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Make Your Windows 8/8.1 Computer Act Like New with the Refresh Feature 6 years 8 months ago v.laurie The image can be pretty big, depending on what you have on your computer. I do not recommend placing the new image on your main hard drive. Put it on an external drive. As the tip says, create a folder to hold it. Also, as the tip says, make sure you have room on the drive where you are putting it. The recovery partition on most PCs is really only big enough to hold the original image. Once you start adding your own programs and files it is going to be too small. The command is "recimg" whch I presume comes from "recovery image". view
How to Make a Quick and Easy Online Antivirus Check of a File or App Before Downloading it 6 years 11 months ago v.laurie The VirusTotal site has an option "Go to downloaded file analysis". view
How to Make a Quick and Easy Online Antivirus Check of a File or App Before Downloading it 6 years 11 months ago v.laurie I had no trouble installing the add-on in Windows 7. I was using IE 10. I also had no trouble in FF or Chrome. view
Five Things that Every Windows PC Owner Must Do 6 years 10 months ago v.laurie The same reference contains information about preparing two different kinds of disk. view
What is “Freeware”? 6 years 9 months ago v.laurie The PC users group I went to back in those days had a lending library of shareware on 360 KB 5 1/4" floppy disks. Those were the days when people really knew how to code and you could get a surprising number of programs even in such a small capacity. Of course, DOS itself only had 512 KB of memory to work with. view
What is “Freeware”? 6 years 9 months ago v.laurie Although there is some overlap between the freemium and crippleware categories, they differ in how useful the free software is. The free software in the freemium model provides substantial value and is sometimes almost the same as the paid version. Crippleware is generally not all that useful and often has the best features missing. view
What is “Freeware”? 6 years 9 months ago v.laurie From the ads that you will see. For example, if Ask becomes your search engine, search pages will have ads that bring revenue to Ask. view
What is “Freeware”? 5 years 8 months ago v.laurie Unfortunately, FileHippo has also fallen into the practice of using wrappers on some of its offerings. view
How to Extract Files from Almost Any Kind of Archive 6 years 9 months ago v.laurie The developer's download link says, "Current Version: 1.6.1, Released: 05/12/2010". That is over three and a half years ago. The date you give seems to refer to when the web page was updated. Note that the phrase "Universal Extractor" is all the way on the left side of the page and "Last Modified: Fri, 10/25/2013 - 08:57" is all the way on the right side of the page. The two phrases are not written together as you indicate. view
How to Check for Hacker Activity in Your Microsoft Account 6 years 9 months ago v.laurie Hackers do not always lock the legitimate owner out of a compromised account. That warns the owner that something is wrong. The hacker may prefer to quietly use the account and keep the legitimate owner unaware. view
Free Offer of a Normally Very Expensive Full-Featured Screen Reader for a PC 6 years 9 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the useful information. It is interesting to hear that Windows 2003 is sufficient. view
Free Offer of a Normally Very Expensive Full-Featured Screen Reader for a PC 6 years 8 months ago v.laurie You could try downloading and see what happens. The consumer does have to have a licensed copy of Microsoft Office installed. view
How to Find Out if a Program or Executable File is 64-bit or 32-bit 6 years 9 months ago v.laurie Just make sure it has the right permissions and all the paths are complete. view
Make Your Laptop Easier to Use with Windows Mobility Center 6 years 9 months ago v.laurie Thanks for your advice to look into Control Panel. All I can say is that it is usually thought that Mobility Center is disabled on desktops. It was missing on my Windows 7 Pro 64-bit system and several other desktops that I took a quick look at. Microsoft says "Windows Mobility Center—included on laptops running the Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions of Windows 7—puts commonly used laptop settings in one spot so you can access them easily on the go." (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/features/windows-mo...) view
Make Your Laptop Easier to Use with Windows Mobility Center 6 years 9 months ago v.laurie Windows 8.x is not my favorite operating system either but a better place for this type of discussion is in our forum at http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/system/11659-windows-8-1-.... If anyone else wants to express an opinion about Windows 8.x, please post it there. view
