New Version of Spyware Blaster

If you are a user of Firefox or Internet Explorer (or another browser that uses the Internet Explorer engine) then Spyware Blaster is a must have layer of protection to add to your arsenal. Javacool Software recently announced a new updated version to Spyware Blaster.

Spyware Blaster is one of those apps that you install and you will not even know it is there. It will work alongside your current security software. The only downside to Spyware Blaster is that you will have to perform manual updates; therefore, it is important to include it in your routine maintenance of your PC.

Once you install Spyware blaster and perform an update, you will need to enable the spyware protection (see below). It is a also a good idea to perform a “system snapshot” which will create an image of various settings on your computer.

If your computer is ever infected by spyware or altered by an unwanted program, System Snapshot can help you restore important browser and system settings to their previous state.


Features (as described by publisher)

Spyware, adware, browser hijackers, and dialers are some of the most annoying and pervasive threats on the Internet today. By simply browsing a web page, you could find your computer to be the brand-new host of one of these unwanted fiends!

Multi-Angle Protection

Prevent the installation of ActiveX-based spyware and other potentially unwanted programs.

Block spying / tracking via cookies.

Restrict the actions of potentially unwanted or dangerous web sites.

No-Nonsense Security… SpywareBlaster can help keep your system secure, without interfering with the “good side” of the web. And unlike other programs, SpywareBlaster does not have to remain running in the background. It works alongside the programs you have to help secure your system.


SpywareBlaster works on Windows 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, 7.


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The Ultimate FREE System Protection Tool

If you are someone that tests software; OR manages computers where there are numerous users (such as at a kisosk, classroom, library or at home with the kids); OR, you are simply are looking for the ultimate in computer protection, then look no further. The solution is a virtualization application called  Wondershare Time Freeze.

Recently Bill Mullins’ at Tech Thoughts brought Wondershare Time Freeze to our attention (see “For Added Internet Protection – Virtualize Your System with Free Wondershare Time Freeze” ). Since I have been following various virtualization apps, for quite sometime; I decided, following Bill’s review, to give Time Freeze a try.

Wondershare Time Freeze

Before I go any further there are a couple of important points to make here.

One, with any system altering utility, it is important that you have a backup image of your computer. A good FREE solution for that is Macrium Reflect.

Two, Wondershare Time Freeze comes in a FREE version and a PAID version that has additional features.

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Time Freeze Comparison

After testing and using Wondershare Time Freeze, I would not hesitate in buying this software.

What is Wondershare Time Freeze?

Wondershare Time Freeze is what is known as a virtualization application. To the everyday computer user, do not let these big words give the illusion this is difficult software to use. It is not… The reason virtualization apps are not commonly used is because most people do not understand them and are afraid to try something that is completely out of the norm. To me, virtualization apps, if used properly, are the answer to ultimately protecting our PC’s from viruses, malware, dumb mistakes, etc…

How does Wondershare Time Freeze work?

In a nutshell, you install Wondershare Time Freeze on your PC, start it up, move the slider, with your mouse, from “OFF” to “ON”.  At this point you will be asked “Do you want to enable system protection?”. Click on “Yes”,  and be patient (a slight 10 – 15 second delay will occur while the PC is being switched from “real” mode to “virtual” mode.).

Time Freeze Slider

Once your PC is in virtual mode, you are protected. Your PC at this point is basically impenetrable. If you mess up anywhere on your PC (get a virus, malware, accidentally delete a file), simply reboot your computer. After reboot, your computer will return to the state it was in prior to going into virtual mode.  To see how this works, click on the video demo below.

Time Freeze Video Demo

I currently use Wondershare Time Freeze to test software that I review for What’s On My PC. I will put the PC into a virtual mode with Time Freeze and then install the software I intend to test. When I am finished, I simply reboot the computer to return to the state that it was in prior to my testing. I also use Time Freeze on my netbook, all of the time, to keep it in a time frozen state. The only time I do not run the netbook in virtual mode is when I perform routine software maintenance updates (such as antivirus definition updates, windows updates, etc.).

