Free Online Anti-Virus Scan from Trend Micro – the HouseCall

Here at Techie-Buzz, we keep our eyes open for free and easy to use online services. One of the most important things you need to manage is your computer’s security. If you surf the internet, it’s always possible that you’ve either gotten infected, or may suspect you’ve been infected by Malware, Trojans or Viruses.

housecall-icon Fortunately, there’s no shortage of security tools that you can install on your PC. There are also several online tools that you can use, and most of the online tools are free. Trend Micro, one of the most trusted providers of security software, also offers a free online anti-virus scanner, named HouseCall.

Don’t consider online scanners as any replacement for installing good anti-virus and anti-malware tools. The online scanners are there in case you need a second opinion.

It’s easy to use and you can see the steps involved below in a screen-show I’ve inserted.

If you can’t see the screen-show here, follow this link to view it.

Here are links to a few other online tools that you may like to take a look at:

Free Online Security Scan From Secunia

Scan Files Online In 24 Antivirus Engines From One Place

Review of ESET Online Scanner

Security Advice From McAfee That You May Not Want

Compress and Zip Files Online Without Any Software

Best Free Online Image Editors

Techie Buzz Verdict:

HouseCall is a good free anti-virus scanning service from a well respected source. I recommend it as a good source for a second opinion when you are afraid that your current security software is failing you.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

Aviary Suite of Online Editors Now Completely Free!

For the amount of time I have been around with budding graphic designers, mostly students, the constant complaint I receive about their passion/hobby/interest/study is that the tools involved especially vector illustration and general high-quality image editing is the price of the software. Now, generally they have to shell out quite a bit for the graphics tablet (if they are seriously into design and illustration) and the add-on cost of the software compels quite a few of them to go the pirate way. Well, all that changes now as the powerful suite of online editors ranging from image to vector to even sound editing has become completely free!



I am sure there was a collective jump of joy when Aviary announced their decision. The feather in their cap (no puns intended!) is the Raven vector editor which is the first online vector editor in the world. It is easy to set up and you can be flirting away with creativity within minutes of signing up (it’s free now!). But that is just one part of the story. Couple this with Phoenix, the image editor with masks, layers, effects and all that good stuff and Toucan, the dedicated swatch editor as well as Peacock, the effects enhancing editor (aptly named the visual laboratory) and you have all the tools needed for a great illustration/drawing/fan-art!



But the remaining two are new and one of them is extremely pleasant to hear about! Yes, Myna, the audio remixing editor (I cannot even begin about how aptly their tools are named, but considering the fact that the myna bird consistently mimics other birds in its own voice really struck a chord!) lets you do quite a lot of things with audio. And to finish it all off, Aviary rounded it up with Falcon, the image markup tool, so you do not need to look around for an image capturing tool. It even has a Firefox plugin so rejoice!



Thus, online editing almost completes a full circle and cloud computing does look like it is the future. But for those who are not interested in the future of computing and all that mundane semi-philosophical stuff and who just want to design, Aviary is the way to go. Enjoy! And do tell us what you think of it in the comments.

Wordcounter: Online Word Frequency Tool to Count Repetitive Words

If you are a writer and struggling to get your style correct, Wordcounter can help. Wordcounter is a free online tool which can be used for many common tasks like: counting words in a given text, finding repetitive words etc. This tool can rank the most frequently used words in any text document. This can be immensly useful when you want to judge your writing skills and analyze what words do you use often.

To get started, just visit Wordcounter and paste the text that you want Wordcounter to analyze.


From the dropdown menu, you can include or exclude common words and the number of words that you want Wordcounter to list and rank.


Press the “Go” button and Wordcounter will list the results as shown below:


So, there you are. Wordcounter has listed the most used words in the given text, so that you can see the flaws in your writing. It can also act as a good keyword tool for Bloggers. You can use it to analyze the density of a particular keyword in your article and judge whether it is too low or abnormaly high.(also read:Never Spell a Word Wrong Again with Enso Words).

Techie-Buzz Verdict

Wordcounter is a nice little tool for anybody who wants to see variations and patterns in his writing. However more functionalities are desired like: spell checker, grammar correction etc. If the developer could include uploading of Word or text documents, then it would be even more beneficial to use.

