to time. It is basically spread via internet. In this article we have discussed about some of the best ways to protect your computer from viruses and spyware.
  • For better computer protection, you should use an Internet firewall. Operating systems like Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP with SP2 comprise built-in firewall and this is turned on by default. Check whether it is on or not. If not, turn it on.

  • You should also update the operating system regularly as Microsoft releases updates to protect the users from virus attack. Have you installed the most recent version of Microsoft Office? Your Microsoft Office programs will also be updated by Microsoft Update.

  • It is a must to install an antivirus software program and update it regularly. AVG, Avast, Norton, Macafee, etc. are some of the most renowned names in this regard. You can start with the trial version and if you find it satisfactory, then go for the paid version.

  • It is also suggested not to open an e-mail attachment from an unknown source. In most of the cases, these attachments contain viruses and spyware. You should also use strong passwords to protect your computer from unwanted access.


Source:- www.mytechsupportstore.com



Computer repair Scottsdale now assuring end to end technical support

Fri, 17 Sep 2010 10:03:00 +0000

The fact is, maintenance of the IT set up is indeed daunting and is often challenging for the non techs! It is exactly when you need the expert hand and the IT service provider ensures you of a holistic IT maintenance to protect, control and maintains your IT needs. With a pool of IT professionals and qualified engineers armed with their latest IT certification, the computer services thus provide a managed IT services to guarantee a protected environment for your IT infrastructure from the growing security threats and network failures.

With the mounting amount of interdependence on computers the major need today remains in interlinking these to make sure that the computers work efficiently and that is exactly what the term networking support does. In this typical scenario if you do not deploy the right IT consulting expert, at the day’s end you are putting your core business in jeopardy. Computer repair Scottsdale with an array of expert services like computer support services, computer repair services, computer networking, computer maintenance, and even computer hardware repair services offers a holistic approach in maintaining your IT setup.

As they say that “a stitch in time saves nine”, so to minimize your downtime it’s advisable to bank on the computer services Arizona for best computer services. Arizona computer support and repair services is now more like a life support system when trying for emergency troubleshooting. No matter, if you are trying to find out the solutions for your laptop, computer, or any other peripheral troubleshooting because now the experts are there for real time troubleshooting and routine maintenance of your IT.

Source: businessweek.com



How to Stay Secure on Web - Hackers Guide

Tue, 10 Aug 2010 11:35:00 +0000

You already know the basics of internet security, right?

You know to keep your antivirus program and patches up to date, to be careful where you go on the Internet, and to exercise online street-smarts to resist being tricked into visiting a phishing site or downloading a Trojan horse.

But when you've got the basics covered, but you still don't feel secure, what can you do? Here are a few advanced security tips to help you thwart some of today's most common attacks.

Remember, however, that security is all about trade-offs. With most of these tips, what you gain in security, you lose in convenience. But hey, it's your computer. Be as paranoid as you want to be.

Avoid Scripting

This may be the one piece of advice that will do most to keep you the safe on the Web: Steer clear of JavaScript, especially on sites you don't trust.

JavaScript is very popular, and for good reason. It works in almost all browsers, and it makes the Web a lot more dynamic. But it also enables bad guys to trick your browser more easily into doing something that it shouldn't. The deception could be something as simple as telling the browser to load an element from another Web page. Or it could involve something more complicated, like a cross-site scripting attack, which gives the attacker a way to impersonate the victim on a legitimate Web page.

JavaScipt attacks are everywhere. If you use Facebook, you may have seen one of the latest. Lately, scammers have set up illegitimate Facebook pages offering things like a free $500 gift card if you cut and paste some code into your browser's address bar. Code is JavaScript--and you should never add it to your browser. "Scammers use this technique to open up unwanted surveys, fill your social networking profiles with spam or even to send you to phishing pages," says Chris Boyd, a security researcher with Sunbelt Software.

But miscreants can add JavaScript to hacked or malicious Web pages, too. To avoid attacks there, you can use a free Firefox plugin called NoScript that lets you control which Websites can and cannot run JavaScript in the browser. NoScript goes a long way toward preventing rogue antivirus programs or online attacks from popping up when you visit a new Website.

Source: itbusiness.ca




AVG Brings LinkScanner Malware Detector to the Mac

Wed, 16 Jun 2010 05:58:00 +0000

A company that provides antivirus offerings for PC users is bringing a free link checker to the Mac.

AVG Technologies plans to unveil a Mac version of AVG LinkScanner, a free download that scans Website links for potential threats. AVG says its LinkScanner application checks Web pages in real-time, posting a warning to users if the software finds a Website that could pose potential problems.

"Every single time you click on a link, any time you're accessing information on the Internet, we scan it, looking for malware and phishing attempts," J.R. Smith, CEO of AVG, told Macworld.

AVG's software doesn't rely on blacklisted sites that have been flagged for potential harmful content. Rather, the application uses real-time checking to alert users to potentially problematic sites. The company relies heavily on a large user base--tens of millions of users, according to AVG--to ensure users are surfing to secure Web pages.

Mac users have lived largely free of malware and viruses, as malware creators have focused on attacking more widely used platforms. That figures to change as the Mac becomes a more widely used system, thanks to the growth of both OS X and Apple's mobile iOS. But the real threat is posed by the growth of social networking sites that increase the risk Web surfers could fall prey to phishing and other malicious attacks.

