DoctorLaptop’s Tips #71, 03 Dec., 2018

On-Line Annoyances and Anti-virus Fake Warnings – How to Minimize Them
The problems:
Fake messages from your anti-virus program warning you of non-existent threats, or asking you to purchase a product you already use. Avast has become such a nuisance I refuse to use it any more. Chrome popups begging you to try their browser and set Google as your homepage, when both are already the case. First page Google search results that are a decade old, clear evidence of rigged search results that are supposed to be ranked by recent popularity. Rogue popups on websites demanding you update Flash or Java, then install malware instead. Websites and videos blocked because they are “unavailable in your area”. This is the short-list, but dealing with these will make your online experience way better.
Solutions:
First lets deal with your anti-virus. Most slow your computer considerably and popup all sorts of rubbish, even in the paid versions. They install all types of extra cleaners and tuneup tools you’ll never use, that slow your comp. The good news for Windows 10 users is that the new Windows Defender Anti-virus, included in all Windows 10 Systems, is now fully improved and capable of providing you as good protection as the other free or paid options like AVG/Avast/McAfee/etc. Windows Defender won’t slow your comp down, and will auto-scan when it senses you are not using the computer for other things. So go ahead and uninstall your old anti-virus and Defender will automatically take over those duties. I still recommend you do a monthly Full Scan with Malwarebytes AntiVirus. If you tend to visit dodgy websites like betting or streaming video, then I would also install Cybereason RamsomFree Protection. Be aware that to uninstall your current antivirus is a 2 step process. First you uninstall it like any other program. Second, you visit the website of the old antivirus, find and download their “Uninstall” or “Clear” tool (links provided below article), and run that following the prompts, to delete all the rubbish left behind when it was uninstalled.
For Windows 7 and 8 users I have a different strategy. I uninstall the old antivirus as above, then install the newly updated FREE antivirus called Immunet. No popups or ads. No need for extra ransomware protection or monthly Malwarebytes scans, remove them before installing Immunet. After installing it, open it, in the Computer column go to Scan Settings and create 2 scheduled scans, a weekly Flash Scan, and a monthly Full Scan. Close that window. Next, in the Product column click Settings, check that ” Clam AV Detection Engines” are both turned on. Then click Close button, done. Immunet uses very little memory resources so after a few restarts your comp will run quicker.

Chrome browser and Google Search have both become so infused with data collectors, ads, rigged results, popups and all the other nonsense I just avoid them as much as possible. For a web browser I use 2. Firefox is my primary browser, with uBlock Origin (ad blocker) and Ghostery (anti-tracker) and Windscribe Free VPN add-ons installed. My backup browser is Epic Browser, it’s a version of Chrome with all the surveillance crap removed, and it has a basic free VPN and ad-blocker built in. For a search engine I use two, duckduckgo.com and startpage.com, both designed for security. Startpage uses Google search as it’s source, and does not track you, unfortunately it supplies the same rigged results. Duckduckgo search results are more fairly ranked.

To remove the geo-location (not available in your area) blocks on websites, including many US newspaper and magazine websites, set your VPN to the target country and reload the page. I suggest you use a VPN all the time unless you are on a very slow internet commection, under 10Mb/s. Don’t use a VPN on sites that rely on knowing your true location, such as on-line stores. Sorry, most free VPNs won’t get you UK IPTV, but they will protect you from snoops, trackers and open many blocked websites. A good VPN option is the very fast Windscribe VPN. The free version has a generous 10Gb monthly limit but still won’t get you UK IPTV. The Premium (Pro) version has a huge selection of servers to choose from and will meet all your advanced VPN needs the free version can’t. Get Windscribe VPN, free or Pro,  here, which will also boost my Windscribe data limit (Thanks!). Click this link,  https://secure.link/E5g9oIqW then click on ” continue to website”.

Remember to use CCleaner every 2 weeks, both the Cleaner and Registry functions. All the presets are correct, don’t change them, just run it as it comes.
If your new adblocker is blocking web content you want to see, find it’s icon in the browser toolbar on the far right, click it, and then temporarily disable it; or choose to “Whitelist” the site if you will be returning frequently so the adblocker automatically ignores that chosen site.

Links
Immunet: http://www.immunet.com/index
Epic Browser: https://www.epicbrowser.com/
Firefox: https://www.mozilla.org/en-GB/firefox/new/
Ghostery: https://www.ghostery.com/
uBlock Origin for Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/ublock-origin/
Malwarebytes: https://www.malwarebytes.com/
Cybereason RansomFree: https://ransomfree.cybereason.com/
Avast Clear: https://www.avast.com/uninstall-utility
AVG Removal Instructions: https://support.avg.com/answers?id=906b0000000DiVPAA0
Norton Removal Tool: https://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/norton_removal_tool.html
McAfee Removal Tool (MCPR) : https://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/mcafee_consumer_product_removal_tool.html
CCleaner: https://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/ccleaner_standard.html

Happy Computing and Happy Holidays, Naythan, DoctorLaptop.  Contact: https://doctorlaptop-repairs.webnode.com  or email doctorlptop@protonmail.com . Available thru the holidays to setup all your new tech gifts!

