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Free Microsoft Anti-virus for Windows CodeUnit 31 MAR 2010

Free stuff is always good, especially when it is of a good quality nature and while I’ve long used AVG’s free anti-virus offering (after having ditched the very user unfriendly ClamWin) on my personal machines, I’ve now found myself shifting over to Microsoft’s very own offering, namely Microsoft Security Essentials – free to use for anyone running a genuine copy of Windows.

It provides, as all anti-virus packages do, real-time protection against viruses, spyware and other malicious software, is particularly easy to install and integrates rather nicely into Window thanks to the fact it comes from the same software development house. As per the norm, updating is all automatic and in general it runs nice and seamlessly, without bothering you too much at all – and in general is just a pretty efficient, background-running, non-obtrusive Windows application.

And it features a nice shiny green icon too – which obviously must mean it’s on the good side of the Force.

(On the plus side, it seems to work pretty nicely as an anti-virus package as well).

So there you have it. If you are looking for a cheap, powerful way of protecting your PC and are perhaps tired of forking over all your hard earned dosh to guys like Symantec, go ahead and give Microsoft Security Essentials a spin on your home machine! It’s not half bad at all! :)

Related Link: http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/

IPInfoDB: Find an IP or Domain’s Physical Location CodeUnit 13 FEB 2010

IPInfoDB is great free online service that aims to provide you with the geographical location of any IP address or Server Domain. Amongst the services available on the site is a simple web-based IP geolocation lookup, a full IP geolocation API that can return data in either XML, JSON or CSV formats and an API that can generate IP CIDR by country for iptables or htaccess blocklists.

They even provide a handy copy of their SQL database (updated on a monthly basis) and feature a nifty e-commerce fraud detection API that helps developers match and correlate IPs to physical areas quickly and efficiently.

Using their simply online tools is as easy as typing in an IP or domain name and as an example, entering codeunit.co.za resulting in the following being returned to me, bundled together with a useful Google Maps map.



AVG: Protect Your Computer for Free CodeUnit 09 FEB 2010

We’re well into the era where you don’t go out to a bar/club without carrying a packet of condoms on you right? So why is it that so many people still feel like taking their brand spanking new PCs out on the untamed roads of the Internet without carrying some sort of protection?

As anyone in the business of PCs will tell you, not having a anti-virus application installed on your machine if you are intending to connect it to a network is tantamount to committing PC suicide. The problem is of course, that the majority of good anti-virus applications are quite expensive, thus putting them out of the reach of most small home owners. So what to do?

Well, there certainly are a couple of free ones out there like ClamWin that does a fair job, but to perhaps get the best protection which money can’t buy (because its free), you could always look towards AVG, one of the most popular anti-virus vendors around. In order to get some buy-in on their pretty good commercial releases as well as understanding the fact that it is better to try and tame the Internet wherever you can if you can help it, they offer alongside their commercial releases a slightly stripped down version of their anti-virus software entitled AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 9.0.

Perfect for the home user, AVG comes bundles with all the necessary tools like on-access scanner, email-scanner, deep scanner, etc. and after a slightly hefty download of about 78mb turns out to be a piece of cake install that even the most basic of computer users can manage. The application is kept up to date with new virus definitions on an almost daily basis and apart from the little advertising banner stuck on the bottom of the main interface, AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition is almost perfect.

Highly recommended, particularly if you aren’t yet running an anti-virus piece of software on that neglected home computer of yours!

(Oh, and have I mentioned they even have a version for Linux?)

You can download the latest releases here. There, now don’t you feel a whole lot safer already? :)

Related Link: http://free.avg.com/za-en/download