"We're not here screaming that Macs are vulnerable," said Smith, adding that like any platform the Mac OS has its vulnerabilities. Rather, Smith continues, the threats posed by attacks via social networks threaten users regardless of platform. "We're protecting people in some cases from themselves."

Look at the increasing prominence of shortened URLs, Smith said. Savvy Web surfers used to be able to look at a URL and spot a potential phishing attempt; condensed URLs make that harder to do. "You can't see [the full URL]," Smith added. "You can't be your own policeman."

The free download of AVG LinkScanner is designed for Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6; it runs on Mozilla Firefox 3.x and later as well as Safari 3.x and later, including the newly released version 5 of Apple's Web browser.

source: pcworld.com



Seagate claims world's fastest laptop drive

Tue, 25 May 2010 10:20:00 +0000

Seagate has officially announced its Momentus XT, a hybrid hard/solid state drive (SSD) that it claims is the world's fastest 2.5in drive for laptops.

The device is designed to offer performance comparable to a costly Flash SSD, but with the greater storage capacity and lower price associated with standard hard drive technology, according to Seagate.

The Momentus XT achieves this by combining a 7,200rpm drive with 4GB of SSD storage, and using built-in algorithms to put the SSD's speed to best effect. This is independent of the operating system or any applications used, the firm said.

Seagate's Adaptive Memory technology intelligently monitors application and file requests, and puts the most commonly accessed data in the SSD, where it can be accessed much faster than from the magnetic disk.

The Momentus XT is 80 per cent faster than a conventional 7,200rpm drive, according to Seagate, and a laptop will boot twice as fast as one with a typical 5,400rpm laptop drive.

The drive is shipping into the channel and to system vendors now, and Asus has announced that it will offer it as an option for its new Republic of Gamers G73Jh laptop.

The Momentus XT is available in 500GB, 320GB and 250GB capacities, with suggested retail prices of $156 (£108), $122 (£84) and $113 (£78) respectively.

Source: v3.co.uk



Symantec Launches Hosted Endpoint Protection

Thu, 13 May 2010 11:24:00 +0000

Symantec Corp. announced the launch of Symantec Hosted Endpoint Protection, a new cloud-based offering for small and medium sized organizations who wish to deploy comprehensive security for their computer systems without the need for additional hardware or management software. Customers will now be able to protect their Windows-based laptops, desktops, and file servers from the proliferation and growing sophistication of threats with the simplicity and convenience of a cloud-based service.

Harnessing more than eighteen years of experience developing award-winning technologies for anti-virus and endpoint protection, Symantec Hosted Endpoint Protection is designed to safeguard endpoint systems with a single solution managed from a Web-based console offering advanced protection from the endpoint to the gateway.

"As the hosted model for messaging security has become increasingly popular for its ease of management and deployment, organizations are similarly motivated by the reduced complexity that cloud-based services can offer while effectively protecting their endpoint systems," said Rowan Trollope, Senior Vice President, Symantec Hosted Services. "Symantec Hosted Endpoint Protection leverages our SaaS expertise to deliver advanced technologies that help protect customer systems without requiring additional hardware, management software, or dedicated IT staffing."

As threats become more complex and the global workforce increasingly more mobile, analysts have predicted that businesses will demand highly effective security solutions that are easy to set up and require minimal maintenance– features especially important to small and medium sized businesses that have limited resources to stay current with evolving security requirements while managing a myriad of additional IT responsibilities.

"Customers often experience pain when increased IT resources are required to stay abreast of evolving endpoint threats," said Christian Christiansen, VP of Security Products and Services, IDC. "To reduce these difficulties, customers want turn-key, endpoint solutions that provide the latest protection levels with easy set up, zero maintenance, and automatic upgrades. Security SaaS implementations can fully provide these solutions."

Symantec Hosted Endpoint Protection leverages the Symantec Global Intelligence Network, one of the largest security research networks in the world, and benefits from the network's rapid threat identification and response. With Symantec Hosted Endpoint Protection, automatic security updates occur transparently over an Internet connection keeping employee systems current whether workers are in the office or on the road.


Source: techarena.in/news



Fake anti-virus software a growing online threat

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 05:44:00 +0000

Google said Tuesday that fake software security programs rigged to infect computers are a growing online threat with hackers tricking people into installing nefarious code on machines.

An analysis of 240 million Web pages by the Internet search giant during the past 13 months revealed that fake anti-virus programs accounted for 15 percent of malicious software it detected.

"The Fake AV threat is rising in prevalence, both absolutely and relative to other forms of Web-based malware," Google said in its findings.

"Clearly, there is a definitive upward trend in the number of new Fake AV domains that we encounter each week."

Fake anti-virus (AV) peddlers rig websites to frighten visitors with pop-up messages warning that supposed scans have found dangerous malicious software on machines.

The scam goes on by selling victims programs that hackers claim will fix the purported problems but which in fact usually plant nefarious computer code on machines.

Such transactions can also leave credit card information in the hands of cyber crooks.

"Surprisingly, many users fall victim to these attacks and pay to register the Fake AV," Google said.

"To add insult to injury, Fake AVs often are bundled with other malware, which remains on a victim’s computer regardless of whether a payment is made."

Google has refined tools to filter out booby-trapped Websites and hackers have evidently responded by flitting from one domain name to another.


Source: ca.news.yahoo.com



Local Computer Repair

Thu, 08 Apr 2010 07:46:00 +0000

iYogi fixes all your computer related problems via remote desktop connections; hence no need to take your desktop or laptop to any service center.

