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A Little Humor and a Lot of Learning with Comodo TV

Comodo Group, the developers of a number of very well known free applications including, Comodo Antivirus, Comodo Firewall, Comodo Time Machine, System Cleaner, Comodo BackUp, have been offering a series of instructional and informative videos that are extremely interesting, persuasive, and in some cases, rather humorous.

I think we can agree that there’s not much that’s funny about Spam, but Comodo’s recent video “Turn Spam Into Cash”, is brilliantly done, hilarious, and manages to turn the very familiar 419 scam (The Nigerian advance fee fraud), on its head.

By spoofing the techniques used in TV commercials by the likes of the late Billy Mays, (he of the impassioned sales pitches), Comodo manages to be both convincing, and witty.

Turn Spam into Cash

This type of “edutainment” is a terrific way for your family, friends, and associates, to learn the basics of Internet security, and in this case, our old friend – the 419 scam.

Let them know that they can learn the basics of Internet security in a  constructive, yet lighthearted way, and point them to Comodo’s Really Simple Security.

They’ll be glad that you did. As well, by doing so, you will have helped raise the level of security for all of us.

The Comodo TV site, is broken down very neatly into the following areas:

ComodoVision Covers Internet trust and security news, solutions and important developments.

Solution Spotlight – Profiles the features and benefits of specific Comodo products and services.

Smart Strategies – Examines major Internet trust and security challenges and what to do about them.

Security Insider – Offers commentary on major current developments in the critical cyber-security arena.

HowVision – Explains how to get the most out of Comodo products and services.

Como-dy – Funny, irreverent, or just plain weird videos tackling the lighter side of Internet security.

ComodoCommunity – User-generated content from people like you about Internet trust and security.

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Comodo “Really Simple Security” – Free and Uncomplicated

Just like “free”; “simple” is good. When you combine free and simple thought, you often get “great”. Comodo Group’s new, free, Internet security series, is just that – great.

Internet security advice, is often free, but too often it’s far from simple. In fact, it tends to be complex, and occasionally, frustrating to grasp.

We’ve written here previously about Comodo TV, a terrific free service offered by Comodo, the developers of a number of very well known free applications including, Comodo Antivirus, Comodo Firewall, Comodo Time Machine, System Cleaner, and Comodo BackUp.

Comodo VP Bill Fallon and his team have taken this concept one step further, and have developed a new Internet video series, Really Simple Security, published on a dedicated YouTube channel.

Really Simple Security

As Bill explains “Each program is about a minute, and in a light and entertaining way gets the point across about what every Internet user needs to know, and needs to do, to be more proactive about their own protection… We produce and distribute two new programs every week.”.

Really Simple Security 2

To ensure the security lessons are topical, current, and reflect the “real” Internet environment, Comodo wants to hear from you. Or, as Bill Fallon puts it, “ if you have any suggestions for topics to cover, we’re all ears”.

We know that running security applications alone, will not ensure safety on the Internet; education and awareness have taking on a new urgency.

While you may not need to be convinced, your friends, relatives, and associates, particularly those who are new Internet users, undoubtedly need to learn the basics of Internet security.

Let them know that they can do this in a  constructive, yet lighthearted way, and point them to Comodo’s Really Simple Security. They’ll be glad that you did. As well, by doing so, you will have helped raise the level of security for all of us.

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Comodo TV – Taking Security Awareness to Another Level

image Hearing it through the ‘‘grapevine” might be ok, when you want to hear the latest neighborhood, or office gossip. The problem with the “grapevine’, as we all know though, is the facts tend to get distorted and twisted.

Listening to “grapevine” type news on Internet threats, or computer system tweaks, or listening to advice from Uncle Joe (who heard it from his buddy Steve, who’s an “expert” with computers), is almost sure to lead to unsatisfactory results. Just like the neighborhood/office “grapevine”, information from these sources tends to get distorted and twisted.

I’m a big fan of companies that do their utmost to educate users on Internet security related issues, or who offer advice on system related issues so that computer users don’t have to rely on second hand information.

In some cases, these same companies are well known for providing free security applications, which are often supplemented by additional system applications.

Comodo Group, the developers of a number of very well known free applications including, Comodo Antivirus, Comodo Firewall, Comodo Time Machine, System Cleaner, Comodo BackUp, and you may be surprised to learn, many, many more, is now offering a series of instructional and informative videos that are extremely interesting, persuasive, and in some cases, rather humorous (not a bad thing when all is considered).

Watching these informative videos, will definitely help an average user increase Internet security awareness, as well as gaining answers to some very common system issues.

