On September 29, 2009, Microsoft released Microsoft Security Essentials. The free security suite replaces Windows Live One Care which was a paid product. The release would change the scenery of the AntiVirus market (free and paid). This review goes through the user interface and features amongst other things.
Malwarebytes is an easy to use, effective and light weight anti-malware application. Available in free and full version ($24.95), it is compatible with Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 (in 32-bit and 64-bit). The full version adds feature such as real time protection module, automatic malicious site protection, scanner and update scheduler and priority customer support. There is also an option to obtain backup CD of the program (for $9.95 which includes shipping). And download protection for $5.95 (should the installation file needs to be redownloaded 24 months after purchase).
The Portable Ubuntu Remix is an Ubuntu system running on a Microsoft Windows system without creating additional partition or Live CD. The Portable Ubuntu Remix runs as an application with the ability to install Linux applications – all without leaving Microsoft Windows system. In this review, we take a look at how it runs on Windows and installs Linux applications.
Downloading YouTube video usually means trying to look for the video file in the Temporary Internet Files folder. Alternatively, a third party program is required for downloading this Flash file (file format used by YouTube and most online video sharing sites). The current version of RealPlayer SP (184.108.40.2067) streamlines the process of downloading, categorizing and sharing the download to other devices such as iPod, Blackberry etc. This article goes through the process on how to install just RealPlayer (without the third party options that come with RealPlayer), download and convert YouTube videos to other format.
Snowbird File Explorer is an alternative to Windows Explorer. The 468 KB exe file uses about 13 MB of system memory when running. It can also be run from a USB flash drive. It has features such as integrated search and error handling when copying files.
Adobe Acrobat could be too advanced and costly for creating a simple PDF document. Some of the free with no watermarks and time limit alternatives are CutePDF, PDFCreator and PrimoPDF. The products offer basic PDF creation. Some might not be used for commercial purposes. The upgrade (paid) version of the products offer advanced functionality such as commenting, collaboration, etc.
Introduced in Ubuntu 8.10, Linux Live on USB facilitates a way to try a Linux on a computer using a USB drive. The Live USB creation must be setup in an existing Ubuntu installation. With Linux Live USB Creator, a Linux Live USB can be created using a Windows PC (Windows XP, Vista or 7). Most of the Linux distributions that contain Live system are supported (e.g. Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Mint, CrunchBang, Kuki and Fedora).
Download Mover is a free tool that monitors files added to one or more folders and automatically moves them to other locations. The type of files being moved can be specified. It has been stopped being developed but is still available for download and use. The 740 KB package includes the Readme file for configuration and starting up.
For those who are tired of downloading and installing program on a new Windows install, InstallPad can automate the process easily. Simply select which applications to download and install from the preloaded list, InstallPad would process the request automatically. The e-mail friendly package (including the 3 KB XML file) is 295 KB. We also showed you how to install Mozilla Firefox and Adobe Acrobat Reader using InstallPad using online and offline method.
Avira AntiVir Personal is free antivirus solution that offers basic virus protection. The software is available from www.free-av.com instead of the Avira company website (which is www.avira.com). The recently released version 9 requires 40MB of free hard drive space and uses less than 42MB of system memory in idle mode. In addition to virus protection, it also offers real time file access monitoring (AntiVir Guard), hidden malware protection (AntiVir Rootkit Detection) and Windows Explorer files and folders monitoring (Shell Extension).