FREE Online Virus and Malware Scanners

August 30, 2009

Listed are FREE online virus and malware scanners that can be used to compliment the scanner(s) already installed on your PC.  Some only scan individual files that you upload to the scanner; while others are full blown scanners that will scan your entire computer.  Keep in mind these are not substitutes for the virus or malware scanner on your PC that have the ability to perform real-time detection.  My favorite on the list is Trend Micro’s Housecall.

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Virustotal is a service that analyzes suspicious files and facilitates the quick detection of viruses, worms, trojans, and all kinds of malware detected by antivirus engines.

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Jotti’s malware scan is a free online service that enables you to scan suspicious files with several anti-virus programs.

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VirusChief offers a free service for online virus scan suspicious files (which *could* contain a computer virus) using several antivirus online virus scan engines.

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Panda ActiveScan is an advanced online scanner based on Collective Intelligence (scanning in the cloud) that detects malware that traditional security solutions cannot detect.

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Trend Micro HouseCall™ is an online application that scans, detects and cleans your computer of possible infection by viruses, spyware, or other malware.

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Symantec Security Check tests your computer’s exposure to a wide range of online threats. It’s free and an effective tool that helps determine your Internet security needs.

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The Kaspersky Online Virus Scanner scans your computer for malicious code and offers the same exceptional detection rates as other Kaspersky Lab products.

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ESET Online Scanner is a user friendly, free and powerful tool which you can use to remove malware from any PC utilizing only your web browser without having to install anti-virus software.

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F-Secure Online Scanner can help get rid of viruses and spyware causing problems on your PC.

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BitDefender Online Scanner is an on-demand antivirus and antispyware tool that shows how safe your PC is.

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McAfee FreeScan helps you detect thousands of viruses on your computer. FreeScan searches for viruses, including the latest known “in the wild” viruses, and displays a detailed list of any infected files.

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If you discover a suspicious file on your machine, or suspect that a program you downloaded from the internet might be malicious you can scan it here.

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VirSCAN.org is a FREE on-line scan service, which checks uploaded files for malware, using antivirus engines, indicated in the VirSCAN list.

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The CA Online Threat Scanner scans your computer for viruses and spyware and can detect malware threats from within your web browser.

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Windows Live OneCare safety scanner is a free service designed to help ensure the health of your PC.

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Avast! online virus scanner gives the possibility to check your files quickly and free of charge.

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Dual Screen Laptop

August 28, 2009

The gScreen Spacebook is the first dual screen laptop with two 15.4-inch identical screens and a full-size keyboard, built into one laptop unit. The genius behind the design of the dual screen laptop is gScreen Computer Corp., an Anchorage, Alaska based company. Availability of the gScreen Spacebook is expected to hit the market by Q4 2009. Each monitor slides, so that you can move the gScreen around compactly like a regular laptop.

Potential customers have shown a tremendous interest in the product from the Banking, Accounting, Investment and Trading sector and the Department of Defense including the US NAVY and Department of Homeland Security.

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The gScreen Spacebook series. Spacebook planned Specs:

  • 2 LED backlit display screens
  • Windows VISTA/ WIN XP PRO (optional)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 2.26-GHz
  • 4 GB of RAM (2GB DDR2 SO-DIMM x 2)
  • 320GB 7200-rpm HD
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® 9800M GT with 512MB dedicated memory (or)
  • NVIDIA® Quadro FX 1700M Graphics with 512MB dedicated memory
  • 9-cell battery
  • IEEE 1394 1 Graphics Card Output (15-pin, D-Sub) X 1, HDMI X 1 Mic-in X 1, Line-in x 1, Headphone X 1 PCI Express Card X 1 AC Power Adaptor Output: 19V DC, 90W Input: 100~240V AC, 50/60Hz universal Battery Pack Li-ion 9 cells

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Manage your files and folders with Q-Dir…

August 27, 2009

The ability to understand and manage your files and folders on your computer is something that everyone should learn to do. It not only makes you more computer literate; it gives you the confidence in knowing just what files you are saving and where. Microsoft, in its’ infinite wisdom, actually takes into account that most people do not have a clue about file management and have tried to make it easy by making default folders (such as My Document, Pictures, Videos, etc…) that will prompt the user to save their files to.