At iYogi, we fix problems with software, hardware, virus & spyware, Internet, printers, scanners or any hardware devices that are attached to a computer. In short, we will help you troubleshoot anything in or attached to your PC, no matter which brand it is.
Support Coverage:
• Windows operating system support
• Hardware/software issues
• Networking/sharing support
• Virus & spyware removal
• Internet connectivity issues
• Printer, Faxes and Scanners
We offer live 24*7*365 and remote technical support for all software, hardware and computer manufactures including:
Dell
• Compaq
• Hewlett-Packard
• Sony
• Acer
• Gateway
• Microsoft
• IBM
• Samsung
• Toshiba
Key Features:
• iYogi monitors your computer for hardware and software problems
• Describes the problem and fix it step by step
• 24/7/365-smart tech support offered via phone, chat and e-mail
• A fast and tuned up PC in few minutes
• Ensure a fast running and healthier PC

iYogi has combined the best technical support technologies into a new comprehensive process that assure to fix all computer problems through remote over the web. We can connect directly to your computer with our secure, remote control software. Our certified technicians are highly trained with computer repairs, both hardware and software. You can put your feet up and study everything that we are doing by watching your screen while we are troubleshooting your problem. Using the computer information gained from your PC's diagnostic testing, our engineers can perform diagnosis and repairs that are perfect to your computer's software and hardware configuration.



Importance of AVG Antivirus Protection

Wed, 17 Mar 2010 05:14:00 +0000

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When your PC behaves strangely like, applications taking longer to launch, computer is running very slow, hard disk becomes inaccessible, etc. it indicates that your system is infected from malicious programs. In such a situation, it becomes necessary to install updated antivirus on your system. You can install any antivirus on your system, provided that you have purchased genuine copy of that antivirus.
Features
AVG antivirus offers many benefits to you like protection against malicious programs, etc. Now, you can do banking, shopping, surfing, searching, chatting, e-mailing, downloading files, etc. without any terror of infection by malicious programs. This antivirus offers you protection against online scammers, hackers, etc. It protects you from phishing attack by securing your confidential information from intruders.
Usability
AVG antivirus 8.5 is integrated with many new facilities, which were absent in its earlier version. You can easily download and install AVG antivirus 8.5 on your system with the following steps:
STEP 1: Download the installation file of AVG antivirus 8.5 on your system from its official website.
STEP 2: When you will be prompted, do not open the file, but click on the “Save” button and select location where it should be stored.
STEP 3: Reboot your computer when installation file gets saved.
STEP 4: Locate the AVG installation file, and double click on it to start its installation.
STEP 5: Follow the instructions in the installation wizard.
STEP 6: Enter your license number when prompted.
STEP 7: Restart your computer when prompted by the installation wizard.
After completing the installation process of AVG antivirus 8.5 on your system, you can protect your system from malicious programs.
Limitations
You can face blue screen error while installation of AVG antivirus. It can freeze your system and would not be able to work with some of the applications installed on your system.



Know How to Install Windows 7

Mon, 15 Mar 2010 05:04:00 +0000

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Windows 7 is the latest Windows operating system, and is successor of Windows Vista. It is available in many editions namely, Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate.
Features
Windows 7 consists of Action Center, which consolidates all the messages from Windows Defender, User Account Control, etc. In case, Windows 7 requires your attention, the Action Center icon will appear in the taskbar.
This operating system has the feature of backing up individual folders, libraries, and drives. Its calculator is integrated with new Programmer and Statistics modes. In this operating system, you can easily move and resize gadgets.
Usability
Windows 7 offers you the facility to perform all your tasks with your fingers, like browsing online newspapers, flicking through photo albums, shuffling files and folders, etc. You can perform an upgrade installation of Windows 7 on your Windows Vista based PC, with the following steps:
STEP 1: Turn on your computer and when Vista gets started, do one of the following:
a) Insert the Windows 7 installation disc into your computer. Setup would start automatically, if it does not click on “Start” and then on “Computer”. Open the Windows 7 installation disc on your DVD drive, and then double-click on setup.exe.
b) If you have downloaded Windows 7, then browse the installation file, and double click on it.
STEP 2: Click on Install now on the “Install Windows page”.
STEP 3: On the “Get important updates for installation page”, it is recommended to receive the latest updates in order to protect your computer.
STEP 4: On the Please read the license terms page, click on “I accept the license terms”, and then click on “Next”.
STEP 5: Click on Upgrade, on the “Which type of installation do you want?” page.
STEP 6: Follow the instructions to complete installation of Windows 7.
After completing Windows 7 installation, you can enjoy with its features like Aero, etc.
Limitations
While performing Windows 7 installation, you can face a technical error. You may face issues while sharing files between Windows 7 and Windows XP systems.



How to Install Windows Vista on Windows XP PC?

