Category: Security


This tutorial will provide an in-depth explanation of how one could disable the hindering UAC (User Account Control) on their Windows Vista machine, in order to provide much easier administrative control over your computer system. Read below to find out how you can disable UAC on your computer and enjoy your administrative power without the irritants involved with having to accept prompts.

The first thing you must do is head to the “Control Panel”. To open the “Control Panel” you must click your “start” button, which is the small, round multi-coloured button in the bottom left of your screen. When you click the “start” button you will be presented with a menu like so:

Clicking the start menu

 

As you can see in the screenshot above, there is a small red oval around the text “Control Panel”. You must click the text “Control Panel” in order to open the “Control Panel”.

 

Once you have clicked the text “Control Panel", the “Control Panel” will open like so:

Searching control panel

 

The screenshot above depicts the “Control Panel” – the point of control over a Microsoft Windows operating system. You will notice a small red oval circling the text “Classic View”, which I recommend you click in order to achieve a more organized “Control Panel”, although it is best that you are in “Control Panel Home” view for the duration of this tutorial.

 

Once you are in “Control Panel Home” view, you will be presented with a screen just as it appears in the screenshot above. Once you have this screen you must then enter the text below in the text box at the top of the window marked “Search”

uac

 

Once you have typed the text “uac” into the “Search” bar, you will then be presented with a window just like so:

Control panel - user account control

 

You will notice in the screenshot above that there is a red oval around the text “Turn User Account Control (UAC) on or off”. You must click this text and then allow administrative privileges by clicking the “Continue” button at the prompt. Once you have accepted the security prompt, you will be presented with the window below:

Deactivating UAC

 

As you can see there is a small red oval circling the text “Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer”. You must click the small white box on the left of the text in order to remove the check from the box. Once you have removed the check, you must then click the “OK” button on the right side of the window.

 

Once you click the “OK” button, you will then be presented with the window below asking you to restart like so:

Restart now

 

You must click the button marked “Restart Now”, which is circled in red. Doing so will restart your computer, which will then have UAC disabled.

Congratulations! You have just disabled one of Microsoft Windows’ most irritating “features” and you can now traverse your computer more freely. Enjoy your newfound Windows knowledge.

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This tutorial gives a thoroughly detailed explanation on how a Windows Vista or Windows XP user can remove pesky adware, spyware and malware from your system, thus providing a sharper, safer and more responsive system. Read below to find how you can clear your computer of adware, spyware and malware in just minutes.

The first step towards removing these irritating programs is to head to a review page. The review page I selected my antispyware software from was the site linked below:

http://www.spywareremoverreviewed.com/

 

The site linked above will provide the top 5 antispyware programs and a download and purchase link for each. I recommend the antispyware software “XoftSpy SE”, although you may choose whichever suits your budget better.

 

If you would like to consider using “XoftSpy SE” then you may visit one of the links below:

 

Download free edition

http://download.cnet.com/XoftSpy-SE-Anti-Spyware/3000-8022_4-10492481.html

 

Official site of XsoftSpy SE

http://www.paretologic.com/products/xoftspyse/index.aspx

 

Once you have downloaded or purchased your copy of “XsoftSpy SE” and saved it to your desktop, you must then install it using the automated installer. To do so you must double-left-click the installer icon, which will appear like so:

Opening XsoftSpy SE installer

 

Now that you have double-left-clicked the “XsoftSpySE_Setup_RW” icon, the installer will open (if you are using Windows XP) if you are using Windows Vista then you will be prompted with a security prompt first, which will appear like so:

Opening installer security warning

 

Once you have accepted the security confirmation prompts the installer will appear like so:

XoftSpy SE installer

 

You must click the “Next” button, which will then present you with the next installer window like so:

XoftSpy SE installer - agreement

 

You must read and accept the license conditions and then click the “I Agree” button in order to proceed to the next window. The next window will appear like so:

XoftSpy SE installer - installation directory

 

You can select a custom directory for installation of the software or you may use the default directory. Once you have chosen the directory you wish to install to you must click the “Install” button. The program will then begin to install like so:

XoftSpy SE installer - installing

 

Once the installation is complete you will be presented with the finishing installation window, which will appear like so:

XoftSpy SE installer - finished

 

You may now click the “Finish” button. Once you have clicked the “Finish” button the “XoftSpy SE” software will run and will update like so:

XoftSpy SE updating

 

Once your software has updated you will be presented with the application itself, which will appear like so:

XoftSpy SE application initiated

 

You must now click the green button marked “Start Scan”, which will initiate the scan of your computer. The scan will begin, which will appear like so:

XoftSpy SE application scanning

 

Once your scan has completed the software will show you the threats that it found and offer to fix them. The window will appear like so:

XoftSpy SE application scanning completed

 

In order to remove the threats on your system you must click the green button marked “Clean”. Once you click the “Clean” button, you will be prompted to register your software. In order to register your software you must click the “Register” button that appears within the prompt that appears after you click the “Clean” button. Once you click the “Register” button you must then click the button marked “Get License Key” like so:

XoftSpy SE application registration

 

Once you click the “Get License Key” button your web browser will open and direct you to their purchase site. On this site you must follow the prompts and enter your details and appropriate and then you will receive your license code, which must be entered in the text box to the right of the text “License Key:” as shown above. Once you have entered the code you must click the “OK” button on the right side of the text box, which will register your software. You may now re-scan your computer by clicking the “Scan” button in the top left of the window and then clicking the “Clean” button once the scan has completed.

Congratulation! You have just removed most if not all of the spyware, malware and adware that your computer. Enjoy your newfound Windows performance boosting knowledge.

This tutorial will guide any computer user who runs any Microsoft Windows users through the installation and activation of the popular and effective firewall product – “ZoneAlarm”. Read below to find out how you can install and activate the “ZoneAlarm” firewall software for free in just a few minutes.

The first thing you must do is be sure that you currently have an active internet connection on your PC. You can check this by looking at the icons next to the clock in the bottom right of your screen (in the taskbar) for an icon resembling a picture of a PC monitor and a picture of an Earth globe. If there is only a PC monitor and no Earth globe, you are currently connected to your local network only. Thus you will have no internet connectivity, although you will be able to connect to other computers on your home or office network. To be 100% sure that you are currently connected to the internet, hit the “Refresh” button on your browser to reload this tutorial; if it loads a blank white page or a page telling you that the page is inaccessible then you currently do not have an active internet connection. On the other hand if you refresh this tutorial and it appears in working order, just as it usually would then you do currently have an active internet connection.

 

Once you have certified that your computer is connected to the internet, you may proceed to click the URL below in order to acquire your free copy of the “ZoneAlarm” firewall for your computer:

http://www.zonealarm.com/security/en-gb/trial-download-znalm.htm

 

Once you navigate to the webpage linked above, you will be presented with the following page:

ZoneAlarm home page

 

In the above page you will notice the text “Your download will start in a minute", which is informing you that a dialogue box will appear in a few seconds asking you to accept the download of their installer. The dialogue will appear after 2-5 seconds and will look like so:

Saving the installer file

 

As you can see in the above screenshots, there is a button circled in red that is marked with the text “Save File”. You must click the “Save File” button once, doing so will bring up the dialogue box shown below, which will allow you to choose where you would like to save the installer file:

Saving the ZoneAlarm installer file

 

In the above screenshot you will notice that it is much the same as any other saving dialogue box in Windows. You must select the directory you would like to save the file from the vertical line of icons in the left of the dialogue box and then you must click the “Save” button on the bottom right of the dialogue box. Once you have saved the file you must then navigate to the place of which you saved it and then open the installer by double-clicking it just as you would to open any other file in Windows. Once you do so the program will bring up a guided installation program, which is very simple as all you have to do is choose options and then click the “Next” button after each option selection.

 

Once you have followed through the guided installation you will be prompted to restart your computer. You must restart your computer by clicking the “Start” button in the bottom left side of the screen and then selecting “Turn Off Computer” and then select “Restart”. This will make your computer shutdown and then turn itself back on again. If your computer is slow then now is a good time to go and get a drink.

 

Once your computer has restarted you must log in to your computer and you will notice that the “ZoneAlarm” icon will be in the bottom right side of your screen, in the taskbar, next to the clock. You can change settings by double-clicking this icon or by right-clicking the icon and then selecting the most appropriate option from the context menu that will appear.

 

Every time you make a major change or update to the ZoneAlarm software it may ask you to restart your computer, if it does ask you for this then restart as soon as time permits, as in this time you are likely not protected against threats from hackers and other malicious people and software.