Nifty Free Application Lets You Control Hundreds of Windows System Utilities in One Convenient Place 6 years 9 months ago v.laurie Several of the Nirsoft utilities are known to trigger false positives from antimalware programs. However, these programs are perfectly safe. The ones you mention are password revealers and some antivirus programs see password activity as malware. Just skip the flagged utilities if you prefer. view
A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 6 years 8 months ago v.laurie I am afraid I am not sure exactly what you are describing. Do you mean that you scanned three different exe files from other programs with this utility and it indicated they were trojans? Or do you mean you sent the files to VirusTotal using PeStudio and got a trojan report? PeStudio itself does not report trojans per se. view
A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 6 years 8 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the update. I have corrected the version. view
A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 6 years 8 months ago v.laurie OK, "never run" is perhaps better if you consider reading the contents of an executable file to be opening it. view
A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 6 years 8 months ago v.laurie As indicated in the article, PeStudio has an option to send files to VirusTotal that can be turned on or off. If a file is flagged by VirusTotal, you have to look further to see if it is a false indication by a few of the many programs that VirusTotal uses or a real indication. See this article for more information: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-tell-if-file-malicious.htm view
A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 6 years 8 months ago v.laurie You have hit on one of the problems with any malware detection method. All detection schemes have grey areas. This software provides warnings but not decisions. There will always be times when additional information, judgment, and experience is required. This program is only one security tool and has to be used in conjunction with others. I wish there were a black and white procedure but security isn't that simple. Maybe this reference will help: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-tell-if-file-malicious.htm You could also go to one of the security forums like Wilder's and ask for help in interpreting the kind of warnings you got: http://www.wilderssecurity.com/index.php view
Automatically Make Continuous Backups of Personal Files with Windows 8/8.1 File History 6 years 8 months ago v.laurie There are several ways to make use of File History. On all my laptops I have a slot for an SD flash card. There are 32 GB SD flash cards for sale for less than $20. If you aren't backing up videos or thousands of pictures, an inexpensive SD card or USB flash drive can be used. Also, you don't have to always have the backup device connected. The File History function detects when you attach a drive. view
How to Zoom the Entire Screen on Your Smartphone or Tablet 6 years 8 months ago v.laurie Take a look at this great collection of free iPhone apps: http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-iphone-apps.htm view
Three Little-Known Windows Accessories that Will Surprise You 6 years 8 months ago v.laurie Do you have Home Premium? view
Three Little-Known Windows Accessories that Will Surprise You 6 years 8 months ago v.laurie According to Microsoft, Math Input Panel is in Windows 7 Home Premium,Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/use-math-input-panel-to-writ... view
Three Little-Known Windows Accessories that Will Surprise You 6 years 8 months ago v.laurie Maybe you have the Home edition. view
Changing from Windows XP? Free Help with Migrating Files and Settings 6 years 7 months ago v.laurie If you mean doing a clean install of Windows 7 on an existing Windows XP setup, that is not what this tool is for. It is for transferring settings and files from an XP machine to a separate Windows 7 machine. view
Changing from Windows XP? Free Help with Migrating Files and Settings 6 years 7 months ago v.laurie Try posting your Linux questions in our very active forum: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/linux/ view
The Free Tool RKill Can Help Clean a Malware Infected Computer 6 years 7 months ago v.laurie I prefer that too but many people don't have backups. They should, but they don't. view
Why You Have Less Space on Your Hard Drive Than You Thought 6 years 7 months ago v.laurie What hard links are you referring to? As far as I know, none of the items in the article involves hard links. Windows uses "junctions" for some things but these are not hard links and anyway are not involved in this article's discussion. See http://windows7tips.com/symlinks-definition.html view
