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Get all the features of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free plus:
The new evaluation of Malwarebytes Pro allows you to test the features of the Professional edition for 14 days before it reverts to the feature set of the Free Edition. Malwarebytes Pro adds the following features to the set available in the Free Edition.
- Realtime Proactive Protection
- Blocks Malicious Websites
- Stops Malicious Code
- Scheduled Scanning & Updates
Malwarebytes products have a proven record of protecting computers by completely removing all forms of malware, including viruses, Trojans, spyware, adware and rootkits. When it comes to the safety of your computer, Malwarebytes provides the ultimate in protection from the cutting edge of technology!
The Free version of Malwarebytes is a great tool to deal with those after the fact issues, the Pro version ensures that you are protected in the first place so that you never get infected with Malware. Now you can try the Pro features as part of an evaluation.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO
Start a 14-day trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO and you can activate Realtime Proactive Protection. After your trial, purchase an upgrade and maintain your protection or simply wait and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will automatically return to Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free functionality.
Only the most sophisticated anti-malware techniques can detect and remove malicious programs from your computer. Malwarebytes Anti-Malwares PRO combines powerful new technologies designed to seek out, destroy and prevent malware.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO detects AND protects in an easy-to-use, straightforward, heavy-hitting but lightweight anti-malware application.
Capsule CRM add Mobile Support
Capsule CRM have added Mobile support to their hugely successfully Cloud CRM Application. If you already use Capsule CRM you can start using the Capsule CRM mobile application today.
Mobile Support with Capsule CRM
Capsule CRM Mobile supports the following mobile phones.
- iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4
- Android phones running Android 2.1+ such as Motorola Droid X, Motorola Droid 2, HTC Evo, Samsung Galaxy S
- BlackBerry phones running BlackBerry OS 6 such as BlackBerry Bold and Torch
I am happily running Capsule CRM Mobile on my HTC Desire Z. It seems to work just fine, and the ability to call a contact by just clicking on the number is superb. If you have the customer address it will look up the location on Goggle Maps,another great edition.
How to Get Capsule CRM Mobile
Enter the the following URL into the browser on your phone to install Capsule Mobile:
Be sure to replace the [your-account] bit with the relevant part from your Capsule account URL. You’ll be prompted to enter your username and password and a pop-up message will ask your permission to allow additional storage space to be used on your phone. It may take several minutes for your contacts to be downloaded to your phone.
More about Capsule CRM
If you haven’t already tried Capsule CRM you can set up a trial in just minutes. Just go to www.capsulecrm.com and sign up for a Free Trial. Unless you are a very small business its best to sign up for the Free 30 day Trial rather than the Free Account, as the 250 contacts in the Free account quickly disappear.
The Free Trial of the Professional edition supports unlimited users and 50,000 contacts, once your 30 day Free trial is up Capsule CRM costs just £8.00 a month per user
Capsule CRM has integration into several other cloud services, these include:
We plan detailed articles about using Capsule CRM in future Posts. So do your business a favour and start using Cloud Based Sales automation with Capsule CRM today.
Create your own personal email signature
To help you generate your own personalised email signature for Outlook, or any other email client, we have put together a simple email form. The form will take the details that you provide and then generate four different email signature styles for you to try in your Outlook signature.
The signatures include the legally required information in the UK to comply with the Companies Act and ensure that your email signature is legally compliant. You can review the current UK legal requirements for email signatures in the attached post.
Simply provide the details requested below and we will email you a set of personalised email signatures for you to use. Complete the form below and we will email you a completed email signature.
Once you receive the emailed signatures just follow the instructions outlines in the article adding an email signature in outlook and you will be able to start using them straight away.
email signature generator
You will receive your personalised email signature very soon, they will be sent to the email address that you give in the form above. If the email doesn’t appear in a few minutes check that the email hasn’t been caught in your Spam, or Junk Mail, Filter.
Don’t see the email signature that you are looking for?
If you would like a different format of email signature, or want other information added let us know though the comments form below and we will look to add it as another format for everyone.
