Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Easily manage multiple Gmail accounts

The Gmail Manager FireFox extention allows you to manage multiple Gmail accounts and receive new mail notifications. Displays your account details including unread messages, saved drafts, spam messages, labels with new mail, space used, and new mail snippets.

If you have multiple Gmail accounts then you know checking them can be a pain with signing in and signing out. The Gmail Manager FireFox add-on lets you manage all your Gmail accounts from within your browser. After installing it and configurating your accounts in the preferences, you will see Gmail Manager in the status bar in the bottom-right corner of the browser window. Mouse over it for a pop-up listing your newest messages. Click it to open Gmail in the new tab or right click it to select a different account. Gmail Manager has other options you can tweak such as new email notifications, a numeric unread e-mail count, and will show “snippest” of mail as well as allowing you to add any WAV sound to alert you of new mail. It does everthing you could want short of actually reading your e-mail for you.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Livedrive - Unlimited online storage

Edit: Since posting this I have recieved an email from the LiveDrive team. After beta the service will no longer be free.
How much will the service cost after the beta?
Livedrive is free to use during our beta period. The beta period is a chance for you to give us your feedback about our service and for us to ensure any problems with the service are found before we “go live” in January 2009. After the go-live date Livedrive will be available in two editions with prices ranging from approximately £40 per annum for the standard version to £200 per annum for the business version. Both editions will include unlimited storage.

Livedrive is an online storage service that offers two advantages over most services in this space:
  1. Unlimited file storage
  2. Integration with Windows Explorer
When you install Livedrive (and reboot your computer), you'll notice an L drive show up in Windows Explorer. To copy files to the service, just drag and drop them to the L drive. You can also upload and download files through a web-based interface. And once your files are online you'll be able to access them from any computer using the web client.

Thanks to the Windows Explorer integration, you could easily use LiveDrive as an offsite backup tool like Carbonite or Mozy. Just install your favorite file backup utility and point it to the L drive.

Livedrive is free while in beta, but I have a feeling the company will probably start charging a fee when the beta ends.

Credit to Lifehacker

Sunday, December 28, 2008

What is link bait?

I went looking for the definition to link bait and as usual I found a Wikipedia article on it. As with everything related to a computer there are good and bad uses for link bait. I'm sure many web site owners would argue that it is essential to creating a successful web site or blog as it increases traffic. This is true but I also encourage anyone who is link baiting to be careful not to get too caught up and start creating link fodder. Getting people to your site is half of the battle. Keeping them there is the victory. In other words, don't send them away as soon as they walk in the door.

The entire article involves much more then I have here but here are the types of link bait according to Wikipedia.

Wikipedia - Methods of website linking

Types of link bait

Although there are no clear-cut subdivisions within link bait, many attempt to divide them into types of hooks. This is a short list of some of the most common approaches with brief descriptions:
  • Informational hooks - Provide information that a reader may find very useful. Some rare tips and tricks or any personal experience through which readers can benefit.
  • News hooks - Provide fresh information and obtain citations and links as the news spreads.
  • Humor hooks - Tell a funny story or a joke. A bizarre picture of your subject or mocking cartoons can also prove to be link bait.
  • Evil hooks - Saying something unpopular or mean may also yield a lot of attention. Writing about something that is not appealing about a product or a popular blogger. Provide strong reasons for it.
  • Tool hooks - Create some sort of tool that is useful enough that people link to it.
  • Widgets hooks - A badge or tool, that can be placed or embedded on other websites, with a link included.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Glubble Web Browser for Families

Glubble turns the Internet into a fun, educational, secure and social experience for the entire family. With this free add-on for Firefox your children can explore, play and enjoy thousands of fun games, color pages, interactive exercises, audio books and puzzles – all easily pre-approved by you. As a parent you create your own private Family Page where you can send messages to your children, add grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, upload photos, monitor and support your children’s online activities as well as organize your busy family life. It doesn’t matter where you are: once registered your homepage is accessible from every computer!