Fri, 12 Mar 2010 07:07:00 +0000

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Windows Vista is amongst the Windows operating system, and is successor of Windows XP. It consists of many new and exciting features, which will increase your daily performance.
Features
Windows Vista consists of Ease of Access Center, which offers a suitable, centralized place to find out accessibility settings and programs, so that, you can use your computer easily. It offers you instant access to common tools, ability to explore all accessibility settings in seven categories, etc. This operating system consists of BitLocker Drive Encryption, which prevents an unauthorized person who runs a software hacking tool from breaking Windows Vista file and system protections.
Usability
Windows Vista is integrated with accessibility settings and programs, which make it easier for you to view, hear, and use your computer. These programs are particularly helpful for those people, who have visual difficulties, hearing loss, pain in their hands or arms, or reasoning and cognitive issues. You can easily perform upgrade to Windows Vista on a Windows XP-based computer with the following steps:
STEP 1: Insert the Windows Vista DVD into the DVD drive.
STEP 2: Click on “Install now” on the Install Windows page.
STEP 3: On the Get important updates, click on ““Go online to get the latest updates for installation”, in order to protect your computer against security threats.
STEP 4: On the “Type your product key for activation page”, type your 25-character product key.
STEP 5: On the “Please read the license terms” page, click on “I accept the license terms” check box.
STEP 6: Click on Upgrade on the “Which type of installation do you want?” page.
STEP 7: Follow the instructions to complete installation of Windows Vista.
It is suggested that you should restart your computer after Windows Vista installation gets completed.
Limitations
While installation of Windows Vista, you can have some issues like installation could not get completed, etc. You may face any problem while working with Windows Mail. Sometimes Windows Media Player will stop responding.



Improve your PC’s Performance with Online Computer Services

Thu, 11 Mar 2010 06:42:00 +0000

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Computer services comprise all the services required to resolve technical issues related either tor software or hardware. You can access computer services from any technical service provider, when you face any technical issue with your system, like blue screen error, computer running slow, applications taking much time in launching, etc.
Features
Computer service providers offer 24/7 assistance via remote connection in order to facilitate their customers. Remote computer service provider offers many services, and some of them are enlisted as:
• Installation, un-installation, and re-installation of software
• Troubleshooting software errors
• Diagnostic and repair of hardware issues
• Optimizing your PC’s speed and performance
• Resolving driver conflicts
• Configuring Antivirus and Antispyware
• Online data backup services
• Scanning of computer to detect and block spyware, adware, pop-ups, and phishing attacks.
Along with the above mentioned services, many services are offered via remote connection. In remote support services, you just have to pay a fixed amount and you can access unlimited services for a predetermined time.
Usability
Remote computer support is considered to be the best method of delivering computer services due to many reasons. In remote support, you just have to sit at your home or in office and tech experts will resolve your technical issues remotely.
After accessing your system, tech expert will take control over your system. Then tech expert will diagnose it carefully in order to find out the root cause of the technical issues. Accordingly, they will carry out the necessary steps to resolve all the technical issues you are facing.
Limitations
If you carry your system to any service centre, then it would take two or more days to resolve your technical issues. In case, you call any technician at your premises, it would seem a headache for you. So, it is better to receive computer services via online.
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Install Windows XP - The Most Popular Operating System

Wed, 10 Mar 2010 10:05:00 +0000

Windows XP is the most amicable series of operating system, which has been developed by Microsoft and was introduced on October 25, 2001. It was the first version, where Microsoft put the restriction of product activation, to combat illegal copying.
Read this blog to know the authentic method of installing Windows XP.
First you should check the compatibility of Windows XP with hardware configuration of your computer.
“As per recommendation you must have a computer equipped with a processor of minimum 233 MHz to 300 MHz or higher, minimum memory around 64 MB RAM2 to 128 MB RAM or higher, video adapter and monitor -Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher resolution and Hard drive disk free space -1.5 GB or higher”
Note: Additional 1.8 GB in Service Pack 2 and additional 900 MB in Service Pack 3
You can follow the given steps to install Windows XP on your computer.
Step 1. Load your DVD tray with Windows XP installation CD/DVD.
Step 2. Restart your computer and press any key when prompted to do so.
Step 3. As the content of the DVD is getting copied, you receive a message like "Disc one - (#)Megabytes". Press D button of your keyboard.
Step 4. To create new partition press “C.” You are flexible to decide number of partition and size of each. Press Enter once you have decided the size. You can decide the partition, where you want to locate operating system XP’s file. Choose the file system as “NTFS” as permitted for Windows XP and complete the installation procedure with the help of on-screen prompts.
Next step in Windows XP installation is to equip it with compatible device drivers for network adapter, wireless adapters, CD-ROMS, Hard Drives, Video Cards, and Printers so that you can accomplish your task perfectly.



Crush Down Runtime Error

Fri, 05 Mar 2010 09:56:00 +0000

Run time error pops- up, when you execute certain program or utility, but your computer fails to run it. There are four basic reasons behind this error, which include confliction with a utility program (TSR), software issue, computer virus and memory issue.
First you should close all the application windows and try to know, where is the fault, actually? Once you come to know it, you can easily fix the error. Suppose, the Run time error remains after closing all the running applications windows, then it is confirmed, that there is some fault related to your operating system. To fix the problem, you need to update your Windows operating system, with the latest patches or updates. You can go online to Microsoft’s website or can avail any CD/DVDs from an authorized source. But, if you still fail to fix the issue, then uninstall and reinstall your operating system. Don’t forget to take back-up of your computer before uninstalling your OS.
Similarly, you can fix the error related with any other application software.
But, if you don’t get any advantage with the above activities, then your computer could be infected with some computer viruses. It’s highly recommended to immediately implement a virus scanning tool, which is effective enough to detect and remove them in a fast-track way. Next, update your existing antivirus protection and enable Firewall to ensure that your computer is secure against forthcoming viruses and other malicious products.
If you are addicted to the Internet, then you might have gone through run time error that states, "A Runtime Error has occurred. Do you wish to debug?"In this situation, you can fix this error temporarily. Follow as: Tool>Options>Advanced. You need to check the box against "Disable script debugging" which appears in the "Browsing" subcategory. Also uncheck the box against "Display a notification about every script error." This will block the error from appearing again on your web browser.
In case, your computer is a regular victim of this error, then your computer’s memory (RAM) could be a possible reason behind it. Programs of your computer will not be getting sufficient memory to run, to fix the run time error you need to upgrade your RAM (Random Access Memory). If possible do it yourself with the guidance of the manual book, otherwise contact your vendor.