Once you have learned to manage files and folders you will find yourself using the Windows Explorer interface on a more frequent basis; then you then start wondering is there a better way.  There are numerous file management utilities available that I have personally tested.  One such example, that recently has become a favorite of mine, is called Q-Dir.

Q-Dir is pretty simple to use and makes managing your files easier with less hand moves (or mouse clicks) that is accomplished through a multi-pane environment.  It is also available as a portable application that can be carried with you on your flash drive.

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Q-Dir does not have to be installed and can be executed easily from the desktop. Rename Q-Dir_Installer.exe to Q-Dir.exe and GO.

Features:

Favorites: Quick access to most often used folders.

Drag&Drop: Move files by dragging in Q-views, and other programs such as MS Explorer.

Clipboard: Copy/ Paste between the Q-Dir directory views, and other programs such as MS Explorer.

Folder-Type : ZIP-, FTP-,cabinet-,network-, system – folders, shortcuts

Views: Large icons, tiles, list, detail, thumbnail (Vista: extra large symbols) .

Export: to XLS, CSV, TXT, HTML.

Popup Menus: Desktop, My Computer.

Screen magnifier: anything on the screen can be enlarged.

Color Filter: Different colors for different item types (e.g. *.log;*.txt).

Highlight-Filter: Effective way for fast items highlighting.

File-Filter: Allows for quick and easy filtering of the items.

Columns: All columns support, and save function .

Quick-Link’s: For fast folder access.

Folder-Select: Fast & flexible folder selection address-bar/ desktop menu/ my-computer menu/…

Multi-INI: Several INI files for Q-Dir.

Tree-View: Single and quadruple.

Preview: Allows a quick preview.

Portable: from 2.77 is Q-Dir portable.

Printing: from 3.77 List, Details … .

Folder size Column: from 3.83 file and folder size Column.

Settings transfer: from 3.83 Improved transfer for folder and view settings.

Faster edit: from 3.86 Faster edit or rename of the files.

File association: from 3.91 Internal file association rules.

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#25)

August 26, 2009

If you are new to What’s On My PC… you will notice on the right side of the blog a category listing for Geek Squeaks’.  The Geek Squeaks’ category is a weekly roundup of articles from the bloggers that are on the What’s On My PC… blogroll.  I encourage you to visit these blogs to learn more about information technology and computers.

Geek Squeaks'

Evilfantasy’s Blog
A rogue security test site?

Plato on-line
H1N1 Vaccine and National Security

Spywarebiz
BitDefender gets real about what you want in online security

Teck~Line
Critical Update for Adobe Flash Player (Reblogged)

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove SaveSoldier

Carol’s Vault
Finding inspiration on Twitter

AKS-Feel The Change
Music Search Engine – Find All Your MP3 Songs

Lifehacker
Tech Support Cheat Sheet
Reveals the Secrets of Troubleshooting

Rarst.net
FilterMyRSS.com – light online filter for feeds

Tech-for Everyone
The Best 10 Minutes

AskBillFirst
Setting up your browser to open multiple home page tabs

Free PC Security
Keepass – Free Password Security

Bill Mullin’s Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Save Your Machine – Keep it Clean

Mrintech
Google Pack: All Essential & Free Softwares!

Piyada’s World
List of fake antivirus and its removal tool

TTC Shelbyville
Change Firefox’s Default Search

Tux in the Midwest
Robot Hands Will Rule the World

Snakebytez
Tiny Program to Automatically Shutdown Computer

Is You GEEKed Up
Windows 7 Post Install Customization Checklist

Scoroncocolo
Windows Notepad

What’s On My PC…
A super easy way to listen to internet radio…

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Search the Internet better with fefoo…

August 25, 2009

Fefoo is a search application that changes the way we use search engines. Fefoo is an application that is engineered to work with multiple search engines to make your searches more effective and better. FeFoo is designed to search by categories; thus, making your search more refined from the time you start searching. As a result you spend less time searching.  Loading fefoo is very, very fast. The first time you use fefoo it is cached (saved) automatically to your disk thus making subsequent load times in the milliseconds. Another neat thing about fefoo is that you can add and remove categories.

www.fefoo.com

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How does fefoo work?

