Avoid Socially Engineered Infections

These days computer users have to think suspiciously to avoid infecting their computers. Especially if you use Social Media sites like Facebook. Even if you take precautions on Facebook by only "Friending" people you know personally anyone of your friends can make an...

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 has...

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 printer...

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 means...

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 firewall and so...

Install AVG Free

[box type="warning"]I no longer recommend AVG software.[/box] 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...