Anti-Virus Programs

Anti-Virus Programs

After reading about anti-virus and discussing the best free ones out there, I’ve come to my conclusions.

  1. The best anti-virus programs must be bought.
  2. There aren’t many anti-viruses that are absolutely free.

As a techie, I’m here to help those in search of the best anti-viruses, but also the free ones as well. I’d like to point your attention to Microsoft Security Essentials. Now, what’s great about this nifty anti-virus is that it’s absolutely free. There are NO trials or license keys involved. This is one thing Microsoft got right. A FREE anti-virus for XP, Vista, or 7 in many different languages. The interface is simple and user friendly. You can even schedule a scan for any reason.

Well, in case you have already tried Microsoft Security Essentials and are not satisfied with it, I have  provided you multiple links for almost all the anti-viruses.


Facebook’s privacy policies hit a language barrier

McDonald’s. Blockbuster. And now Facebook? The social network and its controversial privacy policies are teeming with new complications as regulators overseas increasingly start to regard them as a suspicious, Americanizing import.

This week, data protection officials in Hamburg, Germany, sent a menacing missive in Facebook’s direction, accusing the social network of partaking in illegal activities by retaining data about people who aren’t members of the site but whose contact information may have come into its possession through members’ e-mail importer tools. Last year, the privacy commissioner in Canada put significant pressure on Facebook to simplify its privacy controls, citing concerns that were pulled back into the spotlight when a Toronto law firm filed suit against Facebook this month, for which it’s seeking class-action status.

There will be more incidents like these. Facebook’s privacy policies, however maligned by advocacy groups, have thus far held up decently well in the U.S.; a coalition of senators who called attention to the amount of data that Facebook shares with third parties quieted down when the social network made some modifications. But more than three quarters of Facebook’s users live outside the U.S., in countries where laws are different, and where lawmakers are much less likely to agree with the Facebook concept–or even the American concept–of online privacy.

“It’s the essence of Facebook that you, as a U.S. resident, are able to reconnect with that transfer student from Paraguay from when you were in sixth grade,” said Paul Bond, an attorney with law firm Reed Smith who specializes in data protection and privacy. “That global operational reality is challenged to the breaking point by the patchwork of privacy laws in different countries. The fact of the matter is, while people on social-media networks want to be able to seamlessly interact with one another, they are citizens of nations. Those nations have their own rules with regard to data privacy protection, and they expect them to follow those rules.”

Facebook representatives were not immediately available to answer a question about how it currently deals with data protection regulations in different countries.

It’s not that the Facebook juggernaut is unwelcome overseas. Politicians, candidates, and regulators around the world near-universally understand the power of the social network and its connections, with fan pages a crucial part of election efforts geared to young voters and interest groups now virtual home bases for activism. And Facebook has even begun formal collaborations with governments. On Friday, it announced a partnership with the office of the British Prime Minister on “The Spending Challenge,” a project to crowd-source solutions to the country’s budget deficit.

But that doesn’t mean they’re all willing to accept what Facebook’s selling them with regard to how it handles user data, from how long it retains information from deleted accounts to how much of a member’s profile can be shared with third-party partners. The privacy regulations of a company or a sovereignty are as much reflections of a culture’s ethical values as they are fine-print rules. And the strict data protection laws of many European countries, particularly Germany, emerged out of the psychic scars of autocratic governments. This has created complications for many a U.S. tech company: the E.U. sparred with Microsoft, and it’s still not through with Google–particularly its tight-lipped search algorithms and the alleged intrusions of Google Street View. Now, with Facebook’s profile ever growing in Europe, it’s a bigger priority for regulators.

“It is a space that is not very mature,” said Trevor Hughes, executive director of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. “Privacy, as an issue, all of us know it and know it to be ancient in terms of a human interest. As a legal concept, consumer privacy is very, very new so all of those things get thrown into a very unstable policy environment. It makes it very challenging for companies.”

Those complications are already evident in the fact that many of the contests, promotions, and advertising campaigns on Facebook that leverage its web of social connections are restricted by country–as they would be on any ad-supported Web property. The same applies to media: The selections on Apple’s iTunes Store differ from one country to the next based on licensing and availability. Drive across the border from the U.S. to Canada, and you can no longer watch videos on Hulu.

There is, however, a sensitivity inherent in regulating companies’ access to user privacy that simply isn’t there when it comes to determining whether all the roadblocks have been removed when it comes to legally streaming the final season of “Lost” online in Argentina. Member-created data is the lifeblood of Facebook: It’s taken on the role of a global tool of connection and communication, creating more friction for both Facebook and its users if a member in Spain is using a site governed by different policies than one in Canada. Consider this: If a college student from Munich takes his laptop on a semester abroad at Stanford, uploads photos to his Facebook account while living in the U.S., and then goes back to Germany, to which country’s privacy laws are those photos subject to?