Why You Have Less Space on Your Hard Drive Than You Thought 6 years 7 months ago v.laurie You are right that Windows does not always report hard links correctly. Perhaps you are thinking about the WinSxS directory, which does use hard links. view
Metadata in Your Files May Reveal Hidden Personal Information You Didn’t Know About 6 years 7 months ago v.laurie Thanks, Jojo. That is a useful utility to know about. view
Metadata in Your Files May Reveal Hidden Personal Information You Didn’t Know About 6 years 7 months ago v.laurie Metadata in photographs is mentioned in the second paragraph of the article. view
Three Ways to Easily Access Your Most Recent Documents and Files in Windows 8.x 6 years 6 months ago v.laurie Windows 7 has "Recent Items" in the Start Menu. Also, the first two methods given for Windows 8 work for Windows 7. view
Heartbleed Effect: Passwords You Need to Change Now 6 years 6 months ago v.laurie You can check if sites are updated as described in links given in the preceding tip -http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-check-if-website-has-been-af.... view
Heartbleed Effect: Passwords You Need to Change Now 6 years 6 months ago v.laurie I am sorry but there has been a misunderstanding. I have not "advocated" changing passwords at infected sites. Let that be plain. With that made clear, let us call an end to this thread. view
Heartbleed Effect: Passwords You Need to Change Now 6 years 6 months ago v.laurie I did not miss your point. The problem with unpatched sites is discussed in references given in my first reply above. Also, if you read the referenced Mashable article that is the basis for the present article, you would see that the sites that are listed as needing a password change are sites that have patches for the bug already in place. view
Heartbleed Effect: Passwords You Need to Change Now 6 years 6 months ago v.laurie True discussion is always welcome. Incorrect statements, however, are a different issue. My way of responding to your original point about unpatched sites was to provide information by means of some references. To my way of thinking, that answered your comment. However, if you feel an explicit acknowledgement of your point is necessary, I am happy to say that you had a valid point about those sites that are still unfixed. However, the article's focus was specifically about changing passwords for sites that had patched the problem, as a reading of the Mashable article that was cited would have made clear. You responded with the unfair statement, "Your article advocates updating passwords at infected sites". This is simply not true. view
Heartbleed Effect: Passwords You Need to Change Now 6 years 6 months ago v.laurie Yes, it would be good if everybody had some idea what OpenSSL was and what the bug entails but I wonder if it might not be rather too technical for many people. In any event, I hoped that the FAQ http://heartbleed.com/ given in the previous tip http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-check-if-website-has-been-af... might be helpful to those wishing to know more about the problem. If you would like to write an article about what you think people should know, we always welcome new material. view
Heartbleed Effect: Passwords You Need to Change Now 6 years 6 months ago v.laurie Tony, there are people here who will be glad to help you. We have a forum for just that purpose. Go to http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/, log in and describe your problem there. Also, check your bank account right away by phone to make sure nothing is going on there. These articles can help you: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-know-if-your-computer-infect... and http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-clean-infected-computer.htm Don't use your computer for banking or other sensitive business until you have made sure it is secure. You are right to be concerned about getting messages about the Group Policy Editor. view
Heartbleed Effect: Passwords You Need to Change Now 6 years 6 months ago v.laurie What to do about sites that have not yet been patched is a dilemma. I do not personally see a clear-cut solution or easy answers. I think your suggestions are as good as any but it's a personal choice. view
Firefox and Chrome Browser Extensions that Check for Heartbleed 6 years 6 months ago v.laurie I looked at some sites with the Firefox extension and got no red. I don't know why you are seeing all these red ones. Anybody else have this result? At this time, I do not have a link for a test site. Anybody have one to suggest? view
