Monday, April 28, 2008

CCleaner v2.07.575 (4-28-08)

New update to one of the most reliable free daily use tools out there. You can use the internal updater only be sure to look for and uncheck the 'Install Yahoo Toolbar' option if to avoid installing it. If you don't use it, you should!

This release adds Firefox 3.0 support including history and cookies which had been moved into a more complex database structure. Additionally we've add a good range of performance tweaks and bug fixes for foreign language versions.

CCleaner v2.07.575
  • Firefox 3.0 support added.
  • Fixed bug where figures were missing for KB/MB sizes.
  • Fixed bug where some IE cookies were being missed.
  • Improved scan time accuracy.
  • Internal memory management improvements.
  • Registry settings moved to HKCUSoftwarePiriformCCleaner.
  • Fixed bug where CC could get locked in System Tray.
  • Renamed MSN Messenger to Windows Live Messenger.
  • Added MS Office Picture Manager to applications.
  • Fixed uninstaller tool bug on 64-bit OS.
  • Minor GUI improvements.
  • Minor bug fixes.
CCleaner Slim (No Toolbar) 2.07.575
CCleaner (With Yahoo Toolbar) 2.07.575
CCleaner Portable 2.07.575

Installing and using CCleaner
  • Double click on the ccsetup.exe file to start the installation of the program.
  • Select your language and click OK, then Next.
  • Read the license agreement and click I Agree.
  • Click Next to use the default install location.
  • Under Install Options, choose all the default settings
  • Click Install then finish to complete installation.
  • Double click the CCleaner shortcut on the desktop to start the program.
  • On the Windows tab, under Internet Explorer, uncheck Cookies if you do not want them deleted. (If deleted, you will likely need to re-enter your passwords at all sites where a cookie is used to recognize you when you visit).
  • If you use either the Firefox or Mozilla browsers, the box to uncheck for Cookies is on the Applications tab, under Firefox/Mozilla.
  • Click on the Options icon at the left side of the window, then click on Advanced.
    uncheck Only delete files in Windows Temp folders older than 48 hours.
  • Click on the Cleaner icon on the left side of the window, then click Run Cleaner to run the program.
  • Caution: Only use the Registry feature if you are very familiar with the registry.
  • Always back up your registry before making any changes.
  • Exit CCleaner after it has completed it's process.

Friday, April 25, 2008

WinPatrol 2008 By BillP Studios

One of the best just got better!

As a MULTI PURPOSE SUPPORT UTILITY WinPatrol replaces multiple system utilities with its enhanced functionality. WinPatrol PLUS provides easy to understand descriptions of over 18,000 programs.

As a robust SECURITY MONITOR, WinPatrol will alert you to hijackings, malware attacks and critical changes made to your computer without your permission. WinPatrol PLUS includes our unique, patent pending R.I.D. technology.

WinPatrol uses a heuristic behavioral approach to detecting attacks and violations of your computing environment. Traditional security programs scan your hard drive searching for previously identified threats. WinPatrol takes snapshot of your critical system resources and alerts you to any changes that may occur without your knowledge. You'll be removing dangerous new programs while others prepare to update their definition/signature data files.
What's New with Version 15.0.2008.0
Compare WinPatrol FREE and WinPatrol PLUS
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Thursday, April 24, 2008

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.0

Basic antivirus and antispyware protection for Windows available to download for free. Limited features, no support, for private and non-commercial use only.

AVG Download Page

The computer I was trying to install this on kept getting an error that it couldn't create a Registry key. I tried twice and that was enough. The machine now is running Avast! Home Free.

My recommendation is if you have AVG antivirus and are thinking of upgrading to the new 8.0 version save yourself the time and install Avast! Home Free instead. Besides the bad decision by Griftsoft to include the Yahoo! "Security Toolbar" the makers of AVG are in my opinion heading down the same road as Symantec and steadily creating a bloated product that will eventually slow many computers down to a crawl. Thanks for the years of protection Griftsoft, but I am now using and recommending only Avast!.

