Often times, people notice a new toolbar has been added to their web browsers with no clue as to how they got there. You may or may not have noticed the trend of app installations including additional software. They are sometimes a little sneaky in hopes that you will quickly click through the Yes/Next/OK buttons without reading.
As you can see in this Java update, there's a pre-checked box for installing the Ask Toolbar.
Another common one is Adobe trying to slyly add Chrome to your Reader or Flash installation. I'm a little more biased on that one as I actually recommend giving Chrome a try. Ask Toolbar? No thanks! Keep your eyes peeled before flying through those installation steps!
Windows 8 is here and it brings with it a few adjustments. The world of Windows has always had a Start menu in the lower left corner. Removing it may makes sense to the mobile world of phones and tablets, but I don't think this will go over well with many of us who have relied on this source of links. "If it ain't broke..."
Well, thankfully, some third-party software developers have created their own alternatives to the now-missing Start menu. There are probably dozens now and countless to follow, but I'll list here three that I've used personally so far.
I first tried Classic Shell and then Pokki. They are both free and do most of what the Windows Start menu does. They both had their quirks and limitations. However, they also both offer a great number of options and customizing, so perhaps more effort on my part could have made it more to my liking. Of all three, Stardock's Start8 is the only pay-for option, but it's only $4.99. It's my favorite of the bunch and I intend to buy it.
I fought the Windows XP Start menu when upgrading from Windows 98 and kept 98's "classic" start menu for a good while. Over time, I began leaving Windows XP's menu as the default and eventually couldn't go back to "classic." Perhaps the same will happen and we'll soon learn to love the new Modern/Metro tile-based Start menu. It's too soon to tell. In the meantime, try out these alternatives.
"Voicemail like email, call routing, voicemail transcription, and more. All for free."
Google Voice is an awesome service offering a free phone number to forward to any of your lines (landline or cell). Here's Google's bulleted features:
If you've looked into having your website hosted somewhere, you'll soon realize there's countless services from which to choose. I've taken chances on lesser known hosting services and paid for it with slow performance and unreliable server uptimes. The lack of an uptime guarantee should've been my first red flag. After trying several other hosting services, I finally signed up for HostGator and have been very impressed with the speed of the hosting service and the professionalism of the support.
It's unfortunate that PC security these days is more complex than it used to be. Terms like spyware and malware have become common terms associated with anti-virus software. Sadly, most applications won't clean out every malicious file.
In the last year, there has been a wave of hoax anti-virus applications that look and act like actual anti-virus programs when, in fact, they themselves are the virus. Some are rather simple to clean and mildly annoying, while others put up a good fight, disabling task manager and disallowing any software to run, claiming they're "infected."