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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.
Fri, 17 Sep 2010 10:03:00 +0000The 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.
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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.
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
Tue, 25 May 2010 10:20:00 +0000Seagate 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.
Thu, 13 May 2010 11:24:00 +0000Symantec 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.
Wed, 28 Apr 2010 05:44:00 +0000Google 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.
Thu, 08 Apr 2010 07:46:00 +0000iYogi fixes all your computer related problems via remote desktop connections; hence no need to take your desktop or laptop to any service center.
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Wed, 10 Mar 2010 10:05:00 +0000Windows 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.
Fri, 05 Mar 2010 09:56:00 +0000Run 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.
Mon, 01 Feb 2010 10:24:00 +0000PC 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.[...]
Thu, 28 Jan 2010 08:01:00 +0000A 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. [...]
Mon, 25 Jan 2010 10:43:00 +0000Know 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. [...]
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Tue, 22 Dec 2009 06:07:00 +0000Now 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.[...]
Mon, 21 Dec 2009 05:23:00 +0000Windows 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.[...]
Wed, 16 Dec 2009 05:28:00 +0000Windows 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. [...]
Fri, 11 Dec 2009 05:21:00 +0000Microsoft 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[...]
Mon, 30 Nov 2009 12:14:00 +0000It 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.