Antivirus applications that we recommend.

Antivirus applications that we recommend.

With all the different antivirus programs out there how do you know they one you got is the right one. Best for your buck, best for your business, or all around best protection, in this article well be describing some of the current antivirus solutions currently available out there on the market how they are alike and different and then give our recommendations.

First we have the big timers McAfee and Norton antivirus for corporate usage, both perform as advertised, but in this market what makes one stand out from another isn’t all the flashy animations or pretty graphics it’s functionality, manageability, and lightweight. And in those categories Norton corp is the winner.

If your currently a home based user and your looking for an extremely affordable antivirus program a few of your choices are

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Junk Mail Never Sleeps

If you received an email with any thing similar to the below information it is pure junk mail.

I am Dr. Martin Vermont and I work for Multilingual Search Engine Optimization Inc.  in Washington DC  ( Tel: 1-202-558-2504) – I would like to speak with the person in charge of your international clientele. Who is my contact? Who should I speak to??

In fact, after visiting “your domain would be listed here” , I have noticed your website cannot be found on foreign search engines (I tested it on Hispanic search engines, German search engines, Asian search engines,  etc.) Our company is specialized in multilingual search engine promotions in 28 languages . From the Japanese Google to the German Yahoo, from the AOL  in Spanish to the MSN in Chinese, we can show you how to develop a true international online presence by promoting your website on foreign search engines.

Let us show  you how to develop a presence on the multilingual web without having to  translate your website: It is not necessary to translate your website in  order to submit to foreign search engines, however, you need to have at least  1 page in Japanese optimized with Japanese keywords and meta tags in order to  submit to Japanese search engines, at least 1 page in Spanish optimized with  Spanish keywords in order to submit to Hispanic search engines and so  on…

I strongly suggest that you watch our online presentation which  will explains clearly how to get top rankings on foreign search engines with  only 1 entry page per language (click on the following link or copy-paste it  into your web browser): (Link removed to spam site)

From the Japanese Google to the German Yahoo, from the AOL in Spanish to the MSN in Chinese, get users to find your website when  searching with YOUR KEYWORDS in their Native language.

Please call me at (phone number removed) or email me and let’s work on giving your website the true international exposure which it deserves to have with foreign native online users!!

Regards,

Martin Vermont, Ph.D.
(link removed)

Multilingual Search Engine Optimization Inc.
1250 Connecticut Ave N.W. Suite  200
Washington, DC 20036 USA
TEL: +1 (202) 558-2504 – FAX: 1 (202)-318-2453
(Link Removed)
Multilingual Search Engine Promotion Services (apparently spamming) since 1999.

Could someone in DC go to this office and verify they actually have an office?  That would be different than the common sleaze.
Here is a suggestion from one innocent user who received this email: Ship them some junk.  Put some trash in an envelope and send it to them.

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Cheap Unlimited Reseller Web Hosting

The myth continues that you can get cheap unlimited reseller web hosting and actually succeed, survive and thrive.   Electricity costs money folks and that glitzy page touting unlimited everything for 7.95 just is not going to happen.  You are better off finding a small hosting company with live phone support and sleep well at night.  There has been a 20% drop in the number of ISP’s still in business.     Countless innocent victims have suddenly found the websites they worked so hard to promote are offline and that cheap host with such a good deal just went belly up and you went belly down.   Unless you have a backup of your database and files along with your registration in order your side could be down for awhile.

If this has happened to you and your business is important and your email needs to be dependable then generally steer clear of the unlimited hosting ad sites out there.  We considered putting recommendations here but did not want to seem biased.    There are a lot of good regional ISP’s that deliver good service.  If they have been around 15 years it is a pretty good bet they are doing something right.

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Domain Purchase Agreement

websites-for-sale-displayIf you own a domain it is very possible someone might like to buy it from you.   As business people we instruct our IT staff to buy certain domains but do not always end up using them.  If the domain is not a strategic asset then reevaluation is in order.  If the domain is parked and effectively not in use then consider selling the domain.  There are many ways to do this and some companies are in the business of buying and selling domains.   One mans junk domain is another mans treasure as the garage sale phrase goes.  If you go with a company that does this you will probably have quick exposure to lots of potential buyers.  This really depends on the company and we are not here to advise on that topic.  We sell our own domains and don’t have any sales fees.

When you agree to sell your domain to someone you do not know it is a good idea to have a couple of things in place starting with a domain purchase agreement.   This can be a simple document and we will gladly provide one that we use.  Just fill in the form on our contact page and we will shoot it right over.    The basic elements of a contract are required with specific additional clarifications for the current registrar and if you will be giving access to the current registrar account or having to move the registration record to a different registrar.

Sometimes you may want an escrow down payment showing good faith if the purchase price is a significant amount of money, $25,000 or above.  Most domains do not go for anything near that and a couple of hundred dollars is more likely for a domain that has never been marketed or used.

There are escrow companies you can use if you feel the buyer is questionable.  Above all, do not accept a foreign check and immediately give the domain to the seller.  Electronic funds, western union, paypal are going to be less risky than a potentially forged money order.  Anyone can buy a MICR toner printer cartridge and manufacture a check.   Do not give a buyer your bank account number unless it is for this purpose only.  I know some are laughing but this had to be written., do not give out your bank account information.

What if you are buying a domain..

If you are buying a domain you also want the owners name because you may not be dealing with the owner directly.  Payment should go to the entity or person named on the whois records.  A quick search gives you this information including an address to check.   One of the things you are trying to avoid is paying your money and not getting actual ownership of the domain.  We have seen some sellers create documents that amount to a long term lease instead of the sale of a domain.

An insider tip is to have the seller update the whois record by putting some text in the second line of the address field.  This will let you know the seller does have access to the registration record.  The whois could take a couple of days for an update to show up although that is not the usual case.   I would rather wait a couple of days than find out I just sent money and about to experience the loss of that money.  This little test also lets you know the person is technically capable of getting into the account and can make changes.  It has happened where someone wants to sell but does not have a clue about what to do after you pay them.

A written agreement helps for a smooth sale.    We can help if you need it.

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Antivirus cont.

If you are one of the many average persons who is or has been attacked and you do not know what is legitimate or not we can give you a list of things you SHOULD NOT click and open

These websites listed here contain either malware, spyware or are generally fake and considered a bad idea to install.

http://spyrobot.org/

http://malwarepro.org/

http://antitrojan-pro.com/

http://www.adwarepro.org/

http://www.spywarepro.org/

http://www.antivirus-pro.org/

and

www.search-and-destroy.com

These guys are just grouped along with the rest of the websites and people you shouldn’t trust out on the internet.  They are actively spamming blogs with fake messages attempting to dupe the unsuspecting public to their website.  Find a good local computer service center if you are unsure and get solid support to avoid additional problems.

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