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Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
« Reply #30 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:

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:


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

and I'm ready to do a Webinar or chat with friends and family.

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Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
« Reply #31 on: May 03, 2016, 07:13:21 PM »
All Apps (Including Hidden ones) in one Folder for Windows 10:

Here's how:

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.
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Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
« Reply #32 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.
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Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
« Reply #33 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.
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Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
« Reply #34 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/
https://blog.avast.com/2015/08/18/could-someone-be-watching-you-through-your-webcam/
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Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
« Reply #35 on: July 01, 2016, 03:49:51 PM »

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Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
« Reply #36 on: July 02, 2016, 09:08:32 PM »

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



Direct download: https://docs.google.com/uc?export=download&id=0B-vSic0iJgyeVDhCcGZ5dlRFUUE
Instructions for those using a NON SSE2 Operating system:
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To see if SSE2 is present on your system or not, go to: http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html
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Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
« Reply #37 on: July 28, 2016, 02:17:04 PM »
avast! for Linux


I still have it available here:
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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.
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Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
« Reply #38 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.
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Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
« Reply #39 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
It is so easy isn't it? :D
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Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
« Reply #40 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).

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Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
« Reply #41 on: August 16, 2016, 10:04:21 PM »
Chief Wiggum: Uh, no, you got the wrong number. This is 9-1…2.


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Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
« Reply #42 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)



Next you'll need to type in the Choose a folder box as shown:



If you did this step correctly you'll now see this. Follow the directions shown:



The Quick Launch Bar should now be added to the Task Bar:



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:



You can add or delete shortcuts directly from this folder and,
they will reflect in the newly created Quick Launch Bar



Hope you find this useful.
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Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
« Reply #43 on: December 02, 2016, 03:14:35 PM »



Microsoft's current easy fix solutions
If you have a Windows problem, see if there isn't already an easy fix for it.
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Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
« Reply #44 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.



You'll see something like this:


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