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Title: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on January 22, 2015, 03:32:45 PM
Google's Chrome been running slow ? Try the following:
(http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1421936497253-26797.png)
(http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1421936672358-99957.png)
(http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1421937059876-11427.png)
It worked for me. :)
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: marywsnyder on January 22, 2015, 10:17:39 PM
Thanks for the tutorial. I have make the same thing active.
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on January 22, 2015, 10:47:46 PM
Thanks for the tutorial. I have make the same thing active.
Hope it also helped you. :)
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on April 14, 2015, 03:01:40 PM
An easy way to clean your Browsers History
Just use the keyboard short cut for any browser Control+Shift+DEL
Here's what happens in Firefox when you use that keyboard short cut:
(http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1429016032055-52128.png)
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on May 15, 2015, 10:52:10 PM
Deleting a Gmail Account
Open the email account you want to delete the do the following:
(http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1431721801120-5522.png)
That gets you to:
(http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1431722051470-18573.png)
Now, scroll all the way down to the last item in Account management:
(http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1431722225422-76634.png)
Answer any requests like are you sure? etc and that account will be history.
(I can't tell you exactly what the prompt are since I don't want to erase my account.)
You'll need to repeat this for each gmail account you want to delete.
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: Para-Noid on May 16, 2015, 12:57:55 AM
Bob,

Your little tip at the top did make a difference in Chrome speed.

I might prefer Firefox but I still use Chrome. Both are excellent browsers.
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on May 16, 2015, 01:14:17 AM
Bob,

Your little tip at the top did make a difference in Chrome speed.

I might prefer Firefox but I still use Chrome. Both are excellent browsers.
Same here. I actually use FF, Chrome and IE on occasion. :)
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: digmor crusher on May 16, 2015, 04:48:24 AM
Bob, in your opinion the fastest browser is ? Thinking of trying FF. Was reading something today that indicated FF was, of course it depends who is saying this. Did a quick test with IE and Chrome opening various webpages. On some IE was quicker, on some about the same, in no instances was Chrome quicker. Very unscientific and crude testing though. Probably for 2/10 of a second though it doesn't really matter.
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on May 16, 2015, 04:13:28 PM
Bob, in your opinion the fastest browser is ? Thinking of trying FF. Was reading something today that indicated FF was, of course it depends who is saying this. Did a quick test with IE and Chrome opening various webpages. On some IE was quicker, on some about the same, in no instances was Chrome quicker. Very unscientific and crude testing though. Probably for 2/10 of a second though it doesn't really matter.
Speed also depends on how much overhead all those extension use. Sometimes a little extra time is OK if it's associated with extra safety.
I use mainly Chrome but lately have also used FF a lot so it depends on what I need to do that determines which browser I use.
Time isn't everything and the older you get, the more you tend to realize that little fact.
IE is pretty fast but, on my system, there are very few addons. Chrome has the most addons so it tends to be just a bit slower than FF.
To be fair, Chrome also has the most capabilities due to all those addons. :)

Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on May 16, 2015, 05:40:29 PM

How to Delete Everything That Google Knows About You       
          (http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1431790630325-73135.png)
http://yournewswire.com/how-to-delete-everything-that-google-knows-about-you/ (http://yournewswire.com/how-to-delete-everything-that-google-knows-about-you/)
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: Para-Noid on May 16, 2015, 06:43:38 PM
In your opinion the fastest browser is ?

Try here http://www.speedtest.net/
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on May 29, 2015, 11:50:31 PM
                 Speed up Firefox:
 (http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1432935970469-40535.png)
More information at: http://www.zdnet.com/article/mozilla-abandons-firefox-tracking-protection-initiative/ (http://www.zdnet.com/article/mozilla-abandons-firefox-tracking-protection-initiative/)
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on July 18, 2015, 07:00:59 PM

(https://davescomputertips.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Java-logo.jpg) I like my Coffee but Java needs to go.
 
To completely remove Java from your computer, please see:
How do I uninstall Java on Windows (https://www.java.com/en/download/help/uninstall_java.xml)?
How do I uninstall Java 7 on Mac (https://www.java.com/en/download/help/mac_uninstall_java.xml)?
How do I uninstall Java on Linux (https://www.java.com/en/download/help/linux_uninstall.xml)?

Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on August 07, 2015, 03:07:48 PM
We all know that the search function of this site leaves a lot to be desired.
Why not use the search function of your browser to search this or any other site ???
Simply type this into the search or address bar of your browser:
site:https://forum.avast.com/ search parameter goes here

Here's an example of how it's used:
(http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1438952747124-93989.png)
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on August 31, 2015, 02:32:49 PM

Important shortcut keys in Windows 10
(http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1441027083716-62752.png) + A = Action Center
(http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1441027083716-62752.png) + C = Cortana (For Voice Input)
(http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1441027083716-62752.png) + E = Open Explorer
(http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1441027083716-62752.png) + I = Open Settings App
(http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1441027083716-62752.png) + S = Open Cortana or Search
(http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1441027083716-62752.png) + X = Open Power Users Menu (WinX Menu)
There are many other shortcut keys but everyone should know these Important ones.
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: Dch48 on September 02, 2015, 11:41:00 PM

(https://davescomputertips.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Java-logo.jpg) I like my Coffee but Java needs to go.
 
To completely remove Java from your computer, please see:
How do I uninstall Java on Windows (https://www.java.com/en/download/help/uninstall_java.xml)?
How do I uninstall Java 7 on Mac (https://www.java.com/en/download/help/mac_uninstall_java.xml)?
How do I uninstall Java on Linux (https://www.java.com/en/download/help/linux_uninstall.xml)?
Even though these days, it very rarely gets used, I still keep it around. There are still some things that need it.
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on September 03, 2015, 03:51:31 PM

YouTube Tricks
1. Save a video - add "ss" after "www." and before "youtube".
Wait a few seconds and select download
Example
Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMUm_TOD_1M (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMUm_TOD_1M)
Download: https://www.ssyoutube.com/watch?v=aMUm_TOD_1M (https://www.ssyoutube.com/watch?v=aMUm_TOD_1M)
Here's the result: (http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1440164177706-77205.png)


2. Set a Playback Quality Default
Go to: https://www.youtube.com/account_playback (https://www.youtube.com/account_playback)
Make your selection:
(http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1440165721626-75826.png)


3. YouTube Repeater of Loop
Simply insert "repeater" right after "www.youtube (http://www.youtube)" or just before ".com"
Single play: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMUm_TOD_1M (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMUm_TOD_1M)
Repeat/loop: https://www.youtuberepeater.com/watch?v=aMUm_TOD_1M (https://www.youtuberepeater.com/watch?v=aMUm_TOD_1M)
To learn or meomrize something, repetition can be very helpful:
(http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1440166898165-37088.png)


4. Shortcut Keys (Commands)
Space bar: pause/start
Side arrows: fast-forward and rewind
Number keys: Will send you to different parts of the video. 1 = 10 percent through the video; 2 = 20 percent; etc.
Zero key: Sends you back to the beginning.
Tab key: toggle through various vid commands; the Enter key and up/down arrows will let you control the commands.
Home / End keys: sends you directly to end / beginning.
Once you learn them, they are easier to use than the mouse.
(http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1440167278101-23745.png)


5. Slow down or Speed up a Video:
(http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1440167631306-86444.png)
This can lead to some surprising results


6. Start your Video at a specific time.
Adding #t=XmXs to the end of a video Will start that video at the X-minute and X-second of the video.
Here's an example:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMUm_TOD_1M#t=0m38s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMUm_TOD_1M#t=0m38s)
(http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1440169055973-49833.png)


7. Embed a Video
You can add a video to your website or Blog
Scroll down right next to Share youl see Embed - Select that.
(http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1440169500305-79501.png)
You can even Email the video to someone.
(http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1440169763750-19863.png)
Just fill in the information and hit the send button.
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: mchain on September 03, 2015, 07:28:40 PM
Holy cow!  Good stuff!
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on September 16, 2015, 09:45:14 PM

Checking your Hard Drive Status via Command Prompt
Open a Command Prompt
Use the Windows Key and the R (Run) key - You'll see this:
(http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1442411949204-47217.png)
Next type cmd into the box - It should look like this:
(http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1442412151926-15830.png)
Select OK
You'll now see this:
(http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1442412227040-37194.png)


Now type the following at the blinking cursor: wmic and hit enter. You'll see this:
(http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1442412384919-88628.png)


Finally, type this at the blinking cursor: diskdrive get status and hit enter.
(There is a space after diskdrive and after get) You should now see this:
(http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1442412610092-93113.png)


If it doesn't say OK, find out what to do about the problems it reports.
If it finds serious errors, I'd also get busy and back up my data.
Since this is fairly simple, do this once a week to stay ahead of a Disk Drive Disaster.

Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on November 07, 2015, 07:43:30 PM
The power of the Alt (http://www.davescomputertips.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/alt-key-150x97.jpg) key.
The letters we type depend on the keyboard language assigned.
Sometime you need a letter that's not part of your language.
My title on this forum is "Überevangelist" but, my keyboard doesn't have an "Ü".
Somhow using the accepted substitution of "ue" just doesn't do it justice.
The fix is to hold down the ALT key while typing 0220 on the keyboards Number keypad. (Ü)
Utilizing that little trick makes typing Über Evangelist very easy.
Here is a chart of Alt-Codes that may come in handy:
(http://www.davescomputertips.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/alt-codes-win7.jpg)
(Thank to Dave's computer Tips for this information (https://davescomputertips.com/how-to-use-alt-codes-in-windows/))
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on January 17, 2016, 09:32:26 PM

Instructions for the Reliable use of System Restore:
Open the Avast User Interface:
(http://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1453060869661-30584.png)
Select Troubleshooting >
Make sure the Self Defence Moduale is NOT checked
(http://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1453061554832-5901.png)
Once unchecked click on OK and allow the disabling of the Self Defence function.


Open System Properties > Select System Protection:
(http://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1453060345920-8738.png)
Make sure that the Protection is set to ON


I find that using Restore Point Creator (http://www.toms-world.org/blog/restore_point_creator) easier than getting to System Restore in Windows.
(http://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1453062547555-3414.png)
It's also packed with many additional functions.
It's simply an easier User Interface for the System Restore function.
http://www.toms-world.org/blog/restore_point_creator (http://www.toms-world.org/blog/restore_point_creator)
(Look for my instructional video at the bottom of the website)
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on February 03, 2016, 02:49:48 PM
A quick way to Clear your Browser History
(http://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1454507197653-38713.png)
I've tested that Key combination shortcut in the following Browsers:
Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer and, Edge
( Keep it Clean )
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on March 19, 2016, 10:12:12 AM
          Adding some useful items to your Boot Menu
(http://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1458377666680-65091.png)
Step 1

To do this, open a Command Prompt with Admin.Rights
and add the following commands (One at a time):

bcdedit /copy {current} /d "Safe Mode with Networking"


bcdedit /copy {current} /d "Safe Mode with Command Prompt"


bcdedit /copy {current} /d "Windows 10 Safe Mode"

Step 2
Open a Run Command box with:  msconfig Once open, Select the boot option:

(http://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1458398578843-48760.png)
(http://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1458397913528-49723.png)
(http://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1458398000305-19986.png)



More options and information at:
http://www.howtogeek.com/245175/how-to-add-safe-mode-to-the-windows-8-and-10-boot-menu/ (http://www.howtogeek.com/245175/how-to-add-safe-mode-to-the-windows-8-and-10-boot-menu/)
This works on Window8 and Windows10
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: thekochs on March 21, 2016, 12:56:54 PM
While bob3160 recommendation Restore Point Creator is much simpler way than thru Windows here is one that can be setup to require no action.
You can put the VBS file provided in the ZIP to C:\Program Files\Instant Restore Point then go into your Task Scheduler and setup a daily task to launch.

Here are links for W10 & W7..............
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4543-system-restore-point-shortcut-create-windows-10-a.html
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/494-system-restore-point-shortcut.html
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on March 21, 2016, 01:28:40 PM
While bob3160 recommendation Restore Point Creator is much simpler way than thru Windows here is one that can be setup to require no action.
You can put the VBS file provided in the ZIP to C:\Program Files\Instant Restore Point then go into your Task Scheduler and setup a daily task to launch.

Here are links for W10 & W7..............
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4543-system-restore-point-shortcut-create-windows-10-a.html (http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4543-system-restore-point-shortcut-create-windows-10-a.html)
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/494-system-restore-point-shortcut.html (http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/494-system-restore-point-shortcut.html)
I've installed it and tried it but there appears to be a problem.
Although it states that the restore point was created, it is no where to be found.....
Restore Point Creator on the other hand works without any problems.
http://www.toms-world.org/blog/restore_point_creator (http://www.toms-world.org/blog/restore_point_creator)
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: thekochs on March 22, 2016, 01:20:06 AM
While bob3160 recommendation Restore Point Creator is much simpler way than thru Windows here is one that can be setup to require no action.
You can put the VBS file provided in the ZIP to C:\Program Files\Instant Restore Point then go into your Task Scheduler and setup a daily task to launch.

Here are links for W10 & W7..............
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4543-system-restore-point-shortcut-create-windows-10-a.html (http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4543-system-restore-point-shortcut-create-windows-10-a.html)
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/494-system-restore-point-shortcut.html (http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/494-system-restore-point-shortcut.html)
I've installed it and tried it but there appears to be a problem.
Although it states that the restore point was created, it is no where to be found.....
Restore Point Creator on the other hand works without any problems.
http://www.toms-world.org/blog/restore_point_creator (http://www.toms-world.org/blog/restore_point_creator)

Mine works fine on both W7 & W10 PCs....have created countless points and even restored from in some case.  Attached are pics.
Note, I do not use the "shortcut" provided in the ZIP.
I just put VBS file in the directory I outlined and point to that VBS file in my Windows Scheduler Task's Actions section.
I'm sure Restore Pt Creator works fine....this is just automated...wanted to give as another option.