PC Optimization

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 10:24:00 +0000

PC optimization is a way to improve the performance of a computer system. You can optimize your PC using several tips and techniques. You can also use any of the good PC optimization software available in the market. Let us discuss some of the useful tips to optimize a Computer Setup. Wipe off your computer desktop: Do not clutter your PC desktop with several shortcuts and programs. The shortcuts occupy considerable fraction of system memory. So, if there are several shortcut icons placed on the desktop then they will consume huge system memory. As a result, you should keep only the recycle bin and some of the frequently used applications on the desktop. Minimize the size of recycle bin: By default recycle bin occupies more computer memory. You can alter the memory size of the recycle bin to a lower value to make your system fast. Turn off screensaver and wallpapers: Screensavers and wallpapers occupy a large volume of system’s memory. So, to improve the performance of your PC you can turn off the screensaver and keep images of small file size as wallpapers. Regularly delete temporary files from your PC: Temporary files are voracious eaters of computer memory. You can improve its performance by removing the temporary files at regular intervals. Windows XP provides “Disk Cleanup” utility that can automatically clean up disk space for all the unwanted temporary files stored on your PC. Defragment your PC’s hard disk: Defragmenting a hard disk can help in improving the performance of your PC. The process of defragmentation frees up space on the hard disk and can automatically arrange the data stored on it thereby improving its performance. You can use the “Disk Defragmenter” utility provided in the Windows XP operating system and improve the performance of your PC. Refreshing your desktops at regular intervals will help a lot in improving the speed of your PC. The process of refreshing a desktop removes all the unused files from your computer RAM, hence improving the computer speed.[...]



Firewall Configuration

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 08:01:00 +0000

A firewall is a device or a set of devices, which can be implemented in any of the hardware, software or both. All the messages passing through the firewall are verified to meet some level of security criteria. It acts as a computer security barrier, which analyzes all the incoming and outgoing traffic to and from your computer or network based on the firewall settings. There are some common types of firewalls like: Application level gateway, Packet filtering firewall, Circuit gateways and Hybrid firewall. Application level gateway firewall works on the application layer of the protocol stack. It works more intelligently than the packet filtering firewall. Packet filtering firewall examines the information contained in the header of the message packets. There are some factors based on which the filters can be added or removed from the firewall: 1. IP address 2. Ports 3. Protocols IP address: Every computer connected to Internet has a unique IP address. The firewall configuration can be customized to block any IP address so that your computer will not allow any kind of communication to take in between. Ports: The firewall can be configured to allow or block messages from any port number. Protocols: There are some commonly used protocols like IP, HTTP, TCP, FTP, and SMTP etc., which can be included in the firewall filter. Some operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows offer built-in firewalls that are turned on by default to block all the incoming threats from Internet. There are several other third party firewalls available. You can choose any one the firewall to replace the default firewall in Windows. [...]



Install Printer

Mon, 25 Jan 2010 10:43:00 +0000

Know how to install printer on Windows XP computer Before installing a printer on Windows XP operating system is to have suitable printer driver for the printer you are installing. There is no need to worry if you don’t have a driver disc. You can use the printer driver provided with by the printer manufacturer in the form of disc or you can also download the latest printer drivers from the manufacturer’s website. Follow the below mentioned steps to install printer on Windows XP system (assuming that you are installing the printer on a Windows XP computer and the printer is to be directly connected to the system). 1. Click on Start 2. Go to Control Panel 3. Click on “Printers and other Hardware” 4. Select “Add Printer” tasks from the task section to continue the printer installation. 5. You will see a “Welcome to the Add Pinter Wizard” screen, click on “Next”. 6. Select “Local printer attached to this computer” for printer connected directly to your PC. 7. Now click on “Automatically detect and install Plug and Play printer” option (in case you don’t have any information about the make and model of your printer). 8. Click on Next. 9. Select a Printer Port from drop-down menu present where the printer is connected or you can choose to create a new port. 10. Click on Next. 11. Select manufacturer of your printer from the list of manufacturers available and then choose the model of you printer. 12. Click on Next. 13. If you have the latest driver on CD/DVD disc then you should click on Have a Disk button to select the specified printer driver. 14. If the correct are selected then Windows will automatically install the files on your computer. 15. You will see a Printer icon in the Printer and Faxes section in Control Panel after the successful installation of the printer on your computer. You can further make changes to the printer setting and feature by selecting the properties of the printer and selecting the desired settings. [...]



