Wallpaper of the Week (#76)

June 30, 2012

I don’t think I have ever seen a green flower; until now! This green flower, in 3D, is absolutely beautiful on a widescreen monitor.

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: An Internet Security Blog For Home Based Computer Users and Experts Alike

June 29, 2012

As a retired Information Technology Manager, that was surrounded by people in a State Government healthcare setting, at a time when networks and the internet were just starting to ramp up, there was a very valuable lesson that I learned along the way.

I learned to never talk over the heads of my user base by using computer, internet, or network terms (or lingo) to suppress their learning or make them feel I was above their level of comprehension. I looked at the job as; I was the coach and my user base was the team. When the internet and my network started to mature, the lessons (and education to my users and myself) paid off and actually served as a physical layer of protection to keep my network safe.

Following my career as an IT Manager, my user base changed to that of the home computer user (i.e. readers of this blog, friends and family) where explaining things to people, in understandable terms, is even more important.

One of the hardest topics out there today to explain is internet security and cybercrime. It is a topic that is not easily comprehended, unless you have expertise; and, explaining internet security and cybercrime to others (such as the home computer user) is something that is very challenging to do.

Internet Security

Myself, I have learned to depend on blogs such as Bill Mullin’s Weblog – Tech Thoughts and Tech Paul’s –Tech for Everyone to keep myself aware and alert. You will find that bloggers, such as these, make it personal and have that ability to get it across in teaching you how to protect your computer and yourself.

There is another blog, that I intentionally did not mention above, that now exclusively specializes in internet security and cybercrime. The reason for that is that the name of the blog, authored by Paul Lubic, Jr, has changed from Paul’s Home Computing Blog to the more appropriate title of Paul’s Internet Security Blog. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you bookmark this site.

Paul initially started out his blog by specializing in sharing tips, techniques and advice on home computers and the home computing environment. His blog eventually evolved into what his real specialty is and that is the topic of Internet Security. Paul has been in the technology field for over 40 years and has held positions as programmer, IT Security Manager, and Chief Information Officer. His great love is in cyber-security where he worked with the U.S. Commonwealth of Virginia in the area of cyber-terror prevention and preparedness.

DO NOT let his credentials lead you to believe that he is going to talk over your head when it comes to internet security and cybercrime. It is quite the contrary. Paul Lubic, Jr. possesses the same traits that myself, Bill Mullins’, and Tech Paul possess; and, that is to explain things in a manner that you can understand and that you will ultimately will benefit from.  NOTE:  Be sure to check out Paul’s ever growing List of Terms .

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Create A Mouse Cursor Infinity Effect

June 27, 2012

If you have a large screen computer monitor, you know that moving the mouse cursor around from one side of the screen to the other can be a real exercise. To help make your mouse lazy, and at the same time increase productivity, give Mousinity a try.

Mousinity

Mousinity is a portable app that creates an infinity effect for your cursor when it reaches the edges of your screen. For example if you go to the top of your screen, your mouse will appear on the bottom, right-to-left, etc.

Takes some getting used to, but once you do, you will be using Mousinity on a regular basis.

Note:  There is no tray icon with Mousinity.  To turn it “off”, simply run Mousinity again and select “yes”.

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The Windows 7 Welcome Screen Suddenly Came Back To Life

June 26, 2012

I sometimes have those days where my brain shuts down and I have a difficult time coming up with content for the blog. Yesterday was no exception, until I turned on my computer (which is running Windows 7 Home Premium) and noticed that my computer booted to the Windows 7 Welcome Screen instead of the Windows Desktop.

The Windows 7 Welcome Screen is the screen you will typically see if you have your Windows sessions’ password protected or you have the computer set up for multi-users. What caused this change of events, I have not a clue; but, I had the computer originally configured to boot directly to the desktop (and bypass the Welcome Screen).

As I mentioned, I was brain dead and could not for the life of me find an option on the computer to disable the Welcome Screen. Not only that, a change occurred to my computer without my blessing that raised a red flag and caused me to run a malware scan (just to be on the safe side). After getting the scan off my plate, which came up clean, I went to work researching this matter (Sources: About.com PC Support, Leateds and SevenForums).

