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Malware Removal Guide for Windows

December 29, 2011

From Select Real Security.

This guide will help you clean your computer of malware. If you think your computer is infected with a virus or some other malicious software, you may want to use this guide. It contains instructions that, if done correctly and in order, will remove most malware infections on a Windows operating system. It highlights the tools and resources that are necessary to clean your system. Malware is a general term for any malicious software, including viruses, trojans, rootkits, spyware and adware.

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FOUR Free Alternatives To Adobe Reader Malware Magnet

March 21, 2011

From: Bill Mullins

FLASH – A critical vulnerability (March 14, 2011), exists in Adobe Reader, as well as Flash Player and Acrobat. But don’t worry, Adobe will address this issue during the week of March 21, 2011. (OK, enough sarcasm).

If you’re shaking your head and wondering if you’ve heard this before – you can stop wondering. The date might be different; the vulnerability might be different, but you have heard this before – unfortunately, not once before, but often.

The graphics below (courtesy of Secunia – the developers of Secunia PSI), convincingly illustrate why Adobe Reader is considered one of the most hacked pieces of software.

Month by Month (so far) in 2011
The “Month by Month” graph below shows the number of issued Secunia advisories affecting Adobe Reader 9.x on a month-by-month basis.

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Stay Malware Free (Hopefully!) – Scan With A “Live CD” Regularly

February 21, 2011

From Bill Mullins
I’m regularly asked how often I scan my primary personal machine for malware. The answer is – as part of a layered security approach, I have a formal schedule which I stick to without fail.

Once a day, I quick scan the system drive with both Microsoft Security Essentials, and Malwarebytes’ Antimalware – making sure the databases are updated and current.
Running a quick scan with both these applications, takes less than 5 minutes. For example: Malwarebytes’ – 150,000 objects – 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Microsoft Security Essentials – 30,000 items – 1 minute and 18 seconds.

Much of today’s malware though, can be extremely difficult to identify and remove – despite a user relying on frontline antimalware applications to do the job. So, I don’t see any advantage in running full scans on a live system – instead, once a week I run a Linux-based antimalware application (a live CD), which scans from the outside looking in. Malware generally can’t hide if it’s not running.

I’ve come to rely on the following free live CDs, which I regularly alternate, to ensure (hopefully), I’m operating in a malware free zone.
Read the rest at http://billmullins.wordpress.com/2011/02/20/stay-malware-free-hopefully-scan-with-a-live-cd-regularly/

Avira AntiVir Personal 10 – Is It The Best Free Antivirus Available?

October 6, 2010

From Bill Mullins

If you were building a wish list of the features that you would like to see in a free anti-virus program, I’m sure you would include the following: An easy to use and understand, yet comprehensive, user interface. An on demand scanner to seek out viruses, Trojans, backdoor programs, hoaxes, worms, dialers and other malicious programs. And, perhaps most important, the ability to stop a detected malicious program dead in its tracks. The ability to repair, delete, rename and quarantine programs, or files.

Well you’re in luck. Avira AntiVir Personal will meet, and even exceed, all of your wishes. This anti-virus program offers comprehensive protection, driven by an easy to use interface.

Avira AntiVir Personal is not just another free AV solution. Avira may just be the best free AV solution available. It’s certainly the most popular in its class, and with good reason, in my view.

Read the rest at Bill Mullins Weblog

Utilities Starter Kit

July 20, 2010

From CNET

The Utilities Starter Kit for Windows is a collection of some of the best freeware tools to replace and enhance core Windows tasks. Defraggers, system cleaners, uninstallers, Task Manager replacements, launchers, and disk space managers all have a place here.

The best in security freeware can be found in our Security Starter Kit; the Windows Starter Kit gives you a collection of essential freeware browsers, jukeboxes, and more to get you going.

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112 Best Free Downloads, Sites, and Services: The Full List

July 20, 2010

From PCWorld

Here’s our entire collection of the best free downloads, sites, and services available today, sorted by category.

Want to correct Windows problems, make your PC or mobile phone more capable, and get things done faster online–all without opening your wallet? Check out these 112 incredibly useful, incredibly free downloads, sites, and services.

This year, we divided our picks for the Best Free Stuff into 17 categories, listed below. If you can’t decide where to start, take a look at the greatest hits–some of the classics we’ve spotlighted over our 15 years of picking free apps, services, and sites. Or try a few of our favorite social networking and video assistants, programs and services we couldn’t have even imagined that long ago.

Of course, we also have selections in popular categories such as PC customization, security, and productivity, as well as photo and system utilities, lifestyle enhancers, timesavers, and more.

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Security Starter Kit

May 22, 2010

From CNET Download.com
Refined for 2010, the Security Starter Kit will ensure that your sanity lasts way longer than your resolutions through a collection of must-have programs to protect your Windows computer.

In our six categories this year, we offer the core essentials of Antivirus and Anti-spyware, as well as ancillary but important categories such as In-browser Security, Firewall, Encryption, and Parental Control. If you’re looking for more than security, there’s also our Windows Starter Kit. Essential utilities have earned their own kit, too: the Windows Utilities Starter Kit.

Read the rest at CNET Download.com

Need a Portable Application? – Take Your Pick

February 27, 2010

By Bill Mullins
I’m old enough to still be amazed by technological advances – I’m like a small child when it comes to this. I doubt if I’ll ever lose this “starry eyed” view of technology. I certainly hope not.

I often think back to my first Hard Drive; which cost me $800 – 10 Megabytes with a seek time of 96 seconds. Yep, 10 Megabytes, not 10 Gigabytes. Today, a huge HD (two Terabytes), might set you back $150.

The USB Flash Drive has seen the same progression – massive increases in storage capabilities, coupled with giveaway prices. Not so long ago, my first flash drive ( 128 MB), cost me $50. Today, it’s easy to find a 4 GB flash drive for $5. I find that amazing!

The low cost of a flash drive gives us opportunities, in computing, that would have seemed like science fiction not long ago. Portable Apps Suite is a perfect example of these new opportunities.

Read the rest at Bill Mullins’ Weblog

You can also find a lot of free software, much of it portable, on my web site at Jerry620’s Pages on the software page.

10 Free, Must-Have Windows Security Downloads

July 9, 2009

Put an end to prying eyes, bad guys and sneaky spies with free software for Windows that can help protect your privacy and security. To use an Internet-connected computer is to be insecure and place your privacy in danger. Spyware, viruses, Trojans and assorted malware are everywhere on the Net, trying to hop onto your PC and cause damage. Snoopers want to get at your personal information for nefarious purposes, such as identity theft.
Operating systems of all kinds are under assault, but the prime target is Windows, because the vast majority of PCs worldwide use that operating system. If you use Windows, hackers have you in their cross hairs.

Luckily, there’s plenty of free software for Windows that can help protect your privacy and security. I’m not talking about anemic, underpowered applications. I’m talking about industrial-strength tools that can do everything that expensive security software does.

Read the rest at PC World

2009 Windows Utility Guide

June 19, 2009

Browse our largest-ever collection of utilities to install on Windows XP and Vista (and, in some cases, even Windows 7) and you’ll find the functions you need at prices you’ll like.
Windows, in its myriad forms, remains the most-used operating system around. Therefore, it has the most developers creating software. And many of those hardworking coders write programs that improve on, replace, or insert functions that Windows got wrong or completely lacks. Not to mention all the functions that can be done on data, from documents to photos to music to videos.

Read the rest at PCMAG.com