FREE Self Managing Android Battery Saving App

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] FREE Self Managing Android Battery Saving App – I am big on the Android Smartphones; currently owning a Nexus 5. It has become (literally) my computer in my pocket; however, I learned early on that it is important to monitor its’ battery life on a daily basis in order to get the most out of my computer in my pocket. To assist me with this task is the FREE Android App called Battery Doctor (Battery Saver).

Battery Doctor

I have been using this app for quite awhile and can attest that it will significantly improve your battery life. It is smart in that it self manages and optimizes your phone in a way that it will shutdown battery eating background apps and hardware (such as bluetooth, wifi, etc…) when these components are not in use (or are not needed). There is also power management features built into the app  to let you know how much power your apps are consuming, how much battery is left, when is a good time to charge and when not too charge.

Overall, one of my favorite utilities on my phone that I highly recommend.


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[FREE SECURITY SOFTWARE] Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition – Baseline protection against viruses and all other types of malware. Using #1 ranked antivirus technology, it will detect and clean e-threats without causing slowdown or requiring configurations… MORE INFO

[WIFI EXTENDER] Extend range and provide a strong Wi-Fi signal for improved coverage – @Amazon

Belkin N600 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender

Belkin N600 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender


[GOOGLE CHROME EXTENSION] HoverReader Displays Full Articles When You Hover Over The Link – Chrome: HoverReader, once installed, lets you hover over a link to a news article to see a pop-up display of an article preview or its full-text before you click. It’s especially useful if you’re browsing an article full of links, or want to preview an article before you click through on Reddit, Hacker News, or other news aggregators… @Lifehacker

[ONLINE GRAPHIC UTILITY] Background Burner – Quickly removes the background from any image or photo… @Background Burner

[TECH NEWS] Man arrested for 3D printing handguns in Japan – Yoshimoto Imura, a 27-year-old Japanese college employee, was arrested this week for possession of five 3D-printed handguns, two of them capable of firing lethal ammunition. Police did not find any live ammunition at his residence…@Neowin

[HOW TO] Tips to free up drive space on your PC – Getting a message that your PC is running out of room can be a stressful event—or, even a genuine emergency if you’re in the middle of an important project. The good news is you can probably free up a lot of space by using the following tips. But if you keep getting messages about low drive space, you might want to consider other options, including adding additional removable storage… @Microsoft

[WALLPAPER] Digital Art Freedom – @WallpaperStop

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Keep your software up-to-date with TechTracker

CNET TechTracker app, is a free and easy-to-use downloadable app that helps you keep your computer software up to date. When it comes to keeping your computer secure and maintaining its’ performance, it is important to keep all software (especially the most popular titles), up-to-date.


TechTracker is currently in beta and has been released for public testing and review; however, you must be a CNET member (which is FREE) to download and use the software. Once you have your CNet membership and the TechTracker software installed, it will perform a scan of your PC (for outdated software) and generate the results in your web browser at your very own TechTracker homepage. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari are currently supported.

Following the installation of the software, you will see the TechTracker icon in the system tray. If you left double click on the icon, you will automatically be directed to your TechTracker homepage. If you right click on the icon, you have options such as performing a scan and configuring the settings (i.e. for scan frequency, auto update); PLUS, you can readily tell how many software updates are available and what software titles are in need of updating.


After testing this application, I consider TechTracker to be a “cloud app”, due that the scan results are compared to the “online” CNET Downloads database, which is recognized as one of the most comprehensive and trusted software databases in the world. Furthermore, from what I can see at this point, TechTracker is a “set and forget” application.  Scans for outdated software are performed at scheduled intervals (which you can set) and the application itself will auto update.

In the end, TechTracker looks like a keeper to me. CNET, which is a world recognized tech site, would not put something like this out there without the promise of maintaining it in the future.  This app will ultimately get better!


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Protect yourself against FAKE Anti-Virus and FAKE Anti-Spyware Software…

A day does not go by that I do not read about, and/or have someone contact me about, the FAKE anti-virus software or FAKE anti-spyware software programs that are rampantly infecting people’s PC’s.

It seems that the designers of these rogue and malicious software programs have found their niche on the underbelly of the internet and are apparently too criminal in nature to use those talents to benefit the good of the internet. What they are doing, in essence, is breaking into your PC, with criminal intent to extract something from you (through extortion and ID Theft). It is really no different than someone breaking into your home.