If you like the email signature generator I suggest that you also download our complete Business email check list
Microsoft Security Essentials
If you are looking for the best free anti virus product on the Internet for your home PC, or Small Business, now you can work and play on your PC more safely. With Microsoft® Security Essentials, it’s easy to help protect your PC from viruses, spyware, and other malicious software for FREE* with the same award-winning technology used by millions of consumer and enterprise PCs around the world. Security Essentials provides Malware protection in addition to Anti-Virus protection, making it possibly the best free anti virus tool available.
Is Security Essentials the Best Free Anti Virus Product?
You don’t need to pay for Home, or Small Business, Anti Virus software
Microsoft are the latest company to to make their Anti Virus products free for home users. Several other anti-virus providers, probably the best knows is AVG Free, have a version of their Anti Virus software which can be used for free on Home PC’s. In a recent update Microsoft have now made Security Essentials available free of charge to Small Businesses with up to 10 PC’s.
Is Security Essentials the Best Free Anti Virus product?
Well its certainly at least as good as the other Free Anti Virus products, if not the best free anti virus product that we have tried. Security Essentials is based on the Forefront technology that is used by hundreds of thousands of Microsoft enterprise customers, so it has a lot of research behind it.
Installing Security Essentials
This connect to the Internet and display the Microsoft Security Essentials site, where you can either download and install Security Essentials or you can find out more about the product by watching the video.
Click on the Download Now button and follow the instructions to complete the installation.
You can see the steps outlined for the download and installation, for what is possibly the best free anti virus product available, in the process below:-
Download Security Essentials
Confirm the Language version that you want to download and then click on the Operating System Version that you are using. XP 32 bit, Vista/Windows 7 32 bit or 64 bit.
Once you have confirmed your Operating System Version, in the download screen, then the download of Security Essentials will start automatically.
Note: you may get the ‘Standard’ Windows file download warning, you can safely ignore this warning message and proceed with the download.
The Download Process
The file will then be downloaded for you to save locally on your computer. Make sure that you note where the file is downloaded to, as you may need this information later on.
Once the download has completed you should select the option to run the installation file and then follow the detailed on-screen instructions. This will ensure that Microsoft Security Essentials is installed and configure correctly and that the latest updates are applied to ensure that your home computer is protected by, what is possibly, the best free anti virus product available.
The instructions on screen will guide you though the installation process and make sure that Security Essentials has the latest updates installed.
Install Security Essentials
You should, of course, read the ELUA before you accept and agree to it, by pressing the I accept Button.
Once you have accepted the EULA then Microsoft Security Essentials will verify that you are using a genuine version of Windows before continuing the installation process.
Should you be using a pirate, or unauthorised, version of Windows the installation will terminate at this point as Microsoft Security Essentials will only install on a system which passes the validation process.
Note: Microsoft does not collect any information during the Validation process which can be used to identify who you are, neither do they ask for any contact information such as an email address.
Operating System Validation
Once the validation of your Windows Operating System has been confirmed you can start the installation by pressing the Install > Button.
This will continue to update during the installation of Microsoft Security Essentials.
Security Definition Updates
Whilst your computer remains At Risk the Status Line will be bright red, to indicate that you are not currently fully protected.
This process will always happen as there will have been additional anti virus and anti malware updates which have been issued since Microsoft Security Essentials was packaged. The security updates will take a few moments to download and install.
Once the definitions have been updated the status line will change to Green and the status will be set to protected. At the same time a Quick Scan of the computer will be carried out. The status of the scan will be updated as things progress.
The Update Tab will show you the version of the virus and spyware definitions and also show when they were last updated. If you want you can manually update the definitions, or more likely you will set the updates to take place on a regular schedule.
Once the initial scan is completed then you are protected from Viruses. Security Essentials will automatically update the virus definitions on a regular basis.
One of the advantages of the Free Anti virus products is the fact there there isn’t a subscription which can expire. So the virus and spyware definitions should always be up to date, so it truly should be a ‘set it and forget it’ product.
In another post we will discuss how to configure and use Microsoft Security Essentials to ensure that you are always up to date and protected for viruses and malware. This will help you to get the most out of Microsoft Security Essentials and show you that it is, possibly, the best free anti virus product available.
Is Security Essentials the Best Free Anti Virus Product?
