New Nigerian Scheme Utilizing Craiglist

July 31, 2009

I posted this clip, from the FBI (Colombia, SC), to alert people to a Nigerian scheme that targets homeowners and/or prospective renters. Currently the scheme is in operation in the South Carolina area; however, it will be a matter of time before it expands to other areas and/or evolves further into something similar, but using different tactics.

This is an excellent example of how the criminal element uses the internet to trick people. As I have always said; “believe nothing and verify everything”.  Many people believe that the internet is that higher authority that can be trusted.  It is everything but that!

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July 22, 2009


New Nigerian Scheme Utilizing Craigslist
Scam Being Perpetrated in South Carolina


Homeowners list their homes for sale with real estate agents, who will list the homes for sale in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and also with public search websites, which allow individuals to query homes for sale via the Internet. Nigerian scammers find homes listed for sale on these public search sites, copy the pictures and listings verbatim, and then post the information onto Craigslist under available housing rentals, without the consent or knowledge of Craigslist, who has been notified.


After the posting is listed, unsuspecting individuals contact the poster, who is Nigerian, for more information on the “rental.” The Nigerian scammer will state that they had to leave the country very quickly to do missionary or contract work in Africa and were unable to rent their house before leaving, therefore they have to take care of this remotely. The “homeowner” sends the prospective renter an application and tells them to send them first and last month’s rent to the Nigerian scammer via Western Union. The prospective renter is further told If they “qualify,” they will send them the keys for their house. Once the money is wired to the scammer, they show up at the house, see the home is actually for sale, are unable to access the property, and their money is gone.


This type of Nigerian scam is becoming more prevalent nationwide and recent reports indicate this scam being perpetrated locally in Charleston, Columbia, and Hilton Head, South Carolina. The South Carolina Association of REALTORS®, a non-profit trade association, provided information to the FBI on this scam.

[ SOURCE: FBI – Colombia, SC ]

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Download FREE Music – New Artists – New Music

July 30, 2009

Powered by Microsoft and Reverbnation

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Microsoft is sponsoring (in partnership) with Reverbnation a 1000 FREE Song Downloads from new artists. The songs can be downloaded in the M4A or MP3 formats; AND, There is also an option available to listen to the songs to help you decide which songs you want.

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If you want to listen to something new and something different then jump over to Microsoft’s MySpace Page OR over to Reverbnation’s FREE Music Giveway to get started.

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Safety is every Tech’s business…

July 30, 2009

Following my retirement, I landed a part-time job in the field of Safety & Security. Safety is a big deal, especially from a liability standpoint, when it comes to the management of people and the environment which they work in; however, sometimes making people understand what is safe and what is not safe is a real challenge. We often have to resort to visuals (such as signs and graphics) that standout to get the point across; AND, even then that does not work.

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Using my skills as a former computer information specialist, in my current job capacity, I have produced signage (on the computer) for safety concerns and issues in the environment for which I am working; however, none of my signage has reached the level such as seen on the website “Safety Graphic Fun” .

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If you have some spare time and want to humor yourself and see an example on how we human beings, having not evolved from monkeys (my beliefs); BUT how we are evolving into monkeys (my beliefs), then give this site a visit. It is a nice run on bizarre safety signs that we, as humans, have designed to alert other humans of unsafe conditions.  Enjoy!

Oh…  Too keep this article tech related… If you are interested in designing your own safety signs, I encourage you to visit “Sign Builder” [ HERE ].  Sign Builder includes a number of web-based tools designed to facilitate the creation of custom general and safety signs.

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#21)

July 29, 2009

We are now entering the 21st week of “Geek Squeaks”…  The “What’s On My PC…” blogroll community, continues to mill out, article after article, tech information that would make the experts blush. This is my way, at “What’s On My PC…”, to shine light on these authors for the contributions they make to help others. The articles reflected are articles posted in the past 7 days.  I encourage you to visit these sites, on a regular basis, to learn more about computers and technology.

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Tech-for Everyone
Is That A Terabyte In Your Pocket (PC)?

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Free Lifetime License for
SUPERAntiSpyware Professional – 20 to Give Away

Teck~Line
New Mockup Release of Firefox 4.0

Sugarloaf Tech
Restore Task Manager

The Abbey Rose
ScribeFire

The Spyware Biz Blog
Your Internet data will vanish!

TTC Shelbyville
Remove Old Drivers to Optimize Your Operating System

Snakebytez
Product Key Finder

Tux in the Midwest
World of Warcraft… the Movie?

