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Hints & Tips

Something new here. I thought I'd list some hints, tips, ideas, etc. I may put some on the page, but more than likely you'll see a link to the documentation. If you have anything that you want answered or added - send me an email at Geeky-Gil and I'll do my best to provide an answer. I won't get too technical on you either.

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read some of the documentation contained on this page. It's a free download if you don't already have it.

Computer Hardware
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Computer Hardware

Have a keyboard or a mouse with a PS/2 connector, but your computer doesn't have that type of connector?
Not a problem; simply order a "USB tor PS/2 Adapter" for about $10.00 from Belkin (through Amazon).

Have an IDE device, like an optical drive or hard drive, but don't have an IDE connector on the motherboard?
Not a problem, simply order a "IDE to SATA Adapter" for about $7.00 from Amazon.

Configuring your displays for Windows 7
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Move-windows-between-multiple-monitors

Guided Help: Dual monitor setup is easy in Windows 7! In Windows 7, it is easy to add a second monitor by using the new hotkey Win+P. This is convenient when you need to change the display settings during your presentations with a projector connected to your laptop. Here are two methods to set up multiple monitors in Windows 7. Applies to Windows 7 Enterprise, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/976064

Windows 7 has better support than ever for dual monitors. As soon as you plug a second monitor into your computer, Windows 7 detects it and immediately starts using it.
http://www.windows7journal.com/windows-7-features/windows-7-dual-monitor

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Computer Problems

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Computer Questions

What is a .dll file?
A Dynamic Link Library is a file that contains a range of functions and other shared code that can be accessed by a Windows executable. In this way, the shared code can be easily updated by simply upgrading a single file, instead of every application having their own copy of the code. DLL files can be used by multiple programs and can even be accessed by several programs at the same time. DLL files usually end in .dll but can also use .exe, .drv, and .fon.

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Computer Tips

Technology Tips for Classroom Teachers! While this is a site geared towards teachers who teach 5/6 grades, you'd be surprised how much computer-related material is on this site. How to start your own blog, website, Word, Excel, and Powerpoint and a lot more. I found this doing a college paper and now have it bookmarked. I've contacted the author, who gave permission for me to post the link here, and it's obvious that a lot of time and effort went into the site. Good job!

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Computer Websites of interest

Amazon
Channel 3 (CBS)
Channel 15 (NBC)
Channel 27 (ABC)
Channel 47 (Fox)
Computer Online Software Training Hot

Computer Online Software Training (more for web design/development)

In light of recent email accounts being hacked, it makes sense to change our passwords to something secure. How do you know if your password is really secure?
This site seems to have a test for passwords; it may or may not really take as long as it says. One of mine I tested said it would take about 734 years. Another one, about 1 year and still another only 3 hours.
Check out the article on computer password security. Be sure to read the comment listed further down the article by Chris Wright. He lists quite a few do's and don'ts to password security.
Test your passwords here.

Computer Ping
Computer Speed Test
Craigslist (Madison)
EBAY
Gardening Information (vegetables)
Is my computer down?
Karen's Power Tools
Madison Craigslist Hot
Monoprice
For ink/toner and cables. David reports, as an example, that a 10 foot HDMI cable is $50+ at bestbuy, $10-20 on newegg, and monoprice is $5. There are other things on this site like in-wall speakers, cable management, cleaning kits and more.
NewEgg
Numion (intensive computer speed test)
Office 2010 (Getting started) Hot
Tiger Direct
Typing Test
UW SWAP
WoodCrest West Community Group

Windows Seven Forums Hot

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Software Downloads

Ad-Aware
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Advanced System Care
AM Deadlink
Audacity
Ccleaner Hot
CDBurnerXP
Comodo
Defraggler Hot
Download Sites
Google Earth
Green County Public GIS
HouseCall (Trend Micro)
IE Privacy Keeper
JAVA
LastPass Hot
Macromedia Flash
MalwareBytes (anti-malware) Hot
Microsoft Security Essentials (anti-virus)
Mozilla Firefox
Quicktime
Recuva
Revo Uninstaller
SafeHouse (encryption software) Hot
Speccy
Super Anti Spyware
True Crypt (encrypt your hard drives) Hot
WinDirStat

Free download links for such things as Adobe or Flash software, which could be used for documents within this site.

