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Comment by Graham Jones on Will MBAM Protect Against ALL Malware? (October 19, 2014 05:25 PM)
I used MBAM free for several years but became tired of thinking "I haven't run a scan in a while. I had better run one". Of course it then found some ...
Comment by Ralph on 7 Free Windows Troubleshooting Tools (October 19, 2014 12:17 PM)
Whoa! Sysinternals/Autoruns. Makes you feel like Popeye after he has a can of spinach. Like you said though, "take it easy, go slowly". Thanks Bob....
Comment by Jay on Will MBAM Protect Against ALL Malware? (October 18, 2014 08:32 PM)
I recently paid for the lifetime license. I had used the free one up to that point. I don't go lurking in alleys, but every once in a while it catches...
Comment by Harish Dobhal on Geekly Update - 24 September 2014 (October 18, 2014 04:35 PM)
Thanks God, I don't have a smartphone :)...
Comment by Oldunshavenone on Will MBAM Protect Against ALL Malware? (October 18, 2014 02:16 AM)
Well, taking your suggestion that upgrading was a way to contribute to Malewarebytes because I have enjoyed their free version for years, I bought the...
Comment by Butch on 7 Free Windows Troubleshooting Tools (October 18, 2014 01:20 AM)
Since you have had some negative things to say about CNET, I was surprised to see that Unlocker was in your listing above. I went to the linked site a...
Comment by Gill Kelly on The Top Twenty (October 17, 2014 04:27 PM)
sending you this on my partners PC as I just cannot get into my Hotmail account, my user name is accepted but my password keeps being rejected as'inva...
Comment by Jean-Claude on 7 Free Windows Troubleshooting Tools (October 17, 2014 04:12 PM)
With free version of SIW we can see sensitive passwords : i.e : my cable provider accout but worse : my Windows Live access. How to stop seeing my pa...
Comment by John B on Will MBAM Protect Against ALL Malware? (October 17, 2014 03:11 PM)
I recently discovered to my cost that an update to my Flash player "required " when I was requesting train times at www.nationalrail.co.uk resulted in...
Comment by Bill on 7 Free Windows Troubleshooting Tools (October 17, 2014 02:37 PM)
On the subject of troubleshooting...I recently updated my 3.0 USB Drivers. Thinking my puter was getting slower over time, I tried tuning it up. Not m...

7 Free Windows Troubleshooting Tools

An operating system is an incredibly complex beast. If things go wrong with Windows, it can be difficult to track down the source of the glitch. But you can put away the chainsaw and sledgehammer, because there are plenty of free troubleshooters you can use to fix most problems. Here's my recommended list of free Windows problem solvers...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 17, 2014 | Category: Windows


Will MBAM Protect Against ALL Malware?

A reader asks: 'Based on advice from you and others, I have installed MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM). It claims to detect and remove viruses, spyware, rootkits and other nasties. So do I still need a separate anti-virus program, or will MBAM provide all the protection I need?' Read on for my advice...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 16, 2014 | Category: Security


Geekly Update - 15 October 2014

Why is computer maker Dell excited about mushrooms and cow excretions? What important lesson did the new Microsoft CEO learn about karma? And how does Google know when you need to see a doctor? 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 October 15, 2014 | Category: Tech-News


Good News: Windows 10 is Coming!

Wait, what happened to Windows 9? No, you didn’t sleep through it, though many users have chosen to sleep through Windows 8. Microsoft chose to skip #9 and call the last major version of their flagship operating system Windows 10. Here's how you can get a sneak peek at what's coming...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 14, 2014 | Category: Windows


How Spammers Get Your Email Address

Spammers seem to have supernatural powers that enable them to guess email addresses accurately and quickly. But in reality, spammers harvest email addresses by pretty mundane means. You may even be contributing to the problem without realizing it. Here's the scoop on how spammers get email addresses, and steps you can take to protect your inbox...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 13, 2014 | Category: Spam


Get Organized With Evernote or OneNote

Often in your online travels, you'll finds bit of information that you want to save for later use or sharing. Cutting and pasting into a word processor file works fine for snippets of text, but not so well when you want to annotate, categorize, search and share. Read on to learn how a “personal information organizer” can help...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 10, 2014 | Category: Software


10 TIPS: Identity Theft Protection

A new study shows that identity fraud is increasing, affecting over 13 million U.S. consumers in the past year. Big spikes were noted in 'new account fraud' and 'account takeover fraud' -- two of the most damaging types of ID theft. In addition, a series of massive data breaches at major corporations leaves consumers vulnerable to phishing and other forms of fraud. Poor password practices are a factor as well. Read on for my tips on avoiding fraud and identity theft...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 09, 2014 | Category: Finance


Geekly Update - 08 October 2014

Are cosmic forces responsible for bending iPhones? Are hackers who stole 76 million account records from Chase Bank content to do nothing with their stolen data? And can you really lose custody of your child by using Wifi in a coffee shop? 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 October 08, 2014 | Category: Tech-News


5 Free Tools to Recover Deleted Files

Have you ever lost important files because of a finger fumble, brain freeze, software error, or computer crash? I know I have. But fortunately, 'deleted' doesn't always mean 'gone forever' -- and there are tools that can help you recover those lost files. Some of the best file recovery tools are free. I strongly recommend adding one or more of these to your toolbox, BEFORE you lose a file...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 07, 2014 | Category: Hard-Drives


HOWTO: Get Your Free Credit Report Online

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, so here are some tips on avoiding scams and identity theft. Readers often ask me about getting free credit reports online, concerned that they'll be scammed or tricked into paying a fee. So is it true that you can get a free credit REPORT once a year? YES! Read on to learn how it's done, how to avoid the potential pitfalls, and how it's different than your credit SCORE...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 06, 2014 | Category: Finance


Is Your Flashlight App Spying On You?

Almost every app you install on a mobile device or a social media network asks for permission to access some of your private user data; many also ask to perform actions on your behalf, such as writing to your Facebook timeline or Twitter feed. Sometimes it’s obvious that an app needs the permission it’s requesting in order to work at all. But how can you tell when an app’s request for permission is unreasonable, suspicious, or malicious?

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 03, 2014 | Category: Privacy


Will Ello Be a Facebook Killer?

Say “hello” to Ello, the new social network that aims to relieve the pain of the greatest indignity that Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, inflict upon their members: commoditization. Will it be the next big thing, or a blip on the radar? Read on to learn about Ello...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 02, 2014 | Category: Social-Networking


Geekly Update - 01 October 2014

What part of p-r-i-v-a-c-y doesn't the FBI director understand? Why is the Internet waking you up at 4 o'clock every morning? And can you really use Gnutella spread as 3D printer ink? 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 October 01, 2014 | Category: Tech-News


Shellshock! Are You Vulnerable?

A serious flaw was recently discovered in software that's found on untold millions of web servers. But desktops, laptops, smartphones and other devices may be vulnerable to the “Bash Bug” as well. Read on to cut through the hype and find out whether you need to take action...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 30, 2014 | Category: Security


Belkin WeMo Home Automation

Belkin's WeMo is a family of switches and motion sensors that allow you to connect with and control home appliances via the Internet. In the near future, it promises to give you remote control of your lighting, kitchen appliances and other devices. But at what price? Let's take a look at this emerging technology...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 29, 2014 | Category: Gadgets




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