Showing posts from 2019

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.

2/18/2019 Silvercom Computer and Technology Club - Mesa AZ

Another excellent turnout from the Club members.

We also had an excellent Q&A session after the presentation.

A great interest in Avast Smart Home Security. Looking for a release date and a price.

2-16-2019 Prescott Computer Society - Prescott, AZ

This morning I left the comfortable temperature in Mesa for the cold climate in Prescott.

The members of the PCS were very attentive and asked a lot of question during
and after the presentation.
There was a great interest in Avast Smart Home Security.

2-15-2019 SuperCom Computer Club Apache Junction AZ

This morning I received a very warm welcome from the SuperCom CC members and guests.
As you can see, there was a large turnout for my presentation.

This morning was also the clubs donut day and, I was happy to join the festivities and eat a couple.

2-13-2019 Viewpoint Technology Club - Mesa, AZ

An excellent turnout followed by a Q&A session.

2-13-2019 Rock Comp Computer Club - Apache Junction, AZ

A great turnout for a smaller but very active and interested club.

The club members had many questions after the presentation including one on
"How does Avast make any money when they give so much away for free"

2-11-2019 Sunland Village East Computer Club - Mesa, AZ

This club even had a reserved parking spot for me.
Some of the questions raised pertaining to the VPN, sales popups and, silent mode.

2-8-2019 Sunland Village Computer Club - Mesa, AZ

Nice attendance by the clubs members and guests.

I was happy to answer the many questions posed during and after the presentation.

Avast Geek Area


2/6/2019 Sun City Grand Computer Club - Surprise, AZ

This afternoon, I addressed a fairly large turnout of the clubs members

The presentation was followed by an extensive Q&A session. Lot's of interest in the VPN.

2/6/2019 Dreamland Computer Club - Mesa, AZ

This morning, I started the day at Read Hall for the members
of the Dreamland Computer Club. I even took a selfie.

This was a small but very interested club and they asked quite a few questions.

Repairing Avast


2-1-2019 Sierra Winds, AZ Computer Club - Peoria, AZ

A nice way to start of my month with the clubs in Arizona.

The presentation was followed by a Q&A session.