Learn how your family can play, discover, share and learn together. Just click play to watch a quick video tour…and then join Glubble for free!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

WOT Web of Trust Internet Security

Free Internet Security - WOT Web of Trust

Free Internet Security. WOT warns you about risky websites.

WOT is a free Internet security addon for your browser. It will keep you safe from online scams, identity theft, spyware, spam, viruses and unreliable shopping sites. WOT warns you before you interact with a risky website. It's easy and it's free.

Surf safer and protect your computer. Add WOT to your Firefox or Internet Explorer browser now!

To get the most out of WOT you should register. After you register you have access to our full range of features.
  • Create a user profile
  • Write comments on the WOT scorecard
  • Participate in the forum and blog
Register now

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

CastleCops has gone offline for good

One of the original malware help sites has finally called it quits for ever. This is sad but in the end I think we say it coming for a while. The constant attacks on the site coupled with funding issues has finally become too much apparently.

Remember though that all the databases were copied/moved to System Lookup some time ago, so the resources are still available.


Greetings Folks,

You have arrived at the CastleCops website, which is currently offline. It has been our pleasure to investigate online crime and volunteer with our virtual family to assist with your computer needs and make the Internet a safer place. Unfortunately, all things come to an end. Keep up the good fight folks, for the spirit of this community lies within each of us. We are empowered to improve the safety and security of the Internet in our own way. Let us feel blessed for the impact we made and the relationships created.

With respect to the server marathon, by March 17 2009 CastleCops will refund contributions made through PayPal that were specifically designated for servers. Unfortunately, server donations made via check cannot be returned because we do not have the addresses for the donating entity. Unless instructed otherwise, CastleCops will re-allocate these funds as a donation to the Internet Systems Consortium (ISC.org). This organization sponsored our hosting environment for approximately the past 2 years. Please contact us [cc at laudanski dot com] before March 17, 2009, if you would like a return of your server marathon donation. Otherwise, we would like to thank the ISC for their unfettered support.

We thank everyone in creating our unique footprint and memories in time.

Love, Best Wishes and Happy Holidays, CastleCops
PST 23 Dec 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

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Ashampoo ClipFinder

Find and immediately download videos from YouTube, VideU, MyVideo, ClipFish, Google Video, sevenload, Dailymotion and many more at the click of a mouse!
After the picture and music files, now it’s time for the videos. Online portals like YouTube.com, MyVideo.de, VideU.de and ClipFish.de have long since become cult, they collect many funny and creative short videos. In the office and of course also in your everyday life in the meantime it is considered to be chic to call up the video portals for a short break and to start a couple of films to relax or for your own enjoyment.


  • Finds online videos which fit a search word
  • Supports the popular video portals YouTube, VideU, MyVideo, ClipFish, Google Video, sevenload, Dailymotion, MySpace, Metacafe, Veoh, Livevideo.com, blip.tv, Yahoo! Video and IFILM
  • Preview of all hit videos directly in the program window
  • Shows the length, assessment and name of the videos
  • Playing the videos directly in the Ashampoo ClipFinder
  • Download of the videos in the FLV format on your own hard drive
  • Your own favorite videos will be taken over in a separate favorites file
  • Skins change the looks of the Ashampoo ClipFinders

This full version is just for you: FREE

Ashampoo® ClipFinder Homepage

Thursday, December 11, 2008

RoboForm: Password Manager, Form Filler, Password Management

Roboform is an indispensable tool for any sweeper. If you use just one aid to enter sweepstakes more easily, it should be this one.

RoboForm allows you to:

Let RoboForm manage your passwords and fill forms with one click!
Roboform Homepage Download Features Tutorials Reviews Manual FAQ Search Cards Screenshots Pro vs Free Support

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Free Internet Radio

What is Pandora?

Pandora is a music discovery service designed to help you enjoy music you already know, and to help you discover new music you'll love.