The first time you visit fefoo, it gets cached on your browser. After that everytime you search its done on your computer. That is one reason why it feels so fast. There are no roundtrips back to the server every time you search. The search is as fast as the search engine that you are using. fefoo works transparently without adding any overhead while searching.

How to add fefoo as a search provider?

When you are on the fefoo homepage you will see add to browser button on the top right hand corner. If you don’t see the button, currently there is no known way to add search to your browser. (If you know a way to add it please do leave a feedback). In any case you can always bookmark fefoo. You can also set it as your homepage. Since it runs from the cache its almost as fast as setting the homepage toabout:blank

After you perform a search with fefoo, a search bar will appear at the top of the browser to assist with further searching.  This search bar is not permanent and only appears when you perform a search.

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The more I use fefoo the more I am liking it.  Definitely a keeper on my PC.

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Detox Centers for Computer and Internet Related Addictions

August 23, 2009

Overindulgence, in anything, (including computers and the internet) will result in devastation of some form.

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Have you lost your connection with the real world as a result of excessive computer usage and what the internet has to offer (e.g. video games, chatting, texting, social networking, blogging, gambling, buying, pornography, compulsive surfing, etc…)?

Do you know someone personally, as a result of excessive use of the internet, whose:

marriage has been devastated?
career has been shattered?
family has been broken?
health has been affected?
financial ruin has occurred?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are witness to someone (or yourself) of a computer or internet related addictive behavior.  Here in the U.S. we are just starting to recognize these addictive behaviors and are taking steps to provide help and resolution.

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One such place to seek help is called reStart: Internet Addiction Recovery Program. reStart is the first program of its’ kind in the U.S. designed to specifically help internet and video game addicts overcome their computer or online dependencies. reStart is a 45 day in-patient (therapeutic) program, 6-bed facility (family style retreat), located in Fall City, Washington.

Current research suggests that anywhere from 6-10 % of the online population is dependent on one or more aspects of cyber technology and the internet. Among gamers, those playing multi-user games (like World of Warcraft) appear to be addicted at much higher levels. Both China and South Korea have designated Internet Addiction as their #1 public health danger and have responded by developing multiple treatment programs. The United States, by contrast, has been slower to recognize and respond to the problem but now is beginning to take some active steps.  This program is part of that process.

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Another great resource is the Center for Internet Addiction Recovery, located in Bradford, PA. You will find treatment services for:

Cybersex/Cyberporn

Studies show that men are more likely to view cyberporn, while women are more likely to engage in erotic chat.

Online Affairs

Partners engaged in an online affair go through several personality changes and often rationalize that an online affair isn’t really cheating.

Online Gambling

At an alarming rate, people in recovery from gambling addiction have relapsed because of the availability of virtual casinos, as they use the Internet as another vehicle to satisfy their addiction.

Online Gaming

Like a drug, gamers who play almost every day, play for extended periods of time (over 4 hours), get restless or irritable if they can’t play, and sacrifice other social activities just to game are showing signs of addiction.

Compulsive Surfing

Internet Addiction is an impulsive-control problem and five subtypes have been defined:

  1. Cybersexual Addiction
  2. Cyber-Relational Addiction
  3. Net Compulsions
  4. Information Overload
  5. Computer Addiction

eBay Addiction

Online auction houses create a stimulating place where users can conquer others as the highest bidder, which can be intoxicating as one beats out others in the last precious seconds to win the desired prize.

Take a Test

Cybersexual Addiction Quiz
Internet Addiction Test (IAT)
Quiz for Obsessive Online Gambling
Quiz for Compulsive Online Gamers
Quiz for Online Auction Addiction
The Partner’s Addiction Test
The Parent-Child Addiction Test

I have personally witnessed the evolution of computers and the internet from the very beginning. On a personal level, I have witnessed the devastation that can occur as a result of overindulgence in the various avenues that computers and the internet has to offer. The internet, in a sense is a virtual world, where your soul and mind can become consumed, if you let it. If you need help, please seek it!

In connection to this article and information, I also encourage you to read A Look At Our Newest Addition at Tech-for Everyone.

