PC Specific Material
I'm a Mac person through and through but I am being dragged unwillingly into the world of the PC due to the demands of my job.
So I'm going to start collecting things which I think will help me in my job as a school computer tech here.
If you have any suggestions as to some fix-it-up programs for use with PC's that are not feeling well, please email me using
the link below--perhaps with the URL of a site with useful stuff.
I use Code Warrior and Norton Utilities with Macs, and these find and repair about 99.9% of the problems I run into, but I
understand that PCs have many, many, many problems with quirky files requiring the knowledge of esoteric "coded" entries in
order to bring about. Basis: Look at the 156 run command entries linked to below. Further, I listen to Leo Laporte,
"The Tech Guy" for 6 hours/weekend and the problems I hear people having with their PCs are astounding to me as a Mac user.
Autoruns for Windows BlackViper Great site for Setup configurations of XP and Vista, and much more Bootdisk Windows. Download BootDisks and drivers. DBAN Darik's Boot and Nuke ("DBAN") is a self-contained boot floppy that securely wipes the hard disks of
most computers. DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it
can detect, which makes it an appropriate utility for bulk or emergency data destruction. Drive Snapshot 1.3 Create Disk Image Backups; backs up all your data into a single file, containing all data, including system data and registry FTP Client CORE Free FTP client for PC users Defender Get Microsoft's latest spyware program here. Duplicate File Finder Remove duplicate files from your hard drive. Also get a free spyware scan at the same location. Hauppauge Wireless Music Videos from TV to PC GRC Freeware Listed by current popularity. Try Wizmo: a multipurpose miscellaneous Windows utility that provides an array of single-click functions that are missing from Windows. Triggered by a single mouse click, it can do things like power down your system's displays, activate your screen saver, change or mute the audio volume, restart, reboot, or shutdown your system, and much more. It even includes a rather cool built-in "Graviton" screen saver that simulates the motion of any number of mutually gravitationally attracted celestial objects. Check out Wizmo's web page for the current (and growing) complete list of Wizmo's capabilities and features. Image Forge Free. Powerful tools for painting/editing images, photos/other graphics. Create/edit images, acquire pictures from your scanner/digital camera/other Twain-compliant device, apply special effect filters/produce your own photo albums/simple slide shows; much more. Media Monkey If you have a PC you owe it to your music, to give MediaMonkey a try. MusicMatch Powerful jukebox, music organizer, etc. Paint.Net Free image and photo editing software PC Decrapifier Help rid your PC of all the junk files that came with it. Free. Restoration Undelete files. Free program Run Commands Thanks to Fix My XP; Download the pdf file of 156 commands you can enter at Start->Run here. Spinrite Free. Scroll to Leak Test to check your Firewall for security leaks. Scroll to bottom for "How to use..." link Spyhunter Trial version, free download. Use it to check it out. Stead State Some PC downloads--drivers, etc. Supersite for Windows Paul Thurrott's informative FAQ site. Latest materials on Vista, etc. Sys Internals Now property of Microsoft, these handy utilities are better than MS Config Ultimate Boot CD Has a password reset tool among other things. Windows Secrets Everything Microsoft forgot to mention Windows Tips Virus Stuff about.blank 'about.blank' is caused by a spyware called CoolWebSearch or one of its varation. CoolWebSearch is a browser hijacker program that takes over your home page with the purpose of showing you advertisements and collecting your personal information. This hijacker replace your browser start page with an HTML file whose address is set to 'about.blank' by making changes to Windows Registry. It is very difficult to remove the 'about.blank' homepage from your browser. First of all, it cannot be detected by anti-virus programs because it is not a virus but a spyware. Secondly, it is a very persistent problem that can return quickly if it is not removed properly. Use one of the free Spyware remover programs on this page to remove it.
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