http://www.infopackets.com/index.xml en GM To Debut 'Teen Driver' Programmable Car http://www.infopackets.com/news/9552/gm-debut-teen-driver-programmable-car <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">General Motors is releasing a car with a series of features designed to reassure parents that their children will drive safely. It also lets them access reports about driving activity. The 'Teen Driver' system will debut in the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. The system works by having multiple electronic key fobs: teens get their own set of keys which will automatically switch the system on when used. Teen Driver has two main elements. The first is monitoring, which allows the car owner to access a 'report card' about the activity while the teen was driving. This includes the total ... (<a href="/news/9552/gm-debut-teen-driver-programmable-car" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:04:56 +0000 John Lister 9552 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9552/gm-debut-teen-driver-programmable-car#comments f1 Technology Google to Eliminate Paper Bills using Gmail http://www.infopackets.com/news/9551/google-eliminate-paper-bills-using-gmail <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Google is said to be planning a tool to let users receive bills via and email, then pay with a single click of a button - all without leaving their inbox. While it will be promoted as a service to benefit users, it could be part of a wider business move for Google. Leaked screenshots reveal the service is codenamed Pony Express, though it's unknown if that will be the real name if and when it launches. The current plan is to start the service in the final quarter of 2015. The plan isn't so much to replace existing electronic billing. Instead, Google is targeting companies which print ... (<a href="/news/9551/google-eliminate-paper-bills-using-gmail" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:23:28 +0000 John Lister 9551 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9551/google-eliminate-paper-bills-using-gmail#comments f1 Google Windows 10 Upgrade For Pirates: Applies Worldwide http://www.infopackets.com/news/9550/windows-10-upgrade-pirates-applies-worldwide <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Last week Microsoft confirmed it will give users running pirated copies of Windows 7 and 8.1 a free upgrade to Windows 10 . Now it's revealed that offer has a big restriction, one that may undermine the entire purpose of the move. Windows 10 Upgrade For All Applies Worldwide The initial announcement appeared as if the piracy offer would only apply to users in China. Since then, however, Microsoft has made some clarified two main points. One is that the offer will apply worldwide, and not just in China. The move was controversial enough in piracy-ridden China, and even more so in countries ... (<a href="/news/9550/windows-10-upgrade-pirates-applies-worldwide" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:18:50 +0000 John Lister 9550 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9550/windows-10-upgrade-pirates-applies-worldwide#comments f1 Piracy Spam Email: Can I block an entire Domain? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9548/spam-email-can-i-block-entire-domain <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Michael E. writes: " Dear Dennis, I read your newsletter all the time; thanks for publishing. Question: is there a way to block an entire web domain from sending email to me? I use Microsoft Outlook. The reason I ask this is because I constantly receive spam email from numerous web domains which seem to exist for the purpose of sending spam emails only, and therefore deserve to be totally blocked. I would like to be able to fill in a domain name in Outlook, and then never see emails again from those web domains in my inbox. " My response: Unfortunately, blocking an entire ... (<a href="/news/9548/spam-email-can-i-block-entire-domain" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:43:52 +0000 Dennis Faas 9548 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9548/spam-email-can-i-block-entire-domain#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Windows 8 Critical Service Failed (Blue Screen) http://www.infopackets.com/news/9547/how-fix-windows-8-critical-service-failed-blue-screen <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Anne F. writes: " Dear Dennis, After a Windows Update, my laptop rebooted and then displayed a blue screen of death (BSOD) with the error message CRITICAL SERVICE FAILED. After that, the computer reboots and goes into a continuous loop -- I am not able to get into Windows at all. I used various repair discs and managed to gotten rid of the CRITICAL SERVICE FAILED message, but now my computer boots into a black screen with the message No Operating System Found. When I use one of the downloaded repair disks, I see my C drive and Windows 8 is still on there, so I don't ... (<a href="/news/9547/how-fix-windows-8-critical-service-failed-blue-screen" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 12:55:10 +0000 Dennis Faas 9547 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9547/how-fix-windows-8-critical-service-failed-blue-screen#comments f1 Windows Tips Microsoft: Pirates Can Get Windows 10 For Free http://www.infopackets.com/news/9546/microsoft-pirates-can-get-windows-10-free <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft is offering Chinese users of pirated Windows software a free upgrade to Windows 10. It appears to be a case of profit over principle that may also have security benefits. Virtually all users of Windows 7 and 8.1 around the world will already qualify for a free upgrade to Windows 10 when it's released, something Microsoft now says will be "this summer." However, in most places that only applies to legitimate users. Things are very different in China, however, which has a combination of an increasingly wealthy tech-loving population and loose government policing of ... (<a href="/news/9546/microsoft-pirates-can-get-windows-10-free" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:53:58 +0000 John Lister 9546 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9546/microsoft-pirates-can-get-windows-10-free#comments f1 Piracy New Yahoo Login System Uses No Password http://www.infopackets.com/news/9545/new-yahoo-login-system-uses-no-password <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Yahoo has introduced an option to log in without needing to remember a password. It requires a cellphone and may trade security for convenience. Under the new system, which is optional, users can choose not to use a standard passwords for future log-ins. Once activated, the system will mean a button appears on Yahoo's site when the user is ready to log in to the account. When the user clicks this button, Yahoo sends a one-time only, four character password to the user's cellphone. Once the user logs in, the password field becomes inactive. The process is then repeated the next time ... (<a href="/news/9545/new-yahoo-login-system-uses-no-password" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:39:14 +0000 John Lister 9545 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9545/new-yahoo-login-system-uses-no-password#comments f1 Security Facebook Updates Rules On Banned Content http://www.infopackets.com/news/9544/facebook-updates-rules-banned-content <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Facebook has clarified its rules on what can and cannot be posted on the site. The changes are designed to bring more common sense, but critics say the rules still have inconsistencies. The decision to remove posts, photos or videos is based on a set of rules known as Facebook's community guidelines. In the past, the guidelines have come under heavy criticism for being either too vague and broad, often seeming to outlaw content many people would consider acceptable, or allow content widely considered unacceptable. Three years ago, leaked documents showed the instructions for previous ... (<a href="/news/9544/facebook-updates-rules-banned-content" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:06:26 +0000 John Lister 9544 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9544/facebook-updates-rules-banned-content#comments f1 Internet Windows CTRL Key Stuck? Desktop Icons are Huge? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9542/windows-ctrl-key-stuck-desktop-icons-are-huge <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Bill T. writes: " Dear Dennis, I'm not sure what happened, but the other day I was using my computer and the icons on my desktop became sticky. I double clicked MS Word to launch it, but it wouldn't do anything. So I tried clicking on Foxit Reader, but both MS Word and Foxit Reader were selected and I couldn't open either one. To make things worse, now my desktop icons are gigantic and are taking up most of the space on my screen. I can't seem to figure out how to make the icons go back to the original size they were on the desktop. Any idea why this happened and how I can ... (<a href="/news/9542/windows-ctrl-key-stuck-desktop-icons-are-huge" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 12:33:19 +0000 Dennis Faas 9542 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9542/windows-ctrl-key-stuck-desktop-icons-are-huge#comments f1 Windows Tips Windows 8.1 'Change PC Settings' link won't work? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9541/windows-81-change-pc-settings-link-wont-work <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Barry P. writes: " Dear Dennis, I'm running Windows 8.1. When I go to the Settings menu and then click on the 'Change PC Settings' link, nothing happens. It shows for a quick glimpse, but then disappears almost immediately after. I simply can't get into the PC Settings to make changes to my computer. Any ideas how to fix this problem? " My response: This is a very common problem that plagues Windows 8.1 users, especially those that upgraded from Windows 8 previously. Based on various posts I've read online, the same issue can result in a blank screen when the PC Settings ... (<a href="/news/9541/windows-81-change-pc-settings-link-wont-work" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 11:56:29 +0000 Dennis Faas 9541 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9541/windows-81-change-pc-settings-link-wont-work#comments f1 Windows Tips Patch To Fix FREAK Bug is a Must-Install http://www.infopackets.com/news/9540/patch-fix-freak-bug-must-install <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft has joined Apple and Google in releasing browser security updates to patch a bug dubbed FREAK. The bug could make it easier for hackers to decrypt data that intercept from website users. The vulnerability of FREAK doesn't allow hackers to see data in plain sight. Instead, it allows them to remotely change what's meant to be a secure website connection into an unsecure one, meaning that previously encrypted data would then travel without any encryption. To be of any use, a hacker would need to combine the FREAK exploit with another vulnerability that let them intercept data, ... (<a href="/news/9540/patch-fix-freak-bug-must-install" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 11:54:23 +0000 John Lister 9540 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9540/patch-fix-freak-bug-must-install#comments f1 Security Lawsuit: Gov't Net Surveillance Breaches Constitution http://www.infopackets.com/news/9539/lawsuit-govt-net-surveillance-breaches-constitution <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The US government is being sued by civil liberties