Clean Up Your Windows XP Memory, With a Single Shortcut

Windows XP Professional x64 Edition

You may know that Windows XP is not the best operating system when it comes to memory management. People often resort to restarting the computer, in order to clear certain areas of the memory. This however is not necessary.

In just a few steps you can create a shortcut that will save time, and headaches.

Simply follow the following instructions, and execute your new shortcut when you’re computer is seeming slow on the memory side of things.

Right click on desktop and choose New > Shortcut
Copy/paste this piece of code in the location box:

%windir%\system32\rundll32.exe advapi32.dll,ProcessIdleTasks

Save the file.

That's it. Whenever you feel there may be some memory issues with your computer just click on your new shortcut.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

ESET SysInspector


SysInspector is a standalone, portable utility designed to show you information about your computer with a emphasis on finding viruses and malware.

Like many other system information tools, SysInspector will show you your running processes, network connections, running services and specifications.
However, what makes SysInspector different is that it has a slider which filters the risk level. On the lowest setting it’ll show you everything (for example, known good processes), but as you slide it to higher risk levels it only shows you items that it finds highly suspicious.
The lowest level shows everything, the middle levels show only third party objects and other items that don't come with Windows. The highest level shows items that could be potentially dangerous such as unknown items that are set to start during boot-up, and other unknown items in strange areas.

Downloads: - 3.67mb

Download from Official Site (32-bit version)
Download from Official Site (64-bit version)

Monday, April 21, 2008

Data Loss - Recovery & Prevention

Most recovery programs work in much the same way. You need to select the disk where the lost files are located and let the program analyze the content of the disk. Then select the file you want to recover and provide a location where you want to save that file.

Install a data recovery program just in case!

Be prepared beforehand

Installing any software after data loss will increase the risk of the lost data being overwritten. A recovery program installed now is good insurance for your data.

Free recovery software
Commercial recovery software

Commercial recovery software will increase the chances of recovering important data. It's not free but can be well worth the price.
What to do

Use your system as little as possible until you recover all of your lost files.
The more activity taking place on your hard disk, the greater chance that some of your lost data will be over written.
If you are trying to recover files from a media card, stop using that card immediately.
  • Turn off any applications you don't need.
  • Because they will write to your disk don’t launch any unnecessary programs.
  • Avoid browsing the web.
  • Don’t restart your computer.
  • Don't do a disk defrag or run a disk cleaner.

After the recovery
  • Check that everything correct.
  • If you’ve recovered applications, check that they still run.
  • If you’ve recovered documents, check that your words are still there.
Even the best recovery software can’t guarantee 100% results. Some parts of your files may have been overwritten, meaning that other data was saved to that location on your disk.
After recovery they might contain invalid information. Depending on the type of file involved, partially recovered files like this can be usually recovered by commercial software.

Prevention tips

Make backups

The first and most reliable way to avoid accidental deletion or other forms of data loss is to make regular backups of your important files. User error isn't the only way you can loose important data, photos, schoolwork or projects. You can experience a sudden power outage or power surge or even a dead hard drive.

Note: In case of hard drive failure, don't keep your backups on the same drive you are backing up. Use another drive or burn them to a CD.

There are also free and paid online storage sites. A few offer up to 5GB of free space and include sharing.

Note: With any free storage site read the fine print. Some allow larger amounts of space but they limit uploads per month (1GB or less). In other words you can't get large files uploaded all at once. The free sites listed below have had no upload limits that I have noticed.
Also note that with free storage you need to sign in once and a while. If not then they may purge your account to due to inactivity. Below are just a few.

Free online storage
Commercial storage
  • - Backup your entire hard drive automatically
  • - Paid plans, as low as $5.99 a year for 50MB, sync between multiple computers
  • IBackup - Anywhere from 5GB to 300GB of storage
Free backup software
Use a Power Strip/Surge Protector

Be sure you have a reliable Surge Protector. These can be found at most retail stores and come in many varieties. Do some comparison shopping and pick the one that suits your needs. These are invaluable, not only to your data but to all of your computer components.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Ad-Aware 2008 BETA


I stopped using Ad-Aware a while back but it is still one of the most reliable adware removal tools there is. Looks like they are working on a new release.

