http://www.infopackets.com/index.xml en 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 Study: Checking Email in Spurts Reduces Stress http://www.infopackets.com/news/9452/study-checking-email-spurts-reduces-stress <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">How often do you check your email each day? A new study suggests that consulting your inbox more than three times a day could significantly increase your stress levels. The study, which comes from researchers at the University of British Columbia, involved asking 124 adults to restrict their inbox-checking to just three times a day for a one-week period. Once that week was over, study participants were allowed to check their email as much as they liked. Less Email, Less Stress, Study Suggests Throughout the process participants were asked to fill out daily 10-minute questionnaires about their ... (<a href="/news/9452/study-checking-email-spurts-reduces-stress" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:04:18 +0000 Brandon Dimmel 9452 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9452/study-checking-email-spurts-reduces-stress#comments f1 Internet 'Spamihilator 1.6.0', and 'PC Image Editor 5.6' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9441/spamihilator-160-and-pc-image-editor-56 <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">Spamihilator 1.6.0 There's nothing more annoying than potentially dangerous unsolicited email (spam) making its way into your home or business email inbox. Spamihilator can help by removing most spam emails before they ever reach your inbox. It works similar to a program called 'mailwasher' which allows you to download email message headers, preview emails, and filter emails before actually downloading the messages to your inbox. http://www.spamihilator.com/ PC Image Editor 5.6 As the name suggests, this PC Image Editor is designed to help you edit digital images on your PC. It features a ... (<a href="/news/9441/spamihilator-160-and-pc-image-editor-56" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:15:23 +0000 Brandon Dimmel 9441 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9441/spamihilator-160-and-pc-image-editor-56#comments Freeware Laptop cursor jumps around screen as I type? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9451/laptop-cursor-jumps-around-screen-i-type <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 'Mary' writes: " Dear Dennis, In regard to your previous article ' How can I find the Cursor Position on my Screen? ' -- my cursor often wanders around the screen when I'm typing text on my laptop. Sometimes, I end up typing in a new word in the middle of another word somewhere else on the screen. Oftentimes I can't find where my cursor went; once I do find it, I need to make corrections, then point it back to where it needs to be, then resume typing. It's incredibly vexing! Do you have any suggestions on how to avoid this from happening? " My response: This is a very ... (<a href="/news/9451/laptop-cursor-jumps-around-screen-i-type" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:09:46 +0000 Dennis Faas 9451 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9451/laptop-cursor-jumps-around-screen-i-type#comments f1 Windows Tips 'Perfect Keyboard Free 7.6.6', and 'WebCacheImageInfo 1.16' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9422/perfect-keyboard-free-766-and-webcacheimageinfo-116 <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">Perfect Keyboard Free 7.6.6 This program is designed to help you create cleaner, more coherent messages, from reports to emails. It allows users to formulate keyboard shortcuts, hotkeys, and use a handy auto-complete feature to save time and energy. http://www.macrotoolworks.com WebCacheImageInfo 1.16 This simple but useful tool from NirSoft helps you search for JPEG images stores in your web browser's cache. It then displays all relevant information in an accessible chart. This tool is compatible with Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome. http://www.nirsoft.net/ ... (<a href="/news/9422/perfect-keyboard-free-766-and-webcacheimageinfo-116" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:30:15 +0000 Brandon Dimmel 9422 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9422/perfect-keyboard-free-766-and-webcacheimageinfo-116#comments Freeware How can I find the Cursor Position on my Screen? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9450/how-can-i-find-cursor-position-my-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 'lewfrazier' writes: " Dear Dennis, Sometimes I when I'm viewing a page on my web browser (or MS Word, for that matter), I can't find the cursor on the screen. Is there a freeware program I can download that will help me locate the cursor on my screen? " My Response: That's a great question -- thanks for asking. You can locate your cursor by tapping the CTRL key on your keyboard, but you first need to enable this feature in Windows (no download is required). The 'cursor location' feature works with Windows XP, 7, and 8; here are the ... (<a href="/news/9450/how-can-i-find-cursor-position-my-screen" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:27:22 +0000 Dennis Faas 9450 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9450/how-can-i-find-cursor-position-my-screen#comments f1 Windows Tips Cyber Attacks on Businesses Doubled in 2014: Report http://www.infopackets.com/news/9449/cyber-attacks-businesses-doubled-2014-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 suggests that hackers took aim at twice as many businesses in 2014 when compared to the previous year. The report comes from Russian security company Kaspersky Lab; its Global Research and Analysis Team says it detected seven major advanced persistent threats (or APTs) over the past twelve months, resulting in approximately 4,400 attacks targeting private sector organizations in an estimated 55 countries. Kaspersky researchers say that's more than double the roughly 1,800 corporations targeted by cybercriminals in 2013 . Sophisticated Attacks May Be Supported by National ... (<a href="/news/9449/cyber-attacks-businesses-doubled-2014-report" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:14:07 +0000 Brandon Dimmel 9449 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9449/cyber-attacks-businesses-doubled-2014-report#comments f1 Security 'ProduKey 1.70', and 'Challenger 2.4.9' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9445/produkey-170-and-challenger-249 <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">ProduKey 1.70 This simple and easy-to-use utility shows you the product ID and CD key for the version of Microsoft Office, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Exchange Server and SQL Server installed on your computer. This utility will be particularly useful if you lost this information and want to reinstall these programs on your PC. http://www.nirsoft.net/ Challenger 2.4.9 Challenger is state-of-the-art but completely free-to-use encryption software. Challenger is available to anyone but is optimized for people working in patent development, journalism, law, and upper level management. http://www. ... (<a href="/news/9445/produkey-170-and-challenger-249" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:23:06 +0000 Brandon Dimmel 9445 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9445/produkey-170-and-challenger-249#comments Freeware Windows 10 Update May Require MS Office Uninstall http://www.infopackets.com/news/9448/windows-10-update-may-require-ms-office-uninstall <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 warned that a recently released security update may be incompatible with test editions of Windows 10 and MS Office . The advice came from Gabe Aul, who is general manager of engineering for Windows. He posted a series of four messages on his Twitter account, rather than posting it onto Microsoft's official news blog. The messages read: "We just made a tough call after working through the night that I thought I should share with you. We have a security update going out today, and the installer fails on [Windows 10 build 9879 if Microsoft Office] is installed. Rather than ... (<a href="/news/9448/windows-10-update-may-require-ms-office-uninstall" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:20:03 +0000 John Lister 9448 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9448/windows-10-update-may-require-ms-office-uninstall#comments f1 Microsoft Shop Online? Watch out for Fake Email Order Scam http://www.infopackets.com/news/9444/shop-online-watch-out-fake-email-order-scam <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 suggests that hackers are using fake email orders with malicious links to fool victims into installing malware onto their machines. Security experts are therefore warning all Internet shoppers to take extra care when opening their emails this holiday season. According to Brian Krebs, a former Washington Post writer who covers cyber crime, the problem is becoming more and more prevalent. "If you receive an email this holiday season asking you to 'confirm' an online e-commerce order or package shipment, please resist the urge to click the included link or attachment, ... (<a href="/news/9444/shop-online-watch-out-fake-email-order-scam" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 13:26:49 +0000 Brandon Dimmel 9444 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9444/shop-online-watch-out-fake-email-order-scam#comments f1 Security 'Vim 7.4', and 'TaskLayout 0.2.0' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9440/vim-74-and-tasklayout-020 <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">Vim 7.4 If you're looking for a highly customizable text editor, Vim is a great choice. It's essentially an enhanced version of the 'vi' editor that comes with most UNIX-based systems. Vim is considered charityware, meaning any donations go to a good cause, such as helping to feed impoverished families. http://www.vim.org/ TaskLayout 0.2.0 TaskLayout is a Windows utility designed to help you save and restore the desktop layout of specified applications and windows. This software runs in the background and places a small icon in the system tray, making it easy to access. Please ... (<a href="/news/9440/vim-74-and-tasklayout-020" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 08 Dec 2014 14:05:06 +0000 Brandon Dimmel 9440 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9440/vim-74-and-tasklayout-020#comments Freeware Recovery Disk is Full; Can I Delete Files? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9443/recovery-disk-full-can-i-delete-files <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 'pthamilton' writes: " Dear Dennis, I have a Dell XPS M1330 laptop computer. I get frequently recurring messages that my D drive (recovery drive) is full. Can I delete files on my recovery drive? Also, if I upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8, will it stop the 'disk is full' error messages? Thank You. " My Response: In general, it is not recommended that you delete any files from the recovery drive, as it contains disk image files used to restore your system to default configuration when you first purchased the computer. If you downloaded or copied files onto the D drive, you ... (<a href="/news/9443/recovery-disk-full-can-i-delete-files" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 08 Dec 2014 13:57:52 +0000 Dennis Faas 9443 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9443/recovery-disk-full-can-i-delete-files#comments f1 Windows Tips 'BowPad 2.0.9', and 'WinScan2PDF 2.77' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9425/bowpad-209-and-winscan2pdf-277 <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">BowPad 2.0.9 Looking for an alternative to Windows' NotePad tool? Then check out BowPad, a small but very efficient text editor. It features an accessible ribbon interface, syntax highlighting, navigation hints, and tab coloring. http://stefanstools.sourceforge.net/ WinScan2PDF 2.77 As the name suggests, WinScan2PDF is designed to help you scan documents and save them to your system in the PDF format. This simple and highly accessible program features low CPU usage, can translate text, and is compatible with multiple languages. http://www.softwareok.com ... (<a href="/news/9425/bowpad-209-and-winscan2pdf-277" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 05 Dec 2014 14:31:30 +0000 Brandon Dimmel 9425 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9425/bowpad-209-and-winscan2pdf-277#comments Freeware Experts: Avoid Windows XP Update 'Trick' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9438/experts-avoid-windows-xp-update-trick <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">Earlier this year, a hack was discovered that would allow Windows XP users to continue receiving security updates , despite Microsoft no longer officially supporting the system . However, experts are now warning users that the hack guarantees neither security, nor stable computing. Windows XP: No More Security Updates Microsoft finally pulled the plug on Windows XP in April this year , including all future security updates. The problem is that many people still continue to use the operating system, despite significant security risks . The Windows Embedded hack essentially tricks Windows XP ... (<a href="/news/9438/experts-avoid-windows-xp-update-trick" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 05 Dec 2014 14:28:39 +0000 John Lister 9438 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9438/experts-avoid-windows-xp-update-trick#comments f1 Security Windows 10 Could Bolster 600 Million PC Upgrades http://www.infopackets.com/news/9439/windows-10-could-bolster-600-million-pc-upgrades <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">Dell President Renee James says Windows 10's impact on the struggling PC market will be huge, with the release of Microsoft's next operating system (OS) leading to an estimated 600 million PC upgrades. James, who recently spoke at the Credit Suisse Technology Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, says there are hundreds of millions of PCs out there that are four years old or older. James says that many of the owners of these aging PCs have been putting off an upgrade because they simply weren't wowed by Microsoft's last operating system, Windows 8. Microsoft Being " ... (<a href="/news/9439/windows-10-could-bolster-600-million-pc-upgrades" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 14:21:14 +0000 Brandon Dimmel 9439 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9439/windows-10-could-bolster-600-million-pc-upgrades#comments f1 Microsoft 'ImageMagick 6.9.0', and 'TrackMeNot 0.8.13' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9424/imagemagick-690-and-trackmenot-0813 <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">ImageMagick 6.9.0 ImageMagick is designed to help you convert, edit, compose, and create bitmap images. Features include resize, flip, rotate, mirror, distort, shear, and transform. You can also use ImageMagick to adjust image colors and apply special effects. http://www.imagemagick.org/ TrackMeNot 0.8.13 Hate the idea that someone, somewhere might be tracking your every online activity? Then try out TrackMeNot, a small browser extension designed to help protect your web history from snoopers. It's compatible with Firefox and Chrome. http://www.cs.nyu.edu/ ... (<a href="/news/9424/imagemagick-690-and-trackmenot-0813" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 13:53:54 +0000 Brandon Dimmel 9424 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9424/imagemagick-690-and-trackmenot-0813#comments Freeware Adobe Photoshop freeware alternative? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9437/adobe-photoshop-freeware-alternative <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 Helen M. writes: " Dear Dennis, I need your advice once again. I am 80 years old and have gone back to work as a volunteer; one of my jobs is to make up posters. I only have Microsoft Word, which is not [exactly] ideal for making posters, and I don't want to invest in an expensive software such as Adobe Photoshop. The price to learn it at The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City is $275! Can you recommend [an Adobe Photoshop freeware alternative] that is inexpensive and easy to use? I am computer literate. I thank you for all you do. " My Response: Off the ... (<a href="/news/9437/adobe-photoshop-freeware-alternative" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 13:51:29 +0000 Dennis Faas 9437 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9437/adobe-photoshop-freeware-alternative#comments f1 Windows Tips Could the 'Internet of Things' Kill Someone? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9436/could-internet-things-kill-someone <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">Is there anything scarier than having your computer hacked? Absolutely there is, say security experts who predict that the growing "Internet of Things" could eventually allow hackers to remotely commit violent crimes. For decades we've associated the Internet with computers, from desktops and laptops to tablet devices and smartphones. But as time goes on, more and more devices are being connected to the web in an effort to give consumers more control. Want to lower your refrigerator's freezer temperature or start your car without getting off the couch? Chances are, there ... (<a href="/news/9436/could-internet-things-kill-someone" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 13:13:27 +0000 Brandon Dimmel 9436 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9436/could-internet-things-kill-someone#comments f1 Security 'CyberGhost VPN 5.0.14.17', and 'AquaSnap 1.9.1' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9427/cyberghost-vpn-501417-and-aquasnap-191 <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">CyberGhost VPN 5.0.14.17 CyberGhost VPN offers a simple and effective way towards protecting your online privacy. It masks your location, making it easier to surf the web anonymously and access content not regularly available in your home region. Note that the free version of CyberGhost VPN reportedly contains advertisements, including 17 seconds of advertisements when first connected, plus more ads every 2 hours. http://www.cyberghostvpn.com/ AquaSnap 1.9.1 AquaSnap is designed to help you move (and resize) windows around your desktop quickly and efficient. It's intended to replace Aero ... (<a href="/news/9427/cyberghost-vpn-501417-and-aquasnap-191" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 01 Dec 2014 14:54:51 +0000 Brandon Dimmel 9427 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9427/cyberghost-vpn-501417-and-aquasnap-191#comments Freeware Difference between 32 bit and 64 bit Windows? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9435/difference-between-32-bit-and-64-bit-windows <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 Gord S. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have Windows 8.1 64 bit installed on my PC. When downloading programs I see there are options for 32 bit or 64 bit. My question is: should I download both 32 bit and 64 bit programs? [Also, what is the difference between 32 bit and 64 bit Windows?] Thank you for your comments. " My response: That's a great question; thanks for asking. If you are running 64 bit Windows, you should download and install 64 bit versions of programs -- but only if they are available. If there is no 64 bit version available, then running the 32 bit version will ... (<a href="/news/9435/difference-between-32-bit-and-64-bit-windows" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 01 Dec 2014 14:53:21 +0000 Dennis Faas 9435 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9435/difference-between-32-bit-and-64-bit-windows#comments f1 Windows Tips 'MailWasher Free 7.4.0', and 'Uplay 4.9.2.3855' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9421/mailwasher-free-740-and-uplay-4923855 <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">MailWasher Free 7.4.0 Let's face it: emails can be both annoying and dangerous. Limit the danger with Mailwasher, which screens emails and prevents potentially hazardous spam messages from reaching your inbox. Mailwasher is compatible with Outlook, Thunderbird, Windows Mail, Gmail, Hotmail, and most other email programs. http://www.mailwasher.net/ Uplay 4.9.2.3855 Uplay makes it easy to find, download, and play your favorite Ubisoft games. This cross-platform service also allows you to interact with friends and share your virtual accomplishments online. Features include customizable ... (<a href="/news/9421/mailwasher-free-740-and-uplay-4923855" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:48:11 +0000 Brandon Dimmel 9421 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9421/mailwasher-free-740-and-uplay-4923855#comments Freeware How to Search and Remove Duplicate Files (Freeware)? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9434/how-search-and-remove-duplicate-files-freeware <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 Brenda T. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have a lot of duplicate word documents and pictures in my computer. I would like to know what is the best way to find the duplicate files and delete them? Do I need to buy a special program? And if so do you recommend one? " My response: That's a great question -- thanks for asking. You don't need to buy a special program to search for and delete duplicate files, as there are plenty of excellent freeware programs that will do just that. One program in particular that comes to mind is NirSoft's SearchMyFiles . This ... (<a href="/news/9434/how-search-and-remove-duplicate-files-freeware" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:25:18 +0000 Dennis Faas 9434 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9434/how-search-and-remove-duplicate-files-freeware#comments f1 Windows Tips Megaupload Founder Insists He's Broke, Defenseless http://www.infopackets.com/news/9433/megaupload-founder-insists-hes-broke-defenseless <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 been less than a year since Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom appeared on CBS to discuss his controversial file-sharing business and show off a sprawling, 60-acre estate located just outside beautiful Auckland, New Zealand. Now, it appears that after a three-year legal fight, things could be coming to an end. Dotcom says he has lost everything in an attempt to defend himself against accusations of copyright infringement. With over 50 million visitors a day, Megaupload was one of the biggest file-sharing services established on the Internet. It's estimated that Megaupload at one time ... (<a href="/news/9433/megaupload-founder-insists-hes-broke-defenseless" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:17:33 +0000 Brandon Dimmel 9433 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9433/megaupload-founder-insists-hes-broke-defenseless#comments f1 Internet 'PilotEdit Lite 7.4.0', and 'PhotoSun 14 v2.1.1' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9426/pilotedit-lite-740-and-photosun-14-v211 <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">PilotEdit Lite 7.4.0 PilotEdit Lite is a completely free text editor capable of helping you work on very large files. It provides users with many handy features, including customizable syntax and keyword highlighting, advanced search, and automatic text encoding. Note: scroll down to the bottom of the page to get the Lite (free) version. http://www.pilotedit.com/ PhotoSun 14 v2.1.1 This comprehensive and intuitive program is designed to help users create professional and attractive digital images. Created with amateurs and professionals in mind, PhotoSun can help you optimize your images via ... (<a href="/news/9426/pilotedit-lite-740-and-photosun-14-v211" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:59:36 +0000 Brandon Dimmel 9426 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9426/pilotedit-lite-740-and-photosun-14-v211#comments Freeware Windows 8 Laptops Drop Below $200 http://www.infopackets.com/news/9432/windows-8-laptops-drop-below-200 <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">Hewlett-Packard (HP) is selling two Windows 8 laptops that are both priced at $199 . It's seen by some analysts as a way to counter the low-cost Google Chromebook range . The two models are the HP Stream 11 and Stream 13 , which model numbers are respective of their screen sizes. The Stream 11 has a permanent price of $199; the Stream 13 is normally $229 but will have $30 off for a limited period as part of the Black Friday sales season. To sweeten the deal, devices purchased directly from Microsoft will also receive a year's subscription to Office 365 Personal (the online edition of ... (<a href="/news/9432/windows-8-laptops-drop-below-200" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:48:50 +0000 John Lister 9432 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9432/windows-8-laptops-drop-below-200#comments f1 Microsoft Symantec: Regin Malware High-Level, Likely State Sponsored http://www.infopackets.com/news/9431/symantec-regin-malware-high-level-likely-state-sponsored <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">Security firm Symantec says it has found a sinister and highly sophisticated piece of malware, which has somehow managed to evade security experts for more than six years. Dubbed 'Regin', the malware showcases high levels of technical competence, suggesting that it was likely developed by cyber espionage experts. "The development and operation of this malware would have required a significant investment of time and resources, indicating that a nation state is responsible," Symantec said in a recent white paper on the subject. "Its design makes it highly suited for persistent, ... (<a href="/news/9431/symantec-regin-malware-high-level-likely-state-sponsored" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:49:22 +0000 Brandon Dimmel 9431 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9431/symantec-regin-malware-high-level-likely-state-sponsored#comments f1 Security 'Junkware Removal Tool 6.3.9', and 'Wise Memory Optimizer 3.32' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9423/junkware-removal-tool-639-and-wise-memory-optimizer-332 <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">Junkware Removal Tool 6.3.9 This security utility is designed to help you remove adware, toolbars, and other programs from your system. Junkware Removal Tool is capable of eliminating all traces of undesirable programs, including their services, processes, and registry keys. http://thisisudax.org/ Wise Memory Optimizer 3.32 This freeware program can help you improve your system's performance by maximizing memory efficiency. It provides a real-time chart that shows users their memory status and makes suggestions for enhancing overall performance. http://www.wisecleaner.com/ ... (<a href="/news/9423/junkware-removal-tool-639-and-wise-memory-optimizer-332" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:02:06 +0000 Brandon Dimmel 9423 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9423/junkware-removal-tool-639-and-wise-memory-optimizer-332#comments Freeware How to Remove Malware that Keeps Coming Back? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9430/how-remove-malware-keeps-coming-back <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 P. writes: " Dear Dennis, A friend of mine has a malware (or a virus) on his computer and can't get rid of it. He has tried to download various malware removal utilities online (such as malwarebytes antimalware, etc), but his web browser appears to have been hijacked and subsequently, malwarebytes won't download. What can he do to remove the malware? " My Response: Some malware will purposely block websites (such as malwarebytes) to prevent you from downloading and removing the infection. The easiest way to get rid of pervasive malware is to boot ... (<a href="/news/9430/how-remove-malware-keeps-coming-back" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:58:06 +0000 Dennis Faas 9430 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9430/how-remove-malware-keeps-coming-back#comments f1 Windows Tips 'TagScanner 5.1.657', and 'Tablacus Explorer 14.11.9' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9407/tagscanner-51657-and-tablacus-explorer-14119 <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">TagScanner 5.1.657 Having trouble organizing your growing digital music collection? Then give TagScanner a try. This tool will help you manage your music collection by allowing you to create and edit tags, rename files, and download album information. http://www.xdlab.ru/ Tablacus Explorer 14.11.9 Tablacus Explorer is a tabbed file manager that features add-on support. This is an extremely useful feature and cuts down on the number of open 'explorer' Windows in the task bar. It's completely portable, meaning you don't have to install it on your system, and it supports many different ... (<a href="/news/9407/tagscanner-51657-and-tablacus-explorer-14119" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:54:51 +0000 Brandon Dimmel 9407 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9407/tagscanner-51657-and-tablacus-explorer-14119#comments Freeware New, Used PC: How Do I Change User Name in C:\Users? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9429/new-used-pc-how-do-i-change-user-name-cusers <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 'miannone' writes: " Dear Dennis, I recently purchased a new [Windows 8.1] desktop computer (or so I thought) from a big box electronic store. It should be noted that I did not utilize the 'pay-for-setup' process that the sales people attempted to convince me was the only way to go. I took the machine home ... [and booted it up] first time. It went through all the necessary updates; ... [once complete, I started] the customization. It was then I noticed that [my hard drive already had a user named 'Sam' defined on it. For example, even though I am the only user on this ... (<a href="/news/9429/new-used-pc-how-do-i-change-user-name-cusers" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:49:22 +0000 Dennis Faas 9429 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9429/new-used-pc-how-do-i-change-user-name-cusers#comments f1 Windows Tips MS Kills OneDrive 'Placeholders' for 'Selective Sync' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9428/ms-kills-onedrive-placeholders-selective-sync <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 facing a storm of protest over its decision to remove a popular feature from its OneDrive cloud storage service. The change is set to take shape when the company's next operating system, Windows 10 , is released next year. In Windows 8.1, OneDrive shows ' smart files ', otherwise known as ' placeholders ' stored on the cloud, but not available on a local device. If a user decides they want to view or edit that file and double click on it, OneDrive begins to download the file to local storage. The advantage of smart files is simple: they let users view the entire contents of ... (<a href="/news/9428/ms-kills-onedrive-placeholders-selective-sync" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:40:45 +0000 Brandon Dimmel 9428 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9428/ms-kills-onedrive-placeholders-selective-sync#comments f1 Microsoft