groups who say the security services' collection of personal data online fundamentally breaches the constitution. At issue is the question of whether or not the government's interpretation of the law correctly allows for mass surveillance without probable cause about specific individuals. The lawsuit is led by the American Civil Liberties Union and is joined by at least nine other groups, including the organization that oversees Wikipedia. It makes the accusations against the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of ... (<a href="/news/9539/lawsuit-govt-net-surveillance-breaches-constitution" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 12:32:34 +0000 John Lister 9539 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9539/lawsuit-govt-net-surveillance-breaches-constitution#comments f1 Government Apple Offers iPhone Data For Medical Research http://www.infopackets.com/news/9538/apple-offers-iphone-data-medical-research <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Apple is making its technology available to medical researchers to conduct mass studies. Participation is entirely voluntary, and the company insists user privacy will be protected. The technology is called ResearchKit, and it's a set of tools available to researchers to make use of data gathered by smartphones that could relate to health and medicine. As well as collecting data from Apple products such as the iPhone, ResearchKit will be able to use data from fitness gadgets from other firms such as Fitbit. Using ResearchKit, researchers will be able to develop iPhone apps, even if they don ... (<a href="/news/9538/apple-offers-iphone-data-medical-research" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 10 Mar 2015 12:15:02 +0000 John Lister 9538 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9538/apple-offers-iphone-data-medical-research#comments f1 Apple CCleaner Won't Update? Green Progress Bar Stalls http://www.infopackets.com/news/9537/ccleaner-wont-update-green-progress-bar-stalls <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader 'Phil' writes: " Dear Dennis, I am using Windows 7 Home Edition and have been using CCleaner (crap cleaner) for a long time without any problem. However, I've been having difficulty with the last four updates to the program. Each update will download as usual, but the green installation progress bar stops after having moved about a quarter of an inch. It doesn't move any further, even if I leave the system on all day. Any ideas what might be causing it or how to resolve the issue? Your help would be most appreciated. " My response: Oftentimes if a program doesn't update ... (<a href="/news/9537/ccleaner-wont-update-green-progress-bar-stalls" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 09 Mar 2015 12:38:11 +0000 Dennis Faas 9537 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9537/ccleaner-wont-update-green-progress-bar-stalls#comments f1 Windows Tips What happened to the Freeware Picks? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9536/what-happened-freeware-picks <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Tom S. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have been a subscriber for well over 4 years now, and lately something has been bugging me a lot ... The newsletter greeting for each newsletter states that you have two freeware programs in each newsletter, but there are almost no programs offered or mentioned anymore. What's going on? PS: Thank you for your time, and all your efforts! " My response: You're not the only one to ask this question. We don't have freeware picks any longer in the newsletter for two main reasons. The first is that since 2006, Brandon Dimmel ... (<a href="/news/9536/what-happened-freeware-picks" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:41:48 +0000 Dennis Faas 9536 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9536/what-happened-freeware-picks#comments f1 Announcements Supreme Court Could Rethink Online Sales Tax http://www.infopackets.com/news/9535/supreme-court-could-rethink-online-sales-tax <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A Supreme Court judge says its time to re-examine laws that make it difficult or impossible to impose sales tax on many online sales. The decision could mean some states start collecting the tax without waiting for the law to change. Justice Anthony Kennedy made the comments in a Supreme Court ruling on a case involving the way Colorado attempts to collect sales taxes from companies based outside the state that sell goods to Colorado residents. At issue is Colorado's policy that any firm which does not collect and pay such taxes must provide extensive paperwork anyway. The ruling itself ... (<a href="/news/9535/supreme-court-could-rethink-online-sales-tax" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:58:40 +0000 John Lister 9535 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9535/supreme-court-could-rethink-online-sales-tax#comments f1 Courts High Tech or Flop? Order Pizza Using Car Dashboard http://www.infopackets.com/news/9534/high-tech-or-flop-order-pizza-using-car-dashboard <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Twenty years ago, ordering a pizza online was virtually unheard of, but in 1994, the first-ever online pizza transaction took place . The idea proved to be way ahead of its time, but eventually caught on and more restaurants followed suit. In recent years smartphone apps have been developed so that mobile users can order their favorite foods on the go. Flash forward to today, and now Domino's and Pizza Hut have both reached agreements to allow customers to place orders through unconventional means -- by using smart watches and dashboards on high-tech cars. Domino's is no stranger to ... (<a href="/news/9534/high-tech-or-flop-order-pizza-using-car-dashboard" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:52:45 +0000 John Lister 9534 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9534/high-tech-or-flop-order-pizza-using-car-dashboard#comments f1 Mobile Over 30? New Tinder Dating App Costs up to 4x More http://www.infopackets.com/news/9533/over-30-new-tinder-dating-app-costs-4x-more <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Smartphone dating app maker Tinder, Inc. has sparked controversy after announcing it would start charging based on age for its newly revised premium services. Users in the US will have to pay $9.99 a month if they are under 30 years old, and $19.99 if they are 30 or older. In the UK, the price difference in age for the same service is almost quadrupled. The move has not only outraged older customers, but ignited accusations of cynicism with the suggestion the people behind the app want to make it full of younger, and theoretically more attractive, singletons. How Tinder Works Tinder is a ... (<a href="/news/9533/over-30-new-tinder-dating-app-costs-4x-more" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:00:22 +0000 John Lister 9533 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9533/over-30-new-tinder-dating-app-costs-4x-more#comments f1 Mobile How to Restore Default Windows Fonts? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9532/how-restore-default-windows-fonts <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Vlad M. writes: " Dear Dennis, I'm using a laptop that I've had for several years, during which time I've accumulated a sizable number of fonts in the c:\windows\fonts directory. Some of the fonts I chose to install, some came pre-bundled with programs, and some came from previous versions of Windows when I upgraded (I am now using Windows 7 Ultimate). Question: how can I determine which fonts are necessary for Windows to run properly, and which I can uninstall to reduce load time and clutter? Thanks! " My response: There isn't a clear-cut way to do this in Windows, and ... (<a href="/news/9532/how-restore-default-windows-fonts" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:19:20 +0000 Dennis Faas 9532 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9532/how-restore-default-windows-fonts#comments f1 Windows Tips Web Pages Load Slow, but I have Fast Internet. Why? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9531/web-pages-load-slow-i-have-fast-internet-why <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Paul H. writes: " Dear Dennis, I recently upgraded my Internet connection speed through my Internet Service Provider, and I now have 60MB broadband service. As I expected, I have really fast downloads and web pages load lightening fast. However, some websites are considerably slower than I would expect, even slower than before the upgrade. Any ideas why that might be? " My Response: There are many reasons why some pages don't load as fast as others, even if you upgraded your broadband. The most important point to understand is that even though you have a fast ... (<a href="/news/9531/web-pages-load-slow-i-have-fast-internet-why" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:03:36 +0000 Dennis Faas 9531 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9531/web-pages-load-slow-i-have-fast-internet-why#comments f1 Windows Tips Report: Only 37.9 Percent of World Population Online http://www.infopackets.com/news/9530/report-only-379-percent-world-population-online <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A recent article published by Facebook suggests that less than 40 percent of the world's population has an Internet connection. While that figure continues to increase each year, the rate of growth has now slowed for four consecutive years. The figure combines data from multiple sources around the world, plus Facebook's own activity logs. The data suggest that as of December 2014, approximately 37.9 percent of people in the world use the Internet, even if that involves going online as little as once a year. In 2010, the number of people using the Internet grew by 14.7 percent year on ... (<a href="/news/9530/report-only-379-percent-world-population-online" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:37:16 +0000 John Lister 9530 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9530/report-only-379-percent-world-population-online#comments f1 Internet Google to Block and Ban Sites With Risky Downloads http://www.infopackets.com/news/9529/google-block-and-ban-sites-risky-downloads <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Google has added a new measure to protect users from visiting risky websites. It's now going to warn users about bogus downloads, even before they go to the website concerned. The changes will affect Google Search, users of the Chrome browser, and advertisements provided by Google to third-party websites. Safe Browsing Warnings Extended to Chrome Google's Chrome browser will now contain special warning messages built into the web browser. The warnings are part of Google's Safe Browsing Service , which is also available as a third party API (application program interface). Parts of the ... (<a href="/news/9529/google-block-and-ban-sites-risky-downloads" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:56:39 +0000 John Lister 9529 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9529/google-block-and-ban-sites-risky-downloads#comments f1 Security Lenovo, Superfish Spyware Prompts Class Action Suit http://www.infopackets.com/news/9528/lenovo-superfish-spyware-prompts-class-action-suit <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">PC manufacturer Lenovo may have to defend a class action lawsuit after it reportedly sold notebook computers that contained unwanted adware. The lawsuit follows the revelation that the adware had the potential to spy on users. The case involves a piece of software called Superfish. It was designed to look at images users were viewing online, identify items, find websites selling the item at a cheap price, and display an offer in a pop-up window. The software came pre-installed on some Lenovo notebook PCs and integrated with multiple browsers. Superfish came under several different categories ... (<a href="/news/9528/lenovo-superfish-spyware-prompts-class-action-suit" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:02:01 +0000 John Lister 9528 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9528/lenovo-superfish-spyware-prompts-class-action-suit#comments f1 Security How can a Hacker Access my Router and Network? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9527/how-can-hacker-access-my-router-and-network <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Dean S. writes: " Dear Dennis, I've read that most WiFi routers use weak passwords (example: admin / admin), or none by default. I understand that for security reasons, the router administrator user and password should be set to prevent outsiders / hackers from logging into the router and changing the WiFi settings. On my own router I am connected to it via cable, and can connect by WiFi if I login with the password set for WPA2 security. What I have not been able to understand is how does the hacker connect to the router, and how can they adjust my WiFi settings ... (<a href="/news/9527/how-can-hacker-access-my-router-and-network" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:42:51 +0000 Dennis Faas 9527 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9527/how-can-hacker-access-my-router-and-network#comments f1 Windows Tips 'Audacity 2.0.6', and 'PDFCreator 2.0' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9499/audacity-206-and-pdfcreator-20 <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Audacity 2.0.6 Audacity is a sound editor with many features. If you need to edit a sound clip or convert it to another format, this program is an excellent choice. http://sourceforge.net/ PDFCreator 2.0 PDFCreator can convert any document to .PDF format. It works by creating a virtual PDF printer on your computer; when you need to convert a document to PDF, simply "print" the document to the virtual PDF printer and it will then ask you where to save the file. http://sourceforge.net ... (<a href="/news/9499/audacity-206-and-pdfcreator-20" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:37:13 +0000 Douglas Godbey 9499 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9499/audacity-206-and-pdfcreator-20#comments Freeware UDF vs ISO: Why won't my CD-RW work in Another PC? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9526/udf-vs-iso-why-wont-my-cd-rw-work-another-pc <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Philip S. writes: " Dear Dennis, I use Windows XP and I often write my data to CD-RW (CD rewritable) discs. The problem is that some computers won't read the discs that I've created, whereas others will. I'm pretty sure the problem has to do with the format I'm using when I create the disc, but I'm not sure how to tweak the settings so that the discs are compatible on all computers. I am currently using Windows XP and Explorer to write the discs, using UDF format. Any ideas? " My response: You're correct -- the problem is with the UDF disc format and / or the way that you ... (<a href="/news/9526/udf-vs-iso-why-wont-my-cd-rw-work-another-pc" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:32:28 +0000 Dennis Faas 9526 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9526/udf-vs-iso-why-wont-my-cd-rw-work-another-pc#comments f1 Windows Tips Windows 10 to Widely Support Fingerprint, Key Logins http://www.infopackets.com/news/9525/windows-10-widely-support-fingerprint-key-logins <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Windows 10 will support a key standard for security measures designed as an alternative to the traditional password. It could make it easier to use methods such as fingerprint recognition or a "key-like" USB stick. Microsoft has confirmed the operating system will support the Fast Identity Online (Fido) standards. That's an industry-wide specification supported by tech firms such as BlackBerry and Google and financial firms such as PayPal, Discover and Visa. (Source: windows.com ) Fido isn't specific to any one device, but rather is a specification about the way computers ... (<a href="/news/9525/windows-10-widely-support-fingerprint-key-logins" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 12:50:33 +0000 John Lister 9525 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9525/windows-10-widely-support-fingerprint-key-logins#comments f1 Security 'IOBit Uninstaller 4.2.6.1', and 'Everything Search Engine 1.3.4.686' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9518/iobit-uninstaller-4261-and-everything-search-engine-134686 <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">IOBit Uninstaller 4.2.6.1 IOBit Uninstaller helps to remove programs from the system. It also does a deep scan for leftover files, including folders and registry entries. http://www.iobit.com Everything Search Engine 1.3.4.686 Everything Search Engine is similar to Windows Search, but runs with significantly less overhead. It can locate files and folders by name the moment the program is launched. It's small, free, and easy to use. http://www.voidtools.com (<a href="/news/9518/iobit-uninstaller-4261-and-everything-search-engine-134686" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:14:07 +0000 Douglas Godbey 9518 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9518/iobit-uninstaller-4261-and-everything-search-engine-134686#comments Freeware Microsoft Cloud Gets Data Privacy Promise http://www.infopackets.com/news/9523/microsoft-cloud-gets-data-privacy-promise <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft has signed up to an international standard for protecting customer privacy with online data. Among other measures, Microsoft promises to tell customers when the government demands access to their data. The company has followed ISO standard number 27018, which are guidelines set forth by the International Organization for Standardization. It's an attempt to set internationally recognized rules and regulations for the way "personally identifiable information" is handled in cloud services, and where data is stored or processed online rather than on the user's own computer ... (<a href="/news/9523/microsoft-cloud-gets-data-privacy-promise" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:05:19 +0000 John Lister 9523 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9523/microsoft-cloud-gets-data-privacy-promise#comments f1 Security Report: NSA Hacked Hard Drive Firmware for Spying http://www.infopackets.com/news/9522/report-nsa-hacked-hard-drive-firmware-spying <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The US government has been accused of embedding spyware directly onto hard drives using secret manufacturer information. Russian security software manufacturer Kaspersky Lab made the claims, and stem from its efforts to find and eliminate malicious software. Kaspersky says officials appear to have only used the spyware to target specific, foreign-based individuals. Kaspersky says that the spyware is part of an operation controlled by the National Security Agency (NSA) , under the name Equation Group. It claims the NSA figured out how to put spying software in the firmware of hard drives made ... (<a href="/news/9522/report-nsa-hacked-hard-drive-firmware-spying" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:23:07 +0000 John Lister 9522 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9522/report-nsa-hacked-hard-drive-firmware-spying#comments f1 Security 'Picasa Photo Organizer 3.9.0.138.151', and 'Jarte 5.3' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9517/picasa-photo-organizer-390138151-and-jarte-53 <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Picasa Photo Organizer 3.9.0.138.151 As the name suggests, Picasa Photo Organizer helps to organize photos. It can create albums, screen savers, slide shows and even edit photos. http://picasa.google.com Jarte 5.3 Jarte is a free word processor. It's based on WordPad already built into Windows; it's fast, and easy to use and has many extra features not already present in WordPad. It's small, portable, and even has touch-enabled features. http://www.jarte.com (<a href="/news/9517/picasa-photo-organizer-390138151-and-jarte-53" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 16:43:04 +0000 Douglas Godbey 9517 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9517/picasa-photo-organizer-390138151-and-jarte-53#comments Freeware Reset Admin Password (Windows Vista)? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9521/reset-admin-password-windows-vista <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Steve W. writes: " Dear Dennis, Thanks for your articles on how to reset the admin password in Windows XP , and Windows 7 and 8 . I have a friend who is locked out of his Windows Vista machine and was wondering if the instructions for resetting the admin password are similar? If not can you tell me how to reset a user account password for Windows Vista? " My Response: Resetting an admin or user password for Windows Vista uses similar methods previously discussed. Note that if you can login as the "Administrator" user, you can also use this account to reset any user password ... (<a href="/news/9521/reset-admin-password-windows-vista" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 16:36:18 +0000 Dennis Faas 9521 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9521/reset-admin-password-windows-vista#comments f1 Windows Tips 'Recuva 1.24.1063', and 'Ninite' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9489/recuva-1241063-and-ninite <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Recuva - Data Recovery Utility 1.24.1063 Recuva data recovery is a freeware program that helps to recover files deleted from your Windows computer, Recycle Bin, digital camera card, or MP3 player. http://www.piriform.com Ninite Ninite is a freeware program that allows you to download other popular freeware programs using an simple checkbox interface. It's a great utility to have if you do a lot of Windows installs and like to bundle a number of freeware programs on the computer. http://www.ninite.com ... (<a href="/news/9489/recuva-1241063-and-ninite" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 13:44:52 +0000 Douglas Godbey 9489 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9489/recuva-1241063-and-ninite#comments Freeware Reset Admin Password (Windows XP)? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9520/reset-admin-password-windows-xp <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Bill F. writes: " Dear Dennis, Thanks for your article on how to reset the admin password for Windows 7 and 8 . I have an old Windows XP machine and can't login because I lost my password. Do you have similar steps on how to reset the admin password for Windows XP? " My response: The steps to reset the administrator password for Windows XP is different than what what was previously described in the article for Windows 7 and 8. Note that if you can login as the "Administrator" user, you can also use this account to reset any user password on the system. So, the steps below ... (<a href="/news/9520/reset-admin-password-windows-xp" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 13:39:16 +0000 Dennis Faas 9520 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9520/reset-admin-password-windows-xp#comments f1 Windows Tips '7-Zip 9.2.0', and 'PeaZip 5.5.3' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9516/7-zip-920-and-peazip-553 <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">7-Zip 9.2.0 Need to open .ZIP files? 7-Zip is free, simple, portable and easy to use. http://7-zip.org/ PeaZip 5.5.3 PeaZip is another program for creating and extracting .ZIP files. It's open source and has a ton of additional options if you want lots of control over .ZIP archive files. http://sourceforge.net/ (<a href="/news/9516/7-zip-920-and-peazip-553" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 02:41:33 +0000 Douglas Godbey 9516 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9516/7-zip-920-and-peazip-553#comments Freeware How to Find Download? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9519/how-find-download <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader 'wb7wvo' writes: " Dear Dennis, How do I find a program I just downloaded? I tried the Windows Search feature, but it doesn't seem to be able to find it. I recently downloaded a ham radio program to my desktop, but it never showed up. I downloaded it again, but the same thing happened. I can't seem to find my downloads ever since I upgraded to the latest release of Firefox. I feel like I goofed up somehow, but for the life of me I can't find the program I just downloaded. Any suggestions? " My response: If the file downloaded successfully, it should be in your Download ... (<a href="/news/9519/how-find-download" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 13:06:05 +0000 Dennis Faas 9519 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9519/how-find-download#comments f1 Windows Tips 'Notepad 2 4.2.25', and 'HealthMonitor 3.1' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9501/notepad-2-4225-and-healthmonitor-31 <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Notepad2 4.2.25 Notepad2 is Windows Notepad on steroids, that adds a few features: multiple documents; line, word, and character counts; and some highlighting of tags. http://www.flos-freeware.ch HealthMonitor 3.1 HealthMonitor enables you to keep an eye on the health of your computer. It identifies slowdowns and other system issues. For example, it gives a popup if your system memory gets to a certain level, or if your hard drive has only 10 GB free. http://sourceforge.net (<a href="/news/9501/notepad-2-4225-and-healthmonitor-31" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 13:30:01 +0000 Douglas Godbey 9501 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9501/notepad-2-4225-and-healthmonitor-31#comments Freeware Chinese Hackers Infect Forbes, Spy on Visitors http://www.infopackets.com/news/9514/chinese-hackers-infect-forbes-spy-visitors <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Chinese spies have reportedly infected the Forbes website in order to steal data from staff at defense and finance organizations. The attack is unlike most attacks on large websites, as the motive was for intelligence, rather than profit. The Forbes website attack reportedly took place in November 2014, with the security gap plugged by approximately three days later. To propagate the attack, hackers replaced a legitimate file on the web server used for the "Thought of the Day" feature, which appeared on every page of the Forbes website. The malicious file was then automatically ... (<a href="/news/9514/chinese-hackers-infect-forbes-spy-visitors" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 13:08:37 +0000 John Lister 9514 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9514/chinese-hackers-infect-forbes-spy-visitors#comments f1 Security Samsung Smart TV Listens; Data Shared 'Third Party' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9513/samsung-smart-tv-listens-data-shared-third-party <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Samsung has caused outrage after careful examination of its Smart TV terms and conditions suggest it might listen in on conversations and then pass on details to a data collection agency. The company insists any chat that the television does overhear would be treated with the utmost confidence. The controversy involves Samsung's range of televisions that include an Internet connection for features, such as online video access. Some models also include the ability for users to control the television using voice commands, rather than by remote control. Samsung says it may transmit the audio ... (<a href="/news/9513/samsung-smart-tv-listens-data-shared-third-party" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 13:18:40 +0000 John Lister 9513 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9513/samsung-smart-tv-listens-data-shared-third-party#comments f1 Technology Windows 10: Can I Upgrade or do I need a Clean Install? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9512/windows-10-can-i-upgrade-or-do-i-need-clean-install <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader 'controlbob' writes: " Dear Dennis, I have an HP laptop running Windows Vista and I plan to upgrade to Windows 7 using an OEM install disc. Do you know if the OEM Windows 7 will be approved for the free Windows 10 upgrade when it becomes available? Are the hardware requirements for the Windows 10 similar to Windows 7? Can I upgrade / migrate to Windows 10, or do I need to do a clean install? " My Response: The short answer is that yes, you can get the free upgrade to Windows 10 if you currently have Windows 7 or 8.1 installed -- providing you claim the free upgrade within ... (<a href="/news/9512/windows-10-can-i-upgrade-or-do-i-need-clean-install" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 09 Feb 2015 13:59:39 +0000 Dennis Faas 9512 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9512/windows-10-can-i-upgrade-or-do-i-need-clean-install#comments f1 Windows Tips 'Abbiword 3.0.1', and 'OpenOffice 4.1.1' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9496/abbiword-301-and-openoffice-411 <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Abiword 3.0.1 AbiWord is a replacement for MS Word. It is lightweight (meaning it runs quickly) and includes every feature used regularly in a word processor. It can save files in formats that you can exchange with Word and WordPerfect, plus open any of their files, as well. http://www.abisource.com/ OpenOffice 4.1.1 OpenOffice includes effective replacements for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and workable replacements for Access and other Office elements. It supports file formats for multiple office suites in every element. http://www.openoffice.org/ (<a href="/news/9496/abbiword-301-and-openoffice-411" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 06 Feb 2015 14:18:34 +0000 Douglas Godbey 9496 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9496/abbiword-301-and-openoffice-411#comments Freeware Computer Freezes After Sleep? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9511/computer-freezes-after-sleep <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader 'Gloria' writes: " Dear Dennis, My laptop is set to go to sleep after a period of inactivity, but always freezes after it wakes up. When I press the power button to resume from sleep, the screen turns on but the laptop freezes and I can't input anything while I wait for it to wake up. This goes on for some time. At this point I usually power it off completely, then restart it with a cold boot because I hate waiting. How can I fix my laptop's sleep so it wakes up faster and so it doesn't always hang? " My Response: I don't recommend powering off your laptop to circumvent the ... (<a href="/news/9511/computer-freezes-after-sleep" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 06 Feb 2015 14:16:47 +0000 Dennis Faas 9511 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9511/computer-freezes-after-sleep#comments f1 Windows Tips Government To Enforce 'Net Neutrality' Principle http://www.infopackets.com/news/9510/government-enforce-net-neutrality-principle <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Should websites like Netflix pay extra fees to deliver their Internet-based services to the public? The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) says no. Tom Wheeler says that broadband should be treated like a utility, such as phone services; in doing so, it will help to protect Internet freedoms. Critics, however, suggest that such a plan would be unworkable. Tom Wheeler's announcement has to do with the principle of net neutrality . That's the idea where Internet Service Providers (ISPs) should treat all Internet traffic (except for illegal content) equally. In other ... (<a href="/news/9510/government-enforce-net-neutrality-principle" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 05 Feb 2015 13:11:41 +0000 John Lister 9510 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9510/government-enforce-net-neutrality-principle#comments f1 Government 'Freemind 4.0.1', and 'Arcade Classic Arcade Pack 5.10' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9500/freemind-401-and-arcade-classic-arcade-pack-510 <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Freemind 4.0.1 Freemind is a mind mapping software program. In essence, it enables you to brainstorm and link together ideas quickly, creating graphical maps of concepts similar to what you might do on a whiteboard. it is incredibly useful when putting together ideas for new posts or planning small projects or assembling the backbone of a writing project. http://freemind.sourceforge.net/ Arcade Classic Arcade Pack 5.10 Arcade Classic Arcade Pack includes nine classic arcade games: Asteroids, PacMan, Frogger, Hexxagon, Pong, Snake, Space Invaders, Tetris, and Tic Tac Toe. http://www.majorgeeks ... (<a href="/news/9500/freemind-401-and-arcade-classic-arcade-pack-510" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 04 Feb 2015 12:45:28 +0000 Douglas Godbey 9500 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9500/freemind-401-and-arcade-classic-arcade-pack-510#comments Freeware New Wi-Fi Router Promises Entire Home Coverage http://www.infopackets.com/news/9509/new-wi-fi-router-promises-entire-home-coverage <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The makers of a new wireless router system claim it will offer guaranteed high-speed Wi-Fi connections throughout large homes. But at a minimum of $299 to take advantage, it's a costly solution. The Eero system is aimed at people who have an Internet connection and wireless router but struggle to get a good signal -- or any signal -- throughout their entire home. Wi-Fi signals can be weakened by structural issues such as in multi-storey houses, or by interference from wireless networks run by neighbors. The makers say this will become an increasingly frustrating problem as people make ... (<a href="/news/9509/new-wi-fi-router-promises-entire-home-coverage" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 04 Feb 2015 12:25:19 +0000 John Lister 9509 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9509/new-wi-fi-router-promises-entire-home-coverage#comments f1 IT $35 Bare-Bones PC Will Run Windows 10 http://www.infopackets.com/news/9508/35-bare-bones-pc-will-run-windows-10 <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A credit-card sized PC costing just $35 will be able to run a dedicated version of Windows 10. It's by no means a practical choice for most users, but is a sign that Microsoft is continuing to make its flagship operating system sleeker and more efficient. The computer in question is the Raspberry Pi 2. It's the latest in a series of devices originally designed to make computers cheap enough that schools can buy them in bulk in order to teach children coding and programming skills. In terms of hardware specifications, there's nothing glamorous about the Raspberry Pi. It doesn't ... (<a href="/news/9508/35-bare-bones-pc-will-run-windows-10" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 03 Feb 2015 12:41:53 +0000 John Lister 9508 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9508/35-bare-bones-pc-will-run-windows-10#comments f1 Microsoft 'Workrave 1.10.1', and 'GanttPV 0.12j' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9502/workrave-1101-and-ganttpv-012j <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Workrave 1.10.1 Do your wrists get sore from too much repetitive movement while typing that long document? Workrave is a freeware program that locks down the computer for a while, thereby preventing repetitive stress injury. http://www.workrave.org/ GanttPV 0.12j GanttPV is project scheduling software which aids in project management by helping to manage tasks. If you use Microsoft Project, you can also export from GanttPV to Project at a later time if desired. http://www.pureviolet.net (<a href="/news/9502/workrave-1101-and-ganttpv-012j" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 02 Feb 2015 14:10:14 +0000 Douglas Godbey 9502 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9502/workrave-1101-and-ganttpv-012j#comments Freeware Can CryptoLocker Infect Shared Drives, Files, PCs? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9507/can-cryptolocker-infect-shared-drives-files-pcs <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Michael C. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have a USB drive attached to my router. This drive is shared by several computers through the router on my home private network. My question is: if one of my computers became infected by a file locking virus such as CryptoLocker , would the network drive or the connected computers become infected or encrypted? If so, is there a way to prevent this? " My Response: It is possible for a virus to self replicate and infect other computers on the network, but that depends on the type of virus. At the time of writing, CryptoLocker is not a self ... (<a href="/news/9507/can-cryptolocker-infect-shared-drives-files-pcs" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 02 Feb 2015 13:58:03 +0000 Dennis Faas 9507 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9507/can-cryptolocker-infect-shared-drives-files-pcs#comments f1 Windows Tips 'GIMP Shop 9.20', and 'Juice Receiver 2.0' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9497/gimp-shop-920-and-juice-receiver-20 <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">GIMP Shop 2.0 GIMP Shop is an image editor and operates similar to Adobe Photoshop. It’s very richly featured and runs quite well, producing a quality result. www.gimpshop.net/ Juice Receiver 2.0 Juice lets you effortlessly subscribe to podcasts, organize them, and listen to them at your convenience. In conjunction with PodNova, it's easier to use Juice to organize podcasts than using iTunes itself. juicereceiver.sourceforge.net/ ... (<a href="/news/9497/gimp-shop-920-and-juice-receiver-20" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:43:11 +0000 Douglas Godbey 9497 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9497/gimp-shop-920-and-juice-receiver-20#comments Freeware Best way to Upgrade Vista to Windows 7? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9505/best-way-upgrade-vista-windows-7 <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader 'placeyourbet777' writes: " Dear Dennis, I have Windows Vista Home Premium on my laptop and I'd like to upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate, as my computer is getting very slow and outdated. Is it possible for me to upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7 and make it work using 64-bit? Thanks in advance. " My response: The simple answer is that, yes, you can upgrade Windows Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Ultimate. However, there are some conditions, as well as things to consider before you make the leap, namely: 1. The upgrade path must be valid 2. The 32-bit or 64-bit ... (<a href="/news/9505/best-way-upgrade-vista-windows-7" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:40:53 +0000 Dennis Faas 9505 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9505/best-way-upgrade-vista-windows-7#comments f1 Windows Tips Windows 10 Technical Preview 2 Now Available http://www.infopackets.com/news/9504/windows-10-technical-preview-2-now-available <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">With Windows 10 Technical Preview 2 now available, tech-heads are noticing a common theme: it seems to be a compromise between the 'traditional' format seen in Windows 7 and earlier, and the radical revamp that came with Windows 8. Start Menu Returns With a Difference Perhaps the most widely talked about feature -- still -- is the new Start menu. It displays the traditional view of programs on the left, while displaying live tile icons on the right. Users can control how much space the live tiles take up and can even resize it to full-screen mode, effectively replicating the main ... (<a href="/news/9504/windows-10-technical-preview-2-now-available" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:40:42 +0000 John Lister 9504 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9504/windows-10-technical-preview-2-now-available#comments f1 Microsoft FTC: Smart Gadgets a Huge Security Risk http://www.infopackets.com/news/9503/ftc-smart-gadgets-huge-security-risk <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has warned that the boom in Internet-connected home gadgets could increase security risks significantly. It's put together consumer advice and says it will work on applying the law to this new area of tech. The FTC has published a report on the " Internet of Things ". That's something of a vague term, but the commission defines it as any physical object that can connect to the Internet. Today, the Internet of Things doesn't simply apply to computer and smart phones -- it also applies to billions of other objects, including cameras, home ... (<a href="/news/9503/ftc-smart-gadgets-huge-security-risk" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:15:08 +0000 John Lister 9503 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9503/ftc-smart-gadgets-huge-security-risk#comments f1 Security Financial Regulators May Oversee Bitcoin http://www.infopackets.com/news/9495/financial-regulators-may-oversee-bitcoin <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Two Facebook millionaires want US officials to regulate an exchange for buying and selling the controversial "cryptocurrency" Bitcoin. The move follows a scandal when the largest such exchange in Japan went out of business . The Bitcoin currency isn't issued by any government or backed by any assets. Instead, each new unit of the currency is created when a computer successfully solves what's effectively a puzzle designed to slowly increase the amount of Bitcoins in circulation. Every time one user pays a Bitcoin to another, a publicly available ledger of transactions is ... (<a href="/news/9495/financial-regulators-may-oversee-bitcoin" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:34:38 +0000 John Lister 9495 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9495/financial-regulators-may-oversee-bitcoin#comments f1 Technology Computer takes Too Long to Start? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9494/computer-takes-too-long-start <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader 'TNStumbler' writes: " Dear Dennis, I'm running Windows 7 Pro and my computer takes too long to start -- upwards of 85 seconds or so. I am running Malware Bytes Pro (paid version) and it has not found any malware. So, it must be that too many programs are being loaded during boot. Which programs can I remove from my startup? " My Response: There are plenty of utilities out there that can help you remove items from the startup. I personally prefer to use msconfig because it's already part of Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. It's very simple to use, though figuring ... (<a href="/news/9494/computer-takes-too-long-start" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:55:53 +0000 Dennis Faas 9494 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9494/computer-takes-too-long-start#comments f1 Windows Tips 'Greenshot 1.2.4.9', and 'MxNitro 1.0.0.2' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9464/greenshot-1249-and-mxnitro-1002 <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Greenshot 1.2.4.9 Greenshot is a completely free and really useful screenshot capture tool. It allows you to easily annotate, highlight, or hide parts of a screenshot once one is taken. You can also export your screenshots to email, Microsoft Office, or photo sites like Picasa or Flickr. http://getgreenshot.org/ MxNitro 1.0.0.2 If you're looking for a unique alternative to popular web browsers like Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Safari, give MxNitro a try. It's built with performance in mind, meaning it's quick to start up and even quicker to load web pages. http://usa.maxthon.com ... (<a href="/news/9464/greenshot-1249-and-mxnitro-1002" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:07:07 +0000 Brandon Dimmel 9464 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9464/greenshot-1249-and-mxnitro-1002#comments Freeware WLDCore.dll missing; Windows Live Mail won't Start? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9488/wldcoredll-missing-windows-live-mail-wont-start <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader 'biggrampa' writes: " Dear Dennis, Regarding Windows Live Essentials: I have an error message stating that wldcore.dll missing or not found. I have tried to reinstall Windows Live Essentials but it says it is already there, and I have latest version. I have also tried uninstalling using revo uninstaller, but it says that the program cannot be found. When I try to run Windows Live Mail, it says wldcore.dll missing. Any ideas? " My Response: Most likely a Windows Registry setting is corrupt and pointing to an invalid location of the wldcore.dll file. To fix the error, you can ... (<a href="/news/9488/wldcoredll-missing-windows-live-mail-wont-start" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:00:33 +0000 Dennis Faas 9488 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9488/wldcoredll-missing-windows-live-mail-wont-start#comments f1 Windows Tips It's Official: Windows 10 Free For Many Users http://www.infopackets.com/news/9487/its-official-windows-10-free-many-users <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">It's official: Microsoft says that Windows 10 will be free of charge -- but the offer comes with limitations and caveats. The free upgrade offer is part of what could be the biggest change to the Windows business model, ever. Microsoft's comments at a launch event this week have been interpreted by some analysts as meaning Windows 10 may also be the last major release of the operating system. Instead, Windows may receive more frequent, but less substantial updates in the future. The Windows 10 free upgrade deal will only apply to consumer versions of Windows 7 (Service Pack 1) and Windows ... (<a href="/news/9487/its-official-windows-10-free-many-users" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:35:51 +0000 John Lister 9487 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9487/its-official-windows-10-free-many-users#comments f1 Microsoft 'Easy Photo Resize 1.5.3.42', and 'MarkdownPad 2.5' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9465/easy-photo-resize-15342-and-markdownpad-25 <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Easy Photo Resize 1.5.3.42 As the name suggests, Easy Photo Resize is designed to help you resize your favorite digital images. It's really handy for resizing many different images at once in an effort to save space on your hard drive (by eliminating unnecessarily large image files). https://minidatatools.com/ MarkdownPad 2.5 MarkdownPad is a feature-rich markdown editor for Microsoft's Windows operating system. It allows users to instantly see their changes with a handy LivePreview feature. MarkdownPad also offers a number of different fonts, color schemes, and layouts. http:// ... (<a href="/news/9465/easy-photo-resize-15342-and-markdownpad-25" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:05:09 +0000 Brandon Dimmel 9465 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9465/easy-photo-resize-15342-and-markdownpad-25#comments Freeware Facebook Adds Option To Report Bogus News http://www.infopackets.com/news/9485/facebook-adds-option-report-bogus-news <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Facebook is to implement a new feature to help cut down on the number of fake news stories that appear on the site, but says 'genuine parodies' will be unaffected. The report system won't lead to stories being removed from Facebook altogether; instead, it will make them less likely to appear on user newsfeeds. Links to news stories are becoming increasingly important on Facebook. A 2014 study by the Pew Research Center found that 30 percent of Americans say they get some of their daily news from Facebook, which is more than three times the figure for any other site. (Source: pewresearch. ... (<a href="/news/9485/facebook-adds-option-report-bogus-news" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:03:04 +0000 John Lister 9485 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9485/facebook-adds-option-report-bogus-news#comments f1 Internet Free Windows 10? PCs Could See Big Price Drop http://www.infopackets.com/news/9484/free-windows-10-pcs-could-see-big-price-drop <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Early last year, Microsoft released a free version of Windows for manufacturers that produced tablet computers with screen sizes smaller than nine inches. Known as "Windows 8.1 with Bing," the forecast was to make a big difference to the economics for manufacturers weighing up which operating system to use on its devices. Analysts are now speculating whether Microsoft will do the same with Windows 10 and, if so, whether the offer will apply on traditional PCs. It also raises the possibility that Microsoft could face accusations of unfair behavior in promoting its search engine . ... (<a href="/news/9484/free-windows-10-pcs-could-see-big-price-drop" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:40:47 +0000 John Lister 9484 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9484/free-windows-10-pcs-could-see-big-price-drop#comments f1 Microsoft Reset Admin Password (Windows Vista, 7 and 8)? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9483/reset-admin-password-windows-vista-7-and-8 <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader 'ltb223' writes: " Dear Dennis, I have a Windows 7 Pro computer which I haven't used for a long time. Now I want to use it, but I cannot remember my password. It has only one user account, so I believe I need to reset the admin password. Is there anyway to recover the lost password or am I stuck with reinstalling Windows and losing all previous data and programs? " My response: It's possible to reset the admin password, or any user password using a special password reset 'trick'. It involves replacing the 'Ease of Access' program at ... (<a href="/news/9483/reset-admin-password-windows-vista-7-and-8" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:08:30 +0000 Dennis Faas 9483 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9483/reset-admin-password-windows-vista-7-and-8#comments f1 Windows Tips Download and Save Emails to USB Drive? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9482/download-and-save-emails-usb-drive <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader 'ltb223' writes: " Dear Dennis, Is it possible to download all my email messages from my computer to a CD or a thumb drive so I can read them later? If so how do I go about it? My email account is with gmail. Thank you. " My response: There are a number of ways to go about downloading and archiving email messages (whether it's gmail, hotmail, aol, or yahoo); in general, there are two main ways to achieve this: you can either export emails via web interface if your email service supports it, or export emails using an email client if you use pop3 or imap to connect and read ... (<a href="/news/9482/download-and-save-emails-usb-drive" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:06:43 +0000 Dennis Faas 9482 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9482/download-and-save-emails-usb-drive#comments f1 Windows Tips Windows 7 Mainstream Support Ends http://www.infopackets.com/news/9481/windows-7-mainstream-support-ends <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">As expected and according to Microsoft's Windows lifecycle page, Windows 7 mainstream support officially ended on January 13, 2015. It means there will be no more significant updates to the Windows 7 operating system, other than security updates. The end of mainstream support is in line with Microsoft's general policy of offering support for its operating systems five years after being released, followed by extended support for a further five years. The only exception to this policy was Windows XP, where the total support period lasted for 13 years. That was largely because the system ... (<a href="/news/9481/windows-7-mainstream-support-ends" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 13:21:16 +0000 John Lister 9481 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9481/windows-7-mainstream-support-ends#comments f1 Microsoft AMBER Alert System Coming To Facebook http://www.infopackets.com/news/9480/amber-alert-system-coming-facebook <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Facebook is to issue missing child alerts in user news feeds to US citizens. The alerts will be based on the user's location and will tie in with existing alert systems. The updates will be based on the AMBER Alert program that has been run for 20 years in the United States. AMBER Alert updates already go out via a range of media including: radio and television, highway electronic billboards, electronic signs outside participating retailers, and text alerts to users who have chosen to receive such messages. Whether and when to send an alert is the decision of local police, using their own ... (<a href="/news/9480/amber-alert-system-coming-facebook" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 13:16:50 +0000 John Lister 9480 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9480/amber-alert-system-coming-facebook#comments f1 Internet Google Exposes Severe Windows Flaw Before Fix Due http://www.infopackets.com/news/9479/google-exposes-severe-windows-flaw-fix-due <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft has publicly lashed out at Google for revealing a severe security flaw in Windows 8.1 before it was able to release a fix. The public disclosure has reawakened a longstanding dispute about how to go about reporting security flaws. Comments on Google's website suggest that the same bug also affects Windows 7 Professional 64bit, with Service Pack 1; if true, it's equally likely the bug also affects other earlier versions of the Windows operating system, including Windows XP, which is no longer supported by Microsoft and will therefore remain unpatched. The bug involves the way ... (<a href="/news/9479/google-exposes-severe-windows-flaw-fix-due" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:02:38 +0000 John Lister 9479 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9479/google-exposes-severe-windows-flaw-fix-due#comments f1 Security Share Internet between Two Homes? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9478/share-internet-between-two-homes <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader 'vking' writes: " Dear Dennis, I have a wireless network inside my home and I want to share it with my neighbor, who lives approximately 250 feet away. Is there a WiFi range extender that I can purchase which allows me to share my Internet access and computer network with my neighbor? " My response: Yes, there is, however I need to clarify a few things, first. The purpose of a WiFi range extender is to provide greater coverage in areas with low signal. A WiFi range extender will only work if it is within close proximity to the devices it is broadcasting its signal; that's ... (<a href="/news/9478/share-internet-between-two-homes" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:18:58 +0000 Dennis Faas 9478 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9478/share-internet-between-two-homes#comments f1 Windows Tips Best way to Upgrade old XP PC to Windows 7; Keep Data? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9477/best-way-upgrade-old-xp-pc-windows-7-keep-data <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Bill C. writes: " Dear Dennis, I run Windows 7 64 bit on my computer and my wife has an old Windows XP 32-bit PC (Dell Inspiron E521). She's a real stickler about [keeping her PC exactly the way it is, so she can still access all her files and programs, but I know it's time for an upgrade and I'd like to upgrade it to Windows 7 64 bit for her] ... I already have on hand all the items I thought I'd need: Windows 7 upgrade CD, more RAM for her PC, two new 1 TB hard drives, a video card, etc. What I'd like to be able to do is make a disk image clone of her old XP hard drive, ... (<a href="/news/9477/best-way-upgrade-old-xp-pc-windows-7-keep-data" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 09 Jan 2015 13:52:22 +0000 Dennis Faas 9477 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9477/best-way-upgrade-old-xp-pc-windows-7-keep-data#comments f1 Windows Tips Intel Tops HP With Windows 8.1 'Stick PC' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9476/intel-tops-hp-windows-81-stick-pc <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is in full swing, with Hewlett Packard (HP) unveiling its $180 Windows 8.1 PC that's less than six inches square. Now, it appears that Intel is upping the ante with its Windows 8.1 computer that's just slightly larger than a USB thumb drive. Dubbed 'The Compute Stick,' the computer-on-HDMI is just four inches long. While the exact size is not yet confirmed, pictures suggest it's about an inch wide and around half an inch thick. Despite its tiny form factor, the device is as powerful as some entry level PCs seen in the market today. The ... (<a href="/news/9476/intel-tops-hp-windows-81-stick-pc" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 08 Jan 2015 13:03:55 +0000 John Lister 9476 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9476/intel-tops-hp-windows-81-stick-pc#comments f1 Intel HP's Tiny Windows 8.1 PC Is $180 http://www.infopackets.com/news/9475/hps-tiny-windows-81-pc-180 <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">HP has unveiled a Windows 8.1 mini desktop computer that's only two inches tall and costs under $200. It's part of an ongoing campaign to battle Google by producing cheap Windows computers. The Stream Mini Desktop is just under six inches square and weighs only 1.6 pounds. It's a small, self-contained box with two USB ports, video outputs for HDMI and DisplayPort, an audio socket, an SD card reader, and an Ethernet port for connecting to a network. At the time of writing, it does not appear to have a wireless (Wi-Fi) connection, though one could easily add a USB Wi-Fi dongle to ... (<a href="/news/9475/hps-tiny-windows-81-pc-180" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 07 Jan 2015 13:15:44 +0000 John Lister 9475 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9475/hps-tiny-windows-81-pc-180#comments f1 Microsoft Windows 10 Upgrade May Be Cheap, Or Free http://www.infopackets.com/news/9474/windows-10-upgrade-may-be-cheap-or-free <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Unconfirmed rumors suggest Windows 10 may be free of charge for people already on Windows 8.1. An announcement may be coming later this month to clarify the pricing structure. Meanwhile, Microsoft has confirmed that only people on Windows 7 or later will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 directly, while those users running Windows XP or Vista will need to carry out a fresh install. The pricing rumors stem from a report by the Softpedia website. It's generally considered credible, but is only citing its source on the pricing structure as "some people close to the matter." ... (<a href="/news/9474/windows-10-upgrade-may-be-cheap-or-free" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 06 Jan 2015 12:41:27 +0000 John Lister 9474 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9474/windows-10-upgrade-may-be-cheap-or-free#comments f1 Microsoft How to Copy Programs from Windows XP to Windows 8? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9473/how-copy-programs-windows-xp-windows-8 <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Eric H. writes: " Dear Dennis, I recently purchased a new PC with Windows 8.1. My old PC has Windows XP on it, and I would like to copy over all my programs from Windows XP to Windows 8.1. How can I do that? After I'm done moving over all my programs, I want to wipe the old Windows XP PC clean and give it away. " My response: Unfortunately, migrating from Windows XP to Windows 8.1 is not as easy as 'copying' over files from one PC to another. In this case, I suggest you do one of the following: 1. Reinstall all (or some of) your programs manually on the new Windows 8.1 ... (<a href="/news/9473/how-copy-programs-windows-xp-windows-8" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 05 Jan 2015 13:45:41 +0000 Dennis Faas 9473 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9473/how-copy-programs-windows-xp-windows-8#comments f1 Windows Tips 'ImBatch 3.4.0', and 'Space Combat 0.9.10581' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9466/imbatch-340-and-space-combat-0910581 <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">ImBatch 3.4.0 This free image processing tool can help Windows users perform a range of complex image editing tasks while applying their changes to many different images at once. ImBatch is really helpful when resizing, cropping, rotating, and converting images. http://www.highmotionsoftware.com/ Space Combat 0.9.10581 The holidays are all about kicking back and relaxing. If you've got a few minutes and want an escape, try out the completely free Space Combat, which is reminiscent of PC gaming classic TIE Fighter. http://spacecombatgame.sourceforge.net/ ... (<a href="/news/9466/imbatch-340-and-space-combat-0910581" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 02 Jan 2015 13:06:06 +0000 Brandon Dimmel 9466 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9466/imbatch-340-and-space-combat-0910581#comments Freeware YouTube Sound Stops Working: How to Fix http://www.infopackets.com/news/9472/youtube-sound-stops-working-how-fix <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Tim G. writes: " Dear Dennis, Sometimes when I try and play a YouTube video, the sound doesn't work. If I try and 'Play Test Sound' on my sound device via Control Panel -&gt; Sound, Windows says 'Windows failed to play test tone'. The only way I know how to fix the sound is to reboot the computer, but that means I need to reload my browser and tabs every time. Do you know how I can fix my sound without rebooting? " My Response: This problem happens to me too every once in a while, and I have a sneaking suspicion it might be related to Adobe ... (<a href="/news/9472/youtube-sound-stops-working-how-fix" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 02 Jan 2015 13:01:00 +0000 Dennis Faas 9472 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9472/youtube-sound-stops-working-how-fix#comments f1 Windows Tips Report: Online at Work Productive, but Stressful http://www.infopackets.com/news/9471/report-online-work-productive-stressful <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Today, most business offices depend on a range of technologies, from desktop and laptop computers to smartphones and even tablets -- most of which are connected to the Internet. Now, a new study suggests that although today's workplace technology helps to increase productivity, it also lengthens the amount of time spent at work. The study, which was carried out by the Pew Research Center, involved surveying 1,000 adults between September 12 and September 18, 2014. The researchers focused most of their attention on just over five hundred participants who said they worked full- or part-time ... (<a href="/news/9471/report-online-work-productive-stressful" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 01 Jan 2015 17:07:02 +0000 Brandon Dimmel 9471 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9471/report-online-work-productive-stressful#comments f1 IT 'ColorConsole 2.31', and 'Photostage Slideshow Software 3.04' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9446/colorconsole-231-and-photostage-slideshow-software-304 <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">ColorConsole 2.31 Sick of the boring old black-and-white command prompt? Add some life to cmd.exe with ColorConsole, which allows you to customize the color and font style of the command prompt. This tool is available for most versions of Windows. http://www.softwareok.com Photostage Slideshow Software 3.04 Capture and customize your favorite memories with PhotoStage Slideshow Software. This tool, which boasts a user-friendly interface, allows you to easily create digital slideshows and then share them with your friends and family. http://www.nchsoftware.com/ (<a href="/news/9446/colorconsole-231-and-photostage-slideshow-software-304" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 15:29:09 +0000 Brandon Dimmel 9446 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9446/colorconsole-231-and-photostage-slideshow-software-304#comments Freeware Report: Microsoft to Unveil New Web Browser http://www.infopackets.com/news/9470/report-microsoft-unveil-new-web-browser <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Reports suggest Microsoft is working on a new web browser as an alternative to Internet Explorer. Both the scope and timescale of any changes have not yet been confirmed, but it's suggested the launch will coincide with the release of Windows 10. Most rumors reference two codenames for the project: Trident and Spartan. The two names refer to the same strategy: to make Microsoft's web browser better and easier to use on modern websites, while still being able to run web pages designed for legacy systems. Trident is the web browser engine which already exists and is part of Internet ... (<a href="/news/9470/report-microsoft-unveil-new-web-browser" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 15:26:35 +0000 John Lister 9470 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9470/report-microsoft-unveil-new-web-browser#comments f1 Microsoft Hacker Exposes Flaw in Fingerprint Security Systems http://www.infopackets.com/news/9468/hacker-exposes-flaw-fingerprint-security-systems <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">To many, the use of fingerprint readers as a way of password protection may represent the future of high-tech security. But a hacker has recently demonstrated that it's really not that difficult to bypass the security system -- all it takes, in fact, is a high-quality digital image. There's no denying that fingerprint passwords are becoming more and more common. They can be used to access PCs and thumb drives, but are becoming most prevalent in the smartphone world, where a quick dab of the finger gives one access to their mobile device. It seems like the perfect security system; ... (<a href="/news/9468/hacker-exposes-flaw-fingerprint-security-systems" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 30 Dec 2014 13:29:46 +0000 Brandon Dimmel 9468 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9468/hacker-exposes-flaw-fingerprint-security-systems#comments f1 Security 'ClockAxon 1.9', and 'MultiMonitorTool 1.80' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9456/clockaxon-19-and-multimonitortool-180 <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">ClockAxon 1.9 ClockAxon is designed to help you synchronize time across a big or small computer network. It polls standard time from a global positioning system (GPS) receiver linked to a PC's serial port, making it available as an SNTP server. http://www.geneosoft.com/ MultiMonitorTool 1.80 As the name suggests, this tool can be used to work with your range of computer monitors. Specifically, it can help disable and enable monitors, set a primary monitor, save and load configuration settings, and move windows from one monitor to another. http://www.nirsoft.net/ ... (<a href="/news/9456/clockaxon-19-and-multimonitortool-180" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 29 Dec 2014 14:07:14 +0000 Brandon Dimmel 9456 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9456/clockaxon-19-and-multimonitortool-180#comments Freeware How to Remove Encryption Virus? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9467/how-remove-encryption-virus <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader 'Frank' writes: " Dear Dennis, I was wondering if I can hire you to fix a laptop with a ransom virus infection. The reason I'm asking is because as soon as the system boots up, the virus is there [with a message stating the computer has been locked down]. There is no desktop, meaning I can't open anything. What can I do? " My response: Unfortunately, if you cannot boot into the Windows desktop, then I cannot dial into the laptop to fix it via remote desktop support . The virus you have may be repairable depending on what you're infected with, and whether or not the virus is ... (<a href="/news/9467/how-remove-encryption-virus" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 29 Dec 2014 14:04:12 +0000 Dennis Faas 9467 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9467/how-remove-encryption-virus#comments f1 Windows Tips 'Citrio 39.0.2171.247', and 'Vieas 5.4.1.0' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9457/citrio-3902171247-and-vieas-5410 <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Citrio 39.0.2171.247 If you're looking for a fast and free alternative to the more popular web browsers -- like Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox -- check out Citrio. It's a fast and lightweight browser that respects user privacy and offers a rich extension library. http://citrio.com/ Vieas 5.4.1.0 Vieas is a simple and small tool designed to help you view images easily and efficiently. It features an accessible user interface and offers support for multiple file formats, including BMP, PNG, JPEG, TIFF, GIF, and ZIP. Vieas also comes packaged with several editing tools that allow ... (<a href="/news/9457/citrio-3902171247-and-vieas-5410" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 26 Dec 2014 17:42:57 +0000 Brandon Dimmel 9457 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9457/citrio-3902171247-and-vieas-5410#comments Freeware How to Write Bootable .ISO images to USB drive? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9463/how-write-bootable-iso-images-usb-drive <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader 'Craig F.' writes: " Dear Dennis, [Further to your discussion on how to download and reinstall legitimate Microsoft Windows on USB or DVD for free ], I just wanted to be sure you were aware of [a freeware utility program that can take an .ISO file and create a bootable USB disk in place of CD or DVD ROM drives. The name of the program is called Rufus ] ... It is by far the simplest, most foolproof method I've found for installing Windows, Office, or whatever on computers that [require an .ISO to install something, but] lack a working optical CD / DVD drive. I have no ... (<a href="/news/9463/how-write-bootable-iso-images-usb-drive" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 26 Dec 2014 17:41:02 +0000 Dennis Faas 9463 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9463/how-write-bootable-iso-images-usb-drive#comments f1 Windows Tips Report: Most WiFi Routers Very Poorly Protected http://www.infopackets.com/news/9462/report-most-wifi-routers-very-poorly-protected <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A survey of 2,000 households in the United Kingdom has revealed that few people take their WiFi network's security seriously enough. In fact, the security software firm behind the study, Avast, says our approach to home WiFi security is comparable to attitudes towards PC security in the 1990s -- which is not very good at all. Weak WiFi Passwords a Serious Problem Avast's survey revealed a number of alarming issues. First, the company found that more than 50 per cent of all home routers have little or no protection, making them easy to hack. In far too many cases, Avast found people ... (<a href="/news/9462/report-most-wifi-routers-very-poorly-protected" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 25 Dec 2014 16:13:50 +0000 Brandon Dimmel 9462 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9462/report-most-wifi-routers-very-poorly-protected#comments f1 Security 'CryptoPrevent 7.4.8', and 'The Passguard 1.2' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9442/cryptoprevent-748-and-passguard-12 <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">CryptoPrevent 7.4.8 Worried about the CryptoLocker ransomware and its many variants (CryptoDefense, CryptoWall, etc.)? Then try out CryptoPrevent; according to the author, the tool helps to prevent such infections from taking over your computer and preventing you from accessing your files. https://www.foolishit.com/ The Passguard 1.2 It's crucial that you have strong passwords for all of your online accounts. The Passguard can help by creating powerful passwords and then protecting those passwords from prying eyes. It is compatible with most versions of Windows. http://www.mysecuritywin. ... (<a href="/news/9442/cryptoprevent-748-and-passguard-12" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 24 Dec 2014 14:28:29 +0000 Brandon Dimmel 9442 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9442/cryptoprevent-748-and-passguard-12#comments Freeware Microsoft Unveils Windows 10 Preparation Tool http://www.infopackets.com/news/9461/microsoft-unveils-windows-10-preparation-tool <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft has released a Windows 10 Preparation Tool designed to integrate Windows 7 and 8 computers for testing Windows 10 more easily. The tool also coincides with a big update to Windows 10 Technical Preview which is due January next year, and will include many features that are most important to home computer users. (Source: winbeta.org ) Currently, Windows 10 is in its Technical Preview stage. That means many features are new and being tested by thousands of people, and the operating system itself is not fully functional. In all likelihood, the Technical Preview is full of bugs and has ... (<a href="/news/9461/microsoft-unveils-windows-10-preparation-tool" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 24 Dec 2014 14:18:14 +0000 John Lister 9461 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9461/microsoft-unveils-windows-10-preparation-tool#comments f1 Microsoft Microsoft Sues Fake Tech Support Scammers http://www.infopackets.com/news/9460/microsoft-sues-fake-tech-support-scammers <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Have you ever received a suspicious phone call from someone claiming to work for Microsoft's technical support department ? Late last week Microsoft announced that it had sued two technical support companies alleged to have infringed on several Microsoft trademarks. According to the firm, these companies called people at home offering support for non-existent problems with the Windows operating system. Microsoft says many people were tricked by the scheme and paid the scammers money for their assistance. Scammers Claim to Represent Microsoft "Defendants have utilized the Microsoft ... (<a href="/news/9460/microsoft-sues-fake-tech-support-scammers" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 23 Dec 2014 13:07:05 +0000 Brandon Dimmel 9460 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9460/microsoft-sues-fake-tech-support-scammers#comments f1 Security Missing Windows DVD? How to Download and Reinstall http://www.infopackets.com/news/9459/missing-windows-dvd-how-download-and-reinstall <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader 'Bob T.' writes: " Dear Dennis, I am trying to reinstall Windows on my computer but I can't seem to find my Windows DVD anywhere. In fact, I'm not even sure if my computer came with an install disc. Should I download Windows from a torrent website? Can I use a DVD or USB drive to reinstall Windows? What do you suggest? " My Response: You can download a copy of MS Windows and install it from DVD or USB, though the steps for installing from USB are a little more involved for Windows 7. I do not recommend you download a copy of Windows from a torrent ... (<a href="/news/9459/missing-windows-dvd-how-download-and-reinstall" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:34:28 +0000 Dennis Faas 9459 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9459/missing-windows-dvd-how-download-and-reinstall#comments f1 Windows Tips Why you Should Not Rely on a Disk Clone as a Backup http://www.infopackets.com/news/9458/why-you-should-not-rely-disk-clone-backup <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader 'Mike' writes: " Dear Dennis, [Regarding your post about the TorrentLocker Ransomware virus , I would like to hire you to help me set up a backup on my system to help keep me protected against such threats. As for my question, I have a Windows 7 Lenovo desktop with a 1 TB internal hard drive] ... I want to clone my internal hard drive to an external hard drive , maybe once a week. I then want to reverse clone the hard drives [in case I get hit with a virus like TorrentLocker] ... It seems intuitive that [when I clone the hard drive for backup, that] both hard drives should ... (<a href="/news/9458/why-you-should-not-rely-disk-clone-backup" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:27:38 +0000 Dennis Faas 9458 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9458/why-you-should-not-rely-disk-clone-backup#comments f1 Windows Tips 'GuardAxon 2.7', and 'Foxmail 7.2.6' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9455/guardaxon-27-and-foxmail-726 <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">GuardAxon 2.7 This program can help you encrypt and decrypt files, making it safer to transmit those files via email or removable thumb drive. GuardAxon employs many encryption algorithms, including BlowFish, TwoFish, DES, and AES-256. UPDATE 20141219: some users have complained that this file is being flagged with their antivirus (malwarebytes). Please note that according to the VirusTotal web site, this program scores a 5/52 in threat - that is, out of 52 antivirus products, only 5 anvirus programs identify this as a threat. Please keep in mind that the nature of this program is to encrypt ... (<a href="/news/9455/guardaxon-27-and-foxmail-726" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:52:31 +0000 Brandon Dimmel 9455 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9455/guardaxon-27-and-foxmail-726#comments Freeware TorrentLocker Ransomware Spreading Fast: Report http://www.infopackets.com/news/9454/torrentlocker-ransomware-spreading-fast-report <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A new report from security firm ESET finds that the TorrentLocker ransomware scam has now encrypted an estimated 285 million files. Unfortunately, ESET security experts don't see the rate of infections dropping off any time soon. A TorrentLocker infection, like other ransomware schemes (such as CryptoWall or CryptoLocker ), usually takes place when a victim downloads a malicious file. Although the name TorrentLocker might suggest infections come through the way of torrents (a file typically used for file sharing), it does not; in fact, most TorrentLocker infections come through email. ... (<a href="/news/9454/torrentlocker-ransomware-spreading-fast-report" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:46:49 +0000 Brandon Dimmel 9454 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9454/torrentlocker-ransomware-spreading-fast-report#comments f1 Security 'WinLogOnView 1.10', and 'Pixelitor 2.2.1' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9447/winlogonview-110-and-pixelitor-221 <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">WinLogOnView 1.10 This simple tool for Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 shows you important information about your system's log on / off activity. Every time a user logs on or off this utility tracks the activity and makes it viewable to the system administrator. http://www.nirsoft.net/ Pixelitor 2.2.1 This free and open source image editing program allows you to add unique visual effects to all of your favorite digital images. Pixelitor currently features more than eighty image filters and color adjustments, some of which you won't be able to find anywhere else. http:// ... (<a href="/news/9447/winlogonview-110-and-pixelitor-221" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:32:35 +0000 Brandon Dimmel 9447 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9447/winlogonview-110-and-pixelitor-221#comments Freeware Windows 10 Consumer Preview to Debut January 2015 http://www.infopackets.com/news/9453/windows-10-consumer-preview-debut-january-2015 <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The first consumer features of Windows 10 -- albeit very much still in test mode -- may be just a few weeks away from public unveiling. Recent leaks suggest that the virtual assistant Cortana may be extremely prominent in the new system. Cortana is a voice recognition feature already present in Windows Phones and works somewhat similar to Apple's Siri and Google Now. The Windows 10 Consumer Edition Preview is expected to officially roll out to public testers in late January, 2015; some analysts suggest it will likely be on January 21st, as that is the date of Microsoft's next press event. ( ... (<a href="/news/9453/windows-10-consumer-preview-debut-january-2015" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:30:48 +0000 John Lister 9453 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9453/windows-10-consumer-preview-debut-january-2015#comments f1 Microsoft