Webroot Anti-Virus has fast become the choice for a lot of pros and is also getting popular with consumers. Webroot Anti-Virus, with spyware protection and firewall protection, provides an integrated yet easy to run and easy to install system aimed at a broad range of security threats such as viruses, spyware, adware, worms, Trojans, key loggers and root-issues. Its most annoying, but very important, feature is that it monitors all traffic to and from your computer to block unauthorized access attempts, so no matter what type of innocent or unauthorized program you choose, it will warn you the first time it runs to allow you to run or ban the program.
With video and audio files creating a mishmash of unnecessary files, our favorite product from this company is Window Washer. The aptly named software scrubs hundreds of areas on your PC to remove unnecessary files to ensure your privacy and free up valuable disk space. With its browser activity eraser, Window Washer cleans all aspects of your browser activity including Internet history, address bar, cache, cookies and more.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus (View product)
I and a few professional video editors are testing Kaspersky Anti Virus. Early reports indicate that this much more feature laden and harder to use system is still way, way better than Norton or McAfee.
MyLife-My Art (View product)
How many times have you seen your favorite photo or TV scene and wish you could recreate that on your living room or den wall? I was wondering what this company was doing at a recent consumer electronics and PC expo. But now I’m thinking why some company didn’t devise this system before.
MyLife-MyArt turns favorite photos into large, digital canvas paintings - as large as 40x60-in. or, if you have one of the new Internet based TVs, you can freeze frame a live TV shot, movie scene or capture the last out in a ball game. Capture it, bring it to the PC with a flash drive and then upload images at www.mylife-myart.com. The image is output on archival, museum-quality canvas and framed using solid wood frames including both gallery-wraps that float off walls and traditional frames. Prices vary.
Rant and Raves
Logitech keeps buying strong relevant accessory makers, and now it’s finally keeping up with its tech support responsibilities. While not widely advertised, it has improved its on-line and live person support. Reportedly it will add weekend support to its hot Squeezebox Duet product soon…Microsoft, with arguably one of the worst tech support divisions for a major company, has also really improved its Xbox and Vista technical support. While Microsoft still comes up with some unannounced changes in its product security necessitating a call to tech support, that tech support is now much more on top of the latest problem and can fix it quite fast… LG Electronics, which makes everything from washing machines to Blu-ray players, now stays open later, until 11 pm eastern standard time, for tech support. One word of caution with LG: It pays to look for the problem on their web site, because LG still sometimes opts to offer some fee based repairs for its mainstream CE products, when there’s a quick down-load or free CD firmware repair available on the web.
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Richard Sherwin is a former syndicated technology columnist and TV/Radio analyst, who has also been a marketing executive with IBM, Philips, NBC and a chief advisor to several manufacturers and service providers.