Monday, December 21, 2009

Have A Quick Look On Free Anti-Virus And Anti-Spyware For Windows 7

windows 7Now that Windows 7 has been released for all the consumers worldwide, We think this is the right time to have a look on top recommended Anti-virus and Anti-Spyware solutions which are suitable for latest Windows 7.

As we already know that Windows is by far the best candidate as compare to others operating system (Linux, Unix). Unfortunately because of which it is prone to virus and spyware attacks. If you want to stay free from viruses, it is very essential to have the right Anti-Virus solution installed which is both effective and light on system resources. Among of these various free Anti-Virus programs that are available on the Internet, let’s take a look at some of the best free Anti-Virus programs that are suitable for Windows 7 systems.

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 9.0

AVG AAVG antivirusnti-Virus Free Edition is another very common and popular and absolutely free Anti-Virus software whose version 9 not only just works perfectly under Windows 7, but it also provides free Anti-spyware protection. AVG is also popular among masses for its easy to use user interface which is both attractive and user-friendly with bunch of options to customize the behavior to one’s liking.

AVG Anti-Virus 9.0 offers several enhanced features like:

● It prevents hackers and viruses from spreading over the Internet.
● It screens your downloads for malicious content.
● It provides real-time protection from poisoned web pages.
● It has Web Shield that lets you download and exchange files without risking virus infections.
The free edition of AVG Anti-Virus version 9.0 can be downloaded from its official website.

Avira AntiVir Personal 9

Avira AntiVir is a popular and perfect Anti-Virus application. It is one of the most highly rated free Anti-Virus software by both technicians and users for its ability to scan quickly and efficiently.

It is light on system resources and gives real time protection against viruses and spywares with its AntiVir Guard technology. AntiVir also allows updates the antivirus+antispyware database right away during installation so that you are ready for a thorough full system scan right after the installation is completed! The latest version 9 of Personal edition is completely free for private use and is compatible with Windows 7.

Avira AntiVir Personal 9 offers several enhance features like:

● Guard (On-Access Scan) for continuous monitoring of all file access attempts.
● Scanner (On-Demand Scan) with profile-controlled and configurable search for all known types of virus and malware.
● Extremely high virus and malware detection via innovative scanning technology (scan engine) including heuristic scanning method.

Microsoft Security Essentials

Here is one more but very popular Anti-Virus solution, Microsoft Security Essentials. It is a free Anti-Virus solution from Microsoft which is both easy to install and maintain with automatic updates.

It is light and provides real-time comprehensive malware protection for home PC against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. One of the best thing of Security Essentials is that it runs quietly and efficiently in the background without much interruption or interaction required in the user’s part.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Windows 7 Guide For Wireless Networking

windows 7 updateWindows 7 is ready for all types of private networking at present in use, everything from the kind of Domain, Work-Group, peer to peer networks you set in the home (referred to as a homegroup) to small-scale local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs) in business.

Microsoft introduces Windows 7 update wireless networking, help you to configure and manage wireless connections with a various range of wireless devices that search and connect to wireless networks also known as Wi-FI.

With Windows 7 its easier to create a Wi-Fi network through Connection wizard. Users can easily connect to an available wireless network with a security key or manually connect to one not recognized. As you go through the manual process, you'll specify a network name, called the(Service Set Identifier).

Windows 7 simplifies the way you transfer your wireless setting from one system to another. It was the major irritation till date because to remember the security key is not an easy task and any mistake can puzzle you for hours or so.

you can easily take a back up of wireless networks settings on a USB drive and import it to another machine irrespective of on what OS other machine is working.

Windows Connect Now is one of the technology designed for simpler wireless device configuration. Now with Windows Connect its easier to create a wireless network at home or office. When you connect to a compatible router, Windows will walk you through all the necessary setup steps including naming your network and turning on the router's security features. Now you don't need to remember network settings when you connect a new computer. All you have to do is press the Wi-FI Protected Setup button on your router and it will automatically send the network settings to your computer. With Windows connect Now, users running Windows 7 can create network configuration settings and transmit them to the access point. Windows Connect Now (WCN) allows mobile and embedded devices, 802.11 access points (APs), and computers to securely connect, and exchange settings with each other. It allows you to easily set up a secure wireless network by using a USB cable or USB flash drive. Windows Connect Now uses one of the methods for easier configuration.

WCN-NET is Microsoft's standard for easier Wi-Fi configuration. It provides for configuration of devices using Ethernet in Wireless networks. In Windows it can search an unconfigured router, access point, base station or a device such as a Media Center Extender by using Upnp, authenticate with the device by using a personal identification number, provide wireless settings that are based on user selection and configure a wireless network over a wired Ethernet connection.

WCN-UFD writes configuration files to a USB drive for more secure wireless networks. It uses an API and an XML format to write configuration files.

WCN-MTP includes a Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) extension that enables an MTP initiator to provide an MTP responder with configuration parameters for joining a wireless network and supports more secure configuration of MTP-capable devices on wireless networks.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Applications that stand apart in Windows Media Center

Windows Media Center gained exposure and popularity after being included in the Home Premium and Ultimate editions of Windows Vista. Now, Microsoft is providing WMC with the Windows 7 Business and Windows 7 Enterprise editions with several new and improved features.

