Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Free Microsoft Security Essentials real time protection against virus, spyware and malware

Microsoft has released “Security Essentials” for PCs which are running genuine windows. It is a free download. You can download Microsoft Security Essentials here.

Microsoft Security Essentials

As usual this product from Microsoft is simple to install. Easy to update and quick to scan. And with green "right" mark on taskbar makes easy to tell if that PC is secure

Installation Screens

Installation Initiation


Installation Complete


Updating Security Definitions


Quick Scan after install and initial update


Final and regular screen of Microsoft Security Essentials


Also on the Security Essentials site, under support tab, there are videos which can show

  • how to install Security Essentials,
  • how to scan your PC
  • how to address threat when detected by Security Essentials

Also you have access to online community as well as access to help and how-to. If everything else fails, you can open a support case too.

My first impression is positive for the product. I have observed that

  1. the Microsoft Security Essentials can be installed along side Avast! and Spyware Blaster.
  2. in quick scan mode the Microsoft Security Essentials has performed the task quickly without slowing down my Vista laptop.
  3. after scanning while watching from windows tray this virus, malware protection has not reduced opening and closing of browsers, office documents or archives.

Minimum Requirements

You can find minimum requirements for Microsoft Security Essentials here. It can be installed on Genuine Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or Service Pack 3); Windows Vista (Gold, Service Pack 1, or Service Pack 2); Windows 7. Plus it supports Windows XP mode in Windows 7.

It would be interesting to see reaction of other companies which are already in this space of PC Protection from virus, spyware and malware. Also how would open source pc tools compete with this new tool.

Enjoy... and stay safe !!!!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Shri Ganesh Festival : Ganpati Baapa Morrya

Shri Ganesh Festival : Ganpati Baapa Morrya

I would like to share eight images of Lord Shri Ganesh taking moment on just completed Ganesh Festival.

Lord Ganesh is prayed as the God of Knowledge and for his super Manager image. It is one of the social festival almost each household as well as every neighborhood in India (especially western states) has an idol of Lord Shri Ganesh. There is a ompetition among each neighborhood about decoration and special attraction around the Lord's idol.

In India and now throughout the world, every year, during month of Auguest, Ganesh Festival is been celebrated. Indian People bring a statue of Lord Shri Ganesh and situate it in their God room. Perform daily rituals and socialize among family, friends and neighbors’. The Poojan is followed by sweets called Modaka. By the way poojan is performing prayer of Lord Ganesh with a oil lamp and appropriate musical instruments. Modaka is made up of jagary, coconut inside wheat flour and then it is deep fried in oil. Other sweets are rice pudding with kesar. Yummy !!!

If you may please look at the Lord, he has the head of an elephant and big tummy. The large ears represent full attentive listening. The eyes shows concentration, focus and deep observation. While the trunk in front of mouth signifies loud and clear voice for everything but no unnecessary talking. The big head is for storing the knowledge while tummy is for all positive , negative things, secrets. The moon on head is for calmness and patience. All the attributes of Super Manager.

Also each picture of Lord Shri Ganesh signifies the Lord’s characteristics and has a story behind it.

    First row
  • first image - Gajanan –a God with head of an elephant.

  • Second image – Mahakai – humongous body form

  • Third Image – Omkar – The one who is born with and from sound of universe. sound of the sacred syllable.

  • Fourth Image - Shoorpakarna - Large-Eared Lord

  • Second Row
  • First image - Vakratunda - Curved Trunk Lord

  • Second Image – Sindhurvarna – The one with color of saffron.

  • Third Image - Vighnavinashanaya - Destroyer of All Obstacles and Impediments

  • Fourth Image – Chatur booja – The one with four hands.

  • Third Row
  • First Image - Mangalamurti - All Auspicious Lord

  • Second Image - Bhalchandra - Moon-Crested Lord

  • Third Image - Ekadanta - Single-Tusked Lord

  • Fourth Image - Lambodara - The Huge Bellied Lord

And so on…

Happy Ganesh Festival…Lord Ganesh we would be waiting for you to visit us next year !!!

Freebies for green and organic lover

Freebies for green and organic lover

Thought these free goodies about Green (Energy efficient) life style and Organic Natural Herbs may interest you to use it for health as well as for energy efficient home.

  • A free downloadble booklet, Herbs at a Glance: A Quick Guide to Herbal Supplements from NCCAM ( and online information)

  • The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is the Federal Government's lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine.

    Herbs at a Glance is a series of fact sheets that provides basic information about specific herbs or botanicals—common names, uses, potential side effects, and resources for more information. The following link will take you to the page containing a list of herbs. On each individual herb related page, you will have an opportunity to download PDF describing each herb, its picture, name, advantages etc.

    Link: http://nccam.nih.gov/health/herbsataglance.htm

    While you are here, if you like what you see, you may choose to explore more links from this page "Links to Other Organizations"

  • energystar.gov is giving away free publications to improve energy utilization in and around your home. These are all downloadable PDFs.

  • It contains free publications on categories like

    Global Warming, Home Improvements, New Home, Buildings And Plants, Small Business, etc

    Link: https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=publications.showPublications

Hope you find these resources useful for your green and organic life style.