Malwarebytes Clean Uninstall Tool – Use This Tool To Perform A Clean Uninstall of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Many security software packages, due to their complexity, typically require a specialized uninstaller to cleanly remove the product from the computer. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is no exception. As a matter of fact, I ran into an issue where Malwarebytes was not updating properly and used this tool to remedy the problem by removing all traces of the software. I then re-installed Malwarebytes and was back in service.

Always, when uninstalling security software, check with the product’s website for uninstall instructions. The uninstaller built into Windows, just won’t cut it when it comes to these products.

To uninstall Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from your computer, please use the Malwarebytes Clean Uninstall Tool. This tool was created to completely remove all traces of the program from your computer.

To use the utility:

Download and run mb_clean.exe

Restart your computer when prompted.

Note: This tool will completely remove any settings you have configured, your license information, and anything else related to Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. If you need to save any of these, please do not run this tool.

SOURCE: Malwarebytes Clean Uninstall Tool 

How To Use Windows 10’s “Microsoft Print To PDF”

A feature that I really like in Windows 10 is the “Microsoft Print to PDF”. Typically when you print a document, the document is sent to your default printer to be printed. In Windows 10 you have another optional printer to select from called “Microsoft Print to PDF” that allows you to print a document to a native PDF file. What this means is that the document you desire to print does not go to a physical printer; instead, the document is printed (converted) to a PDF file that you can save to your computer, email to another party, etc… An example of how I use this is, when I make an online purchase, instead of printing the invoice to my printer, I simply select “Microsoft Print to PDF” and print the invoice to a PDF file that I then save on my computer.  You can save a lot of paper by printing documents to “Microsoft Print to PDF”…

In Windows 10, the default PDF viewer is Microsoft Edge; however, you can install another PDF viewer such as Adobe, Foxit Reader, Nitro and my freeware favorite Sumatra


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[ OFF TOPIC – IMPORTANT ] The Most Important Things They Don’t Want You to Know About the Health Care Bill – I follow the Congress very closely and what I am seeing is unprecedented. We the people need to stop looking at politics as some type of team sport of taking sides and take an interest in following what is going on. Our politicians are taking advantage of us in an effort to dumb us down so that we are a nation of the poor and of the very rich. For example, the House of Representatives just passed a health care bill that many of them (who voted for it) will outwardly tell you, is not a good bill. This bill will hurt the very base of the people that elected our President and it is being touted as some type of a trophy. Please contact your representatives and express your displeasure; seriously, your life and the future of your financial integrity could depend on this. The bill still has to go through the Senate where it is expected to be basically rewritten. A good read on this is at the popular website LifeHackers, where details on how this will impact you is outlined —  “lawmakers plastered on a few lipstick-like changes to the bill: things that they hope will make it look prettier and deflect some criticism, but that do nothing to change the fact that this is a terrible bill and they all know it”… READ MORE

The 10 Best Camera Apps For Android – Despite manufacturer’s best efforts, default camera apps have not enjoyed the privilege of consistency. This gave birth to an entire library of camera based apps to squeeze every bit of power from that camera. Here is our pick for the 10 best best android camera apps… READ MORE

Why you don’t need 27 different passwords – According to a poll by Intel Security, the average person has 27 discrete online logins. From social media accounts to banking to online shopping to utilities, credentials—which usually include a username and password—are required for each… READ MORE

Why you don’t need 27 different passwords

NirSoft unveils UninstallView 1.0 – NirSoft has released UninstallView (32-bit here), a portable tool which collects and displays information on your stored applications… READ MORE

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Turn Your Android Phone (or laptop) Into An Endoscope – I just did a search for endoscopic cameras on Amazon and was surprised to see the results (and really how inexpensive these cameras are). What these cameras do, is allow you to see in and around small narrow spaces, using a long snake-like waterproof camera attached to  your Android phone (or laptop) as the viewer and power source.  Amazing stuff at little cost… READ MORE


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Uninstall Programs In Bulk With BCUninstaller

BCUninstaller (Bulk Crap Uninstaller) is one of those portable apps that I can see being used on new PC’s that ship with a bunch of software crap and used on older PC’s where over a period of time the end user has installed numerous programs. This program is designed to uninstall software programs in bulk. It also had the ability to scan the registry and file structure to clean up the leftovers. Nice utility that is under active development and makes for a nice addition to the tech toolbox

BCUninstaller

  • Available in English and Polish language, more to come (contact me if you are willing to translate BCU to your language)
  • Uninstall any number of programs at once
  • Quiet (unattended) uninstall of many programs, even if they don’t explicitly support it
  • Intelligent ordering of uninstallers in large tasks
  • Detection and clean up of leftovers after uninstalling applications
  • Uninstall lists (automatically select uninstallers from the list, can be edited in a text editor)
  • Advanced grouping, sorting, filtering and searching
  • Editing tools and backup creation – can generate .reg files and remove junk to recycle bin
  • Visibility of protected and invalid entries (system uninstaller doesn’t see them)
  • Fully portable, requires Net 3.5 which is installed on all Windows 7 machines
  • Automatic error reporting and updating
  • And a bunch more features

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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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A Simple But Powerful Windows Program Uninstaller

Want a powerful program uninstaller for your computer? If so, I encourage you to take a look at Geek Uninstaller.