What I found is this; AND, if I am wrong, please feel free to correct me.  There is no option built into Windows 7 Home Premium to openly turn the Welcome Screen “off” or to bypass this. With Windows 7 Home Premium there is a fix and you will need to do this:

  1. Click on the “Start” button.
  2. Click on “Run”
  3. In the “Run” box, type netplWiz.exe and hit “Enter”
  4. You should now see the “User Accounts” box or applet (which, by the way, provides more advanced options to managing the accounts on your PC).

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  5. At the top section of the “User Accounts” box, uncheck the box next to “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer”.
  6. Click on “apply” and the “Automatically Log On” dialog box will appear. In my case, it automatically loaded my username and I left the password entry box and confirm password entry box blank.

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  7. Click “OK” and “OK” again and  you should be good to go…

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Wallpaper of the Week (#75)

June 24, 2012

Here is a beautiful background of a Nordic Landscape that will add depth to your screen.

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Nordic Landscape

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An Extremely Versatile and Configurable Screen Capture Utility

June 22, 2012

I have tried just about every screen capture utility out there, but a new one landed on my plate that I can only describe as being in the category of awesome (especially for being free and portable). It is called LiveCapture.

I am not going to get into the details, because the screen shot below tells it all; and, besides part of the fun with a program such as this is exploring all of the program options. The only thing I don’t like about LiveCapture is that when you run it, a capture toolbar initially appears that really does not (in my opinion) do the program any justice (unless you like toolbars). The good, or at least for me, is that you can turn the toolbar “off”.  Where this program really shines is when you right click on the LiveCapture icon in the system tray (as the screenshot below reflects) to show what this gem can do.  Again, awesome

LiveCapture

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A Free Replacement for the Windows Uninstaller

June 20, 2012

I have found that the everyday computer user often struggles with the program uninstaller that is built into Microsoft Windows. I have also found that the program uninstaller that is built into Microsoft Windows has a residual effect to it and does not perform an in-depth scan to completely remove all files, folders or registry items. In essence it sort of serves as a launcher that points to the uninstaller that may be associated with any particular program.

There are several third party uninstallers out there that specialize in the in-depth removal of software on a Windows based computer, with one of my favorites being RevoUninstaller.  Recently I noticed a new kid on the block, called GeekUninstaller, that appears to be developing a good following.

GeekUninstaller

Geek Uninstaller, I found was very fast, easy to use, and proved to meet the criteria for aggressively removing software from the computer (to include leftover files, folders and registry items).

GeekUninstaller

With Geek Uninstaller you can select a program item on the list and determine where the program is installed, determine registry references, go to the programs website, and force an uninstall (for broken programs). Another plus to Geek Uninstaller is that it is one single file that can be carried and run directly from your flash drive.

Another feature that I personally took to, is that if you click on the “File” menu, there is an option to “Export to html” that gives you the ability to generate a listing of the programs you currently have installed on your PC. A listing such as this is a good reference to keep available in the event you need to reinstall the operating system on your PC. If you’re in your mid 50’s like me, I can’t remember what I did yesterday, let alone the software titles on my pc.

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Quickly Turn Off / On the Internet

June 19, 2012

Typically, I turn my computer “on” in the morning, which is connected to the internet, and leave it “on” until I go to bed at night. A practice that I have gotten into is that when I am away from the computer I will disconnect (or disable) my internet connection through my network settings.  I primarily do this to prevent my computer from communicating with the internet and to prevent any opportunity for an outside intrusion (such as malware) to occur.

Recently, I came across a nice utility, called InternetOff, that makes turning the internet “on” and “off” very easy, right from the system tray (which is typically located on the right side of the taskbar).

InternetOff

After installing InternetOff, a small icon, representing a globe, will appear in the tray. Simply click on the globe and click on “Turn off the internet”. When you want to turn the internet back “on”, click on the globe icon again, and you will be presented with several options to turn the internet “on”.  You can turn it “on” for 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, an hour; OR, just turn it “on” (permanently).