Now keep in mind and this is very important. While you are in virtual mode, any files you save or download to your main drive volume (usually the “C” Drive) will be lost when you reboot. A workaround that I use is that I save files I download (or work on) to one of my external drives.

To me, virtualization apps, such as Time Freeze are ideal in settings where multiple people use a PC (such as in a library, student lab, children at home, etc…). Simply run the PC in virtual mode and when the student or child finishes with the PC, reboot back into real mode and to the state it was in prior to going into virtual mode. Wondershare Time Freeze is great way to keep the configuration changes on a PC from being changed or altered.

Key Features of Wondershare Time Freeze

Wondershare Time Freeze is system protection software. It works easy and effective to create a free virtual system environment to keep your computer safe from all types of viruses and other malicious attacks. It provides the following advantages:

Virtual system as the shadow of the actual system: prevent threats of any viruses, malware, spyware and Trojans.

Simply reboot computer to return to the original state. Eliminates cost for system maintenance.

Surf internet safely, and play around with computer with NO trace left.

Prevent access to protected files and folders. Protect your privacy effectively

Manage the program with a custom password setting and keep inexperienced users from making change to your settings and configures

Compatible with Windows 7/XP/Vista/2000.


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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#36)

image Welcome to the weekly roundup of articles from the developers of the blogs that are members of the What’s On My PC blogroll community.  I encourage you to visit these blogs to learn more about information technology and computers.  To these authors, I say Thank You!

AKS – Feel The Change
Windows SteadyState- Powerful tool to Protect Shared Computers

Carol’s Vault
Introducing Mind & Brain: A Graphic Guide sample
How to Remove SystemVeteran

Teck~Line Lounge
Free CodySafe Portable Start Menu By Codyssey

The Spyware Biz Blog
Were you tricked ot treated?

Plato On-Line
Deceptive Credit Card Practices

Geeked Up
Mini Notebook Computers

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Fix Your Computer with Free PC Fixer a 4.5 Star Utility

Right On Technology
Apple $30 a Month TV Service for iTunes

The PC Security
How to Crack, Open or Access
Outlook PST File without Password

Computer Too Slow
How to disable CD/DVD autoplay in Windows

Crazy World of G
Are You In Sync?

Replace Library Icons
Customizes Windows 7 Library Icons [Downloads]
Colorbrewer – excellent color schemes resource

Sugarloaf Tech
Just say no to toolbars

Tech-for Everyone
Is It Worth Upgrading? (Two quick reco’s)

Nokia Recalls 14 Million AC Adapters – Gearlog

Free PC Security
Facebook Virus – UPS Virus – Using SUPERantispyware

Tune Up Blog
TuneUp Utilities – Enjoy your PC

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Live Photo Gallery v Google Picasa round 3

Computer Maintenance
Delete Temporary Files/Cache and Speed Up Your Computer

Canadian Tech News Blog
8 Must Have Applications

Freeware Elite
Launchy: Great flashy launcher

Winners of Google Wave Invitations Giveaway!

Worthy Tips
How to detect what .Net version installed on your machine?

Microsoft Security Essentials A Free Anti-Virus From Microsoft

I Love Free Software
Fastest Free Disk Imaging Software: Macrium Reflect

Domain names extensions in International scripts

TTC Shelbyville
Resize Photos Online

Tux in the Midwest
Flirting with Androids

Client for Google Translate

Freeware Pharmacy
Hulu Desktop

What’s On My PC…
I Want That Video…


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Secunia – Personal Software Inspector (protect your PC from software vulnerabilites)…

Maintaining updates to software on your computer is critical to the overall health of your system and for your protection.  The people who dwell on the “underbelly of the internet” devote their efforts to finding vulnerabilities in software to use against you (i.e. identity theft to automatic installation of viruses, trojans, keyloggers, or other code).  Granted, in all appearances, the popular software programs are the primary targets; however, do not let this make you complacent. A vulnerability can be found in any software that will allow a criminal hacker to use it against you to penetrate your system. I know it is very frustrating that every time you turn around you have to update something, but the software vendors take great effort in identifying the vulnerabilities and providing the updates to protect you.   

