Microsoft Edge Browser To Get Extensions Support — and MORE GREAT GEEK SQUEAK STUFF (#2016-012)

Microsoft Edge Browser To Get Extensions Support – If you use Google Chrome or Firefox, then you are familiar with browser extensions that extend the functionality of the browser. Microsoft recently announced that they have shipped the first preview release of Microsoft Edge with extensions support to Windows Insiders. Microsoft Edge is the browser that we see in Windows 10. To us at home, we will not see this just yet. I am also reading in various places where Microsoft is working on a tool that will let developers port Chrome extensions to Microsoft Edge… READ MORE

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Crush Malware With Malwarebytes Anti-Malware – I have featured the FREE version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware in the past and thought this would be a good time to once again promote this “must have” security software. One thing to point out at the start is that the FREE version of Malwarebytes is only a scanning utility and does not provide real-time protection. You can get the real-time protection by purchasing the commercial version of their software. Don’t let this deter you from downloading the FREE version. I use the FREE version and make a habit to manually download the updates and perform routine scans of my computer.

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Launch Your Windows Desktop Like An iPad – How would you like to double click on your Windows desktop and a program (or shortcut) launcher appears that allows you to customize and launch your favorite programs, apps, files, folders or web URLs? If so, you need to take a look at PaperPlane. I have always loved program launchers and this one is no exception. PaperPlane Smart Launch is a free launcher program (shortcut manager) which enables you to launch your desktop like an iPad. If you are familiar with Mac OS Launchpad, you could say that it’s a better Launchpad just for your Windows. It enables you to quickly access your most used apps, open a recent file, visit a website URL, play your favorite game, or open any shortcut etc, in one place.

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PaperPlane

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A Best Seller Portable Hard Drive – Looking for a way to safeguard your personal files? The WD 2TB Black My Passport Ultra Portable External Hard Drive (w/USB 3.0) may be the solution you are looking for. I currently use a similar Western Digital portable drive to backup my personal files that I then transport and store offsite (away from my home) — READ MORE

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A Free AppRemover Utility To Uninstall Antivirus and Security Software, Public File Sharing Applications, Toolbars and MORE

AppRemover is a must have utility to have around if you decide to swap out your antivirus or malware software on your computer.

It is important to know that security software installs, such as antivirus and malware software, are very complex in nature; and, if not uninstalled properly can wreak havoc to a PC. Typically, most developers of Security software will provide an uninstaller that you can download from their site; however, most people do not know or think about that. An easy option for removal of security type software is AppRemover.

AppRemover

AppRemover supports the removal of a boat load of applications – see here…  AppRemover is a standalone (portable) application that you simply download and run. You can download AppRemover – from here.

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 11, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: Uninstalling security software should be straightforward, but it is not. Norton products are no exception. If you have a Norton product on your PC and you desire to uninstall it, make sure you download the Norton Removal Tool (see below);

Squeak #2: I came across some very good tips on what to look for when hiring a computer tech (see below);

Squeak #3: I have to let you know about this if you are an iPhone owner. Apple is releasing the NEW Apple iPhone 5S and 5C.  Difference between the two is that one built better and more expensive than the other. I found where the cheap one is still pretty expensive if you buy it unlocked (see below); AND,

Squeak #4: Nexus 4 is Google’s flagship smartphone. If you own one of these, I strongly suggest you protect your investment with one of these cases (see below);

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Norton Removal Tool – To Uninstall Your Norton Product

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The Norton Removal Tool will scour your PC for remnants of any Norton security tool (all the old Norton 2003 and later products, Norton 360, and Norton SystemWorks 12.0), removing any associated files, folders and Registry keys… GET IT HERE


Computer Repair Technician Checklist

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I have seen many people get scammed by dishonest or unqualified Technicians. If you should decide for whatever reason not to use my services please use this checklist to help insure that the person you do call is qualified to help you… READ MORE


Apple launches iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S

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How To Save and Print A List of Installed Programs On Your Computer

I recently experienced a situation where a person’s computer, that was several years old, required a complete factory restore. When asked, “What programs did they have installed on the computer?”, the person was at a loss. Following this occurrence, I started to wonder if there was an easy way to view, save or print the programs that we have installed on our computers? This would be especially handy as a reference in the event of a computer crash. I know myself, there are many software packages I have installed; and, trying to remember what programs I installed (in the event of a computer failure) would be a real challenge, even for an ole’ geek like me.

I am sure there may be other options or methods to accomplish this task, but what I came across was a small software utility, that is portable, called MyUninstaller (by NirSoft). I know you are wondering, what does an uninstaller utility have to do with what we want to accomplish?

MyUninstaller

First, let me explain that MyUninstaller is in fact an alternative uninstaller utility to the standard Add/Remove applet of Windows operating system; HOWEVER, built into MyUninstaller is a menu options that gives you the ability to either save the list of all installed applications on your computer into a text file or HTML file (that can be viewed in your web browser).

To save the list to a text file, click on the File Menu and select Save Selected Items. To save and view the list as a HTML file, click on View and select HTML Report – All Items.

After using the options in MyUninstaller to generate a list of the programs on my computer, it has now become part of my overall backup strategy.

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A PC Tech’s Quick Reference Web Site

Just when I think I have found most of the golden nuggets on the internet, I come across another. While performing an update to the Bookmarks4Techs listing, a visitor to the site contacted me and suggested that I add the tech site GEGeek – PC Tech Quick Reference to the listing.

GEGeek

What I expected to find was a tech blog, but what I came across is a Geek’s paradise for anyone who is into computers; and especially,  computer repair & troubleshooting. While you are there, pay special attention to the GEGeek Tech Toolkit.  This toolkit should be called a Tech Tool Shop…  It is a 1.0 gig download and contains everything, as a tech, you would ever need.