This little app, which is a single file, works better than the standard built-in Windows uninstaller in that it performs a deeper scan and removes all of the leftovers. The Windows uninstaller often leaves debris behind.

Great-looking and surprisingly functional, GeekUninstaller will help you keep your computer clean and organized! Instant startup, minimalistic, simple but efficient user interface. Single EXE runs flawlessly on both 32 and 64-bit Windows 7/8/XP/Vista. When running on x64 Windows GeekUninstaller is running as a native 64-bit application. Programs highlighted with purple orange color are recently installed/modified (since last run of Geek Uninstaller).

GEEK SQUEAKS OF THE WEEK – Featuring the FREE Version of Microsoft OneNote

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Microsoft OneNote – Many of you may be familiar with Microsoft OneNote, which Microsoft describes as an “extension of your brain”.

Microsoft OneNote

The HOT NEWS this week is that OneNote is now FREE everywhere. This means that you can download, sync and use OneNote on all of your computing platforms. OneNote is now available on: PC, Mac, Windows tablets, Windows Phone, iPad, iPhone, Android and the Web. And they’re always in sync with each other.

OneNote, in comparison to many other note keeping applications, is very featured enriched. Personally, I am testing OneNote out on all of my devices to see where it will stand in my life of hoarding information… @What’s On My PC

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[ANDROID] Selectively Lock Android Apps In Multiple Ways With Lockdown ProLockdown Pro, this awesome app offers basic as well as advanced app locking features for newbies and seasoned users alike, and looks great while at it. Featuring multiple PIN & pattern options, geo-fencing, stealth mode to conceal the app’s very presence, and several great-looking themes for the unlocking screen, this should be a must-have on every Android phone and tablet out there. And best of all, it’s completely free, without even any ads!… @Addictive Tips

[GOLD BOX DEALS] New deals. Every day. Shop Deal of the Day and more daily deals and limited-time sales. I hit this everyday looking for that tech bargain (or any other bargain in general)… @Amazon

[HOW TO] How To Transfer Evernote Notebooks To OneNote – Evernote2Onenote tool is a handy tool to automatically import all required Evernote Notebooks to your OneNote account. It doesn’t matter whether notebooks are synchronized or local, any notebook with all notes could be imported from Evernote to OneNote using this simple tool… @I Love Free Software

[WINDOWS] – Geek Uninstaller – Standard removal program leaves tons of leftovers on your PC. GeekUninstaller performs deep and fast scanning afterwards and removes all leftovers. Keep your PC clean! Use Force Removal for stubborn and broken programs… @Geek Uninstaller

[ALL IN ONE DESKTOP] HP Pavilion 23-g010 23-Inch All-in-One Desktop – Less than $500… @Amazon

HP Pavilion 23-g010 23-Inch All-in-One Desktop

[WINDOWS] 3 Calculators Better Than The One in Windows – After trying out several different calculators, I rounded up three programs that in my opinion, are a tad better than the default Windows calculator… @Instant Fundas

[FEATURED TECH SITE] – Android Awesomeness (featured at Bookmarks4Techs) – Android Awesomeness is all about Android and it’s apps. We strive to review at least one new, awesome app a day. What’s an awesome app you ask? An awesome app is a well designed, functional app, that follows the Android Design Guidelines. And also, it’s just a matter of taste… @Android Awesomeness

[HOW TO] Make the Most of Your Multiple Monitors in Windows – If you already have a computer that can handle multiple monitors, just plug in the power cord for your monitor and hook it up to the extra VGA or DVI port. Then it’s time to really get started… @lifehacker

[NEWS] Windows XP Migrations Should Take the Path of Least Resistance – I realize there are some companies that are actually migrating to Windows 8, but with the limited amount of time left, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with migrating to Windows 7, and Microsoft should state that… @WindowsITPro

