Reset Local Account Password in Windows 8(.1)

A long used tool for recovering client computers when they lose their passwords has been the ntpassword tool. Windows 8, including 8.1, causes a problem with the use of this tool. There is a fast boot setting that causes the partition not to mount in a Linux...

Browser Zoom Shortcuts

Have you ever been using the Internet and all of a sudden everything got minuscule or huge? Every page you go to is the same – either too small or too large. How did that happen? Even more importantly, how can you fix it? Most of the time a user on the computer...

I Do not recommend AVG Free.

Originally posted on PCMag.com (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2424175,00.asp#comment-1633904157) I have been using AVG Free for home computers for more than a decade. Reasonably good anti-virus, but as with all the others in this lot, save for MalwareBytes, not...

Don’t Trust Your Phone

Okay, don’t trust your phone. I just heard of a problem where a printer manufacturer (a big one) had their phone system hacked and the calls were diverted. It happened multiple times over a few days. The people who answered pretended to be support for the big...

Laptop Computer Buying Guide

Windows 7 vs. Windows 8 If you are thinking about buying a new laptop you couldn’t have picked a better time. With a new Windows version shipping soon retailers typically want to unload all the systems preloaded with the previous operating system (OS). This...

ESET Smart Security 5 not recommended

I tried ESET Smart Security 5 and after only a few days I dumped it. I’m not a fan of Personal Firewalls anyway, just virus protection, so it was likely I wasn’t going to be happy from the start.  Most users don’t know how to properly use a software...

Install AVG Free

I no longer recommend AVG software. I often recommend AVG Free to my clients with computers at home. I find the protection is on par with the most popular virus protection programs while not costing anything. I personally use and pay for Kaspersky AntiVirus as it is...

Protect Your Email From Hackers

I know of more than a dozen email addresses that were hacked into since the beginning of the year. Most of them @bellsouth.net, @yahoo.com, @hotmail.com, @live.com, @gmail.com and @aol.com (since BellSouth uses Yahoo! they are really the same). I wonder if people...