An excerpt about the author of GEGeek:

This site is the culmination of years of CAREFULLY selecting a handful of links to assist me on my current job, personal consulting work and of course my own PCs. Not every site has all useful links ⁄ articles, but there were always one or two gems to be found on every site I visited. Keeping them readily available and manageable became quite a chore, so i created this site just to help me organize them and provide a quick reference . The “How To” is assumed knowledge, I just provide the quick reference.

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Wallpaper of the Week (#85)

This dreamer kitty took the time to stop and smell the daisies…  If you are a cat lover, this is a great wallpaper to add to your collection.

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When Uninstalling Security Software Use AppRemover To Effectively Do The Job

When replacing one security application with another it is of the utmost importance that the application that you are uninstalling is completely removed from your computer. Failure to completely remove the old security application can compromise the security of your computer and can cause degradation in the performance of the computer. Security software, such as anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-malware are more complex in their operation than typical everyday software apps.  Using the built-in Windows uninstall process won’t cut it and many times the built-in uninstaller that is included in the security software itself won’t cut it.

To get the job done effectively, download AppRemover. I can attest to the effectiveness of this program in that I have used it on numerous occasions under different conditions to remove security software from other people’s PC. As a matter of fact, I have found on many occasions where people, thinking they were doing the right thing, had more than one security app installed.

AppRemover

AppRemover is a third party portable app that has been specifically developed to remove security software from your computer.

AppRemover™ is a free utility developed by OPSWAT that enables thorough, easy uninstallation of security applications from your computer. Once downloaded, simply double-click the AppRemover icon. AppRemover will detect and allow you to easily choose which anti-malware application to uninstall from your computer.

Use AppRemover:
  • When replacing one security application with another
  • When competing security applications tie up your computer
  • When the application’s built-in uninstall process fails
  • When you have forgotten the application password

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Terminate Known Malware Processes with RKill

Typically, when a malware infection occurs, it will become quite obvious to the end-user; especially, when the infection has propagated to the point that your security software has shutdown (will not run or update), internet access is crippled, Windows System Restore no longer functions and bogus security software has installed itself on your PC (just begging for your credit card number).

In the background, unbeknownst to the end-user many malware processes are in force making this all happen that work in concert with a registry that has been compromised. These processes are very difficult to diagnose and shut down, without the aid of special software to shutdown those processes and restore the registry to a manageable (or stable) state.  Once the processes are shutdown and the registry is stable, then the end user has a window of opportunity to use security software to remove the malware infection completely.

An application that I keep in my flash drive toolbox, for these unwanted occasions and to target those malware processes, is the utility called RKill.

RKill

RKill is a program that was developed at BleepingComputer.com that attempts to terminate known malware processes so that your normal security software can then run and clean your computer of infections. When RKill runs it will kill malware processes and then import a Registry file that removes incorrect file associations and fixes policies that stop us from using certain tools. When finished it will display a log file that shows the processes that were terminated while the program was running.

RKill will attempt to terminate the malware processes and make the registry stable enough so that you can clean your computer using security software, such as Malwarebytes Anti-Malware . After you run RKill do not restart your computer until the infection has been cleaned. Restarting the PC, after running RKill, will only result in the malware processes restarting.

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NEW Version of Microsoft Security Essentials

I am often asked; “What security software do I use for my main layer of protection? My answer is, “Microsoft Security Essentials”…

Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home or small business PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

Microsoft Security Essentials

I currently have Microsoft Security Essentials installed on all of my PCs and it has yet to let me down; HOWEVER, as with any security software (no matter which one you install), you have to install “common sense” alongside it.

What prompted me to write about Microsoft Security Essentials is that Version 4.0, which has been in beta since late 2011, has been officially released.  According to one of my information sources (CNet), the released version “is part of the standard product update release cycle. This service update contains product enhancements to improve performance and user experience. We have improved on Microsoft Security Essentials’ Automatic Remediation, which will automatically quarantine highly harmful threats without prompting the user to take action as well as minor bug fixes in set up, malware remediation and other areas.”

If you are looking for a security software option, that is FREE; that is easy to understand and use; that uses minimal system resources; and is engineered by a company that we are all familiar with, then Microsoft Security Essentials is a good choice.

Microsoft Security Essentials is a free* download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up-to-date so you can be assured your PC is protected by the latest technology.

Microsoft Security Essentials runs quietly and efficiently in the background so you’re free to use your Windows-based PC the way you want—without interruptions or long computer wait times.

Before installing Microsoft Security Essentials, we recommend that you uninstall other antivirus software already running on your PC. Running more than one antivirus program at the same time can potentially cause conflicts that affect PC performance.

** IMPORTANT **  —  When changing security software on your PC from one brand to another, it is very important that you completely uninstall the security software you intend to remove. The uninstaller built into windows will not cut it. I highly recommend you either visit the software maker’s site to get information to uninstall the product or use a third party uninstaller such as AppRemover.

The free AppRemover utility enables the thorough uninstallation of security applications like antivirus and antispyware from your computer. Remove computer stress. Simply, cleanly and effectively.

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GEEK SQUEAKS’ (#67) – Kindle Bookstore Browser, Free Clocks, Free Security Software, Newshunt and Laptop Buying

Bookmarks4Tech’s Amazon Kindle Bookstore Browser

Looking for that Kindle book?  Be sure to check out my most recent creation at Bookmarks4Techs that gives you the ability to browse the Amazon Kindle Book library.  Pretty cool stuff…

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Free Vector Clocks

Fully scalable desktop alarm clocks that can be placed anywhere on your screen, rotated with total freedom, resized to any scale and set in 3D perspective view without losing any quality. Plus, it doesn’t require installation and it’s FREE.

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World’s Best and Largest List of Free Security Software
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Free List of Security Software

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Read newspapers on your mobile phone with newshunt
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Newshunt

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4 Important Things To Consider When Buying A Laptop
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An Online Lightning Fast Virus Scanner

To add another tool to your arsenal in the fight against malware, be sure to visit BitDefender’s QuickScan.

BitDefender’s QuickScan

BitDefender’s QuickScan is an online tool which uses a technology they call .in-the-cloud. scanning technology which is capable of detecting active malware in less than a minute.

