Microsoft Edge Browser To Get Extensions Support — and MORE GREAT GEEK SQUEAK STUFF (#2016-012)

March 21, 2016

Microsoft Edge Browser To Get Extensions Support – If you use Google Chrome or Firefox, then you are familiar with browser extensions that extend the functionality of the browser. Microsoft recently announced that they have shipped the first preview release of Microsoft Edge with extensions support to Windows Insiders. Microsoft Edge is the browser that we see in Windows 10. To us at home, we will not see this just yet. I am also reading in various places where Microsoft is working on a tool that will let developers port Chrome extensions to Microsoft Edge… READ MORE

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Crush Malware With Malwarebytes Anti-Malware – I have featured the FREE version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware in the past and thought this would be a good time to once again promote this “must have” security software. One thing to point out at the start is that the FREE version of Malwarebytes is only a scanning utility and does not provide real-time protection. You can get the real-time protection by purchasing the commercial version of their software. Don’t let this deter you from downloading the FREE version. I use the FREE version and make a habit to manually download the updates and perform routine scans of my computer.

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Launch Your Windows Desktop Like An iPad – How would you like to double click on your Windows desktop and a program (or shortcut) launcher appears that allows you to customize and launch your favorite programs, apps, files, folders or web URLs? If so, you need to take a look at PaperPlane. I have always loved program launchers and this one is no exception. PaperPlane Smart Launch is a free launcher program (shortcut manager) which enables you to launch your desktop like an iPad. If you are familiar with Mac OS Launchpad, you could say that it’s a better Launchpad just for your Windows. It enables you to quickly access your most used apps, open a recent file, visit a website URL, play your favorite game, or open any shortcut etc, in one place.

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PaperPlane

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A Best Seller Portable Hard Drive – Looking for a way to safeguard your personal files? The WD 2TB Black My Passport Ultra Portable External Hard Drive (w/USB 3.0) may be the solution you are looking for. I currently use a similar Western Digital portable drive to backup my personal files that I then transport and store offsite (away from my home) — READ MORE

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A Free AppRemover Utility To Uninstall Antivirus and Security Software, Public File Sharing Applications, Toolbars and MORE

December 4, 2014

AppRemover is a must have utility to have around if you decide to swap out your antivirus or malware software on your computer.

It is important to know that security software installs, such as antivirus and malware software, are very complex in nature; and, if not uninstalled properly can wreak havoc to a PC. Typically, most developers of Security software will provide an uninstaller that you can download from their site; however, most people do not know or think about that. An easy option for removal of security type software is AppRemover.

AppRemover

AppRemover supports the removal of a boat load of applications – see here…  AppRemover is a standalone (portable) application that you simply download and run. You can download AppRemover – from here.

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 11, 2013

September 11, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: Uninstalling security software should be straightforward, but it is not. Norton products are no exception. If you have a Norton product on your PC and you desire to uninstall it, make sure you download the Norton Removal Tool (see below);

Squeak #2: I came across some very good tips on what to look for when hiring a computer tech (see below);

Squeak #3: I have to let you know about this if you are an iPhone owner. Apple is releasing the NEW Apple iPhone 5S and 5C.  Difference between the two is that one built better and more expensive than the other. I found where the cheap one is still pretty expensive if you buy it unlocked (see below); AND,

Squeak #4: Nexus 4 is Google’s flagship smartphone. If you own one of these, I strongly suggest you protect your investment with one of these cases (see below);

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Norton Removal Tool – To Uninstall Your Norton Product

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The Norton Removal Tool will scour your PC for remnants of any Norton security tool (all the old Norton 2003 and later products, Norton 360, and Norton SystemWorks 12.0), removing any associated files, folders and Registry keys… GET IT HERE


Computer Repair Technician Checklist

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I have seen many people get scammed by dishonest or unqualified Technicians. If you should decide for whatever reason not to use my services please use this checklist to help insure that the person you do call is qualified to help you… READ MORE


Apple launches iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S

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Apple unveiled two new iPhones a Tuesday, the speedier iPhone 5S and the less expensive iPhone 5C… READ MORE


Nexus 4 Best Selling Shock Absorption Bumper + Anti Scratch Clear Back Premium Hybrid Case

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How To Save and Print A List of Installed Programs On Your Computer

March 19, 2013

I recently experienced a situation where a person’s computer, that was several years old, required a complete factory restore. When asked, “What programs did they have installed on the computer?”, the person was at a loss. Following this occurrence, I started to wonder if there was an easy way to view, save or print the programs that we have installed on our computers? This would be especially handy as a reference in the event of a computer crash. I know myself, there are many software packages I have installed; and, trying to remember what programs I installed (in the event of a computer failure) would be a real challenge, even for an ole’ geek like me.

