Posts Tagged ‘spyware prevention’

Arrrrrggg with the Registry Cleaners!!!

Tech RantYes, this post qualifies as a Rant (although it does involve spyware prevention), but don’t read-on if you don’t want to read about some of my computer repair pet peeves. I just repaired a customer’s Acer laptop computer that had a bad hard drive. The platter was so damaged that not even DriveSavers could recover the data! Anyway, I installed a new Sata Hard Drive and installed Windows Vista from scratch. As part of the job, I installed the latest Drivers from Acer’s website, Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (Vista SP2) and some miscellaneous Security Updates. Of course I did much more than that, but I want to focus on an issue with Windows Updates and Registry Cleaners. Read More Here…


Quick Restore Maker – Creating System Restore Points with the Quick Restore Maker

Welcome to Quick Restore Maker

If you ever managed to create a manual System Restore point, you know it takes about 7 clicks to do so, because the path to the shortcut is several levels deep, and most people don’t even know how to browse to it. If you do, then you are really going to appreciate this tool called “Quick Restore Maker” from a forum member in The Windows Club (TWC) nicknamed UntameDKreationZ. More on that later.

Reasons I Regularly Use System Restore

On my own computers, I am always testing new utilities, as well as upgrading or updating my existing programs. But every now and then, something would go terribly wrong, and I knew it was that new program I just installed.  And even though I managed to remove it, my Windows was still acting up.

Actually, that hasn’t happened for a long time because I am pretty good about creating a System Restore Point just before I make any changes to my system. That way, I can reverse any ill effects that might happen when making changes to my system. And if something severe ever happened, I could just restore my operating system with my ghost image (that is another story I’ll write about later).

Repairing Windows Damaged by Viruses, Malware, Spyware, Adware or Whatever

Can the System Restore Feature be used for Spyware Prevention or Spyware Removal? Not exactly, but it can be used to deal with the damage left behind by spyware infections. But even after cleaning up every infection your malware scanners could find, there might be some Windows damage left behind to deal with. In these cases, I might prefer to restore the system to a previous date using System Restore. Beware though, that some of the infected files you just cleaned might be restored and you will have to run your scans again, but things will probably run much smoother the 2nd time around. So this isn’t so much of a spyware prevention tip as it is a way to restore enough performance to your computer so you can continue to remove any remaining infections.

I know that some people who know about System Restore, might resort to restoring the system back to a previous date as a first resort. But in my experience, System Restore is more likely to complete successfully after you have cleaned off as many infections as you can first.

With that said, System Restore has to be turned on, and if you only rely on System Checkpoints that are automatically generated when the system is idle, you might not have a recent enough checkpoint to restore to, and it might negate some program and system changes you have made since that restore point. When I use checkpoints to restore to, I like to pick a recent one in the middle of 2 other adjacent checkpoints.

So aside from only being able to choose from system generated checkpoints, I want to introduce you to a portable program called the Quick Restore Maker. After downloading and extracting the executable program file, all you have to do is run it, and in 1 or 2 clicks, you just made a System Restore point. You can do this whenever you want, but I recommend you use it especially before installing any programs or updates, or making any changes to your operating system or registry. Doing this will ensure you have plenty of recent, quality Restore Points to choose from in case you need them to help recover from an infection.

Read the EzineArticle About Creating System Restore Points With One or Two Clicks

Now making restore points on the fly couldn’t be any easier. Whenever you would rather be safe than sorry, it only takes a couple clicks … how? You can do this very easily by using the Quick Restore Maker which you can read about in more detail in the brief article below.—Creating-System-Restore-Points-With-One-Or-Two-Clicks&id=3747697

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Quick Restore Maker

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Heeding Spyware Prevention Tips Don’t Provide 100% Data Safety

We All Lost Data at One Time or Another

Even I have a lost a bit of data in the past. I should know better, but I didn’t take the time to back-up my most recent work while I was on the road. Whatever the reason you find yourself in a data recovery situation, DriveSavers has consistently helped my customers recover data that I thought would have been a lost cause.

Heeding Spyware Prevention Tips Won’t Guarantee Your Data Will Always be Safe

I always preach securing your computer with my spyware prevention tips, but even with the best spyware prevention shields up, for one reason or another, some malware might still get through, and in some cases, can ultimately cause you to end up in a data loss situation because of a hard drive gone bad (check back later for an article about a common scenario that leads to premature hard drive failures).

Reliable Solution for Recovering Your Lost Data

But even if you think you just lost your life’s work and feel distressed, DriveSavers can help. I admit that they are expensive, but they are also very successful. If your data is extremely important to you, and you must get it back, turn-off your computer (don’t make it worse by trying to “hope” it will work all of the sudden), and call DriveSavers. Check out their website for professional tips about the best practices for data safety.




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What Does Your Online Reputation Say About You?

I just wanted to share a page with a video about whether online information affects your reputation? See what people in the United States and the U.K. say about managing their privacy and online reputation.

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Google Web Master Tools Site Verification

[button style=”tick” color=”#222226″ border=”#000000″]Premium[/button] Hopefully your computer has remained spyware free so you can get down to using it for business and pleasure without any headaches. Many of our customers are home and small business owners and some only have “one” computer.  With internet threats on the rise more than ever before, these businesses are very vulnerable by having only one computer, because it can quickly become a critical weak point if it gets infected. So press-on with your education about spyware prevention with our spyware prevention tips and never let your shields down!

For all the business types with Websites. You probably heard that these days, you need a WordPress Blog, and you also signed-up for Facebook and Twitter, but it hasn’t exploded your business yet. Well, now that you have conquered the spyware problem (for now), have you checked how your website ranks in Google lately? If you aren’t getting ranked or are just getting low rankings, you should check to see if your site has even been verified by Google. Once verified, you can analyze some important information Google has compiled about your site using Google Webmaster Tools, and it is free of course. Sure, there are other analytics tools out there, but the more information you can measure about the performance of your site, the better prepared you will be to target your efforts on the details that need improvement. There are a few different ways to get your site verified by Google, but the text below outlines the method I used. You will have to read between the lines and get the details from each of the websites themselves. If you are internet savvy, it might just be self-explanatory.

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3 Mistakes to Avoid Getting the Koobface Virus in Facebook

The Koobface Virus spreading through Facebook is catching Facebook users off-guard by deceiving them into clicking on a message that supposedly contains an embarrassing video of themselves. The message even appears to come from a Facebook friend. Listen to the audio below by Dale Powell about the 3 mistakes to avoid to prevent getting this type of infection, virus and spyware prevention tips can go a long way if “actually” implemented.

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