Morro – Microsofts Security Essential Scheduled To Be Released On Tuesday

Every tech savvy guy who follows technology news, is waiting for Microsoft to unveil one of its best, long-anticipated, free (not something Microsoft usually is into), anti-virus software to the public, which is scheduled to release this Tuesday, 23rd of June 2009 !

This certainly is news …

Good for few: Microsoft (shares have seen 2+% rise just for the news), general public who’ll get free anti-virus software from the one of the best and trustworthy company ever, and

Bad for few others: Symantec shares were down .5% and McAfee was down 1.3% , and other free anti-virus providers like AVG are sure to have to tough times ahead.

( I don’t know what investors would be thinking now )

According to Microsoft, the free anti-virus software, code-named Morro will be equivalent to some of the low-end best sellers from Symantec and McAfee and comes with features like firewalls, encryption, parental controls, password protection and data backup.

According to Symantec’s Janice Chaffin, Morro is primitive version of OneCare, one, a paid security service, which Microsoft released 3 years ago, that never say anything positive. With MSE (Microsoft Security Essential) coming in competition, end users will be in a better state to fight new threats, viruses, spyare, rootkits and Trojans.

The beta version will come in 32 bit and 64 bit flavor, and will be available for download from Microsoft’s Connect website. However according to ZD Net’s Ed Bott, only 75,000 downloads will be available for beta testing. Don’t worry if you don’t get to download a beta version, as the GA version will be available by November, and that’s not too far away.

There is no registration required either. Just download, install and use it. It is designed to perform in a very effective way, where it it will use very little resources, mostly when you are not working on your system or when your system is idle, which ensures there is no compromise with your systems performance.

It’s already being tested by Microsofts employees, and now that it is priced at free, this one will definitely be a hot seller.

Freeware To Erase Sensitive Data

Eraser is an advanced security tool that helps to erase completely any sensitive private data in the hard disk. These data include passwords, official documents, personal and financial information.

The free software is compatible with Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, Vista and Windows 2003 server and DOS. It is attuned with drives like IDE, SCSI and RAID, and CD-RW’s and supports Supports FAT32 and NTFS Files Systems. While an ordinary deletion removes the data from the file system table alone, and not from the hard disk, eraser software overwrites the data and even removes the magnetic remains from the hard drive. This ensures that even after overwriting, the file cannot be recovered by studying magnetic field patterns on the disk surface. Eraser’s file removal cannot be overcome by File Recovery software applications or Hardware tools.

The software has an intuitive, user friendly interface for erasing sensitive data by trouncing issues caused by data encoding, hard disk structure and write cache use. The software appears as an eraser’ option in the context menu of the Windows Explorer and Recycle bin.

The overwriting methods and magnetic field remains removal techniques are based on the methods prescribed by Peter Gutmann’s paper “Secure Deletion of Data from Magnetic and Solid-State Memory”, National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual of the US department and US Department of Defence and overwriting with pseudorandom data.

Eraser can remove files and folders, including those which were only deleted previously and not overwritten. It uses the Darik’s Boot and Nuke method to erase hard drives. It can obliterate encrypted and compressed files and drives as well as internet cookies and Windows Temporary Files. The software securely expunges paging files, internet cache; recycle bin components, Network Files, Floppy Disks, CD-RW, DVD-RAM and DVD-RW. It also wipes away all traces of Index.dat on Reboot as well as FreeSpace on 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP and DOS.

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Recover Passwords From Outlook, Thunderbird, Windows Mail

Mail Pass View-Version 1.51 is the latest updated edition of the small password recovery software Mail Pass View. By supporting your email program with this password recovery tool you will be able to view the details of forgotten passwords.

The freeware will display for each e-mail account: the account name, Application, Server Type (POP3/IMAP/SMTP), Email, Server, User Name, and the Password. The additional feature in version 1.51 as compared to earlier versions is that this edition displays the accounts of Windows Live Mail if you alter the store folder location.

The software is compatible with email programs like Outlook Express, Microsoft Outlook 2000 (POP3 and SMTP Accounts only), Microsoft Outlook 2002/2003/2007 (POP3, IMAP, HTTP and SMTP Accounts), Windows Mail, Windows Live Mail, IncrediMail , Eudora, Netscape 6.x/7.x (If the password is not encrypted with master password), Mozilla Thunderbird provided the password is not encrypted with master password, Group Mail Free, Yahoo! Mail on condition that the password is saved in Yahoo! Messenger application, Hotmail/MSN mail – If the password is saved in MSN/Windows/Live Messenger application and Gmail if the password is saved by Gmail Notifier application, Google Desktop, or by Google Talk.


Mail Pass View Version 1.51 is a standalone executable. This implies that you can view your email account list by running the executable. There is no requirement for an additional DLL or installation procedure. The email account list can be saved using copy/save option or through command line options.

