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HD Health Check


RollBack RX Update

A video to show off how it works
Download from here
Today, I put this software to the test.Early this morning Rollback RX created it's snapshot. (Only takes seconds)About 1 hr. later, I decided to uninstall Avast Free and install Avast OMNI beta.After finding out that my router still isn't compatible with OMNI, it was time to go back to the Free version of Avast.Rather than doing a full removal of Omni and then an install of Avast Free, I decided to use RollBack RX.After selecting the RoolBack, the system rebootedThe time frame for this rollack was amazingly short.(I was used to the long time it takes for a System Restore Point)After the restart I was greeted with the following,This would come in handy if there were some important file changes you needed to recapture.Since I had no files or document that needed recovering, I selected the Cancel option.My system had been totally restored without any pr…

8-12-2019 SCV Computer Club

Last night I had the pleasure of doing a remote (ZOOM) interactive presentationfor the members of the SCV Computer Club in Santa Clarita Valley, CAThe topic for the evening was the CCleaner Browser.We covered a custom install and went through the various settings.We also covered adding a Chrome extension to that browser.The extension added was the Avast Passwords Manager.Since this was a hands on interactive presentations, the club members were free to ask questionsduring and after the presentation. It was a productive meeting where everyone learned something.

Video Streaming with Avast SecureLine VPN


Social Security Scams are on the rise.

Image are one of the favorite targets of scammers. Don't become a victim. This is just one of the slides from my current presentation "Protecting Your Digital Life" ( ) My presentations are sponsored by Avast Software. ( )

New in the latest version of ADW Cleaner

It can now detect Pre Installed Software
This is what I didn't know was on my system.
(Part of the software that comes with my Epson Printer)

More information about ADW here:
I always recommend that you create a backup of your system or, at least a system restore point before you use this or any other cleaning tool.

Slide to Shut Down - A Novel Way to Shut Down Windows

Why not have some fun when you shut down your system.

7-9-2019 Venture In Comp Club - Show Low, AZ

Getting ready for the presentation.
A nice turnout from an appreciative audience. The presentation was well received andfollowed by some excellent questions. It's always nice to hear that the members learneda lot and are waiting for the follow-up information so they can digest all the new tips.

How2 Add Chrome Extensions 2 Chromium Based Browsers

This video shows you how to install the Avast Passwords manager to the
Brave Browser (Chromium-based)
This same procedure will also work to install most Chrome extensions on a Chromium-based browser.
(Minus the need for the Avast Passwords manager)

Avast Free 19.6.xxxx Smart Scan

Faster, smarter

Avast Free 19.6.xxxx (June 2019)

Just released by Avast

Ccleaner Browser

Something new from the makers of Ccleaner.

Managing your Downloads folder.

There are many Cleanup Utilities that offer to cleanup (Delete contents) your Downloads folder.Many of us keep a lot of “valuable” information, downloaded installation files, misc. sub-folders and many other things in that Downloads folder. These Cleanup tools usually permanently delete the information, files and sub-folders in that Downloads folder so you need to be very careful before you press that delete button.Some time ago, I took a closer look at my Downloads folder and noticed that over the years, it had grown to an enormous size of over 83.3 Gig.

Much of what was in that folder wasn't really anything I wanted to totally loose but, it also didn't really need to reside on my computers hard drive.
I copied that Downloads folder onto an external HD so that the files were still something I could access.
Once the folder had been copied, I was now able to delete the content from my C drive and, whenever I discovered something that I needed, I could simply access it via that ext…

Deleting Voice Recordings for Amazon (Alexa)

If you don't want your voice recordings on Amazon Alexa to get into the wrong hands, 

follow this.

Avast Omni

Coming Summer 2019 - US Markets

Installing Avast Free v19.5.xxxx

This corrects an error in yesterdays release. Sorry.

Installing Avast Free v19.5.xxxx

Corrected video:

A custom install of Avast Free

Re-Add Avast Passwords Manager to your Browser


Disable/Enable Avast Self-Defense Module

Some changes require that you turn off this module.

Don't forget to turn it back on after making your changes.

Avast v19.5 Smart Scan


Gmail scans emails for receipts and collects these automatically.

The purchases are neatly listed on a hard to find Purchases page on Google's My Account portal.
The author of the article thinks this is terrible and in some aspects, he's probably correct.
I thank him for bringing this fact to my attention and am happy that I know know of a central point
where I can access my purchases. I've added a shortcut of this link to my bookmarks bar.
You may well agree with Mr. Brinkmann's view on this topic.

Amazon announces Alexa Guard

More information:
We can look at this added feature in two ways. If you're concerned about your privacy, 
you might consider this just another invasion by Amazon into your privacy. 
I look at this as an addition to my current remotely monitored alarm system. 
It enhances some features and, for me adds random lights being turned on and off. 
It also adds an additional notification for the items it listens for. I'm happy to receive this added protection. 
You'll need to weigh both sides of this enhancement for yourself. 
For me, setting this up was very easy.
Now all I need to do is leave the house to actually test this new feature

Easy Clean - Ccleaner 5.57.7182

Easy Clean button for the Average user.

Custom Clean for the Advanced user.

New Intel Vulnerability

This one is called the MDS Attack (Microarchitectural Data Sampling)
Unlike existing attacks, this attacks can leak arbitrary in-flight data from CPU-internal buffers.
More details and a tool to check if your Intel system is vulnerable can be found at:
A test using this tool on my main system shows that it’s vulnerable.

