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Quick Tip: Right Mouse Click On The Windows 10 “Start Menu Button”

This one is for the folks at home and is something that I use all of the time. If you go to the bottom left corner of your screen and “right mouse click” on the Windows 10 Start Menu Button it will cause a menu to appear. This menu is a quick way to get into the various (commonly used) background settings and options in Windows. This also serves as a great way to explore and learn about these settings in a more user-friendly way.

 

What’s On My PC – Software Selections for 04/18/2019

Grammarly for Chrome 14.909.2225
Grammarly will make sure your messages, documents, and social media posts are clear, mistake-free, and impactful. Adding Grammarly to Chrome means that your spelling and grammar will be vetted on Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Tumblr, and nearly everywhere else you write on the web. Key Features include: Contextual spelling checker:Gr…
ccPortable 5.56.7144 (clean local PCs via CCleaner)

A new version of ccPortable has been released. ccPortable assists you with running CCleaner® in a portable way without needing to install it in Windows so you can clean local PCs on the go. It’s packaged as a portable app so you communicate on the go and it’s in PortableApps.com Format so it can easily integrate with the PortableApps.com Platform. It’s released as freeware for personal use.

Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool 8.11
Microsoft Windows ISO Download Tool lets you download all versions of Microsoft 7, 8.1 and 10 as well as Office 2010, 2013, 2016, and 2019 directly from Microsoft’s servers. Anyone who’s ever tried to just download one of these ISO’s knows it isn’t always easy to find. This portable app solves that problem. It is very small and does require .NET Framework to be installed. [License: Ad-Supported | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 | Size: 4.05 MB ]

 

 

Quick Tip: How To Define Words In A Google Search

When using Google to perform a search you can use what is called “qualifiers” (or common search techniques). One such qualifier that I often use is the word “define”. For example, let’s find the definition of the word “cognitive”.

Go to Google Search and type in the box the following:

define:cognitive

Then, hit “Enter” on your keyboard to get the result(s) or definition for “cognitive”.

If you notice there is no space between the qualifier “define” and “cognitive”. They are separated by a colon (:). You can also leave out the colon, but I have gotten into the habit of using the colon due that I use other qualifiers.

Here are examples of other qualifiers or common search techniques – click here.

Ellen DeGeneres giveaway scam spreading on social media | Malwarebytes Labs

To my reader’s at “What’s On My PC”… If you use Facebook, take a moment to read this. I have seen some of my Facebook friends being hooked into this. It is a “scam”. PLEASE, take my advice “Believe Nothing and Verify Everything”; especially, on social media.

Scammers are pushing multiple fake Facebook profiles of Ellen DeGeneres, popular US TV show host and producer, with the goal of tricking people into jumping through a few money-making hoops. This isn’t a sophisticated scam. It isn’t hacking the Gibson. It won’t be the focus of a cutting edge infosec talk. However, it’s certainly doing some damage—up to a point. This scam is a victim of its own ambition.

Ellen DeGeneres giveaway scam spreading on social media

Source: Ellen DeGeneres giveaway scam spreading on social media – Malwarebytes Labs | Malwarebytes Labs

What’s On My PC – Software Selections for 04/17/2019

Free YouTube to MP3 Converter 4.1.94.416 for PC Windows
Free YouTube to MP3 Converter is a quick and easy way to download and convert YouTube videos and convert them into an audio format at the original quality without any loss. Downloading and installing Free YouTube to MP3 Converter is quick and easy.
TeamViewer 14.2.8352.0 for PC Windows
TeamViewer is the All-In-One Solution for Remote Access and Support over the Internet. TeamViewer connects to any PC or server around the world within a few seconds. You can remote control your partner’s PC as if you were sitting right in front of it. Features: control computers remotely via the internet, record your session and covert it to…
VirtualBox 6.0.6 for PC Windows
VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware. Targeted at server, desktop and embedded use, it is now the only professional-quality virtualization solution that is also Open Source Software. Some of the features of VirtualBox are: Modularity. VirtualBox has an extremely modular design with well-defined internal programming …
WinRAR 5.71 Beta 2 64-bit for PC Windows
WinRAR is an archiving utility that completely supports RAR and ZIP archives and is able to unpack CAB, ARJ, LZH, TAR, GZ, ACE, UUE, BZ2, JAR, ISO, 7Z, Z archives. It consistently makes smaller archives than the competition, saving disk space and transmission costs. WinRAR offers a graphic interactive interface utilizing mouse and menus as well as…