BitDefender’s QuickScan

The benefit of this technology is that the scanner uses online scanning engines that only uses a fraction of system resources needed to perform the scan; PLUS,the entire database of signature updates, etc… is maintained online by BitDefender.

One thing I do want to point out here and this is important:

BitDefender’s QuickScan is a tool that is designed to “detect” malware that is already existent on your PC, which is already active in memory or present in files that are run at system startup. In other words this tool is used, as a second opinion, to determine if your system is infected or you have suspicion that your system is infected.  It is not designed to provide real-time protection; but, again it is another tool to add to that arsenal in the fight against malware.  Thank you BitDefender for helping keep us safe…

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GEEK SQUEAKS’ (#57) – Awesome Flash Drive, Microsoft Security Essentials, DVD Cloning and Fun, Microsoft Photo Gallery Features, and Moving Your Blog

SanDisk Cruzer 8 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive
Take it all with you – on reliable USB flash drives

Cruzer Flash Drive

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Provides real-time protection for your home or small business PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

Microsoft Security Essentials

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Windows Live Photo Gallery

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Move your Blog from Blogger To WordPress without losing traffic

Blogger to WordPress

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GEEK SQUEAKS’ (#56) – Popular Wireless Broadband Router, Powerful System Monitor, Largest List of Security Software, Windows 8 and Students, and Spotify

Cisco-Linksys WRT54GL Wireless-G Broadband Router
Linux-based Internet-sharing Router with built-in 4-port Switch and Wireless-G Access Point

Cisco-Linksys WRT54GL Wireless-G Broadband Router

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WinPatrol continues to be the most powerful system monitor for its small memory footprint.

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Windows 8, Personal Computing and Students:
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Need To Erase Data From Your Hard Drive – Try Active KillDisk

If you are planning to get rid of your computer, that old external hard drive or you want to do a real data cleanup on that flash drive, then use Active KillDisk to safely remove the data.

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The FREE version of Active KillDisk will suffice in most cases for PC’s and other drive media that is commonly used in the home environment.  Believe me, it is better to use Active KillDisk than to use the standard windows utilities of FDISK, FORMAT utilities, or DELETE.  Using the standard windows utilities will only skim the layer leaving remnants of data that can be easily recovered using any free data recovery software; whereas, Active KillDisk will format the drive and then completely overwrite it making the disk virtually unreadable.  Again, for home based computers, the FREE version of Active KillDisk will get the job done.

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Ur Advice on Computer Security

“Ur Advice on Computer Security” was the subject line to an email I received this morning from a friend and it dawned on me that this would make for a good real world blog post to hopefully incite some response and advice from some of the professionals out there.

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The email conversation went like this:

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Hi Rick,

I have been using McAfee software for security purposes for more than a year. Now, it is time to renew.  Do you think McAfee is a good protection?  What do you recommend?

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Good Morning Friend,

If you go the subscription route, McAfee’s is excellent protection. There is also Norton (by Symantec) that is also by subscription.

There are numerous FREE options out there as well, that are not as resource hungry as the paid versions. For example, on my PC’s I use Microsoft Security Essentials. Then you will find the likes, such as AVG, Avast, Avira, etc…

Now something to point out here. If you decide to discontinue with the McAfee’s protection it is important that you get it completely uninstalled from your PC so that it does not conflict with whatever you end up going with. The typical uninstall process in Windows “will not” remove it. Many of the antivirus/anti-malware products actually have there own uninstallers that you have to download, but there is a utility that I have used numerous times that is engineered to specifically remove security software called AppRemover. You simply download it, run it, and follow the prompts.

Security software is one of the biggest rackets out there. No matter what you install or have in place, you are always at risk. In today’s world of the internet, most malware attacks are the result of clicking on what appears to be a legitimate web link to only find out it was a bad link. Once the trigger is pulled, there is no going back… It will unleash a stream of trojans that most of the time happens so quickly (and quietly) that the user does not even know it is happening until they start seeing false warnings on their PC that looks like real professional software. These trojans often will completely shutdown your security software and other security components on the PC; and bribe you for money.

In the end, if McAfee’s has worked for you and you are happy, then go for it.

Rick

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Sandbox Security Software for Windows

Did you ever wish you could browse the internet and not have to worry about malicious software or content attacking your system? OR Did you ever wish you could test a program without it causing changes to your computer? There is a way and it works very well. It is called Sandboxie

Sandboxie runs your programs in an isolated space which prevents them from making permanent changes to other programs and data in your computer.

Sandboxie

Once you install Sandboxie, you can run or test your programs in an isolated space, called a sandbox, which prevents the programs from making altering changes to your computer and/or to the data in your computer. Any changes that are made are kept inside the sandbox. I have been following and using “Sandboxie” for several years, and I primarily use it to run my browser in. For example, you can run your browser (i.e. Internet Explorer, Opera, Chrome, Firefox) in a sandbox and not worry about malicious software (i.e. trojans, spyware, hijackers, etc…) causing harm to your computer. Any malicious software that is downloaded, is downloaded into the sandbox which is an isolated area away from the main operation of the PC.

In the event your computer becomes a victim of malicious content, the malicious content is trapped in the sandbox. At that point, you simply discard the contents of the sandbox and start over. If you are interested in trying this software out, I suggest you jump over to the Sandboxie web site and thoroughly read the “Help” and “FAQ”sections. This is good stuff; especially, if you ride the internet hard or you like to test software.

Benefits of the Isolated Sandbox (as described by the developer)

Secure Web Browsing: Running your Web browser under the protection of Sandboxie means that all malicious software downloaded by the browser is trapped in the sandbox and can be discarded trivially.

Enhanced Privacy: Browsing history, cookies, and cached temporary files collected while Web browsing stay in the sandbox and don’t leak into Windows.

Secure E-mail: Viruses and other malicious software that might be hiding in your email can’t break out of the sandbox and can’t infect your real system.