Easy Online Support for Windows Registry

Wed, 13 Jan 2010 18:08:00 +0000

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The windows system Registry has been called the most important part of any Windows PC operating system (OS), but you probably didn’t even know it exists. There is a good reason for that. Microsoft doesn’t want you messing with it. Like so many other features in Windows, Microsoft chose to hide information considered too powerful to be left in the hands of mere mortals. Only the wisest of gurus can be entrusted with such knowledge.
The registry controls everything and a single mistake can have devastating consequences on the entire OS. Installed programs and applications will write important data into the registry. User defined data and configurations are also stored.
The data is tracked through a tree of folders and it’s called “keys” that branch off the registry nodes. Every key can have sub keys nested in multiple levels. Its data known as “values” are stored in the keys and sub keys. Groups of related keys, sub keys and values are known as hives.
Applications can modify the keys by changing the values, adding new keys or deleting existing ones. More recent versions of Windows will back up the registry and in the event of a problem, will ask you if you want to use the “Last known good configuration.” This was an option that began in the old Microsoft Windows vista days.
The good news is that such configuration issues related to the registry will not affect your important data like documents, photos, etc. The bad news is that many times the problem that caused the crash in the first place may also be saved in the backup versions of the registry.
Many software programs exist to examine registry the keys and make any necessary repairs. These programs can even check your registry for unused keys that clog your system. Removing these keys can significantly improve performance.
For more information on the Windows Registry, check out the Microsoft software support program.



Computer install to get the desirous software

Wed, 06 Jan 2010 06:29:00 +0000

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In today’s computer world no software is the ultimate one. As developer are working deliberately to give the best to the users. Hence, computer install is an essential part, both for beginner and the experts.
For critical software install user can take the help of reputed organization who are offering remote support for installation purpose. But, you must be aware of some general installation procedure so that you don’t have to frequently call them up.
Let’s get acquittal with installation of some important software program on your computer.
Installation for Security software and web browsers
Users can make use of CD/DVD of the latest security software like Windows Defender, Spyware Doctor, No adware and so on. For browser you have plenty of options, you can go for Firefox, Opera, IE 8. If you have the internet connectivity you may go for online download from authentic sites. General steps can be followed as:
STEP 1. Download and save the startup program to a desired location.
STEP 2. Run the setup file and proceed on following the prompts.
STEP 3. Accept the agreement and enter the suitable key words.
STEP 4. Click on “Finish.” Restart your system.
Communication has been revised well with the latest email clients. Programs like email client can be installed internally from the web browser.IE 8 have been designed to automatically launch your default email client.
However, if you have the ambition to install a different email client on your computer, you can change your default client in the browser's Internet Options menu. Proceed as follow:
STEP 1. Explore the Internet Explorer.
STEP 2. Navigate on to the "Tools" menu and select "Internet Options."
STEP 3. Select the "Programs" tab.
STEP 4. Click the button "Set Programs." Select "Set Your Default Programs" from the window that appears.
STEP 5. Select your email client from the list of programs on the left side of the screen. Next, click "Choose defaults for this program."
STEP 6. Check the box next to "Mailto" and click "Save."
Hence, you have got your preferred email client installed on your computer. Hope, that the above computer install article would be useful for you.



Computer System Optimization & Security

Tue, 05 Jan 2010 10:42:00 +0000

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Computer optimization can be understood as the vital tonic to boost up the system. It has become the major area of concern for the users. Many computer support firms are making campaign for computer optimization. They are making use of troubleshooting techniques and implantation of third party software to resolve the issue.
I will concentrate this blog to resolve some general issues. Unfortunately you may face issues where your screen freezes and programs stop responding. Even you are unable to close the windows of some application. This is the disgusting situation. The reason behind could be scarcity of RAM, infection of virus or fault in windows registry.
Notice the time of the freezing, in majority of the cases your system will be able to restore the normal condition by default without any attempt. But if the things are not in favor bring out the Task Manager utility with simple keyboard activity: Press the ‘Alt’, ‘Ctrl’ and ‘Del’ buttons all at the same time. You would land to a Window format, now scroll down the program which is causing the error and choose to end the program. Now, again you can start the program and get the normalcy.
Note: Lower value of RAM is the prime reason behind hence to avoid regular repetition you may upgrade the RAM.
However, you may not be lucky every time. If the concern is not addressed with the Task Manager then the root cause may be virus infection or corruption of Windows registry.
If you don’t have any compatible anti-virus, than opt for the best one available in the market. Some trusted names includes, McAfee, Bitdefender, Kaspersky and so on. Before making download, make sure that they are compatible to your windows platform. The role of the anti-virus program is to scan and remove any virus, spyware, malware, keyloggers, rootkits and so on and do the computer optimization.

Many independent software are available for computer optimization which can fix, Error messages, slow performance, slow internet browsing and many more within few minutes. Some of the best are RegCure PC optimizer, XoftspySE.