 

If you would like to unlock the full capabilities of “ZoneAlarm” then you can buy the full version by using the “Buy Full Version” button within the “ZoneAlarm” program or by visiting the link below and purchasing the full version of the program:

http://www.zonealarm.com/security/en-us/computer-security.htm

 

It is also a great idea to use a separate antivirus program, as this will provide much greater protection against worms, trojans and viruses than just using protection suites. If you would like a comparative list, including pricing, effectiveness, overall ratings and a general review on a few of the World’s leading antivirus software then you may visit the link below to read my antivirus reviews and recommendations:

https://chafflube.wordpress.com/2010/10/12/how-to-choose-an-antivirus-software-for-windows/

You should now have a fully functional firewall running, which is sure to contribute greatly towards a secure computer system. Enjoy your newfound Windows firewall knowledge.

This tutorial will show any Windows user how they can open an “elevated” command prompt, which will allow them to not only control the files and settings of the user they are currently logged in as but the entire computer system as a whole. Read below to find out how you can open an “elevated” command prompt in just seconds.

In case you don’t know, an “elevated” command prompt allows you to operate the “command prompt” with complete administrative control over the computer system. This is necessary for tasks that require administrative privileges and also allows full control over all files on the Windows operating system (excluding files that are currently in use of course).

 

The first thing you must do in order to open this specialized type of command prompt, is to begin at the method below that you believe is most appropriate to your computer system:

 

Method 1

 

Click the “start” button in the bottom left of your screen, in the taskbar.

 

Once you have clicked the “start” button and the menu has popped up, you must move your mouse pointer to the text at the bottom of the menu, which should read “All Programs” and then leave your mouse on the text until the context menu to the right appears.

 

Once the context menu appears, you should notice a list of most of the programs that you have installed on your computer, as well as the programs that came factory installed when you bought your computer. From this list you must move and hold your mouse pointer over the text reading “Accessories”, which should be at the top left of the context menu.

 

Once the sub-context menu appears from “Accessories” you must then locate the text “Command Prompt” and right click the text. When you right click the text “Command Prompt”, you will be given a small context menu, from this menu you must click “Run As…”

 

Once you click “Run As…”, you will be given a small windows that will have two buttons, which you can select. One button will say “Current user <username here>” and the button beneath will say “The following user”. You will need to select “The following user” and then enter the login details for the administrator on your computer and then click the “OK” button, located in the bottom right of the window.

 

Your command prompt with full administrative control will now be open.

 

Method 2

 

Right click on your desktop and then select “New” and “Shortcut”.

 

Type into the first text box the text below:

cmd.exe

 

Now hit the “Enter” key or click the “Next” button. Then, in the next text box that appears you can name the shortcut to whichever name you would like to appear on the desktop and then hit “Enter”.

 

You will now notice that there is a new shortcut on your desktop. In order to use this shortcut you must right click it and select “Run As” and then select the correct button and enter the administrative login details for your computer and then click “OK” or hit the “Enter” key.

 

Once you do this you will open a command prompt that will have administrative control over your computer.

That’s it, you now have your own, easy to access administrative command prompt, to use whenever you feel necessary. Enjoy your newfound Windows command prompt knowledge.

This tutorial is written for all of you computer users out there who hate Norton Antivirus but for some reason are forced by their computer system to use the Norton suite, as it will not let you uninstall it. Read below to learn how you can give Norton the boot and install the Antivirus program you have been waiting for.

The first step you are going to have to take towards removing all of Norton Antivirus’ countless traces throughout your computer in just a few simple steps, using the Windows “Registry Editor”.

 

The first thing you are going to have to  do is open the Windows “Registry Editor”. This can be opened by using the “Win + R” (press and hold the Windows key and then tap the "R” key) key combination, which will open the “Run” window.

 

Now that you have opened the “Registry Editor” you will need to navigate to the “Software” folders throughout the Windows registry and then delete everything related to “Norton” within each of the “Software” folders.