According to intel, the dangers of such an attack are medium to low,
My own personal feeling is that since it's their chip, income and reputation.
I'll be just a bit skeptical with anything they have to say till that information is verified by an independent source.
Your computer, your choice. What are your thoughts?

Animals Can Be Funny

Thanks to those that contributed the pictures. It was my pleasure to come up with the captions.
The pictures were collected between 2010 and 2012

Screencast-O-Matic and Privacy Badger

I've used a program called Privacy Badger ( ) for some time.
Apparently, something they changed on their end is the culprit that's causing a problem by blocking any screenshots taken via Screencast. 
As soon as I disabled privacy Badger, all the missing screenshots returned and I was also able to use the link in my post. 
I'm sure I'm not the only person that uses PB and am sure it's affecting those users the same way.
If you're using PB, you will not see any of screenshots that I've posted over the past year(s)
You also aren't going to see any screenshots posted by anyone else that may be using Screencast.
Until the problem is resolved, you can add to the safe sites in Privacy Badger.
Let's hope it doesn't take them too long.

5-3-2019 PC Community Computer Users Group - Hayward, CA

Last night I had the pleasure of remotely addressing the members of the
Once we cleared up a slight audio problem, the presentation was well received by all in attendance.
The club had some questions for me after the presentation which I happily answered.
The Avast SecureLine and the Avast Smart Home Security were the top attention getters. 

Disable Internet Explorer 11

Simply not using it isn't enough to keep you safe.
These instructions show you how to disable Internet Explorer 11

4-22-2019 Payson Computer Meet-Up Club - Payson, AZ

This meeting was originally supposed to happen in Feb. 2019
Due to a record snowfall on the original presentation date, it was
postponed and the presentation was finally done remotely via ZOOM
last night. Those in attendance asked quite a few questions both during and after the presentation.

I received a call about 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to let me know that the library had no internet service. Not good news when a remote presentation requires internet service on both sides of the presentation.
Ray Baxter, the club president, was able to use his cell phone as a hotspot and the presentation went off without a hitch.

Removing the Advertising Shortcuts in the Avast Secure Browser



Avast Free has protected my online presence since 2003

3/23/2019 Channel Islands PC Users Group - Camarillo, CA

It's always a pleasure to visit this very active club.
Many questions and lots of interest in the Avast SecureLine.
and, many people are waiting for the release of the Avast Smart Home Security product.

3-21-2019 Modesto PC Users Group - Modesto, CA

Last night I had the pleasure of addressing the members
of a small but very appreciative audience.
The Modesto PC Users Group meets at Roundtable Pizza.
The club asked quite a few questions and we had a hands-on demo of
the Avast Secure Browser including the Video downloader function.

3-19-2019 Claremont Seniors Computer Club - Claremont, CA

Back in California and the members of the Club certainly had a lot of questions for me.
Hopefully I was able to answer all of them to their satisfaction.

3-6-2019 Under the Computer Hood Users Group - San Diego, CA

My final presentation on this visit to CA.
Lots of questions. SecureLine was again the most discussed product.

3-5-2019 TUGNET - Granada Hills, CA

Curiosity may kill a cat but questions enhance a presentation.
The members of TUGNET had a lot of questions for me during and
after the presentation. The Passwords Manager and SecureLine took top honors.

3-4-2019 Greater South Bay Users Group - Torrance, CA

A small group with a lot of questions.

3-3-2019 North Orange County Computer Club - Orange, CA

A large hall and those in antecedence are almost lost in this hall.
Most of these members are knowledgeable so they had quite a few questions.

Avast Security for Mac

Yes, your Mac also needs protection.

3-2-2019 Seniors Computer Group – San Diego, CA

We started the first presentation in CA in the rain.

Seems like CA has been getting a lot of rain lately.

There are some towns in CA that are totally cut off because of all this rain.
During the Q&A session there was a request to go over the following Avast service: which I was happy to do.

2-27-2019 Solera at Johnson’s Ranch - San Tan Valley, AZ

I was happy to again be invited by Solara as my final stop in Arizona.

The club members, including some new ones, had quite a few questions
during and after the presentation. The most asked about feature was the
Avast SecureLine.

2/25/2019 The Payson Computer Club - Payson, AZ (Cancelled)


2-23-2019 Paradise Computer Club - Sun City, AZ

This morning's presentation was for a smaller but very interested group.
The members had quite a few questions after the presentation.

2-22-2019 The Resort RV Park Computer Club - Mesa, AZ

Usually the theatre is reserved for movies but,
this afternoon, I was the only show to see in the theatre.

2/21/2019 Happy Trails Computer Club -Surprise, AZ

First the rain and then the hail. Totally unlike Arizona.

Despite the weather, we still had a good turnout from the Happy Trail members
and lot's of questions after the presentation.

2/21/2019 Mesa Regal Computer Club - Mesa, AZ

We had a good turnout from the members of the club.

There was a great interest in Avast SecureLine and some
questions as to the release date for Avast Smart Home Security

2/20/2019 Golden Vista Computer Club -Apache Junction, AZ

I call this the club with a split personality because the room is split into two sections.
We had quite a few questions during and after the presentation. Another club interested
in Avast Smart Home Security.

2-19-2019 Las Palmas Computer Club - Mesa, AZ

There were quite a few questions from the members after the presentation
pertaining to changing over to Avast from various other products.

2/18/2019 Computer Club at Apache Wells - Mesa AZ

A good turnout for this smaller club. They had many questions during and after
the presentation.
Avast SecureLine was of great interest to quite a few members.