 

Latest Windows 10 Update Causing Freezes, Sluggish Performance | ExtremeTech

To summarize the article from “ExtremeTech” on this issue:

Microsoft has mucked something up again. The latest patch update (KB 4493470) released on Patch Tuesday, April 9, appears to have caused significant performance problems for multiple groups of users.

Some users are reporting freezes upon login, while others claim lengthy times to boot to desktop. It sounds as if either the same issue is causing both, or that some individuals may be rebooting before the desktop has loaded, thinking the machine is permanently frozen.

The issues seem linked to the use of antivirus products from specific manufacturers, including Avast, AVG, and Sophos, with Sophos coming in for particular problems.

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Source: Latest Windows 10 Update Causing Freezes, Sluggish Performance – ExtremeTech

Quick Tip: How To Force A Computer To Shut Off

Did you ever run into a situation where your computer froze and nothing is working (including CTRL+ALT+DEL)? Typically, this is an indication that an issue is present; especially, if it occurs on a frequent basis. If the computer does freeze or lock up on you, sometimes rebooting may rectify the problem; but,  how do you force the computer to shut off, short of pulling the plug?  On “most” computers, if you hold in on the “power button” on the computer, the computer will shut “off”.  I usually wait about 10 seconds, hit the button again (do not hold in) to reboot (start) the computer.

Cadillac brings ‘hands-free’ Super Cruise feature to more cars | Mashable

Super Cruise works a lot like Autopilot, with sensors and cameras and GPS guiding the car, but only on certain highways across the U.S. and Canada, where the computer knows the route. Unlike with Autopilot, drivers don’t have to keep their hands on the wheel. A small camera trained on the driver detects when drivers need to snap to attention —and then notifies and alerts drivers to get back into driving mode. Until then, you are literally just sitting behind the wheel, watching the road go by.

CT5 sedan comes with Super Cruise, which makes it feel ALMOST like a self-driving car.

Source: Cadillac brings ‘hands-free’ Super Cruise feature to more cars

What’s On My PC – Software Selections for 04/16/2019

Privacy Eraser Free 4.49.3.2869
Privacy Eraser Free has been designed to help you achieve the most secure digital life that you can, by cleaning not only your Internet history and downloads, but also wiping your drives clean and deleting your data beyond recovery. Key Features include: Schedule scans. Multi-user support. Intuitive interface. Rapid scanning tools.
VSDC Free Video Editor 6.3.3.968 for PC Windows
VSDC Free Video Editor is a video editing application that offers more than a standard set of tools. With VSDC Free Video Editor you can carefully edit video files using numerous visual and audio tools. It offers rich functionality wrapped around a simple and intuitive interface. VSDC Free Video Editor supports virtually all popular codec…
[UPDATE] Balabolka v2.15.0.697

Balabolka is a feature-rich program to read text aloud from a variety of file types including DOC, RTF, PDF, ODT, FB2 and HTML. The program uses Microsoft’s own Speech API 4 and 5, but lets you fine tune various voice parameters, including rate and pitch and a substitution list can also be applied to improve the quality of the voice’s articulation. The program supports customized font and background color, skins, control reading from the system tray or by the global hotkeys.

Balabolka can also save the synchronized text to external LRC files or in MP3 tags inside the audio files. When the audio file is played with players on a computer or on modern digital audio players, the text will be displayed synchronously (in the same way as lyrics for songs).