This is Beta software so it is to be used with caution at your own risk.

Ad-Aware 2008 BETA Win XP/Vista

Redesigned Engine – Benefit from superior program flexibility and more accurate scanning methods with all-new program architecture.

Improved Code Sequence Identification (CSI) Technology – Boost your privacy protection with precise detection of embedded malware, including known and emerging threats.
Incremental Definition File Updates – Save precious time and resources with smaller update files resulting in faster download times.

TrackSweep - Control privacy by erasing tracks left behind while surfing the Web on Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Opera, with one easy click.

Multiple Browser Support – Choose Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Opera with expanded browser support.
New Straightforward User Interface – Effortlessly maneuver the complexities of malware detection and removal with our new user-friendly interface.

User-Controlled Spyware Removal - Decide for yourself what to delete from your system and what to keep.
Extensive Detection Database – Stay protected with regular updates from the extensive library of identified and analyzed spyware.

System Restore Point – Easily revert back to your clean system to recover from a spyware attack.

Limitations: Scan and remove only, must purchase for on live protection.

Requires this Instalation key: 6DB04-PR6TJ-LN6N7-SGL2L-2N337 for the beta test

If you would like to sign up directly for the Beta program Go Here

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Create easy to remember, hard to guess passwords with Password Bird

Password Bird is a simple online service that will create a password based on a number of personal markers. Because the password is culled from a few names and dates that are important to you, the hope is that the password will be easy to remember but remain hard to crack.

How does it work? When you visit Password Bird, you are prompted to enter in three items:
  • A name that is important or special to you
  • A word that is special to you
  • A date that has personal significance
After that, you hit the create password button, and Password Bird goes to work. The next page will show you the customized password. If you don't like the password, Password Bird can quickly generate a new one based on the personal markers; or, you can choose to start over completely with a new set of words and dates.

Does Password Bird make secure, yet easy to remember, passwords? It doesn't take a scientist to see the patterns after testing this a few tomes, but it doesn't seem to be totally useless.

What do you think?

Password Bird Homepage
About Password Bird

Friday, April 11, 2008

WinPatrol Security Monitor

From BillP Studios:
Clean up your Taskbar and Startup programs. WinPatrol monitors and exposes adware, keyloggers, spyware, worms, cookies, and other malicious software. This program puts you back in control of your computer with no need for constant updates. WinPatrol's goal is to help you better understand what programs are running on your computer and to alert you to any new programs added without your permission. Unlike traditional security programs, WinPatrol doesn't scan your hard drive searching for previously identified threats. Instead, it uses a heuristic behavioral approach, taking a snapshot of your critical system resources, then alerting you to any changes that occur without your knowledge.

While our free version is fully functional at detecting and removing spyware/adware WinPatrol PLUS provides a complete WinPatrol experience. PLUS membership is a one time $29.95 purchase and helps to support future development.

WinPatrol is designed for Windows 98 thru Windows Vista.
Win95 users will still want WinPatrol but should click here for special instructions.

Thursday, April 10, 2008


I have just found this new extension and decided to try it out. It works in Firefox to help suggest pictures to add to any blog post.

The service works only (best) for English language posts.

Supported platforms:

Zemanta Homepage
Download Zemanta for Firefox
Zemanta Help

The 2008 Masters

The Masters Tournament kicked off today. Tiger Woods is making another run at history, which isn't anything new since every stroke he takes is regarded as a historic moment by many. Personally I would like to see him win all four majors in the same year and get it over with. He not only has the talent but this year that is combined with a swagger that must make the others in the field uneasy.

Since most of us will never feel the challenge of playing in a major golf tournament let's celebrate this years tournament with an equal challenge of working a puzzle. If you complete it you won't get any fame, but the satisfaction of accomplishment might be rewarding. Lame I know, but it's all I could think of.

Click the image to solve. Enjoy.

Click to Mix and Solve

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Remove disabled items from MSConfig!

MSConfig is a powerful tool that allows you to enable/disable the programs that start when Windows boots up.