Techie-Buzz rating: 3/5(average)

Open Zip, Rar, 7z, GZIP, ISO, CAB, DEB Files Online

Previously reviewed WobZip, allows you to open archived files online. WobZip provides a good way to open archived files without having to install any additional software on your PC.


WobZip supports a huge list of archived files including 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2, TAR, RAR, CAB, ISO, ARJ, LZHCHM, Z, CPIO, RPM, DEB and NSIS. In addition to that, you can also unzip or uncompress URLs directly.

We have also covered ArchView, a similar service to preview zip and RAR files online. What’s more? You can also preview zip and RAR files on your desktop without having to download them. This will help you save some bandwidth and help you make a decision on whether or not you want to download a zip file.

[via WindowsClub]

Free Online Services to Create and Send Invoices

Freelancing is very popular and it is not just limited to programming these days. So how do you ensure that you get paid properly and on time? By sending invoices. However, creating and sending invoices in excel spreadsheets is passé. In this age of web2.0, it is more appropriate to make use of online services to create and send invoices for the work that you have done.


In this post, we will take a look at few of the best online invoice services available today.



CurdBee is a very easy to use online billing system for small business and freelancers. CurdBee has a simple to use interface and tracking system to track the invoices you send out. In addition to that, CurdBee also directly integrates into your PayPal account, making it easier to receive payments.

CurdBee is absolutely free to use, you can also go through the CurdBee demo to get a feel of the service before you can actually sign up for a free account.

Bamboo Invoice


Bamboo Invoice is a free and open source billing and invoicing software which can be installed and run on your own servers.

The best part of using Bamboo Invoice is that all your client and invoice data will sit securely on your own servers. Downloading and install the software is pretty easy. You will require to have a web server with PHP 5 and MySQL.

Invoice Dude


Invoice Dude allows you to create unlimited invoices and recurring payments and send them out to your customers. In addition to that, they also have support for multiple currencies and adding your own logo and branding to the invoices.

Invoice Dude is currently in closed beta, so you will have to apply for an invitation before you can use it. In the meantime you can checkout a demo of Invoice Dude.

Billing Boss


Billing Boss is another free invoicing system for small business and freelances to create, send and track the status of invoices.

Billing Boss also has a mobile interface for iPhone and Android devices along with the ability to share your data with your bookkeeper or accountant. You can take a 2 minute tour of Billing Boss before you decide to sign up for it.

Working Point


Working Point is a complete solution for small business. You can invoice your contacts, manages bills and expenses, manage contacts, inventory and more.

Working Point has both free and paid solutions, however, the free solution should be more than enough for your basic needs. You can take a tour of Working Point before you can start using it.

Fresh Books


Fresh Books is another online invoicing and billing service which provides you with an easy way to bill and invoice your customers. Fresh Books boasts of over 1 million users making it one of the largest online invoicing service.

You can sign up for a free account at Fresh Books and manage up-to 3 clients. For more information take a tour of Fresh Books.

Zoho Invoice


Zoho Invoice is another free invoicing system which will allow you to create and send up-to 5 free invoices every month.

Take a tour of Zoho Invoice before you can sign up for the service.

Other Worthwhile Invoice and Billing Servicers

Do you use any other tools or services for invoicing or billing your customers? Do let us know through your comments.

Find Out The Name Of Any Font You Saw With WhatTheFont!

You may have seen many beautiful and amazing fonts in many of the sites and wondered which font it is. Now, there is no need to wonder. Check out the match for the font you looked with WhatTheFont!

WhatTheFont is a free web utility that helps you to know the font name of any of the font you come across on the web. It has a simple easy-to-use interface

In order to use this, you have to either upload the image or paste the URL of which you want to know the font. For example, if you want to know the font of the Google logo, copy and paste the URL of the image and proceed.

It analyzes the type of font and asks for character selection. Here you have to type the characters that have been highlighted.

After this, it gives you a list of fonts and in the side the images, as shown in the picture below.

Link: WhatTheFont

Now after this you can look for the most similar combination and decide the name. It’s easy.   You can have look at this. The most popular fonts named: buildinternet.