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Comment by Al on Wolfram Alpha: The Answer Calculator (September 21, 2017 06:34 AM)
Hey Bob, It's "its", not "it's" in second to last sentence. (...ITS specialized capabilities...) Just saying. I've learned ALOT from your newsletter....
Comment by David Baker on [HACKED] A Reminder To Be Vigilant (September 21, 2017 06:15 AM)
Hi Bob, Thank you for all your wonderful info over the years! I use CCleaner Free on all my devices. I just got a auto-update tonight for my desktop...
Comment by Bob on [HACKED] A Reminder To Be Vigilant (September 21, 2017 05:59 AM)
They found the hack, shut down the server and then went public... I can understand this... nothing like the EquiFax debacle :O I'm not going to throw ...
Comment by Diann on [HACKED] A Reminder To Be Vigilant (September 21, 2017 04:39 AM)
Correct me if I am wrong, but Ccleaner was never meant to block malware but to rid the system of junk. I use another software to protect my computers ...
Comment by MmeMoxie on [HACKED] A Reminder To Be Vigilant (September 21, 2017 03:06 AM)
@Denis - You need to re-install the CCleaner version 5.34 or higher. Anything earlier will be contaminated with the malware. I found out about all of...
Comment by RandiO on [HACKED] A Reminder To Be Vigilant (September 21, 2017 01:05 AM)
I am to the point that I use two different types of 'firewalls'. I don't do automatic updates to any of the software packages installed in my systems ...
Comment by fred on [HACKED] A Reminder To Be Vigilant (September 20, 2017 11:50 PM)
According to Malwarebytes, Ccleaner was sold to Avast. Unfortunately, before the program was transferred to Avast, someone (maybe a disgruntled employ...
Comment by Denis on [HACKED] A Reminder To Be Vigilant (September 20, 2017 10:27 PM)
My 64bit W8.1 laptop wouldn't allow CC ver.5.33 to install. Would go part way then crap out with a write error. I tried a number of times with downloa...
Comment by Darcetha Manning on [HACKED] A Reminder To Be Vigilant (September 20, 2017 10:22 PM)
So what are the chances that other popular freeware used by millions of people are also similarly affected? After learning about this hack, I'm forced...
Comment by Osborne on [HACKED] A Reminder To Be Vigilant (September 20, 2017 10:16 PM)
I read where Piriform delayed the announcement while they put the police tracking down the rouge server. Supposedly it was captured as well as the pe...

Windows-8 Articles

 

Cheap Windows 8 PCs

Earlier this year, Microsoft began to offer a variant of Windows 8.1 to PC vendors at a special, super-secret price that is rumored to be “practically zero.” This “Windows 8.1 with Bing" license has brought a crop of low-cost PCs to the market. Here's the scoop, and what you need to know about the Bing thing...

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3 Ways to Repair Windows 8

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Uninstall These Windows Patches NOW!

On August 2, Microsoft began pushing out its monthly bundle of Windows security patches and feature updates via Windows Update. By August 5, hundreds of users’ PCs were failing to boot after being powered off; the infamous Blue Screen of Death appeared. Some tech-savvy users traced the problem to a handful of patches in the August 2 release. On August 15, Microsoft pulled the flawed patches from Windows Update and advised users to uninstall them. Here is what you need to do:

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Crazy Eights? Come on, Microsoft!

Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update. Even I was confused at first about how they differ, and the mess about 'no more updates unless you install the Update update.' Hopefully, this will clear it all up...

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Switching to Windows 8 Made Easier

A reader asks: 'I really need a new laptop computer, but all of them come with Windows 8 now. I've heard many negative things about Windows 8, but my friend says it's not so bad once you get used to it. Are there any tips or tricks you can share to ease the transition to Windows 8?' Actually yes! Read on for my tips on restoring sanity to Windows 8, and some surprising things you'll actually LIKE in Windows 8...

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Chromebook Versus Windows 8

There are signs in the market that Chromebooks are preferred as an alternative to laptops running Windows 8. If you’ve been looking for a new laptop, but don't want the learning curve of Windows 8, you may find a Chromebook is the right choice for you. Read on to learn more...

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Windows 8 Pricing (Plus Other Confusing Facts and Rumors)

Windows 8 is coming to market on October 26, and Microsoft is doing all it can to urge users to upgrade to its radically new operating system. That includes dropping the cost of a Windows 8 Pro upgrade to unprecedented lows. But will the lower price tag be enough to entice people to switch?

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Why NOW is a Good Time to Buy a New PC

If you're currently using Windows XP or Vista, and wondering whether you should buy a new PC with Windows 7 now, or wait for Windows 8 in October, here's my advice...

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Windows 8: Will You Be Pleasantly Surprised?

The run-up to Windows 8's release (tentatively in October) has made everyone nervous -- or excited -- depending on how one feels about radical changes to the world's most popular operating system. As pundits probe the beta versions of Windows 8, surprise features and Microsoft policies are greeted with delight or dismay. Here are some of the current rumors surrounding Windows 8...

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Laptops for Windows 8

My laptop is five years old and still runs XP. I'll be buying a new laptop before summer ends, and I want to make sure it's compatible with Windows 8. Are there any specific features, brands or models you can recommend?

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Download the Free Windows 8 Consumer Preview

On February 29, Microsoft made the beta version of its forthcoming Windows 8 operating system software available to the public. You can download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview for free and install it on a PC or tablet device. Here's what you need to know...

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New Features in Windows 8

Microsoft unveiled Windows 8 at the D9 conference in early June, 2011. CEO Steve Ballmer hints that Windows 8 will be launched in late 2012. The next generation of Windows will be a radical departure from the past for users and software developers. Here is what we know about Windows 8 so far...

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Windows 8 Preview

The development of every new version of Microsoft Windows is accompanied by speculation, hope, and advice for Microsoft. We don't know anything, for sure, about what will be new in Windows 8. But here is what the rumor mill is grinding out right now...

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