Windows Stays Lean: Prevent wear-and-tear in Windows by installing software into an isolated sandbox.

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Search and Destroy (Spyware and Malware)

There are numerous security software offerings out there these days to the point, as an end-user, you do not know what direction to go.

Typically it is a good idea to layer the protection on your PC.  For example on my PC I have installed Microsoft Security Essentials, Immunet and the commercial version of Malwarebytes Anti-malware.  All three play very well together and all three are monitoring my system in real-time.  Another strategy that I will use, in addition to what is already installed, is through the use of portable security apps. On a periodic basis I run the portable security app to scan my computer. It is sort of my way of getting second opinion.

One of the “portable versions” of a security app that I use is Spybot Search & Destroy [ CLICK HERE ] .

Spybot Search and Destroy Portable

If you are someone that is an old dog in the world of computers, I am sure you know about the full install of Spybot Search and Destroy; it has been around for a long time. I think I may have swayed from the full install of Spybot at one point due to all of the other offerings that came about, so I am happy seeing this as a portable app option.

So if you are looking for a “portable” security app that you can slap on your flash drive as an addition to your tech toolbox OR you are looking for that “second opinion” security app to periodically scan your PC, then Spybot Search & Destroy Portable is a nice addition.

Spybot Search and Destory

Spybot – Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications. Spyware silently tracks your surfing behaviour to create a marketing profile for you that is transmitted without your knowledge to the compilers and sold to advertising companies. If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you haven’t intentionally installed, if your browser crashes inexplicably, or if your home page has been “hijacked” (or changed without your knowledge), your computer is most probably infected with spyware. Even if you don’t see the symptoms, your computer may be infected, because more and more spyware is emerging. Spybot-S&D is free, so there’s no harm giving it a try to see if something has invaded your computer.

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Do you think your PC has a virus?

If you currently have anti-virus or anti-malware software installed and you think your computer system has been compromised and you need a second opinion; an option to consider is Microsoft’s Safety Scanner.

The Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free downloadable security tool that provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It works with your existing antivirus software.

The purpose of the Microsoft Safety Scanner is just that.  It is a safety scanner and not full install antivirus software package with realtime protection.  Simply download and run.

Note: The Microsoft Safety Scanner expires 10 days after being downloaded. To rerun a scan with the latest anti-malware definitions, download and run the Microsoft Safety Scanner again.

Reflected below are screenshots of Microsoft Safety Scanner to give you an idea what to expect after you download and run the scanner file.

Accept the End User License Agreement

Microsoft Safety Scanner

A notice advising you that Microsoft Security Scanner is not a replacement for an anti-malware solution; however, the tool is engineered to remove viruses, spyware, and other potentially unwanted software.

Microsoft Safety Scanner

Scan Type:  Determineswhether you want to perform a “Quick Scan”, a “Full Scan” or a “Customized Scan”.  I recomment the “Full Scan” if you suspect any problems with your PC.

Microsoft Safety Scanner

 Scanning Your Computer

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Geek Squeak (#108): WinPatrol 2011 is Top Gun

The NEW version of WinPatrol is worthy of the NEW What’s On My PC – Geek Squeak Trophy.

There is no method or madness to the trophy selection, but is typically given to those who exemplify the world of computers, information technology, and blogging.  More awards will be forthcoming…

WinPatrol

All I can say is that Bill Pytlovany, the developer of WinPatol is one classy guy who apparently has a heart of gold. This week all revenue from upgrades to WinPatrol PLUS were donated to shelter survivors in Japan. The chosen nonprofit is the organization supported by Rotary International called ShelterBox .

If you never experienced WinPatrol, I highly recommend this software as a “must have” install. It is definitely a Top Gun security app. Do not let the graphic below (which is techie in appearance) keep you from downloading this gem. All you have to do is download it, install it and that’s it. When a change occurs to any of your computer’s vital resources, Scotty the dog will bark. I’m waiting for Bill to implement a growl or two as a sign Scotty is warding off threats. Keep in mind, when you install new software, Scotty may bark and alert you. In that case I would pat Scotty on the head and click “OK”. Again, I highly recommend this software…

WinPatrol takes a snapshot of your critical system resources and alerts you to any changes that may occur without your knowledge. WinPatrol was the pioneer in using a heuristic behavioral approach to detecting Zero-Day attacks and violations of your computing environment. WinPatrol continues to be the most powerful system monitor for its small memory footprint.

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Get WinPatrol v19 the Cloud Edition

WinPatrol Cloud

WinPatrol is a “must have” security app that monitors critical, commonly attacked, areas of your computer AND alerts you when changes are about to take place. It is like having a guard dog on patrol at all times. As a matter of fact, WinPatrol features a little Scotty dog that stands on patrol in your system tray and will actually bark when the perimeter has been breached. Once Scotty has alerted you, it is up to you to decide whether it is friend or foe. Scotty does not fix anything, he simply alerts you that changes are about to take place. Most occasions those changes are OK, like when installing software; however, when in doubt you can deny access until you confirm the credibility of the instrusion.

WinPatrol

A robust System Monitor, WinPatrol.exe will alert users to malware attacks, hijackings and critical changes made to a computer without their permission. WinPatrol PLUS includes our unique R.I.D. technology which works much differently than other similar programs.

This tiny program runs in the background without slowing you down. Scotty works and plays well with others so you won’t find conflicts with other security based programs. WinPatrol was developed in Microsoft “C” and Assembler to stay small and fast.

WinPatrol is one of the first Security apps that I install on a PC. I definitely would not be without it and have been a user since Scotty was a puppy. Today, I discovered that a new version of  WinPatrol was released that uses the power of cloud computing that allows everyone to become a force in collaboratively sharing when something works and when something does not. As they say, power is in numbers. The accumulative data collected and polled by WinPatrol users will serve to benefit us all.

WinPatrol Cloud

If you do not have WinPatrol installed, I encourage you to visit the WinPatrol site to research this more. There is a FREE and PLUS version available.

