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Contributed by Kevin Collins


Microsoft has developed and now testing a free anti-virus application for Windows.  The name of this generous piece of software is “Microsoft Security Essentials”. Microsoft claims that this program was developed as a replacement for their subscription based anti-virus program known as “Live One Care” which was 49.95 per year.  If they can offer the protection, we may soon be free of annual subscription fees.


Security Essentials is currently in beta and full.  We’ll let you know as soon as its open again for download.

For more information on Microsoft Security Essentials check out Microsoft’s Blog Site or the Security Essentials site.

*UPDATE: Microsoft’s link is closed at the present but Security Essentials can be downloaded via Softpedia.

In the news…
The Air Force will train more unmanned aircraft pilots this year than fighter and bomber pilots combined.  Wow… technology to the the extreme.   Continue reading…


Have you ever second guessed your antivirus software? Have you been concerned that spyware may be on your computer? We run utilities that protect us, but sometimes things still get through.

There is an online scanner available for free. You have to manually run it, but if you ever need a second opinion or you suspect problems with performance, give Trend Micro a try. It will give you a summary when done, and then resolve most issues right then!


Click the “Scan now. It’s Free” red link. Sometimes you then have to click “Start Scan” (DO NOT click “Get it FREE now”).


New AVG Free 8.0

May 8th, 2008

Windows Only

The popular free choice for virus protection, AVG, announced a new version recently:  (http://www.grisoft.com/us.93836). I just tested it out myself and it seems like a great upgrade.

Version 8 includes new features and a new, easier to use interface. It’s supposed to be faster, but its performance is questioned by some. I personally didn’t experience any additional delays after installing 8.0.  It includes anti-spyware built in, which is great for XP users.

Version 8 also includes “Link Scanner”, which I didn’t like at all. It checks each link as you browse the web. That’s too slow for me. In the options, you can disable this (I did).

AVG Free 8 can be downloaded from: http://tinyurl.com/4or34z  Or, if we routinely maintain your computer, we’ll probably upgrade you on our next visit.

The current version, 7.5 will NO LONGER receive updates after December 31, 2008.  You must upgrade before then.  This is a FREE upgrade, contrary to how AVG is presented when you visit their site. 😉



February 26th, 2008

Most of our supported customers are using AVG by Grisoft for antivirus scanning.  AVG is a great program, Download.com’s #1 download for a long time running, and free for non commercial use.  If you haven’t tried AVG, it is a great alternative and runs faster than most other antivirus applications.


One common question we get is, is there a way to reschedule the updates and daily scans in AVG.  Unfortunately, by default, AVG sets itself up to scan daily around 8AM, when most people are just getting started.  To reschedule this time to a more suitable time, such as 2AM:

·         Double click AVG in the system tray (lower right hand corner of your Start menu)

·         Click Scheduler from the list and click Scheduled Tasks button at the bottom

·         Click Edit Schedule button and choose a more appropriate time

·         Hit OK, Close, and then exit AVG… Done!


Another pet peeve of mine is how AVG adds its signature to all my outgoing emails.  To turn this off:

·         Double click AVG in the system tray (lower right hand corner of your Start menu)

·         Click Email Scanner from the list and click Properties button at the bottom

·         Click the Configure button

·         Uncheck both Certify mail check boxes under Email scanning.  Email will still be scanned, but now it won’t add the “This email is certified virus free by AVG…..”

·         Hit OK, OK, and then exit AVG… Done!