UPDATE:

@bob3160, I did look at your Video on Restore Point Creator and noticed an option to create a "schedule a system restore point".
I assume this allows you within this util to schedule a recurring task ? ......basically what I have done above manually with the VBS & Windows Scheduler ?
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: merckxist on March 22, 2016, 07:19:42 PM
re post #20:
Instructions for the Reliable use of System Restore:

What followed was a how-to for creating system restore point w/Avast Self Defense turned off, presumably only while the restore point creation is in progress. Based on other posts regarding Avast and recovering to a restore point, the recovery is also more reliably performed w/Self Defense temporarily inactive.

This work-around for Self Defense, while a bit cumbersome, could be seen as a reasonable accommodation to the benefits of the Self Defense feature, especially when the user has control over the timing of Restore Point creation. However, with the arrival of Windows 10, the timing of updates (and their generation of a Restore Point) is no longer always at the immediate discretion of the user.

Is there a known, tested mechanism for minimizing the inactivity period for the Self Defense feature so Windows 10 Update can create a Restore Point w/o Avast Self Defense potentially making it an unreliable recovery option? Or is it known that even if the Restore Point is created w/Self Defense active, the Restore Point can be reliably used by running the restore in some mode of Win RE?
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on March 22, 2016, 07:23:22 PM
@Mertchxist,
I suggest that you start your own topic. :)
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: Dch48 on March 22, 2016, 11:26:58 PM
This is just me but system restore is turned off on my computers. It's very dodgy as to whether it will work, has issues with AV programs, not only Avast, and I find that having the restore points causes performance issues due to massive fragmentation that can not be removed. When I want to defrag, I have to eliminate all the restore points first or it doesn't work right. I just do a full system backup on a semi regular basis with AOMEI Backupper which I know works perfectly.
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on April 10, 2016, 03:47:55 PM
All Apps (Including Hidden ones) in one Folder for Windows 10:
(http://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1460295697460-28686.png)
Here's how:
(http://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1460295986211-39075.png)
Open a run command: Windows key and R key
Type the following: shell:appsfolder
Press OK

(Credits for this go to https://davescomputertips.com/author/richard-pedersen/ )
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on May 03, 2016, 04:47:39 PM
Protection against Unauthorized Webcam use
I have a simple answer for the unexpected and unauthorized Webcam shots:
The Webcam is only usable when I allow it.
Normally, this is what my laptop looks like:
(http://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1462284856936-89163.png)
If the webcam get's activated, nothing is transmitted
unless I move the cover out of the way.


The cover is made by using folded 2 1/2 in. circular cutout like this:
(http://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1462285485529-19671.png)
(http://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1462285940520-26113.png)
I scotch tape it to the back of the laptop
When I want to use the Webcam, I simply  move it out of the way
(http://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1462285999003-95149.png)
and I'm ready to do a Webinar or chat with friends and family.

Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: Lotan on May 03, 2016, 07:13:21 PM
All Apps (Including Hidden ones) in one Folder for Windows 10:
(http://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1460295697460-28686.png)
Here's how:
(http://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1460295986211-39075.png)
Open a run command: Windows key and R key
Type the following: shell:appsfolder
Press OK

(Credits for this go to https://davescomputertips.com/author/richard-pedersen/ )

you can get the same result by creating a folder and renaming it to "GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}" which then adds every app into said folder even hidden ones, works in windows 7 and later.
edit: my bad its the Windows Master Control Panel shortcut which gives you access to all windows control pannel settings and hidden ones.
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: Dch48 on May 03, 2016, 09:33:22 PM
I never use the webcam on my laptop and have not seen any unauthorized usage either. I don't have anything installed that uses it except for the HP drivers.
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: DavidR on May 03, 2016, 10:22:29 PM
I never use the webcam on my laptop and have not seen any unauthorized usage either. I don't have anything installed that uses it except for the HP drivers.

Why wait until you see some unauthorised use (even if you manage to see it), it is too late by then.
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on May 03, 2016, 10:29:35 PM
I never use the webcam on my laptop and have not seen any unauthorized usage either. I don't have anything installed that uses it except for the HP drivers.
This was posted as a precaution. If you don't think you need it, simply pass it by. :)
http://www.howtogeek.com/210921/how-to-disable-your-webcam-and-why-you-should/ (http://www.howtogeek.com/210921/how-to-disable-your-webcam-and-why-you-should/)
https://blog.avast.com/2015/08/18/could-someone-be-watching-you-through-your-webcam/ (https://blog.avast.com/2015/08/18/could-someone-be-watching-you-through-your-webcam/)
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on July 01, 2016, 03:49:51 PM

