GEEK SQUEAKS – Use Windows 8.1′s Quick Access Menu To Shutdown Windows

March 5, 2014

What gets me about Windows 8 and 8.1 is that you have to go on an Easter egg hunt to find the most basic of functions that we commonly use in Windows. I really think Microsoft has a lost sight of what the end user’s needs are and have never heard of the K.I.S.S. (keep it simple stupid).

For example, anyone who has not experienced Windows 8 or 8.1 will immediately discover that they cannot easily find a shutdown button in order to turn the computer “off”. Recently I set up a Windows 8 box for my parents and I ended up creating a shutdown button on the taskbar so that they would not have to go digging for this function. To the home based end user, these sort of things can be a challenge.

For others out there, in an effort to help you out…  If you have upgraded to Windows 8.1, the easiest way to get to the Shutdown or Signout options, is to right mouse click on the Start Button which is located in the bottom left corner of the screen (or on the very left side of the task bar at the bottom of the screen). If you are not seeing the Start Button, hover your mouse pointer in the bottom left corner and the button will appear.  When the button appears, right mouse click on the Start Menu button and a menu will pop up.  This is called the Quick Access Menu.

Quick Access Menu

One the menu pops up you will see an option for Shutdown or Sign Out; and, if you hover your mouse pointer over that option another menu will appear to the side giving you the ability to Sign Out, Sleep, Shut Down or Restart.

This may sound like a lot, but once you accomplish this feat it will become second nature; PLUS, the bonus to this you will know how to get to many other features in Windows via the Quick Access Menu such as the Control Panel, Task Manager, File Explorer, etc…

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 27, 2013

October 27, 2013

Featuring: Cometdocs, the online document management system, now has a desktop app available; Is the October 31st release of the Nexus 5, a trick or a treat?; What to do if you are infected by Cryptolocker and how to prevent the infection; and, The Xbox One Console, a product that will be in high demand…

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Convert Files Quickly and Easily By Using Cometdocs
From Your Desktop

Cometdocs is an online document management system where you can convert your PDF files to Word, Excel, Powerpoint and more. You can also convert various formats to PDF. Cometdocs allows you to store and share your documents, online, for FREE. Recently Cometdocs released this desktop application where you can complete various file conversions, from your desktop, without having to go to the Cometdocs site.

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With one right click on a document, you are presented with the file conversion options for that document type. Once you have chosen your conversion, the file will be automatically converted and download to your computer in a matter of moments… GET IT HERE


Nexus 5 expected to debut October 31 in the US – TechSpot

TRICK OR TREAT?: have been following the announcements leading to the development and release of Google’s Nexus 5 smartphone. According to TechSpot, we can expect the release on October 31st…

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The anticipation and excitement surrounding the upcoming Nexus 5 smartphone and Android 4.4 Kitkat software update have reached a feverish pace, especially when you consider the phone briefly appeared on the Google Play store last week. And if the latest rumors prove to be true, consumers won’t have to wait much longer for the device as the latest suggests it will launch on October 31 in the US… READ MORE


Cryptolocker: How to avoid getting infected
and what to do if you are

@ ComputerWorld

I know I posted information yesterday about Cryptolocker, but this is extremely important. If you become victim of Cryptolocker, you are at high odds of losing your personal files. I have never seen anything like this and I feel, the more I let people know, the better. If you see the below graphic show up on your PC displaying that your personal files are encrypted, you have been nailed!

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Cryptolocker comes in the door through social engineering. Usually the virus payload hides in an attachment to a phishing message, one purporting to be from a business copier like Xerox that is delivering a PDF of a scanned image, from a major delivery service like UPS orFedEx offering tracking information or from a bank letter confirming a wire or money transfer… READ MORE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 26, 2013

October 26, 2013

Featuring: What you need to know about Cryptolocker Ransomware; WinX DVD Ripper Platinum Halloween Edition Giveaway; Microsoft’s two-factor logon authentication process; and, An external hard drive that is built to withstand abuse…

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Cryptolocker Ransomware: What You Need To Know

@ Malwarebytes

Cryptolocker Ransomware is the first type of malware that I have ever seen where, once on your system, it will look for file extensions to files that you commonly use and will encrypt them so that you cannot access them (unless you have the private decryption key). In essence, your files are held hostage and you can only get them back by paying $300 for the decryption key.

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Cryptolocker will encrypt users’ files using asymmetric encryption, which requires both a public and private key.

The public key is used to encrypt and verify data, while private key is used for decryption, each the inverse of the other… READ MORE


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Keep your Microsoft account safer with two-factor authentication

@ PCWorld

PCWorld has a nice article about using two-factor authentication with your Microsoft accounts.  I highly recommend a person to use this; not only with your Microsoft accounts, but with your Google accounts, as well…

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If you use Microsoft services like SkyDrive, Outlook.com webmail, or Xbox Live, you have a Microsoft account. If you have a Microsoft account, you might use it to store personal information that you wouldn’t want hackers to be able to get at. You know, credit cards and tax returns and such. Turning on two-factor authentication can help keep would-be data thieves out, and your secrets secret… READ MORE


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In today’s world of electronics, it is a plus when you can find devices that provide shockproof protection.