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Wallpaper of the Week (#74)

June 16, 2012

For this week I came across an awesome photo of a lotus flower for a wallpaper background.  Will look absolutely great on your desktop!

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Lotus Wallpaer

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When Uninstalling Security Software Use AppRemover To Effectively Do The Job

June 15, 2012

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

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

AppRemover

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

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

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

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Terminate Known Malware Processes with RKill

June 12, 2012

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

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

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

RKill

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

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

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Access Your Clipboard History Right From Your Browser

June 11, 2012

When you perform a cut/copy operation on your computer, it is a one time deal.  You copy an item to the clipboard and it will remain on the clipboard (which you do not see) until you copy something else to the clipboard or until you shut the computer off. Once either of these actions occur, the item on the clipboard disappears. Would it not be nice you could archive your clipboard history and save the text clippings, images and files?  To some, this may not be important, but being a blogger, where I perform numerous cut/copy/paste operations, going back in time on the clipboard is a nice option.

Well, my wish came true…  I came across an utility called ControlC.

Controlc

ControlC is not a clipboard manager, but a program designed to collect and archive your clipboard history that can be reviewed directly from your web browser.

With ControlC all your history is saved to a database on your computer in a encrypted, secured database. However, using our unique software, you are able to access your clipboard history right from your browser! No more bulky interfaces! Click below to the controlc interface right in your browser

Everything is saved.

  • ControlC copies files, images and text effortlessly.
  • Stores meta data also- Details such as program, URL, icon..
  • Advanced options for configuration such as blacklist, pruning and more.

Customize it.

  • 9 themes come default letting you stylize Controlc as you like.
  • Star favorite items. Delete sensitive ones. Blacklist programs.
  • Advanced search lets you narrow down the program, date & title.

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Wallpaper of the Week (#73)

June 9, 2012

Here is what is called a cityscape wallpaper. This shot was taken in San Diego.  Check out the light reflection in various colors…

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Cityscape

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Make Your TV A Smart TV With Pocket TV

June 8, 2012

Ok, with Pocket TV there is good news and there is bad news. The good news is that Pocket TV is a small pocket-sized device that will turn your TV into a Smart TV by simply plugging the device into the HDMI port on your TV. The bad news is that Pocket TV will not be available until September or October of this year.

Pocket tV

Pocket TV is unique in that it is a fully functioning (thumb-sized) micro-computer, with Wi-Fi, running Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). PocketTV uses the HDMI port on the TV as the display (up to 1080p resolution). In essence, what you are experience on your Android based smartphone, you will be able to experience on your large screen TV (such as downloading apps from Google Play Store, streaming videos, playing games, social networking, web browsing, etc…). Pocket TV also comes with a standard IR remote or an optional air remote. You can even use your Android Smartphone as a remote.

You can get the full scoop on Pocket TV [ HERE ]

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Geek Squeaks’ (#76) – FREE Password Vault, Small USB Flash Drive, MS-Word Tip, an Ultrabook Comparison, and the NEW Mozilla Firefox 13

June 6, 2012

S10 Password Vault

S10 Password Vault

S10 Password Vault lets you auto-login to any website/program with account info stored securely on your PC. You can set up accounts to login upon launch, or use commands from within any field in any website or program to auto-type the appropriate info…

HP v165 Flash Drive

HP v165 Flash Drive

Need to do a presentation and take file with you. Simply copy the file onto the HP v165 Flash Drive and take it with you. To access your data, simply plug the USB into virtually any PC or MAC without the need for bulky cables or adapters. Show your friends and co-workers how resourceful and flexible data sharing can be by accessing your files whenever and wherever you want.

Tech Tip #19: How to Activate a MS Word Link
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Firefox 13

Mozilla has launched version thirteen of its Firefox browser. The New Tab page and Start page have received an updated look. SPDY protocol is now enabled by default on sites using SPDY. General performance has been improved by JavaScript garbage collection.

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