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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.

Read the rest at www.selectrealsecurity.com/malware-removal-guide.

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60 Open Source Replacements for Audio/Video Tools

September 16, 2011

From Datamation

Most computer users are spending much more time these days viewing and creating multimedia content. According to comScore, 85.6 percent of online Americans (178 million people) watched video online in June 2011, and they spent an average of 16.8 hours each watching those videos during the month. In addition, Nielsen reports that the number of people watching video on their smartphones and tablets has increased 41 percent since last year.

But it isn’t just video viewing that’s growing—more people are also using their PCs and mobile devices to listen to music. Earlier this year, Steve Jobs announced that 200 million people have iTunes accounts.

In keeping with this trend, the open source community has created dozens of projects to help you create, find, edit, organize and manage your audio and video files. Here are 60 of the best open source tools that can replace commercial audio/video software.

Read the rest at http://www.datamation.com/open-source/60-open-source-replacements-for-audiovideo-tools-1.html

Also see these related articles:
67 Open Source Replacements for Really Expensive Applications
63 Open Source Replacements for Popular Financial Software
60 Open Source Tools for Protecting Your Privacy
50 Must-Have Open Source Apps for Your Home Office

Or other articles on my blog for free software or at my web site http://jerry620.shorturl.com/

Probably the Best Free Security List in the World

June 15, 2011

From Gizmos Freeware Reviews

The products are almost exclusively free with some exceptions: products where there is no free alternative, good products that offer a lifelong license, and exceptional products. In some cases the links point to executables. In such cases replace [dot] with . and the link will work.
 

 
 

 

 

 

Read the rest @ http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/probably-best-free-security-list-world.htm

50 Top Portable Addictive Free Games

May 18, 2011

From TechMynd

For gamers we have collected 50 top best free portable games. Portable games can be copied in a USB drive and you can take these games anywhere with you and if you are free infront of a PC – let’s say friend’s PC – you can play these games without installing a thing in the computer. These games are free and most of these are open source. We have got portable shooting games, portable puzzle games, portable board games, portable racing games, portable educational games, portable chess, portable solitaire, portable card games, portable 3d games and more. Download best of the best 50 portable entertaining addictive games.

Read the rest at: http://www.techmynd.com/50-top-portable-addictive-free-games/

The Best Free Software of 2011

April 7, 2011

Yes I know it’s another list of free windows software but this one has about twice the amount of programs than my last post.

From PCMag.com

Got Windows? These 208 free products are yours to download and install to help you with just about any computing job you can imagine.

Every year at this time, PCMag takes a look at what is worth installing on your PC— software that’s totally free that does the job as well as, if not better, than the big boys. That’s not to say programs from Microsoft, Adobe, and hundreds of other developers aren’t worthwhile, but you should always be aware of your options, especially when they’re free.

With that in mind, we’re here again to gather the best of the freebies. First, we re-examined our picks from last year’s story (The Best Free Software of 2010) to ensure they’re still worth installing and that they’re still freeware. Of course, we also took a look at all of the great free software announced in the last 12 months.

The list is primarily productivity apps for Windows users (mainly Vista and Windows 7, with some XP tools)—the kind you download and install to your hard drive. However, we make frequent note of other places the apps can run: Mac, Linux, Web, Mobile & Portable.

Read the list at http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2381528,00.asp

The Best Of: Free Windows Software

April 1, 2011

From MakeUseOf

On this page you will find the best 102 free Windows programs for all your needs. We’ve taken the effort to categorize the apps and picked only those we believe to be the best ones and which will most likely be useful to you.

With these categories: Anti-virus, Malware removal, Firewall Apps, Defragmenters, File Recovery, ininstallers, Backup Apps, System Maintenance, Browsers, Email Clients, Communication, Photos/Images, Audio Tools, Video Tools, Files/Drives, Documents, Productivity, Archive Managers, CD/DVD Tools, Downloads & Others

See the list at http://www.makeuseof.com/pages/best-windows-software

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.

Read the rest at http://billmullins.wordpress.com/2011/03/21/four-free-alternatives-to-adobe-reader-malware-magnet/

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/

15+ free Windows apps to help you tackle Thanksgiving tech support

November 21, 2010

From Downloadsquad.com

The holiday season has always been a time for gathering — but in recent years, it’s also been a time when family and friends come bearing gifts of computer troubles. Their computer friends — people like the Download Squad team and you, our readers — get asked to do everything from installing RAM upgrades to the annual computer tune-up. We’re happy to oblige, of course, because there’s a decent chance someone will pay us in beer or baked goods. Cash is welcome too, but never seems to be offered quite as readily.

To make your holiday tech duties a bit easier, I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite troubleshooting apps for Windows.
Where download links for the files aren’t on the application’s main page, I’ve included a link to the appropriate download page. I’ve provided a handful of FileHippo links as well — they’re an excellent mirror site and they don’t surround download links in advertisements or “recommendations.”

Read the rest at Downloadsquad.com

The unofficial guide to installing iTunes 10 without bloatware

September 11, 2010

From ZDNet.com

iTunes 10 might be brand new, but little has changed in Cupertino. Apple still gives Windows users a single installer that clutters your hard disk with a bunch of unnecessary components, some of which can be harmful to your system’s security and reliability.

When you run the iTunes setup program, it unpacks six Windows Installer packages and a master setup program, which then installs nearly 300MB of program and support files, a kernel-mode CD/DVD-burning driver, multiple system services, and a bunch of browser plugins. It configures two “helper” programs to start automatically every time you start your PC, giving you no easy way to disable them. It installs a network service that many iTunes users don’t need. I show you how to take control of the iTunes 10 installer so you get exactly what you want and nothing more.

Read the rest at ZDNet.com