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Interesting Computer Tips, Information, and Web Sites
Anti-Spyware Programs - A Must for Every Computer
Spybot Search and Destroy  you don't have to pay!  
Spybot Search and Destroy has been called the best privacy software available according to PC World, PCMag.com, and Download.com.  It is FREE to download and use.
might be the best anti-spyware program available
Lavasoft's Ad-Aware SE Personal  you don't have to pay! 
Lavasoft says that Ad-Aware is designed to provide advanced protection from known data-mining, aggressive advertising, parasites, scumware, selected traditional Trojans, Dialers, Malware, Browser hijackers, and tracking components.  It is FREE for personal use.
a standard for spyware protection
Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta  you don't have to pay! 
Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware (Beta) is a security technology that helps protect Windows users from spyware and other potentially unwanted software. This helps reduce negative effects caused by spyware, including slow PC performance, annoying pop-up ads, unwanted changes to Internet settings, and unauthorized use of your private information.  Currently FREE for personal use.
Built on the Giant Antispyware platform
Webroot's Spy Sweeper
PC Magazine says that Spy Sweeper is the most effective standalone tool for detecting, removing and blocking spyware.  A one year license costs $29.95
PC Magazine's Editor Choice - January 2005
Trend Micro's CWShredder  you don't have to pay! 
CoolWebSearch is one of the nastiest browser hijack programs out there.  CWShredder will check your system and if necessary, fix any problems it finds.  A must for all computer users and best of all it is FREE.
a softpedia.com pick - rated 5/5
Anti-Virus Programs You Can Run From the Web:
Trend Micro's Housecall   
This is an excellent anti-virus program!  Run it from the web to clean the nasties from your computer.  Just click on SCAN NOW to load a small ActiveX program, and let Housecall do the rest!  Best of all, Housecall will remove any viruses found.
an excellent anti-virus program
McAfee FreeScan 
FreeScan searches for viruses, including the latest known "in the wild" viruses, and displays a detailed list of any infected files. Although FreeScan will not remove the viruses, it will tell you what you can do to clean your system.
if your computer is infected, discover how to clean it
McAfee Free Virus Removal Tools 
If you have one of these viruses on your computer this site is for you!
  • Sasser, Nimda, Bagel, SirCam, Zafi, Sober, MyDoom, Sobig
  • Lovesan / Blaster
  • Klez, Bugbear
These free tools will allow you to repair any damages these viruses have caused.

Additional FREE Tools for Your Computer:
IZArc.org
This is a great archiving program, better than WinZip
SmartFTP.com
Probably the best, free FTP program available.
MWSnap
If you need to capture screen shots this is the program for you.
Picasa.Google.com
A great photo organizing program that has some pretty nifty editing tools included.
Restoration
An excellent deleted files recovery program.  It might not look pretty but it is powerful and best of all free!
Password Safe
This is an encrypted utility program that stores all of your passwords in one place.
SpaceMonger
This utility displays all of the files that consume space on your hard drive.
Microsoft PowerToys
These tweaking utilities give you more power over your Windows environment.
Yahoo's Widget Engine
This program boosts the usefulness of your desktop through the use of "widgets".
EasyCleaner
This is a fast, compact program that helps clean your registry and remove duplicate files.
AM-Deadlink
This program cleans your browser's bookmark file.
Eraser
This program permanently deletes files by overwriting their data multiple times.
CCleaner
This program cleans all the regular junk on your hard drive and a whole lot more.

Interesting Sites for Books:
Bartleby.com
This site offers thousands of e-books in a wide variety of genres.  Best of all it's free!
a sample bookplate from MyHomeLibrary.org
BasBleu.com
If you are looking for unusual books, this site is for you!
MyHomeLibrary.org
This site offers a variety of free book plates.  Don't lend out your book without one!
BookFinder.com
This is the site to go to if you are looking for unusual titles, early editions, or out of print books.



Tired of Internet Explorer?  Try These Alternative Browsers!
Netscape 
  • One of the first browsers developed for surfing the internet.
one of the earliest browsers available
Mozilla FireFox 
  • FireFox empowers you to browse faster, more safely and efficiently than with any other browser.
check out the firefox borwser
Opera 
  • Speed, security, and simplicity is the motto of the Opera browser.
Opera emphasizes simplicity and speed!
Safari 
  • A browser designed for Mac OS X.  Safari puts everything you need to browse, search, view RSS feeds, and manage your bookmarks in a clean, easy-to-use interface.
Safari claims to be 4x faster than Internet Explorer
Lynx 
  • Lynx is a text browser for the World Wide Web.
Lynx is a throw back to the original days surfing the internet
Interesting Browser Information:
Evolt.org's Archive of Browsers  
This site contains a wealth of information including copies and reviews of many old browsers.
Yahoo's Directory of Web Browsers  
This link features sites dedicated to specific web browser programs, offering downloads, tips and tricks, and much, much, more.
Browser Usage Statistics and Other Interesting Information 
An interesting site that compiles numbers on browser usage.  Currently the top 2 browsers are Internet Explorer with about 75% of the market and FireFox with approximately 20% of the market.



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