Scoroncocolo
Vista and XP Keyboard Shortcuts

AKS-Feel The Change
PC World Magazine August 2009

Rarst.net
iConvert – online image to all-platforms icons converter

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove “Your System Is Infected!” Popup

Plato On-Line
Internet Nuclear Attack Possibility

Carol’s Vault
Moovida – Bring the best of internet video,
music and images to your HDTV, laptop or PC

Piyada’s World
Create Gif image or make funny face online free with Loogix

Crazy World of G
FilzMail

Lifehacker
SuperF4 Truly Kills Faltering Windows Apps

Evilfantasy’s Blog
F-Secure Health Check

Free PC Security
Windows Steady State – Free Hard Disk Protection

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A Portable Start Menu for your Flash Drive

July 28, 2009

I generally am a person that likes to be organized; even when it comes to managing files and program apps on my flash drive. I have tried numerous menu launchers on my flash drive and the one I settled with in the end is called “Portable Start Menu”. This little menu app installs an icon in your system tray that serves as a start menu for your flash drive apps and it does not stop there.

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There are (3)-three features that I really like about Portable Start Menu:

You can configure Portable Start Menu, to automatically launch an application (or applications) when it starts up. For example, I carry my personal information manager with me. When I plug in my flash drive and start up “Portable Start Menu”, my personal information manager will automatically load and it is the first app I see.

    When you click on the Portable Start Menu Icon in the tray, you can readily see how much space you have remaining on your flash drive.

      When you get ready to unplug your flash drive, there is a menu selection available [ Close all running applications ]. This option will attempt to close any app you have open and once the apps is successfully closed a popup box (with an audio alert) will appear informing you it is safe to pull the drive. This feature alone is unheard of in the other portable menu apps I have tried. Many people lose data or cause file corruption on their flash drives due they end up pulling the drive before it has completed its’ operations.

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        Description:

        • Organize and launch applications via a tray menu
        • Closes running applications on USB-Sticks automatically
        • Checks if an application has been changed before execution
        • Quick Start functionality to start applications with a few keystrokes
        • Runs on USB-Sticks without leaving any traces on a host PC
        • Portable Start Menu is Freeware
        • Close running applications when you exit Portable Start Menu
        • Safely remove your USB-Stick
        • Supports relative paths
        • Can open folders, web sites, files, etc…

        Portable Start Menu is my menu launcher of choice on my flash drive. I have been using this app for over a year and it has not ever let me down.  Highly recommended!

        System: Win9x/Me/NT4/2000/2003/XP/Vista
        License: Freeware

        [ GET IT HERE ]

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        Very cool animated site on how to build a computer…

        July 27, 2009

        If you are thinking about building your own computer OR you want to learn more about the internal components of your computer, then “PCitYourself” is an good starting point.  This site provides “How To” instructions in conjunction with flash based technology, to animate “step-by’step”, the process of choosing parts for a computer, building the computer and the installation of the Bios, Operating System and Drivers. Watching the parts flying around and landing in their respective places inside the PC will entice you to want to build a PC.  Great educational tool and very well done!

        www.pcityourself.com

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        Finding Icons for that Special Project

        July 26, 2009

        If you are a blogger, web designer, graphic designer or someone just looking for an icon graphic for that special project I suggest you use “Iconfinder” .

        www.iconfinder.net

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        Iconfinder provides high quality icons in an easy, efficient and searchable way.  The database of icons, that continues to grow, currently consists of over 106,000 different icons in over 160 icon sets. You can either do a search for an icon or you can browse the icon sets.  I am sure you will find a good, high quality icon, for that special project. The majority of icons provided by Iconfinder are FREE for personal use and some of the icons are even available for commercial use.

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        Technology is needed to control these monkeys…

        July 25, 2009

        If you think the wildlife has encroached your area; how would you like 65,000 Macque monkeys running around terrorizing your neighborhood? This is exactly what is occurring in Punjab, India. The solution being sought there is to take the worst offenders, amongst the rogue monkeys, and put them through a crash course in good manners…  My thinking is that there has to be some type of technology available to subdue these critters other than giving one laptop per monkey and sending them to school.  Anyone out there have a potential tech solution to this problem?  If so, please leave a comment with your solution.

        webclip A “What’s On My PC…” Web Clip!

        [SOURCE: news.bbc.co.uk ]

        British Broadcasting Corporation

        24 July 2009 19:48 UK


        Indian school for rogue monkeys


        Wildlife officials in India plan to build a special school to improve the behaviour of delinquent monkeys.


