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HackFix Updates
The FullCircles Network™
Microsoft Fix it Solution Center
Clipboard Safety While Web Surfing
Online games - maps, health, animals, history and more
RAM TEST ~ Microsoft Windows Memory Diagnostic
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
CCC ~ EssentialPIM
Why the Heck Did I Bookmark That Site?
9 Perfect Password Pointers
Powerful New PCs Will Get 'Vista Capable' Stickers
Games Kids Play

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Aladdin Knowledge Systems

Esafe SecuritySuite EV141/Gateway/Enterprise
Last Updated September 21, 2010
To update your software
Visit: Esafe SecuritySuite 4.0
From the Esafe folder in your Start Menu select Download Updates

Windows 7 has been released by Microsoft to developers and IT profressionals.
It is not yet generally available to the public.
ESET is currently testing ESET Smart Security 4.0 and ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4.0 with Windows 7 and has not encountered any major compatibility issues so far.


Avast5 VPS Antivirus

Last Updated September 21, 2010
To update your software:

Right click on the AVAST icon in the system tray, Select iAVS Update, AVAST will check for updates and download the appropriate files as needed.


Quickheal 2010

Last Updated September 21, 2010
To update your software:
Run Quick Update by pointing Start , Programs , Quick Heal , and Quick Update.
Follow the on screen prompts.


Frisk Software Systems


Last Updated July 12 2010
To update your software


AVG 9.0 Anti-Virus Free Edition

Last updated Sepember 20, 2010
To update your software:
You can also perform updates using the Check for Updates option within the menu that opens after right mouse button clicking over the AVG icon located on the system tray.


Avira AntiVir 9 Personal

Last updated September 22, 2010
To update your software:
Visit Avira AntiVir Personal - FREE Antivirus 9
Open AtiVir, from the top toolbar select Tools->start internet update and follow the on screen prompts.

See Also
a href=""> Avira AntiVir Rescue System



Kaspersky 11 Anti-Virus

Last updated September 22, 2010
To update your software
Open AVP from the top toolbar click Tools-> Update virus definition


Network Associates


Last updated September 22, 2010
To update your software:
For Mcafee Visit
(for Virus and Engine updates)

For Dr Solomon (Product no longer available for new users however updates still available for current users):
Go to the following Internet site:

IMPORTANT: When you get to this site you may notice that it refers to VirusScan.
This update is not only for VirusScan. It also works with Dr. Solomon's.
Open your respective software virus scan scheduler, double click Auto update, click Run Now
to do a manual live update, or click Schedule to set up a timed live update.


Norman Data Defense

Norman Virus Control

Last updated September 21, 2010
To update your software:
Be sure to have your Valid Username and password handy for verification.
From the Norman folder in your Start Menu click "Internet Update"

**Note Norman Virus Control web updates are only for version prior to 5.0.
Norman 5.0 can only be updated via the update in the program itself.



BitDefender 2010

Last Updated September 15, 2010
To update your software:

Open BitDefender select Protection Options->live upgrade
From the BitDefender folder in your Start Menu select Bitdefender Live

Press Release on the software change



Sophos Anti Virus 4.45

Last IDE available September 15, 2009
To obtain the latest IDE files:

Download latest virus identity (IDE) files If you are running an older version of Sophos Anti-Virus and do not automatically update your protection, you should download virus identity files (IDEs), which provide detection and disinfection of viruses, worms, Trojans and spyware.

All the IDEs you need are available in a single compressed file. The file is available in two formats: a Zip file or a self-extracting file. Files are updated every time we release protection for a new virus. To use IDE files, you must know which version of Sophos Anti-Virus you are running and how to use virus identity (IDE) files.

Our self-extracting files are not compatible with Windows 2003 and Windows Vista. Please update the IDEs automatically or download the Zip file.

Please note: We do not provide IDEs for versions of Sophos Anti-Virus that are more than three months old.



Nortons AntiVirus 360/2010

Last updated September 22, 2010
To update your software:
and select your language> product from the list
Open Norton software and click the "live update" button
From the Nortons folder in your Start Menu select LiveUpdate - Norton Antivirus
Norton AV is now offering a daily update as well


Trend Micro

PcCillin (also known as Trend AntiVirus)

Last updated September 23, 2010
To update your software:
Be sure to have your Registration number handy for verification
Open PC-Cillin click Update then click Update Now (or Update later to Schedule a timed update)

Latest update Enterprise Pattern - Windows 7.483.00 or upgrade to the
latest product version to address this limitation.