Also includes batch conversion tools from of a wide variety of document formats to audio or plain text and a file compare tool, file splitter and screen magnification window.

ExifTool 11.36
ExifTool is a command-line application for reading, writing and editing meta information in a wide variety of files. This highly customizable tool allows a great deal of personalization and offers fast and flexible features that will make it usable in almost any situation. [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP | Size: 6.02 MB ]

Amazon is reportedly preparing to launch a free music streaming service | BGR

Amazon, sources have told Billboard, is in talks to launch an ad-supported music streaming service that could be announced as soon as this week. The company already has a popular channel through which to market the service for free — its line of Echo speakers — and the intent here seems to be to go head-to-head against Spotify.

Amazon music

Source: Amazon is reportedly preparing to launch a free music streaming service – BGR

You can upgrade to the Windows 10 May 2019 Update right now (but you shouldn’t) | gHacks Tech News

To my reader’s at “What’s On My PC”, this update is a major update and will come to you, as suggested and recommended. You can update now but beware of the risks involved.

Microsoft plans to release the May 2019 Update for Windows 10 at the end of May 2019. The update will be rolled out slowly to devices at that point and it will take months before a good percentage of devices has been upgraded.

Source: You can upgrade to the Windows 10 May 2019 Update right now (but you shouldn’t) – gHacks Tech News

Quick Tip: Should I Leave My Computer “ON” 24/7?

sleeping computer

Here at “What’s On My PC”, I typically fire up my PC in the morning, leave it “on” all day and then put it to bed (turn it “off”) at night. I like the idea of booting the computer when I get up to refresh it by clearing the memory, let the Window’s updates take, etc… I also don’t like the idea of leaving a computer on 24/7 because you just upped the risk of the computer being compromised by another person (such as a child) and or externally via the internet. I know at some places of employment, PC’s are left “on” 24/7.

Also, as an added note; if I leave my house for an extended period of time, I turn the computer “off”.

In summary, I look at a computer as an appliance that requires some level of supervision…

What is your take on this?

What’s On My PC – Software Selections for 04/15/2019

[UPDATE] Database .NET v27.5.7044

Database .NET is a powerful and intuitive multiple database management tool. The program allows the administration of local or remote databases to browse objects, design tables, edit rows, export data, create new databases and run queries with a consistent interface. The program includes table/data editor, index editor, syntax highlighting, SQL profiler, code manager and multiple query tabs.

Supported databases include SQL Server, SQL Azure, Firebird, SQLite, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, IBM DB2 and Informix, Sybase ASE, MS Access and Excel, dBase IV, FoxPro, Data Sources, ODBC DSN and OData. Can export to CSV, XML, TXT, XLS, or SQL Print Query Results.

Start – A Better New Tab for Chrome 3.14.0
Start – A Better New Tab for Chrome provides you with a customizable tab page containing user-defined points of interest. It is a nice straightforward option for giving you access to some everyday items within a new tab. [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP | Size: 454 KB ]
System Information Viewer 5.38
A utility for displaying lots of useful Windows, Network and hardware info.

Quick Tip: How To Use The “Show Desktop Button” in Windows 10

Using the “Show Desktop” button to show the Windows desktop is one of those options in Windows, that is right before your eyes, that most people do not know exists.

If you move your mouse pointer to the very bottom right corner of your screen, to the taskbar, next to the time and date you should see a line or a sliver (actually called a button).

If you hold your mouse pointer on that button the desktop will appear. You can actually click on that button to go directly to the desktop. You can also toggle back and forth from the desktop and whatever application you are in by clicking on that button. This is handy when you need to get to the desktop to quickly launch another app, document, etc… I personally have found this to be quite useful.

If this button is not allowing you to peek at the desktop, it may be turned “off”. To turn it “on”, right mouse click on the “Windows Start Button”, click on “Settings”, then click on “Personalization”, then click on “Taskbar”. On the right side of the screen, you will see an option to toggle the desktop peek preview on and off.