“Facebook, and everybody else, uses all this data for marketing and advertising purposes,” said Francoise Gilbert, an attorney with the Bay Area-based IT Law Group, who advises multinational companies on how to deal with how regulations differ from one country to the next. “That’s where it complicates things. Because our information, the public’s information, is being sold left and right and reused for advertising purposes.”

None of this even begins to take into account the fact that Facebook also now has to deal with countries where digital-media and privacy regulation may involve censorship, snooping, and activities far more nefarious than, say, requiring that third parties may only hold on to Facebook member data for 24 hours. The Chinese government has blocked access to Facebook on occasion. Telecommunications regulators in Pakistan and Bangladeshtemporarily cut off access to the site amid the rise of fan pages and groups that the two predominantly Muslim countries determined to be blasphemous. The ongoing drama between Google and the Chinese governmentover whether to censor search results would indicate that Facebook’s dealings with governments that disapprove of content on its servers will only escalate.

This litany of current and forthcoming complications hits Facebook where it hurts: The social network has said time and again that it wants to keep things simple, and some of the most forceful accusations from privacy advocates disapproving of its policies have been that Facebook’s explanations of exactly what it’s sharing with whom are so convoluted that the average member is left perplexed. Changing policies in accordance with international borders could muddle things further.

“What all of these people are asking is that it be more simple, more understandable, so it should not be more complex,” attorney Francoise Gilbert said. “If it’s more complex, then everybody has lost.”

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Adobe Photoshop CS4 Serials

Adobe Photoshop CS4 Serials

We have officially released the Adobe Photoshop CS4 Serial Pack. This pack includes:

  • 15 un-tested serials
  • 3 Photoshop CS4 Extended un-tested serials

If NONE of the serials work, we will give you a serial pack for any requested program as long as:

  1. The program is at least 1 or two years old.
  2. The program was not recently released.
  3. You do not post the serial pack elsewhere without my consent/permission.
  4. You provide your email so I can personally send it to you. Please provide your email at the support page. More information is on that page as well.

Download HERE

Quick Update

I just thought I’d let you guys know that I’ll be postponing the day in which the Photoshop or Fireworks serial and the fireworks show is released. Because of some issues regarding my computer, I could not edit the video to look better so there is higher quality and such. In my previous post, I released a Camtasia Studio 7 Serial pack which is a small apology gift.

Thanks for your cooperation. I expect the video and serial to be released by Thursday, July 8.


Camtasia Studio 7 + Serials

I’ve taken the time to gather a few working serials for the new version of Camtasia Studio. Camtasia Studio is a movie editing software and a screen recorder. I’ve tested all the serials and they work 100%. If a serial does not work, try another one. If all of them don’t work, please leave a comment below and I’ll try to find you a new one.

Click here to download via Mediafire

As always, use the comment section below if you would like the file uploaded to another mirror. Thanks as always.


