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Mon
22
Dec
Dennis Faas's picture

Missing Windows DVD? How to Download and Reinstall

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 7, 8, or 10 for free from Microsoft and install it from DVD or USB, though the steps for installing from USB are a little more involved for Windows 7. At the time of writing this ... (view more)

Fri
19
Dec
Dennis Faas's picture

Why you Should Not Rely on a Disk Clone as a Backup

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 ... (view more)

Mon
24
Nov
Dennis Faas's picture

How to Remove Malware that Keeps Coming Back?

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 ... (view more)

Mon
03
Nov
Dennis Faas's picture

How to Build an External HD?

Infopackets Reader John R. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have a question regarding how to make a custom built external 2.5 inch USB hard drive (similar to the Western Digital My Passport drive). First, can you tell me: do external USB hard drives operate ... similar to 3.5 inch hard drives found in PCs? Also, are 2.5 inch hard drives just as reliable as the 3.5 inch desktop PC hard drives? Lastly, do you have any recommendations for external 2.5 inch hard drive enclosures? " My Response: For what it's worth, the Western Digital MyPasport hard drive is a solid unit (I own the 2TB model ), but it tends ... (view more)

Mon
12
May
Brandon Dimmel's picture

'TraceRouteOK 1.02', and 'USB Drive Letter Manager (USBDLM) 4.8.6.0'

TraceRouteOK 1.02 This small and highly accessible program allows you to trace your data's travels across the Internet and a local area network. It creates a listing showing data route. This tool is compatible with most versions of the Windows ... operating system. http://www.softwareok.com USB Drive Letter Manager (USBDLM) 4.8.6.0 USB Drive Letter Manager allows a user to change the drive letter assignment for their USB drives. This tool can be used to solve conflicts between USB and network drives. http://www.uwe-sieber.de ... (view more)

Tue
08
Oct
Dennis Faas's picture

Netgear 'Nighthawk' the Fastest Home Router Yet

Not willing to compromise when it comes to your home router? For those of us who stream a lot of music and video content or play demanding video games online, reliable and fast networking equipment is a necessity. That's why it's hard not to be ... impressed with Netgear's new Nighthawk AC1900 Smart WiFi Router (Model R7000), which appears to be the fastest router on the market right now. Serious Hardware for Serious Streamers The Nighthawk is part of Netgear's attempt to establish an in-demand piece of hardware using the new 802.11ac wireless networking standard. This device is powered by ... (view more)

Tue
11
Jun
Dennis Faas's picture

Intel Shows Off World's Fastest Thumb Drive

Do you find the process of accessing content stored on USB sticks a tad too slow? Then you may be interested in what Intel is calling the "world's fastest thumb drive." The chip maker recently showed off the 128 gigabyte (GB) device -- which hasn't ... yet been given a formal name and remains in prototype form -- at the Computex trade show in Taipei, Taiwan. The device uses Thunderbolt technology, which allows it to provide unprecedented data transfer speeds. Intel says this is the first data stick to use the Thunderbolt tech. (Source: pcworld.com ) Thunderbolt Thumb Drive: 2X the Speed of USB 3. ... (view more)

Fri
24
May
Dennis Faas's picture

'Free USB Guard 1.4', and 'CookieSpy 4.3'

Free USB Guard 1.4 Free USB Guard is designed to alert you in case the computer starts to shut down and you've forgotten to safely disconnect the USB flash drive you had previously plugged in. This program can also alert you if a DVD is in the DVD ... drive. http://www.myportablesoftware.com CookieSpy 4.3 Want to get a better idea of the kinds of websites that are being visited on your computer? Want to know what kind of information websites are accessing when you visit them? You can do all of this by using CookieSpy, a new program that supports all of the popular browsers. http://www.cookiespy. ... (view more)

Wed
27
Feb
Dennis Faas's picture

'USB Image Tool 1.6', and 'LazPaint 5.1'

USB Image Tool 1.6 This program allows you to quickly and easily back up your USB drives by creating separate images of those drives. USB Image Tool isn't only compatible with USB sticks, however -- it will also work with digital media players, SD ... cards, smartphones, and even digital cameras. http://www.alexpage.de LazPaint 5.1 LazPaint is a unique image editor that gives users access to a number of exciting features, including alpha blending, antialiasing, rotation, filters, and multiple undo. Make sure to click the dark green button in the middle of the page in order to begin the download ... (view more)

Fri
07
Dec
Dennis Faas's picture

Windows 8: How to Backup Recovery Tools

We have received several technical inquiries much like this one from a long-time Infopackets subscriber: "Dear Infopackets: I have converted to Windows 8 and am getting along OK. But I'm worried about losing my data if this new operating system ... should contain a bad bug that hasn't yet been discovered. I knew what to do for data recovery in Windows 7, now I'm lost. You offered me lots of good information in the past, so I'm hoping now you can tell me how to do data recovery in Windows 8. Thanks, Charlene F." My Response: Few people have reported major problems with Windows 8 so far ( ... (view more)

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