One more thing which made my jaws drop was the mysterious world of deadly Computer Viruses, wriggly Worms, traitor Trojans, malicious Malwares and suspicious Spywares. I always had an undisclosed and unexpressed respect towards the highly knowledgeable hackers and their deeds in the world of computers and Internet. I could never understand the working of a virus, worms or a Trojan.
Of course there were saviours but obviously with a price tag. All of my academic life I have never observed my friends or acquaintances using a paid subscription of an anti-virus software. So I too followed the path most trodden. Folks used to say, why to pay when there are so many other way. I too agreed. But when it strikes you hard and ruthless out of the blue, you are helpless. As we were just frivolous students experimenting and applying computers for our trivial usage we never used to mind the attacks on our online as well as electronic life. It was harmless. But it is not the case now. With so much of data, photos, plethora of online services like e-mail, social networking, banking, photo sharing, file sharing, messenger, blogs and other tid bits included makes our life so much dependent on the computer altogether, it is not the same now.
I have heard personal woes of password thefts, identity thefts and hacks resulting to damages ranging from just a simple HDD format to more serious financial loses and identity misuse. Like most of the crimes they are never reported. Sometimes lessons learnt and most of the times things go on just the same waiting for another such incident to happen.
When I bought my laptop, I got a year worth of subscription bundled with it. It was for the first time I was enjoying such luxury. It really worked well; almost 14 months of attack free experience ensured I never lost a second of my precious sleep over it.
Then the dreaded day came. A weeks ultimatum for the subscription renewal. How much? A few thousand bucks. I took a long breath and thought what a miserable life. Lifelong bondage. So now I have to pay subscription every year, for all of my life. I thought as if I was in a quagmire. I felt just as if I was in a quicksand of bludgeoning future payment occurrences.
On the second last day of the ultimatum, I gathered all my wits and energy and employed the services of the company named "Google". You must have heard of it. People say it is famous or something. So I gave it a change. I searched for "Anti-Virus Download free". And a page full of texts and links emerged. My eyes popped out reading one of the entries. Antivirus from Microsoft and that too free. Is it a dream? A dream come true? A dream in a dream? A dream which was a reality? Yes it was Microsoft Security Essentials for just Rs 0000.00 only for all the authentic Windows Operating System users all around the world.
I have been using it from past 2 weeks. It is working as smooth as butter and as cool as cucumber and has given me not a single chance of annoyance. Thanks. Recommended if you are still in the clutches of paid AV SW and more, if you are using some version with il(legal) means. I say, why to go for bread when you can have the entire plum cake.
From the website, a few lines:
Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.
Microsoft Security Essentials is a free download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up to date so you can be assured your PC is protected by the latest technology. It’s easy to tell if your PC is secure — when you’re green, you’re good. It’s that simple.
Keep safe, play safe. For download, click here.