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09-10-2008, 06:36 PM
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Microsoft Offers for Students

STUDENT OFFER, Free Software
(details below)

I found something very interesting about a Microsoft. They are offering free legal versions of some of their softwares for "students". These versions are not just limited time trial but real complete versions.

Here some infos / links I found about the subject that could help you:





Of course you can find a lot more searching on the NET.

Good reading / downloading. ;)


FREE trials from Microsoft can be found here:
>> click here (http://www.microsoft.com/products/info/default.aspx?view=22&pcid=9d273393-92c9-4807-be9c-515a0d152415) <<

12-07-2008, 01:55 AM
Invent-A-Game Challenge

Stamford, CT- December 4, 2008-- Best Buy and Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) in association with The United Inventors Association (UIA) and By Kids For Kids (BKFK) announce the "Invent-A-Game Challenge," a national competition offering America&#39;s young people a unique chance to design an online game that Electronic Arts ("EA") will produce. The Grand Prize winner will also receive a $10,000 (face value) U.S. Savings Bond.


EA (http://www.ea.com/read/20081205-Invent.xml)

02-13-2009, 11:19 AM
by: Robert Westervelt, News Editor

The website of security vendor F-Secure Corp. is the latest target in
a series of SQL injection attacks against security firms.

A Romanian hacker has detailed the latest SQL injection attack in a
posting on the hackersblog.org forum. The anonymous hacker said he
viewed some statistics regarding past virus activity after exploiting
coding errors on the Helsinki, Finland-based antivirus vendor&#39;s
website. The hacker said the website was vulnerable to both SQL
injection and cross-site scripting attacks.

Read more:

09-30-2009, 03:37 PM
Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

Microsoft Security Essentials is a free * download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up to date so you can be assured your PC is protected by the latest technology. It’s easy to tell if your PC is secure — when you’re green, you’re good. It’s that simple.

* Your PC must run genuine Windows to install Microsoft Security Essentials.

10-23-2009, 03:23 PM
Clash Of The Antivirus Apps


One of the great things about PCs is that they let users try several applications of the same type simultaneously. Don&#39;t like your Web browser? Install a different one and test it alongside the old one. This would seem to be a great idea with antivirus applications because running two or more on the same PC should catch more viruses, right?

Wrong. Antivirus applications are like PC guard dogs, sniffing around for suspicious intruders and ripping them to shreds before they can damage your files. Unfortunately, the only thing they hate more than viruses is other antivirus applications. Antivirus software works at a very low level to do its job properly; it snoops in portions of Windows, memory, and other places where high-level programs, such as Web browsers, dare not go.

When two antivirus programs start prowling around, all sorts of problems happen, ranging from program crashes to system lockups. Because these programs typically remain on all the time, they generally load as soon as Windows boots, which means if you install more than one antivirus application on your PC, both programs load automatically and lock up the system before there&#39;s a chance to troubleshoot.

To see what happens when two antivirus packages run at the same time, we tested two popular brands: Symantec&#39;s Norton Internet Security 2003 ($69.95; http://www.symantec.com) and McAfee&#39;s VirusScan 7.0 ($59.95; http://www.mcafee.com). Both are excellent products that are updated often, and either would be a fine choice to protect a PC from viruses, but they don&#39;t like one another.

We installed the Norton Internet Security suite, which includes Norton AntiVirus 2003, and patched the software to the latest version using the online updater. We rebooted the PC, and the utility suite ran as advertised, loading automatically when Windows started and running periodic antivirus sweeps in the background.

We then installed McAfee VirusScan 7.0 on the same system while Norton Internet Security was running. No alert boxes warned us to a potential conflict, although McAfee representatives say the product is designed to look for other antivirus products and tell the user to uninstall the competing application before proceeding. We never received a warning message on our Windows XP test machine, but that may have been due to an unusual system configuration.

When Antivirus Apps Collide

We updated VirusScan 7.0 to its latest version using McAfee&#39;s online service. When prompted to reboot, we did, and Windows seemed to load normally, but it locked up a few seconds after the Desktop appeared. We couldn&#39;t shut down properly, and we had to use the reset button to perform a hard reboot. Each time Windows booted, the two antivirus products conflicted with one another enough to lock up the machine, putting us in a seemingly endless loop.

When we first installed McAfee VirusScan 7.0 and then installed Norton Internet Security 2003, the latter program generated a warning during setup, saying another antivirus program was running on the PC and recommended that we uninstall that software before proceeding with the Internet Security 2003 installation. When we ignored the warning, the suite attempted to install itself, but the PC froze partway through, necessitating a hard reset. After the PC rebooted the Windows Desktop appeared, and we had temporary access to the mouse cursor, but the antivirus component of Norton Internet Security had managed to install itself before the hard reset and once it and McAfee VirusScan had time to load, the PC froze again.