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The Armor A30 simply provides the best all-around protection in an amazingly tough and durable enclosure. It offers military-grade shockproof protection by including a shock-resistant silica gel from the internal structure to the exterior which adds an extra shield to withstand shocks and crushes… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 8, 2013

October 8, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (A FREE Start Menu For Windows 8.1): I keep reading that Windows 8.1 will have a Start Menu; however, I also read that it is not the real Start Menu, as we know it. To help you with this, I encourage you to take a look at Classic Shell. The developers recently updated Classic Shell to make it fully compatible with Windows 8.1 (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (The 5 Links You Should Not Click): ABC has a nice write-up, that you should read to educate (and remind), on what to look for (and not do) to prevent a malware or ransomware attack to your computer… (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (Desktop Publishing In The Cloud): As cloud computing continues to move forward, I am seeing more and more complex applications being made available. LucidPress’ online desktop publisher is no exception (SEE BELOW); and,

Squeak #4 – (Easily add 9 USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ports to your PC ): In need of additional USB ports? Always go with a powered USB hub. Today I came across a 9-port hub that has built in surge protection and built in ports to charge your devices (SEE BELOW)…

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Classic Shell Start Menu Updated (Version 4.0)

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Classic Start Menu can replicate the start menus found in older versions of Windows from 95 to Windows 7. You have 3 styles to pick from – Classic, Two Columns, and Windows 7… GET IT HERE


The 5 Deadly Clicks: The Links You Should Never Touch

@ ABC News

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Here’s a scary scenario. You’re innocently surfing the Web, maybe on an unfamiliar site, not paying close attention. Suddenly your computer screen fills with illegal pornographic images of minors. You try to navigate away, but a warning screen branded by the National Security Administration’s Internet Surveillance Program pops up with the message: “Your computer has been locked due to suspicion of illegal content downloading and distribution.”

You are then offered a sort of Hobson’s choice: Pay a fine immediately, or face prosecution for downloading child pornography… READ MORE


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Anker® USB 3.0 9-Port Hub + 5V 2.1A Charging Port with 12V 5A Power Adapter

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Additional charging port (2.1A) offers enough current to charge either a smartphone or a tablet at high speed. USB 3.0 ports supply 0.9A each.

Lightweight, “power-bar” design effectively saves space. Blue LED indicates normal operation.

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Anti-Virus Uninstall Tools

July 3, 2013

Ramblinrick:

The same security software that we use to protect our computers can be more troublesome than a virus when the time comes to uninstalling the software. Security software products are very comprehensive in design; and as a result often require special uninstallers to fully remove them from your computer. I encourage you to visit TCAT Shelbyville to get to one of the most comprehensive lists (by ESET) I have seen to help you uninstall anti-virus software. I cannot emphasize this enough. If you decide to remove any anti-virus or anti-malware software from your computer, ALWAYS CHECK WITH THE SOFTWARE DEVELOPER, to determine if there are any special utilities to remove the software.  Also, on the ESET site, you will also find a link listing malware removal tools that may be helpful in the event you suspect a malware infection.


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Here’s one of the most comprehensive Anti-Virus removal tools (dozens) from ESET.   List of Removal Tools

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Scareware: Beware New Approach

June 12, 2013

Ramblinrick:

To my readers, this article from a fellow blogger is most important. Have you ever heard of SCAREWARE??? I bet many of you have experienced it and had no idea what the tech term for it was called. As a matter of fact, it would be interesting to know if you ever been a victim of scareware. If so, let us know via the comments below. I would love to hear your story.

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What’s In The Bag Today???

Malwarebytes Antimalware

Originally posted on Paul's Internet Security Blog:

Security Danger SignScareware, aka fake antivirus, as you may know, is a form of malware usually obtained from a malicious Internet website, that displays ominous warning messages on your PC that states you have been infected with malware. It usually runs a fake malware scan and warns that it has found a very dangerous malware that it will remove for a price. In many cases, the computer is locked up during this process and

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Control Your Computer’s Sound Volume and Balance From the System Tray

January 31, 2013

Many of us depend on controlling the sound volume on our computers by adjusting the knob on the speakers themselves or through a dedicated controller on the keyboard.

Today, I want to share with you a small utility, called SimpleSndVol, that installs an icon in the system tray where you can, with minimal effort, manage the sound volume and balance to your speakers. Simply click on the icon and the following interface pops up with sliders that you can move around to make volume and balance adjustments.

SimpleSndVol

What I especially like about SimpleSndVol, is that you can hover the mouse pointer over the icon and use the mousewheel to raise or lower the volume; plus, by performing a middle click will cause the sound to mute.

If you right mouse click on the SimpleSndVol tray icon, you will presented with a menu where you can open various system sound controller utilities on your computer (such as the volume mixer, sound applet and volume control options), the SimpleSndVol settings, and an IconSet that give you the ability to change the tray icon. My favorite icon is the one labelled “Triangl [Update]”. There are also some optional hotkey functions built-in if you prefer controlling the sound volume through the keyboard.

  SimpleSndVol

All-in-All, SimpleSndVol is one of my favorite sound utilities that is a work in progress that works nicely on Windows XP/7 and 8.

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