[HOW TO] How to speed up your Android phone in 2 easy steps – Before we begin, this method will only work for phones running Android 4.0 and above. If you have an older device such as the Samsung Galaxy Ace and are running Android 2.3, then this guide unfortunately won’t apply. There are still ways of speeding up these older phones however, and we’ll have a guide for that real soon… @gadget helpline

[NEWS] This changes everything: Microsoft slips WinXP holdouts $100 to buy new Windows 8 PCs – In an attempt to lure people off its 13-year-old Windows XP operating system, Microsoft will pay $100 to XP users who upgrade to a new Windows 8 PC. The promotion, run via the Microsoft Store website, is open to users who ditch their Windows XP systems and buy new machines. The money-off offer applies to PCs costing $699 or more that are bought from Redmond’s online shop… @The Register

[WALLPAPER] – F-16 Fighting Falcon… @Good-Wallpapers

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 18, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (Geek Uninstaller): A perfect match for Geek Squeaks; a Geek Uninstaller. I have used this uninstaller for many months and it is flat out awesome. Portable, FREE, and gets the job done. Better than the uninstaller that is built into Windows (see below);

Squeak #2 – (VERY IMPORTANT – Internet Explorer Fix): Hackers have exploited a security flaw in Internet Explorer that has Microsoft issuing a downloadable fix. If you are using Internet Explorer as your web browser, it is important that you close the door on this security flaw (see below);

Squeak #3 – (How to delete yourself on the internet):  I know myself, I have created numerous accounts on the internet to the point that I am plastered out there everywhere. I often wondered if there was a way to delete myself (see below); AND,

Squeak #4 – (Mini USB 2.0 to SATA/eSATA Converter): This converter allows you to take an internal SATA/eSATA drive and externally connect it to the USB port on your PC (see below)…

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Geek Uninstaller – Efficient and Fast, Small and Portable

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GeekUninstaller will help you keep your computer clean and organized! Instant startup, minimalistic, simple but efficient user interface. Single EXE runs flawlessly on both 32 and 64-bit Windows 7/8/XP/Vista. When running on x64 Windows GeekUninstaller is running as a native 64-bit application… GET IT HERE


Microsoft Rushes Out Fix
To Prevent Internet Explorer Attacks

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Microsoft released an emergency software fix for Internet Explorer on Tuesday after hackers exploited a security flaw in the popular Web browser to attack an unknown number of users.

The software maker said on its website it released the software, known as a “Fix It,” as an emergency measure to protect customers after learning about “extremely limited, targeted attacks” that made use of the newly discovered bug… READ MORE


How To Delete Your Online Account or Erase Yourself From The Internet

@ My Technology Guide

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Do you ever feel that the account you created on Facebook or Twitter or any other website is useless and you want to erase yourself from that website? Well, here’s a website which might help… READ MORE


Mini USB 2.0 to SATA/eSATA Converter

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Mini USB 2.0 to SATA/eSATA Converter can turn any SATA/eSATA mass storage device into a convenient external USB 2.0 high speed drive. Meanwhile, it supports 2.5″ & 3.5″ AATA/eSATA hard drives, SATA CD/DVD drives and eSATA drive enclosure, perfect to copy and offload files between hard drives… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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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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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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GEEK SQUEAKS’ (#66) – Soundsticks, Uninstaller, Amazon Pays You, Wipe Files Securely, and an Auto Safety App

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Harman Kardon Soundsticks III

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Revo Uninstaller

Revo Uninstaller

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Amazon Pays You To Price Check in Stores December 10, Retailers Irked @ 404 Tech Support

Amazon Pays You

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Three Steps to Securely Wipe Files
@ TuneUp Blog About Windows

Three Steps to Securely Wipe Files

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iOnRoad helps keep you safe in your car
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iOnRoad helps keep you safe in your car

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Uninstalling Security Applications

In today’s world of computing the choice of security applications, that we are presented with, to use on our computers are astounding and is like picking apples from a tree. Years ago, the competition was a select few; however, the internet of today, where cybercrime is prevalent, has produced more security application options like never seen before. For example, names such as avast!, AVG, Avira, ESET, Kaspersky, McAfee, Norton, Symantec, Trend Micro have become household names.

Where the problem comes into play is when you decide you want to switch the apples for oranges and change the security application(s) that you are currently using. What people do not realize, and I emphasize this, uninstalling (or removing security apps) is not the same as uninstalling normal software. Security applications are complex in nature, are viturally alive on your PC at all times (monitoring and scanning), write to the Windows registry (and your computer) in many places, and sometimes I truly think (due to the intense competition) the developer deliberately does everything possible to keep you from uninstalling it.  As a matter of fact, from my own experience, I have found that the uninstall module built into these applications themselves will not even thoroughly get the job done and will even fail. Again, this is more likely due to the complexity of the app than anything else.