We certainly think its one of the Best Free Anti Virus products that you can get. Why not let us know your experiences with Security Essentials by filling out the Comments below.
* Microsoft Security Essentials is available at no charge for Home customers who are verified to have a copy of genuine Windows in select countries. No registration or personal information is required, only automatic verification of your genuine Windows installation.
Need security for your business?
Microsoft Security Essentials is now available for small businesses with up to 10 PCs. If your business has more than 10 PCs, you can protect your computers with Microsoft Forefront Client Security.
Do you think that Microsoft Security Essentials is the Best Free Anti Virus Product available, let us know.
Microsoft Hosted Services
There is now a cost effective range of Microsoft Hosted Services, for both the business and home user. Some of the services are completely free and the others are available as a monthly subscription service.
Free – Microsoft Hosted Services
Currently the Free Microsoft Hosted Services include:-
- Microsoft SkyDrive
- Windows Live Office
Microsoft Hosted Services – SkyDrive
Microsoft SkyDrive is 25Gb of Free Online Storage, accessible over the web. You can save files securely, or share them with other users.
Microsoft Hosted Services – Windows Live Office
Windows Live Office provides you with Free access to the Microsoft Office Suite of tools. Used in conjunction with your SkyDrive account you have complete access to your Office Documents, along with the tools to edit them from any PC with an Internet connection.
Windows Live Office, or Office Web as it is sometimes called provides you with free access to:-
- Microsoft Word
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Microsoft OneNote
Subscription – Microsoft Hosted Services
Business Productivity Online (BPOS) – Microsoft Hosted Services
Currently the Microsoft Hosted Services, available as part of a subscription include:-
- Hosted Exchange
- Hosted SharePoint
- Hosted OCS
- Hosted LiveMeeting
These services can be purchased either individually, or together as the Microsoft BPOS (Business Productivity Online Services) package. The BPOS Suite is available, in the UK for, £6.71 per user per month – with a minimum subscription of 5 users. You can either purchase BPOS online from the Microsoft website, or through your Microsoft Partner. The price is exactly the same whichever route you take. Generally you should purchase BPOS through your Microsoft Partner as they will provide advice, guidance and assistance on setting up and configuring your Microsoft Hosted Services.
Additional Options for Exchange – Microsoft Hosted Services
The optional Microsoft Hosted Services include:-
These optional Microsoft Hosted Services for Exchange are designed so that they work with both hosted versions of Exchange and your local on-premise version of Exchange or Small Business Server (SBS). So if you have a local Exchange server you can start using Microsoft Hosted Services today to provide your business with a fully searchable email Archive and Spam protection.
Email Archive starts at only £3.00 per user per month and email Spam filtering and Virus protection starts at only £1.03 per user per month.
How can I get Microsoft Hosted Services?
Microsoft Hosted Services – Free
If you want to use the Free Microsoft Hosted Services of SkyDrive and Live Office, you can simply create yourself an account on the Microsoft Live website and start using them today.
Microsoft Hosted Services – BPOS
If you are interested in the subscription based Microsoft Hosted Services the best way to get a Free 30 day trail is to contact your Microsoft Partner, who can help you setup an account for your business.
If you don’t have a Microsoft Partner, and are located in the UK, then Contact us, via the SystemAssure website and we can get you setup with a Free 30 day trail of any of the Microsoft Hosted Services.
Where has my disk space gone?
At some point or another all of us have asked this question, or a variant of it. We all buy computers with lots of disk space, but the files seem to expand to occupy the available space. It doesnt seem to matter how large the disk is when you buy your computer, you quickly run out of space.
So how can you find out where your disk space has gone?
You may have struggled with file-manager and searched to try and find large files, but as they say ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ .
Visualise disk space usage with WinDirStat
Well now you can see a picture of how your disk space is being used. The big ‘blobs’ are the files that are taking up the space, so on my laptop the largest files are my Outlook PST file and my local email Archive.
