Eight Applications to protect you from Autorun.inf viruses

Last week we covered 5 Websites to Scan for Viruses Online. This week we continue the fight against viruses with ten pieces of completely free software that will help protect you from autorun.inf viruses.

The autorun.inf file is used to automatically launch applications on CDs / DVDs / Flash drives etc. This becomes really useful when you want to display a menu that allows the user to view the contents of the CD or to start presentations and so on.

However, over the last two years the autorun.inf file has been used by viruses and worms to automatically launch themselves and thus effect computers. These viruses are all from less harmful blocking of sites (like the popular Orkut virus) to wrecking total havoc on your system requiring a complete reinstall of the operating system.

Since then, antivirus software have become smarter at detecting and removing these viruses and worms. In addition to this, you have a complete dedicated set of applications that help you protect your computer from autorun.inf viruses.

Without further ado, here’s a list of some of them.

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5 Websites to Scan for Viruses Online

When it comes to security I prefer a reliable anti-virus that can minimize the risk of an infection and protect your PC from any harm. A good way to do is by scanning your computer for viruses online. Advantage of scanning these files online is that the engine used by the scanner is usally up to date and the risk of a virus infection of the virus scanner is not present.

5 Freeware Software to Recover Data

Sometime back I made a post on Three Tools to Recover your Deleted Items. Today I’ll cover five more free software that you could use to recover data. DiskDigger DiskDigger can recover files from any type of media that your computer can read.

3 Awesome Websites to Create your Flow Diagram Online

Using charts and graphs to demonstrate your presentation is not only a good thing but it also makes you look more professional and dedicated . There are tons of software you can download to get the job done or alternatively, use some of the best services to create your charts or graphs online. LovelyCharts LovelyCharts is a free online diagram editor that lets you create charts and diagrams in a very quick and easy manner.

Top 6 tools / utilities to make a designer’s (My) life easier

As a web and graphics designer there are lots of tools and software available to help one do their work. In fact, I would bet that without some of these tools that we completely take for granted, most of us web designers would be fairly miserable. Here’s a list of the 6 tools that I think every designer should have: 1) Photoshop / Dreamweaver : I wasn’t planning on listing anything that wasn’t free in this list, but no list related to web design would be complete without Adobe’s Photoshop.

Five Free Registry Cleaners

A while back I covered Three Freeware Tools to Defragment your Windows Registry. These tools are just a subset of a huge variety of tools available to clean and optimize your registry.

The Windows registry is an integral part of your computer and is also the most used portion of your computer. Over a period of time the registry collects a lot of junk entries and gets bloated. A direct result is the slowing down of your computer.

So, what causes these problems?

A regular computer user would open documents, Excel sheets, text files etc. during normal usage. You would occasionally move these files to different locations of your computer, or delete the ones your don’t want. All these actions leave stray entries behind in the registry.

If you’re into testing software which requires installing and uninstalling software regularly, then you’re going to find another set of stray entries left behind.

So, how does one clean the registry?

Cleaning the registry manually is a tedious, if not impossible process. Hence, over the past few years, we’ve seen a series of both free and paid software being written for this purpose. In this post I’ll cover five completely freeware applications that you can use to clean up all obsolete and junk entries from your registry. These need to be run at regular intervals, maybe, weekly or fortnightly, depending on your computer usage.

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