I am sure there may be other options or methods to accomplish this task, but what I came across was a small software utility, that is portable, called MyUninstaller (by NirSoft). I know you are wondering, what does an uninstaller utility have to do with what we want to accomplish?

MyUninstaller

First, let me explain that MyUninstaller is in fact an alternative uninstaller utility to the standard Add/Remove applet of Windows operating system; HOWEVER, built into MyUninstaller is a menu options that gives you the ability to either save the list of all installed applications on your computer into a text file or HTML file (that can be viewed in your web browser).

To save the list to a text file, click on the File Menu and select Save Selected Items. To save and view the list as a HTML file, click on View and select HTML Report – All Items.

After using the options in MyUninstaller to generate a list of the programs on my computer, it has now become part of my overall backup strategy.

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A PC Tech’s Quick Reference Web Site

December 28, 2012

Just when I think I have found most of the golden nuggets on the internet, I come across another. While performing an update to the Bookmarks4Techs listing, a visitor to the site contacted me and suggested that I add the tech site GEGeek – PC Tech Quick Reference to the listing.

GEGeek

What I expected to find was a tech blog, but what I came across is a Geek’s paradise for anyone who is into computers; and especially,  computer repair & troubleshooting. While you are there, pay special attention to the GEGeek Tech Toolkit.  This toolkit should be called a Tech Tool Shop…  It is a 1.0 gig download and contains everything, as a tech, you would ever need.

An excerpt about the author of GEGeek:

This site is the culmination of years of CAREFULLY selecting a handful of links to assist me on my current job, personal consulting work and of course my own PCs. Not every site has all useful links ⁄ articles, but there were always one or two gems to be found on every site I visited. Keeping them readily available and manageable became quite a chore, so i created this site just to help me organize them and provide a quick reference . The “How To” is assumed knowledge, I just provide the quick reference.

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Wallpaper of the Week (#85)

September 1, 2012

This dreamer kitty took the time to stop and smell the daisies…  If you are a cat lover, this is a great wallpaper to add to your collection.

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Windows 7 Users: If you are using Windows 7, did you know you can create a desktop background slideshow to show off your pictures and wallpaper images?  To learn how to use this feature [ CLICK HERE ] .

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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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NEW Version of Microsoft Security Essentials

April 25, 2012

I am often asked; “What security software do I use for my main layer of protection? My answer is, “Microsoft Security Essentials”…

Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home or small business PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

Microsoft Security Essentials

I currently have Microsoft Security Essentials installed on all of my PCs and it has yet to let me down; HOWEVER, as with any security software (no matter which one you install), you have to install “common sense” alongside it.

What prompted me to write about Microsoft Security Essentials is that Version 4.0, which has been in beta since late 2011, has been officially released.  According to one of my information sources (CNet), the released version “is part of the standard product update release cycle. This service update contains product enhancements to improve performance and user experience. We have improved on Microsoft Security Essentials’ Automatic Remediation, which will automatically quarantine highly harmful threats without prompting the user to take action as well as minor bug fixes in set up, malware remediation and other areas.”

If you are looking for a security software option, that is FREE; that is easy to understand and use; that uses minimal system resources; and is engineered by a company that we are all familiar with, then Microsoft Security Essentials is a good choice.

Microsoft Security Essentials is a free* download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up-to-date so you can be assured your PC is protected by the latest technology.

Microsoft Security Essentials runs quietly and efficiently in the background so you’re free to use your Windows-based PC the way you want—without interruptions or long computer wait times.

Before installing Microsoft Security Essentials, we recommend that you uninstall other antivirus software already running on your PC. Running more than one antivirus program at the same time can potentially cause conflicts that affect PC performance.

** IMPORTANT **  —  When changing security software on your PC from one brand to another, it is very important that you completely uninstall the security software you intend to remove. The uninstaller built into windows will not cut it. I highly recommend you either visit the software maker’s site to get information to uninstall the product or use a third party uninstaller such as AppRemover.

The free AppRemover utility enables the thorough uninstallation of security applications like antivirus and antispyware from your computer. Remove computer stress. Simply, cleanly and effectively.

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GEEK SQUEAKS’ (#67) – Kindle Bookstore Browser, Free Clocks, Free Security Software, Newshunt and Laptop Buying

December 21, 2011

Bookmarks4Tech’s Amazon Kindle Bookstore Browser

Looking for that Kindle book?  Be sure to check out my most recent creation at Bookmarks4Techs that gives you the ability to browse the Amazon Kindle Book library.  Pretty cool stuff…

Kindle Bookstore Browser

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Free Vector Clocks

Fully scalable desktop alarm clocks that can be placed anywhere on your screen, rotated with total freedom, resized to any scale and set in 3D perspective view without losing any quality. Plus, it doesn’t require installation and it’s FREE.