25 August 2009 – Another ‘must read’ article, “Internet Addiction – Do You Qualify?” at Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts.  Mr. Mullin’s explores this topic and gives us whole different angle on it.

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Mrintech Post on FREE 500 MB Temporary File Sharing and Storage Service

August 22, 2009

Be sure to visit Mrintech – Your Computers & Technology Guide to get the scoop on Spread-it, a free file sharing service. No passwords to share, no software to install, no accounts to create, and no full mailboxes.

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Free Temporary File Storage upto 500 MB!

Sharing files via various file sharing networks are quite popular these days.

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Spread It is a free file sharing service which allows you to upload any file format upto 500 MB (Megabyte) in size. You can share the Uploaded files via E-mail and the recipient will get the necessary download link immediately in his/her Inbox!

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Free Solitaire Card Games Collection

August 22, 2009

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From the makers of SolSuite comes 123FreeSolitaire. If you enjoy playing Solitaire then you will love this FREE game. This game is of high quality (sounds and graphics) and is 100% FREE.

123 Free Solitaire 2009 features a winning layout, fast game play, rich sounds, extensive options, and quality help. Each game has more than nine trillion (9,999,999,999,999) possible shuffles to play, so the game remains fresh no matter how many times you play. Under Windows XP, 123 Free Solitaire 2009 is fully skinnable with XP Themes and visual styles. Play 123 Free Solitaire 2009 now and bring the excitement of card solitaire gaming right to your personal computer!

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Solitaire Games Included:

FreeCell
Klondike
Diplomat
Eighteens
Grandfather’s Clock
Flower Garden
Pyramid
Royal Rendezvous
Spider
Spider solitaire One Suit
Spider solitaire Two SuitsYukon

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A FREE PC Optimization Tool

August 21, 2009

Maintaining a PC can be a daunting task, especially when you are unfamiliar with the utilities that are available to accomplish those tasks.  I recently came across a PC optimization tool, called “Perfect Utilities”, that is new one to me.

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I am usually cautious when it comes to utilities that claim to fix or optimize your PC;  BUT, after kicking the tires around on Perfect Utilities, I think app could end up being a contender in the system optimization and maintenance category. The first thing that set well with me is that the interface is clean and easy to navigate. The second thing was that this optimization tool is bundled with over 20 tools (see below) to clean, optimize and speed up your system performance. The third thing was that many of the cleaning options available provided a rescue option in the event a problem occurred.

As with any utility such as this, you are making system modifications (that generally are safe); however, things can go bump in the night if you do not have some knowledge of what you are doing.  Also, when exploring each of the utilities bundled in Perfect Utilities, be sure to explore the menu options.  For example, the Perfect Disk Defrag provided numerous disk defragmentation options. Overall, I will be kicking Perfect Utilities around and watching its’ development.  I’m hoping for a portable version of this app, as well.

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Publisher’s Description:

Perfect Utilities system suite is a simple and easy-to-use freeware which will optimize your PC and fix computer problems like slow speed, blue screen, deadlock errors and other annoying problems to maintain system stability and security, keep your PC running smoother and improve its overall performance. Perfect Utilities combines more than 20 system optimization and cleaning tools in one bundle and offers an attractive and easy to use interface that organizes all tasks into categories and provides graphical statistics whenever possible.

It is easy to use Perfect Utilities, anyone can easily use Perfect Utilities to enjoy its powerful functions only by clicking on the button of “Start Scan”, “Repair All” and “Clean” etc.

Support Platforms: Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003 Server, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7.

Perfect Utilities combines the following modules:

Perfect Disk Cleaner
Quickly find and wipe away all the garbage files

Perfect Registry Cleaner
Detect, clean, and repair
invalid Registry entries and errors

Perfect History Cleaner
Clean online activity tracks
and protect your online privacy

Perfect 1-Click Maintenance
Support to quickly maintain
your system with one mouse click

Perfect Task Scheduler
Schedule your maintenance tasks
that take place automatically

Perfect Disk Defrag
Defragment your disks and
improve computer performance and stability

