Free Microsoft Office For Students & Teachers - Superfish - Crap App Of The Week

SoftwareRichard PascoeComment
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Microsoft have announced that Office 365 will be free for students and teachers with an eligible school email address.

This will give them the full Office 365 experience.

Once signed up for Office 365 you get:

  • The latest version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access and Publisher installed on up to five PCs or Macs and up to five mobile devices like iPad, Android and Windows tablets.
  • 1TB of storage on OneDrive you can use to store and share all your documents across all your devices.

Follow this Microsoft link to sign up

Lenovo & Superfish

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Crap App Of The Week

iBeer – for those that want a beer but not want to drink a beer 

Puts a virtual beer on the screen that you can "drink" by tipping your phone toward your mouth. You can buy additional types of beer if you want, but don't worry about your blood-alcohol level going up.

iOS Link

Android Link


The Superfish Problem

Malware-Virus Prevention, Computer SecurityRichard PascoeComment
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The software Superfish has been discovered on certain Lenovo computers which is a security flaw that could let hackers impersonate shopping, banking and other websites and steal users credit card numbers and other personal data.

Lenovo has apologised for pre-loading the computers with Superfish's visual search software, which captures images that users view online, such as a sofa or pair of shoes, and then shows them ads for similar products.

Superfish which is an image recognition algorithm may not be a security risk.

However the problem came about because Superfish used software from another company that can "eavesdrop" when Internet users visit secure or encrypted websites.

Superfish replaced the encryption code on websites with its own easily-hacked code, according to several researchers.

The Department of Homeland Security issued a notice saying Lenovo customers should remove Superfish software because of the hacking dangers.

So how do you know if you have Superfish:Click here

If you have a Lenovo Computer how do you remove Superfish : Click here

CNET Article :How to find out if your Lenovo is infected with the Superfish adware and remove it

AdwCleaner - Get Rid Of Toolbars - Browser Add-Ons

SoftwareRichard Pascoe2 Comments

AdwCleaner is a free tool that will scan your computer and effectively remove Adware (ads -software), Potentially Undesirable Programs , Toolbars, Hijackers of your browser's homepage. It works with a Search and Delete mode.

HOWEVER - if you are badly infected - you should have your computer looked at (Contact Me) as this will only remove " low level " infections

Just install , it will appear on the screen.

Then close any browsers you have open and press "Delete"

It will then scan all your browsers , Internet Explorer , Firefox , Google Chrome

You then reboot / restart your omputer and a report will be displayed on all the items it has removed 

It can be easily uninstalled using the mode "Uninstall".

It can be installed from this link :Toolbar Remover

Just run the program as it is updated all the time 

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How Do I Run The Malicious Software Removal Tool?

Computer SecurityRichard PascoeComment
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Every month with Windows updates you may notice update's to the  Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool which Microsoft updates with all their updates on "update Tuesday"

"The Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool checks computers running Windows 7 and 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows Server 2003 for infections by specific, prevalent malicious software—including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom—and helps remove any infection found.

When the detection and removal process is complete, the tool displays a report describing the outcome, including which, if any, malware was detected and removed."

But here is the problem.

It is not in the programs on your computer , so how do you run it?

Here is the answer.

  • Go to the start menu and type run , then a dialogue box will appear and then type MRT.
  • It will then prompt you to do a scan from quick , to a full scan and if you have any doubt you should do the full scan.

A full scan may take a full night so let it run overnight.

Remember this is no substitute for an antivirus program.

Registry Cleaners & Driver Updaters Really Annoy Me

SoftwareRichard Pascoe1 Comment
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Lately I am seeing a resurgence of people using registry cleaners and driver updaters that promise the world but rarely deliver and in some instances can do some damage or if you have downloaded one from an ad , it can infect your computer with malware.

The ones to especially steer clear of are , the ads on the internet that offer to scan your computer.

The windows registry is a database that windows and its software uses to store settings in.

If your computer is running that badly or slow , that you think you may need a registry cleaner , then you would be better off reinstalling your operating system or finding some help and having your computer properly looked at. - Contact Me