Firefox and Chrome Browser Extensions that Check for Heartbleed 6 years 6 months ago v.laurie You can go to https://gist.github.com/dberkholz/10169691 and find sites that test as vulnerable in the list given there. However, I do not know what else is on these sites so you are on your own if you want to try them. I tried one in Firefox and the extension duly turned red. view
Firefox and Chrome Browser Extensions that Check for Heartbleed 6 years 6 months ago v.laurie Thanks for telling us your experience. Others have also found that you have to reload. I haven't seen this problem in my own tests and I don't know what particular browser configuration or combination of add-ons causes what you experience. view
Firefox and Chrome Browser Extensions that Check for Heartbleed 6 years 6 months ago v.laurie You are right that there is considerable confusion about http vs. https sites. As to the Akamai patch, I am no expert in this area, but I believe they have said that the original bug has been rectified and they have reissued SSL certificates. Whether the update has been applied by everybody I don't know. Also, while Akamai is a major service in this area, there are others. Whether the various tests for the Heartbleed bug are 100% effective, I don't know. This whole situation continues to be a big mess. view
Firefox and Chrome Browser Extensions that Check for Heartbleed 6 years 6 months ago v.laurie I have added a sentence to the article about having to refresh. view
Six Useful Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 8.1 Update 6 years 6 months ago v.laurie Yes, "Home" takes you to the first icon in the top row. My icons are not always arranged all that orderly and I can get "End" to take me to different icons with slightly different arrangements. People who are tidier than I am probably don't have this problem. view
Six Useful Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 8.1 Update 6 years 6 months ago v.laurie Crombierob, you aren't the only one confused by the way Microsoft has decided to name things. There are two versions of Windows 8.1 - the original Windows 8.1 and the newer Windows 8.1 Update. It would certainly have been clearer if Windows 8.1 Update had been called Windows 8.2 or 8.1.1 or something like that. In any event, Windows 8.1 Update is different from Windows 8.1. Another unusual thing Microsoft is doing is to give only a limited time for Windows 8.1 to be upgraded to Windows 8.1 Update. For example, see this link: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9247520/Microsoft_requires_migrat... view
Powerful Free Microsoft Security Tool EMET Now in Version 4.1 Update 6 years 5 months ago v.laurie EMET can certainly cause conflicts with other programs. Do you have anti-malware programs that might be conflicting? Have you checked out the information in http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/windows-emet-v4.html or http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/jj653751 or http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2458544 If you continue to have problems, try posting the details at the forum http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/ or you could try Wilder's Security Forum http://www.wilderssecurity.com/ view
Powerful Free Microsoft Security Tool EMET Now in Version 4.1 Update 6 years 5 months ago v.laurie Thanks for pointing out this link. view
Powerful Free Microsoft Security Tool EMET Now in Version 4.1 Update 6 years 1 month ago v.laurie I am certainly sorry to hear that you are having problems. From what you say I don't know what went wrong with your system. Removing it should be in Contriol Panel. Did you back up before installing EMET? Try posting your problem at the Microsoft EMET forum at http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/security/en-US/home?forum=emet. You can also try our forum http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/ I am not familiar with this tool http://www.shouldiremoveit.com/EMET-99230-program.aspx but you can take a look at it. view
Five Small Free Utilities to Help with Windows Tasks 6 years 5 months ago v.laurie You are welcome BearPup. It's always nice to hear about a good use of a tip. view
