Has your computer
been running a
little slow lately?
It very well may be that your
computer has caught a cold... (actually... your computer may have
come in contact with a 'Virus' or a 'Trojan' or 'Worm'
or... 'Spyware' that follows you around the internet).
These nasty little creatures can, and
do, wreak havoc on your machine, slowing it down to a crawl, and...
even logging your every keystroke and reporting this information
back home to the writer. In addition, some viruses can, and
do, delete files and destroy hardrives. Well... we can help. Please
come see us.
If you think that you may have any of these
pesky critters... and need some
help, you may download, for free, some very good detection and
removal tools shown below or you can bring your 'puter into me and I will
help you get rid of these nasty little pest.
Ad Aware... looks
for and removes unwanted ad ware from your computer. This is a must
have if you're on the internet... and this personal edition is free.
contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. This file is
loaded into memory (cache) at startup, then Windows checks the Hosts
it queries any DNS servers, which enables it to override addresses
in the DNS. This prevents access to the listed sites by redirecting
any connection attempts back to the local machine. Another feature
of the HOSTS file is its ability to block other applications from
connecting to the Internet, providing the entry exists. You can use
a HOSTS file to block ads, banners, 3rd party Cookies, 3rd party
page counters, web bugs, and even most hijackers. This is
accomplished by blocking the connection(s) that supplies these
SpyBot Search 'n Destroy...
hunts down spy-ware and
ad-ware and destroys it (gently removes it from your computer). This
application ranks at the top of it's industry for hunting down and
finding Trojans and Spyware... and again, this is a free download
WinPatrol... now here's a neat little application. 'Scotty' the
'pup' keeps a constant sniff on your computer for anything trying to
install itself... or changing a system file... or making changes to
your 'host' file... or changing your default browser page. For me, this is an absolute 'must have'.
If you don't have anything else, you should be running and using WinPatrol... it's free.
an excellent multimedia
player with it's own plugins for playing different video formats, so
it doesn't need any codecs to be installed. It works great for
previewing partially downloaded files too. It can also be used as a
server to stream on a (wired or wireless) high-bandwidth IP
(Internet Protocol) version 4 or 6 network in multicast or unicast.
VLC (VideoLAN Client) is cross-platform and supports Windows, Mac OS
X, BeOS, Debian GNU (GNU's Not Unix) Linux, Gentoo Linux, Mandrake
Linux, Red Hat Linux, Slackware Linux, Novell's SuSE (System und
Software Entwicklung = System and software development) Linux, Turbo
Linux, Zaurus, NetBSD (Berkeley Software Distribution), OpenBSD,
FreeBSD, Solaris and QNX. The installer includes the eMule partfile
plugin, which lets you preview eMule partfiles more efficiently.
ZoneAlarm... firewall, firewall, firewall... if you surf the
internet, the best advice I know is, use a fire wall. Although,
a hardware firewall, such as a router, is best, not everyone can
afford this and it is not practical for use with a dial-up modem...
hence, software. This is ZoneAlarm's free version, so enjoy...
and you would be well advised to do a free computer scan for spyware
here prior to installing ZoneAlarm.
this is a great e-mail filtering software... is it
better than Microsoft Outlook's filter engine? Probably not...
but it is vastly different, as it allows you to read the mail
directly off the mail server before, and without, downloading it to
your computer... giving you the option to delete it... or, better yet,
bouncing it back to the sender's computer (filling up his mail box
with his own medicine) before ever taking possession of it.
This one I use religiously... and I highly recommend it. I have
made an older free version available
here (if it is still
available) or... you can go for the 'kill' and download the full,
easily affordable, MailWasherPro version, with all it's "bells and
whistles", from the link below...