Category Archives: Free Software

Microsoft Free Anti-Virus

microsoft So I decided to go with a more main stream virus protection software aside from my ThreatFire Freeware. To my surprise I noticed that Microsoft has a free anti-virus package called Microsoft Security Essentials. This suite is free and is appearing to do the job. I have not witnessed any adverse effects to the install nor computer slowdowns. Maybe, just maybe, Microsoft has put out a solid anti-virus product that does what it is suppose to, keep my computer safe without bugging me about it. If anyone has any comments about this software, please comment below.

Remote Easy with Team Viewer Free

en_startscreen Do you ever get a call from a friend, relative, or co-worker that need help with their computer. Any time that I help a person with their computer I set up a great free piece of software on their computer called Team Viewer. Team Viewer is a free remote desktop type program that allows you to control a persons computer while they can still see it. It is similar to PC Anywhere, but it is free and very easy to use. With features in the latest version you can also keep track of all the codes you have installed on their computers. This gives easy access to help your friends out in a bind. Setting up is easy and takes no networking experience, Team Viewer is also very good at getting through firewalls and proxy servers to give access. I use it frequently to help members of my family with computer issues. This program also allows them to see what I am doing to help them out in the future. Make note that Windows 7 Home does not have remote desktop capability, this gives you access into those machines, a feature I use frequently on my laptop at home.

Beyond helping a friend, this program also has a quite robust advanced feature package. One feature that I really like is the offline local IP setting. This can be used to connect to computers from with a local network with no outside internet connection via the local IP address.

There are different levels of login access you can set within this program. The software can be installed as a service, in which the login credentials are static allowing the remote user to login upon boot up or any time there after. Or, a user can initiate a session from their desktop and a unique password is generated each time. In this example the user opens the software and gives the unique login information to their remote user over the phone. The pass code will expire as soon as that session has been completed.

The benefit of this free product is in it’s simplicity. Team Viewer Website Link