Sunday, 31 May 2015

Avast Updating

Avast does update its definitions itself, but if you want to manually check for definition updates then you can by following this tutorial.
Start Avast by clicking the icon in the notification tray by the clock.
Once it's open, click Settings in the left hand menu.

Turn Off Avast Sounds

If you have ever been startled by Avast talking to you, or it irritates you then now might be a good time to turn off Avast sounds.
Start Avast by clicking the icon in the notification tray by the clock.
Once it's open, click Settings in the left hand menu.

Changing a wireless network channel

After creating my Testing for WiFi interference tutorial, I decided it would be a good time to change my wireless network channel as too many other local networks were on the same channel as my own network.
To start the process I typed 192.168.0.1 into my browser to get to my router settings.
(You might want to check out the Router Login details page to see a few samples of router login pages and details).
Once on the first page in the router settings I need to enter my password (you may have to enter both a username and password).

Testing for WiFi interference

When you use WiFI to connect to your router, you will be fighting for bandwidth with surrounding properties, so it's a good idea to see what channel your router is transmitting on compared to others nearby you.
To do this you will need a small standalone program called WiFiChannelMonitor, but to use WiFiChannelMonitor you also need a small Microsoft program installed called Microsoft Network Monitor.
Start off by downloading and installing Microsoft Network Monitor
and then download WiFiChannelMonitor.
WiFiChannelMonitor doesn't need to be installed, as stated above it's a standalone program, you just need to unzip the folder containing the file.
(See my Uncompressing Files/Folders with 7-Zip tutorial if you need help with this.)

Test your internet speed with Speedtest.net

If you ever wonder whether you are getting the right kind of internet speeds that you are paying for then carry out a speed test on Speedtest.net.
Start by going to Speedtest.net

Uncompressing Files/Folders with 7-Zip

To uncompress (unzip) a folder allows you to access the files that are within it.
Here we see a folder that is compressed, we know it's compressed because it has a zip running down it.

Compressing Files/Folders with 7-Zip

Sometimes you might have a folder full of files that you want to transfer to somewhere else, maybe by means of emailing them, putting them on a disk or memory stick, uploading them to a cloud service or whatever.
When this is the case it's best to compress them (zip them up). This basically turns it into one big file that is smaller (in most cases) and easier to transfer.
Here I have a folder containing photos and a video that I am going to zip up.

Google Account - Activity Information

Google makes it easy to keep a check on recent activity on your account
You can easily do this by following this quick tutorial.
When you are in your Gmail inbox, scroll down to the bottom and on the right hand side you will see a line that says Last account activity, and underneath that there is a Details link. Click Details...

Google Account New Sign In Warning Email

If you ever get an email saying there is new sign in activity on your Google account, then don't be alarmed, it is most probably something you have initiated yourself.
It could also be that your account has been hacked by someone guessing your password, but hopefully that is not the case and you are using really strong passwords everywhere online.
This is what the warning email looks like.
Just over halfway down you will see a link that says Review your recently used devices now. Click that link...

Avast Essential Update

Sometimes, more than likely when you first turn your computer on, you will be presented with a window pop up like this.
If you do then it's wise to carry out this update before starting other things on your computer.
Click the left hand Update button to install the latest free version of Avast.

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Turn User Account Control (UAC) Off

There has been a lot of debate about whether or not to turn this off in the past, so it is at your discretion whether you do or not.
If you decide you do want to turn it off then Start by opening the Control Panel from the Start menu.
Once in the Control Panel, double click the User Accounts icon.

Make the mouse pointer snap to buttons automatically

One of the first things I always change when I get on a computer for the first time is to make the mouse pointer automatically snap to what is called an active button in a dialog box.
What this means is that if you click something and a box appears with maybe an OK and a Cancel button, the pointer will automatically jump to the selected one which would most likely be the OK button.
This only saves you a small amount of time and hand/arm movement per action, but over a long period of use it could have quite a significant effect.

Change the Desktop Wallpaper

Here we will start with my desktop wallpaper that is a picture of some fish.