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World’s Best and Largest List of Free Security Software
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Free List of Security Software

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Read newspapers on your mobile phone with newshunt
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4 Important Things To Consider When Buying A Laptop
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An Online Lightning Fast Virus Scanner

November 7, 2011

To add another tool to your arsenal in the fight against malware, be sure to visit BitDefender’s QuickScan.

BitDefender’s QuickScan

BitDefender’s QuickScan is an online tool which uses a technology they call .in-the-cloud. scanning technology which is capable of detecting active malware in less than a minute.

BitDefender’s QuickScan

The benefit of this technology is that the scanner uses online scanning engines that only uses a fraction of system resources needed to perform the scan; PLUS,the entire database of signature updates, etc… is maintained online by BitDefender.

One thing I do want to point out here and this is important:

BitDefender’s QuickScan is a tool that is designed to “detect” malware that is already existent on your PC, which is already active in memory or present in files that are run at system startup. In other words this tool is used, as a second opinion, to determine if your system is infected or you have suspicion that your system is infected.  It is not designed to provide real-time protection; but, again it is another tool to add to that arsenal in the fight against malware.  Thank you BitDefender for helping keep us safe…

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GEEK SQUEAKS’ (#57) – Awesome Flash Drive, Microsoft Security Essentials, DVD Cloning and Fun, Microsoft Photo Gallery Features, and Moving Your Blog

October 14, 2011

SanDisk Cruzer 8 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive
Take it all with you – on reliable USB flash drives

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Provides real-time protection for your home or small business PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

Microsoft Security Essentials

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Friday Fun

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Windows Live Photo Gallery

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Move your Blog from Blogger To WordPress without losing traffic

Blogger to WordPress

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GEEK SQUEAKS’ (#56) – Popular Wireless Broadband Router, Powerful System Monitor, Largest List of Security Software, Windows 8 and Students, and Spotify

October 11, 2011

Cisco-Linksys WRT54GL Wireless-G Broadband Router
Linux-based Internet-sharing Router with built-in 4-port Switch and Wireless-G Access Point

Cisco-Linksys WRT54GL Wireless-G Broadband Router

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World’s Best and Largest List of Free Security Software

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Windows 8, Personal Computing and Students:
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Need To Erase Data From Your Hard Drive – Try Active KillDisk

October 6, 2011

If you are planning to get rid of your computer, that old external hard drive or you want to do a real data cleanup on that flash drive, then use Active KillDisk to safely remove the data.

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The FREE version of Active KillDisk will suffice in most cases for PC’s and other drive media that is commonly used in the home environment.  Believe me, it is better to use Active KillDisk than to use the standard windows utilities of FDISK, FORMAT utilities, or DELETE.  Using the standard windows utilities will only skim the layer leaving remnants of data that can be easily recovered using any free data recovery software; whereas, Active KillDisk will format the drive and then completely overwrite it making the disk virtually unreadable.  Again, for home based computers, the FREE version of Active KillDisk will get the job done.

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Ur Advice on Computer Security

July 11, 2011

“Ur Advice on Computer Security” was the subject line to an email I received this morning from a friend and it dawned on me that this would make for a good real world blog post to hopefully incite some response and advice from some of the professionals out there.

Need Ur Advice

The email conversation went like this:

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Hi Rick,

I have been using McAfee software for security purposes for more than a year. Now, it is time to renew.  Do you think McAfee is a good protection?  What do you recommend?

Thanks

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Good Morning Friend,

If you go the subscription route, McAfee’s is excellent protection. There is also Norton (by Symantec) that is also by subscription.

There are numerous FREE options out there as well, that are not as resource hungry as the paid versions. For example, on my PC’s I use Microsoft Security Essentials. Then you will find the likes, such as AVG, Avast, Avira, etc…

Now something to point out here. If you decide to discontinue with the McAfee’s protection it is important that you get it completely uninstalled from your PC so that it does not conflict with whatever you end up going with. The typical uninstall process in Windows “will not” remove it. Many of the antivirus/anti-malware products actually have there own uninstallers that you have to download, but there is a utility that I have used numerous times that is engineered to specifically remove security software called AppRemover. You simply download it, run it, and follow the prompts.

Security software is one of the biggest rackets out there. No matter what you install or have in place, you are always at risk. In today’s world of the internet, most malware attacks are the result of clicking on what appears to be a legitimate web link to only find out it was a bad link. Once the trigger is pulled, there is no going back… It will unleash a stream of trojans that most of the time happens so quickly (and quietly) that the user does not even know it is happening until they start seeing false warnings on their PC that looks like real professional software. These trojans often will completely shutdown your security software and other security components on the PC; and bribe you for money.

In the end, if McAfee’s has worked for you and you are happy, then go for it.

Rick

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