Here's MY Version of "The Best Security Suites of 2016"
I read the following article today ( http://goo.gl/r283ml (http://goo.gl/r283ml) ) and don't understand why anyone want's to spend all that money
when there is protection available totally free of charge.
Protection and Security just as good or better than what's suggested in that article.
Here are the programs I suggest that once installed will protect your system and do it all for FREE.
What's better than being fully protected and doing it all for Free:
Avast Free Nitro Update ( https://www.avast.com/index (https://www.avast.com/index) ), an excellent Free Antivirus that I've personally used since 2003 and am happy to endorse.
Since the free version of Avast doesn't have a Firewall, I suggest that you use the Firewall built into Windows. The Firewall built into  Windows 7 through 10 gives you all the protection you need and is already a part of your operating system. Verify via the Control Panel that it is turned on and active.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free ( https://www.malwarebytes.com/mwb-download/ (https://www.malwarebytes.com/mwb-download/) ) is an excellent Companion to your Antivirus program regardless of who's product you happen to use.
WinPatrol Free (http://www.winpatrol.com/download.html (http://www.winpatrol.com/download.html) ), monitors your system for changes and warns you when an unexpected changes occurs. It allows you to investigate that change and, reject it if it's something you don't want.
Unchecky ( https://unchecky.com/ (https://unchecky.com/) ), un-checks unwanted add-ons that are preselected when you install a wanted program. This often happens unnoticed when using a default install. I personally always do a custom install so I can see what's being installed, where it's being installed and, I can manually uncheck what I don't want installed.
McShield (http://www.mcshield.net/ (http://www.mcshield.net/) ) prevents boot infections on external devices from infecting your system.
Opera ( http://www.opera.com/ ) Now with Free VPN to keep you safe when using Open WiFi.
Enjoy the security, the protection and the price.
More information and additional resources are available for free at: http://goo.gl/5v4sIQ (http://goo.gl/5v4sIQ)
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on July 02, 2016, 09:08:32 PM

Information for those using an old NON SSE2 Operating System who still want to use Avast


(http://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1467476452301-95119.png)
Direct download: https://docs.google.com/uc?export=download&id=0B-vSic0iJgyeVDhCcGZ5dlRFUUE (https://docs.google.com/uc?export=download&id=0B-vSic0iJgyeVDhCcGZ5dlRFUUE)
Instructions for those using a NON SSE2 Operating system:
https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B-vSic0iJgyeUmdXVmxRQVZRZk0&usp=sharing (https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B-vSic0iJgyeUmdXVmxRQVZRZk0&usp=sharing)
To see if SSE2 is present on your system or not, go to: http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on July 28, 2016, 02:17:04 PM
avast! for Linux
(https://forum.avast.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=186015.0;attach=183564;image)

I still have it available here:
https://goo.gl/cqSzRi (https://goo.gl/cqSzRi)
It's not been supported for many years. Virus Database updates are still available.
The age of the program really doesn't matter as long as those VPS updates continue.
It's one way for the home user of Linux to still protect their system using Avast.
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on August 11, 2016, 10:34:42 PM

Sometimes Windows Update gets stuck and needs to be refreshed.
I have a batch file that I use when Windows Update get into a loop where half of it decides the update has already been done
and the other half insists that it hasn't received the update. It's a simple Script to Reset / Clear Windows Update.
Copy the following, open Notepad and past it into Notepad. Save this as WindowsUpdateReset.bat




@ECHO OFF
echo Simple Script to Reset / Clear Windows Update
echo.
PAUSE
echo.
attrib -h -r -s %windir%\system32\catroot2
attrib -h -r -s %windir%\system32\catroot2\*.*
net stop wuauserv
net stop CryptSvc
net stop BITS
ren %windir%\system32\catroot2 catroot2.old
ren %windir%\SoftwareDistribution sold.old
ren “%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\application data\Microsoft\Network\downloader” downloader.old
net Start BITS
net start CryptSvc
net start wuauserv
echo.
echo Task completed successfully…
echo.
PAUSE




Right click on the .bat file you've created and select "Run as Administrator".
Once completed, reboot the system and try your update again.
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: Be Secure on August 12, 2016, 04:29:55 AM
Thanks bob.
Or you can use this Reset Windows Update Agent:https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/Reset-Windows-Update-Agent-d824badc (https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/Reset-Windows-Update-Agent-d824badc)
It is so easy isn't it? :D
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: abruptum on August 15, 2016, 06:49:50 PM
How to override the Firefox Add-on Signing requirement

  http://www.ghacks.net/2016/08/14/override-firefox-add-on-signing-requirement/

I tried it and it works or you can use Cyberfox (basically Firefox without add-on signing requirement and with additional settings).
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: Pondus on August 16, 2016, 10:04:21 PM
How to Tell If Someone Is Tracking Your Emails
http://fieldguide.gizmodo.com/how-to-tell-if-someone-is-tracking-your-emails-1785079161


Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on October 31, 2016, 02:51:46 PM
Adding a Quick Launch Bar to Windows 10
(The Quick Launch bar goes back to Windows XP)
(http://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1477920715180-47667.png)


Next you'll need to type in the Choose a folder box as shown:
(http://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1477920830163-31656.png)


If you did this step correctly you'll now see this. Follow the directions shown:
(http://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1477921019419-94195.png)


The Quick Launch Bar should now be added to the Task Bar:
(http://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1477921112408-21112.png)


A quick way to get to this Quick Launch bar in order to add or delete items
is through the Run Command: Depress the Windows Key and the R key then follow directions:
(http://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1477921407074-22800.png)


You can add or delete shortcuts directly from this folder and,
they will reflect in the newly created Quick Launch Bar
(http://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1477921819913-83567.png)


Hope you find this useful.
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on December 02, 2016, 03:14:35 PM

(http://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1480687914530-39472.png)

Microsoft's current easy fix solutions (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2970908)
If you have a Windows problem, see if there isn't already an easy fix for it.
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on December 06, 2016, 09:50:14 PM
To find your version of Windows, use the Windows Key and the R key combination.
Type: winver into the box that opens and hit OK.
(http://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1481057361030-14071.png)


You'll see something like this:
(http://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1481057024013-63237.png)

Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on February 17, 2017, 01:23:32 PM

12 powerful websites that can replace your PC's desktop software

01. Online Photo Editor: http://pixlr.com/editor/ (http://pixlr.com/editor/)
02. Personal Finance Tools: https://www.mint.com/ (https://www.mint.com/)
03. Spotify Web Player: https://play.spotify.com/ (https://play.spotify.com/)
04. Project Manager: https://trello.com/home (https://trello.com/home)
05. Communications Tool: https://slack.com/ (https://slack.com/)
06. Video Editing: https://www.wevideo.com/ (https://www.wevideo.com/)
07. Communication Service: https://web.skype.com/en/ (https://web.skype.com/en/)
08. Presentation Tool: http://prezi.com/ (http://prezi.com/)
09. AV Online Scanner: https://www.virustotal.com/en/ (https://www.virustotal.com/en/)
10. Password Manager: https://lastpass.com/ (https://lastpass.com/)
11. Cloud Storage: https://support.google.com/drive/answer/2375123?hl=en (https://support.google.com/drive/answer/2375123?hl=en)
12. Google's suite of Drive productivity apps: https://drive.google.com/ (https://drive.google.com/)


Credit for this goes to: http://www.itnews.com/article/2459671/websites/12-powerful-websites-that-can-replace-your-desktop-software.html (http://www.itnews.com/article/2459671/websites/12-powerful-websites-that-can-replace-your-desktop-software.html)
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on June 11, 2017, 08:38:19 PM
The Run box is an excellent way to reach many of the tools built into Windows.
To open it, simply use the Windows Key and the R key:


(http://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1497206132462-78372.png)
(http://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1497206211118-8554.png)