 

The first “Software” folder that you need to remove “Norton/Symantec” from, is the folder in the directory below:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/(your Norton/Symantec directory here)

 

The folder shown above is also depicted in the screenshot below:

Removing Norton

 

The second and last “Software” folder that you need to remove “Norton/Symantec” from, is the directory shown below:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/(your Norton/Symantec directory here)

 

The folder shown above is also depicted on the screenshot below:

Software folder

 

You will now be able to install another antivirus software as well as be certain that your computer is now completely free of the Norton/Symantec software that was once installed on your computer. Feel free to head down to the local tech store and collect a new antivirus suite, or perhaps visit an online marketplace to pick up your new antivirus software.

Congratulations! You have just removed the most useless antivirus program from your computer and are now completely ready to install your brand new, state of the art antivirus suite. I recommend McAfee, I have had years of experience with this antivirus software and it has not yet let me down. Enjoy your newfound software removal knowledge.

This tutorial is written for all of you Windows Vista users out there, who are still trying to find the password for their administrator account, so that they can finally take full control of their computer. Read below to find out how you can find your administrator password in Windows Vista in less that 2 minutes.

The first thing you must do in order to activate the “administrator” account and then replace the password on the account, is boot up your Windows Vista PC, just as you normally would.

Next, you must open the Windows Vista start menu and type into the “Search” bar the text below:

lusrmgr.msc

 

Once you have entered the above text into the “Start” menu, you must hit the “Enter”/”Return” key on your keyboard.

 

Now that you have entered the above text and hit the “Enter” key, you must open the following folders in the following order:

  1. C:\
  2. C:\Users
  3. C:\Users\Administrator

Once you have entered the folders above in the corresponding order, you must activate the “administrator” account (assuming that it has not already been activated). To activate the “administrator” account you must make sure that the “Account is disabled” button is not selected.

 

Once you have activated the “administrator” account you should give it a password. To give the account a password you must, once again click the “Start” menu and then type the text below into the “Search” box:

userpasswords2

 

Once you have typed the text above into the “Search” box of the Windows Vista “Start” bar, you must hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard.

 

Now that you have entered the above text and hit the “Enter” key, you will be presented with a window that will allow you to click a button marked “Reset Password”. After you click the “Reset Password” button, you will be allowed to enter your new password for the Windows Vista “administrator” account.

Congratulations, you have now activated your “administrator” account on Windows Vista. Enjoy your newfound Window Vista security knowledge.

This guide is written for those of you still under possession of one of the ancient machines running Windows 95/98 who want to rebuild the system although you are being impeded by the classic drag known as the “BIOS password”. Read below to find out how to remove that irritating BIOS password that has stopped you entering your machine for so long.

The process of removing your BIOS password in Windows 95/98 is a very simple one as it only requires four steps.

Follow the steps listed below in sequence to remove that unwanted BIOS password and access your classic machine in under a minute!

  1. Start up Windows.
  2. Open CMD and type the following, without the quotes “debug”.
  3. Type the following text exactly as shown below:

o 70 10

0 71 20

quit

exit

 

Entering the above into the command prompt will completely remove your BIOS password on Windows 95 or Windows 98. Once you have entered the above commands you must restart your computer. When you restart your computer and enter the BIOS screen by hitting the appropriate keys during system startup, allowing you to enter the BIOS directly, without the need for a single password!

Be sure to use this next time your old PC happens to need some revival, either for a real purpose or for some good old humour. Enjoy your newfound Windows BIOS flashing knowledge.

This guide was written to explain how and where to find the best antivirus software for your needs. Read below to find out how to gain complete protection for your system in less than 20 minutes.

The first step you are going to have to take is determine how powerful your computer system is. To do so visit the link to my guide below to determine your type of system:

https://chafflube.wordpress.com/category/buying-a-computer/buying-your-first-computer/

 

Once you have determined the type of computer system that you intend on investing in antivirus software for, then you may view my written product description on each of the three antivirus programs listed below to decide whether or not your current computer system has sufficient hardware and software capabilities for your desired antivirus solution.

 

The following list I have prepared is my take on the performance requirements of each of the popular antivirus software. The list is numbered from 1 to 3, 1 being the overall best and 3 being the worst overall. Also included is a small review on each of the programs, which is linked in the “Link To Product Description” table section.

 

Number Antivirus Software Name Link To Product Description
1 McAfee Antivirus https://chafflube.wordpress.com/2010/10/12/mcafee-antivirus-for-windows/
2 BitDefender Antivirus https://chafflube.wordpress.com/2010/10/12/bitdefender-antivirus-for-windows/
3 Norton Antivirus https://chafflube.wordpress.com/2010/10/12/norton-antivirus-for-windows/

 

Please note that the prices included in the “Product Description” for certain products may not be accurate due to changes in time or company motives. At the time of writing these guides however the prices are correct and I will not be help responsible for stating incorrect prices or discontinued products on my website.