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WinMend – FREE File and Folder Hiding Tool

Hiding files and folders in Windows can be easily done and easily undone, when you know how. The problem with the Windows process is that the folder and file hiding process was not designed with security in mind. The only purpose it really serves is to prevent you from deleting system files and folders on the computer that are integral part of the computer’s operation.  I do have to admit, there have been those occasion where I will hide a file at work as a temporary measure to keep prying eyes out; however, anyone with any computer savvy will know how to compromise this.

A solution that I have been playing around with for awhile is a FREE file and folder hiding tool called WinMend.

WinMend

The “cool factors” with this application is that the files and folders can be hidden instantly no matter the size of the data and the files/folders are invisible not only in the computer where the hiding was completed, but in any computer.

WinMend Folder Hidden is a free file/folder hiding tool. While ensuring the absolute system safety, this application can quickly hide files and folders on local partitions and/or on removable devices. The hidden files/folders will be safely hidden whether the drive is accessed in another operating system on the same computer or reinstalled on another computer. You can set a password for this application. Hidden data can be displayed and unhidden only when the user enters the valid password. The data is completely invisible to other programs or on other operating systems. However, please keep in mind that this application is for home use only. It’s not recommended for commercial settings where more strict confidentiality is required. Supports Language: English, French, German, Hungarian, Spanish, Dutch, Arabic, Greek, Korean, Itanlian, Slovak, Vietnames.

I’m pretty certain there is a backdoor way, via the Windows command console, to compromise WinMend; BUT the advantage of hiding a file or folder is that someone is not going to go after something that they don’t know is there the begin with.

If interested, you can get WinMend [ HERE ] .

ADDENDUM

My personal experiment with WinMend on a flash drive:

What draws my attention to apps like this is trying to find a way to make it work from my flash drive.  In other words, can I make it become portable to the point that I can run the app from my flash drive, on any computer (even with admin rights), and hide the files on the flash drive?  For me, here is how I got it to work. I used a little program called “Universal Extractor” to unpack the WinMend install.  I then copied the upacked files over to my flash drive.  The first thing I did was rename the executable file (that starts WinMend) from “folderhidden” to “WinMend” so as not to give any initial clues that I had hid files or folders on the drive. I then ran the “WinMend” file to start WinMend from the flashdrive, setup my password and then used it to hide a folder on the flashdrive.  What I am finding, so far, it that it is working like a charm and on one PC at an off site location, where I do not have Admin rights, WinMend still worked.  Again, you may not have that same result and I am still testing this, but so far it is working and is a fast way to hide my data.  I’m putting this out there in hope that another tech may also try this and give some feedback.

ADDENDUM (7/31/2010)

As with any utility, such as WinMend, ALWAYS maintain a backup of your files…

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Announcement: SUPERAntiSpyware Giveway at Tech-for Everyone

If you are a follower of the blog, then you may have read the article (this past week), SUPERAntiSpyware’s Detection Engine Now Part of VirusTotal. To celebrate the joint venture between SUPERAntiSpwyare and VirusTotal, Tech Paul at Tech-for Everyone is sponsoring a giveway (contest) for the licensed version of SUPERAntiSpyware (the professional version).

SUPERAntiSpyware

This is a great opportunity for a chance to get your hands on some great security software that is engineered to:

Detect and Remove Spyware, Adware and Remove Malware, Trojans, Dialers, Worms, KeyLoggers, HiJackers, Parasites, Rootkits, Rogue Security Products and many other types of threats.

To enter this contest, visit Tech-for Everyone [ HERE ] .

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SUPERAntiSpyware’s Detection Engine Now Part of VirusTotal

image SUPERAntiSpyware is one of the security products that you may have seen me writing about.  In brief, this product is capable of the following:

  • Detect and Remove Spyware, Adware and Remove Malware, Trojans, Dialers, Worms, KeyLoggers, HiJackers, Parasites, Rootkits, Rogue Security Products and many other types of threats.
  • Light on System Resources and won’t slow down your computer like many other anti-spyware products. Won’t conflict with your existing anti-spyware or anti-virus solution!
  • Repair broken Internet Connections, Desktops, Registry Editing and more with our unique Repair System!

As a matter of fact, it is a mainstay security layer on my PC that runs, without conflict, with my other security software. For example, I run SUPERAntiSpyware Professional (the paid version) alongside Microsoft Security Essentials.

Today, I received some exciting news that SUPERAntiSpyware is now part of VirusTotal’s premier file analyzing service.

Here is the news straight from the horses’ mouth and a little about each service:

EUGENE, OR (July 21, 2010) – SUPERAntiSpyware.com, a Pacific Northwest developer of state-of-the-art security software, has announced acceptance into Virus Total’s (www.virustotal.com) independent file analyzing service.

“VirusTotal provides an absolutely necessary service to spyware/malware researchers worldwide,” said Nick Skrepetos, founder of UPERAntiSpyware.com. “This free service allows researchers and users alike to submit suspicious files and have them analyzed by over 40 of the top anti-virus and anti-spyware products. We are very proud to have SUPERAntiSpyware’s detection engine included. VirusTotal’s staff was extremely helpful and a pleasure to work with while integrating SUPERAntiSpyware into their service.”

VirusTotal

Virus Total is a free, independent service that analyzes suspicious files and facilitates detection of malware. The service utilizes anti-virus and anti-spyware engines from over 40 of the top companies to detect file submissions and provide detailed analysis and statistics.

SuperAntiSpyware

SUPERAntiSpyware, in use by over 30 million users worldwide, is an innovative product that protects users from Spyware, Malware, Adware, Trojans, Rootkits, Homepage Hi-Jackers, Worms, Dialers and Parasites. SUPERAntiSpyware focuses on detecting hard to remove spyware which other products often miss, or are unable to safely detect and remove.

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A Simple Easy-To-Use Password Vault

What I have found, as a result of following the software circuit, is that oftentimes software (during its’ lifespan) can end up being over developed and bloated.  As a result, the end user becomes frustrated and drops the software in search for something more understandable and simpler. I have found that to be the case with many of the software applications that serve as password managers.