Tool Shortcut   Name   Description
calc   Calculator   Launches the Calculator
charmap   Character Map   Loads the Character Map which enables you to browse and copy characters.
cleanmgr   Disk Cleanup   Starts Disk Cleanup to remove temporary and no longer needed files from the Windows machine
cmd   Command Prompt   Loads the Command Prompt window to work on the command line.
colorcpl   Color Management   Manage displays and color profiles.
control   Control Panel   Loads the Windows Control Panel
credwiz   Stored User Names and Passwords   Back up or restore your stored user names and passwords
dcomcnfg   Component Services   Loads the Component Services management interface.
defrag   Defragment and optimize drives   
dfrgui   Optimize Drives   List connected drives, optimization status, and option to analyze or optimize manually.
dialer   Phone Dialer   Phone Dialer interface to call someone
dpiscaling   DPI Scaling   Opens the DPI preferences.
dxdiag   DirectX Diagnostic Tool   Run diagnostics on the system’s DirectX capabilities.
eudcedit   Private Character Editor   Create letters or logos for your font library.
eventvwr   Event Viewer   Opens the Windows Event Viewer.
fonts   Fonts   Opens the Fonts folder
iexpress   Iexpress Wizard   Create self-extracting and/or self-installing package
fsquirt   Bluetooth File Transfer   Program to send or receive files using Bluetooth
iexplore   Internet Explorer   Starts the Internet Explorer web browser/td>
lpksetup   Install or uninstall display languages   Lets you install or uninstall display languages on Windows
magnify   Magnifier   Opens the Accessibility tool Magnifier
mblctr   Windows Mobility Center   Control brightness, volume, power and screen on mobile devices
mdsched   Windows Memory Diagnostics   Run tests to find out if memory problems exist
migwiz      Opens Windows\System32\migwiz
mmc   Microsoft Management Console   Opens the Microsoft Management Console interface
mobsync   Sync Center   Loads the Sync Center Control Panel applet
mrt   Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool   Loads the Malicious Software Removal Tool to remove viruses and other dangerous files.
msconfig   System Configuration   Configure startup and boot, and services.
msdt   Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool   Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool
msinfo32   System Information   Displays information on system hardware, and software.
mspaint   Microsoft Paint   Loads the image viewer and editor
msra   Windows Remote Assistance   Offer or receive remote assistance
mstsc   Remote Desktop Connection   Connect to a remote desktop
netplwiz   User Accounts   Manage Windows users acocunts
notepad   Notepad   Opens the text editor
optionalfeatures   Windows Features   Loads Windows Features to turn features on or off.
osk   On-Screen Keyboard   Displays the on-screen keyboard for input
perfmon   Performance Monitor   Loads the Performance Monitor to manage system performance
prefetch   Prefetch Folder   Opens Windows\Prefetch
printbrmui   Printer Migration   Import Printer queues and drivers to a file, or export the data.
presentationsettings   Presentation Settings   Opens Presentation Settings (mobile only)
rasphone   Remote Access Phone Book   Remote Access Phone Book
regedit   Registry Editor   Launches the Windows Registry Editor
rekeywiz   Encrypting File System   Manage file encryption certificates
rstrui   System Restore   Restore system files and settings
shrpubw   Create a shared folder wizard   Wizard to create new shared folders
sigverif   File Signature Verification   Check and configure file signature verification
slui   Windows Activation   Change product key
sndvol   Volume Mixer   Manager volumes for individual apps and globally
snippingtool   Snipping Tool   Capture screenshots
Systempropertiesadvanced   System Properties   Displays the Advanced tab of the System Properties
Systempropertiescomputername   System Properties   Displays the Computer Name tab of System Properties
Systempropertieshardware   System Properties   Loads the Hardware tab of the System Properties
Systempropertiesperformance   Performance options   Tweak performance related settings.
Systempropertiesprotection   System Properties   Loads the System Protection tab of System Properties
Systempropertiesremote   System Properties   Loads the Remote tab of System Properties
syskey   Securing the Windows Account Database   Configure Accounts database to enable additional encryption
system.ini   system.ini   Loads the file system.ini
tabcal   Digitizer Calibration Tool   Calibrate digitizers
taskmgr   Task Manager   Loads the Windows Task Manager interface
telnet   Telnet   Telnet interface
utilman   Accessibility   Opens Accessibility options
verifier   Driver Verifier Manager   Verify installed drivers
wab      Opens the contacts folder of the signed in user
wabmig   Import to Windows Contacts   Import files with contact information to Windows Contacts
wiaacmgr   Windows Scan   Loads the scan interface if a scanner is installed
win.ini   win.ini   Loads the file win.ini
winver   Windows Version   Displays Windows version information
wmplayer   Windows Media Player   Loads the multimedia player
write   WordPad   Loads the WordPad editor


Have fun!
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on June 11, 2017, 08:56:56 PM

The tools in the Microsoft Management Console can also be reached easily via the Run box.


(http://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1497207026626-8961.png)
(http://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1497207121207-33123.png)


Msc File            Console                             Description
azman.msc   Authorization Manager   Manage Authorization Stores
certlm.msc   Certificates Local Computer   Loads the list of certificates of the local computer.
certmgr.msc   Certificates   Loads the list of certificates of the user
comexp.msc   Component Services   Loads Component Services, Event Viewer, and Services.
compmgmt.msc   Computer Management   Includes System Tools
                                        (Task Scheduler, Event Viewer, Shared Folders, Local Users and Groups,
                                        Performance and Device Manager), Storage (Disk Management), 
                                        and Services and Applications (Services and WMI Control)
devmgmt.msc   Device Manager   Opens the Device Manager to manage hardware and devices.
devmoderunasuserconfig.msc     
diskmgmt.msc   Disk Management   Opens Disk Management to administrate connected storage devices.
eventvwr.msc   Event Viewer   Opens the Event Viewer which displays operating system, software, and hardware events.
fsmgmt.msc   Shared Folders   Loads the list of shared folders, sessions, and open files
gpedit.msc   Group Policy Editor   Loads the Group Policy Editor to manage system policies
lusrmgr.msc   Local Users and Groups   Interface to manage local users and user groups.
perfmon.msc   Performance Monitor   Loads the Windows Performance Monitor
printmanagement.msc   Print Management   Manage printers.
rsop.msc   Resultant Set of Policies   List policies, full results only available through command line tool gpresult
secpol.msc   Local Security Policy   Loads policies such as account policies, public key policies, or advanced audit policy configuration

services.msc   Services Manager   Loads the list of installed services to manage them.
taskschd.msc   Task Scheduler   Loads the Task Scheduler to manage tasks
tpm.msc   Trusted Platform Module Management   Manage the TPM on the local device.
wf.msc   Windows Firewall   Starts Windows Firewall with Advanced Security.
wmimgmt.msc   WMI Management   Configure and Control the Windows Management Instrumentation Service.
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: Para-Noid on June 12, 2017, 07:13:12 PM
alt key tips and codes