If You Don't Want to Appear in Google Ads, Read This 6 years 5 months ago v.laurie MikeR amd mjt328, you ask a good question. Personally, I think Google has not made it completely clear what the difference is between a plain Gmail account and a Google account. On this page (https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/76194?hl=en&ref_topic=2373943) Google says, "Here's how Gmail and Google Accounts are related. If you use Gmail, you already have a Google Account, and you can access: Free Google products, including Calendar, Google Groups, Picasa, Web History, and more." On the other hand, if you don't set up a public profile, there seems to be no privacy setting available. It appears that you need a Google+ account to get the privacy setting. Presumably, the type of endorsement that Google may use in ads comes from Google+ members actively clicking the G+ button on items or leaving comments. One reason it is hard to get a handle on what information Google collects and uses is that there are different types of tracking that Google uses. Gmail users have ads that are tailored to them and using Google search may let Google use your search history to tailor ads (discussed in this tip - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-stop-google-keeping-record-e...). But ad-tracking is one thing and quoting you in an ad together with your picture is another. FWIW, here is the Google privacy policy - http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/ I stand ready to be corrected but I think users of Gmail alone will not find themselves quoted in Google ads. view
Prevent Spam and Theft of Your Email Address with this Browser Extension 6 years 5 months ago v.laurie Thanks for letting us know about this. view
How to Deal with the Ransomware Called CryptoLocker 6 years 4 months ago v.laurie Thanks for pointing out the omission. view
Three Ways to Find out Which Versions of the .NET Framework are Installed on a PC 6 years 4 months ago v.laurie Various different .NET Framework versions are used by many applications. Usage varies widely from system to system. Unless you have a specific problem with a particular version, it is probably best to just leave things alone. view
Three Ways to Find out Which Versions of the .NET Framework are Installed on a PC 6 years 4 months ago v.laurie The listing in Add/Remove Programs is often incomplete. view
How to Clean and Protect Your Android Device Against Ransomware 6 years 4 months ago v.laurie As the article says, this is for one-time use to clean an infected system. If it finds ransomware, it removes it and decrypts any encrypted files. If it finds nothing wrong, then it gives a message to uninstall it. As the article says it isn't for preventing infection but for removing an infection and there is another app for prevention. Why you can't just leave it installed, I don't know. view
How to Clean and Protect Your Android Device Against Ransomware 6 years 4 months ago v.laurie Depending on the nature of the infection, you may or may not be able to access the play store. For more information, try going to this Avast site where you can leave comments: https://blog.avast.com/2014/06/17/avast-kills-android-ransomware-with-ne... view
How to Clean and Protect Your Android Device Against Ransomware 6 years 4 months ago v.laurie I have seen a clarification of what Avast was referring to as remote log in and will add it to the article. view
How to Clean and Protect Your Android Device Against Ransomware 6 years 4 months ago v.laurie I have added to the article to clarify what to do when the mobile device can't be used to access Google Play. view
Control Two PCs From One Mouse With This Freebie From Microsoft 6 years 4 months ago v.laurie This app was also the subject of this tip: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/use-single-mouse-copy-paste-drag... view
Easy Way to Customize the System Folders “Computer” in Windows 7 and 8 and “This PC” in Windows 8.1 6 years 3 months ago v.laurie Will the person who gave this article a rating of "1" please tell us why such a poor rating? If a utility that is described is not good or the article is incorrect, it would be a courtesy to us all to have the details. Exchanging information is very important. view
Four Ways to Make Windows XP Systems More Secure 6 years 3 months ago v.laurie In the short format used for Tech Tips, it isn't possible to go into all the details. That is why the link to the tutorial is given. If you read that, you can get the kind of information you are asking about. Here again is the tutorial http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/windows-emet-v4.html. Added: There is also a forum at http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/security/en-US/home?forum=emet view
Free Microsoft Windows Security Tool EMET is Upgraded to Version 5.0 6 years 2 months ago v.laurie There are some people who might feel EMET is a sufficient defense but the general answer to your question is that it does not replace antivirus programs. view
Free Microsoft Windows Security Tool EMET is Upgraded to Version 5.0 6 years 2 months ago v.laurie Thanks for noting that. You are right that Microsoft does not include XP in the list of supported systems. However,EMET 4.1 is still available for download. view
Free Microsoft Windows Security Tool EMET is Upgraded to Version 5.0 6 years 2 months ago v.laurie The article referred to is about an earlier preview version of EMET 5 that was released months ago, not the latest version. view