S10 Password Vault iconRecently, I was looking for an easy-to-use application to store my usernames and passwords and came across S10 Password Vault. Initially I was skeptical, due I had never heard of this application; however, after a test run I knew I was onto something good.

S10 Password Vault is FREE for personal use, can be run as a PORTABLE APP or a FULL INSTALL, is small in windows size, is  not cumbersome, will autotype the usernames and passwords for you, and will generate random passwords if need be. The really “cool factor” to this password vault is that it will work with any program (that requires a username and password) and not just web site accounts. Another thing I found, that I was in search for is, I can use it as a bookmark manager and program launcher, as well (even though it is touted as a password vault). This is especially useful on my flash drive. I commend the author, Sten Herlitz, for developing a really nice (easy-to-use) password vault that is feature enriched and developed with the end user in mind.

Master Password Screen

Create Master Password

Folder Hierarchy Example

Folder/Account Hierarchy

Account Editor

Edit Account

Features of S10 Password Vault:

Customizable folder/account hierarchy

Launching of websites and programs

Autotypes info in websites and programs

Account matching via window titles

Custom account information fields

Drag-and-drop support

System tray icon showing lock state

Quick unlock using partial password

Auto-start when Windows starts

Print capability and “View All” mode

Export URLs to browser Favorites

Compact program (647KB download)

Highly secure 256-bit AES encryption

Single file protected by master password

Optional key file on USB drive

Strong password generation

Foils malicious keyboard loggers

Auto-lock timeout and automatic file backup

Secure synchronization between PCs

Secure folder sharing with other users

A portable version runs on USB drive

Digitally signed – no spyware/adware

No browser plugins or toolbars

Central configuration for businesses

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SUPERAntiSpyware Now Available in a FREE Portable Version

Malware infections on today’s PC is probably one of the most frustrating experiences out there. Your PC, when attacked, is rendered useless and attempts to remove the infection is futile. The infection is usually in the form of FAKE security software that has one goal of extracting (stealing) money from you by using the FAKE security software as the bait (and as an illusion). Your attempts to install  legitimate security software to resolve the problem fail; your attempts to download malware fixes (from reputable security sites) fail; popup windows accumulate; your security software on your PC is crippled; control panel is crippled; safe mode is crippled; file data on your PC is compromised; and the list goes on and on. In essence, you have lost all control of your PC.

Many users end up resorting to a complete recovery of their PC that takes the PC back to factory specs; AND, as a result end up losing valuable file data (such a pictures, emails, important documents, etc…).  This experience is not only frustrating to the everyday computer user; but, is also frustrating experience for a computer tech, as well.  The attack vector and complexity of these infections changes daily and you have to be prepared.

This is where the SUPERAntiSpyware Portable Scanner can help.  The SUPERAntiSpyware Portable Scanner is a new product made by the makers of the FREE SUPERAntiSpyware software you install on your PC.

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I am a real advocate of this software and highly recommend it.  Simply download it and keep a copy of it on your flashdrive. When a malware infection attack occurs that renders your system useless, run this scanner from your flashdrive.  The SUPERAntiSpyware Portable Scanner is another valuable tool to keep in your Tech Toolbox (on your flashdrive).

The new portable scanner harnesses the same powerful anti-spyware engine as the Professional Edition of SUPERAntiSpyware and references a spyware definition database that is updated at least once per day. It is free for personal use, and technician and corporate licenses are available. SUPERAntiSpyware Portable can be downloaded from

http://www.superantispyware.com/portable

In addition to keeping the SUPERAntiSpyware Portable Scanner on your flash drive; I also suggest you take a look and install the FREE version of SuperAntiSpyware on your PC.

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SuperAntiSpyware comes to us in (2)-two flavors. The FREE version and the PAID Professional version. The only difference between the two is that the FREE version requires manual intervention (e.g. scans, updates); whereas the PAID version provides real-time protection, scheduled scanning and other additional protective features. Folks, this is good software and having it installed on your PC adds another layer of protection that plays well with your other anti-virus and anti-malware software products. I have featured this product on the blog several times [ Link ] and highly recommend it.

Some of the Features of SUPERAntiSpyware:

  • Detect and Remove Spyware, Adware and Remove Malware, Trojans, Dialers, Worms, KeyLoggers, HiJackers, Parasites, Rootkits, Rogue Security Products and many other types of threats.
  • Light on System Resources and won’t slow down your computer like many other anti-spyware products. Won’t conflict with your existing anti-spyware or anti-virus solution!
  • Repair broken Internet Connections, Desktops, Registry Editing and more with our unique Repair System!

I applaud the makers of SUPERAntiSpyware for making the internet a safer place!

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Protect Your PC with Microsoft Security Essentials

If you are looking for FREE software that will protect your PC from  viruses, spyware and other malicious software (malware), then Microsoft Security Essentials is a good solution.

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I have tried and tested every FREE antivirus (and anti-malware) package out there and have found all of them to be sufficient in protecting your PC; however, when Microsoft released Security Essentials in 2009, it immediately got me thinking about a couple of things that convinced me to install it on my PC.

  1. Since Microsoft has the most intimate knowledge of their operating system (Windows), then logically they should be able to offer the best anti-malware solution(s) to protect that operating system.
  2. Ever since the turmoil surrounding the release of Windows Vista, Microsoft has been (in my opinion) making great strides to right itself and gain favor with us (the everyday computer user).  In other words, every effort is being made by Microsoft “to do it right”.  Security Essentials, in my opinion, would be no exception.

I have been running Security Essentials for several months on my PCs and here is what I like about it:

It is FREE (no cost and no annoying subscriptions to worry about). Updates and upgrades are automatic.

It is very easy to download and install (NOTE:  Prior to installing Security Essentials it is important that you uninstall any existing anti-virus software. You may need to download and run a cleanup utility for your previous security application for it to be completely removed.  A nice application to assist you with the uninstall process is AppRemover).