Beginner help http://fsymbols.com/keyboard/windows/alt-codes/laptop/

Exhaustive resource for alt key codes http://sites.psu.edu/symbolcodes/windows/codealt/
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on June 13, 2017, 05:50:22 PM
(https://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/xblue-screen-of-death.jpg.pagespeed.gp+jp+jw+pj+ws+js+rj+rp+rw+ri+cp+md.ic.xXxpKMvNb2.jpg)
             What to do when Windows doesn't boot (https://www.howtogeek.com/173828/what-to-do-when-windows-wont-boot/)
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on October 21, 2017, 05:39:19 PM
(http://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1508600101208-12722.png)
          https://goo.gl/Gqi2JS
(I've checked all the links and they all lead to the right place.)


Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on March 17, 2018, 11:38:29 PM

Use DISM if SFC /Scannow fails to correct the issues.
Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM)
Use this on computers running Window 7 and newer only.
Must be run in Elevated Command Prompt (Command Prompt (Admin))

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
(Checks Image health) Makes no changes. Very quick.
(https://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1521205763399-83576.png)

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
(Scans Image Health) Makes no Changes. This takes a while.
(https://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1521205763399-83576.png)

Run the following only after you've confirmed existence of a problem and,
after you've created a reliable backup.

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
(Fixes (Restores) Image health)

Log File Locations Discussed can be found here:
C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.logC:\Windows\Logs\DISM\dism.log
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on May 10, 2018, 05:44:05 PM
(https://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1525966859411-74460.png)
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on June 21, 2018, 03:32:55 PM
Stop Telemarketers:
(https://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1529587885123-7031.png)
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sE8fL7tSS8OMeRta_UMpEb_1KE8sv1KVNrOEK_qLpek/edit?usp=sharing (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sE8fL7tSS8OMeRta_UMpEb_1KE8sv1KVNrOEK_qLpek/edit?usp=sharing)
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on July 08, 2018, 11:37:19 AM
System Restore
(https://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1531042599076-49518.png)
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rzg1f4i2_6AWgbuIYWw1wjeW05QVTwYvq4ml5uoI-Ak/edit?usp=sharing (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rzg1f4i2_6AWgbuIYWw1wjeW05QVTwYvq4ml5uoI-Ak/edit?usp=sharing)
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on December 20, 2018, 04:09:24 PM
When you need more information that just this:
(https://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1545317073170-24733.png)
(https://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1545317138414-97903.png)
It's time to issue the following Run Command:
(https://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1545317340372-37452.png)
(https://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1545317445866-26740.png)
You can even create a shortcut on your desktop or, in your Utilities Folder
(https://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1545317851325-80628.png)
(https://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1545317982413-18990.png)
(https://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1545318150967-96689.png)
Here's the end result:
(https://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1545318491492-5902.png)






Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on December 28, 2018, 04:12:29 PM

Standalone Off-Line Installers - Chrome, Firefox, and Opera
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1iPWB9Wwtdct6GQ4S5WNvoLTADo7BIC4izF5aEXS0UAA/edit?usp=sharing (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1iPWB9Wwtdct6GQ4S5WNvoLTADo7BIC4izF5aEXS0UAA/edit?usp=sharing)
Title: Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
Post by: bob3160 on January 19, 2019, 01:27:29 PM
A new Folder on my Desktop
(https://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1547899188824-37022.png)
Once opened, here are all the Goodies inside.
(https://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1547899281672-36465.png)
To create your own, simply follow this.
Right click on an empty spot on your desktop and select the following:

(https://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1547899702048-66280.png)
Type the following into the next prompt:
%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools

(https://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1547900051598-11933.png)
As soon as you select Next, this will open:
(https://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1547900766245-38493.png)
The name will already be filled in. (You can change it to your choice.)
Next select Finish and the new folder will now appear on your Desktop.
(https://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1547900355771-49553.png)
You can arrange how these tools are displayed. By default the display is Detail but,
you can select your favorite,

(https://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1547900546967-36958.png)
I personally selected Large icons.
Enjoy!