Windows Xp…. Is it the End???


I found this today.

Microsoft Corp is scheduled to stop selling its Windows XP operating system to retailers and major computer makers today, despite protests from a slice of PC users who don’t want to be forced into using XP’s successor, Vista.

Is it the end of the road for Xp? I always liked Xp compared to Vista.(I don’t have enough system requirements to even try it.)

But good news is that Microsoft is providing full technical support through 2009 which means that the Software and Hardware providers will design products for Windows Xp till that time.

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Week’s favorite links


Like every other week this week was full of news

  • Maya steps back from the UPA Coalition for neglecting UP( More like probably neglecting her!).
  • Karan Johar started blogging. His blog is is called “My first blog”( I expected a name which had Shah Rukh in it). Surely these guys are a threat for amateur blogger like me.
  • RGV’s new post made me think he should start making comedy films instead of films related to the Underworld.
  • Nuclear deal,Left threatens to copy the Maya style. Manmohan has got a new watch. To start the countdown for the fall of the government.
  • Shreesanth fights again! This time with the Ashoka hotel guys. ( He’s such a showoff).
  • Gorkaland strike.( Before the clash began I was thinking gorkas were the hindi name for Watchmen). Thank God my doubt was cleared.

I could only find these links. I’ll be adding more later.

Avast Antivirus Home vs AVG Free Edition


Whenever a anyone who doesn’t want to spend money on Antivirus , searches for a free Antivirus, then has has two choices.

  • AVG Free Edition
  • Avast Home Edition

Which one to choose? That is the dilemma most people have.

I have compared the two Antivirus softwares based on my experiences as well as the various resources available on the web.

Features

AVG Free provides only the basic protection against viruses and Version 7 does not include Antispyware protection and Antirookit protection (One can to download the free version of the Antispyware and Antirookit but these are not integrated) whereas Version 8 of the AVG Free includes integrated Antivirus and Antispyware scanning engine. But Antirookit feature is available only in the Pro version.

Avast claims to provide Antivirus and Antirookit protection included in the free package but I guess its included in the same scanner.

One more featute that is unique in Avast is the Boot-Time scan which scans the computer before the operating systems start ans viruses can be removed before its activation.

Protection

Make no mistake about it. Both provide excellent protection from most kinds of viruses. Both softwares provide above 95% detection rates as shown by various Independent Antivirus testing Organizations.

Avast Provides additional protection like P2P Shield,Web Shield, Network Shield etc. AVG also provides Web Scanner and E-Mail Scanner.

Memory

Both AVG and Avast uses about 14 to 18MB of RAM. So both are light on resources.

Scanning Speed

AVG scan is faster than Avast. Avast with high protection takes a long time to scan.

Interface

AVG free is a very simple to use interface. Avast Home interface is very difficult to get used. Scan summary also is not provided in the Home Edition of Avast.

Comparison with Pro version

Rookit Scan, Spyware Scan, Firewall and loads of other options are available in the Pro Version of AVG not available. For those having extra having extra bucks Upgrade is recommended.

Avast Pro version just has some User-Interface Enchancement Features and Script Scanner. Almost all the features are available in the Home Edition Itself. Upgrade is not recommended.

Conclusion

No winner. Its a draw between the two since both provides excellent protection with lots of features. You should try both and choose whats best for you.

Update: Comment from Pat Bitton

AVG Free 8.0 (available for download at http://free.avg.com) now combines anti-virus and anti-spyware in the same engine. v8 also includes the LinkScanner safe-search technology that protects users from inadvertently clicking through on an organic or paid search result that has been infected with a drive-by download.

Download links:

Avast Home

AVG Free

Mozilla Archive Format…. A lost addon


I am thinking of switching from Firefox v2.0.0.14 to Firefox v3 since almost all the addons are updated and those which are not are going to be updated soon.

One addon that I’m going to miss is the Mozilla Archive Format. It is an addon which gives the .mht format support as well as the .maf support , both are used for saving a web page as a web archive format.

Actually this addon support was only available for the Mozilla Firefox v1.5 but some geek altered compatibility of the addon to Firefox version 2. So the addon is working perfectly till now and if I upgrade to firefox 3 this addon will stop working. Unless someone can alter the compatibility and extend it to Firefox version 3.

Can someone help me with this ? Please comment…….

Update: A new addon is available in Firefox 3 for saving files in .mht format.

Mozilla Addons Updated for version 3.0 compatibility


Addons are updated for the version 3.0 compatibility.

The addons which were updated today are

Just few more addons like FEBE , Flashblock and Tab Mix Plus and then I’ll be switching to The version 3.0 for good.