        Monkey in India


        They say the aim is to target monkeys that pose a serious threat to people in the state of Punjab.


        Punjab has more than 65,000 wild monkeys.


        Macaque monkeys routinely destroy TV antennae, tear down clothes-lines and damage parked scooters and motorcycles.

        “Besides people landing in hospitals after encounters with monkeys, the animals also often get hurt when house owners try to chase them away or keep them out by using live electric wires and other means,” chief wildlife warden RK Luna told the BBC

        The proposed new monkey school will take in the “worst offenders” and put them through a crash course in good manners.

        [SOURCE: news.bbc.co.uk ]

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        Using your numeric keypad as a launcher…

        July 25, 2009

        There are numerous programs out there that will let you assign hotkeys on your keyboard to execute windows commands that will launch programs, web sites, etc…; BUT, have you ever seen a program that allows you to enter numeric codes on the numeric keypad (on your keyboard) to do the same thing.  I never have until I experienced “ControlPad”.  If you do not know what the numeric keypad is; it is the seventeen key section of your computer keyboard, usually on the very far right.  Most people do not use, or know how to use, the numeric keypad; unless you are an accountant, banker, mathematician, etc…

        Using ControlPad gives the numeric keypad a whole different perspective in that it turns your numeric keypad into a windows command execution center with some cool sound effects. This software is an excellent example of using something that is very rarely used, such as the numeric keypad.

        You may configure any numeric code to: Execute any program, open any document, open any web address or send any series of keystrokes to the operating system.

        Once ControlPad is running, press and hold the * key on the numeric keypad, for about 1 second. At this point, a small window will pop up, allowing you to enter any keyword or numeric code.

        Pressing the code followed by Enter will execute the associated command.

        Commands are easily configured through the same interface – activate the input dialog (press and hold *), enter the desired code and press the numpad Divide button to associate a new command.

        For example, I added the command of “123” to go directly to my blog.  I hit the asterisk (*) key on the keypad, type 123, hit “Enter” and I’m in…  It may sound like alot, but it is very efficient.

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        A really cool feature about this program is that it can be used as a portable app so that it can be carried with you on your flash drive.

        It does not register anything in the Windows registry, with the exception of what Windows requires in order to recognize it in the Add/Remove Software dialog and Start menu.

        There is also a “Zip” version available that will allow you to use ControlPad as a portable app.

        Control Pad is highly customizable:

        Configure the location of your commands file – for easy backup.

        Change almost every aspect of the user interface (colors, transparency, size, font).

        Change sounds / add your own sound sets.

        You can also input codes that are regular words in the regular keyboard

        It is also laptop compatible – F12 is the launch key, F11 the close key (like numpad -) and F10 is the Add key (like numpad /)

        If you are like me and like software that is different, then this little app is for you, as well.  I am already thinking of ways to use this. I have been in contact with the author of ControlPad and he is open to suggestions. This is another great example of someone thinking outside the norm. You can get ControlPad [ HERE ] .

        Update (7/31/2009) –  NEW FEATURES added:

        Released 0.51
        0.50 – added another button in the Add Command dialog to let you insert special commands, like mute volume, launch mail etc.
        0.51 – added beeper (try ++0.5 to beep in half a minute)

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        Chance for FREE LIFETIME SUPERAntiSpyware Professional License

        July 24, 2009

        Today, “What’s On My PC…” has reached the one year milestone for blogging. To celebrate this milestone, I want to give my readers a chance at receiving a FREE LIFETIME registration code for a leading antispyware product called SUPERAntiSpyware. I currently have available (10)-ten registration codes that can be used to activate the Professional version of SUPERAntiSpyware. In essence, (10)-ten people have a shot of getting a LIFETIME  license for FREE. The professional version normally retails for $29.95. I will explain further in the article on how you can have a chance at getting a registration code.

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        Finding GREAT security software that is able to effectively give you the protection you need; and, at the same time NOT cause degradation in your PC’s performance is difficult to find. Many times we find ourselves investing in costly security suites that ultimately confuse us and cause our PC’s more problems than it is worth. Personally, I have found it is better to keep it simple and manageable. On my PC, I run a separate AntiVirus program, AntiMalware program and an AntiSpyware program; theory being that each of these will individually offer specialized levels of protection.  SUPERAntiSpyware Professional is one of those products that I have come to depend upon.

        SUPERAntiSpyware.com is a highly focused team of professionals who have been developing software for well over 20 years. This security product is a stand-alone scanner  that  is designed  to efficiently detect and  remove spyware, adware, malware, rootkits, trojans, worms, parasites, dialers  and  other  types  of  potentially  harmful threats.