Break Out Of The Loop


When this happens, boot into Safe Mode, which prevents most drivers
from loading and keeps the two antivirus programs from launching when Windows starts up. Reset or turn on the PC and repeatedly press the F8 button on the keyboard until a boot menu appears. Use the arrow keys to highlight the Safe Mode option and press ENTER to continue the boot process. If you access the Internet using a home network, try to use Safe Mode With Networking; this may let you access the Internet for help while troubleshooting. Otherwise, the only tools you&#39;ll have are the documentation that came with the antivirus software and this magazine.

Safe Mode may let you in Windows, but it has a few quirks that hamper troubleshooting. It&#39;s impossible to use Add/Remove Programs to uninstall applications in Safe Mode. That&#39;s counterproductive in a situation like this where it&#39;s imperative to remove one or both of the conflicting applications, but we did discover a workaround.

We needed to prevent the two antivirus applications from loading while Windows started so Windows could boot normally and we could uninstall one or both of the antivirus programs. Boot into Safe Mode, click Start, click Run, type msconfig in the text box, and click OK. Click the Startup tab and look in the Startup Item list for entries that relate to Symantec, Norton, or McAfee. It may be necessary to expand the Command column to see this information, so place the mouse pointer on the vertical bar between Command and Location so that the pointer changes into a vertical bar crossed by a horizontal double-headed arrow. Hold down the left mouse button and drag the bar to the right until all the text strings in the Command column are visible and look for the words "McAfee," "Norton," "Symantec," or whatever the manufacturer or name of your antivirus product is. Click the boxes next to these entries to remove the check marks, click Apply, and then click OK. Reboot your computer so that it starts normally, and Windows shouldn&#39;t lock up anymore. Now you can remove any of the antivirus products according to the instructions that came in the box.

If you can&#39;t find the documentation, look for an uninstall option in the program&#39;s entry in the Programs list (click Start and then Programs or All Programs in WinXP). If none exists, click Start, expand Settings, and click Control Panel. In WinXP, click Start and click Control Panel. Double-click Add/Remove Programs (Add Or Remove Programs in WinXP) and find the entry for the software on the list. Click the entry to highlight it, click the Remove button, and then follow the prompts.

Add/Remove Programs tends to leave quite a bit of junk in the Windows Registry, a database containing all hardware and software settings that are essential to Windows&#39; operation. If the program was uninstalled but rogue Registry entries cause errors or crashes that seem related to the removed software, McAfee offers step-by-step instructions for manually removing all traces of its products from a computer. For McAfee VirusScan, go to http://www.mcafeehelp.com, select the version you use from the Product Or Topic drop-down menu, and select Install/Uninstall in the Category drop-down menu. Choose an FAQ from the list and carefully follow the instructions; many of them involve manually editing the Registry, which can have disastrous consequences if you delete or modify the wrong entry.

Symantec has similar information, but it&#39;s tougher to access. Visit http://www.symantec.com/techsupp, click Search, type uninstall in the text


If you see this warning message when installing an antivirus application, heed it.

box, and click Search. Scroll through the list until you find an article that corresponds to the version of Norton AntiVirus you use, click the link, and then carefully follow the instructions.

Turn Back Time

If you use Windows Me or WinXP Home or Pro, try using the System Restore utility to move Windows back to the configuration it was in before you installed the second antivirus application. Those versions of Windows automatically create an Installation Restore Point when McAfee VirusScan, Norton AntiVirus, or nearly any other antivirus application is installed on the PC. If you can get into Windows normally or via Safe Mode, click Start, then Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and System Restore. Choose Restore My Computer To An Earlier Time, click Next, and click the date on the calendar that the antivirus application was installed. Click the appropriate entry in the list on the right if there&#39;s more than one available, click Next, and follow the prompts to complete the procedure.

If your computer won&#39;t boot but you can press F8 to get to the boot menu, look for the Last Known Good Configuration entry. Highlight it and press ENTER and Windows will revert to the last Restore Point it created. The best way to avoid trouble is to not install two antivirus programs on the computer in the first place, but at least you know the latest versions of Windows are looking out for your interests.

Source: http://www.smartcomputing.com/editorial/article.asp?article=articles/2003/s1407/38s07/38s07.asp

10-23-2009, 04:06 PM
thanks for this add from Smart Computing, it's very useful for those tough situations PC's can get themselves into.