The SUPERRIDE Self Balancing Electric Unicycle S1000

An eyecatcher?  You bet! This little 45-pound unicycle can carry up to 280 pounds and the 1000W motor allows for speeds up to 20 miles per hour! The removable 60-volt / 5.8-Ah battery is fully charged from 20-100% in one hour and can go 15 miles on a 45-minute charge! The unicycle ships equipped with an LED display displaying battery and speed information, a bright-white high-quality offroad style LED headlight, and an electronic horn.

The SUPERRIDE Self Balancing Electric Unicycle S1000

(see current pricing)

What’s On My PC – Software Selections for 04/12/2019

Avira Free Antivirus 15.0.45.1126

Avira Free Antivirus offers effective protection against computer viruses for the individual and private use on a single PC-workstation. It detects and removes viruses and includes an Internet-Update Wizard for easy updating. The built in resident Virus Guard serves to monitor file movements automatically, for example when downloading files from the Internet. Heuristic scanning protects Protection against previously unknown macro viruses.

UltraVNC 1.2.2.4

UltraVNC is an enhanced VNC distribution. It’s based on RealVNC, features TightVNC smart cursor handling and encoding, almost all the special functionalities that can be found in eSVNC and Vdacc-VNC, and a lot more.

[UPDATE] PortableApps.com Platform v16.0.1

PortableApps.com Platform is an all-in-one tool for portable software download, management and updating. An included launcher shows nested folders organized automatically by function or favorite status, as well as a cascading app view on right-click of the tray icon. The program’s appearance can be customized with transparency and several color, texture, and background options.

Other tools include a find-as-you-type search functionality, available cloud installation, drive error checker, backup/restore utility, portable fonts, automatic application closing on shutdown and more. The program can also work with portable software outside of the PortableApps format (see Extract instructions).

Functional in 64-bit and WINE, includes broad language support and proxy support.

I need a Webcam. What should I buy?

I need a Webcam. What should I buy? 

I have always had a preference for Logitech products. If I was buying for myself, I would go with either of the 2 options below.  The $20 camera is at a lower resolution but will work fine.  The $67 camera is at a higher resolution.  You can read the reviews on both and you can see some samples that people have uploaded. Both cameras are compatible with Windows 7 thru Windows 10.

Logitech C270 Desktop or Laptop Webcam, HD 720p  – 20$ CLICK HERE

Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 – HD 1080P – $67 – CLICK HERE

Quick Tip: Disable/Uninstall Unneeded Android Apps

Typically, with few exceptions, when you purchase an Android smartphone (or tablet), there are apps on the phone that are pre-installed and cannot be uninstalled (or removed) if you do not need them. Since you cannot uninstall (or remove) these apps, I suggest that you disable them to prevent them from running in the background. To do this (each phone is slightly different), go into the main system settings of the phone and look for the app list or menu. In that menu locate the app you want to disable and look for the option to disable it.

For example, below is an image of the where I disabled the “Gallery” app on my phone. This will save me space on the phone and will save on background memory.

 

What’s On My PC – Software Selections for 04/11/2019

Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool 8.10

Find and download genuine Windows and Office ISOs

Autorun Organizer 3.09

Autorun Organizer is an advanced autorun manager which allows you to visually control the boot up sequence of the system, turn off programs you do not want to load on start up, and specify the order other programs should run when you load Windows.

Foxit Reader 9.5.0.20721

Foxit Reader is a small, fast, and feature rich PDF viewer which allows you to open, view, and print any PDF file. Unlike other free PDF readers, Foxit Reader also includes easy to use collaboration features like the ability to add annotations to PDF, fill out PDF forms, and share information with social networks. Foxit Reader has a small footprint that starts up instantly, renders PDF files quickly and uses very little memory, which is especially important with today’s mobile devices. The Foxit Reader is packed full of convenient and easy to use viewing, commenting and printing features that make document collaboration simple. Foxit Reader’s PDF secure platform insures worry free operation against malicious virus and provides a secure and reliable digital signature verification platform for PDF documents without putting the user at risk from falsified documents.