        SUPERAntiSpywareBasics that you need to know:

        Quick, easy installation and straightforward user interface.

        Light on system resources.

        Frequently updated  definition  database.

        Repairs item damaged by an infection.

        Prompt, Knowledgeable and Courteous Customer Service.

        SUPERAntiSpyware is  available in both 100% FREE and Professional Versions. SUPERAntiSpyware is available in two versions to accommodate the user’s and industry demands. SUPERAntiSpyware  Free Edition is a 100%  free product that does  not require any form  of registration and  features  the same powerful and effective scanning engine  that our Professional version contains. The Professional version features Real-Time Protection, First Chance Prevention and Scheduled scanning.

        How do you get a chance at a FREE registration code for the Professional version of SUPERAntiSpyware?

        The “Registration Code” giveaway here at “What’s On My PC”,  for SUPERAntiSpyware is now closed. All available codes have been given out. I thank everyone for supporting my blog.  The codes were handed out to the first (10)-ten people who left a “Happy Anniversary” comment on the blog. NOTE: You can still download the FREE version from SUPERAntiSpyware.com that is fully functional with the exception of the realtime protection, first chance prevention and scheduled scanning.  With the FREE version you will manually have to update and run the scans.

        NOTICE (7/26/2009) – If you missed the “Registration Code” giveway, you still have a chance to get a LIFETIME SUPERAntiSpyware Registration Code.  My good friend, Bill Mullin’s, at Tech Thoughts is running a similar promotion.  To enter the contest to win one of the lifetime licenses, simply add a comment at the end of his article “Free Lifetime License for SUPERAntiSpyware”. On August 8, 2009, all comments will be added to the online List Randomizer, and the first 20 names that come up, in random order, will win a free lifetime registration code from Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts .

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        Your one stop place to get daily net news…

        July 23, 2009

        Have you noticed that when you visit Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts he has been compiling on a daily basis a roundup of tech related news?  I have noticed that he has expanded the aggregation of articles to include some “off topic” news as well as a sampling of some “Free Downloads”.  The aggregation of articles from around the net is what he calls “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News”.

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        This roundup is the result of a lot of hard work to bring to us the “important stuff”.  See, if you know Bill, as I have come to know Bill, he will use a fine toothed comb to scour the internet to only bring to you what you need to know.  It is like having an RSS feed available to you and you do not have to do anything to get it. Bill is doing the work for us; so pay it back by visiting and supporting his blog, Tech Thoughts.

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        Geek Squeaks of the Week (#20)

        July 22, 2009

        Whew…  What a week here for me; but, I’ve managed to get out the Geek Squeaks’.  Geek Squeaks is a collection of articles, from the past week, by the authors (or site administrators) of blogs that are on my blogroll. If you want to “get up to speed” on the latest in technology, I encourage you to visit these sites and to visit the “Geek Squeaks” category listing at the side of the blog (to pull up past articles).  Thank you!

        geeksqueak

        Tux in the Midwest
        Windows 7 is Beautiful

        AKS-Feel The Change
        avast! 5 Beta soon available for Download

        TTC Shelbyville
        Insecure.Org Unveils
        Nmap Security Scanner Version 5.00 – DarkReading

        411-Spyware.com
        How to Remove Security Mechanic

        The Abbey Rose
        Firefox and free solutions

        AskBillFirst
        But it fit…

        Teck~Line
        First look at the Up Coming Firefox’s 3.7’s design

        Carol’s Vault
        DISQUS | Turn Blog Comments
        a Powerful Comment System

        Tech-for Everyone
        Cybercriminals Target Clueless Vacationers

        Carputers
        Ashampoo Office 2008 for cheap (or free…)

        Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
        You’re in Luck – Perfect
        Defender 2009 License Key

        Is You GEEKed Up
        High Quality Portable Audio Setup On A Budget

        Sugarloaf Tech
        Restore Task Manager

        Lifehacker
        How Cash Over Credit Can Save You Money

        Scoroncocolo
        What Is SEO? – SEO Do’s and Don’ts

        Piyada’s World
        How to check dead pixel in LCD monitors?

        Rarst.net
        Snowbird – stupidly simple and fast file manager

        Plato on-line
        Obama Wants Bloggers’ Help

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        Commercial Grade Backup and Recovery Software for FREE

        July 20, 2009

        GFI, a Microsoft Gold Certified partner, and leading software developer of network security, content security and messaging software is offering for FREE a Home Edition of their backup software (called GFI Backup).