Perfect Memory Optimizer
Clean, optimize, and free
up your computer’s memory

Perfect Shortcuts Fixer
Fix the invalid shortcuts from your system

Perfect Duplicate File Finder
Trace and remove the
unintended duplicate files

Perfect System Control
Organize and manage your Windows settings

Perfect BHO Remover
Remove BHO(s) you don’t want to keep

Perfect Startup Cleaner
Manage program execution at Windows startup

Perfect Auto Shutdown
Schedule your computer
for shutdown at a specified time

Perfect Process Manager
Manage currently running programs

Perfect Uninstall Manager
Uninstall programs you don’t need anymore

Perfect System Information
Provides comprehensive information on your computer

Perfect Windows Tools
Provides an easy way to launch Windows Tools

Perfect Registry Backup
Back up and restore the Windows Registry

Perfect Registry Search
Search the registry by specific wildcard

Perfect Undelete
Recover deleted files on
NTFS, FAT32, FAT16 and FAT12 volumes

Perfect File Shredder
Delete files securely, ensuring that
they cannot be recovered later

Perfect File Splitter
Split any type of file into smaller pieces

Perfect EXE Protector
Protect any Windows executable file with a password

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20 FREE Lifetime License for SUPERAntiSpyware Professional Giveaway on August 24th

August 20, 2009

Be sure to visit Bill Mullin’s Weblog – Tech Thoughts for a chance at receiving a FREE LIFETIME registration code for a leading antispyware product called SUPERAntiSpyware. To enter the contest to win one of the lifetime licenses, simply add a comment at the end of the article that Bill has posted [ HERE ] . Bill currently has available (20)-twenty registration codes that can be used to activate the Professional version of SUPERAntiSpyware. On August 24, 2009, all comments will be added to an online List Randomizer, and the first 20 names that come up, in random order, will win a free lifetime registration code. Even if you do not win, you will have had the opportunity to visit one of the top blogging sites on the internet – Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts

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A Windows Registry Tech Tip…

August 19, 2009

How many users know what the Windows Registry is?  How many users out there use “Registry Cleaners”?

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A “must read” article at “Tech-for Everyone”

Top Tech Tip #2: Leave Registry Cleaners Alone
[ click here ]

This is one of those articles, very well written, that explains to you about the Windows Registry and how you can be baited into using Registry Cleaners, that could cause you more problems that it is worth.  The few minutes to read this article, will educate you enough to avoid problems in the future.

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#24)

August 19, 2009

Blogging is work, that is an exercise of the mind… The bloggers reflected below, and on the “What’s On My PC…” blogroll, consistently pump out article after article with no let up.  The information that is provided are excellent resources to those who are interested in learning more about, and keeping up to date with, computers and information technology. Reflected below is this week’s roundup of articles harvested from the “What’s On My PC…” blogroll community. Show your support by visiting these blogs and leaving a comment or two.

Geeksqueaks2

thePC Security
How to Access and Open Password Encypted Word Files

Teck~Line Lounge
Create a Free Realistic Avatar with Evolver. (Web App)

TTC Shelbyville
AVG near Top for detection – Notice the Big Guns

Techolar
Marketing Products Online

AKS-Feel The Change
Malware Authors Targeting CAD User

Technize
See All the Hacked And Defaced Websites

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Total Security 2009

Plato on-line
Digital Danger (edited)

Tech-for Everyone
Keep Your Dreams Alive*

AskBillFirst
Sell Your Old Electronics – Help Reduce Ewaste

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
7 Excellent Online Security Blogs Worth Subscribing To

Carol’s Vault
Create polaroids from your photos

Sugarloaf Tech
Blackberry Home Screen Icons – How to change

Evilfantasy’s Blog
A New Version of Google Search?

Snakebytez
Tiny Program to Automatically Shutdown Computer

Is You GEEKed Up
Using Magnets to Organize Your USB Cables and Stuffs

Free PC Security
TDSS, TDSServ and Other Rootkit Removal

Scoroncocolo
Google Page Rank

Lifehacker
Digsby Joins the Dark Side, Uses Your PC to Make Money

Rarst.net
How to restore system file from Windows disc

Mrintech
15 Top & Useful Posts at Mrintech: Just for You!

