Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Home Recipes to Save Computers

Sometimes we find problems in our computers that we cannot immediately diagnose or solve.

We found that, in those occasions, there is a sort of standard procedure that usually leads to success.

You can follow these steps in any order you want and, to save your resources, you should stop when the problem is solved.

  1. Run sfc/scannow from the command prompt;
  2. Run chkdsk/f/r from the command prompt;
  3. Run an antivirus program, then an anti-spyware program, then an anti-adware program, preferably all of them the best available, or run an anti-malware program, the best available, since this one should detect all previously mentioned problems (viruses, spying programs, and malign programs that come in the shape of uninvited ads);
  4. If the problem you are having is also with the Internet, then test the connection with the Internet provider first, so say use the command ping at the command prompt. You can ping any site you like, so say you ping Google, just because it has one of the strongest signals on the Internet, and you then type ping;
  5. If the ping returns general failure or timed out, there is a chance the problem is with your provider (not passing the signal to you), you must repeat the test a few times and perhaps test a few other sites, say yahoo (;
  6. If the ping returns 100% success, then it is likely to be a problem with the browser you are using, so that you must test different browsers and choose the best one available for you;
  7. You can also simply reinstall the browser, since there is malware that affects only the browser;
  8. If nothing works (1 to 7), then you should try to reinstall the operational system (last resource because nowadays you have to backup everything. In the past, you could simply reinstall, so that we could be reinstalling everything again with no fear. Nowadays, the OS installation may lead to losing all data previously stored in the machine).

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Thursday, 19 June 2014

Internet Navigators

The name navigator is really good for our purposes: We navigate on the sea of data or bits when we go to the Internet. It appeared because of the Netscape Navigator, from Netscape Communications.

Some people could say that we browse The Web with our navigators and therefore they are browsers, but we may call Google and Lycos browsers instead of search machines/engines and we then will feel confused about the words.

We would like to tell you that we have some interesting options in what regards this tool, which is pretty much basic: We tend to think that we cannot really get into the Internet without a navigator.

The problems that come with them are not negligible however: how quickly we can browse through the Internet, how efficiently, how vulnerable our privacy is, how much we can control in terms of security in general, and etc.

The most complete these days are probably Firefox, from Mozilla, and Explorer, from Microsoft.

There is a growing interest in the navigators Opera and Google Chrome, one from Mozilla (Opera) and the other from Google.

The older a navigator, the better: All new pieces of software should contain more bugs than the old pieces of software, if we talk about conscientious companies. 

About two months ago, we tried to run Linkedin inside of the MS Internet Explorer but it did not work very well, even though we could still do something: The interface became really messy.

At the moment, Firefox seems to be doing better than all other navigators we here have mentioned.

In order to choose a navigator, you probably should test a few things at some Internet caffes and places like that: navigability (does it open all sites I usually visit in the expected way?), options (can I use my normal settings with it? We here talk about disallowing cookies, using certificates, and things like that), difficulties to start (some take really long compared to others) and close it, downloads and difficulties involved (do we get a .pdf-reader program being started as we click over a .pdf file? Some navigators oblige us to download the .pdf to our machines and then open it instead), tools (can we look for a term on a page easily? Some navigators do not have an easy way to look for a word inside of a page, so that you would have to go manually or download the page and then search it using an application inside of your machine), looks (you want something that do not annoy your eyes, where you can have letters being as huge as necessary, for instance, also on the tabs of the own navigator), and others.

If you are not that lucky on the Internet and you have to continuously investigate possibilities of malware and things like that, you'd better have a few navigators to count on, since only this way you can see if the problem is with the navigator (and it then might be a bug of the own program, say something that the systems analysts did not think of, or a virus that sticks exclusively to that sort of navigator) or with the own Internet, for instance.

Once more, you should then worry about having independent navigators, so that having Opera and Firefox is not as wise as having Netscape and Firefox.


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Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Internet Browsers: The Importance of Independence

Knowing which browsers are independent and which are not does put you in advantage because aggressors exist everywhere on earth and it is very frequently the case that the State is the worst one.

Two browsers are independent if they return different lists for the same query.

Notice that the Internet is the most reliable tool in the world in terms of acquiring real time information.

With the digitalisation of our sources, it is also the most complete.

We know that we can locate documents by words that are present on their pages, say a book from Amazon that has got a few pages on display.

This is a terrific possibility, which we certainly did not have before we created The World Wide Web.

We will give you three independent browsers here for free and they are all fully available on the own Internet. You have to pay nothing to enjoy all that they have to offer.

(the most State-controlled one, with a main branch in the UK, England, therefore where they still have strong traces of Monarchy. They say however that their main branch is in the USA: Presidents, Google)

(the presidents are in the USA, Massachusetts: Presidents, Lycos)

(the presidents are in the USA, California: Presidents, Yahoo)

Notice that things may change from day to night without any previous warning, so that you must test the browsers when you want to use them if independence of those is important for you.

We here provide a snip shot of each one of them. The snips are from today (18/06/2014).




Not only these snips were taken on the same date, but we have used precisely the same terms, written exactly in the same way, in all three searches, and the results are all from the first page that appears after we hit enter.


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Sunday, 1 June 2014

Someone Has Googled You And...

Hey, relax!!!

If that is your problem, then the own Google has come up with a solution.


1) Enter any gmail account of yours (yep, sure: You do the login and the password thing);

3) Now click on Me on the Web (it is a link and it is activated);

4) You will get a new website. You now click on the leftmost rectangle, on a button where you read Search now; and

5) You will probably get thousands of results. We ourselves got astonishing 50,100 (homonyms, people who share a few names with us, and etc.).

Suppose you do not like a few of the results you are seeing, like they are about your person but, for some reason, say it was what you used to think, you do not like them.

Guess what? Now you can ask Google to delete that result from their search engine.

Well, how do you do that?

You do not think we would be giving away that here, did you?

OK, OK, we are helpful. Yes, we will!

You should get it all done, all the links you have reported, as immediately as possible, even though Google simply says that they are trying to comply with the determinations of the European Data Protection Law.


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Thursday, 29 May 2014

Dodge Computer Problems and Really Simple and Efficient Solutions

Sometimes we have problems of the type slow speed, applications we cannot open, shortage of storage space, menus that look weird, and etc.

These problems may have really simple solutions. Sometimes you spend a few dozens of dollars and you solve them as if you were an expert and completely on your own, so that it is worth trying.

Sometimes you do not even need any money.

By order of complexity, you can do the following things to improve your IT personal space:

1) Empty your trash bin (if you have Windows, it is likely that the trash bin appears under the title Recycle Bin);

2) Embellish your work environment: Right click your mouse over an empty space of your screen (no open applications, no icons). If you have Windows, you should get a pop-up menu at this stage. The last item on this menu will be Personalize. Click on this one. Now you can change your desktop background and your account picture, for instance. That means that you can scan a picture of yours that you like, and put it there.

3) Fix registry errors: If you have a firewall, and we have already told you here that you must have one and you cannot rely on the MS firewall because it really does not work, you will probably have an option to tune-up your computer. Most do. If you use the scan function of that option, you will probably find and fix registry problems. Registry problems are like errors in Latex files: You really need to fix them.

4) Try a console command called /scannow: Open console with administrator powers and type sfc /SCANNOW if you have Windows. 

5) If you have MS Windows, they now have remote assistance and it is gratuitous if you are a registered user (you normally buy the OS with the computer and there is a serial number that comes with it. You can then register your version and that will allow you to enjoy this sort of prerogative).

6) Perhaps the most obvious thing to do always however would be running your anti-virus program because there is a large probability that you catch viruses these days.


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