The Comodo TV site, is broken down very neatly into the following areas:

ComodoVision Covers Internet trust and security news, solutions and important developments.

Solution Spotlight – Profiles the features and benefits of specific Comodo products and services.

Smart Strategies – Examines major Internet trust and security challenges and what to do about them.

Security Insider – Offers commentary on major current developments in the critical cyber-security arena.

HowVision – Explains how to get the most out of Comodo products and services.

Como-dy – Funny, irreverent, or just plain weird videos tackling the lighter side of Internet security.

ComodoCommunity – User-generated content from people like you about Internet trust and security.

The following videos are just a small sample of what’s available:

Avoiding Viruses from Adult Content Sites (You’ll love this one).

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Adult content sites are among the most popular on the Internet, and among the most likely to infect your computer with viruses or other malware. This video explains the most common infection scheme.

Desktop Security – ComodoVision Consumer 6

Comodo vids 2

Semi-monthly news magazine for consumers on Internet Trust and Security.  This edition features a recap of the major Internet Trust and Security stories of 2009, some suggested Internet Trust and Security New Year’s resolutions.

Comodo How-to.

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Here’s how you can boost your PC’s performance with a few quick steps.

Desktop Security – Dangers on the Web

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Dangers on the Web shows some of the dangers facing all Internet users today in a way that we think people will easily be able to relate to.

Many of us have a learning style in which both hearing, and seeing, are important components,  and if that’s your learning style, you’re sure to enjoy Comodo TV.

Update – January 25, 2010: Comodo has just released a new video entitled “How To Feed the Needy; Starve Scammers” which deals with cybercriminals unconscionable use of the Haitian tragedy. I encourage you to view this video.

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Speedup Your Slow Computer – Free Solutions to System Slowdown

In computing, I find that there is nothing that aggravates me quite as much as a slow boot time, or a machine that continuously responds in a sluggish manner.

Unfortunately, it seems with a Windows machine it is inevitable that it will slow down over time. There are a ton of reasons for this, but the following causes are the most common.

In most cases, since a slow computer is generally suffering from more than one problem, you will probably find that you will have to resolve the issue using more than a single solution.

A Messy Registry

The longer you use Windows, the more disordered your registry can become, especially if you regularly install and uninstall software. Many applications, on being uninstalled, leave behind “orphan” registry entries. They don’t remove all traces of themselves; causing problems such as sluggish performance, system lockups, or a bloated registry that takes longer to load on startup.

The easiest way to clean your registry is to use a free registry cleaner, such as RegSeeker. With the click of a button, RegSeeker will scan your registry for these fragmented files, and safely remove them. As with all Registry cleaners, use caution and be sure to backup using the backup feature of the application.

Download at: Hoverdesk

Full Hard Drive

A full hard drive will not function efficiently. You require at least 2 – 3MB of free space for programs to run smoothly. If you lack this much free space, you should uninstall unused programs on your primary drive. A superior program to uninstall programs from your computer is Revo Uninstaller. This free program with its advanced and fast algorithm scans before, and after you uninstall an application.

After the program’s regular uninstaller runs, you can remove additional unnecessary files, folders and registry keys that are usually left over (those “orphaned” registry entries we talked about earlier), on your computer. This feature is a definite plus.

Download at: Revo Group

Not Enough Memory

It’s important to have enough memory on your computer to keep programs running smoothly. Current recommendations are that you have at least 512MB on your PC, although at this point, 1GB/2GB seems to be a safer bet. If you need to upgrade your RAM, check your local retail ads for sales. You can usually get a RAM upgrade at a great price.

Alternatively, you can run a free memory manager such as FreeRam XP Pro to free and optimize your computer’s RAM (Random Access Memory). The result should be an increase in system performance and productivity. The application automatically configures itself for ease of use, and also features advanced options and customizability. FreeRAM XP Pro has been designed to be easy to use yet highly customizable by computer novices and experts alike. I have been using this application for several years, and I am delighted with its performance.

Download at:  MajorGeeks

Too Many Start-Up Programs

When you boot your computer, there may be a large number of programs that start automatically. These programs impact your computer’s available processing capacity and memory usage, and can slow it down dramatically. In all probability, you don’t need all of these programs to automatically start when you boot your computer.

Autoruns is a free utility, which has the most comprehensive knowledge of auto-starting locations of any startup monitor, in my view, and shows you what programs are configured to run during system boot up or login, and the order Windows processes them.

These programs will include ones in your startup folder, Run, RunOnce, and other Registry keys. You can configure Autoruns to show additional locations, including Explorer shell extensions, toolbars, browser helper objects, Winlogon notifications, auto-start services, and more. Autoruns goes considerably beyond the MSConfig utility bundled with Windows.