So what do you do?

You can research the uninstall process at the developers site; however that task alone is like looking for ticks. Many times the site will offer up an utility program to perform the uninstall; however, to the everyday computer user, the removal process described can appear intimidating.

The easy way of thoroughly removing a security app, providing the app is in the database, is to use a program called AppRemover.

AppRemover

AppRemover is a free utility that enables users to remove antivirus and other applications as well as left over files from incomplete uninstallations. There’s no more need to mess around with your registry.

AppRemover is very easy to use.  Download, run, then follow the steps.  AppRemover will scan your system and will walk you through the automatic removal of the security application; even applications that may have failed their original uninstall process.

AppRemover

Sample – Scan Results

AppRemover

AppRemover is my go to application when I need to uninstall a security application. AppRemover is very popular and has been downloaded over 3/4’s of million times.

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A FREE Program To Remove Unwanted Apps

Today I was at a loss on what to write about when Big Geek Daddy served up an app to me, called IObit Uninstaller.

Big Geek Daddy is a helpful and humorous website where both the Computer Geek and the Average PC User can find information about computing and Internet use as well as hundreds of Funny Videos.

 IObit is always on the move with numerous apps, some paid and some FREE; and, IObit Uninstaller is one of their freebies (i.e. Advanced System Care, Smart Defrag, IObit Toolbox to name a few).

What you are going to find with IObit Uninstaller is that it is a third party uninstaller similar to Revo Uninstaller. The “cool factors” with IObit’s Uninstaller is there is no software to install (simply download and run); it will uninstall toolbars (hooray); there is a “standard” uninstall process (like Windows) and an advanced (more aggressive) uninstall process; AND, if you find the app you want to uninstall is not listed, you can use IObit Uninstaller to help you find and remove the app.

IObit Uninstaller

When you first run an app such as this, remember “patience”. It will take a minute for it to poll your system and collect the information that it needs to make the magic happen.

Operating Systems Supported

Microsoft® Windows® 7 (32-bit and 64-bit) Starter/ Home Basic/Home Premium/Professional/Ultimate

Microsoft® Windows® Vista (32-bit and 64-bit) Starter/Home Basic/Home Premium/Business /Ultimate

Microsoft® Windows® XP (32-bit and 64-bit) with SP2/SP3 or Home/Professional/Media Center

Microsoft® Windows® 2000 (32-bit and 64-bit)

Hardware Requirements

300 MHz processor or faster processor
256 MB of RAM
30 MB of free hard disk space

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#60)

If you are a member of the What’s On My PC blogroll and you posted an article within the past 7 days, expect to see a link to your blog on Geek Squeaks’.  It is my way of saying “Thank You” to my fellow bloggers; AND, my way of visiting each and every blog to read the “best of the best”!

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Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Life in the Trenches –
Never Assume Anything When it Comes to Computer Security

Paul’s Home Computing Blog
Cool Stuff On The Net

TTC Shelbyville
Google Voice for Students

404 Tech Support
Product Review: HP MultiSeat

Netbook Freeware
Advanced Uninstaller – Best Free Uninstaller for Netbook

Worthy Tips
SuperbarMonitor: A portable CPU, Battery,
Disk, Memory monitoring system

I Love Free Software
Folder Marker – Freeware to Change Folder Icon and Color

Canadian Tech Blogger
OpenDNS Suffers DDoS Attack

Internet Security Review
Komodo Dragon Browser Review

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Has Facebook become too big for it’s boots?

TuneUp Blog about Windows
Styling Windows Vista (Part 1): Give Your OS a Facelift with a New Boot Screen

Free PC Security
GeSWall Test

AskBillFirst
Laptop Scandal School’s Own Law Firm: Aside From Those 58,000 Spy Photos, There’s No Evidence Of Spying | Techdirt

Tech-for Everyone
5 Tips For Internet Safety

Rarst.net
PSU calculator – online app to compute PC’s wattage

Lifehacker
Turn a Suction Cup into a Phone Stand

Crazy World of G
Crow Saves An Eagle

thePC Security
How to View HTML Code of a Web Page Without Opening it

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove System Armor

Plato Press
Facebook ‘Friend’ Murders Teener

What’s On My PC
Free Layer’s of Protection

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#53)

It is that time again…  Geek Squeaks’ is a weekly rundown of links to articles posted from the blogs that are associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll community.  If you have a desire to keep up with information technology and computers, then I suggest you make these sites part of your daily routine.

