Wallpaper of the Week (#89)

September 29, 2012

With October coming about and Halloween on the horizon, I thought this black cat gazing back at you would be the appropriate wallpaper.

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Cat Eyes

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Use the Norton Removal Tool To Remove Norton Security Products

September 28, 2012

If you have any of the Symantec Norton security products installed, listed below in the screenshot, and you have reached a crossroad where you need to uninstall your Norton product, I highly recommend that use the Norton Removal Tool. This tool is not easy to find on the Symantec site, due that they want to keep you around and not lose you as a customer. The tool has the ability to scan your computer and remove just about any Norton product from 2003 to present.

NOTE:
  Due to the power of this removal tool, be doubly careful; especially if you have more than one of Symantec’s products installed. It is also important that if you are using this tool to remove a Norton product with intention of reinstalling it, that you capture (or write down) your product key.

Norton Removal Tool

Norton security products (by Symantec) are the makers of the best security products out there, but what typically occurs is that people who let their Norton subscription expire on their PCs will attempt to remove the product using the Windows add/remove uninstall process so that they can install another product. The Windows add/remove uninstall process will not, and I repeat, will not remove these products in there entirety; whereas the Norton Removal Tool will get the job done.

When you install security products such as these, due to their complexity, it is important that you check with the maker of the security product to determine if a removal tool is available.

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Provide Real-Time FREE Protection For Your Home Or Small Business PC

September 27, 2012

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.

You will see me here on the blog pushing this software on a regular basis. It is a layer of defense that I have installed on all of my PCs; not because it is FREE, but because it does the job.

Microsoft Security Essentials

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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A YouTube Downloader So Easy That Grandma Can Do It

September 25, 2012

YouTube Video MP3 Downloader has to be the easiest YouTube downloader yet. This FREE software gives you the ability to convert a YouTube video to MP3 (audio only) or to various video formats in six easy steps. As an added bonus, following the installation, you can turn YouTube Video MP3 Downloader into a portable app that can be carried on your flash drive. If you are using Windows 7, you can minimize the program during a download and monitor the status of the download via the YouTube Video MP3 Downloader icon on the taskbar. As the title of the article suggests, YouTube Video MP3 Downloader is “A YouTube Downloader So Easy That Grandma Can Do It”…

Youtube Video MP3 Downloader

Step 1- Copy the youtube video url.

Step 2- Choose the action.

Step 3- Wait for connecting to Youtube.

Step 4- Choose the file name and format.

Step 5- Wait for downloading.

Step 6- Completion.

YouTube Video MP3 Downloader supports the following video sizes and formats:

HQ Flash Video 480p (*.flv)
WebM HD Video 720p (*.webm)
HD 720p (*.mp4)
WebM Video 480p (*.webm)
HQ Flash Video 480p (*.flv)
WebM Video 360p (*.webm)
LQ Flash Video 360p [AAC] (*.flv)
Standard Youtube Quality 360p (*.mp4)
LQ Flash Video [MP3.22KHz] (*.flv)

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Wallpaper of the Week (#88)

September 23, 2012

This week’s wallpaper, to celebrate the season of fall, is a wallpaper called Golden Leaves.

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Golden Leaves

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FREE Stunning First Person Zombie Shooter Arcade Game For Android

September 21, 2012

If have an Android device (tablet or smartphone) and you have had a bad week, then download Dead Trigger and take out your frustrations on some Zombies (and save the earth).

Dead Trigger

Dead Trigger (rated: High Maturity) is a first person shooter with stunning graphics, full 3D characters, high quality 3D audio, and intuitive controls.

Personally, I am not into the shooter games, but as far back as I can remember (in the Wolfenstein and Doom days), I have always been amazed by the 3D graphics of these type of games. As a matter of fact, these types of games will push your PC to the limits (in terms of memory, processing, audio and video power). What is amazing to me is that Dead Trigger is geared toward the Android OS based smartphone and tablet. From my testing, Dead Trigger ran smoothly on my tablet…

Enjoy the zombie slaughter in many different ways: blast ‘em out of existence with lethal weapons, blow them up with powerful explosives or chop off their limbs and let them die slowly

  • Shoot away their heads, chop off their limbs… kill them with creativity
  • Evolving zombie AI will keep you entertained
  • Follow the story or enjoy unlimited random missions
  • Load your gun and save the Earth!
  • Equip yourself with splendid high-poly realistic weapons
  • Utilize powerful gadgets including a laser amputator, blade chopper, baits, mines, grenades, radar and more

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Appears Microsoft Is Pushing Us Into An Online Leasing Option Starting With Microsoft Office 2013

September 19, 2012

Typically in the past, when you purchased the Microsoft Office Suite, you shelled out a one time allotment of money to purchase the suite, whether it be a standalone license or a multi-user license. Technically, in this purchasing scenario the end-user (or purchaser) became the sole owner of the license which enabled the owner to use the suite for as long as they desired. For example, I have a license for Microsoft Office 2003, that  I am still using. Since that release there has been Office 2007 and Office 2010. From the viewpoint of being a home based computer user it was too expensive for me to keep upgrading; plus, I figured I would continue to use it as long as Microsoft supported it. Oftentimes, people who cannot afford to purchase the newest versions of the Microsoft Office Suite will resort to using pirated (illegal) versions of the software.

image Well, this is all about to change…  With cloud computing being the current technology, Microsoft will be offering the home-based computer user a leasing option for Microsoft Office 2013 called Office 365 Home Premium. You will still have the option of purchasing the boxed standalone version of Office 2013, but the licensing options are being constrained in such a way that it is obvious which direction Microsoft wants us to go.

The leasing option for home-based computer users, in words you can understand, is simply this…  You will subscribe to the Microsoft Office 2013 – 365 Home Premium Program online by paying a annual fee of $99 for an account. That $99 will you give you access to Microsoft Office 2013 on up to 5 computers and or any other internet enabled device such as tablet PC. Windows 7 or 8 and an internet connection are required. Keep in mind, this is all playing into the upcoming release of Windows 8, which has been specifically engineered to run as a desktop OS or tablet OS.

To get us all onboard with this change, Microsoft is currently providing an opportunity where you can download (and try) a 60 day preview of the program. At (or near) the end of the 60 days you will be alerted (and prompted) to purchase the leasing option of the full-release version of Office 2013 – 365 Home Premium (which will or should be available).

The preview version gives you the opportunity to see what is coming with the full release, such as:

  • A personalized Office experience on up to 5 PCs or tablets.
  • Powerful new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, and Access.
  • Streaming full versions of Office applications with Office on Demand (PC running Windows 7 or 8 and Internet connection required).
  • If you’re also trying Windows 8 Release Preview, be sure to check out the OneNote Preview in the Windows Store. Keep your notes, pictures, voice memos, and web pages in one easy to access place so you have them when you need them.
  • Coming soon, with the full release of Office 365 Home Premium:
  • Talk to anyone using Skype, including 60 minutes of free international calls every month to landlines in over 40 countries and to cell phones in 7 countries. (Skype account required. Excludes special, premium and non-geographic numbers.)
  • Get an additional 20 GB of SkyDrive online storage for easy access and sharing of your documents.
  • Office for Mac

I can see pro’s and con’s to this new purchasing (or leasing) model.  What is your thinking on this?  To get the full scoop visit Microsoft’s Office 365 Home Premium site [ HERE ] .

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