I still remember there was one time that Norton Anti Virus had became the most favorite anti-virus software among computer users, with high detection rate and fast performance. It was during 2002 if not mistaken when I am still using Windows 98 as my primary operating system. As time goes on, with the advent of many different new companies (Kaspersky, Eset etc.) for computer protection software, it doesn’t seems that Norton have it’s own protection software improved, but it is getting bulkier and bulkier, and of course, it is always blamed for the slowed-down computer performance. It was the time that I totally give up with Norton products and whenever my friend asking for my opinion for AV software, I’d tell them to say no to Norton’s.
Is your friend telling you that you keep sending them links (website, image links etc.) that contain viruses? Or you accidentally clicked the virus link sent by your friend and afraid your MSN Messenger/Windows Live Messenger has been infected by the virus? Uninstalling of the software doesn’t seems to solve the problem?
Don’t worry. You doesn’t require to format your whole computer in order to kill the viruses. There are several free software out there is available for you to kill those nasty viruses for you.
Both software work well under Windows XP and Vista. Both should be working on Windows 7 as well (not tested thoroughly though). Hope they are able to help you in removing the nasty MSN/WLM viruses. And a piece of advise, don’t click on the links or similar if the links look suspicious to you. Always check with the sender whether the link was sent intentionally.
Tried to delete/rename the file but Windows said it is being used by application or access denied? Found a virus file but it doesn’t allowed to get deleted because it is running? Natively Windows does have the task manager to kill applications that is running, however, if the file is in used, there is almost no way for you to find out which application is using it, at least, no easy way. Below is one of the example that popped-up when you try to delete a folder:
As well as other variants such as:
Cannot delete file: Access is denied
There has been a sharing violation.
The source or destination file may be in use.
The file is in use by another program or user.
Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.
This post is originally from makeuseof.com by Karl Gechlik.
Do you wonder how much space is wasted on your Windows machine by old temp files and files that you have no need for? Do you really need all of your internet temp files going back 2 years? How about all those annoying thumbs.db files? I found a application that will clean your hard drive of a huge amount of files and recover your precious space.
That program is called Hard Drive Power Wash. Let’s check it out.
I started by downloading the free version of Hard Drive Power Wash from here. Using this application, I can schedule the clean up so it can be totally automated. You know set it and forget it.
Once you get this 2.05 MB file you will need to install it. Then you will see a screen that looks like this.