Mail Pass View can be easily translated into other languages. This will convert the dialog-boxes, menus, and strings to the other language. If after completing the prescribed translation steps you want to run Mail Pass View without translation, either you should rename the language file or move it to another folder. Mail Pass View Version 1.51 is backed by email support and assistance.

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Free Sticky Notes For The Web

My Stickies is a web based application that serves as a superior alternative to the bookmarks tool on your browser and third party applications.

My Stickies not only helps serve as a shortcut way to the webpage you marked, but it also allows you to put a yellow sticky note anywhere on any web page your browser visits. Ordinary bookmarks only gives you fast access to webpages marked and normally don’t have the note feature.

The Sticky Notes help you quickly recollect what you found interesting in the web page. The application also has My Stickies tag attribute which allows you to specify categories for each note, and create and view sub notes under every category. My Stickies is especially relevant for reminding you where you read something exciting in blogs.


My Stickies uses the browser extension method as it would allow users to obtain their notes instantly without having to load a book mark on every web page.

You have to sign up at the official website of My Stickies and open your account. The account allows you to access notes and bookmarked pages from any computer with internet connection at any place, as the bookmarks and notes are stored in the My Stickies server. All the notes you have created are visible in your account. It is possible to edit the note text or delete old notes no longer needed. You can also open the stickied sites from the account.

Every account has an unlimited supply of Sticky pages. Sticky pages are blank except for a title that you select for them. They are similar to a scribble pad where you can jot down your thoughts, or place to-do-lists or reminders. They allow you to store notes on them instead of cluttering your web pages with notes. They are hence ideal for use if you have large numbers of notes to store on the web page.

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Edit, Enhance And Analyze Images Using Image Analyser

Image Analyzer 1.30 is a new software that edits, enhances and analyzes images.

This graphics and freeware is compatible with Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista operating systems. You can download the software with installer or as zip file. The software comes in various languages like Danish, Dutch, French, Finnish, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Russian.

It can adjust automatically the image brightness, contrast, saturation and gamma elements. Noise reduction and edge extraction is possible through the ability of the software to build in conventional and adaptive filters. The software has retouch tools and its retinex filters help reducing shadows and increase local contrast for image enhancement. The software provides for effortless red eye removal and allows you to denote filters in spatial and frequency domains.

The software’s image editing features include ability to resize, rotate, crop and warp images. There is also scanner, camera and printer support. You can perform morphing operations with image analyzer 1.30. The software can read and write BMP, ICO, CUR, WMF, EMF, PNG, MNG, GIF, PCX, JPEG and JPEG 2000 images and can read RAS, PNM, PGM, PPM, HIPS and Matlab file formats. It allows color model conversion of RGB, CMY, HSI, Lab, YCbCr, YIQ and PCA. It enables transformation of distance, Fourier and discrete cosines.


Creation and transformation of images is facilitated with a special math expression module and an advanced pocket calculator which has an inbuilt equation solver. The image analyzer does not blur pictures and at the same time it has the unique ability to correct out of focus pictures. The software makes available a wide range of plug-ins for obtaining many more specialized features over and above what the software already has. Some of these plug-ins include Combine for High Dynamic Range (HDR), Microscopic imaging, 3D modeling, Batch processing, Fractal interpolation, Add text and vector graphics, Raster Export, TIFF reader, Profile line, PCA Color Stretch, 8fb Plug-in Interface and Developers’ information.

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Avoid Sending Official Mails Without Subject In Outlook

Forgot to mention subject in mail???

Forgot to mention subject while writing an Official Mail and feel bad later? Yes…. It’s a concern for all…. A mail without a subject brings a bad impression on us.

To avoid this, just follow the simple steps mentioned below and see the result.

Here are the steps: –

1. Open your Outlook,

2. Press Alt+F11. This opens the Visual Basic Editor and then Press Ctrl+R which in turn open Project-Project 1 (left side)

3. On the Left Pane, one can see “Microsoft Outlook Objects” or “Project1“, expand this. Now one can see the “ThisOutLookSession“.

4. Double click on “ThisOutLookSession“. It will open up a Code Pane on the right hand side.

5. Copy and Paste the following code in the right pane (Code Pane) and save it

Private Sub Application_ItemSend(ByVal Item As Object, Cancel As Boolean)

Dim strSubject As String

strSubject = Item.Subject

If Len(Trim(strSubject)) = 0 Then

Prompt$ = “Subject is Empty. Are you sure you want to send the Mail?”

If MsgBox(Prompt$, vbYesNo + vbQuestion + vbMsgBoxSetForeground, “Check for Subject”) = vbNo Then

Cancel = True

End If

End If

End Sub

6. Now whenever u try to send a mail without subject, a pop-up is raised to remind you of the blank subject.

Microsoft Bing Search With Search Suggestions Firefox Add-on

Bing has seen success beyond imagination in such a short span. We recently wrote about Bing overtaking yahoo in search market share, but what we are not sure is if this a permanent damage to Yahoo’s Search market or if this was the result of Microsoft’s marketing strategy. Only time will give us a clear picture, if it was marketing efforts or Bings capabilities that’s responsible for the surge in Bings’ market share.