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        If you are not performing backups of files that are important to you, then minimize the risk of losing those files with a good backup solution. What I like about GFI Backup is that it is a full featured backup solution that has an easy-to-use backup wizard option that is great for new users who may have found backup software to be intimidating.

        GFI Backup 2009 allows you to back up all your important documents, photos, music, emails and program settings using a simple but smart wizard-driven interface to nearly every storage device (including local and external disk drives, LAN, CD/DVD, removable devices, remote FTP servers, etc.). Download and use GFI Backup 2009 today – a FREE easy-to-use backup software solution, designed for secure backups of all your important data.

        To learn more GFI Backup, I encourage you watch the video below to see how a backup of files is performed using the GFI Backup Software.

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        JKDefrag now called MyDefrag

        July 19, 2009

        Most techs out there will relate to this when I say, JKDefrag is the ugly duckling of disk defragmentation and optimization utilities; BUT, in terms of function and getting the job done, it is the workhorse. Jeroen Kessels, the brainchild behind JKDefrag, recently announced with the release of Version 4.0 it has been renamed to “MyDefrag” .

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        According the the web site, the name change was made due to a customizable scripting language being added, as well as other improvements.

        The program is now called “MyDefrag”, because it has a scripting language and you can customize just about every aspect of it. It is no longer the “JK” (Jeroen Kessels) defragger, but “my” (your) defragger!

        • Fully functional freeware.
        • With scripting language.
        • Improved interface.
        • Higher speed.
        • Better optimization.
        • Lower memory usage.
        • Extensive documentation.
        • Easier to install.
        • …. and more!

        Defragging and/or Optimizing your disk is something you should be doing on a routine basis; either using the built in defragmentation utility in Windows or by using a third party utility such as MyDefrag. If you are not sure on how to run your Windows maintenance utilities, I encourage you to read:

        Four Vital Tools You Already Have…
        (courtesy of TechPaul at Tech-for Everyone)

        MyDefrag is sort of a techie type of utility and requires some minor configuring to defrag external drives; BUT, if you do install it, it will (by default) defrag or optimize your hard disk (C:).  There are several options (or strategies) to pick from when using MyDefrag (see menu options below).  According the the web site it is best to to run the “Fast Update” script once per day on a fixed schedule and run the “Slow Optimize” script once in a while by hand, for example every 2 weeks or so. Another good option is to use the “Fast Optimize” script every day, without running “Slow Optimize”.

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        I encourage you to visit the MyDefrag site [ HERE ] to read about this third party utility AND to learn more about “how and why” you should be defragging or optimizing your computer’s hard disk.

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        Panda Cloud Antivirus in Beta2

        July 18, 2009

        If  you are currently running the Beta1 version (00.08.80.0000) of Panda Cloud Antivirus on your PC you are most likely being alerted that it is set to expire.  You will be required to uninstall the Beta1 version prior to installing Beta 2 (Version 00.08.82.0000).  If during the uninstall process (especially on Windows XP) the uninstaller may not complete. In my case, I went into the Windows Task Manager, under “Processes”, and terminated the process “PSANHost.exe”.  Once that process was terminated I was able to complete the uninstall process on my Windows XP machine.  I encountered no issues on my Windows Vista boxes.

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        Panda Antivirus is the latest in “set and forget” antivirus programs that relies on synchronization processes that are driven across the internet to your PC. I have been using this software on my PC’s and have been quite pleased. It is a lightweight antivirus package in that degradation to  your system’s performance is minimal compared to other antivirus packages.

        Reflected are some of the fixes and enhancements in Beta2:

        New – “Undo” Option for Recycle Bin

        New – Synchronous Real-Time Cloud-Scan

        New – Latency & Response Control of the Cloud-Scanner

        Fixed – Slow Scans

        Fixed – Recycle Bin Unblock Functionality

        Keep in mind, that with any “Beta” level software, expect issues; such as the uninstall issue I experienced.  If interested in reading more about (and even trying) Panda Cloud Antivirus, click [ HERE ].  Past articles of interest about Panda Cloud Antivirus can be found here:

        Panda Cloud Antivirus – Is it netbook ready?

        Panda Cloud Antivirus – Free Cloud Protection
        (courtesy of Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts)

        As an added note, if you opt to remove any antivirus software from your computer, to install another, always check with the software maker to determine the uninstall process.  To assist you with this process I encourage you to follow the links below:

        AppRemover… Antivirus and Antispyware Uninstaller!

        Uninstalling and Installing Antivirus Software

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