MSConfig would be a perfect startup manager, if it allowed you not only to disable items, but to delete them forever. Unfortunately it does not do that. This is where MSConfig Cleanup comes in! It scans the startup configurations and allows you to remove any item that has been previously disabled via MSConfig.

MSConfig Cleanup Homepage
MSConfig Tutorial
Download MSConfig Cleanup

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

TweakNow WinSecret Professional

Tweak your Start menu, Control Panel, Desktop, user accounts, and other settings using TweakNow, which shields you from the decidedly not-fun and risky undertaking that is editing the registry by hand.

In TweakNow WinSecret, we have gathered the most popular Windows XP/Vista registry settings and provide them for you in an easy and safe user interface. All settings are divided in the following sections:
    • Applications
    • Control Panel
    • Desktop
    • Miscellaneous
    • Network & Internet
    • OEM Info
    • Special Folders
    • Start Menu
    • User Accounts
    • Windows Core
    • Windows Explorer
TweakNow is a free download for non-commercial use, Windows only.

Source: Lifehacker
Download TweakNow

Microsoft to Release 8 Security Fixes in April's Patch Tuesday

Microsoft plans to release eight security updates next Tuesday, five of which are rated critical by the software vendor.

The critical patches affect Windows, the VBScript programming software, Microsoft Project and Internet Explorer, which will get two updates.

They will be released as part of the company's monthly software update cycle, which mandates security updates on the second Tuesday of each month.

The updates were described in general terms in anoteposted Thursday to Microsoft's Web site. More details will be released Tuesday, when the patches are made available.

Two less-critical updates -- rated important by Microsoft -- are planned for Windows. A third important update is being readied for the Visio design software, the company said.

The critical Windows update -- called Bulletin 2 by Microsoft -- looks particularly important because it affects all supported versions of Windows, said Andrew Storms, director of security operations with nCircle Network Security. "This really bucks the trend for Microsoft recently. Their trend is the newer operating systems have lower criticality," he said. "It's got to be something core to the operating system in order for it to be critical all the way across the board."

The VBScript update is probably the same one that Microsoft ended up pulling at the last minute in March, he said.

With two more updates this month, Office has been keeping Microsoft's Security Response Center busy.

Last month the company patched a total of 12 bugs in four security updates. All of them were for Office products.

Windows Updates

Sunday, April 6, 2008

The PC Decrapifier

The PC Decrapifier will uninstall many of the common trialware and annoyances found on many of the PCs from big name OEMs. Below is the current list of software and items that the PC Decrapifier can detect and remove. You get to see the list of items it detects and then choose what will be removed automatically.

When it runs, you will be presented with a wizard style dialog box that steps you through the entire process.

You will be able to pick and choose what you want to remove.
It will not begin removing anything without prompting you first!
Hit the “Next” button and it will begin cleaning your PC. If it does not find anything a pop-up box will notify you of this and the program will exit and not modify your PC.

What it Removes
How It Works


Saturday, April 5, 2008

Terrifying Crash in Texas

Michael McDowell said people in the NASCAR garage were placing their hands on him Saturday morning. "They came up wanting to touch me," McDowell said. "They thought it would bring them luck." McDowell himself believes he's the luckiest guy on the planet after walking away without a scratch for a terrifying accident Friday at Texas Motor Speedway. His #00 Arons Dream machine became airborne, barrel rolling eight times before it landed on its wheel on the inside of Turn 2. The front end of the Toyota Camry was destroyed and amazingly McDowell was able to walk away from the crash while waving to the fans.

The SAFER barrier and the HANS device - head-and-neck restraint - drivers use certainly helped McDowell escape without serious injury. The new car - formerly know as the Car or Tomorrow - also did its job. The car has more interior room and more crush-panel space than the previous model NASCAR used.

"I think we proved for sure yesterday that it's a safer car." McDowell said. "But I'm done being the test dummy for the COT. I'll let somebody else do it."

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Windows Live SkyDrive

Free online storage that which you can access from anywhere online, share with friends, co-workers or family. Create personal, shared, and public folders that you decide who has access to each folder, or use personal folders to back up important files that are only for you.

