Microsoft Security Essentials: Let The Downloads Begin!

October 1st, 2009

Microsoft released their free anti-malware product yesterday, and it’s still awesome. If you’re on a Windows computer, you should stop reading this post now and head here to download it. In case you missed my original post on MSE, let me just recap by saying it’s the single best signature-based anti-virus software available. It’s low on resources, simple to setup and use, and high on performance. Did I mention it’s also free?

Also, in case you’re wondering, all of the default settings in Security Essentials look great to me–except for one. I would recommend that you turn ON “Scan Removable Drives” under Settings->Advanced. This will make sure that your USB thumb drives get scanned as well when MSE does a full scan. Happy downloading!

Windows Updates: Half The Battle

August 12th, 2009

A secure system begins with the installation of all the latest patches for Windows (and whatever other software you might have running). Without them, you’re a sitting duck for whatever malicious website or hacker you might happen upon. This is why it’s so important to keep your computer updated at all times. Too often do I see clients infected with a virus because they simply didn’t have their Windows updates installed–they were too lazy to install them, they didn’t want to restart their computer, or they just didn’t realize they had to. If you’re like them, you could be one website away from a malware infection.
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Microsoft Releases Free Anti-Virus Software

June 25th, 2009

Microsoft has recently released a beta version of Security Essentials (previously Morro), their free anti-virus security software. I’ve taken a look, and I’ve come to a rather shocking conclusion: it’s good. I mean, really really good. In fact, I think it’s safe to ignore my last post about which free malware prevention software is the best. Let me just come right out and say it… Microsoft Security Essentials is the single best product, free or otherwise, to protect your computer from malware.
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Free Malware Prevention Software Roundup

April 8th, 2009

When it first hit the scene, the free avast! virus scanner was a pretty new and novel idea. It was the first really good virus protection suite I had found that was not only free, but was free to update with the latest virus definitions. Not a free trial, like McAfee or Symantec, but a totally free virus protection solution that would last forever.

I’ve been a faithful avast! advocate ever since, but recently decided to test out some of the other free malware protection software available (Avira and AVG). Has my faith been shaken? Read on to find out!
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Geek Squad Reviews

November 21st, 2008

Thinking about taking your computer to Geek Squad for service? Be sure to check out the top 3 results from a Google search for “geek squad reviews” first!
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Real Help From Real Nerds

November 18th, 2008

“Everyone should have the right to a computer in good working condition, but no one should have to be nerdy enough to make that happen.” Those were the principals I had in mind when I decided to start myHelpfulNerd.

In case you haven’t noticed, computers and the Internet are kind of a big deal nowadays. We use them to work, to play, to stay organized and, most importantly, to communicate with each other. In short, modern society runs on computers… and if you’re not connected, you’re being left behind.
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