Have A Quick Look On Free Anti-Virus And Anti-Spyware For Windows 7

Tue, 22 Dec 2009 06:07:00 +0000

Now that Windows 7 has been released for all the consumers worldwide, We think this is the right time to have a look on top recommended Anti-virus and Anti-Spyware solutions which are suitable for latest Windows 7.As we already know that Windows is by far the best candidate as compare to others operating system (Linux, Unix). Unfortunately because of which it is prone to virus and spyware attacks. If you want to stay free from viruses, it is very essential to have the right Anti-Virus solution installed which is both effective and light on system resources. Among of these various free Anti-Virus programs that are available on the Internet, let’s take a look at some of the best free Anti-Virus programs that are suitable for Windows 7 systems.AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 9.0AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition is another very common and popular and absolutely free Anti-Virus software whose version 9 not only just works perfectly under Windows 7, but it also provides free Anti-spyware protection. AVG is also popular among masses for its easy to use user interface which is both attractive and user-friendly with bunch of options to customize the behavior to one’s liking.AVG Anti-Virus 9.0 offers several enhanced features like:● It prevents hackers and viruses from spreading over the Internet.● It screens your downloads for malicious content.● It provides real-time protection from poisoned web pages.● It has Web Shield that lets you download and exchange files without risking virus infections.The free edition of AVG Anti-Virus version 9.0 can be downloaded from its official website.Avira AntiVir Personal 9Avira AntiVir is a popular and perfect Anti-Virus application. It is one of the most highly rated free Anti-Virus software by both technicians and users for its ability to scan quickly and efficiently.It is light on system resources and gives real time protection against viruses and spywares with its AntiVir Guard technology. AntiVir also allows updates the antivirus+antispyware database right away during installation so that you are ready for a thorough full system scan right after the installation is completed! The latest version 9 of Personal edition is completely free for private use and is compatible with Windows 7.Avira AntiVir Personal 9 offers several enhance features like:● Guard (On-Access Scan) for continuous monitoring of all file access attempts.● Scanner (On-Demand Scan) with profile-controlled and configurable search for all known types of virus and malware.● Extremely high virus and malware detection via innovative scanning technology (scan engine) including heuristic scanning method.Microsoft Security Essentials Here is one more but very popular Anti-Virus solution, Microsoft Security Essentials. It is a free Anti-Virus solution from Microsoft which is both easy to install and maintain with automatic updates.It is light and provides real-time comprehensive malware protection for home PC against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. One of the best thing of Security Essentials is that it runs quietly and efficiently in the background without much interruption or interaction required in the user’s part.[...]



Windows 7 Guide For Wireless Networking

Mon, 21 Dec 2009 05:23:00 +0000

Windows 7 is ready for all types of private networking at present in use, everything from the kind of Domain, Work-Group, peer to peer networks you set in the home (referred to as a homegroup) to small-scale local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs) in business. Microsoft introduces Windows 7 update wireless networking, help you to configure and manage wireless connections with a various range of wireless devices that search and connect to wireless networks also known as Wi-FI. With Windows 7 its easier to create a Wi-Fi network through Connection wizard. Users can easily connect to an available wireless network with a security key or manually connect to one not recognized. As you go through the manual process, you'll specify a network name, called the(Service Set Identifier). Windows 7 simplifies the way you transfer your wireless setting from one system to another. It was the major irritation till date because to remember the security key is not an easy task and any mistake can puzzle you for hours or so. you can easily take a back up of wireless networks settings on a USB drive and import it to another machine irrespective of on what OS other machine is working. Windows Connect Now is one of the technology designed for simpler wireless device configuration. Now with Windows Connect its easier to create a wireless network at home or office. When you connect to a compatible router, Windows will walk you through all the necessary setup steps including naming your network and turning on the router's security features. Now you don't need to remember network settings when you connect a new computer. All you have to do is press the Wi-FI Protected Setup button on your router and it will automatically send the network settings to your computer. With Windows connect Now, users running Windows 7 can create network configuration settings and transmit them to the access point. Windows Connect Now (WCN) allows mobile and embedded devices, 802.11 access points (APs), and computers to securely connect, and exchange settings with each other. It allows you to easily set up a secure wireless network by using a USB cable or USB flash drive. Windows Connect Now uses one of the methods for easier configuration. WCN-NET is Microsoft's standard for easier Wi-Fi configuration. It provides for configuration of devices using Ethernet in Wireless networks. In Windows it can search an unconfigured router, access point, base station or a device such as a Media Center Extender by using Upnp, authenticate with the device by using a personal identification number, provide wireless settings that are based on user selection and configure a wireless network over a wired Ethernet connection. WCN-UFD writes configuration files to a USB drive for more secure wireless networks. It uses an API and an XML format to write configuration files. WCN-MTP includes a Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) extension that enables an MTP initiator to provide an MTP responder with configuration parameters for joining a wireless network and supports more secure configuration of MTP-capable devices on wireless networks.[...]



Applications that stand apart in Windows Media Center

Wed, 16 Dec 2009 05:28:00 +0000

Windows Media Center gained exposure and popularity after being included in the Home Premium and Ultimate editions of Windows Vista. Now, Microsoft is providing WMC with the Windows 7 Business and Windows 7 Enterprise editions with several new and improved features. And in the latest version, one can avail goodies like TV show images throughout the guide and Recorded TV; Media Center desktop gadget; trick play functions like fast forward, rewind, and skip; streamlined schedule of recordings; guide button in Window mode; use of movie library without any registry hack and support for more file types; and resumption of various video types except dvr-ms and wtv. More features and applications that make the Windows 7 Media Center so entertaining are as follows. With the new WMC one can avail the option of scheduling TV recordings with any browser. With the help of a TV tuner installed, Windows Media Center or Home Server makes for a decent hardcore DVR device, without the monthly fees. Make it simplified to catch good TV when one thinks of it at work with Web Guide, a cost-free scheduling program which shows you what's there in the future, streams what's available now, or else delivers your media center's TV usage to wherever you happen to be at anytime, anywhere. There are also Windows 7 Media Center remotes available for phones. It would be better to go the easy route and buy an infrared-based, media-center-friendly physical remote for TV-attached setup, however if you'd prefer a bit more functionality—and, more importantly, real typing input—there's is a free or cheap remote for Wi-Fi powered phone or iPod. Gmote an Android phone into a multi-system remote, taking into view that you don't mind a quick software installation. iPod/iPhone owners have their choice from many XBMC-compatible remotes in the App Store, the free Boxee remote, and MediaMote correctly handles your Windows Media Center remote. The router can also be made more media-friendly. The router treats all net traffic the same, can't tell exactly how much one has downloaded in a month, and is fairly difficult to turn into anything other than an agent of a cable modem. Install DD-WRT or Tomato on a little antenna box and it can be a wireless bridge for your entertainment center, as well make sure that Hulu and Netflix get all the bandwidth that is needed with quality of service rules. One can also easily convert and transfer tracks to a portable player with the Windows Media Center. The finest media centers can play just about any video or audio format that is available, but even the coolest phones and media devices have a limited format range, with just as little storage space. Among the five best media converters that was surveyed upon, Super and Format Factory can match most devices and file types, but MediaCoder and HandBrake get the job done on any platform.The doubleTwist media manager is the best in getting the file on a phone or a device. It is also the easiest drag & drop solution that is around. [...]



