Computer Viruses and Why Should You Update Your Anti-Virus Software Regularly

A computer virus is a malicious program or set of files which degrades and affects the performance of a computer. At times, it also results in improper functioning of a computer or operating system. A virus can spread from one computer to another when they are connected through a network. Removable media such as pen drives, memory cards, floppy disks etc. have been traditionally some of major sources through which viruses used to spread in the past. However, Internet has now replaced them as the key source of most malicious computer viruses. Most of the viruses are man-made programs created by unscrupulous people with malicious intentions. Some computer viruses have also been seen to steal important financial information from your computer in conjunction with spywares and so, you would always like to protect your computer from viruses. For this purpose a set of software known as an ‘anti-virus’ is available. An anti-virus software is a set of program or files that scans your computer memory and tries to delete or deactivate any virus present in the system.

There are many anti-virus software available in the market and on the Internet. Some are free to install while you need to pay for others. However, none of them are foolproof and a single anti-virus cannot detect each and every computer virus. A computer which is connected to the Internet might need a highly rated paid security solution whereas a computer which is not connected to the Internet might require a basic freely available anti-virus. It also depends on the websites which you normally visit and your browsing behavior.

If you visit only a few trusted sites and do open strange emails then you might not need an advanced one. For proper research on which solution would suit you best, you can visit different tech forums on the Internet to gain knowledge about different anti-virus software. You can also check third-party lab testings for various anti-viruses to get an idea of their reliability. Moreover, reviews at popular software download websites such as softpedia, cnet, brothersoft or softonic can help you in deciding on the right one for your needs. For an average home user using a Windows Operating System, the security suite Microsoft Security Essentials which is freely available from the official Microsoft website might work out very well for all your security needs. Once you decide on the desired anti-virus, you can download it and install it if it is a freeware. If it is a paid one then you can purchase the license for the software and install it.

But once an anti-virus software is installed, most computer users forget to update the virus definitions in their software. When they face a computer virus related problem in the future they complain about the software developers and the vendor. But that is where they make a grave mistake. A person who is connected to the Internet must understand the fact that new computer viruses are discovered every single day and so, it is of prime importance to update the virus definitions regularly. If you are connected to the Internet all the time and do not care much about safe browsing then there is a likelihood that your operating system might be a prime target of such malicious viruses.

So, you need to make sure that your Operating System and security software is well equipped to handle such viruses including the latest ones. To do that, you need to update the virus definitions in your anti-virus software everyday. Most paid anti-viruses would automatically update the virus definitions everyday but in case of some free ones, you might need to update them manually. The updates are free of cost for the lifetime of a free anti-virus whereas it is free for the licensed duration in case of a paid one. You must make sure to check the virus definition details every few days to make sure it is up to date. Most anti-virus software would show the last updated date and version number of the virus database within the software itself. However, even a regularly updated anti-virus cannot guarantee 100% safety from virus and malware and so, I would advise you to install an anti-malware/spyware with it to be safe from any virus and malware related threats.

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Ways to Have Success With Social Media

Social media is not a fad. It is here to stay. If you don’t believe me, check out these stats that I found on mashable. According to mashable one in five small business owners are integrating social media into their business processes. Also the same study suggests that 45% of these people believe that their social media initiatives will pay off in 12 months or less. According to Nielsen Wire, 74% of US Internet users spent over 6 hours on a social media site. These two stats should be enough to make you want to get started using social media to promote your business. While there are no hard and fast rules regarding social media, here are a few tips to help you get started on the right track.

Make a plan. It has been said that he who fails to plan, plans to fail. This is certainly true with social media. You can wind up spending tons of time using social media and making no sales. Before you get started with social media, you need to determine who your target audience is. What is their gender? What part of the world do they live in? How old are they? What is their occupation. Once you figure this out, you need to do some research to find out where these people hang out online. All social media sites are not created equal. Some sites tend to attract different groups of people than other sites do. You have to be where your potential clients are. You should create profiles on multiple sites because there are people who, once they get comfortable using one site, they won’t leave that site for any reason. If you have profiles at multiple sites, you increase the chances that you will be where your prospect is.

Don’t just promote your own stuff. Promote stuff your friends are involved in. This is very important in social media. You can’t be all things to all people. If one of your friends has expertise in an area that you don’t, promote their stuff to your network of friends. I’m sure that you can help someone on your list by recommending that product. You never know who might be struggling with the very problem that product solves.

Pretend that you are talking to one person. Use singular words instead of the plural. Think “you” instead of “you guys” or “ya’ll” if you’re from the South.
This is not a one time thing. No quick fixes. This is a long term solution. Do a little bit with social media each day. A little goes a long way. Remember that you are a human being. No one expects you to be online all of the time. Be careful of using automated tools. While they save time, they can annoy the people you network with and that is definitely not a good thing.