Be sure to look into each of the above antivirus solutions for your home, work or office PC and take control of your computer before an internet intruder or malicious hacker decides to. Enjoy your newfound Windows antivirus protection knowledge.

This guide shows the system requirements, features and overall performance rating of the BitDefender Antivirus software for Windows. Read below to learn everything you need to know about BitDefender Antivirus for the Microsoft Windows operating system.

 

The table below shows the system requirements of BitDefender Antivirus for Windows:

Processor Clock Speed 800MHz (1.66GHz for netbooks)
RAM 512MB (1GB recommended)
Harddisk Space 1GB Free

 

The following programs can be optionally protected by the BitDefender antivirus software:

  • Internet Explorer 6 (Internet Explorer 7 and up recommended)
  • Yahoo Messenger 8.1 (and up)
  • Microsoft Windows Live Messenger 8 (and up)
  • Firefox 3.x (and up most earlier Firefox versions work also)
  • Thunderbird 3.0.4 (and up)
  • Outlook 2003, 2007, 2010
  • Outlook Express
  • Microsoft Windows Mail

My Review

My opinion on this particular antivirus suite is that it is an affordable, easy to use and very effective antivirus solution. It covers more than most other antivirus suites in that its updates are much more frequently distributed and the virus scans are incredibly fast, although they do not seem to be as accurate. However, the speed of the scan far outweighs the slight inaccuracy. I definitely recommend this antivirus suite to any person who is new to the process of purchasing and activating their personal antivirus protection suite. The prices of this suite are also very appealing.

BitDefender offers a complete internet and offline security suite for only $74.93 (this deal is applicable at the time of which I am writing this guide), which offers full protection for 3 PCs for an entire year! Great value for a great product. If you would like to check out their products page yourself visit the link below:

http://www.bitdefender.com.au/solutions/total-security.html

Be sure that you get your antivirus software installed as soon as possible to protect you, your family and you r computer from internet intruders and malicious hackers. Enjoy your new found antivirus protection knowledge.

This guide shows the system requirements, features and overall performance rating of the McAfee Antivirus software for Windows. Read below to learn everything you need to know about the McAfee Antivirus suite for the Microsoft Windows operating system.

 

The table below shows the system requirements of the McAfee Antivirus suite for Windows:

Processor Clock Speed 1GHz or higher
RAM 512MB (up to 2GB recommended)
Harddisk Space 200MB Free

 

The following browsers are also compatible to be protected by the suite:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or later
  • Optional: Mozilla Firefox 2 or later

The following E-mail programs can also optionally be protected by the suite:

  • POP3 – Microsoft Outlook Express, Microsoft Outlook, Eudora, Netscape, IncrediMail and Thunderbird
  • MAPI – Outlook
  • Windows Live Mail
  • Web – MSN/Hotmail, or email account with POP3 access

The suite also supports many of today’s instant messenger programs. These programs are as follows:

  • AOL Instant Messenger 2.1 or later
  • Yahoo Messenger 4.1 or later
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Messenger 3.6 or later
  • MSN Messenger 6.0 or later

The suite will also install (after your consent) its security toolbar into the following programs:

  • Outlook Express
  • Windows Mail
  • Outlook 2000 or later
  • Eudora
  • Thunderbird 1.5 or later
  • Anti-Spam also supports any other POP3 email client (without SSL) and web accounts

My Review

I have been using this software on a couple of my Windows PCs and I have found that it is a very easy to use software that provides sharp and responsive virus detection. Its most important feature is its Real-Time feature which allows the program to search each and every file that is opened prior to its execution, which contributes greatly to your computer’s protection alongside alerting you of any potential malicious software residing on one of your portable devices or even a particular section of your hard drive. This will also lessen the chances of you accidentally transferring a virus of malicious program to another computer via a portable device or an e-mail.

Overall, a great software and relatively cheap as it only costs $59.95 to completely protect one pc for a whole year.

See for yourself by following the link below:

http://home.mcafee.com/Store/PackageDetail.aspx?

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