The GUI (graphical user interface) is simplistic in appearance, not obtrusive, or bloated.  Basically it was designed to be understood.

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It is non-intrusive, runs quietly in the background, and only displays alerts that requires your attention.  You can always tell when you are protected by the visual appearance of the Security Essentials icon (in the System Tray or notification area). When the icon is green you are protected and your status is OK.  When the icon is yellow, you are potentially unprotected.  When the icon is red, you are at risk.

The notification area is the area on the right side of the Windows taskbar. It contains shortcuts to programs and important status information.

It provides “real time” protection” and is very light on system resources (which is an uncommon characteristic of security software).

Whenever real-time protection detects a threat or potential threat, Microsoft Security Essentials displays a notification. You can now choose from the following options:

  • Clean computer to remove the detected item. Microsoft Security Essentials will automatically remove the item from your computer.
  • Show details link to display the Potential threat details window, and then choose which action to apply to the detected item.

You can perform manual scans of your PC and/or schedule scans to automatically occur at designated times.

Overall, I have been very pleased with the performance of Security Essentials and recommend it as a “go to security app” on your PC. If you opt to install Security Essentials, I encourage you to do your homework and visit the Microsoft Security Essentials web site to learn more.  Videos are available [ HERE ] on how to install Security Essentials; how to scan for malware; and, how to fix a problem.

System Requirements for Installation: Operating System: Genuine Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or Service Pack 3); Windows Vista (Gold, Service Pack 1, or Service Pack 2); Windows 7

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#41)

After a month of moving and no Geek Squeaks’; it is time!  I present to you the 41st version of Geek Squeaks’.  If you are new to the blog, Geek Squeaks’ is a weekly roundup of articles from the author’s associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll community.  This community consists of a group of people, from around the world, that bring to us a vast sea of computer and technology information.  I encourage all of you to bookmark these sites and pay them a visit on a regular basis.  You will not regret it…

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Snakebytez
Hide Windows Drives with NoDrives Manager

Carputers News and Computer Tips
Load and Help Campaign by SoftMaker

TTC Shelbyville
Data Recovery Freeware Roundup

The Abbey Rose
Windows Update Broke?

I Love Free Software
gDoc Creator: Convert Word to PDF and PDF to Word

Technize
Customize And Personalize Your USB Pen Drive

Worthy Tips
Photovisi – Lets You Create Your Own Photo Collage Online Free

Canadian Tech Blogger
Windows 7 Going Over Well With IT Community

Computer Maintenance
Uninstall Unwanted Programs

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Windows Live, its not the same……

TuneUp Blog
Enabling DirectCompute for Windows Vista and 7

Free PC Security
Three Words For 2010

AskBillFirst
Dragon Naturally Speaking

Tech-for Everyone
Tech-for Everyone – Computer Shopper Blogs We Like

Rarst.net
Rollip.com – collection of graphical filters for photos

Lifehacker
You Don’t Need to Regularly Reinstall Windows; Here’s Why

Crazy World of G
Truth or Consequences

thePC Security
Data Encryption: A Free, Open Source, Portable, Simple Tool for Windows

AKS-Feel The Change
Change your Drive Icons and background Image

Carol’s Vault
A look back at the past 10 years: the bloody decade

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove SystemCleanerPro

Teck~Line
Happy Holiday to Everyone

Plato On-Line
Top 10 Consumer Web Apps of 2009

Evilfantasy’s Blog
The Ultimate Geek TaskForce!

Geeked Up
15.4″ LCD Screen Resolutions

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Spyware Doctor with Anti-Virus 2010 – Free License Giveaway

Freeware Pharmacy
JPEG Lossless Rotator

What’s On My PC
Double Desktop – Like having two monitors in one…

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WOT now available for Google Chrome Web Browser

image (Web Of Trust) WOT –  a free Internet security add-on for your browser announced today that there is now a WOT add-on for Google Chrome (see Web Clip below). WOT, a very important level of protection, will keep you safe from online scams, identity theft, spyware, spam, viruses and unreliable shopping sites. WOT warns you before you interact with a risky website. It’s easy and it’s free. If you would like to test the WOT add-on for Google Chrome, you can download and learn more about it [ here ] . The add-on requires a current development version of Chrome (≥ 4.0.220.1). It’s been tested on the Windows version of Chrome, but should also work on Linux and Mac versions once their add-on support reaches the same level. To install the add-on, download the add-on using the Chrome browser.  The Chrome browser will automatically detect the download as an add-on and will prompt you for the installation.

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A “What’s On My PC…” Web Clip!

Thu 08 Oct 2009 11:39:59 AM UTC — Deborah S.

Google Chrome Good news for all you early adopters: You can jump ahead of everyone else and try the first release of the WOT add-on for Google Chrome. This one is for the geeky among us, so if you’re game, all you need is a current development version of Chrome and the WOT add-on.

WOT icon in Chrome One small difference is where the icon is located. You’ll find it in the lower left corner. The rating window opens a bit differently too, but you’ll see it. Notice also that the add-on is released under the GNU GPL, so patches are most welcome.

[ Source: Web Of Trust ]

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The New Cloud Version of SuperAntiSpyware

Bill Mullin’s Weblog – Tech Thoughts does it again by bringing to us important information about the NEW (and FREE) online version of SuperAntiSpyware. I found this to be important enough that I was compelled to shout about it here on the blog.

First, you need to visit Bill’s Weblog – Tech Thoughts to get the fine details on this NEW cloud driven app.

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Second, you really need to try SuperAntiSpyware Online Safe Scan. It is very easy to download and run a scan on your PC.  The definition updates are automatically updated daily so you do not need to do anything other than download and run.

The scanner does NOT install anything on your Start Menu or Program Files and does NOT need to be uninstalled.

This is another excellent layer of protection to compliment the security software that you should have already installed on your PC.  Make SuperAntiSpyware Online Safe Scan part of your normal maintenance routine. Thanks to Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts for bringing this important security application to our attention!