Turn Windows Defender Off

Windows Defender is a security program that Microsoft decided to include in Windows from Vista onwards and is available as a download for XP. Unfortunately it doesn't do a very good job of securing Windows so it is highly recommended that you turn it off.
Open Windows Defender from the Start menu and when it is open click the Tools link at the top.

Test your passwords

Test your passwords using an online service such as How Secure Is My Password?
Click here to go to How Secure Is My Password?
You will now be on the site as can be seen below.
Type a password into the box where it says Enter Password.

Using KeePass Password Safe

Start KeePass from the Start menu or desktop icon.
You will now be at this screen, and here you can click File...

What do websites know about me?

Websites collect all manor of information from its visitors, it's not a dubious practice, it can aid in the future development of the site.
Knowing the operating systems, browsers, languages, geographical locations and so on of visitors, it makes it easier to allow for instances that were not previously catered for when designing, building and putting content on to a site.

It also plays a part in policing sites. With so much information collected and retained for a certain length of time, it is fairly easy for authorities to act on instances of maliciousness.
For instance if you have ever seen the news where a supposedly anonymous Twitter user would tweet nasty things to a celebrity and then a few days later you might hear that the Twitter user was arrested, it would of been because Twitter passed all the data that they have on to the authorities, the auththorities then contacted the Twitter users ISP, and the ISP then reveals to the authorities which of their customers the data relates to.

Friday, 29 May 2015

Stop SUPERAntiSpyware from running at startup

To stop SUPERAntiSpyware from running at startup perform the following steps.
Open SUPERAntiSpyware from the start menu or its desktop icon.
When the program opens click the System Tools button.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

End the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware free trial

To end the trial version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware open the program from the Start menu or using the desktop icon.
You will now be at the main program window.
Click End Free Trial next to Real-Time Protection.

Router Login Details

Virgin Superhub Login Screen
To access the Virgin Superhub login screen, open your internet browser and type 192.168.0.1
You will now be at the screen below.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

SUPERAntiSpyware Scan

Start SUPERAntiSpyware from the start menu or the desktop icon.
The version in this tutorial is the free trial of the professional version.
Click the Scan This Computer button.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Scan

Start Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from the start menu or the desktop icon.
The version in this tutorial is the free trial of the premium version. It's also a new install, hence the big section along the top stating that a scan has never been run.
Usually you would click the big blue Scan button at the bottom or the Scan button at the top to get to the scan section.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Avast Scan

Start Avast from the start menu or desktop icon.
You will now have the main program window open.

Manually Check for Windows Updates

At times you may wish to manually check for Windows updates.
Start by opening Windows Update from the start menu.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Changing the Internet Explorer homepage

Open Internet Explorer by clicking the desktop icon or start menu link.
You will now have a high definition photo taking up the whole screen.

Changing the Internet Explorer download location

Open Internet Explorer by clicking the desktop icon or start menu link.
You will now be at your homepage.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Customize the Taskbar Toolbars

To Customize the Taskbar Toolbars, right click the taskbar, then click properties and then click the Toolbars tab.
You will now see a box appear as below.

Customize the Notification Area

To Customize the Notification Area, right click the taskbar, then click properties and then click the Notification Area tab.
You will now have the box showing as below.

Customize the Start Menu

To Customize the Start Menu, right click the taskbar, then click properties and then click the Start Menu tab.
You will now have the box showing as below.

Customize the Taskbar

To Customize the Taskbar (the taskbar is the bar that runs along the bottom of the screen with the start button and clock on it), right click the taskbar and then click properties.
You will now see a box appear as below.

Naming and Saving files in a chosen location

To name and save a file you are not limited to the name and location that you are offered by default.
Here I will show you how to name something and save it in a location of your choosing.
I am using a screenshot of CCleaner as you can see below.

Getting and saving a Screenshot

If you want a permanent record of something on your screen then you can do what is known as a screenshot (sometimes also known as screen grab or screen capture).
This is how I get all the images that I have to use on this site and I will use CCleaner as an example here.
I have opened CCleaner so that the desktop is still visible around it and to get the screenshot I have clicked PrtScn on the keyboard (sometimes it might say Print Screen and can be found towards the top right of the keyboard).
When you do this though you might be surprised that little seems to happen, that is because it has just been copied to memory so far.

