Monday, April 18, 2011

Malwarebytes Anti Malware Freeware Review

You have the free or commercial antivirus software installed on your computer as the first line of the real-time protection. However, you never can rely 100% on blocking all unwanted “guests” on your computer. As you realize that your computer has been infected by malware, you start looking for the emergency cleaning solution.

Depending on the intruder, system recovery may be fast and easy, and may be difficult and tiresome. In any case, you need several utilities to remove the enemy and destroy all traces of its presence on your hard drive and registry. There are many free utilities, claiming to do the job. Do not trust the promises and advertising. There are still fake anti-malware programs, which may bring even more harm to your system. Chose only trusted solutions, and trusted downloading sources.

While I have about 10 different portable software programs on my USB toolbox, I have already established certain routine on how I approach disinfection task on affected computers. And Malwarebytes is one of the “medicines” I am running at the beginning of the recovery process.

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Using Malwarebytes is simple and friendly, while the program can find intruders and do the job with exceptional quality and speed.  After you run it, click Scan, and it checks your system for infections. There are two options: you can either do a quick scan, or a more comprehensive scan. For an initial scan, it is recommended to perform a long but thorough comprehensive scan.

After the program reports its findings, it will clean the infections for you or place the dangerous files in quarantine before killing them. The software also has Ignore List, so when you are positive that Malwarebytes is over-protective and the malware definition is false, you can put it on the list, and the next time, it won't be identified as malware.

Note that you can run Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware program for free to scan and disinfect your system. But if you want to enable real-time protection to stop your PC from being infected in the first place, and to schedule scans, you'll have to register it. For consumers and personal use, it is a onetime fee of $24.95.

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  • Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7.
  • Languages Available: English, Arabic, Belarusian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish.
Freeware Key Features

  • Light speed quick scanning.
  • Ability to perform full scans for all drives.
  • Database updates released daily.
  • Quarantine to hold threats and restore them at your convenience.
  • Ignore list for both the scanner and Protection Module.
  • Settings to enhance your Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware performance.
  • A small list of extra utilities to help remove malware manually.
  • Works together with other anti-malware utilities.
  • Command line support for quick scanning.
  • Context menu integration to scan files on demand.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

52 Free Alternatives to the Windows Explorer

A file manager is a computer program, supplying a user interface to the files related operations. The most common operations on files are create, open, edit, view, print, play, rename, move, copy, delete, attributes, properties, search/find, and permissions. Some file managers provide network connectivity. This is achieved either by allowing the user to browse for a server, connect to it and access the server's file system like a local file system, or by providing its own full client implementations for file server protocols.

From the very beginning, Windows had the build-in file manager. The first File Manager program bundled with releases of Microsoft Windows between 1990 and 1999. It was intended to be a single instance graphical interface, replacing the line commands of MS-DOS to manage the user's files at the time. File Manager was retired in favor of Windows Explorer with the release of Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0.

While other components of Windows have experienced multiple, mostly positive, changes, Windows Explorer functionality has left almost intact. It is so basic that the software market is full of competing freeware and shareware utilities, offering better performances and functionality to replace it. Some of the utilities are portable, and do not require installation on the Hard Drive, working successfully from USB thumb drive or slave drive.

I would lie to present a Rating List of the 52 Free File Managers that can successfully replace the lagging Windows Explorer. They all offer different sets of features and graphic user interface. Trying to find that one which better suits your needs, just make a mental inventory and list the features you would like to see in your “dream” file manager. Than review descriptions and pick one that fits your description the best. All utilities are provided with brief description, review, and downloading links.

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