Click on the icon of the product to go to their website.

 

 

Ad-Aware
Every time you go online to email, pay bills, download a file, or check in with your friends on Facebook or Twitter, you are exposed to potential identity thieves and Internet threats, like viruses, spyware, trojans, and keyloggers.

Ad-Aware gives you the power to combat the cyber threats of today — and tomorrow — with proactive real-time protection, rootkit removal technology, and easy-to-use "set-and-forget" functionality — so that you can use the Internet how, when, and where you want, knowing you're safe online.

AdAware

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Adobe Acrobat Reader
Many communications are in Portable Document Format (PDF) and to view/print them you'll need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. If your browser is not equipped to view PDF files, you can download it for free from the Adobe web site.

get acrobat

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Advanced System Care
Advanced SystemCare Free (formerly Advanced WindowsCare Personal) has a one-click approach to help protect, repair, clean, and optimize your PC. With over 100 MILLION downloads since 2006, this fantastic, award-winning, free PC repair software is a "must-have" tool for your computer. 100% safe with no adware, spyware, or viruses; a PC maintenance program that's incredibly easy to use.

Why waste money on expensive "registry cleaners" to fix your PC when Advanced SystemCare Free will repair, tune, and maintain it for you – for free!

Advanced System Care

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AM Deadlink
detects dead links and duplicates in browser bookmarks and text files. If a bookmark has become unavailable you can verify and delete it permanently. Additionally you can download FavIcons for all your Favorites and Bookmarks.

AM Deadlink

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Audacity
Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds.

Audacity

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Ccleaner
CCleaner is the number-one tool for cleaning your Windows PC. It protects your privacy online and makes your computer faster and more secure. Easy to use and a small, fast download.

Ccleaner

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CDBurnerXP
CDBurnerXP is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs, as well as a multilanguage interface. Everyone, even companies, can use it for free. It does not include adware or similar malicious components.

CDBurnerXP

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Comodo
Comodo Internet Security Pro 2011 guarantees protection against viruses and malware by focusing on prevention not simply detection. Our patent pending prevention based technology creates an impenetrable shield that identifies safe, unsafe and questionable files. Comodo Internet Security Pro 2011 offers real-time protection against Viruses, Trojans, Adware, Spyware and other Malware threats. Other Antivirus products depend on signature updates alone but Auto Sandbox Technology™ means you’re protected from even unknown threats.

Comodo

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Defraggler
Use Defraggler to defrag your entire hard drive, or individual files - unique in the industry. This compact and portable Windows application supports NTFS and FAT32 file systems.

Defraggler

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Google Earth
Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips.

google earth

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Green County Public GIS
The Green County Geographic Information Web Server provides online access to geographic and tax record information currently maintained by Green County for individual parcels of property.

green county government

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HouseCall
HouseCall can quickly identify and fix a wide range of threats including viruses, worms, Trojans, and spyware. It is now faster, more powerful and browser independent!

Trend Micro Housecall

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IE Privacy Keeper
Whether you are using Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox, IE Privacy Keeper automatically cleans up the browser history once you are done surfing the net. The program will correctly clean up all index.dat files without the need for a Windows restart.