Google Docs will let you natively edit, collaborate on Microsoft Office files soon | The Verge

This is big news…

Editing Microsoft Office files in Google Docs is a pain. You can view them there, but you’ve previously had to convert them to Google’s format before you could edit, comment, and collaborate inside Docs. That’s about to change: Google just announced that it’s adding native support for Microsoft’s Word, Excel, and PowerPoint formats — like .docx, .xls, and .ppt — which will let you do real-time collaboration in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

Source: Google Docs will let you natively edit, collaborate on Microsoft Office files soon – The Verge

Quick Tip: Where is the “Caps Lock” key on my Chromebook?

When I first started using my Chromebook (Acer Chromebook 15), coming from using Windows all my life, the first mystery I encountered was; “Where is the Caps Lock Key?“. You know; the key you push down to toggle between lower and uppercase text.

Well, Google had to be different. Where the “Caps Lock” key typically is located (or labeled) on the keyboard (left side above the “Shift Key”),  you will notice there is a magnifying glass icon on the key. That key on the Chromebook is the “Search” key. On the newer Chromebooks this also can serve as the “Google Assistant” key that allows you to use Google Assistant. Typically, If you push the “Search” key on the Chromebook, the search option will pop up where you can search your device, apps and even the web (or Google Assistant will be activated, if you have the newer Chromebook). So, if that key is being used for search purposes, “Where is the Caps Lock Key?

Mystery Solved: In Google’s method to their madness strategy, the “Caps Locks” key is not a readily identifiable key; instead, you must use a keyboard shortcut. If you hold the “ALT” key + “SEARCH” key in combination, this serves the same purpose as the “Caps Lock” key (to change to uppercase text). When you do that you will see in the notification area (bottom right corner) a small notification popup alerting you that the “Caps Lock” is “on”. To toggle it “off” either hit the “ALT” key + “SEARCH” key” again OR simply hit the “SHIFT” key.  Also, as an added note, if you really do not like this at all, you can go into your Chromebook settings, look for “Keyboard” and you will see an option where you can change (or remap) what the “Search” key performs.

If you can overcome some of the keyboard quirks on the Chromebook you will come to find that these Chromebooks are great computers; especially, for folks at home, kids and our elders (which is the category I am now heading into : ) …

Chromebooks are becoming the choice computer in many of the schools due to their ease of maintenance, better security, and low cost — CLICK HERE — to see what is out there.

 

What’s On My PC – Software Selections for 04/10/2019

Bandicam 4.4.0.1535 Screen Recorder for PC Windows
With Bandicam screen recorder you can video record a certain area on a PC screen, or you can record a program which uses the DirectX/OpenGL graphic technologies. Bandicam screen recorder works with a high compression ratio, whilst keeping the video quality close to the original and Bandicam provides performance far superior to other programs that…
[UPDATE] DSynchronize v2.43.110

DSynchronize lets you copy, move, or synchronize folders on your computer or over a network. The program can sync in both directions, making both folders up-to-date with the latest data, do realtime sync where any changes copied to destination and even verify it’s transfers. The program can schedule operations, add timestamps to the destination folder and keep multiple backups (iterations).

If in use, the program can even eject a USB device when an operation is complete.

NOTE: By default the program does not send deleted files to the Recycle Bin, but are instead deleted outright. Use caution in initial sync tests with sensitive data.

Wireshark for Windows 3.0.1

Wireshark is a network protocol analyzer for Unix and Windows. It allows you to examine data from a live network or from a capture file on disk. You can interactively browse the capture data, viewing summary and detail information for each packet. Has several powerful features, including a rich display filter language and the ability to view the reconstructed stream of a TCP session.

Best Protection from Tech Support Scams

How many of you have experienced or know someone that has experienced the tech support scam? Myself, I know quite a few people that have received these phone calls and have allowed the scammer to take control of their computer. In one instance, after the victim knew something was up and tried to back out, the scammer damaged the operating system on the computer to the point that the operating system had to be reinstalled.

