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Mike's 'unwanted additions' warning service..

Foxit Reader (good) is currently attaching Search Protect by Conduit (not good). Uncheck the option because it is a pest.

Java (marginal, but a necessary evil for far too many things) is attaching the Ask Toolbar and associated junk. Uncheck it if you value decent Internet searches.. . 

ImgBurn (Good), but you have to be on your toes to stop the unwanted stuff. Basically, uncheck anything that isn't for ImgBurn, and go for the custom install each time that it is offered to you to ensure that you get to uncheck and skip the junk.. 

A commonly held 'view.. '

 "Well, it worked in Windows 95!"

MVP Award years

2005 - 2006 - 2007

2008 - 2009 - 2010

2011 - 2012 - 2013


The original MVP logo

My Favourite Utilities

Speedfan is a great hardware monitor which can automatically control fan speeds, warn when temperatures are rising in the case, and do a SMART scan of your hard drives. A 'must have'.. 

Piriform Speccy tells you what is inside the box and with great accuracy..

Networx shows download/upload bandwidth used..

Piriform Recuva is probably the best file recovery utility around and is free too.. 

Treesize shows you what you have got, where it is, and how much space it is all using..

Windows 8 alternative start menus.. Classic Shell..

Stardock Start8..

Aomei Partition Assistant is the best free utility of its type..


It’s 2014 and still NOT a good idea to:

  1. Never backup anything. If your data is important, treat it as important...
  2. Run a registry cleaner, and no, it doesn’t make anything any faster..
  3. Leave a laptop running on soft furnishings. The grilles on the base are to let air in, not gain better traction on the arm of a couch.. .

It’s 2014 and Microsoft is NOT about to:

  1. Make Windows 8 go away. It is an OK operating system..
  2. Give XP yet another reprieve. It’s old and needs to lay down..
  3. Produce hardware drivers. It is not in the job description..

It’s 2014, the year of :

  1. Wearable what’s-it’s..
  2. Cloud bursts..
  3. Half useful tablets

It’s 2014 and progress is not going to wait for you to catch up. At the same time, you should watch that progress doesn’t run away with you.

If you get a call from somebody claiming to work for Windows, tell the caller that you want Georgian Bay windows and will scream until you are sick if you don’t get them. Give no other information to the caller..He/she will terminate the call for sure..


Posted Tue, Jan 7 2014 22:36 by Mike Hall
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