Antivirus software is a good choice to scan your system for possible viruses.
however no virus scanner is 100% effective as manufactures cannot keep up with
the rapid change of viruses that happens daily. Be sure to update yours regularly.

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FullCircles, Canadians Striding toward Sustainability through Full Circles

Full Circles is a Canadian group that is designed around the circle of life, going from undeveloped simple living to the full benefits of our technological society and back to a simpler way of life, with our society going full circle.

Click HERE to instantly find a group near you!

Our Mission

To reduce our individual and collective environmental footprints on our home, the Earth by actively, energetically and positively promoting values of sustainability and conservation of resources.  FULL CIRCLES will offer education, opportunity, and venues for individuals and communities to learn, to interact, to collaborate and to take action.

Ecological footprint analysis measures the human demand on nature and compares human consumption of natural resources with the earth's ecological capacity to regenerate them.  It is an estimate of the amount of land area a human population, given prevailing technology, would need if the current resource consumption and pollution by the population is matched by the sustainable (renewable) resource production and waste assimilation by such a land area.

Don't use it? ReUseIt!


Microsoft Fix it Solution Center free

Internet Explorer
The Internet Explorer icon is missing from your desktop
Adds the Internet Explorer icon to your desktop.
Fix Runtime Errors in Internet Explorer
Turn off "Runtime Error" error messages that occur when there is a problem with a Web page that may prevent it from displaying or working correctly. Locate information to help you troubleshoot other "runtime errors" in Internet Explorer.

How to solve Internet Explorer 7 installation problems
Describes an error message that you may receive when you try to install Internet Explorer 7 and provides various troubleshooting methods. Includes a Fix it solution to help you reset permissions for unwritable registry keys.

How to reset Internet Explorer settings
Describes how you can reset Windows Internet Explorer settings. Includes information about the effects of the reset. How to solve Internet Explorer 8 installation problems
Use this Microsoft Fix it solution to automatically fix common problems that cause Internet Explorer 8 Setup to fail, and use the manual steps in this article to troubleshoot other problems that might cause Setup to fail. How can I configure my Internet Explorer browser settings after I have removed malicious software from my computer? Discusses what to do after the Malicious Software Removal Tool detects a browser hijack variant when you are running Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, or Windows 2000.

E-mail and Messaging Outlook and Outlook Express A hotfix is available for Outlook 2003 that enables certain MAPI applications to create new items in a .pst file after the PstDisableGrow registry entry is configured Discusses a hotfix for Outlook 2003 that enables certain MAPI applications to create new items in a .pst file after the PstDisableGrow registry entry is configured. Error messages when you create a new MAPI form or you try to open custom forms in Outlook 2003 Describes an error message that you receive when you try to create a new MAPI form in Outlook 2003. Provides a resolution.



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RAM TEST ~ Microsoft Windows Memory Diagnostic free

The Windows Memory Diagnostic tests the Random Access Memory (RAM) on your computer for errors. The diagnostic includes a comprehensive set of memory tests. If you are experiencing problems while running Windows, you can use the diagnostic to determine whether the problems are caused by failing hardware, such as RAM or the memory system of your motherboard.
Windows Memory Diagnostic is designed to be easy and fast. On most configurations, you can download the diagnostic, read the documentation, run the test and complete the first test pass in less than 30 minutes.

To run Windows Memory Diagnostic, you must reboot your computer with the disk or CD-ROM on which you installed Windows Memory Diagnostic in the drive. After the reboot, Windows Memory Diagnostic will load and its interface will appear. After loading, the first test pass will begin, using the default standard test suite, and continue until complete, unless Windows Memory Diagnostic is either paused or exited. Once the first test pass is complete, Windows Memory Diagnostic will begin a second test pass using the same settings as before. Windows Memory Diagnostic will continue to run test passes until you exit.
++ There is more on the web site.


Turn off an add-on in IE ~ Mike's Friday Tip

Do you have some extra features enabled in Internet Explorer?
Here is how to turn off an add-on in Internet Explorer
1. Open Internet Explorer.
2. Click the Tools menu, and then click Manage Add-ons.
3. Click the name of the add-on.
4. Click Disable.
5. Click OK


9 Perfect Password Pointers
Passwords are often the weakest part of a security infrastructure.
Here are nine ways to make them one of the strongest.


Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

Have you ever considered what makes an anti-malware application effective? We at Malwarebytes have created an easy-to-use, simple, and effective anti-malware application. Whether you know it or not your computer is always at risk of becoming infected with viruses, worms, trojans, rootkits, dialers, spyware, and malware that are constantly evolving and becoming harder to detect and remove. Only the most sophisticated anti-malware techniques can detect and remove these malicious programs from your computer. Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware is considered to be the next step in the detection and removal of malware. In our product we have compiled a number of new technologies that are designed to quickly detect, destroy, and prevent malware. Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware can detect and remove malware that even the most well known anti-virus and anti-malware applications fail to detect. Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware monitors every process and stops malicious processes before they even start. The Realtime Protection Module uses our advanced heuristic scanning technology which monitors your system to keep it safe and secure. In addition, we have implemented a threats center which will allow you to keep up to date with the latest malware threats.

Download the Free version of Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware


'Christy's Computer Corner' ~ thanks to Christy;

EssentialPIM freeware

This is an absolutely free and versatile Personal Information
Manager. It can store, manage and encrypt data:
day/week/month/year schedules, notes (pictures, tables, any formatted text) and contacts.

Why the Heck Did I Bookmark That Site?

Have you ever poured over your Favorites/Bookmark list and wondered why you bookmarked a particular website? Sure, you might have them organized into folders, but the purpose of the site is a mystery. Good news, all of you Netscape/Mozilla and Opera users have an excellent resource to help you keep track of bookmarks.
That's right, this is one of those few times that Internet Explorer users are left out of a browser trick.

If you are using Netscape or Mozilla, right click the bookmark you want to put a note in and choose "Properties". In the "Description" box, add your comments.

With the Opera browser, right mouse click a favorite and choose "Properties".
A window pops up where you can change the name, give the site a nickname, and best of all, describe the site.
Other options include check boxes to show the site on your Personal Toolbar and/or in your Hotlist Panel.

When you mouse over a bookmark in Opera, it displays the properties, including description, in a pop-up window.
Something Netscape/Mozilla doesn't even do!

This is one of the most useful tools I've ever found in web browsers.
I wonder when the brains in Redmond will "incorporate" this feature in Internet Explorer?


Things You Need to do Before Disaster Strikes

a. WinXP Bootup disks from MS

b. Password Reset disk - in case you forget your password.

c. A copy of your NTDETECT.COM, boot.ini, and ntldr files in a floppy. Make sure that you do not format it as a DOS or boot disk. Make sure the floppy is COMPLETELY EMPTY. You will need that when you can't boot to Windows due to one of them being corrupted. Boot up to that floppy and you will see what I mean. Your computer will boot up to it, then reads the 3 files, and then transfer control over to your system partition. All the 3 files are in the C:\ . Again, make sure all hidden files are made visible. Otherwise you can't find them.

d. Emergency disk created by your antivirus

e. Install Recovery Console if you are using XP. Not too sure if other Windows have this. And hopefully, you installed the Recovery Console before you installed SP2 of XP. :)

f. Back up your MBR. In my MCH Forums (, sorry shameless plug, there is a How To and Tutorial Forum and in it is a Backup Primer that I wrote. Follow my instructions there if you are brave enough :). Oh, the link is:
How to back up the MBR (Master Boot Record)

g. Back up your BIOS either manually by copying them with pen and paper or by special-purpose utilities. I did mine using both methods :)

h. This is optional:
Clone your pristine partitions, without the spyware, any virus, defragged and scandisked, with all temp files deleted too. Use Acronis True Image. Install all your favorite programs and utilities then clone your whole drive on CDs, DVDs or another drive. To some people, this is a must.

Thanks to: Sean at MCH Forums


How to Get to Safe Mode ~ Mike's Friday Tip

If you are like me you have probably experienced some difficulty in getting to Safe Mode during the boot process.

The simplest and easiest way to get into "Safe Mode" without constantly tapping the F8 key is to start the PC with a non boot floppy in the drive.

When the machine stops and asks you to remove the non boot disk and hit any key to continue, select the F8 key and click it once.
You should be at the Safe Mode prompt.


Games Kids Play

Rules for kids games for all children.
Kids games such as Tag, playground games, outdoor and indoor types, hopscotch, jump rope and skipping rope rhymes, hide and seek, and much more.
Games from Canada, France, and England, among other international games.
Submit your own kids games as well.




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