MSE is available not only to home users and home businesses but also to small businesses which can install it on up to 10 PCs in their organization.

In addition, small business customers are now able to also take advantage of a free copy of Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition for each license of Windows 7 Professional they purchase from PC Mall.

“We’re excited to let you know that today we’re also working with Symantec and PC Mall, a major U.S. reseller of technology products, services and solutions to small businesses, to extend free security software to those larger small businesses with up to 50 PCs and at least one server,” revealed Microsoft’s Sandrine Skinner.

Obviously, small businesses with as much as 50 computers need more than the 10 licenses of MSE that the software giant allows them to download and install completely free of charge. More »

Working on a slow, disorganized computer can be frustrating and it happens to the best of us. This article will give you some easy-to-follow guidelines on how to keep your computer on the right track using tools in Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Microsoft Office 2010.

1. Organize your folders

We all know how easy it is to dump files into the wrong folder when we’re in a hurry. But one way to make sure you keep your files organized is to remove the clutter with a filing system that makes sense for the way you use your computer. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Start clean : Begin by deciding which files you no longer need on your hard disk drive. More »

The notification area can display both application and system icons. Icons for appli¬cations appear in the notification area for several reasons. Some programs, such as Action Center, are managed by Windows itself and their icons appear periodi¬cally when notifications are pending. Some other types of programs, such as antivirus software, may be configured to load at startup and then run in the background.

You can often enable or disable the display of icons through setup options for the related applications. Windows 7, however, provides a common interface for controlling the display of icons in the notification area. You can specify whether and how icons are displayed on a per-application basis.

To control the display of icons in the notification area, follow these steps: More »

Microsoft has released an advisory confirming a previously unknown vulnerability in the way Windows processes shortcut files. The critical bug is trivial to exploit, affects all versions of Windows and allows for arbitrary code execution.

The vulnerability (CVE-2010-2568) came to Microsoft’s attention after Belarusian antivirus vendor VirusBlokAda discovered a new piece of USB malware that was actively exploiting it in the wild. The bug allows an attacker to create a special shortcut file (.lnk), that will execute an executable, when the folder containing it is opened in Windows Explorer, or another file manager able to process shortcut icons.

The Microsoft advisory is a bit confusing, the “Executive Summary” section stating that “malicious code may be executed when the user clicks the displayed icon of a specially crafted shortcut. More »

The first Beta for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is now approximately a month away from launch. Microsoft has already confirmed officially that it will offer early adopters the chance to download and test drive Windows 7 SP1 Beta and Windows Server 2008 SP1 Beta by the end of July 2010. However, the Redmond-based company has started posting content designed to help testers take Windows 7 SP1 Beta out for a spin. The “Troubleshoot problems installing a service pack for Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2” from Windows Help is an illustrative example in this regard.

Microsoft is informing customers willing to jump the gun, download, install and run a pre-release copy of Windows 7 SP1 that they might not be able to go through with the deployment process. According to the software giant, failed installations could generate the following error message: “Installation was not successful.” More »