One fine day

All was fine until that day came. Earlier,I have been using pirated softwares in my system(just as every other user in India does) and i had to pay for all that on one fine day. I had downloaded Avast Pro Antivirus from torrents. You can see them all listed here. I dont remember the exact torrent i downloaded from among them. It had quite a handful of seeders and leechers(!) and had no comments on it posted by anyone who downloaded it, sufficient enough for anyone to believe that its a safe torrent. It downloaded well without any problem. I installed the setup file that came with the package, but when i clicked the crack executable my system restarted unusually and suspicion sparked in me. And thereafter my system was terribly affected by some virus and i was in a fix not knowing what to do. Then Linux came to my rescue. I had a dual boot of XP and Mandriva. I logged into Mandriva, installed AVG antivirus and scanned my Windows partitions through the Terminal. Almost all the executable files in XP seemed to have been affected by a worm named Tanatos. That information was sufficient for me to download and install the Tanatos remover software provided by AVG. You can download it(rmtanat.exe) here. AVG for Linux just does the scanning part and no virus removal functions. From then on i decided to make my system free from pirated softwares. And my quest to find freewares equivalent to the commercial editions led to identifying excellent freewares. Some of which I use are:

JZip (an alternative to WinZip and Winrar)

CDBurnerXP (an alternative to Nero)

Avira antivirus personal edition(best free antivirus )

and the list would keep going on …. So wake up and make your system safe and all my thanks to tanatos 😉

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