Integrate Bing with Firefox by downloading the Bing Firefox Addon. Microsoft’s Bing Search Firefox add-on comes with related search suggestion, just like when you search on


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Fill Form, Share Site Logon, Generate Strong Passwords Free Online

In my previous post, I wrote about LassPass: a free online password backup, storage and synchronization software / service. Apart from this, LastPass offers a wide range of other services like Form Filling, Site sharing and logging and strong password generation, a lot of other features which makes LastPass a must have on your most useful internet resources.

LastPass Instructions

Form Filling

The second major service (after password synchronization) offered by the software is form filling. LastPass can save you from typing in of data and credit card numbers onto online forms provided it is given the correct data. You can set multiple profiles for automatic form filling by LastPass.

Site Sharing and Logging

LastPass saves you from the risk of theft and loss involved in sending logins and password details to friends via email when you want to share site information with them. It allows secure sharing of login details. It monitors the sites being logged into.

Password Generation

LastPass helps you generate strong hack proof passwords that you will not have to remember or type. This comes in handy when your imagination fails to give you a secure password.

Using LastPass to Generate Secure Passwords

Screen Keyboard

Use an on screen keyboard while you are keying in passwords. This on screen keyboard is something similar to

With so many incredible features in one software LastPass is a clear winner.

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Synchronize And Store Passwords For Free Online

If you visit a lot of websites regularly, then remembering the login information to all the sites is quite a challenge. I know, the browsers these days are smart enough and with the help of add-ons, you don’t have to remember all the passwords, but what if you are travelling and not carrying your laptop with you ?

This is where LastPass comes in picture. LastPass is a free, online password manager software which has the coveted sync capability. It aims at making online website browsing a safer, faster and easier experience on Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems.

Password Synchronization

Majority of the websites today require registration and login. Remembering loads of usernames and passwords can be quite a chore. So you use your computer’s inbuilt password remembering system. But what if you want to access a website through another computer? Retrieving lost passwords and making new ones can be a waste of time.

LastPass requires you to remember only one strong LastPass password. The software remembers all your other passwords allowing you to log into websites with a single mouse click, seamlessly, without typing in passwords. What is more, LastPass software synchronizes your data across browsers securely allowing you access to websites at anyplace anytime.


You don’t have to worry about your password security as your passwords are encrypted only on your PC using 256-bit AES encryption accepted by the US Government for protecting top secret data; they are made accessible online without you having to memorize them. Only your LastPass password can unlock these passwords and only you have access to them. Your LastPass password will act as the key to content in your database and hence no hackers will be able to hack and get hold of your sensitive data.

LastPass works across multiple browser and computers. Besides browsers, it can also import passwords from Roboform, KeePass, Sxipper, 1Password, MyPasswordSafe, Password Agent, Password Safe, Passpack and TurboPasswords.

LastPass stores your sites’ information and other sensitive data in a database available for view and editing. If a site is not on the database it will ask you to remember the password, quite similar to the functionality most browsers offer today.

Lastpass takes backups of your passwords so that they are never lost. You can also backup data to a USB key and use Firefox portable or Lastpass pocket to access data from it, though this is available if you choose to be a premium customer. You can export LastPass data without an Internet connection if you use the plug-ins.

As Premium users you can enjoy the AD free LastPass, which allows you to access passwords while travelling, because it is compatible with Windows Mobile and Blackberry phone. And soon they will be rolling out support for iPhone as well. Premium feature costs just about $12 / year.

LastPass is key logger safe. Which ensures all your other data is safe and intact !

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Free Software To Enable Or Disable USB Storage In Windows

I recently wrote an article on how To Enable / Disable USB Removable Mass Storage Device Pen Drive Access in Windows. In the article, I pointed the registry changes that need to go, in order for you to be able to enable or disable a pen drive / removable mass storage device.

Also, for those who are not comfortable editing registry files, there were respective registry (.reg) files uploaded.

But with InteliAdmin’s USB Drive disabler, the whole process of handling registry editors is out of scope. You can download USB Drive Disabler, a free software from IntelliAdmin, that will help you disable or Enable USB drives. Internally, this software runs a process which will make changes to your registry file. No human intervention required.

This tool works on Windows server 2000, 2003, 2008, Windows XP and Vista. If you have Windows Vista, remember the extra (unwanted according to me) protection they’ve put in – you’ll   have to run the program as an administrator.


Select if you want to Disable or Enable USB drives and then apply the settings. Changes will be made to the registry keys accordingly and will be effective immediately.

This will Disable or Enable only USB storage, and not the USB port itself, so you’ll still be able to use other USB devices like USB mouse, web cam, printers, scanners and such.

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