How to Speed Up Your Computer

How to Speed Up Your Computer
Many complain of slow computers. Here is a guide to help speed up your computer.
Firstly, check to see if you have any viruses or spyware with an anti-virus program. If your anti-virus detects viruses or spyware, remove them immediately. Viruses and spyware may not affect your gaming and browsing speed, but they can affect your computer in other ways.
If your computer is virus and spyware free, you can also do other things to speed up your PC’s performance. If you haven’t cleaned your registry for a while, you should proceed to do so. First, scan your registry with a program called Registry Fix which can be downloaded at the bottom of this guide. If you get about 20 or more errors, clean your registry.
Once your registry is all clean, clear your cache files, or temporary files.
1. Quit Internet Explorer, Firefox, or any other web browser
2. Click Start, click “Control Panel”, and then double-click “Internet Options”.
3. On the General tab, click “Delete Files” under Temporary Internet Files.
4. In the Delete Files dialog box, click to select the “Delete all offline content” check box , and then click OK.
5. Click OK
You can also change what programs run when your PC starts. Too much background programs will use up much of your CPU Usage which slows down your PC.
1. Open your Start menu.
2. Click Run (If you have Vista or 7, you can do step 3 in the search bar in the start menu)
3. In the command screen type “msconfig.exe”
4. In the “System Configuration Utility”, click either the “Service” or “Startup” tab
5. Uncheck all programs that your are no longer using or want to run manually
6. Click “OK”
More Ways to Speed Up Your Computer
  • Remove temporary Internet files.
  • Remove downloaded program files (such as Microsoft ActiveX controls and Java applets).
  • Empty the Recycle Bin.
  • Remove Windows temporary files such as error reports.
  • Remove optional Windows components that you don’t use
  • Remove installed programs that you no longer use.
  • Remove unused restore points and shadow copies from System Restore.
The above can all be done with Disk Cleanup. To use Disk Cleanup as a Windows 7 user:
1. Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, click System Tools, then click Disk Cleanup. If several drives are available, you might be prompted to specify which drive you want to clean.
2. When Disk Cleanup has calculated how much space you can free, in the Disk Cleanup for dialog box, scroll through the content of the Files to delete list.
3. Clear the check boxes for files that you don’t want to delete, and then click OK.
4. For more options, such as cleaning up System Restore and Shadow copy files, under Description, click Clean up system files, then click the More Options tab.
5. When prompted to confirm that you want to delete the specified files, click Yes.
To use Disk Cleanup as a Windows XP user:
1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Disk Cleanup. If several drives are available, you might be prompted to specify which drive you want to clean.
2. In the Disk Cleanup for dialog box, scroll through the content of the Files to delete list.
3. Choose the files that you want to delete.
4. Clear the check boxes for files that you don’t want to delete, and then click OK.
5. When prompted to confirm that you want to delete the specified files, click Yes.
Disk fragmentation slows the overall performance of your system. When files are fragmented, the computer must search the hard disk when the file is opened to piece it back together. The response time can be significantly longer.
Disk Defragmenter is a Windows utility that consolidates fragmented files and folders on your computer’s hard disk so that each occupies a single space on the disk. With your files stored neatly end-to-end, without fragmentation, reading and writing to the disk speeds up.
When to run Disk Defragmenter
In addition to running Disk Defragmenter at regular intervals—monthly is optimal—there are other times you should run it too, such as when:
  • You add a large number of files.
  • Your free disk space totals 15 percent or less.
  • You install new programs or a new version of Windows.
The above can be done with Disk Defragmenter. To use Disk Deframenter as a Windows 7 user:
  1. Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, click System Tools, and then click Disk Defragmenter.
  2. Click Analyze disk to start the Disk Defragmenter.
  3. Click Analyze disk to start the Disk Defragmenter.
  4. In the Disk Defragmenter dialog box, click the drives that you want to defragment, and then click the Analyze button. After the disk is analyzed, a dialog box appears, letting you know whether you should defragment the analyzed drives.
  5. To defragment the selected drive or drives, click the Defragment disk button. In the Current status area, under the Progress column, you can monitor the process as it happens. After the defragmentation is complete, Disk Defragmenter displays the results.
  6. To display detailed information about the defragmented disk or partition, click View Report.
  7. To close the View Report dialog box, click Close.
  8. To close the Disk Defragmenter utility, click the Close button on the title bar of the window.

Tip: You should analyze a volume before defragmenting it to get an estimate of how long the defragmentation process will take.

You can also schedule the Disk Defragmenter to run automatically, and your computer might be set up this way by default. Under Schedule, it reads Scheduled defragmentation is turned on, then displays the time of day and frequency of defragmentation. If you want to turn off automatic defragmentation or change the time or frequency, click the Configure schedule (or Turn on Schedule, if it is not currently configured to run automatically). Then change the settings, then click OK.
In addition to running Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter to optimize the performance of your computer, you can check the integrity of the files stored on your hard disk by running the Error Checking utility.
As you use your hard drive, it can develop bad sectors. Bad sectors slow down hard disk performance and sometimes make data writing (such as file saving) difficult, or even impossible. The Error Checking utility scans the hard drive for bad sectors, and scans for file system errors to see whether certain files or folders are misplaced.
If you use your computer daily, you should run this utility once a week to help prevent data loss.
Run the Error Checking utility:
  1. Close all open files.
  2. Click Start, and then click My Computer.
  3. In the My Computer window, right-click the hard disk you want to search for bad sectors, and then click Properties.
  4. In the Properties dialog box, click the Tools tab.
  5. Click the Check Now button.
  6. In the Check Disk dialog box (called Error-checking in Windows 7), select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box, and then click Start.
  7. Check Disk Local Disk dialog box, with the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box selected.
  8. If bad sectors are found, choose to fix them.
Tip: Only select the “Automatically fix file system errors” check box if you think that your disk contains bad sectors.
If you’re using Windows 7 or Windows Vista, you can use ReadyBoost to speed up your system. A new concept in adding memory to a system, it allows you to use non-volatile flash memory—like a USB flash drive or a memory card—to improve performance without having to add additional memory.

You can now download this guide for free. Please use the comment section below if you would like this file uploaded to another mirror. Thanks. (You may need 7z or WinRar to extract the file.)

Happy Birthday, America!

Independence Day is just around the corner. Have you purchased fireworks yet, or are you going to watch a firework show? I’ll be fishing on the 4th of July, so this blog will not be updated much tomorrow. To celebrate, I’ll post a firework show video the day after Independence Day! I’ll also be uploading a Photoshop or Fireworks Working Serial as well.

Prototype IV

Prototype IV is a technology blog that is up to date with the latest technology news. This blog also offers free downloads such as themes, software and programs, wallpaper, game patches, and much more.

This site is currently under construction at the moment. During this time, we will have a poll open asking what you would like this site to have. You may ask for specific programs or software, file sharing accounts, and such.

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