Archive for December, 2010

Serious Health Hazards and Tips on Handling Currency Notes

December 14, 2010 5 comments

Money has become integral part of our life. With out Money we can’t live. Irrespective of its form coins or paper notes, money exchanges several hands every day. There are hundreds of activities which a person performs from the moment he wakes up in the morning till he goes to sleep at night. It can be with a Professional or a Beggar; it can be with a Doctor or a patient. We use money in our every day life; we purchase groceries from a local store, we donate to a temple, we give it to a beggar etc. Money can be exchanged from clean hands to dirty hands and vice versa aka healthy life to infection life.

When people count currency notes they usually wet their fingers with their saliva produced in the mouth thinking it will make them easy to count but with this method currency notes can be infected with virus and microorganisms the person has. When it moves to a different hand the virus is carried in the currency notes. The Person will again wet is finger from his mouth to count the notes where the virus or microorganisms can transfer to his mouth very easily.

E.g. Person who adds petrol to your vehicle would have touched petrol and other harmful chemicals in the petrol bunk and with the bare hands he gives the change (currency notes) to you. People count this infected notes by wetting their fingers from their mouth which can easily transfer the bacteria to your body.

Imagine the currency notes you have might have travelled through out the country and has been exchanged from many hands. Contamination from the anal region, wounds, nasal secretions & aerosols generated by sneezing & coughing are potential sources of transfer of microorganisms to currency notes during handling and this contaminated notes which has virus can be easily transferred to your mouth if you wet your fingers from your mouth saliva to count the notes.

Some research shows that Indian banknotes has germs which can cause Tuberculosis, meningitis, tonsillitis, peptic ulcers, throat infections, genital tract infections etc. The bugs from banknotes infect the body through scratches on the hands or when the hand touches the mouth or nose.

I suggest public to be careful and take some precautions in handling money 

  • Wash your hands cleanly after you do money transactions using physical notes.
  • Avoid keeping money in brassieres, handkerchiefs and in shoes.
  • Currency notes can be disinfected by regular exposing of contaminated notes to U.V. rays or fumigation. Suggest and educate this to the people around you.

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Free Virus Removal Tool from McAfee AVERT Stinger

December 1, 2010 3 comments

Note: This is strictly for Personal Windows computers used in Home

Most of our machines are infected by virus and atleast in India people expect a free Antivirus program to do all the protection for their Computers. Some of the Great Anti virus applications like Symantec etc needs to be purchased and also needs to be renewed every year. Most of the people can’t do this because they can’t afford to buy these Programs.

Also, these programs are heavily built and occupy huge space in Both Hard disk and RAM. This makes other programs to run slowly and also your computer performance will decrease. Some of these antivirus programs will write logs files to your hard disk which increases in size each time it runs.

Modern hackers write virus code which can disable the functionality of these Anti virus programs making them useless in our computers but still degrades the performance of the computer. So now you are not completely sure that your computer is fully protected.

Corporate industries will have Licensed AV programs and Firewall which will protect their machines and these machines will have advanced hardware so Performance Degradation is not a concern here.

Now let’s come to the point, for Personal use of computers in your home you need not necessarily buy and use these Anti virus programs. You will face the issue as mentioned above. You just need a simple tool which can remove virus from your computers. You can use this tool once in a week so that you are sure that your PC is clean.

MacAfee provides you a FREE tool called “STINGER” which will clean your computer with latest virus and takes the sting out of many popular viruses. The download is a simple self-extracting; self-installing file so there’s no learning curve – making it a quick and painless tool for everyone.

Stinger is a stand-alone utility used to detect and remove specific viruses. It is not a substitute for full anti-virus protection, but rather a tool to assist administrators and users when dealing with an infected system. Stinger utilizes next generation scan engine technology, including process scanning, digitally signed DAT files, and scan performance optimizations.

McAfee adds high profile and widespread threats to Stinger on a regular basis. If you’ve downloaded it in the past, you should download a new version to ensure you’re getting the full virus protection. To verify which viruses Stinger can detect and remove, open the program and click the “List Viruses” button at the top of the program window.

Stinger is simple tool and easy to use. Simply download the tool (being sure to read the short instructions McAfee has provided on their download page), double-click it to launch Stinger, and click the “Scan Now” button. Of course, if you have drives other than C:, you’ll need to first click the “Add” button and add those drives as well.

Enjoy the benefits of stinger and also benefits of not using heavy AV programs for Home Computers.