Say hello to Dropbox.com. After a free registration on their website, download and install the software. Drag your important files to your DropBox folder, and you’re done! If you want to be able to access this “magic pocket” from another computer, simply install Dropbox on your second computer. Changes made to files in the dropbox on either computer are instantly syncronized. And it works on Windows, Mac, or Linux.
This is one of the many things that I can help you set up on your smart phone!
Secunia’s Personal Software Inspector is a free tool that scans your system, and alerts you to programs on your computer that have security vulnerabilities, and provides you a link to download the latest version of those programs.
This is one of the standard programs we run during a virus removal. I’ve seen many virus infections this year caused by infected media files being run by players that weren’t updated. Read more about this tool on Secuia’s site.
If your computer is running a little slower than it used to, here’s an excellent and free tool that can help you without a big hassle.
WinOptimizer 2010 Advanced has a one click optimizer, and can also defrag your hard drive. To defrag, look under Modules, and then click Optimize Performance.
If you’re looking for a free antivirus for home, you have several good options. But if you’re running a business, this is particularly good news! For years, free antivirus was only for home use, but Microsoft Security Essentials can be used on any genuine copy of Windows XP/Vista/7.
If your antivirus’ subscription is out of date, or if you’re not sure you’re protected, this is for you.
The list was updated Monday, which was a reminder to mention this on my blog. If nothing else, bookmark this site so that you can refer to it in the future when you’re looking for some software: Gizmo’s Best Freeware
If you’ve ever experienced a virus or spyware on your computer, you know how painful it can be. Your computer slows to a crawl. Random advertisements pop-up on your screen. Weird things happen, and as time goes by, the problems only grow worse.
Here are a few simple steps that will help you get your computer back under control.
1) Restart your computer in Safe Mode with Networking. Tap F8 when you first turn on your computer for the Advanced Startup Menu. More in-depth instructions can be found here. This special mode allows you to access the internet, but also prevents most viruses and spyware from being able to run, making it a lot easier to remove them.
2) To remove a virus, download Malwarebytes, install and update, and then run a full scan. It’s important to run a second scan with SUPERAntiSpyware to remove any remaining traces of the virus and/or spyware.
For future protection, if you don’t already have a commercial antivirus, consider installing the free version of Avast Free Antivirus. It’s easy to use, provides excellent protection, and is free for non-commercial use!
If you’ve been unable to play a DVD or media file on your computer, this is for you.
VLC Player is an all-in-one media player for your computer. It’s free and incredibly popular, and enables your computer to play DVDs and many audio and video file formats!
Have you ever needed to fax a document when you haven’t had access to a physical fax machine? Thankfully there are a number of free online faxing services. Recently I used FaxZero, and it worked perfectly, so I thought I’d pass this along as a tip. With FaxZero you can upload a document from your computer, or simply enter some text!
Reinstalling Windows can be scary. You’ll probably want to backup data to an external drive or DVD beforehand. And once you’ve installed Windows, you’ll need to make sure your computer has the hardware drivers and software for security and functionality.
Most computers in recent years have a system recovery that allows you to restore your computer to the way it was when you first took it out of its box. To do a system recovery, you press specific keys on your keyboard when it’s first turning on. For example, on most Dell computers you press Ctrl+F11. If your computer doesn’t have a system recovery option, you can still reinstall Windows from the disc– hopefully you have one! After the install, download the drivers from the manufacturer website (http://support.dell.com, etc)
There’s also a lot of software you’ll probably want to reinstall. A handy website that makes this quite a bit easier is www.ninite.com. Simply select the programs you want to install, run the installer, and Ninite takes care of the rest. I typically install Firefox, iTunes, VLC, Picasa, Adobe Reader, Avast, Malwarebytes, all of the Runtimes, CDBurnerXP, and 7-Zip.