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Comment by onedeafeye on HOWTO: Deep Scan for Malware (April 24, 2014 05:57 PM)
I use Avast and I've always used Boot-time Scan as I've been under the impression that it's easier to catch baddies if you can get them before they be...
Comment by Ralph Sproxton on HOWTO: Deep Scan for Malware (April 24, 2014 05:52 PM)
Your advice, at least as it pertains to Malwarebytes, is not what I've come to believe from reading I've done. Here's a recent entry on the subject: ...
Comment by Doug on Geekly Update - 23 April 2014 (April 24, 2014 04:19 PM)
I always have and continue to wonder why the CAP LOCK IS SO CLOSE TO THE UPPER CASE BUTTON ,,, duh ... causing it to be accidentally hit way too ofte...
Comment by Michelle on Windows Apps on a Chromebook? (April 24, 2014 12:00 AM)
"That would only be a win for Google.." Really? I think, it's the opposite! ;-)...
Comment by Rex Bosse on Geekly Update - 23 April 2014 (April 23, 2014 11:22 PM)
You DO know that Leviton, U-Socket and Cooper Wiring already offer USB chargers on their outlets, don't you? Granted, I'm only aware of USA-centric ou...
Comment by Misterfish on Geekly Update - 23 April 2014 (April 23, 2014 11:08 PM)
Caps lock - for years I suffered from inadvertently touching the caps lock key and upon finishing a line of type discover it was all in caps. Here is...
Comment by JP on Cheap Phone Calls - MagicJack and Alternatives (April 23, 2014 10:39 PM)
I have used MagicJack since 2010 and NetTALK since 2012. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. I have had fewer tech support issues with Magic...
Comment by Larry Fries on Geekly Update - 23 April 2014 (April 23, 2014 09:37 PM)
I still cannot comment because this comes up BEFORE I get a chance to read the information. So, Teacher?/Professor?, did I do good with the grammar a...
Comment by Ed C on Geekly Update - 23 April 2014 (April 23, 2014 08:50 PM)
Leviton makes a USB 120 volt outlet, it has been around for a while .... http://www.leviton.com/OA_HTML/SectionDisplay.jsp?section=53874&minisite=102...
Comment by Gar Suitor on Geekly Update - 23 April 2014 (April 23, 2014 08:41 PM)
"The WallCharger adds two USB-compatible power ports to a standard electrical outlet, enabling you to charge a phone or tablet without unplugging the ...

HOWTO: Deep Scan for Malware

A reader asks: 'My anti-virus software offers me the option to run a quick scan or a full scan. I've always run the quick scan, because that's the recommended setting. What does a full scan do, and how would I know if I need to do one?' Read on to learn about deep scanning, to check every nook and cranny of your computer for malware...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 24, 2014 | Category: Security


Geekly Update - 23 April 2014

Can you get in legal trouble for abusing the CAPS LOCK Key? Does a new Facebook feature allow people to stalk their friends? And why were millions of video games buried in a small New Mexico town? 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 April 23, 2014 | Category: Tech-News


GO FREE! Replace Your Paid Software

In a previous article on saying goodbye to Windows XP, I mentioned that my strategy was to move away from commercial software to free alternatives, either open source or web-based. I'll share my reasons for doing this, and some free software that you can explore. Read on!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 22, 2014 | Category: Software


Windows Apps on a Chromebook?

Microsoft seems to be very scared of the Google Chromebook, judging by the disingenuous TV commercials the developer of Windows is running. “You can’t run Windows apps on a Chromebook” is the message, and it’s simply untrue. Here are several ways to run Windows apps on a Chromebook...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 21, 2014 | Category: Laptops


Should You Borro?

Do you have a Rembrandt just sitting on your wall, taking up valuable dart board space? Any diamond rings or Rolex watches collecting dust in a drawer? If you wish you had the equivalent worth in cash instead, then I've got a deal for you! Read on…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 17, 2014 | Category: Finance


Geekly Update - 16 April 2014

Are clever monkeys building a network of mind-control robots? What would you pay for quasi-wireless, semi-mobile, cellular landline phone service? And guess who is snooping on your in-flight WiFi? 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 April 16, 2014 | Category: Tech-News


Erasing a Hard Drive? Not so Fast...

It’s surprisingly difficult to permanently and securely delete data from a Solid State Drive (SSD) or USB flash drive, some researchers have discovered. If you have a portable USB flash drive, or a laptop with an SSD hard drive, here's something you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 15, 2014 | Category: Hard-Drives


Is Carfax Reliable?

If you've shopped for a used car in the past 20 years, you've probably heard of Carfax, Autocheck, and similar vehicle history reporting services. They purport to give you a reliable, independent look at a car’s major service records, title history, and other factors to help you gauge a car’s value. But where does this data come from, and how complete is it? Here's the scoop...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 13, 2014 | Category: Auto


Beware of Key Generators

Twenty years ago, a key generator was a machine in the hardware store that made duplicates of your house keys. Today, a key generator (or keygen) is a tool that software pirates use to illegally activate or unlock commercial software. Aside from the obvious ethical issues, there's another reason why you should steer clear of these things. Read on to learn about the hazards of keygens…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 11, 2014 | Category: Software


Geekly Update - 10 April 2014

Is your smartphone turning you into a hunchback? Why is Microsoft adding a kindergartner to their security research team? And where's the best place to go for a fast, cheap internet connection? 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 April 10, 2014 | Category: Tech-News


A Gaping Hole in Internet Security?

Yet another security hole in a widely-used Internet protocol has been discovered, prompting headlines about dire things that could have happened, may have happened, and might be happening to you this very instant. Here's what you need to know about the Heartbleed exploit...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 09, 2014 | Category: Security


Are Social Networks Committing Suicide?

Lots of people are finding that the popular social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) are becoming more annoying, more expensive, and less useful. Here's how I see the problem, and my take on what the future of true social networking should look like.

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 08, 2014 | Category: Social-Networking


Windows 8 File History

If you've used the Time Machine feature on a Mac (or had to listen to a Mac owner brag about it), and wished there was something similar for Windows, here's good news. File History is a cool feature in Windows 8, that can save your bacon by automatically making multiple backup copies of your important files. You should know how it works, even if you haven't moved to Windows 8. Here's the scoop...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 07, 2014 | Category: Backup


A Free Windows XP Alternative

Okay... you know that sticking with Windows XP is like driving with bald tires on an icy highway. But you don't want to spend even a dime on another version of Windows. Fortunately, there's a free alternative operating system that will do pretty much everything that Windows XP does. Read on to learn if it's the right choice for you...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 04, 2014 | Category: Windows


HOWTO: Securing Your Laptop

The mobility and convenience that laptop computers provide has made it imperative for users to take steps to secure their laptops, and the data stored on them. There are several simple things that you can do to keep your laptop safe. Read on to learn how to protect your laptop from theft, snooping and data loss...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 03, 2014 | Category: Laptops




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