Pandora is a free music player that can be customized to play a mix of almost any artist or band you can think of. Pick one or pick any mix of music styles. You can use Pandora on any computer, you just need to enter your free Pandora account user name (email address) and password to sign in and listen to your preset music mix.

At the time of this posting Pandora is only available to listeners in the United States. Pandora will eventually be available internationally ance the music licensing is straightened out.

Frequently Asked Questions

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Safely manage numerous passwords

KeePass Password Safe is a free open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. So you only have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES and Twofish)”.

KeePass is currently available in two different versions (Classic and Professional). For home use, the Classic version is sufficient, plus it is not dependent on any operating system prerequisites. Portable versions of KeePass are also available that can be used on a flash drive. For mor information have a look at the editions comparison page.
You can test the strength of your current passwords at Test Your Pas$word.

Official homepage of KeePass
KeePass - Downloads
KeePass Screenshots

Also see Keeping Yourself Safe On The Web for more tips on password safety and much much more.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Alternate Web Browsers for all Operating Systems

Fed up with your current Web Browser?

Consider replacing your Web Browser and enjoy the Net as it was meant to be with a wide selection of revolutionary FREE Web Browsers that let YOU control the way you access and use the Internet!
From free pop-up blockers to anonymous surfing there is a browser that will suit your needs. No need to be confined to just one Web Browser either as most are FREE.

Windows, Mac & Linux

Firefox web browser
Flock Browser
Opera browser
Apple - Safari

Windows Only Browsers

Crazy Browser
Google Chrome
Internet Explorer 6
Internet Explorer 7
Internet Explorer 8
Orca Browser
Slim Browser
TheWorld Browser

Macintosh Browsers

OmniWeb - $29 with 10-day trial.
iCab - Free limited edition, $29 or €29 for iCab Pro.

Linux/UNIX Browsers



Learn more about alternative web browsers by visiting Alternative Browser Alliance.com

Friday, November 21, 2008

Stopbadware.org launches a new community site. Badwarebusters.org

StopBadware.org and Consumer Reports WebWatch today are introducing in beta BadwareBusters.org, a new online community for people looking for help removing viruses, spyware and other badware from their computers and websites. StopBadware.org is a partnership among academic institutions, technology industry leaders, and volunteers, all of whom are committed to protecting Internet and computer users from the threats to privacy and security that are caused by bad software.

The new site is badwarebusters.org. It’s brand new so content is only just starting.

Become a Badware Buster and fight back against viruses, spyware, and other badware! The BadwareBusters.org community is working together to keep the Internet safe for all of us.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Easily download and restore.DLL files for free

Have you have ever received an error from Windows due to missing or corrupt? Here is a useful way to restore these files without the need to re-install Windows. Just download the required .DLL file and place it back in its original location in Windows.

Occasionally when you remove a program that shares a .DLL with other applications, the shared .DLL will incorrectly get removed too. If a .DLL is missing you'll get an error along the lines of "Error opening file - dllName.dll missing." Also .DLL files can be corrupted due to the effects of virus or even accidental deletion.

What is .DLL file? DLL stands for Dynamic-link library. A DLL can be used by several applications at the same time. Some DLLs are provided with the Windows operating system and available for any Windows application. Most DLLs are written for a particular piece of software and are required when executing the application. They are a necessary part of many programs and can easily be damaged or deleted.
The location the .DLL file should be downloaded to depends on what operating system is being used.
  • Vista - C:\Windows\System32 or sometimes in a sub-folder of C:\Documents and Settings
  • Win XP - C:\Windows\System32
  • 95/98/Me - C:\Windows\System
  • Win NT / 2000 - C:\WINNT\System32
You may have to restart the computer for the new .DLL to be registered correctly. On XP and Vista sometimes going to Start > Run > then type regsvr32 filename.dll then click OK and your .DLL will be successfully installed. Note: "filename.dll" should be replaced by the specific name of the .DLL being installed.

There are thousands of .DLL files which can be downloaded for free from the Internet. Simply download the file and then place it in the correct location depending on your operating system.

