Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Panda USB Vaccine - Antimalware for USB devices

You carry your USB devices everywhere. You use them for running portable software, sharing the bid chunks of data, or for storing important sensitive information. But how can you be sure that one of the infected computers, you may deal in process, will not transfer its diseases to you through the device?

Here comes in the picture Panda USB Vaccine - free antimalware to block malware spreading through USB drives.

There is an increasing amount of malware which, like the dangerous Conficker worm, spreads via removable devices and drives such as memory sticks, MP3 players, digital cameras, etc. To do this, these malicious codes modify the AutoRun file on these devices.

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Panda USB Vaccine is a free solution designed to protect against this threat. It offers a double layer of preventive protection, allowing users to disable the AutoRun feature on computers as well as on USB drives and other devices:
* Vaccine for computers: This is a ‘vaccine' for computers to prevent any AutoRun file from running, regardless of whether the device (memory stick, CD, etc.) is infected or not.
* Vaccine for USB devices: This is a ‘vaccine' for removable USB devices, preventing the AutoRun file from becoming a source of infection. The tool disables this file so it cannot be read, modified or replaced by malicious code.

This is a very useful tool as there is no simple way of disabling the AutoRun feature in Windows. This provides users with a simple way of disabling this feature, offering a high degree of protection against infections from removable drives and devices.

Developers do not allow downloading the file from their site without filling your data. If you feel uncomfortable to fill your personal information, you can download the software from Softpedia: http://www.softpedia.com/get/Security/Security-Related/Panda-USB-Vaccine.shtml

Monday, February 20, 2012

How to Copy Copy-Protected DVD Movies and Audio CDs with DVD43?

Strange program name DVD43 has deep meaning: it stands for "DVD for free”. DVD43 developers made two variation of the utility. DVD43 and DVD43 Plug-in are both free DVD decrypters, but with different applicability:
* DVD43 runs in the background and decrypts DVDs on-the-fly.
* DVD43 Plug-in provides an interface that DVD copy programs can use to decrypt DVDs. Note that not all the DVD copy programs may support this plugin. Examples of the programs, which do support the plugin are: DVD2One, WinDVD, PowerDVD, etc.

Both are so easy to use, that anybody can do that immediately after installation. Very important that DVD43 supports on-the-fly decryption, letting you decrypt a DVD or CD without need of copying the data to your hard drive first. Simply insert a DVD or CD into your disc drive while DVD43 is running and duplicate the disc with CD- or DVD-burning software. Note that you have to use a burning program, supporting DVD-movie compression, if you want to copy a DVD9 movie to DVD5 media.

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From ethical perspectives, you understand that you may use this utility and a DVD-burning program to backup your own movie and audio collections, and not to duplicate illegally media you do not own.

Developers’ site and downloading links: http://www.dvd43.com/

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

BurnAware Free – Easy to Use Disc Burning Tool

BurnAware Free Edition may be is not the most advanced and comprehensive discs burning utility. However, if you are standard user with not much geeky ambitions, this utility will be a great answer to all your needs. It is free, fast, light on computer resources, easy to use with no need of extensive training, and it is packed with all features you may need in your daily computer operations.

The program burns all types of CD, DVD and Blu-Ray discs containing data, digital photos, music and video. With BurnAware Free, you will be able to create bootable or multisession CDs and DVDs, high-quality audio CDs, make and burn disc images, copy and backup discs.

The software supports all modern Windows versions, including NT/2000/XP/Vista/7 (32 and 64-bit) and does not require the .NET framework.

Data Compilations

* Burn, backup or copy your files to CD, DVD or Blu-ray Discs.
Supports recording from command-line and BAT scripts for automating routine actions.
Supports CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, BD-R/RE and DVD-RAM media, including high-capacity double-layer media.
Supports UDF (Universal Disc Format 1.02-2.60), Bridge and ISO9660 (Level 1-3, Romeo), including Joliet Unicode extensions.
* Create Bootable CD or DVD. Use it as a very big floppy boot disc for recovery purposes.
El Torito creation support with advanced options: emulation type, sectors, platform, load segment and boot message.
* Append or update Multisession discs.

Multimedia Compilations

* Create Audio CDs. Play a CD on your traditional CD player or car stereo.
Supports MP3, WAV, WMA, OGG, M4A, AAC and FLAC audio formats and M3U playlists.
Supports title and track CD-Text, including Unicode.
* Create DVD-Video discs and MP3 CDs/DVDs.

Disc Images

* Make and burn standard or boot disc images.
Supports ISO and CUE/BIN image files.
Supports UDF (Universal Disc Format 1.02-2.60), Bridge and ISO9660 (Level 1-3, Romeo), including Joliet Unicode extensions.
* Copy disc to ISO image. This feature can be used for disc backup, as well as for disc copying.


* Erase re-writable CD, DVD or Blu-ray discs.

Key Benefits

  • On-the-fly burning
  • Small installation size
  • Easiest-to-use, multilingual user interface
  • Lowest CPU usage while burning and copying
  • Supports all types of optical drives and discs
  • Uses the most fastest and stable burning engine
  • Supports all major audio and disc image formats
  • No banners, adware, spyware


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