Protect your PC – Free of cost !!- A guide to free antivirus , antispyware and firewall

In this cyberworld, viruses and spywares are no strangers to any PC users. But Most computer users never care to have an anitivirus or antispyware and even if someone wants to have one they would never like to spend 40$ – 50$ for such a pack.I have listed some essential and free virus/spyware tools. Just because these tools are free doesnt mean these are not effective, AVG although free is recommended and used by most PC users in the world.

Some users may tend to go for pirated versions of Norton/Mcafee but most of these cracked/hacked versions of these antivirus softwares themselves have spywares built in with them.So it is always safe to download these tools from their respective websites.

Antivirus Tools:

1.AVG ( http://www.grisoft.com )

AVG Free edition is one of the widely used free antivirus tool, it provides almost all features of paid versions. AVG free edition has real time protection,automatic updates, full system scan and scanning selected areas of your computer. It also has email scanninga and scanning inside compressed files.The only difference from professional edition of AVG is the cuctomer care support, otherwise there is no difference in the service.This is fully functional software unlike most trial softwares, and the software is valid as long as you wish to have it.

Other notable Antivirus softwares include :

2.Free Avast! 4 Home Edition (http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html)

3.If interested checkout some of other antivirus partners for Windows who offer free trials from 90 days to 1 year.

http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/downloads/default.mspx

Antispyware Tools :

1. Windows Defender : It is the most(more than 25 million users) used free antispyware tool from Microsoft, It offers full real time protection, anti spyware scans and also automatic updates every day.

http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx

2. Ad-Aware SE Professional : This is one of the widely used anti-spyware tools minus real time protection, this is serious disadvantage otherwise Ad-Aware works just fine.

http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/

3. Ewido anti spyware : Same as Ad-Aware , but gives a 30 day trial of its auto-protect option.

http://www.grisoft.com

Firewalls :

Zone Alarm is the widely used free firewall. It provides all basic features of any paid verion of firewalls.

(http://www.zonelabs.com/store/content/company/products/znalm/freeDownload.jsp)

Bride dies in middle of Marriage dance..

DAVIE, Fla. – Kim Sjostrom wanted a real-life version of the film “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” which played in the background as friends fixed her hair and makeup before her own marriage ceremony.

But less than an hour after she and Teddy Efkarpides were wed, Sjostrom crumpled in her husband’s arms during a Greek song that means “Love Me.”

At 36, Sjostrom was dead from heart disease.

The wedding had became a project at Davie Elementary School, where Sjostrom taught first grade. Fellow teachers provided the wedding gown, the flowers and decorations. One of them, an ordained minister, performed the ceremony.

“It was perfect for her,” said Dominic Church, the minister friend.

Sjostrom carried blue and white flowers during the ceremony — the colors of the Greek flag — as she exchanged vows with Efkarpides, a 43-year-old carpenter and Navy veteran. They had met three years to the day before the Jan. 19 wedding.

During the couple’s first dance, Sjostrom complained of being lightheaded. Efkarpides thought his wife, a diabetic, needed sugar, but she collapsed.

Wedding guests, paramedics and doctors at a nearby hospital were unable to revive her.

She had a previous cardiac episode in her 20s and was a poster child — literally — for juvenile diabetes, relatives and friends said. Efkarpides recalled seeing the poster featuring her on New York subways.

He consoles himself by reading a list of “101 Reasons Why I Love You” that Sjostrom gave him their first Christmas together. “Number 1. You make me smile.”

No. 98 is especially difficult: “You’re the one I want to grow old with.”

Comparision of email services..

Rank 5
HOTMAIL
Microsoft looks bleak.
Well this is one of the first mail service (interface) i started using.. by then the concept wasnt so popular and hotmail was better.
But as the days went on hotmail …didn improve.And while all other mail service providers are provided airbus for a trip hotmail is
still providing the old cart.
Advantage(s) :

* The only advantage is easy access to host of other servces like MSN messenger , passport.Net etc.

Disadvantages :

– Spam spam spam spam……everywhere, the only mails i get are spams nearly 20 everyday(no use in reporting) .
– Mailbox size..is prehistorically small.2MB??? (nwdays each fwd wud exceed 2MB).
– Dull interface.
– Removal of POP3/SMTP support.

Rank 4
SANCHARNET.IN
India Shines.

Sancharnet is the national mail service by BSNL. Its improving quite well.Its not exactly a free service.

Advantages :

*Unlimited and free POP3 access.
*Fast email access.
*Availabilty.
*Service inside the country(increase Indian traffic)

Disadvantages :

-10 MB mail space.
-No extra features(the new interface beta is good)
-Its not totally free , u need a BSNL account.
-security..is not tested.

Rank 3
REDIFFMAIL
The old man is still alive.

Thanks to the thousands of greatful old rediff users rediff is still going.But many feel it is losing the battle with yahoo in terms of commercial use of the site.

Advantages :
* 1 GB mail storage.
* Improved and simple interface.
* Reliable.
* Indian brand.

Disadvantages:
-The changed interface is slow and is not intuitive.
-No groups/other services.
-No POP access.

Rank 2
YAHOO!
Yahoo is bright again and thanks to yahoo groups.
Yahoo is fighting aggressively to keep its competers at bay.The increased Mail space and aggressive redesign and extra features help it.

Advantages :*Yahoo groups is the singlemost reason many use yahoo.
*Yahoo instant messenger increases its usage still.
*Host of other services.
*1GB mail box(is it 2 GB now?).
*New layout.
*Fast and reliable.

Disadvantages :
*No POP access.
*No radical new change in mail delivery.
*Ad based mail service.

And the winner & Rank 1
GMAIL
Google smiles…

The present 1GB space with yahoo,rediff all can b attributed to Gmail.The aggressive new concept in mail delivery, simple standalone client has redefined mail service world over. No ad whatsoever. The best of all u dont have to refresh and see ur mails.ur page automatically refreshes instantly as soon as u receive a mail.

Advantages :
* Cool Interface.
* Unbelievably fast mail delivery.
*Auto refresh on mails.(extremly useful and unique).
*Ever increasing space (today its 2245MB).
*Free POP3/SMTP access.
*reliable and secure.
*allowing . in user names.
*attachment size.
*extra features.

Disadvantages :
-Need to get a invite.
-some old systems struggle.

I may use yahoo messenger, MSN spaces ,My MSN ,Sancharnet POP acces but when it comes to email my choice would be GMAIL(atleast as long as some one beats it)