As with any download from the Internet you should always be careful of what and where you download from. Here are some free and safe download sites.


If you are receiving an error for an unknown DLL then it could be the result of a malicious attack on your computer due to a virus or trojan. In that case it is advised to have someone help you remove the infection. Free help can be requested by visiting an online help forum such as Computer-Juice.com. All you need to do is Register a free account then follow the instructions in the free Malware Removal Guide. Start a new topic in the Virus, Spyware & Security forum and post the logs so a helper can assist in completing the removal process.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

DVD Flick

DVD Flick aims to be a simple but at the same time powerful DVD Authoring tool. It can take a number of video files stored on your computer and turn them into a DVD that will play back on your DVD player, Media Center or Home Cinema Set. You can add additional custom audio tracks, subtitles as well as a menu for easier navigation.


  • Burn near any video file to DVD
  • Support for over 45 file formats
  • Support for over 60 video codecs
  • Support for over 40 audio codecs
  • Easily add a menu
  • Add your own subtitle
  • Easy to use interface
  • Burn your project to disc after encoding
  • Completely free without any adware, spyware or limitations
For a more detailed list of features, see the Features page.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


PeerGuardian works by blocking and logging all TCP/IP connections to and from known IP ranges used by known P2P foes, such as the RIAA, MPAA, MediaForce, MediaDefender, BaySTP, Ranger, OverPeer, NetPD, and more.
PeerGuardian is a powerful, yet small firewall program that was especially designed for P2P users who want to protect their computers from unauthorized searches instigated by private agencies and corporations. To make sure that the block-list used to block malicious connections is up to date.
PeerGuardian uses an on-line block-list Database that is continuously updated on a daily basis -- so your privacy will remain safe while swapping files. PeerGuardian is compatible with all TCP/IP based file sharing applications, such as Kazaa, iMesh, LimeWire, eMule, Grokster, DC+...

Monday, November 3, 2008

Buying Genuine Microsoft Software - How to Tell

Counterfeit software can be a serious threat. It can lead to a corrupted system, a loss of data, or even identity theft, so it’s important to know that you’re getting genuine Microsoft software at your point of purchase.

Counterfeit software is the result of unauthorized copying, reproduction, or manufacture of software products. Counterfeit software often looks authentic and is sometimes distributed in packaging that imitates the original manufacturer's packaging. Counterfeit Gallery

Updating your software is essential for good internet security. Without a valid license for your software you will not be able to update your software to patch it against the latest exploits. An unpatched Operating System is wide open to malware infections. Defining Malware: FAQ

There are some circumstances where a user is unaware that they have bought a pirated Operating System (Windows). Be aware of scams, Know Before You Buy

The use of Pirated software is illegal. Is your copy of Windows genuine? How to Tell

Use these tools if you have experienced any problems when trying to update your Windows Operating System. Select the method by which you acquired Windows and compare the anti-piracy features included with your product with the anti-piracy features included with genuine Microsoft software.

Purchasing Genuine Microsoft Software

Windows was preinstalled on my new PC

Acquired Windows via retail purchase

Acquired Windows Upgrade Volume License

Office Validation Assistant

How to Tell: Frequently Asked Questions

Protect Yourself from Piracy

Reporting Piracy

Microsoft Update

Office Update

Download Center


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Privnote - Send notes that will self destruct after being read

Have you ever wanted to send confidential information within your work environment, to family or friends, but were afraid to do so over the internet, because some malicious hacker could be spying on you?

Privnote is a free web based service that allows you to send top secret notes over the internet. It's fast, easy, and requires no password or user registration at all.

You can optionally choose to be notified when your note is read by leaving your email and a reference for the note.

Learn more about Privnote

Give Privnote a try!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Dr.Web CureIt: Free Portable Anti-virus and Anti-spyware Program

Dr.Web CureIt is a standalone anti-virus and anti-spyware scanner that scans your PC for viruses, trojans, adware, spyware, hack tools, rootkits, and other malware.