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#5)

These links are a compilation of articles, for the past week, written by the friends to “What’s On My PC…” . To have an article featured on “Geek Squeaks’ of the Week” (every week) all that is asked for is a link exchange  with your blog or web site.

You will find that the articles written by these bloggers are comparable or better than many articles written in some of the top tech publications.

Geek Squeaks'Free Computer Courses – Tech-for Everyone

Is Windows 7 Just Vista? – TTC Shelbyville

Win a Free Rapidshare Premium Account – Techolar

WinPatrolToGo – A Great Addition to Your Geek Toolbox – Tech Thoughts

Everything – fast and powerful file search utility – Rarst.net

I Can’t HEAR You – Crazy World of G

Workrave – Schedule Your Work And Avoid RSI – Piyadas World

Is Thunderbird, Desktop Email Dying Out? – Lifehacker

15.4” LCD Screen Resolutions – WUXGA (1920 x 1200) Is The Way To Go – Is You GEEKed Up

The Truth About Security Software – Free PC Security

Conficker Eye Chart – Are you infected? – Evilfantasy’s Blog

My dream Blackberry: Storm with Trackball – Confessions of a freeware junkie

19 Amazing Free Graphic and Image Editors – Carputers News and Computer Tips

Safe Surfing with WOT – AskBillFirst

How to Remove “Trojan Detected” Popup!” – 411- Spyware.com

12+ Free Thinking iPod Touch/iPhone Puzzle Games Worth Playing – AllThatsNew

The easy way to print filenames in folders… – What’s On My PC…

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Extensive List of “FREE” Privacy, Security and Recovery Software…

I periodically visit the Wilder’s Security Forum to see what other people are saying about the various security software products that are available.  Forums are managed discussion sites where interest groups of people are formed to openly discuss a specific topic.  When I preview software, I always look to see if there is a forum on the site.  Forums are excellent information resources and can give you a good overview on the credibility of a matter or subject.

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Recently while visiting the Wilder’s Security Forum, I was reviewing a topic titled “Probably the best Security List in the World : )”…  The title caught my attention and as a result I came away with, what I feel, are (2)-two credible lists of “FREE” Security Software that I would like to share.

The first list is maintained at another forum located at a Finnish Antivirus Portal (called Virustorjunta.net).  The category titles are in Finnish; however, the sub-titles of the software are in English.  You can preview this list by clicking on the logo below.

Virustorjunta

The second list is located at another forum called Respawned.  This forum appears to be maintained in the United Kingdom and it appears that the forum topic “Freeware Privacy, Security and Recovery Software”  has been updated on regular basis since April ‘04.  You can preview this list by clinking on the logo below.

Respawned

Both of these lists provide an excellent overview of the various “FREE” products that are available AND provide a great opportunity to explore and research security software in a “side-by-side” manner.  The people who contributed to compiling this information has done a great service to those who are unfamiliar with security software products.  The forums which they have made these postings is an excellent way to get feedback, criticism and praise.  

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Great Tech Tool – “a-squared HijackFree”!

Just when I think I have found every tech security tool out there, I am introduced to another one.  In this case, during a visit to the site “Tech Thoughts”, I was introduced to a system analysis utility, called “a-squared HiJackFree” that is geared toward assisting advanced users in the detection and removal of all types of HiJackers, Spyware, Adware, Trojans and Worms (see clip below).  I downloaded the program and performed an analysis of my system as a test drive.  I found the program very easy to navigate and understand. The analysis showed the autorun entries (which can be disabled for troubleshooting); services installed and running processes; local ports that are open; and even Explorer and browser plugins. The a-squared HiJackFree also has an “Online Analysis” function built-in that will help you identify which autoruns, processes, addons or open ports are harmful.

HiJackFree

 

 

I tip my “Tech Hat” to Bill Mullins for introducing me and my readers to this great utility.

Visit Bill’s site (Tech Thoughts), at “billmullins.worpress.com”

 

 

 

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Maximize Layered Malware Defenses – A-squared HijackFree


There are plenty of good anti-malware products, but experienced computer user’s realize that to ensure maximum safety, it’s important to have layered defenses in the ongoing fight against malware.

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If you are an experienced/advanced computer user (sometimes known as a geek), and you’re looking for a program to strengthen your anti-malware resources, then A-squared HiJackFree is one that’s worth taking a look at. This free application, from EMSI Software, offers a potent layer of additional protection to add to your major anti-malware programs.

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AppRemover… Antivirus and Antispyware Uninstaller!

Recently I posted an article about “Uninstalling and Installing AntiVirus Software…” and how difficult it can be to totally remove (uninstall) all remnants of antivirus software from your computer in circumstances such as switching to a different software brand. Antivirus software, and any security software for that matter, hooks into many areas on a computer (i.e. registry, file system, processes, resident memory, etc…). I know personally I’ve experienced occasions where I had to boot into safe mode to eliminate debris that was left over from the uninstall process. My opinion; in instances where you are uninstalling “Security” software in order to replace it with an alternate brand, it is especially important to ensure that all remnants are completely removed,so as not to cause a conflict or potential breach with the “Security” software you are intending to install.  In other words you do not want to compromise the security of your computer due to a software conflict.

AppRemover

Today I came across an application, called “AppRemover” that is in “BETA” (still being publicly tested), that is designed, at this time, to specifically remove Antivirus and AntiSpyware Software. I did not get to fully test the software to see if it actually did what it said; but I did download it (no installation required) and performed a scan of my system. The software picked up my Antivirus software and another Security application I was running on my system. The AppRemover site reflected that once it removes the “Security” product you desire to remove, it will then remove the “AppRemover” application from your computer as well.  PC Magazine recently published an article on AppRemover (12/17/2008 – “AppRemover Makes Switching A/V Programs a Snap”) and gave it a good writeup. It also appears that developer of AppRemover,  OPSWAT, Inc., is a company of good standing.

 

GET IT HERE - AppRemover

 

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