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DoctorLaptop’s Tips #67 and March Special

DoctorLaptop’s Tips #67 and March Special

Special: Slow Computer Rescue. My famous Clean & TuneUp Special is back, for Windows & Mac. Until Apr. 01 you can now get 20% off, only €40!
If you rely on your computer and want it running at peak performance, an annual professional servicing is necessary. You wouldn’t drive your car till it runs out of oil before servicing it, would you?
I do the most comprehensive cleaning and tune-up possible: verify all System files replacing any found to be corrupt, test all hardware and do hard disk sector repairs if needed, use 5 tool malware/adware/spyware removal protocol, update Windows+all drivers+programs, install free ransomware protection, and finally optimize your settings for fastest overall performance. Job usually completed overnight. Heavily infected comps or those showing error messages need a repair, not a maintenance service. Hard disks of 1000Gb or more add €10 and may require 2 days to complete.

Tips:
1. To find a word in a website you are looking at press ctrl + f keys simultaneously, a search box will appear. Enter the word and press Enter. All instances of the word will be instantly highlighted. This also works on document files you are viewing, just be sure to place the cursor at the beginning of the document before pressing crtl + f, the search won’t look at text before the cursor location. You can use that feature to search only the last half of a long document by placing the cursor mid document before searching.
2. If you want Google to find a specific phrase that has words in a specific order, then place the phrase in quotation marks when entering it into the search box.
3. Use addition and subtraction marks to make your search results more relevant. For example, you are searching for Tom Ford, but you get lots of results for Ford Motors and Tommy Ford. Try this – combine a couple of Web search basics here (quote marks and a minus in this case) resulting in the search term: “Tom Ford” -motors. Now your results will come back without all those pesky car and Tommy results. Or to get info on light bulbs, but only LED light bulbs, try entering: light bulbs + LED.
Learn more search tricks at
https://www.lifewire.com/web-search-tricks-to-know-4046148
https://www.lifewire.com/google-search-commands-3482058
4. Need more RAM to speed up your Windows computer but both RAM slots are already used? Or are you are limited to 4Gb RAM by a 32bit Windows system? Ready Boost mode may be a solution. It uses a memory card or USB flash drive to take some of the memory load off the hard disk. Instructions: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/using-windows-readyboost-to-increase-performance/

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DoctorLaptop’s Tips #65 and Holiday Special

DoctorLaptop’s Tips #65 and Holiday Special
 
Tip #1: The latest info on the Spanish Facebook security scandal and the €12M fine they received here, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/09/11/facebook-hit-12m-fine-spain-breaking-privacy-laws/
Want a free, secure alternative to FaceBook? Here is a safe Social Media site that takes your privacy seriously, an alternative to data collecting, overly intrusive FB. Many techs and citizen journalists are migrating to it. Join up and then invite all your contacts. https://mewe.com/
 
Tip #2: New Computer? Setting up a new Windows 10 computer can be tricky, tons of settings and options to choose, programs and drivers to install and your data needs to be imported from your old comp. Warning: do NOT inturrupt the initial setup process, if you start you must see it thru till the end or it will may cause severe problems. If you get stuck on a step, just accept the default setting and move on. It can be changed later if necessary. Inturrupting setup often causes a troublesome “hidden” super-admin account to be created which interferes with your normal admin account, and can only be removed by re-installing Windows.
 
Holiday Special: Setup new computer to your requirements, no data imported €40; with data import €55. Extra add-ons available like MS Office and IPTV for an additional fee. Ends 01Jan18.
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DOCTORLAPTOP’S TIPS #61

DoctorLaptop’s Tips #61
Ransomware has returned as an active threat after an 18 month period
where it was not very common. This is due to the recent release of  U.S. NSA
hacking tools. In the last wave of ransomware I advised the installation of
Hitman Alert. If you still have it keep it updated, and be glad you took my
advice and got it while it was free. New copies are no longer free. Here is
what you need to know to protect your computers.
1. Ransomware usually arrives in an email attachment and installs when you
open the attachment. New hacking techniques make it possible for these
booby-trapped emails to appear as if they were sent by someone on your
Contacts list! Do not open any attachments, even from contacts, unless you
are expecting an attachment. Ransomware can also come from other sources like
poisoned websites or infected network connections. Spanish internet service provider Telefonica had servers targeted with ransomware this week.
2. Keep your Windows fully updated. There are no forced Windows 10 upgrades
to worry about anymore. If Windows Updater does not run after a half hour wait then it is probably corrupt, a common problem with Windows 7/8.1. This can be repaired with the proper tools.
3. Only download software from sites with a good reputation. Many sites that
offer free downloads will infect your computer. I suggest using these safe sites:
4. Use a good antivirus and keep it updated. Free, reliable options are
explained on this site, including safe download links.
5. Use a ransomware blocker unless you use BitDefender antivirus, which has
one built in. I suggest using this free one, it will run beside your antivirus without
problems and requires no user actions unless you are attacked. If it detects ransomware it will pop up a window with instructions to complete the removal process. If it asks for permission to update do so. Read the info on the download page to understand how it works, explained in easy to understand language:
6. If you get infected with ransomware, force computer off by using the power button and bring it to me or a true professional repair facility immediately. I can probably remove it and save everything if you get it to me in under 24hrs. Time is of the essence! Do not let untrained techs attempt a recovery or you risk losing all your data and necessitating a full system re-install. This is not a job for amateurs.
7. To remove an unwanted antivirus is now a 2 step process. Windows instructions: First, uninstall in the usual way by going to Control Panel>Programs and Features, then choose the program and click Uninstall. Restart computer. Second, go to one of the download sites mentioned above and use the site’s search-box by entering
“the name of your antivirus + uninstall tool” and click search. Find the appropriate tool, download it. Find the downloaded file, usually in your Downloads Folder, right click it and choose Run As Administrator. Then follow the prompts. Then restart computer. Now run CCleaner and use the Registry function to remove any left over files.
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