The program does not require an installation and can be run from a USB drive. This is an on-demand scanner only, it can detect and remove virus infections but does not provide any real-time protection.

Dr.Web CureIt is based on the ICSA certified Dr. Web scanning engine and should provide reliable detection.

No installation needed; scans for a wide range of viruses

No real-time protection; updates require re-download of the entire program

Download Dr. Web CureIt now!!!

For users surfing the World Wide Web with Mozilla, Mozilla Firefox, MS Internet Explorer or Opera Doctor Web, Ltd. offers free plug-ins to scan for viruses and all kinds of malicious programs any web link before it is opened, or any file before it is downloaded onto your computer. The plug-in for Mozilla Firefox also scans links in e-mail messages processed by Mozilla Thunderbird.

Free Dr.Web LinkCheckers for your browsers

In 1996, Dr.Web was the first anti-virus to provide a free service of online scanning for viruses. The online scanning is made by the Dr.Web Anti-virus with the most up-to-date virus databases updated one or twice an hour. To place the online check web-form on your web-site, add the html code into your web-site and your web-site visitors can make use of this service.

Free Dr.Web services for web-site

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Google Chrome Web Browser

Google Chrome (BETA) for Windows

Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier. Read about why we built a browser.

Monday, August 18, 2008

The Lists have moved

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Quote from Javacool:

I'm happy to announce a new, dedicated home for the CLSID + other helper lists: http://www.systemlookup.com

The list maintainers, contributors and I have been working on this site non-stop, and enough features are up and running to get it in the hands of the people that need it.

Although global search of all lists isn't yet up, you can browse and search by list: http://www.systemlookup.com/lists.php
The following lists are currently available, with more (the O4s and others) coming soon:

* CLSID List - BHOs, Toolbars, SHs, Explorer Bars
* O9 List - Internet Explorer Buttons
* O10 List - Layered Service Providers
* O18 List - Extra protocols
* O20 List - AppInit_DLLs & Winlogon Notify
* O21 List - ShellServiceObjectDelayLoad
* O22 List - Shared Task Scheduler
* O23 List - Services

We look forward to continuing to improve the site and building some great new features to make things even easier.

But for now - Enjoy!

Best regards,

Javacool & the List Maintainers and Contributors:


Sincere appreciation to Javacool and the many long-time contributors who help maintain this important information for the community.

Javacool Software

Wednesday, August 6, 2008


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Support for AVG 7.5 Free Edition is planned to end on 31st August 2008.

No more virus updates are planned for after that date.

Note that no more 'program' updates are due! Only virus updates will continue until the end date.

AVG 7.5 Paid version will be supported until 31/12/08.


Grisoft HomePage

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Win PC hardware of your choice worth £500 / €680 / $1000

We are giving away brand new PC hardware of the winners choice worth £500GBP / €680EUR / $1000USD.There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes.1st - PC hardware to the value of £300 / €408EUR / $600USD.2nd - PC hardware to the value of £150 / €204EUR / $300USD.3rd - PC hardware to the value of £50 / €68EUR / $100USD.

You must be a member of Computer Juice to enter. Memberships are free.


Entry is simple, all you have to do is pay via the donation form using pay-pal. Then use the contact us page to let us know your chosen raffle ticket no(s) from the ones available below.

As a perk, all entrants will get upgraded to donator status which gets you lots of forum extras as described here, worth £2.5GBP / €3.5EUR / $5USD. This way even if you don't win you still get something out of entering.

Computer Juice.com
Computer Juice Raffle
Register at Computer Juice

Help us fill up the entries and Digg this.


Is your PC secure?

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Stop wondering if your firewall, antivirus and antispyware are actually doing their jobs with these free tests. To start just select a test and follow the directions on the web page. These are simulators and will not harm your computer.

Test your firewall

Test your antivirus

Test your antispyware

If you think your PC may be infected then feel free to join Computer Juice for free help in removing all types of malware. Just read my Malware Removal Guide then post the logs in the Virus, Spyware & Security forum.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Something for fun from Avast!