Five Windows 8.1 Tips You Need to Know 6 years 2 months ago v.laurie Rick, it is true that the Winkey+I opens a somewhat different Charms bar depending on whether you are on the Desktop or Start screen. However, the procedure described in Tips 1 and 2 works from either the Desktop or the Start screen. Tips 4 and 5 give explicit directions about where to begin. You mention RT. These tips were not tried on Windows RT. view
Five Windows 8.1 Tips You Need to Know 6 years 2 months ago v.laurie Did you click "Change PC settings" at the bottom of the Charms bar? view
Five Windows 8.1 Tips You Need to Know 6 years 2 months ago v.laurie I appreciate that you want to be helpful and I don't want to drag this out but your reference to RT is puzzles me. Also. I have no problem starting from either the Desktop or the Start screen. Maybe you could send me an email? view
Five Windows 8.1 Tips You Need to Know 6 years 2 months ago v.laurie Yes, that is correct. That is why the first step in Tip 4 says explicitly, "Go to the Start screen". view
Give Your Gmail Messages a New Look with this HTML Formatting Tip 6 years 2 months ago v.laurie My face is red. I goofed big time and left out a crucial point. You can't enter HTML into a Gmail message directly but have to copy and paste from a browser or HTML editor. I will correct the tip. Thanks, Mike, for waking me up. Firefox should work then. view
Severe Problems with Windows August Updates 6 years 2 months ago v.laurie There are several ways to get to the settings. Here is one: Control Panel--System and Security--Windows Update--Change Settings Also see http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/turn-automatic-updating-on-of... view
Severe Problems with Windows August Updates 6 years 2 months ago v.laurie The only place I know of that routinely and systematically reports on the updates to avoid is in the paid version of a well-known newsletter. Maybe some of our members know of a free one. However, there are numerous forums and blogs where problems with updates are often reported. This is not done in a systematic way but here are some suggestions: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us http://www.infoworld.com/blogs/infoworld-tech-watch http://www.zdnet.com/blog/security/ There are many others and readers may have other suggestions. view
Severe Problems with Windows August Updates 5 years 9 months ago v.laurie Unfortunately, we can't provide individual support in the comments. Try describing your problem in our forum at http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/. view
Ten Top Windows Tips 6 years 2 months ago v.laurie Many thanks, Sgluber. view
Ten Top Windows Tips 6 years 1 month ago v.laurie The list was not specifically directed at Windows 7. It is based on popularity as measured by number of reads. Windows 7 is considerably more popular than Windows 8. If you are interested in Windows 8 tips, you can find plenty of them by looking at past Tech Tips or doing a site search. view
Use this Free Utility to Help Make Your Windows Files Easier to Organize and Find 6 years 1 month ago v.laurie File Meta enables a capability for certain metatags already built into Windows. You cannot create new ones with it. However, there are several useful editable fields that will be added to context menu. One is called "Comments" and gives you plenty of flexibility. Other useful ones are "Tags", "Subject", "Categories". Hope that answered your question. view
Create Your Own Custom Windows Hotkeys with this Free Utility 5 years 9 months ago v.laurie Since I don't know how you "lost" the program, I can't comment on what happened to your settings. As far as I can see, the program does not provide a way to export settings. Wish I could be more helpful but offhand I don't know where the program stores settings. A quick search of the Registry didn't reveal anything obvious. view
Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC 6 years 3 weeks ago v.laurie I have had no problems installing and using Belarc on several Windows 8.1 systems. view
Get a New Look on the Windows Desktop with More Interesting and Colorful Cursors 6 years 2 weeks ago v.laurie Malwarebytes on my system says the program is clean. Winaero is a well-known site. VirusTotal does raise one flag out of 54 scans but these false positives happen. Naturally, if you are uneasy about the program, you should skip it. view
Get a New Look on the Windows Desktop with More Interesting and Colorful Cursors 6 years 2 weeks ago v.laurie CursorFX is not compatible with Windows 8 according to the Stardock site. view
Easy Way to Open Safe Mode in Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 6 years 1 week ago v.laurie Doesn't work in Windows 7 and does not boot directly to Safe Mode in 8.1 but opens a screen where you can choose some troubleshooting options. view