Piyada’s World
Idea to create cool colorful tab on Firefox

What’s On My PC
How to use a Blackberry Smartphone
with a cheap “Pay As You Go” mobile phone plan…

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TrillianAstra – The Ultimate Instant Messenger

August 18, 2009

These days the avenues of messaging and communicating with each other, on the computer, are many. There is instant messaging; messaging via the social networks; IRC (Internet Relay Chat); and email. What usually occurs is that we end up installing multiple messaging clients so that we can stay in the loop and end up slowing down our PC’s and internet connection, as a result.

There is a FREE solution and that solution is TrillianAstra – The Ultimate Instant Messenger. You install TrillianAstra and it will work with many of the messaging services that you have an account with.

TrillianAstra lets you connect to multiple IM and social networks at the same time, managing contacts and real time status feeds efficiently.

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TriallianAstra is interoperable with any of the following instant messaging services:

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In addition (for Windows), TrillianAstra will work with:

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Consolidate all of your email inboxes into a single area of the contact list. Each item will show the amount of unread messages, sender information, and message snippets if available. Double click on any mail item to conveniently launch the inbox associated with that item.

TrillianAstra is full of features; over 400 features to be exact.  TrillianAstra is currently available for Windows XP, Vista, 7; Web ; and Tablet PC.  iPhone and Mac OS X are currently in development.

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Over 240 Tech Blogs and Sites In One Place

August 16, 2009

One of my favorite computer past times is searching for new computer information, software and tech related blogs (and sites). Some people collect baseball cards; I collect tech blogs. Recently the collection surpassed a total of 240 blogs and sites that can be accessed by clicking on the Launch Pad icon located on the sidebar of the blog.  The blogs that you see in the Launch Pad collection that display a larger font size, are those blogs that are part of the What’s On My PC… blogroll community.

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Launch Pad

Recently I added the following blogs and sites to the Launch Pad for your reading pleasure.  Enjoy!

Luv GadGet dot com

Mrintech

thePC Security

Technowpedia

Digital Quest

PC Computer Tips

Big Geek Daddy

Web Talk

To The PC

Marco Folio.net

Global Nerdy

ez-gadget.com

About Tricks

Anwar Blog

Computelogy

CrazzyCool

Danzy World*

Devil’s Lab

Freewares n Betas

Hack-Genius

HellBound Bloggers

Internet Technology Blog

Netzsavvy

One Trick A Day

PCDrome

Computing Unleashed

SnapHow.com

Software and Learning of Encyclopedia

Tech Guru

Techno-Entertainment Blog

Techonoid

Teen Tech Guru

Trick’s Machine

UpcomingTechs.com

WinPatrol Blog

Techie-Pinoy

Hacker’s Lane

TechCruser

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Easily Learn About Computer and Internet Security

August 15, 2009

If you are a computer user that is trying to make sense of it all when it comes to computer and Internet security; AND what you need to do to protect yourself, then check out OnGuard Online. Part of the fight against Internet crimes is educating ourselves and OnGuard Online is a great starting point.

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OnGuard Online is a Federal Government site that I highly recommend to everyone that heightens your awareness on how to avoid Internet fraud; how to secure your computer; and the steps you can take to protect your personal information. This site is especially useful to those that are new to computers and the Internet. There is even information available on computer disposal. The information on the site is presented in such a way that it is easily understandable and requires no technical expertise.

OnGuard Online features:

  • Expert’s Top Tips for Computer Security
  • Interactive Quizzes to Test Your Cyber Smarts
  • Videos about Online Security

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To give you a sampling, below is a clip from OnGuard Online that gives you “7 Practices for Computer Security” that I highly recommend. If you do not learn anything at OnGuard Online, please learn to

STOP – THINK – CLICK

before engaging in any internet activity that you have the slightest doubt.

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A “What’s On My PC…” Web Clip!

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The Internet gives you access to information, entertainment, financial offers – frankly, countless products and services. At the same time, it can leave you open to online scammers, identity thieves, and more. Learn experts’ top tips for computer security.

STOP – THINK – CLICK

(Click on any of the links below to learn more.)

Protect your personal information. It’s valuable.

Know who you’re dealing with.

Use security software that updates automatically.

Keep your operating system and Web browser up-to-date, and learn about their security features.

Keep your passwords safe, secure, and strong.

Back up important files.

Learn what to do in an emergency.

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