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Animator vs. Animation II

Aside from the stressful world of fighting viruses, we feel that you may wish to enjoy this great animated video featuring avast!, created by Alan Becker. Enjoy!

Avast! Homepage
Download Avast! Antivirus

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Trusted security tools & resources

Don't take chances on downloading unknown software.

- I have used and/or recommend these tools.
- If you are unsure of what tools are safe to download, use this list.
- Some of the tools can damage a perfectly good OS if not used with care.
- Use caution and only download from known safe sites.
- Always download from the software makers Website if possible.
- The software listed here is malware free, that does not mean that the site you download from is.

- Unless otherwise noted the tools below are FREE.
- Some are available as trial/shareware versions and have full functions during the trial period.

Safe download sites

(Any site with a bunch of free ScreenSavers is not safe!)

If your going to download anything regarding a security product, ALWAYS get it from the vendors website.
Temp. file & history cleaners

Registry cleaners

Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from starting. If your not 100% positive then leave it alone! Always make a back up of the registry first.

How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
File shredders

Securely wipe hard disks

Caution: DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it detects.Tutorial: How to completely wipe all the data from your hard drive

(use only one)
Firewall help and info

(use only one)
Gaming antivirus

Portable security

Spyware/Malware scan & removal

Some offer real time protection with the paid version
Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware Products & Web Sites

Online virus & spyware scans

Most of these require working ActiveX - Internet Explorer
Online trojan scans
Require Internet Explorer

Virus & spyware
Blocking Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts File
Tutorial: Using IE-Spyad

Anti-Trojan scanners

Keylogger detection

Keyloggers: How they work and how to detect them

Rootkit detection
Rootkit scans can be easily misunderstood
It is advised to ask for help if you are not sure of the findings
Dealing with the threat of trojan rootkits

Online website URL analysis & advisors
SafeSurf ® - The original Internet content rating system! - ICCS® Certified

For added security always keep your browser,
firewall and antivirus up to date!
Software Vulnerability Scanning - Secunia.com

Password managers

File/Drive encryption
Comparison of disk encryption software


HijackThis log tutorials
Please ask for help in our forums when
using HijackThis if you are not 100% positive

Specialized free removal tools

You may need to know the virus or spyware
name to use some of these

Program & file identification

Suspicious file scanners
These will not remove malware but will help
identify if a file is infected

Remove stubborn files/programs

General purpose/all in one fixes
These tools can fix some Browser and Internet problems
caused by malware.

Web browsers

Vulnerability testing

Software updates & definitions

Malware databases

Virus hoax warnings - Wikipedia Virus hoax
Test Your Urban Legends IQ

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Browser War Checkers

Browser War Checkers is a new game where you have to help Firefox win against Internet Explorer. It's pretty difficult but quite addictive. Make sure you read the rules of the game and what to do if you get unresponsive script messages.

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Enjoy the game and don't let playing it stop you from spreading Firefox!

Spread Firefox!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Free password protection for your files

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usIf you are looking to protect your files from anyone else who might use your computer, there are different possibilities you can choose from. An easy option is to use the embedded function present in many software applications. Every Office application for example, from Word to Access, includes the possibility to password protect a document by simply writing a password in the Tools > Options > Security menu item.

If the application you are using doesn’t have this feature, you can always put it in a password-protected archive file (.ZIP or .RAR, for example) using your favourite compression program. However, if you use that file frequently it surely is not the most convenient solution. If this is the case you can consider using a specific program.

My Lockbox is a security software enabling you to password protect any folder on your computer.

Free Hide Folder - is a powerful free tool to protect and hide sensitive folders on your computer. The invisible files can only be opened through the application’s file manager.

AxCrypt - is an excellent free encryption utility that enables users to encrypt all files within a folder and not allow those files to be viewed without a passphrase.

If what you are looking for is a secure place to write your secrets, have a look at myDiary, where you can write down your daily thoughts and lock them up, just like one of those old-fashioned secret diaries.