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TTC Shelbyville
2000 mw USB Wireless – 2 Watts of Power

Carputer’s News and Computer Tips
100 Free and Useful Portable Apps

I Love Free Software
Penzu – Free Online Personal Diary and Journal

Worthy Tips
BasicTwitter – A desktop client
to manage multiple twitter accounts

Internet Security Blog
Block, Avoid, Identify Paypal, EBay,
Bank Phishing Emails with Iconix

Canadian Tech Blogger
What free email service should I use?

Computer Maintenance
Uninstall Unwanted Programs

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites March 23

AskBillFirst
Do You Really Know Where That Link Is Taking You?

Tech-for Everyone
URGENTLY!!!

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Uninstall Trend Micro without a password

Rarst.net
TeamViewer – functional remote access tool

Lifehacker
Which Browser Should I Use: Firefox or Chrome?

Crazy World of G
Export This Part 5

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Comodo Dragon Review | The Secured Browser on Chromium

AKS-Feel The Change
Linkbait Generator-Generate Catchy Blog Post ideas

Carol’s Vault
My word!!! Please, don’t be rude!

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Security Guard

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Free ThreatFire – Advanced Security Against Malware

Right On Technology
AT&T adding Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus soon

Freeware Pharmacy
Subsonic

Plato Press
Biggest Threat to Endangered Species: the Internet

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Windows Live, Stats and Nostalgia

TuneUp Blog About Windows
Building the Perfect Media Center (Part Two)

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Custom Header Workaround For The New WP.com Theme Titan

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Test Your Internet Connection Speed

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#52)

This is a one year celebration of Geek Squeaks’. If you have a burning desire to learn about information technology and computers, then you are at the right place.  Each week What’s On My PC features articles (from the past week) that have been composed by bloggers that are associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll.  I encourage you to visit these blogs and better yet, click on the “Geek Squeaks” category at the side of the blog to get a rundown of articles for the past year.

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Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Download Shadow Defender – Virtualized Intrusion Prevention

Right On Technology
Windows Phone 7 Series
at MIX10 reveals Dev Tools, Marketplace, Netflix, and more

Evilfantasy’s Blog
It’s Time to Rock Your Firefox!

Plato Press
What Your Phone Tells Marketers About You

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Antivirus 7

AKS-Feel The Change
FileSecrets- Protect Your Confidential Files and Folders

Free PC Security
Comodo V4

AskBillFirst
Are you still texting while you drive?

Tech-for Everyone
Playing With A Fox

Rarst.net
Give yourself a backup drill

Lifehacker
Send to Google Docs Uploads Files
and Web Screenshots to GDocs

Crazy World of G
AxCrypt

thePC Security
BIOS Password – Reset, Remove, Break
or Recover with PC CMOS Cleaner

Internet Security Blog
Hotmail Allows Secure SSL Encrypted Login

Canadian Tech Blogger
How To Install A Hard Drive

TuneUp Blog for Windows
“200 Programs” Revisited: Performance and Stability Update

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Windows Live Writer Wave 4, some more screen grabs

Computer Maintenance
Best Antivirus | Software Download

Worthy Tips
Uberstaller – Perfect software uninstaller with better user interface

I Love Free Software
ReadFresh: Keep Track of Updates to Websites in Real Time

TTC Shelbyville
End of Support for Some Microsoft Products

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Copy files and folders on and off your iPhone with iPhone Explorer

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The Scoroncocolo Photo Gallery

What’s On My PC
Burn Baby Burn…

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#37)

If you want to keep your finger on the pulse of information technology and computers, I encourage you to take a moment and visit each of the blogs listed below. The articles and information that these sites provide are phenomenal. It is an absolute honor to have them on the What’s On My PC… blogroll.

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The PC Security
9 Tips for Safe and Secure Online Shopping on Internet Sites

Computer Too Slow
Windows 7 complaints from Netbook Users

Crazy World of G
Scan To PDF

Lifehacker
MyPorts Gives You Detailed Information on Open Ports

Rarst.net
Google Wave Preview – first look

Tech-for Everyone
Open .ppt Slideshows With Free Viewer*

AskBillFirst
The “Noteable” Mousepad

Free PC Security
Revo Uninstaller – Free

Right On Technology
Pirate Bay Tracker Shuts Down

Blogging Fool
WordPress Posts Yet Another Security Update in Advance of 2.9

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Internet Security Tips for Seniors

Evilfantasy’s Blog
What things to do when bored on the Internet?

Plato On-Line
Black Friday Deals Leaked to CNN

The Spyware Biz Blog
A great way to remember secure passwords

Teck~Line Lounge
Amazing Knife Throw- Modern Warfare 2

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Personal Protector

Carol’s Vault
Design your room online with Armstrong

AKS-Feel The Change
Flash Drive Reminder-Unplug USB Flash Drive From PC

Tune Up Blog
32-bit vs. 64-bit: More Bit, More Performance?