Add additional clocks

If you ever feel you could do with more than one clock down in the corner of your screen then it is possible to add more.
When you hover over the clock the date comes up as can be seen here.

Clicking the clock will make the current month and an analogue clock appear.
Click Change date and time settings.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Changing the Chrome download location

To change the location that files are downloaded to in Chrome start Chrome from its desktop icon or from the start menu.
Chrome will now open to your homepage.

Changing the Firefox download location

To change the location that files are downloaded to in Firefox start Firefox from its desktop icon or from the start menu.
Firefox will now open to your homepage.

Adobe Flash Player Update

If you have Adobe Flash Player set to notify you of updates then all of a sudden a box like this might appear.
Click DOWNLOAD to start the update procedure.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Creating Shutdown and Restart Buttons

If you want to simplify the shutting down or restarting of your computer then follow this tutorial to create shutdown and restart icons for your desktop which will simply require double clicking to perform the required action.
Right click your desktop, then scroll down to New, then click Shortcut as can be seen in the image below.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Installing SpywareBlaster

Start off by double clicking the icon of the SpywareBlaster download. You'll be presented with the box below. Click Run.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Updating

Start Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from the start menu or by clicking it's desktop icon. You will be presented with the following screen. Click the link that says Update Now.

Monday, 18 May 2015

SUPERAntiSpyware Updating

Start SUPERAntiSpyware from the start menu or by clicking it's desktop icon.
You will be presented with the following screen.
Click the link that says Click here to check for updates.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

GodMode Tutorial

This tutorial can only be followed on Windows Vista 32bit, or versions of Windows from Windows 7 onwards.
Do not try it on Windows Vista 64bit or versions of Windows older than Vista.

Start by right clicking your desktop, you will then have a context menu appear.

MyDefrag Defragmentation Tutorial

Start MyDefrag by double clicking its icon. You will be presented with its first screen.

Avast Software Updater

To update certain programs using Avast click the Avast icon once. This can be found near the clock (normally the bottom right of the screen).

The main program interface will now appear.

FileHippo App Manager

This tutorial shows you how to make sure you have the latest versions of programs that you have installed on your computer and assumes you already have FileHippo App Manager installed.
Double click the FileHippo App Manager icon to run it. It will start to scan your computer for installed programs.

How to install a program

[This tutorial uses Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as an example, but the procedure will be pretty much the same for other programs]
Start off by double clicking the icon of the program you have downloaded to install. You'll be presented with a box similar to the one below. Change the language to suit yourself and then click OK.

AdwCleaner

Start AdwCleaner by double clicking it's icon. (AdwCleaner is a standalone program so it doesn't need installing, you just double click it every time to run it.)
You will be presented with a warning box as below, click I agree to continue.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

ATF-Cleaner

Start ATF Cleaner by double clicking it's icon. (ATF Cleaner is a standalone program so it doesn't need installing, you just double click it every time to run it.)
You may be presented with a warning box as below.

CCleaner - Tools Section - Startup

Open CCleaner by left clicking its entry in the start menu or by double clicking its desktop icon.
Click the Tools button on the left side of the screen, then click Startup and you will be presented with the screen as shown below.
You can check which of these programs really need to start by searching for them on this site - Windows startup programs

CCleaner - Tools Section - Uninstall

Open CCleaner by left clicking its entry in the start menu or by double clicking its desktop icon.
Click the Tools button on the left side of the screen and you will be presented with the screen as shown below.

CCleaner - Registry Section

Open CCleaner by left clicking its entry in the start menu or by double clicking its desktop icon.
Click the Registry button on the left side of the screen and you will be presented with the screen as shown below.
Now click the Scan for Issues button in the bottom left corner.

CCleaner - Cleaner Section

Open CCleaner by left clicking its entry in the start menu or by double clicking its desktop icon.
The first screen that it opens up on is the Cleaner section as seen below.
Now click the Run Cleaner button in the bottom right corner.