SkyDrive is a service by Microsoft that lets you upload and host files for your own use. T
hat’s 5GB of free online storage for your favorite documents, pictures, and other files. SkyDrive is also available now in 38 countries/regions. In addition to Great Britain, India, and the U.S., we’re live in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Turkey.

Windows Live SkyDrive works well on any Windows or Macintosh computer with Firefox 1.5 or higher, or Internet Explorer 6 or higher.

Go to SkyDrive and sign in with your windows live account or create a new one and start using SkyDrive.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Pink Windows Vista: Only in Japan

This looks more like a Hello Kitty game then it does Microsoft Vista. As a special promotion for the Japanese, an upgrade version of Windows Vista Home Premium is bundled with a year’s subscription of Windows Live OneCare and a copy of a Vista tips and tricks book, as well as a pink box with flowers all over it.

The pink flowers are called sakura (cherry blossoms) and this is being released for the Sakura or "Cherry Blossom" season, which is a HUGE event in Japan.

There will only be 2,500 of these special copies available so if you have any friends in Japan you had better make a call now. I wonder if there will be any knock offs of eBay for the hardcore Microsoft collectors to buy. That is if there is such a collector out there......


Wednesday, April 2, 2008

VirusTotal Upload Tool and Email Service


VirusTotal is a free online virus scanner with 32 antivirus engines.

Additionally VirusTotal has created a file uploader that makes the whole process easy.

The 80 Kilobyte application installs itself in the right click context menu as a Send To entry which means that you can right click a file on your computer and select Send To > VirusTotal which will send it to their website to scan the file.

A browser window will open displaying the scan results when finished.

VirusTotal Uploader vtsetup.exe (Windows 80KB)

If you receive a suspicious email or email attachment you can send the files or email attachments to VirusTotal by email.

Create a new message with as destination address of your email.

  1. Write SCAN in the Subject field.
  2. Attach the file to be scanned. Such file must not exceed 10 MB in size. If the attached file is larger, the system will reject it automatically.
  3. You will receive an email with a report of the file analysis.
  • Response time will vary depending on the load of the system at the time of placing your request.
VirusTotal Homepage

Major Upgrade to avast! antivirus


avast! antivirus 4.8 now has anti-spyware, anti-rootkit self-protection, all built in, offering the best value anti-malware product for free.

Eduard Kucera, ALWIL Software a.s. CEO, said of the release, "While only an upgrade of avast!, this version represents a major evolution of the avast! technology. Many of our competitors charge extra for anti-spyware or anti-rootkit detection, or don't add the functionality at all. We don't think a partial solution in scanning is a solution at all." Mr. Kucera continues, "With the release of avast! antivirus 4.8, we have innovated again in the industry, by adding this functionality to the avast! core scan engine technology."

avast! antivirus regularly receives the Virus Bulletin 100% award, for detection of 100% of in-the-wild viruses, and is an SC Awards winning product.

avast! antivirus 4.8 is available now for download from the website.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Share Files and Screenshots Instantly with Clip2Net

Free web clipping and file sharing tool Clip2Net is an easy-to-use system tray applet when it's on the desktop. No registration required to start using this service but registred users get more control on files uploaded. More details. Sign up for a free account at Clip2Net and you get 500 MB of space to store screenshots, files, or whole folders. If you share a lot of files, folders and screenshots with others, take a look at a freeware application called Clip2Net. It lets you select an area of your desktop and upload it online in an instant. You receive a link to the image and also code to use for publishing the image on a blog or site. Uploading files and folders to share is also very fast and easy. Clip2Net also features built-in Picnik integration for screenshot/image editing, and files can be password protected. Clip2Net is a free download for Windows systems only.


  • Desktop area capture and upload
  • Video capture and upload
  • Upload image from Clipboard
  • Upload text documents
  • Upload any number of files from Clipboard
  • Multiple file upload at once (link to zip file will be generated)
  • Drag-and-drop any number of files into Drop Zone
  • Preview of clip or list of files before upload
  • Visual Text Editory
  • Publishing by e-mail
  • Music/Video sharing and playing from web-site