The rogue anti-virus software and anti-spyware software I am referring to is the type where you are on the internet and all of the sudden an alert pops up informing you that your PC has been infected by a virus or spyware; OR you turn on your PC and find that your desktop background is gone and a message is displayed indicating your PC is infected. The alerts look very official and real, and will even replicate a Microsoft Security alert or a brand name security product. The objective is to scare you into buying something that you think is real. Most people attempt to close the rogue application and the problem only worsens and becomes a nuisance that will not go away. If you are seeing it on your screen, you have already been infected. I’ve seen the infection of these things actually snowball and increasingly get worse. As a matter of fact, even after cleaning a PC of the infection, I personally would be real hesitant in putting out any personal information (i.e. credit card, banking, passwords) until I was absolutely sure that all remnants have been eradicated. Removal of these rogue programs are very difficult.

How is this happening to people?

It is happening by the “click” of the mouse through a variety of channels. It all happens pretty much the same way, no matter the channel. The user interacts, the system becomes infected with a Trojan downloader (that connects to the internet and downloads other Trojans) and/or becomes infected with a Trojan dropper (a program designed to install malware such as FAKE software). The common channels for malware are:

  • Spam, Chain and Scam Email
  • Search Engine Results (that leads to an infected “hacked” web page)
  • Porn Sites
  • Gaming Sites
  • Software Pirating Sites
  • Screensaver and Wallpaper Sites
  • Community Social Sites
  • File Sharing
  • Torrents
  • Shady Forums
  • Instant Messaging

What can be done to prevent or stop this?

  • Using the list above, avoid any site or service that is not credible or morally wrong OR any site or service where you are randomly and directly interacting with other people (that you do not know). I know this may sound rather drastic, but believe me, it works!
  • Monitor the internet activity of your children and set firm rules and limits. The majority of infections occur in households where children and teenagers have very liberal access to the internet; AND please do not be lured by the myth that our children are computer savvy. Don’t let the children teach you; educate yourself and teach your children.
  • Ensure your PC is equipped with at least the basics of layered protection (i.e. firewall is “on”; windows updates are maintained; anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-malware are installed, etc.).

What resources are there available to remove these infections?

If it is obvious that your PC has been hooked by one of these FAKE anti-virus or anti-spyware alerts, the first thing I tell people is to write down what they are seeing on the screen (i.e. name of the software, is there an icon showing up in the taskbar tray, etc…). It is imperative to identify and describe the issue in order to research and find credible removal instructions. The second thing is, do not attempt to use your mouse to interact with the alert. Shut down your PC and if connected to a network, unhook the network cable. Contact your tech support person; or if you are technically savvy, research the issue for removal instructions using another PC.

The resources that I use to educate myself and assist other people with the removal of these FAKE anti-virus and anti-spyware are:

S!Ri.URZ – Use this blog site to search for and identify what you may be seeing on your screen. If you are successful, you will be instructed to use a program called SmitFraudFix to remove the infection.


SmitFraudFix – Tool utilized for the removal of a variety of the FAKE malware that we are now being bombarded with.


Spyware Techie – Another blog site that will assist you with searching for and identifying malware


Microsoft Malware Protection Center – A Microsoft blog dedicated to researching malware and providing detailed statistics and graphs of what is going on out there.


Malwarebytes Anti-Malware – Can detect and remove malware that even the most well known anti-virus and anti-malware applications fail to detect. Can download and use for FREE. The realtime protection, scheduled scanning, and scheduled updating is not activated in the FREE version. I have this installed on my PC and I periodically run the scanner as part of my normal maintenance routine.


SUPERAntiSpywareDetect and Remove Spyware, Adware, Malware, Trojans, Dialers, Worms, KeyLoggers, HiJackers, Parasites, Rootkits and many other types of threats. A FREE and Professional version are available. I also have this installed on my PC and I periodically run the scanner as part of my normal maintenance routine.


Tech Thoughts – Awesome source for Security and System Tools and Tips. Software Reviews, News, Views, Downloads and Links. If something out there is a threat to us all, Bill will be writing about it.


Tech-for Everyone – Another awesome source for how-to’s and tricks & tips and general computing advice.



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