Posts Tagged ‘security-software’

Free File Wiper – Delete Files so that They Cannot be Recovered

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

There are a lot of different freeware programs that perform a similar function, and they definitely come in handy if you deal with a lot of sensitive data on your system …

When you delete files or folders in Windows they are either moved to the trashcan of the system or deleted directly. Regardless of the selected action, files remains recoverable on the system for some time. To explain it in simple terms: When you delete a file, the reference is removed by the operating system but not the file contents which still exist on the hard drive. This means that anyone with the right tools can recover those files as long as they have not been overwritten (for instance by new installations or files).


Beware – Avira Partners with Ask and UniBlue

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

This article pretty much sums up the major disadvantage of many freeware security products …

Free products often have a much wider reach than commercial software. This may be especially true when it comes to security software for the PC. This in turn makes the programs ideal candidates for companies like Ask or UniBlue who want their applications to be installed on as many computer systems as possible.


USB Dummy Protect – Create Fake Files to Block Viruses

Friday, May 13th, 2011

This seems like a simple-yet-relatively-effective way to protect your USB drive from bad stuff …

Question: How can you protect USB devices like sticks or drives from being infected with computer viruses? Some users are lucky enough to have USB devices that have write protection switches, just like floppy drives had back in the good old days. They just need to pull the switch to write protect their devices.


Spybot-Search and Destroy 2.0 Beta Released

Friday, May 13th, 2011

I haven’t used Spybot for a while, but it used to be a fairly effective anti-spyware too (especially when used in conjunction with an anti-virus program.)

The developers of the popular antispyware scanner and cleaner Spybot-Search & Destroy have released a first public beta version of the soon to be released version 2.0 of the application.

You will notice right away that the Spybot application has turned into a heavyweight over the years. The 66 Megabyte download indicates this already, and it is later confirmed during installation. The sheer amount of tools and services that you can install, or will if you do not select the custom installation option, is confirming this impression. The average Spybot-Search & Destroy 2.0 installation will take up more than 120 Megabytes of space on the system.


Bitdefender USB Immunizer – Protect Removable Drives from Autorun-Based Attacks

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

I haven’t tried this myself, but it sure does sound useful. If I’d had this about five years ago, I could have saved myself from tossing a couple of infected flash drives …

Back in the days of the floppy drive, disks where the most common way of spreading viruses and malware. The Internet has taken over, and floppy drives are long gone. They have been replaced by removable drives and optical discs, which are also capable of spreading malware.


Microsoft Safety Scanner – Free On-Demand Virus Scanner

Friday, April 15th, 2011

It’s kind of a shame that Microsoft didn’t include any virus protection measures in this scanner, but it still sounds like it would be useful if one just needed assurance that one’s system was clean …

Microsoft has just released a program called Microsoft Safety Scanner, a free on-demand virus scanner for the Windows operating system. The program’s main task is to run a virus scan on a Windows system. The core difference to conventional antivirus software is the fact that it scans the PC but does not add protection to the operating system at the same time.


Avast 6 Antivirus Software with AutoSandbox, Web Rep

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

There sure are a lot of free antivirus programs out there …

Avast has just released the final version of their antivirus software Avast 6 which has been available as a beta version for some time. Avast Free Antivirus 6.0 is a free for personal and non-commercial use. It offers antivirus and anti-spyware protection for Windows PCs.


WinMend Folder Hidden – Hide Folders from Other Windows Users

Friday, February 11th, 2011

This seems like a useful application for the security conscious …

It sometimes may be important to hide folders on a multi-user system to avoid access to the files stored within. It makes sense for instance for important documents to prevent that other users (kids anyone?) tamper with the data or access it. Hidden folders are not really a protection on the other hand, as it is easily possible to display and access those folders if the right setting changes are made on the system.


Microsoft Security Essentials 2 Download Available

Friday, December 17th, 2010

I’m running Security Essentials 1 on my work computer, and so far I’m pretty happy with it …

Microsoft has just released Microsoft Security Essentials 2, the highly acclaimed free security program to protect the computer against malicious software such as viruses, spyware or computer worms. Users who are already working with a previous version of Security Essentials can upgrade that version directly to version 2.


WinPatrol – Monitor Programs, Critical Items

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Free security software always make me nervous, but program monitoring does seem like an interesting function …

WinPatrol has been designed as a complimentary program for a system’s main security software. The free program monitors programs and critical items on the system and will alert the user if modifications are made to monitored components. Lets take a look at the stuff that WinPatrol monitors: