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Mon
28
Nov
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How to Fix: Disable Avast 'Software Updater' Notifications

Infopackets Reader Peter F. writes: " Dear Dennis, Thanks so much for your newsletter. I've been a long time subscriber (about 10 years now) and enjoy reading your Windows tips. I took your advice some time ago regarding antivirus software, and have ... been using Avast antivirus (free) ever since. I have never had an issue with it - except for today when Avast popped up with an 'Avast Software Updater' notification in the bottom right hand corner near the clock. I have never seen this notification before. When I clicked on it, Avast opened up with a new window with the title 'Software Updater' ... (view more)

Thu
15
Jan
John Lister's picture

Windows 7 Mainstream Support Ends

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 ... (view more)

Tue
06
Jan
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Windows 10 Upgrade May Be Cheap, Or Free

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." ... (view more)

Tue
18
Nov
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Expert: CoinVault Ransom a Scam; Don't Negotiate

Cybercriminals behind a brand new type of ransomware scam have implemented a new strategy they hope will convince more people to pay up. Unlike other ransomware scams, this one offers victims the ability to reclaim some of their files for "free." ... Ransomware is a type of malware that locks users out of their systems . In most cases, a victim must pay a fee -- usually around several hundred dollars -- to reclaim control of their computers. However, there's no guarantee that a ransomware cybercriminal will follow through on the deal, and most security experts advise against ... (view more)

Wed
15
Oct
John Lister's picture

Microsoft's Free Windows Offer Pays Off

Microsoft's decision to ditch Windows licensing fees for small-screen devices has led to a raft of ultra-cheap Windows-enabled gadgets. Approximately 50 new manufacturers have taken advantage of the offering, with some Windows devices sold in the ... far East now costing less than a copy of Windows itself. The move came earlier this year and is thought to be a response to the huge success of Google's Android operating system. Android is particularly popular with manufacturers because it's free to install onto their devices. That said, as tablet computers and smartphone prices have ... (view more)

Wed
09
Jul
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Facebook's Zuckerberg Wants Free Internet Worldwide

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg says that a basic Internet service should be free of charge to everyone. He likened it to phone services where calling 911 (used for emergencies) carries no cost. Zuckerberg discussed the topic in a Wall Street Journal ... article in which he promoted Internet.org, a project trying to expand Internet access around the world . The group is made up of Facebook, browser maker Opera, and several leading tech hardware and communication firms. (Source: internet.org ) The group's aim is for everyone in the world to have Internet access, something that only one-third of ... (view more)

Wed
19
Feb
Brandon Dimmel's picture

'inSSIDer 3.1.2.1', and 'Paragon Partition Manager Express Free Edition 2014 10.1'

inSSIDer 3.1.2.1 Learn more about your local WiFi environment with inSSIDer. This tool shows you the security, signal strength, MAC address, and channel for all access points located in your immediate area. That information can help you pick the ... most powerful WiFi channel and secure your system. http://www.metageek.net Paragon Partition Manager Express Free Edition 2014 10.1 Interested in partitioning your hard drive but not sure how to do it? Then check out Paragon's free Partition Manager, which carefully organizes your hard drive space and redistributes free room to improve your system ... (view more)

Wed
11
Dec
Dennis Faas's picture

'B1 Free Archiver 1.4.69', and 'Shape Collage 3.1'

B1 Free Archiver 1.4.69 Archive the files on your computer with B1 Free Archiver. This fast, simple, and easy-to-use tool is available for all platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. It supports the most popular formats, including zip ... and rar. http://b1.org/ Shape Collage 3.1 Create custom collages with your favorite images using Shape Collage. Use dozens of photographs of your wife to create a unique Christmas gift. This program is compatible with the Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. http://www.shapecollage.com/ This freeware software program is brought to you by ... (view more)

Wed
27
Nov
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'Free Hide IP 3.9.3.2', and 'Rufus 1.3.4.270'

Free Hide IP 3.9.3.2 Protect your system from attack with Free Hide IP (Internet Protocol). This program lets you keep your IP address hidden from others at all times. That makes it harder for hackers and identity thieves to find your system and ... attack it. UPDATE: we have received reports that this program is being flagged by some antivirus programs. We apologize for this and have removed the link. Please also review the Major Geeks software policy if you have any further questions (that link is further down the page). http://www.free-hideip.com Rufus 1.3.4.270 This handy tool allows you to ... (view more)

Fri
22
Nov
Dennis Faas's picture

'Free Image Editor 1.0', and 'TeamViewer Beta 9.0.23724'

Free Image Editor 1.0 Just as the name suggests, this is an absolutely free image editor. Produced by Free Picture Solutions, it allows you to create customized memes and GIFs. This software can also be used to dramatically improve the quality of ... your favorite pictures. http://freepicturesolutions.com TeamViewer Beta 9.0.23724 This program allows you to take remote control of any PC or Mac with just a few clicks. It can also be used to host online meetings with friends, family, and colleagues. Free for personal use, TeamViewer comes with a number of remote support options. http://www. ... (view more)

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