Download at: Softonic

Turn off unnecessary services

If you are a typical computer user, then the fewer services your system runs the better. This issue is too comprehensive to discuss in this article but you can read my article on this Blog which will assist you in determining which services you can turn off in Windows XP Pro/Home, to improve performance and boot time.

Spyware and Malicious Programs

A common spyware complaint is; it slows down the operating system. As spyware accumulates on a computer, performance can grind to a dismal halt. Combating spyware starts with learning to recognize its presence and understanding its impact on system resources.

Recognizing when spyware is installed on a computer system and removing it promptly is the best method of protecting computers from catastrophic problems caused by spyware. There are many free applications available to help you recognize, control and remove spyware, adware, Trojans, and other malicious malware/programs that can infect and slowdown your system.

Here are some free applications that are reliable and I feel confident in recommending.

SpyBot Search and Destroy

AdAware

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition

ThreatFire 3

Comodo Firewall Pro

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Computer Slowing Down? – Checkout These Free Solutions to System Slowdowns

 

A Cluttered Registry

The longer you use Windows, the more cluttered your registry can become, especially if you regularly install and uninstall software. Many applications, on being uninstalled, leave behind “orphan” registry entries. They don’t remove all traces of themselves; causing problems such as sluggish performance, system lockups, or a bloated registry that takes longer to load on startup. The easiest way to clean your registry is to use a free registry cleaner, such as RegSeeker. With the click of a button, RegSeeker will scan your registry for these fragmented files, and safely remove them.

Download: http://www.hoverdesk.net/freeware.htm

Full Hard Drive

A full hard drive will not function efficiently. You require at least 2 – 3MB of free space for programs to run smoothly. If you lack this much free space, you should uninstall unused programs on your primary drive. A superior program to uninstall programs from your computer is Revo Uninstaller. This free program with its advanced and fast algorithm scans before, and after you uninstall an application.

After the program’s regular uninstaller runs, you can remove additional unnecessary files, folders and registry keys that are usually left over (those “orphaned” registry entries we talked about earlier), on your computer. This feature is a definite plus.

Download: http://www.revouninstaller.com/

Not Enough Memory

It’s important to have enough memory on your computer to keep programs running smoothly. Current recommendations are that you have at least 512MB on your PC, although at this point, 1GB seems to be a safer bet. If you need to upgrade your RAM, check your local retail ads for sales. You can usually get a RAM upgrade at a great price.

Alternatively, you can run a free memory manager such as FreeRam XP Pro to free and optimize your computer’s RAM (Random Access Memory). The result is an increase in system performance and productivity. The application automatically configures itself for ease of use and also features advanced options and customizability. FreeRAM XP Pro has been designed to be easy to use yet highly customizable by computer novices and experts alike. I have been using this application for several years, and I am delighted with its performance.

Download: http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=1670

Too Many Start-Up Programs

When you boot your computer, there may be a number of programs that start automatically. These programs impact your computer’s available processing capacity and memory usage, and can slow it down dramatically. In all probability, you don’t need all of these programs to automatically start when you boot your computer.

Autoruns is a free utility, which has the most comprehensive knowledge of auto-starting locations of any startup monitor and shows you what programs are configured to run during system boot up or login, and shows you the entries in the order Windows processes them.

These programs include ones in your startup folder, Run, RunOnce, and other Registry keys. You can configure Autoruns to show other locations, including Explorer shell extensions, toolbars, browser helper objects, Winlogon notifications, auto-start services, and much more. Autoruns goes considerably beyond the MSConfig utility bundled with Windows Me and XP.

Download: http://autoruns.en.softonic.com/

Spyware and Malicious Programs

The most common complaint about spyware is that it slows down the operating system. As spyware accumulates on a computer, performance can grind to a dismal halt. Combating spyware starts with learning to recognize its presence and understanding its impact on system resources.

Recognizing when spyware is installed on a computer system and removing it promptly is the best method of protecting computers from catastrophic problems caused by spyware. There are many free applications available to help you recognize, control and remove spyware, adware, Trojans, and other malicious malware/programs that can infect and slowdown your system. Here are some that I recommend.

SpyBot Search and Destroy: http://www.safer-networking.org/

AdAware: http://www.lavasoftusa.com/

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition: www.free.grisoft.com

SpyCatcher Express: www.tenebril.com

ThreatFire 3: www.threatfire.com

Comodo Firewall: www.comodogroup.com

 

 

 

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