IE Privacy Keeper

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Java
Java is a general purpose programming language with a number of features that make the language well suited for use on the World Wide Web. Small Java applications are called Java applets and can be downloaded from a Web server and run on your computer by a Java-compatible Web browser, such as Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer. These Java applications can execute on any platform--Mac, PC, etc.

java

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LastPass
Passwords have gotten so complicated that even people with ferociously sharp memories can struggle to recall the eccentric combinations of letters, numbers, and symbols. There are passwords for personal e-mail, work e-mail, bank accounts, Twitter, and Facebook, and woe to anybody who uses the same one for those two malware magnets. On top of that, it's recommended that you regularly change your passwords so they don't get compromised. Passwords are a pain, but LastPass slices through the Gordian knot of password management with a deft and effective cross-platform browser add-on.

LastPass

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Macromedia Flash
Flash technology takes ordinary digital photos and invokes emotions as you are taken on stunning virtual reality tours or view animation on the Internet. In order to enable this technology, your web browser will need a player. Most browsers will detect Flash and automatically direct you to download the necessary player. However, you may manually download the latest version for free from the Macromedia web site.

flash player

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MalwareBytes

Malwarebytes products have a proven record of protecting computers by completely removing all forms of malware, including viruses, Trojans, spyware, adware and rootkits. When it comes to the safety of your computer, Malwarebytes provides the ultimate in protection from the cutting edge of technology!

MalwareBytes

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Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home or small business PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

Microsoft Security Essentials is a free* download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and is automatically updated to protect your PC with the latest technology.

 

Microsoft Security Essentials runs quietly and efficiently in the background so that you are free to use your Windows-based PC the way you want—without interruptions or long computer wait times.

 

Microsoft Security Essentials

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Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox

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Quicktime
QuickTime is a multimedia technology developed by Apple Computer, capable of handling various formats of digital video, sound, text, animation, music, and immersive panoramic (and sphere panoramic) images. (You don't need an Apple computer to use this).

Quicktime

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Recuva
(pronounced "recover") is a utility to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer. This includes files emptied from the Recycle bin as well as images and other files that have been deleted by user error from digital camera memory cards or MP3 players. It will even bring back files that have been deleted by bugs, crashes and viruses!

Recuva

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Revo Uninstaller
helps you to uninstall software and remove unwanted programs installed on your computer easily! Even if you have problems uninstalling and cannot uninstall them from "Windows Add or Remove Programs" control panel applet.

Revo Uninstaller

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SafeHouse
Since 1992 SafeHouse has been providing total privacy and protection for your sensitive files and folders using passwords and advanced encryption which is completely transparent to the way you work and is compatible with all Windows applications.

Protects any Hard Drive or Memory Stick!

This software is amazingly simple to use and works on all drives, including external USB drives, USB memory sticks, network servers and even on DVDs for secure backups.

SafeHouse Encryption Software

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Speccy
Speccy is an advanced System Information tool for your PC. Need to find out what's inside your computer? No problem! Speccy will give you all the information you need.

Speccy

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Super Anti Spyware
Detect and Remove Spyware, Adware and Remove Malware, Trojans, Dialers, Worms, KeyLoggers, HiJackers, Parasites, Rootkits, Rogue Security Products and many other types of threats.

Super Anti Spyware

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TrueCrypt
TrueCrypt is an open source app which lets you create and mount an encrypted virtual drive. You can store whatever you want in this drive, and it will be completely inaccessible and invisible to anyone who doesn’t have the passphrase.

TrueCrypt

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WinDirStat
is a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool for Microsoft Windows.

WinDirStat

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BrotherSoft
CNET Download

FileHippo
PortableApps (for your pocket USB drive) Hot
Tucows
Windows Seven Forums (too many kewl programs to list) Hot
ZDNet

 

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WARNINGS

 

Do not buy anything from the company IOBit as they are stealing two things of importance. First, they are stealing code from competitors and creating their "own" products. Second, if you have a product by IOBit on your computer - you may well have had your personal information stolen. They have code embedded in their software to perform such a task. My suggestion is to stay clear of them. Use the link above to go to their website and view their products. Or click here to view just one of the many articles written about this subject. I personally had two applications on my computer, but they are now gone.

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