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Comment by Wolfgang on Does Your Antivirus Software Do This? (December 6, 2019 12:35 AM)
Thank you, Bob, for this very informative article! Even those of us that are geeks are still learning more. Thank you, Stuart, for the VoodooShield i...
Comment by stuart Ben on Does Your Antivirus Software Do This? (December 6, 2019 12:33 AM)
This sure sounds like a paid advertisement to me. Perhaps if you had mentioned even ONE of the other well established antivirus suites in your review ...
Comment by Larry Ray Etheridge on Does Your Antivirus Software Do This? (December 6, 2019 12:12 AM)
Again...you are the only one of all my geek newsletters that endorses PC Matic....
Comment by Beverly Chapin on Does Your Antivirus Software Do This? (December 6, 2019 12:03 AM)
I've been using PC Pitstop over a year now and so far no problems. I am a paid subscriber and feel shielding multiple computers for $50 yearly is very...
Comment by Stuart Berg on Does Your Antivirus Software Do This? (December 5, 2019 07:57 PM)
I've been using a different whitelist antivirus for several years called VoodooShield while at the same time running my "regular" antivirus (which hap...
Comment by mike on Does Your Antivirus Software Do This? (December 5, 2019 06:55 PM)
For an all-in-one for especially older computers, PCMATIC may be a solution for you. You would have to weigh whether it is worth $50 a year. That may ...
Comment by Kenneth Cavin on Does Your Antivirus Software Do This? (December 5, 2019 06:46 PM)
I've been using PC Matic for several years now with no problems at all. Great product....
Comment by clyde on Does Your Antivirus Software Do This? (December 5, 2019 05:40 PM)
none at all PCMATIC takes care of it all for over 5 years now will keep it for life...
Comment by Judith Knight on Geekly Update - 04 December 2019 (December 5, 2019 04:54 PM)
Quick question - were the twins who had their DNA analyzed identical twins or fraternal twins. Sorry if I missed it in the article. If they were fra...
Comment by bb on Geekly Update - 04 December 2019 (December 5, 2019 12:25 AM)
Ron: Short answer, "No." Bob Rankin does not control the advertising that shows up on his site. He has an advertising agency which pays him to put t...

Does Your Antivirus Software Do This?

Antivirus software’s first job is to detect viruses and other types of malware before they do their damage. There are three ways to identify malware, and a number of variations on these basic strategies. Here's a plain-English description of how antivirus software gets the job done...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 05, 2019 | Category: Anti-Virus


Geekly Update - 04 December 2019

How reliable is the science behind those DNA test kits? Why is the FBI warning holiday shoppers about security risks of smart TV sets? And how can you be sure that 'cutting the cord' and switching to internet-only streaming services will save you money? Get answers in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 04, 2019 | Category: Tech-News


Try These Free Cloud Services

Cloud computing is at once a buzzword, and a simple, versatile concept. Just turn over your data and software needs to the experts up there in “the cloud” of the Internet. Let them worry about storing your data, keeping it secure, organizing it, and maintaining software that lets you manage it. Check out these different types of cloud services that offer convenience, productivity, security and even entertainment...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 03, 2019 | Category: Cloud


Penny Auctions: Legit or Scam?

You've probably seen those ads, offering popular electronic gadgets for insanely low prices. You know, the lady who brags about getting a 60-inch HDTV for thirty bucks? These so-called 'penny auction' websites offer products for pennies on the dollar. Are they a big scam, or a legitimate way to save money? Let's take a look at how penny auctions work...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 02, 2019 | Category: Shopping


10 Money Saving Tips For Holiday Shoppers

In 2019, an estimated 1.92 billion people will purchase something online. Online sales will total $3.5 trillion dollars worldwide, up more than 21% from the previous year. As online sales have soared, a number of tools have emerged to help consumers find the best deals. Shopping online for Christmas, Hanukkah (or any time of year) is easy and convenient, but when you use the right tools, you can also save a lot of cash. Here are some money-saving tips for the smart online shopper...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 27, 2019 | Category: Finance


Here's How to Get The Lowest Airfares Online

Finding the cheapest airfare for your business or pleasure trip takes a bit of cunning. It also helps to use specialized online search tools. But sometimes getting the lowest airfare pricing has more to do with timing than tools. Here's what you need to know (TODAY) before booking your next flight, in order to get the lowest fares possible. I also have some nifty online tools for flyers. Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 26, 2019 | Category: Travel


Sockets, Caches and Cores, Oh My!

A reader asks: 'I have been thinking about upgrading the CPU in my desktop, because it's a slow, cheap computer I bought three years ago. But the jargon is getting me down! Can you demystify all this talk of sockets, cores, clock speed, cache, etc?' Read on to learn more about the 'engine' under your computer's hood, and what upgrades make sense for your computer...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 25, 2019 | Category: Hardware


How Hackable is Your Password?

Over the past few decades, password rules have become more complicated and burdensome upon users. Users have coped with arbitrary, complex password rules by creating the most easily remembered passwords that comply with the rules, changing them when required in minor, predictable ways, and reusing compliant passwords on multiple online accounts. The results include lots of frustration and LESS security. Here's how to do it right...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 22, 2019 | Category: Security


Geekly Update - 21 November 2019

How much of your 'private information' could a white-hat hacker dig up using legal tricks and publicly available databases? Can those popular DNA testing kits reliably predict your chances of getting cancer, diabetes, or Alzheimers? And what should you do if your Roku TV starts asking for your credit card and other personal information? Get answers in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 21, 2019 | Category: Tech-News


Here's How to Save Money on Printing Costs

Are you tired of shelling out big bucks to replace yet another empty ink cartridge? Nobody is happy about the high cost of home and small office printing. Paper prices are rising, and the cost of brand-name printer ink cartridges has always been outrageous. Here are some tips for slimming down your printing budget...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 20, 2019 | Category: Printing


Here's How to Monitor Your Data Usage

The days of unlimited Internet use are drawing to a close for many people. As metered bandwidth billing, data caps, and exorbitant overage fees become more common, it behooves everyone who has such an Internet service plan to continually keep track of how many megabytes they’re using. Here's how to keep tabs on your data usage...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 18, 2019 | Category: Networking


Is It Time to Replace Your Power Supply?

A reader says: 'The fan inside my computer has started making an awful noise, and I'm afraid it's ready to bite the dust. Does that mean I need to replace the power supply?' The answer is MAYBE! Read on to find out if your power supply should be replaced...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 15, 2019 | Category: Hardware


Here's How to Sanitize Your PC With PrivaZer

PrivaZer is a computer clean-up utility on steroids. It gets rid of junk files and wipes away traces of activity that could compromise your privacy. Maybe you think that sounds like some other program you've been using, but trust me, PrivaZer does MUCH more. Read on to learn how it works, and why you should try it...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 14, 2019 | Category: Privacy


Geekly Update - 13 November 2019

Can you still upgrade your Windows 7 computer to Windows 10 for free? Is your antivirus software making it EASIER for hackers to gain access to your computer? And will quantum computers ruin everything? Get answers in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 13, 2019 | Category: Telephony


New PC? Here are Five Things You MUST Do Now

A brand-new computer is something to get excited about. It’s tempting to plug it in, start it up, and just begin exploring. But a new computer requires some initial fine-tuning in order to optimize performance and avoid problems later on. Here are five things you should do to a new desktop or laptop PC as soon as it comes out of the box...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 12, 2019 | Category: Software




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