Windows Mobile is going to be another Windows Vista

Fri, 11 Dec 2009 05:21:00 +0000

Microsoft is facing horrible challenge to fix the problems in its Windows Mobile division. That won't be very easy because Windows Mobile is starting to resemble a disaster which occurred three years ago with Windows Vista.As was the case with Windows Vista, repeated Windows Mobile 7 delays are disappointing Microsoft's longtime industry partners. Motorola earlier this year shifted its focus towards Google Android devices and shifted away from Windows Mobile. Verizon, which has been tied to rumors about Microsoft's attempting Pink smartphone project, recently kicked off a marketing push for Droid, Motorola Android powered handset, and may also have agreed to move on.Meanwhile, Microsoft's channel partners are also seeing diminishing demand for Windows Mobile-related business. One of the official said that they have stopped working with Windows Mobile because their client base isn't asking for it and they have gone to Blackberry because that is in demand and they are seeing a lot of clients who are asking for iPhone. The pressure on Microsoft is increasing who wants to hit a home run with Windows Mobile 7, but that could lead to the kind of bloated, complex feature set the cause for Vista doom. Additionally, Microsoft is so far behind in the mobile game at this point that it requires at least a couple runners on base before it begin swinging for the fences. However, when Windows Mobile ships it's got to be a winner, it cannot be another Vista, and Microsoft knows it, replied one of the Microsoft officials.Based on a Microsoft job posting in March, the company isn't just trying to catch-up; it wants to transform the mobile business completely. The posting mentions what Microsoft expects to get with Windows Mobile 7 in the following terms. Microsoft official said that they aren't just building a me-too iPhone or RIM competitor; they are changing the way customers use and experience their device.Windows Mobile 7, initially scheduled for release in 2008, isn't expected to come until spring of next year at the earliest. Microsoft executives have said tantalizingly little about what Windows Mobile 7 will include, although multi-touch and gesture recognition support are thought to be part of the launch. Microsoft has also said that none of the sessions at next month's Professional Developer Conference will concentrate on Windows Mobile 7. In April last year, CEO Steve Ballmer termed Windows Mobile 7 as an area of major excitement and innovation. Ballmer spoke of Microsoft's Windows Mobile missteps in frank terms and said Microsoft has taken steps to correct them, in a meeting with Silicon Valley venture capitalists.Microsoft simply hasn't kept pace with the fast moving mobile device market, and the collective industry yawn that accompanied the arrival of Windows Mobile 6.5 devices earlier this month is just the latest example. Meanwhile, Research In Motion, Apple, Google, and Palm have been churning out new smartphones with clocklike regularity. Microsoft partners aren't satisfied with the way things have played out in the Windows Mobile group, but they're still hoping Microsoft to make a comeback. CEO of Vertigo Software, Scott Stanfield, doesn't see anything fundamentally problematic with Microsoft's approach to Windows Mobile. He said that Microsoft's strategy is a good one - they enable a world class body of support for partners, and we use one platform for development, Windows, with one set of tools and tec[...]



Avast! Anti Virus Support for 64-bit Windows

Mon, 30 Nov 2009 12:14:00 +0000

It comes as quite a relief that the Avast! anti virus support now fully renders help to 64-bit Windows platform. This has been enabled in the Avast! Home and Professional versions. This has been seen as a big stride by ALWIL Software as it had been closely watching the proceedings and following up on the whole issue of taking up this platform by Avast!. The Windows XP 64-bit version has an extensive range of supporting up to 32 GB of RAM and 16 TB of virtual memory. A lot of antivirus support software cannot usually support the 64-bit Windows because of its massive storage. The Windows 64-bit version can run applications at great speed when engaged to work with big data sets.
These applications have the propensity to preload a lot more data into the virtual memory enabling quicker access by the 64-bit extensions of the processor. This minimizes the time taken to insert data into virtual memory and also in writing data storage devices. In this way, applications can run a lot quicker with greater control.
Regular antivirus support applications in 32-bit versions of Windows do not run on the 64-bit Windows. This is because the 32-bit versions depend on the 32-bit kernel drivers. However, the Avast! anti virus support application changes this equation by running traditional 64-bit drivers and still deliver the best mode of protection and safety as achieved in the 32-bit Windows. Both the 32-bit and the 64-bit versions get installed in the same way.