Which Antivirus do I use: Q&A

Q: The one year free version of McAfee antivirus just got over. What do i do now.?
I have a dell laptop which came preinstalled with McAfee. Now that its over. What do i do. Do i have to buy a new one?.. I’ve got a lot of virus on my computer.

A: Things you might want to read: In my humble personal opinion. There is no perfect solution for handling viruses. You cannot install a particular software and say that you are fully protected now. Although thats what people advertise. I do not believe it. As far as i am concerned in order to have a virus free laptop/pc you should have good ‘digital’ habits, if you will. I will get to what they are soon.

But first, What did i do when i was in a similar situation. Well I was sure how to NOT have virus in my pc so what i needed was minimum protection. I have always relied on freeware for protection. At one point, I was with Avira and i liked it then because of the number of notifications Avast threw on me, which obviously annoyed me. But recently i guess avast has grown up and I use Avast now on my Desktop and it runs smoothly.

Your Solution: Since you have the genuine windows that came with your laptop you are entitled to use Windows Security Essentials from the Microsoft website which other people do not have access to. This is your best bet according to me when it comes to free protection. This is what i did with my laptop too. Although if you really want to pay for protection, then you have a whole list of other options that requires another post to discuss about. From the top of my head. Nod32, Bit Defender and Kaspersky come to mind. All three are good but, Nod32 pulled lot less resources (CPU Power) compared to the rest.

Microsoft Security Essentials Image

Microsoft Security Essentials

 

Good Digital Habits?
Well i made that up myself, the name, so its fair that there is a chance you havent come across that. When you have good digital habits, your electronic equipment lasts longer and obviously in this case with the pc, it does not get infected with virus hopefully.

Lets list some of them shall we
1. Do not insert your pendrive in every pc you see that has a movie or some photos you need in it. Make sure the owner of the pc has a good sense of how to maintain his pc virus free. Do not be tempted to get everything.

2. Use pendrive for transfer of data rather than STORAGE unless you use it only on your pc. You might never know when you will lose everything. When ever i have to take a print of a document somewhere in the college printer or in a photocopy shop i load only those documents in it and use it for the purpose. I do a quick format there itself in the shop and when i come back and plug it in on my pc i do a quick format again. But you only have to do it once at home and thats enough. Else i plug it in on my Linux system which brings us to the third point. LINUX!

3. Use Linux. When it comes to viruses. Linux is your best bet. None of the virus created for windows affects linux. First of all, you do not have to worry about viruses being inside your pen drives as they are just like any other files which you can absolutely ignore because it will not affect the system. Secondly, it is very easy to remove viruses on a linux system. Why format your pendrive everytime while you can just spot and delete the viruses. To spot and delete a virus it would take either some good experience with the computer or it would require you to remember what you already had in your pen drive. In both cases you can just click and delete these files.
So why can’t i do this on a windows system Joy? The answer is simple. People who create viruses are not idiots. They hide it and make sure that it is not visible (easily). Apparently there are small loopholes in the windows operating system that allows you to do that. Off to point number four and we will stop with that.

4. Be careful with zip files or cracked software. Zip files and Setup files (.exe files) are main sources of viruses. Do not be tempted when someone sends you a mail with a zipfile containing the stuff you need. If you find it suspicious, don’t open it. If its worth that much, then you wouldnt probably worry about your computer getting infected anyways.

There are many other pointers but i do not want to crowd this post with a lot of information. Maybe i’ll write another one that accurately points out and lists the things you should avoid.

The ideas suggested are personal opinions of mine and may contradict with many other sources. I share what i learn and what i’ve learnt from personal experiences to tell you what I would do if i were you.

Thanks for reading.
Joys

Ableton vs Cubase

A NEWBIE’S REVIEW

The Story
I have been working with these two and some other software for sometime now and i thought i’d write a review. My humble opinion. Let me tell you before hand that i’ve had no special training in music production apart from the big thriving interest i have to learn these things through blogs, youtube videos and manuals. I have been working with these things for about 8 months now. I’m telling this to you before hand so that you would know how seriously you should take me and my review. 😉

So here it is…
As for me I love both these software. But to be honest i like cubase more. Now read carefully. I said i like it more. I didn’t say which one is better. Because both these are amazing in their own way. I would like to compare the two with ONLY stock plugins.