Easy Way to Open Safe Mode in Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 6 years 1 week ago v.laurie It's a useful trick and worth knowing about. view
Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger 5 years 11 months ago v.laurie It works for me. view
Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger 5 years 11 months ago v.laurie Privacy Badger is different. Which of the various add-ons to use is a matter of personal choice. Personally, I still use Adblock Plus. view
Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger 5 years 11 months ago v.laurie Offhand, I don't know of conflicts with other add-ons but it is always possible. I have tried it on FF with Ghostery, ABP, and No Script all running without noticing any conflicts. On Chrome, I have it and ABP running together. On another subject, there are comments at Mozilla that say Privacy Badger breaks Reddit. I haven't personally looked into this. Privacy Badger is labeled "beta" so problems are always possible. view
How to Get a Free Installation Disk for Windows 8.1 5 years 11 months ago v.laurie Thanks, Anupam. view
12 of the Best Places on the Internet to Get Free Help with Computer Problems 5 years 9 months ago v.laurie A number of the sites given in the article's list have threads for Linux and Macs. Just as one example, Tom's Hardware has a forum, "Linux/Free BSD", with over 33 thousand posts. view
Easy Way to List the Details of All the Drivers on Your PC 5 years 9 months ago v.laurie Unless you are familiar with drivers, you should probably leave them alone. Drivers have many functions and should be uninstalled only by someone who is knowledgeable about its specific purposes. The yellow icon on a driver in the list created by this utility does not mean the driver should be uninstalled. Added: Here is a little discussion about "kernel mode" http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/ff554836%28v=vs... view
Easy Way to List the Details of All the Drivers on Your PC 5 years 9 months ago v.laurie For help with questions about individual systems and drivers, please post in our forum for general computer support: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/ view
How to Disable the New User Profile Menu in the Chrome Browser 5 years 3 months ago v.laurie

This link has a variety of GMail tips.

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Need To Browse The Characters In A Font? Here's How. 5 years 8 months ago v.laurie Also see http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-easily-insert-special-symbol... view
How to Block Ads on Adblock Plus Paid Whitelist 5 years 8 months ago v.laurie I don't have a copy of IE9 to look at but the procedure is likely to be similar to that for IE11. Maybe someone with IE9 can verify. view
Free Browser Extension that Efficiently Blocks Ads Using Less Memory 5 years 8 months ago v.laurie You can add additional filters or rules. view
Free Browser Extension that Efficiently Blocks Ads Using Less Memory 5 years 8 months ago v.laurie The extension was originally written for Chrome and only later offered for Firefox. The FF version is still labeled beta and is not yet offered at the Mozilla repository. I have the impression that the FF version may not yet be as good at blocking as the Chrome version. I am using the extension mostly on Chrome so don't have much experience with it on FF. Thanks for relating your experience using it on FF. Anyone else have experience on FF where ads get through? view
Free Browser Extension that Efficiently Blocks Ads Using Less Memory 5 years 8 months ago v.laurie The extension is now available at Mozilla: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/ublock/ view
A Superb PC Troubleshooting Tool 5 years 8 months ago v.laurie Also see http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-find-out-which-windows-proce... and this previous article http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/powerful-free-windows-system-too.... view
Excellent Free Media Player VLC Gets Substantial Cross-Platform Update 5 years 8 months ago v.laurie There is a link to a 64-bit 2.2.0 version on this page: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html view
Excellent Free Media Player VLC Gets Substantial Cross-Platform Update 5 years 8 months ago v.laurie Download the vlc-2.2.0-win64.exe file and run it. It should install as an update to your existing version of VLC. However, some people prefer in general to first uninstall older versions before installing a new one and that is another option. In any event, back up your system first before installing any new software. view

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