Friday, October 31, 2014


It is really hard to keep up a blog like this one, and I have not been giving it the time and effort needed to keep it going. Apologies.

I am going to take a rest. Yes, I have my health and I am doing fine. It's just that priorities change. I may or may not be back to this blog. I'm not sure, but I have my doubts.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Best free spyware and adware removal tool

Finally Kim Komando agrees with me! :-) No, but seriously, I have been recommending Malwarebytes as a free tool to clean up malware on your system. It is one excellent tool and normally the first thing I run on YOUR systems when you ask me to clean your system.

As Kim points out, it is a passive tool. This means you have to run it. Unlike your anti-virus program which is active and always looking out for bad stuff, you take control with this tool. Please note that Malwarebytes does have a fee-based tool as well, and this is an active tool. If you don't mind spending the money go for it!

For the time being I am using the free version, the one I have been recommending all these years. It is an excellent tool. Kim recommends running this once a month. I recommend every 2 weeks. I am considering buying the fee-based version.

Check out What Kim has to say about this.

Best free spyware and adware removal tool

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

August HOSTS file

The August 2014 MVPS HOSTS file is available now and can be downloaded here:

This is a very valuable tool in your set of tools to prevent malware on your system.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Verizon FIOS

Okay, I will admit I absolutely love Verizon FIOS. I quit them, oh maybe a year ago and switched to Comcast. Why? My Verizon Triple Play prices got out of control and I was up to nearly $200 a month! CRAZY!

So, as I said, I switched to Comcast. It was a disaster. Their internet speeds simply cannot compare to FIOS. So there I have said it. I love Verizon FIOS.

I received a note from Verizon a few days ago and included in the note was this sentence: "We love having you in the FiOS community and as a member of My Rewards+. To show our appreciation, we upgraded your Internet upload speed to match your download speed—for free. This upgrade is just one more great benefit of being a member of My Rewards+."

I have to say that was nice to read, but I was paying for, and getting, 50 MBPS download and 30 MBPS upload. I didn't really feel I needed the extra upload speed, but it was free and automatic, so I got it. I just ran a and look what I got (below). AMAZING results. THANK YOU Verizon!

Oh, by the way, when I came back to Verizon recently. leaving Comcast behind, I carefully crafted my package to favor internet and downplayed the TV and also eliminated the landline (more on that later in a separate post).

YouTube Doesn't Know Your Password

Excellent video!

Monday, August 11, 2014

New Site Recovers Files Locked by Cryptolocker Ransomware

This is really amazing! Spread the word. From

"Until today, Microsoft Windows users who’ve been unfortunate enough to have the personal files on their computer encrypted and held for ransom by a nasty strain of malware called CryptoLocker have been faced with a tough choice: Pay cybercrooks a ransom of a few hundred to several thousand dollars to unlock the files, or kiss those files goodbye forever. That changed this morning, when two security firms teamed up to launch a free new online service that can help victims unlock and recover files scrambled by the malware.


First spotted in September 2013, CryptoLocker is a prolific and very damaging strain of malware that uses strong encryption to lock files that are likely to be the most valued by victim users, including Microsoft Office documents, photos, and MP3 files.

Infected machines typically display a warning that the victim’s files have been locked and can only be decrypted by sending a certain fraction or number of Bitcoins to a decryption service run by the perpetrators. Victims are given 72 hours to pay the ransom — typically a few hundred dollars worth of Bitcoins — after which time the ransom demand increases fivefold or more.

But early Wednesday morning, two security firms – Milpitas, Calf. based FireEye and Fox-IT in the Netherlands — launched, a site that victims can use to recover their files. Victims need to provide an email address and upload just one of the encrypted files from their computer, and the service will email a link that victims can use to download a recovery program to decrypt all of their scrambled files.

The free decryption service was made possible because Fox-IT was somehow able to recover the private keys that the cybercriminals who were running the CryptoLocker scam used on their own (not free) decryption service. Neither company is disclosing much about how exactly those keys were recovered other than to say that the opportunity arose as the crooks were attempting to recover from Operation Tovar, an international effort in June that sought to dismantle the infrastructure that CryptoLocker used to infect PCs."

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