ABLETON first, cos i used it first

Ableton Live Logo

Ableton Live Logo

To be honest i loved ableton. It has the most amazing workflow ever. You make these little clips of ideas and mash em all together. It was really simple to get my ideas from my head into the DAW within seconds. Everything you need is within reach. Anything you want to do is pretty straight forward and simple. Besides that its said to be great for live performances, which i have not experienced but i can imagine how good it can be. What I had trouble with was the quality of the music i made was always a little lower than what my friends produced with cubase and protools. I was really sure that this was something wrong from my part and i did all i could and changed all settings needed for high quality, but still couldn’t get the satisfaction. What ableton lacked for me was some good pop and rock instruments that i found pretty easily with cubase. Especially when it comes to bass, i still haven’t found one good bass preset for a rock song. But on the other hand it can produce some amazing techno tracks because of the power you get with its operator, tension, electric etc. You can create amazing new instruments, unique ones. This is probably one of the most powerful attribute of ableton according to me. It should also be said that ableton is cheaper than cubase but then there is a reason why cubase is costly.

So a few pointers to round up…
Pros
1. Great workflow.
2. Live performance.
3. Ability to create amazing and unique instruments.
4. Simple and straightforward.
5. Cheaper.

Cons
1. Lack of good pop and rock instruments.

CUBASE…

Cubase Logo

Cubase Logo

I started to try cubase after a friend of mine suggested it. I was at first hesitant because i have always found cubase’s very complex as an 18 year old who tried making songs long back (although now i say something totally different, i love it and its simple). But then after i tried it recently, i simply loved it. I fell in love again. It had everything i needed. I am a pianist, and i had two amazing pianos right there (plus many others too). The quality was awesome. Although i missed the workflow of ableton. Although i missed the session view. The sheer quality of cubase, the number of instruments you get, the plugins all made me forget and move on. I can boldly say that cubase is for me. Pitch tuning capabilities right out of the box.? Wow!. So many plugins and presets.. WOW!… Trust me presets are amazing. You can learn so much from them comparing the title and the settings you can derive so much information.

Although cubase missed the session flow, the features like the marker track and arranger track make up for it.

So lets round up…
Pros..
1. Great instruments. (When i specify instruments i talk about the presets themself and not the vst instrument such as Halion one on the whole)
2. Great plugin presets.
3. Complete package of everything you will need to produce an independent track from start to end.

Cons..
1. Different learning curve. Takes just a little more effort to get started
2. Different workflow but that does not affect people who haven’t tried ableton yet and you will eventually get used to it if you continue using cubase.

Final Word..
So for me.. Cubase wins, because for the kind of music that i come up with, it simply works. Although i will not go of Ableton. It can be amazing for live performances and for producing techno tracks. But if you are never gonna perform live with a laptop why use a software that you wouldn’t fully utilize anyway?.

Thanks for reading
Joys

Best Download Manager for PC: Q&A

Q: Best download manager for pc.?

I want a download manager for my pc with the pause and resume function

A: I personally like Free Download Manager. Its light wieght and it does the job very well.

Free Download Manager

Free Download Manager

But the best download manager is INTERNET DOWNLOAD MANAGER. But it is not freeware. It is very very fast. Its also light and does not pull a lot of pc resources, meaning it does not slow your computer. It can also download Youtube videos with ease.

Internet Download Manager

Internet Download Manager

But, If you want a complete freeware solution.

Install Free download manager for all other downloads except flash video downloads. For downloads from youtube, use Youtube download manger(YTD), its great. So you will need two download managers but its worth it. YTD does a really good job.

In case you want to download videos from other websites too. You can use ‘Video Download Helper’ or ‘Flash Got’. They are Mozilla Firefox Addons and they do an amazing job.

What i have is a Flashgot plug-in on my firefox and thats about it as far as downloads are concerned.

Thanks for reading.

Joys

PS: If you find the same content found in this blog somewhere else in another forum, that would be me answering it.

Questions and Answers

Lately it striked me that answers i give on forums could very well turn into really good blog posts. So I have decided to modify them a bit and post them here on my blog. Maybe it can help you in some way. I would categorize them as Q&A and tag them with the same.

Thanks for reading.
Johanan