And in the latest version, one can avail goodies like TV show images throughout the guide and Recorded TV; Media Center desktop gadget; trick play functions like fast forward, rewind, and skip; streamlined schedule of recordings; guide button in Window mode; use of movie library without any registry hack and support for more file types; and resumption of various video types except dvr-ms and wtv.

More features and applications that make the Windows 7 Media Center so entertaining are as follows.

With the new WMC one can avail the option of scheduling TV recordings with any browser. With the help of a TV tuner installed, Windows Media Center or Home Server makes for a decent hardcore DVR device, without the monthly fees. Make it simplified to catch good TV when one thinks of it at work with Web Guide, a cost-free scheduling program which shows you what's there in the future, streams what's available now, or else delivers your media center's TV usage to wherever you happen to be at anytime, anywhere.

There are also Windows 7 Media Center remotes available for phones. It would be better to go the easy route and buy an infrared-based, media-center-friendly physical remote for TV-attached setup, however if you'd prefer a bit more functionality—and, more importantly, real typing input—there's is a free or cheap remote for Wi-Fi powered phone or iPod. Gmote an Android phone into a multi-system remote, taking into view that you don't mind a quick software installation. iPod/iPhone owners have their choice from many XBMC-compatible remotes in the App Store, the free Boxee remote, and MediaMote correctly handles your Windows Media Center remote.

The router can also be made more media-friendly. The router treats all net traffic the same, can't tell exactly how much one has downloaded in a month, and is fairly difficult to turn into anything other than an agent of a cable modem. Install DD-WRT or Tomato on a little antenna box and it can be a wireless bridge for your entertainment center, as well make sure that Hulu and Netflix get all the bandwidth that is needed with quality of service rules.

One can also easily convert and transfer tracks to a portable player with the Windows Media Center. The finest media centers can play just about any video or audio format that is available, but even the coolest phones and media devices have a limited format range, with just as little storage space. Among the five best media converters that was surveyed upon, Super and Format Factory can match most devices and file types, but MediaCoder and HandBrake get the job done on any platform.The doubleTwist media manager is the best in getting the file on a phone or a device. It is also the easiest drag & drop solution that is around.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Windows Mobile is going to be another Windows Vista

Microsoft is facing horrible challenge to fix the problems in its Windows Mobile division. That won't be very easy because Windows Mobile is starting to resemble a disaster which occurred three years ago with Windows Vista.

As was the case with Windows Vista, repeated Windows Mobile 7 delays are disappointing Microsoft's longtime industry partners. Motorola earlier this year shifted its focus towards Google Android devices and shifted away from Windows Mobile. Verizon, which has been tied to rumors about Microsoft's attempting Pink smartphone project, recently kicked off a marketing push for Droid, Motorola Android powered handset, and may also have agreed to move on.

Meanwhile, Microsoft's channel partners are also seeing diminishing demand for Windows Mobile-related business. One of the official said that they have stopped working with Windows Mobile because their client base isn't asking for it and they have gone to Blackberry because that is in demand and they are seeing a lot of clients who are asking for iPhone. The pressure on Microsoft is increasing who wants to hit a home run with Windows Mobile 7, but that could lead to the kind of bloated, complex feature set the cause for Vista doom. Additionally, Microsoft is so far behind in the mobile game at this point that it requires at least a couple runners on base before it begin swinging for the fences. However, when Windows Mobile ships it's got to be a winner, it cannot be another Vista, and Microsoft knows it, replied one of the Microsoft officials.

Based on a Microsoft job posting in March, the company isn't just trying to catch-up; it wants to transform the mobile business completely. The posting mentions what Microsoft expects to get with Windows Mobile 7 in the following terms. Microsoft official said that they aren't just building a me-too iPhone or RIM competitor; they are changing the way customers use and experience their device.

Windows Mobile 7, initially scheduled for release in 2008, isn't expected to come until spring of next year at the earliest. Microsoft executives have said tantalizingly little about what Windows Mobile 7 will include, although multi-touch and gesture recognition support are thought to be part of the launch. Microsoft has also said that none of the sessions at next month's Professional Developer Conference will concentrate on Windows Mobile 7. In April last year, CEO Steve Ballmer termed Windows Mobile 7 as an area of major excitement and innovation. Ballmer spoke of Microsoft's Windows Mobile missteps in frank terms and said Microsoft has taken steps to correct them, in a meeting with Silicon Valley venture capitalists.

Microsoft simply hasn't kept pace with the fast moving mobile device market, and the collective industry yawn that accompanied the arrival of Windows Mobile 6.5 devices earlier this month is just the latest example. Meanwhile, Research In Motion, Apple, Google, and Palm have been churning out new smartphones with clocklike regularity. Microsoft partners aren't satisfied with the way things have played out in the Windows Mobile group, but they're still hoping Microsoft to make a comeback. CEO of Vertigo Software, Scott Stanfield, doesn't see anything fundamentally problematic with Microsoft's approach to Windows Mobile. He said that Microsoft's strategy is a good one - they enable a world class body of support for partners, and we use one platform for development, Windows, with one set of tools and technologies.

Stanfield still thinks that Microsoft can make up lost ground but concedes that time is not on its side given the fast product launch pace of Microsoft's mobile rivals. He also said that Windows Mobile has problems that are out of our control, and it's now a matter of how swiftly they can commercially launch Windows Mobile 7 to market before the clock runs out.