Canadian Tech News Blog
5 Ways In Which Firefox Is Better Than Internet Explorer

Freeware Elite
Backup your Facebook account with ArchiveFB

Mrintech
View Previously Featured Bing Wallpapers & Download Them!

Worthy Tips
Switch Off Your Monitor Using Single Mouse Click in Windows 7

Technize
Handy Backup – Automatic Data Backup, Recovery and Synchronization

I Love Free Software
Kompozer: Free Alternative to Adobe Dreamweaver and FrontPage

TTC Shelbyville
Visio – Nope, It is Gliffy!

Carputers News and Computer Tips
Free WiFi for the Holidays

Snakebytez
View lyrics for songs in your iTunes Library with LyricToy

Computer Maintenance
Basic Computer Maintenance Tips/Checklist

Freeware Pharmacy
Songr

What’s On My PC
Break the Email Chain – Stop the Lies!

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Geek Squeaks of the Week (#19)

The “What’s On My PC…” blogroll community continues to produce tech articles that are comparable, in content, to commercial blog publications. It is an honor to be associated with such a great bunch of authors that produce and deliver information with the objective in mind of helping other people.  Reflected is a sampling of posts, created by these authors, from  the past week.

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TTC Shelbyville
U.K., not North Korea,
source of DDOS attacks, researcher says

The Abbey Rose
Remove the Search Box

Technize
Software Wars – Microsoft’s Battle Ground

AKS-Feel The Change
Fusion of Google, Bing and Yahoo

Tech-for Everyone
A Great Resource For The Traveler

AllThatsNew
Tumblr Launches Community Submissions

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Spam and Botnets – Who’s Responsible?

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove AntiVirusPro

The Spyware Biz Blog
How secure is your password nowadays?

Carol’s Vault
Surf safer, faster and smarter with OpenDNS and WOT

Snakebytez
Free Network Drive Mapper

Crazy World of G
The Yellow Gun Project

Rarst.net
Easily cut and trim MP3 files with mp3DirectCut

EvilFantasy’s Blog
Use Revo Uninstaller
to terminate unresponsive processes

Plato on-line
What Not to put on Plastic

Free PC Security
Advanced System Care from IOBit

Piyada’s World
Automatic transfer images from Camera
to Computer with WIA-Loader

Lifehacker
Microsoft Office 2010 in Videos

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What’s On My PC… FREE Layers of Protection!

I have had many people approach me and ask,

“What is a good Security Suite to install on my PC?”

Layers

For the sake of this article, a “Security Suite” is a proprietary combo package that offers multi-dimensional levels of protection (against spyware, viruses, malware, rootkits, etc.).

I don’t know why (well I do), I start to cringe when I hear people tell me their stories of using the “high powered” security suites (that cost money); that they either installed or simply are using because it was on their new PC. I have found it ends up being a convoluted mess that causes the user to become frustrated; often is a burden to the PC; and often ends up where they let their subscription expire (thus having no protection at all). I also get the feeling that people, who use these security suites, have a false sense of security and think they are “ultimately” protected from anything and everything.

I have experienced just about every type of security software package out there. Am I an expert? No… But, the strategy I have been adhering to, has worked; especially when it comes to “layers” of protection that I set up on my computer; without causing my computer to come to a crawl. I use no Security Suites, never have, never will…

If you plan to go the route I am about to suggest (of no Security Suite), you will need to uninstall your current security suite software. The uninstall of security software can be very tricky and I encourage you to visit the vendor’s site to explore this subject or get a tech to assist you. I also posted (2)-two recent articles on this topic:

AppRemover… Antivirus and Antispyware Uninstaller!

Uninstalling and Installing AntiVirus Software…

The listing below are the layers of protection (all FREE) I have installed on my PC…  I encourage you to check for comments following this article, due some of the techs out there may add further information or make suggestions.  All of the software reflected is FREE…

You can click on the links below to explore each specific title:

Common Sense – You can not install this… I have found that if your gut says “beware”; then follow your gut.  Also, I am not an advocate of social sites, porn sites, pirating sites, etc…. If it is something that violates morality; believe me, you will be victimized.  “Where the people gather, the cybercriminals prey”. Please use common sense!

Microsoft Windows Updates – You should set your computer to automatically update or at least alert you that updates are available. Either way, this is very, very important. Keep your operating system up to date. Microsoft usually unleashes updates the 2nd Tuesday of each month.  You can learn more about Windows Updates and “patch Tuesday” [ HERE ] .

