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Comment by Mark Hansen on Keeping Software Updated Simply (January 28, 2015 02:57 AM)
My only issue with several updaters is that they will update a paid version to a new major release for which an upgrade fee must be paid, leaving one ...
Comment by Peter Weins on Keeping Software Updated Simply (January 28, 2015 12:35 AM)
Like Mark, I would like to know which of the three you prefer--based upon your experiences. Also, do I really need to load two or three of these? I us...
Comment by Steven Latus on Keeping Software Updated Simply (January 27, 2015 11:51 PM)
Wow, Bob, thanks for the tip about Patch My PC. I've been using Filehippo Updater, but Patch My PC is much easier and even caught an update to Libre O...
Comment by Sean on Keeping Software Updated Simply (January 27, 2015 11:46 PM)
I am a big player of Minecraft, and our updates,while not immediately applied, we receive a message when we launch it that asks to update. I think tha...
Comment by Rhonda Lea Kirk Fries on Keeping Software Updated Simply (January 27, 2015 11:32 PM)
I looked for Secure Updater from Schrock Innovations. Pretty pricey. It has a 15-day free trial, then it's $49.99 for the initial purchase, followed b...
Comment by Dave Roche on Keeping Software Updated Simply (January 27, 2015 11:29 PM)
I recently did an update for my VST Drummer software, and not only can I Not use it, but my VST Piano doesn't work either because of the same update. ...
Comment by Thomas Lang on Cord Cutter's Cost Comparison Calculator (January 27, 2015 11:07 PM)
Bob, I look forward to your daily news letter and learn a lot from the comments, usually. As the majordomo of this site do comments like those from Fa...
Comment by Charlie on Keeping Software Updated Simply (January 27, 2015 11:06 PM)
IOBit's Advanced System Care's Action Center has a nice updater, Secunia PSI 2.0 slowed to a crawl, auto updating a pain, was better to do it manually...
Comment by Ryan James on Add THIS to Your Anti-Malware Arsenal (January 27, 2015 10:00 PM)
I am so glad I followed the advice to do a system restore first. I ran this program. I unchecked what I did not want it to remove, but the registry ...
Comment by Rick on Keeping Software Updated Simply (January 27, 2015 08:27 PM)
Download App is another option, but I found it very, very resource intensive and also found that it didn't identify the installed version of some prog...

Keeping Software Updated Simply

Many computer problems can be avoided or cured simply by keeping all of your software up to date. Updates include patches for security vulnerabilities as well as fixes for bugs, new features, and improvements of existing features. Check out these free programs that will do the job for you...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 27, 2015 | Category: Software

Cord Cutter's Cost Comparison Calculator

More and more consumers are becoming cord cutters -- dropping expensive cable TV and satellite subscriptions in favor of Internet streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. For some, it's a definite money saver. But it depends on what you want to watch. Read on to learn about Sling TV, a new streaming service, and check out this handy cord cutter's cost comparison calculator...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 26, 2015 | Category: Television

Let's Have a Meetup!

If social isolation is your problem, virtual relationships are not going to solve it. Smiley-faces are no substitute for real, human smiles. A computer monitor may be your window to the world, but the eyes are the window to another’s soul. No social network provides the quality of interpersonal experience that in-the-flesh social gatherings do. Read on to learn about an online service that's bringing people together in the real world...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 23, 2015 | Category: Social-Networking

Windows 10 - Will it Be Free?

Will Windows 10 fix everything that was wrong with Windows 8? What new features will be in the Next Big Thing from Microsoft? And will you really get Windows 10 for free? Read on for the scoop…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 22, 2015 | Category: Windows

Add THIS to Your Anti-Malware Arsenal

No anti-malware program eradicates every bit of every infection. If problems persist after a full scan with your standard malware killer, you can try a specialized program that digs deeply into the dark corners of your system where advanced malware hides. Read on to learn about this tool that you should have in your internet security toolbox...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 21, 2015 | Category: Anti-Virus

Ransomware Strikes Again - Cryptowall

Making regular backups of critical data and keeping your software up to date is more important than ever thanks to the arrival of new, “improved” malware like Cryptowall 2. This update to a well-known ransomware exploit is making life miserable for business and personal computer users worldwide. Here's what you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 20, 2015 | Category: Security

Tame Your Email With Filters

If you're not making use filters to direct the flow of incoming emails, you're probably spending more time than you should in your inbox. Learn how to automatically file messages in folders, forward them to someone else, or dump them straight into the trash. Oh, and if your Spam folder is gobbling up messages that don't belong there, I'll also show you how to solve that problem...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 16, 2015 | Category: Email

I Didn't ASK For This!

A reader asks: “How do I get rid of the ASK virus that hijacks my browser and configure my computer so I never see it again?? I have internet security software, but that didn't stop it. Is there a way to block ASK so I never have to deal with it again?”

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 15, 2015 | Category: Anti-Virus

Do You Have a Backup Strategy? (I'll show you mine...)

I want to say THANKS again to all those who have sent comments and questions about backups. I'm getting really excited about the launch of my new ebook 'Everything You Need to Know About BACKUPS' and since I mentioned it last week, lots of you have been asking how to get it. I'll answer that question in today's issue, but I also want to share some Backup Success Stories and talk to you about my Personal Backup Strategy. Read on!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 12, 2015 | Category: Backup

Geekly Update - 09 January 2015

Will Seagate's newest hard drive eat Manhattan? How easy is it to forge someone else's fingerprint? What country uses sneakers to provide Internet connections? Have hackers been listening to your phone calls for 30 years? Get answers to these burning questions, and the scoop on the latest tech news, in this edition of the Geekly Update. It's guaranteed to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 09, 2015 | Category: Tech-News

Should You Back Up Everything?

All I can say is THANKS... and Wow! Since my Tuesday post laying out 8 Good Reasons for Backups, I have received so much positive feedback about my upcoming ebook 'Everything You Need to Know About Backups'. Since we've covered the WHY, today I'm going to talk about WHAT you need to back up. (Do YOU have all the bases covered?) Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 08, 2015 | Category: Backup

Is 2015 The Year You Buy A Chromebook?

I’m going to put on my Carnac the Magnificent hat and predict that if you buy a new computer this year it will be a Google Chromebook -- not an iPad or even a “normal” laptop running Windows or Mac OS X. Here are my reasons why...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 07, 2015 | Category: Laptops

Why Backup? 8 Good Reasons (and YOUR backup questions answered)

It's a fair question... why should you bother to make backups? It's especially understandable if you've been fortunate enough to never experience any sort of data loss. But I've got a list of EIGHT reasons, some of which may surprise you. Read on for that list, and ANSWERS to some of the best questions submitted by those who took my survey on backups...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 06, 2015 | Category: Backup

Watch Out for Gray Market Goods

In between Walmart’s everyday low prices and the sketchy fellow in Walmart’s parking lot who’s selling brand-new, boxed iPads for $50 lies a vast gray area appropriately called the “gray market.” Here you’ll find prices lower than those of any mainstream merchant but not quite low enough to scream “stolen” or “counterfeit.” How do gray markets work, and are they legal?

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 05, 2015 | Category: Hardware

10 Things Not To Buy in 2015

Do you make New Year's resolutions? It's a good time to set goals, and since everyone wants to save money, I've got a list of ten things you don't need to buy in the coming year. Some you can get for free, some have much cheaper alternatives, and some are just completely unnecessary. Check out my list and see how much you can save in 2015...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 31, 2014 | Category: Finance

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