The best protection from these scams is to hang up immediately if you receive a suspicious call. Here are five tips to help you avoid being scammed:

  1. Hang up! If an unsolicited caller pressures you to act quickly and give up sensitive personal and financial information to fix an issue and/or engages in threatening, aggressive behavior, that’s a sign of a scam.
  2. Never hand over your financial information to unsolicited callers who try to charge you to remove computer viruses, malware, or ransomware, even if they have specific information about your computer.
  3. Never pay for tech support services with any type of gift card or by wiring funds.
  4. Never visit unverified websites and never download and install software that unsolicited callers try directing you to.
  5. Never agree to give control of your computer to any unsolicited caller to fix an issue you did not report—despite how convincing they may sound.

Source: Dell

Chromebook Support Sites and Phone Number

Here is a handy list of Chromebook support sites and phone numbers…

Google Chromebook (Googles Main Help Site)

Acer help site | (866) 695-2237

ASUS help site | Chat with us | (888) 678-3688

Chromebook Pixel (2013 & 2015) | Request a call

Dell help site | (800) 624-9897

Google Pixelbook Help Center | Contact support

Google Pixel Slate Help Center | Contact support

Haier help site | (877) 337-3639

Hisense help site | (888) 935-8880

HP help site | (800) 474-6836

Lenovo help site | (800) 426-7378

LG help site | (800) 243-0000

Samsung help site | Chat with us | (800) 726-7864

Toshiba help site | (800) 457-7777

Did you know that “Windows 10 now lets you pull out USB drives without ‘safely removing’ them”? | The Next Web

Been seeing this on numerous sites where you can now safely yank out that USB drive (so long as the drive is not being written to) on Windows 10.  Most people do not know (prior to now) that you should use the “safely remove hardware” option when yanking out that USB drive so as not to risk data loss and corruption of the drive. Heck, I’ve been yanking those drives out for years and don’t remember any issues. Just have to make sure the drive is not being written to.


We all know that one person who annoyingly reminds you to use “Safely Remove Hardware” before pulling the USB drive out of the slot. They shouldn’t bother you anymore. As Betanews first noted, Microsoft has introduced a new policy that allows you to remove the device without using the Safely Remove Hardware process – as long as you’re not writing data to it.

Source: The Next Web – Windows 10 now lets you pull out USB drives without ‘safely removing’ them

A Best Seller: Wyze Cam 1080p HD Indoor Wireless Smart Home Camera with Night Vision

The Wyze Cam 1080p HD Indoor Wireless Smart Home Camera is the most inexpensive (and reliable) way that I have found to make your home safe using today’s wireless camera technology. These cameras are phenomenal at a price point that is hard to pass up. The good on this particular camera is that it is equipped with motion and sound detection, and get this, it comes with free-rolling 14-day cloud storage (to store video footage). You can (and should) add a microSD card to this setup to store local footage. Mounting this camera is a piece a cake (comes with an adhesive plate that allows the camera to be mounted magnetically to the plate).

Wyze Cam 1080p HD Indoor Wireless Smart Home Camera with Night Vision

What’s On My PC – Software Selections for 04/09/2019

Wireshark 3.0.1 (64-bit)
Wireshark is the world’s foremost network protocol analyzer, and is the de facto standard across many industries and educational institutions. Deep inspection of hundreds of protocols, with more being added all the time Live capture and offline analysis Standard three-pane packet browser Multi-platform: Runs on Windows, Linux, OS X, Solaris, …
DesktopNoteOK 1.05
Handy, light-weight, free desktop sticky notes software that serves as an excellent alternative to Windows Sticky Notes.
The GIMP 2.10.10

The GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software suitable for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

DirPrintOK
DirPrintOK enables you to print and save directory contents and/or entire folder structures. You can browse for the folders using an Explorer-like interface and optionally fi…

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