Software Updates – Keep any software on your PC up-to-date. Popular title software that is used by the masses are often targeted by hackers looking for methods to exploit any vulnerabilities or code flaws. I currently use Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) to assist me with maintaining software updates.

Windows Vista Firewall – I currently use the Vista Firewall and have no other firewall software installed.

Properly configured, it can stop many kinds of malware before they can infect your computer or other computers on your network. Windows Firewall, which comes with Windows Vista, is turned on by default and begins protecting your computer as soon as Windows starts.[ source: Microsoft ]

WinPatrol – a robust SECURITY MONITOR , WinPatrol will alert you to hijackings, malware attacks and critical changes made to your computer without your permission. The software puts a small “Scotty Dog” in the tray area that will bark when a change occurs. It is strictly for monitoring and does not fix anything. You can also get full details about WinPatrol [ HERE ].

Avast! Antivirus Home Edition – a full-featured antivirus package, with anti-spyware and anti-rootkit built-in, that is designed exclusively for non-commercial & home use. You can also get full details about Avast! [ HERE ].

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware – an easy-to-use, simple, and effective anti-malware application. Use the “Free” version of this app to manually scan your system for malware. You can also get full details about MalwareBytes Anti-Malware [ HERE ].

SuperAntiSpyware – a next generation scanning system that goes beyond the typical rules based scanning methods. The Multi-Dimensional Scanning system detects existing threats as well as threats of the future by analyzing threat characteristics in addition to code patterns. Use the “Free” version of this app to manually scan your system for spyware. You can also get full details about SuperAntiSpyware [ HERE ] .

Spyware Blaster – can help keep your system secure, without interfering with the “good side” of the web. And unlike other programs, SpywareBlaster does not have to remain running in the background. It works alongside the programs you have to help secure your system. With the “Free” version, you will have to manually run the updates to keep your system sufficiently protected.

Firefox Browser – I currently test all of the main player browsers (e.g. Internet Explorer, Chrome, Opera, and Firefox).  I currently use Firefox as my main browser. You will find that most Techs are an advocate of Firefox.

Web of Trust (WOT) – WOT is a free Internet security add-on for your browser (Internet Explorer or Firefox) that 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 do not install this, then I recommend you read the first item on my list (common sense). You can also get full details about WOT [ HERE ].

OpenDNS – I currently use OpenDNS as a layer of protection from web site phlishing; plus, by setting up an account with OpenDNS, I can use the built in Parental Controls to filter out and block what content reaches my computer. Installing or setting up OpenDNS can be intimidating to those with non-technical experience; however, I encourage you to read more about OpenDNS [ HERE ] .

Optional: I opted to list some additional protection, that I currently use, due to my ongoing testing of software and “test” visits to the underbelly of the internet.

Sandboxie – runs your programs in an isolated space which prevents them from making permanent changes to other programs and data in your computer. You can get full details about Sandboxie [ HERE ] .

Shadow Defender – This is the only software on the list that you would have to buy; however, if are someone who messes around with your system more than you should, then this may be for you. With Shadow Defender you can run your system in a virtual environment, called Shadow Mode. Any software changes or malware attacks that occur, will occur in the virtual environment, not in the real environment. If attacks happen, all you need to do is to reboot your system. I currently use Shadow Defender to test software products. I place the PC in shadow mode, install the software and perform my testing. Following my testing, I reboot and voila’, my computer is back to the original state it was prior to going into Shadow mode.

Reflected below are tips and other “security software” recommendations made by the  “Techs” who routinely contribute to the blog:

AVZ Antiviral Toolkit (recommend by AKSHAT) – is a Portable AntiMalware and Portable AntiSpyware Solution that was created by a Russian named Oleg Zaytsev to remove adware and spyware, network worms, trojan horses (Trojan, TrojanDownloader, TrojanSpy) and Dialers.  This app would be used when you are dealing with a system that you suspect is infected.

Spyware Terminator (recommended by the Crazy World of G) – will scan your computer for known threats and report findings in a manner that is easy to read and interpret.  Free comprehensive protection that is comparable to competitors’ paid versions!

Threatfire (recommended by the Crazy World of G) – continually protects your PC against attacks by detecting malicious behavior, such as capturing your keystrokes or stealing your data, instead of only looking for known threats like normal antivirus software. By implementing sophisticated real-time behavioral analysis ThreatFire is able to stop never- before-seen “zero-day” threats solely by detecting their malicious activity.