I recently did a post titled, “Too many software updates?”, which featured software (UpdateStar) that was geared toward performing an analysis (scan) of your computer and listing those software packages on your system that needed updating.  Today, by chance, I came across another software update scanner, called Secunia PSI (Personal Software Inspector) that is different in the aspect that it is a “security tool” with the sole purpose of helping you secure your computer from software vulnerabilities. 


Securnia PSI is not a tool designed to tell you when your system has already been compromised.  It is a prevention tool that can monitor your system for insecure software installations, notify you when an insecure application is installed, and even provide you with detailed instructions for updating the application when available.  Secunia PSI is software in development and is currently being published as a “release candidate” (Version Release Candidate 4 – RC4, 13th November 2008).

The first time you perform a scan with Secunia PSI, it will take approximately a minute to complete the scan and produce results that will list the insecure program(s), a threat rating and the solution (which is the actual download link for the program update).  Another feature is that there are 2-(two) GUI (graphical user interfaces) to select from. By default, the program starts in a “Basic” interface mode.  You can enter the “Advanced” interface mode, by clicking on the “Advanced” link at the top right corner of the application window.  The “Advanced” mode provides a whole range  of information (see list below).


Basic Interface Mode
Scan In Progress
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Advanced Interface Mode
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Secunia PSI


The “Advanced” mode tabs provides the following information:

Overview Tab – provides a summary of the scan to include a system score, last full system scan, state of all of the programs, and a pie-chart program overview.

Insecure Tab – displays programs that the Secunia PSI has detected on your computer for which there are known security updates available.

End-of-Life Tab – displays programs that the Secunia PSI has detected on your computer, which the vendor no longer supports.

Patched Programs Tab – displays programs that the Secunia PSI has detected on your computer for which there are no known security updates available.

Scan Tab – detects programs installed on your computer and determine whether any of them are missing any security related updates (Insecure), or whether the vendor has stopped supporting the product (End-of-Life).

Settings Tab – provided options to change the behaviour of the Secunia PSI using the PSI Settings. NOTE:  You have an option to “Start Secunia PSI on boot” and to “Enable Program Monitoring”.  Both of these setting I unchecked and have opted to perform manual scanning.

Secunia Profile Tab – form is provided to allow you to create and update an online Secunia profile.

Feedback & Support – form is provided to let Secunia know what you think about the Secunia PSI

I found Secunia to be quite good in identifying the software on my system (including external drives).  It should also be noted that Secunia also provides a FREE online version of the scanner called Secunia OSI (Online Software Inspector) and a commercial version of the scanner called Secunia NSI (Network Software Inspector).


UPDATE 11/25/2008

The Secunia PSI has gone Final.  Following this post, Secunia contacted me and advised that Secunia PSI has come out of testing.  Version 1.0 has been officially released.  You can get the new version by clicking on “Get It Here”

  Secunia PSI



Play in the sandbox…

Did you ever wish you could browse the internet and not have to worry about malicious software or content attacking your system? OR Did you ever wish you could test a program without it causing changes to your computer? There is a way and it works very well. It is called “Sandboxie“…

Once you install Sandboxie, you can run or test your programs in an isolated space, called a sandbox, which prevents the programs from making altering changes to your computer and/or to the data in your computer. Any changes that are made are kept inside the sandbox. I have been following and using “Sandboxie” for nearly a year, and I primarily use it to run my browser in. For example, you can run your browser (i.e. Internet Explorer, Opera, Firefox) in a sandbox and not worry about malicious software (i.e. trojans, spyware, hijackers, etc…) causing harm to your computer. Any malicious software that is downloaded, is downloaded into the sandbox. In the event your computer becomes a victim of malicious content, the malicious content is trapped in the sandbox. At that point, you simply discard the contents of the sandbox and start over. If you are interested in trying this software out, I suggest you jump over to the Sandboxie web site and thoroughly read the “Help” and “FAQ” sections. This is good stuff; especially, if you ride the internet hard or you like to test software.




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