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nuthatch

December 22, 2010, 03:06:53 pm Last Edit: January 26, 2011, 09:36:39 am by nuthatch
Hello all,

First message on the new board so I thought I'd suggest some software.

Alternative browsers to Microsoft's standard offering:

Firefox - http://www.mozilla-europe.org/en/firefox/
Chrome - http://tinyurl.com/24robel

And a link to a useful website:

Check your connection speed - http://tinyurl.com/24robel   See posting below.

I'm sure there will be plenty of suggestions from new members of the forum.

Mike 

Geoffw

My browser of choice is Opera .... I have it on my mobile as well.

http://www.opera.com/
Geoff

jarcadia




"Check your connection speed - http://tinyurl.com/24robel";

Mike I think your link is wrong as it is the same as for "Chrome"
Brian

jarcadia

Spybot-S&D Used this for years, one of the first programs I run on a PC if somebody has a problem
http://www.filehippo.com/download_spybot_search_destroy/

Description
Spybot - Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications. Spyware silently tracks your surfing behaviour to create a marketing profile for you that is transmitted without your knowledge to the compilers and sold to advertising companies.
If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you haven't intentionally installed, if your browser crashes inexplicably, or if your home page has been "hijacked" (or changed without your knowledge), your computer is most probably infected with spyware.

Even if you don't see the symptoms, your computer may be infected, because more and more spyware is emerging. Spybot-S&D is free, so there's no harm giving it a try to see if something has invaded your computer.

Spybot-S&D can also clean usage tracks, an interesting function if you share your computer with other users and don't want them to see what you have been working on. And for professional users, Spybot-S&D allows you to fix some registry inconsistencies and extended reports.

nuthatch

January 26, 2011, 09:22:33 am #4 Last Edit: January 26, 2011, 09:24:13 am by nuthatch
Jarcadia

Thanks.

The link(s) are now as below.


Some connection speedtest links:

http://www.speedtest.net/

http://www.broadbandchoices.co.uk/speed-test.asp

http://www.thinkbroadband.com/speedtest.html


Mike

nuthatch

January 26, 2011, 09:31:49 am #5 Last Edit: January 26, 2011, 09:36:11 am by nuthatch
Not a freebie this time but probably worth every penny if you get a lot of spam emails cluttering your inbox.  You can download and try the system for 30 days before deciding if it is worth the outlay.

http://www.firetrust.com/en/products/mailwasher-pro

P.S. The home site offers a free version which may be all you need:

http://www.mailwasher.net/

welshcol

Hi all-I do not know if you have seen Martin's money saving tips this week? but some broadband items and thoughts on free download software are discussed.

see: http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/shopping/free-anti-virus-software

I keep on "wanting" to download AVG etc but since have been running happily :o but expensively for four years am a bit reticent to delete Norton and go for the recommended "freebies". Have heard some horrendous stories of trying to remove Norton from their PCs!!!.
Not being that computer friendly am playing it safe-I hope. :-\.
Take care all-wow!! the sun is out.  8)

nuthatch

Powertoys for Windows XP includes a very useful image resizer.  This is integrated with the operating system so that right-clicking on an image file in Windows Explorer (or group of images) gives you a drop down menu item 'Resize Pictures'.

This in turn gives you several defaults and a custom option for the new size.

It produces a resized copy and does not alter the original (unless you tell it to!).  I would not advise ever changing the original.  The resized images are stored in the same folder as the original.

The original powertoys are at:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx

Windows Vista and 7 versions are available at:

http://imageresizer.codeplex.com/

Mike

nuthatch

Quote from: welshcol on January 26, 2011, 01:23:23 pm
Hi all-I do not know if you have seen Martin's money saving tips this week? but some broadband items and thoughts on free download software are discussed.

see: http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/shopping/free-anti-virus-software

I keep on "wanting" to download AVG etc but since have been running happily :o but expensively for four years am a bit reticent to delete Norton and go for the recommended "freebies". Have heard some horrendous stories of trying to remove Norton from their PCs!!!.
Not being that computer friendly am playing it safe-I hope. :-\.
Take care all-wow!! the sun is out.  8)



I have used the free version of Avast for some years and know several satisfied AVG users. 

You may have to Google for information about deleting all the  Norton software - or their website may tell you.

BTW If you have a Barclays account you can  use Kaspersky Internet Security freely on 3 computers.

Mike

jarcadia