Hazard Shield (recommended by the Crazy World of G) – is an antimalware program that scans for any and every threat we can get our hands on. These include malicious items such as malware, viruses, spyware, trojans, backdoors, dialers and much more.Hazard Shield also comes with realtime protection that removes threats the instant they appear and before they can cause damage.  An excellent review on this application, “Hammer Malware With Hazard Shield” [source: Bill Mullins Weblog – Tech Thoughts]

Comodo Firewall (recommended by Tech-for Everyone) – is a multi-layered security application that keeps hackers out and personal information in. Built from the ground upwards with your security in mind, this award winning firewall constantly monitors and defends your system from inbound and outbound attacks. TechPaul has indicated this software firewall is for the more advanced.

ZoneAlarm Free Firewall (recommended by Tech-for Everyone) – blocks hackers from infiltrating your home PC by hiding your computer from unsolicited network traffic.

Router / Modem Tip (by Tech-for Everyone) – a most frequently overlooked aspect of protecting your PC’s is placing a router directly behind the modem, even if you aren’t ’splitting’ your Internet to multiple computers.

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Uninstalling Programs on your computer to recover from the “shotgun effect”…

When you install software on your computer, a whole process of things can take place… I call it the “shotgun effect”. Many users have the impression that the install process only installs files and components of the program in one common place. In Windows, most installs, will in fact do that; however, the “shotgun effect” can also take place where other files will be written (scattered like BBs in a shotgun shell) to the Windows folder, the System folders, Users folders, desktop, etc… Furthermore, the Windows registry, will also be written to, as well. The point being here, is that there is a systematic, orderly and precise process that occurs during the installation of software AND there is more than one location on the computer where the program files will be written to.

The uninstall of software is another matter. I have seen users delete program shortcuts on their desktop, thinking they just removed the program. Removing the shortcut icon to the program on your desktop will not remove the program. Uninstalling is like reverse engineering and it is a whole other process in itself. The problem with the uninstall process is that it is not as systematic, orderly and precise as the install process. In Windows your options to uninstall, is either an “uninstaller” provided by the software maker (usually located on the Start Menu with the program) or by using the “Add/Remove” component (in Windows XP) or “Uninstall or Change a Program” component (in Vista, which is under “Programs and Features). Both of these components can be reached by using the Windows “Control Panel”.  These options are about 90 percent on target with the uninstall process; however, they leave traces of the program behind (such as the program folders, user folders, writes to the registry, stray files, autorun entries, etc.). Most users do not know where or how to look for the debris left behind. Installing and Uninstalling software can have a cumulative negative effect on the overall operation of your computer. This is one of the reasons I personally will look for and use portable software options, when available, to eliminate this shotgun effect.

To assist users with uninstalling software on their computer, a program that I have had good results with is a program, which is “FREE”, called Revo Uninstaller. Revo Uninstaller will drill deep to find the debris and even has a component (for experienced users) to preview and remove any obsolete registry entries. I currently use the portable version of Revo Uninstaller; which is on my flash drive and allows me to take it with me to help others.  You can preview and download Revo Uninstaller by clicking on any of the links below.

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Revo Uninstaller

Revo Uninstaller – innovative freeware uninstall utility

Uninstall software, remove programs and solve uninstalling problems

Portable version of Revo Uninstaller is also available!

Revo Uninstaller helps you to uninstall software and remove unwanted programs installed on your computer even if you have problems uninstalling and cannot uninstall them from “Windows Add or Remove Programs” control panel applet.

Revo Uninstaller is a much faster and more powerful alternative to “Windows Add or Remove Programs” applet!

Revo Uninstaller gives you another 8 handy and powerful tools to clean up your system.

Here is the list of the tools and utilities included in Revo Uninstaller:

Auto Start Manager – Stop programs that start automatically on Windows startup; speed up loading of Windows!

Windows Tools Manager – Handy and useful tools bundled with every version of Windows; easily find useful system tools and options!

Junk Files Cleaner – Find and remove unnecessary files from your computer; free up disk space and delete files you do not need!

Browsers History Cleaner – Erase web browser history, visited pages history and temporary internet files of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Netscape and Opera web browsers; free up a lot of disk space by deleting temporary internet files like temporary saved videos, temporary flash files, temporary pictures etc!

Office History Cleaner – Remove the history of most recently used files in MS Office; remove your tracks by deleting the list of last opened MS Office documents!

Windows History Cleaner – Remove the history of recently opened files, delete temporary files, remove usage tracks and other history items that are saved by Windows; remove your tracks saved by Windows for a lot of operations!

Unrecoverable Delete Tool – Erase files and folders forever; be sure that nobody could recover your files and folders after deleting!

Evidence Remover – Make sure already deleted files, folders and other data are unrecoverable; securely erase your data!

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