The treemap represents each file as a colored rectangle, the area of which is proportional to the file’s size. The rectangles are arranged in such a way, that directories again make up rectangles, which contain all their files and sub-directories. So their area is proportional to the size of the sub-trees. The color of a rectangle indicates the type of the file, as shown in the extension list. The cushion shading additionally brings out the directory structure. The information is nicely colour coded so all of the files of the same type are the same colour. In my case the purple blobs in the middle of the screenshot are a collection of photos from my holiday last year.
WinDirStat will quickly show you where your disk space has gone, which applications are using the space,which file types are using most of your disk space. So you could see if the space is being used by graphics, MP3 file etc.
Where to get WinDirStat
WinDirStat is a tool released under the GNU General Public License, you can download a copy of it from http://windirstat.info/index.php.
If you want to find out where your disk space has gone get hold of a copy of WinDirStat today and see what the space hogs are.
What is Malware?
The term Malware is generally accepted to be a short form of the words Malicious software. This typically encompasses multiple categories of software such as viruses, trojans, worms, spyware, etc. The goal of malware is to install software that can destroy your data, effect your computer’s performance, cause a crash or allow spammers to send email through your account. Typically the authors of Malware want to use your computer to send spam or phishing emails that will ultimately generate money for them.
How do I know if my PC is infected with Malware?
“My Anti-Virus software doesn’t show any problems, so how do I know if I have any Malware installed?” Unfortunately most antivirus software doesn’t recognise malware, or if it does then it doesn’t do a good job of cleaning up the malware.
What is the best way to get rid of malware?
There are several good products available to identify and remove Malware from your computer. The best and most effective Anti Malware software that I am aware of is Malwarebytes which is available in 2 versions. Both versions of Malwarebytes are fully functional, the two versions are:-
- Malwarebytes Free edition
- Malwarebytes Full version (approx £16.00)
Both versions perform full scans and will remove malware from your computer, so you get to try the full capabilities of the product without having to hand over your credit card information. The main difference is that activating the full version unlocks real-time protection, scheduled scanning, and scheduled updating.
Note: Anti-Malware software isn’t intended to replace your anti-virus software, it should be used in conjunction with a traditional anti-virus product – like Microsoft Security Essentials.
Can I Automate Anti Malware Software?
The short answer is yes, you can automate anti malware scans and clean up. You can buy a full copy of Malwarebytes, so that you can schedule the scans and updates.
Another option is to use a Systems Management solution, like SystemAssure, which provides full automation for anti-virus and anti-malware scans and cleanup, alongside monitoring and management.
Windows Live Office
If you have a Windows Live Skydrive account then you now also get access to the applications included in Windows Live – Office, or Office Web. Windows Live Office allows you to create and update Microsoft Office documents on the web, without you having to have a copy of Microsoft Office installed on your PC, great for those last minute updates to your Word document or PowerPoint presentation.
What applications are included in Windows Live Office?
Windows Live Office comprises web based versions of:-
There is even an option to directly open your document using your local copy of Office if you want.
Creating a Word document in Windows Live
When you click on the Word icon you are prompted for a name for your blank document, this saves a copy of your empty Word document to your SkyDrive, in Word 2007 (.docx) format.
Once the empty document has been saved then you are presented with the ‘standard’ Word interface within your web browser. This then allows you to work, pretty much, as you would with a local version of Word on your PC.
Using Word in Windows Live Office
As you can see the Windows Live version of Word looks and acts very similar to a ‘real’ version of Microsoft Word.
The other applications in the Windows Live Office Suite function in a very similar fashion to Word. You can use normal Microsoft functions like ‘cut and paste’, Image insert, spell check and Clip Art.
So if you get sent a Microsoft Office document and don’t have a copy of Office installed you can now open the document and view, update. The one thing that you can’t do directly from the Windows Live version of Word is to print the document.
Windows Live Office, or Office Web
Depending on where you look the suite is referred to as both Office Web and Windows Live Office. I have even seen people referring to the suite as Office Web Applications (OWA), but this just confuses things with the original Microsoft OWA (Outlook Web Access). Personally I think that Office Web will stick as a short form for the suite as its just simpler than Windows Live Office.
You can use any of the Office Web applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote for free and store your documents in your Windows Live SkyDrive. At the moment your SkyDrive account gives you 25GB of free online storage.