More Useful Web links
This page contains links to various web sites including where one can download useful software like Anti-Virus for protection against infection that can and may do harmful things to your system if left unchecked; Firewalls to help stop outsiders getting in and attacking your system and other things like technical information & utilities listed below.
Useful Utilities for your PC
For both software & hardware which can be useful for fault finding and other areas. It also lists any Microsoft updates including the security ones so that you can see what you have or haven't installed at a glance so to speak.
Other useful sites include answersthatwork.com for those of you that wish to try to find out what the errors etc are behind some of the problems you get from time to time with PCs. Another one is helpwithpcs.com
There are some useful things on the sites and some areas are free and others shareware, and various libraries full of useful information, so take a visit and see what you think of them.
If you know of, or use, other sites, then pass them on so that others may also enjoy them!
Long & ridiculously long url's (web addresses)
Want to cut down exceedingly long url's to a manageable one in order to send it to others via email, or include it in say a Word document?
Some addresses exceed a single line and are painful to either use or bookmark so why not make it more simple for everyone? It's so easy to do you'll end up pasting in the site as a favourite, so visit the site of TinyURL.com.
- from AVG. There are different versions available, free (personal use only) and pay for! Don't bother to upgrade as this is sufficient! Updates are automatic, which is good, providing you are online.
- from Avast! You have to register onsite which gives a years free Anti Virus protection, after which you need to might need to re-register to get another free year's subscription, but it is free.
A very good Free Firewall is - ZoneAlarm.
There are a number of paid for versions, and you only have to look on the web, searching for Firewalls, but personally I find ZoneAlarm adequate for home use.
PC Security Software inc Spyware
I use AdwCleaner and Malwarebytes alongside the AV software and links to the various sites can be found on the Home page, in the right hand column.
An alternative pdf document reader - quicker, more compact and free.
Foxit Software have a pdf reader that to me is way better than Adobe Acrobat Reader due it being much quicker to open up and the bonus is it's much smaller. I'd suggest, even recommend, you give it a try if you're disappointed with the usual Acrobat reader and you can get it now from Foxit Software site.
Spam email is another problem that's becoming a lot more common and more difficult to recognise.
Basically if you receive email from someone you don't recognise, or maybe the English isn't very clever, don't open it but delete it. Also if an email doesn't have a Subject matter or it again doesn't look right, don't open it. Delete it!
Better safe than sorry. If it was a genuine email someone will no doubt try to reach you again and hopefully use some useful recognisable English!
Under no circumstances should you open any attachments in any email you don't recognise as no doubt it will contain a "nasty" surprise!