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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..


  • Internet Explorer 9..the best yet..

    A great advert, this one.. I have always used Internet Explorer, from version 1 onwards. It became a target for every hacker and whiner, but the other browsers have had their ‘less than auspicious’ moments too. Internet Explorer rulz..
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  • Internet Explorer 9 Tracking Protection..

    So that you know what I am writing about, IE9 tracking protection appears like this in the URL box….  I am all for security and protection, but it can get in the way sometimes, and IE9’s tracking protection is getting in the way. If you roll your...
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  • Internet Explorer 9 is the fastest..

    Great news for all Microsoft ‘shills’, and I guess that I am in that fold. We are talking about the 32-bit version, btw, the one that is the default regardless of Windows 7 bit version. Microsoft used the Chakra JIT in IE9 32-bit because it should be...
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  • Internet Explorer 9..

    .. is now at the release candidate stage. Ed Bott has done a nice review.. What’s new in photos..
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  • IE 9 Compatibility

    It pays to read the blurb on the webpage which appears when you initially start up IE9. If you don’t, like me, you will miss really important info on how to get to the full range of IE tools. Help pages re the tools tell you where to look in the...

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