Share information in a variety of ways. Don’t just share text. Mix it up a bit. Share an audio file one day. Next time, send a video. People like to consume information in more than one way. Have fun. Share some stuff that’s just plain silly. It doesn’t always have to be business. Remember to connect people in your network with each other. If you have a friend that is a plumber and you know someone that needs a plumber, introduce them to each other (whether or not you get a “finder’s fee”). It’s just good business and they will remember you when you need help with a project.

Social media should be an important part of your overall marketing plan. It should be something that blends well with the other things you are doing to market your business. Make sure that everything you do online matches what you are doing offline so you don’t confuse your potential customers. Now what are you waiting for? Get out there and start networking!

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Tips on Designing a Mobile Website

There are already millions of users who are browsing the internet using certain devices such as the desktop PC and laptop. A high percentage of those users are also trying to access the internet through their phones and they are using mobile websites. However, due to several drawbacks that mobile internet brings, they tend to backslide. This happens when the websites they usually go to are not accessible or does not display on their mobile phones correctly.

How do we remedy this? We should really find a way to design our website in a way that will make it compatible to different mobile devices that we use today. There are fundamental steps that will help in making a better mobile website and these are the significant notes that you have to keep in mind before you build a website.

The first tip is to know what your costumer wants. If you finally find out about this, you have to stick with it. Take note what kind of phone most of them are using then start developing on certain platforms. You might get a problem when it comes to resolutions and dimensions because each mobile phone is different – that means you have to take into consideration how the mobile website will appear on a particular phone model. The shape of the phone should also be considered aside from the resolution and dimension.

You can optimize your content by knowing the common screen dimensions. To avoid other problems, keep your site clean and simple so that your target audience will not be too confused on navigating through the site. Also take note of the different types of mobile users that Google identified – those are the casual surfers, the repeat visitor and “urgent, now” visitor. These visitors have different needs so you have to know if you are able to meet those needs.

If you are done building your mobile website, try to test it many times on different mobile phones. It might work on some but it’s not always applicable to all so it might help if you test and see what’s wrong with or if there is something that you might have missed. If you can’t test on different mobile phones, you can ask help from your friends. Send them an email or survey to find out if there is something you need to change or improve on your site to make it better.

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Top Ten Wii Games of All Times

The Nintendo Wii was first launched in 2006 and since then a catalog of high quality releases have been available year after year. Here is a look at my top ten Wii Games of all times listed by a combination of best-selling games and ratings.

1. Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2 (2007 & 2010) – is the best Wii game ever made. It’s so full of variety that you will never get bored of playing it. Also the game set the bar of 3D platforming adventures on the Nintendo Wii just as it’s predecessor, Mario 64 was for the Nintendo 64.

ESRB Rating : E (Everyone)

2. Okami (2008) – Okami resembles no other game that has come before it. The game is the story of the sun god who must restore the world by commanding his powers against the forces of darkness. The unique art style in this adventure fantasy game is superb.

ESRB Rating: Teen.

3. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2010): is Wii remake of the original Nintendo DS classic platform reboot. It’s a great adventure game for the family with lots of challenges to enjoy.

ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)

4. Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure (2007) – Unique to the Nintendo Wii Games system, Zack & Wiki is a puzzle/adventure game set in a fantastic pirate universe with an outstanding story.

ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)

5. Little King’s Story (2008) – is a strategy/breeding game in which players take control of Corobo (who finds a crown in the middle of the forest, granting him kingship over a small hamlet in dire need of assistance). With his three trusty aides, Corobo puts the country back on the path of greatness and world domination.

ESRB Rating: Teen

6. Super Paper Mario (2007) – Super Paper Mario is a follow-up sequel to Paper Mario on the Gamecube. The game is a unique action platformer of different dimensions and includes some new elements that gives it a good twist.

ESRB Rating: Everyone

7. Monster Hunter Tri (2010) – is a role play adventure and the first of the Monster Hunter series to become a Nintendo Wii games exclusive. The game has improved in online experience, visuals and camera control.

ESRB Rating: Teen

8 And Yet It Moves (2010) – And Yet It Moves is a unique puzzle platformer with a definite twist. In this game there are no enemies to fight, so no weapons to use. However players are faced with a bunch of obstacles and puzzles to conquer.

ESRB Rating: Everyone

9. Dead Space Extraction (2009) – Unlike the original horror game released for Xbox/PS3/PC.Dead Space Extraction is a thrilling first person shooter with plenty of narration.

ESRB Rating: Mature

10. NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits (2009) – Kindred Spirits is a WiiWare puzzle-platformer where you take control of a winged goddess in search of Icarus. The game is set in Ancient Greece with stunning visuals and fabulous gameplay.

ESRB Rating: Everyone

These are my top 10 Wii games of all times, a definite collection for any Wii game lover. Compare Wii game prices here

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