Archive for the ‘free software’ Category

13 top best free rootkit removal (anti-rootkit) programs

September 29, 2013

From http://dottech.org/
Malware is bad. No one likes malware. Rootkit is one of the worst forms of malware because rootkits hide themselves “under” or “within” the Windows operating system, making harder to detect and remove than other types of malware. Because of this, rootkit is one of the only forms of malware that has specialized removal software, known as anti-rootkit programs.

Now that doesn’t mean security suites and anti-virus programs don’t have anti-rootkit capabilities built in; in fact, most security suites and anti-virus programs do indeed have anti-rootkit protection built into them. Rather, what I mean to say is there is a special class of software out there that specialize in removal of rootkits, aka anti-rootkit programs. And we have compiled a list of nine free anti-rootkit programs for you to pick from. Enjoy!
Read more at http://dottech.org/129897/13-top-best-free-rootkit-removal-anti-rootkit-programs-windows-xp-vista-7-8/#IBdG4Je6VdbBJxVl.99

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.

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/

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