Thursday, April 30, 2009

GreenPrint World

GreenPrint World is a free downloadable software for home users from GreenPrint Technologies. It is a tool for saving paper, thereby, saving you time, money and trees---yeah, go green!

When installed on your PC GreenPrint removes all the unnecessary text and images from a printed Web page. The URLs, banner ads etc, are removed so your printed work only contains the text if you so choose. This is a nifty tool for me since it saves me from having to copy and paste articles I would like to printout and read while on the go to a Word document. By default, GreenPrint is set to load at start up so that it is always ready, is set as the default printer, enabling the ability to print from any application and looks at how to save pages on everything you print.

GreenPrint Configuration is a way to customize your experience with this application. You can access this feature by right clicking the green icon in your system tray and select this option. Here you will find four tabs (General Tab which supplies basic information, GreenPrint Logic Tab which supplies the earth saving features, Printer Tab which shows how this application communicates with your printer and the Reports Tab which keeps track of your savings on pages, trees and money) to go through and select the options you want. The preview of your document shows all the pages to be printed and you can remove pages, remove text or remove images by right clicking the page and select the option. Double clicking a page will remove it from being printed and you can double click it to add it back to the set of pages ready for printing. Once GreenPrint is downloaded you will have three printers installed for this application – GreenPrint, GreenPrint PDF (Portable Document Format) and GreenPrint Mail PDF – allowing you print, create a PDF and email a PDF directly from within the application if you so desire. As with most free software, they have their paid siblings --- GreenPrint Home Premium for $29 and the Enterprise edition for $70.

Just thought I would pass this along to my Web Bytes family. This will be very cost effective if you do a lot of your printing from the Internet and if you need a PDF creator...its free.

As always, email me with your topics and let’s have a good time learning together!

In His Service,
AvaByGrace

Links:
GreenPrint World by Steven Volynets

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2331973,00.asp

GreenPrint World Free Software
http://download.cnet.com/GreenPrint-World/3000-2088_4-10799305.html



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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Firefox Fixes

Today's post continues on the same theme as yesterday's, focusing on browser fixes. I guess this is the time for spring cleaning and housekeeping tasks. Although completed prior to Chrome's fixes which warrant a new version, Firefox fixes consisted of a new update to its existing version 3 --- 3.0.9. This new update targets 12 security vulnerabilities in the Firefox browser. These vulnerabilities account for the recent frequent crashing of my Firefox browser while on the Internet. For more information on this topic and all of the intricate details of the vulnerabilities, see Mozilla Security Advisory 2009-14 “Crashes with evidence of memory corruption at http://www.mozilla.org/security/announce/2009/mfsa2009-14.html and Steven Musil's Cnet article “Firefox 3.0.9 Targets 12 Security Vulnerabilities” at
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-10224719-83.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1009_3-0-20

Another interesting article is on Znet by Ed Burnette titled “Firefox 3.0.9 Fixes 67 Bugs, 23 Critical” which gives us links to three Mozilla Security Advisories and all the Firefox 3 updates since its inception back in June of 2008. If you are interested in this information, you can check it out at http://blogs.zdnet.com/Burnette/?p=1054.

I pray this and yesterday's information on browser security fixes for Google's Chrome and Mozilla's Firefox was helpful to you. In turn, you share this information with family and friends to help with their Internet browsing experience.

As always, email me with your topics and let’s have a good time learning together!

In His Service,
AvaByGrace


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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Chrome's New Release

Previously I wrote two blog entries on Google's sleek new browser, Chrome (Google's Chrome http://webbytesblog.blogspot.com/2008/12/googles-chrome.html and Google's Chrome Update http://webbytesblog.blogspot.com/2009/01/googles-chrome-update.html ). Therefore, it is only appropriate that I update you on the the release of a new version of Chrome to fix high-severity security problems --- version 1.0.154.59. Since Chrome automatically updates itself there is no action on your part except to restart your computer once the new version has been installed. For detailed information see Mark Larson, Google Chrome Program Manager, 4/23/09 announcement and release notes for this security fix at http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.com/2009/04/stable-update-security-fix.html and Google's Chrome issues at http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=9860 .

As always, email me with your topics and let’s have a good time learning together!

In His Service,
AvaByGrace


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Friday, April 24, 2009

More Freebies for Windows

Your PC's anti-virus and anti-spyware needs can be taken care of with some pretty good freebies. After listing the applications, I will supply the links for downloading the respective software.

First up is Avira Antivir Personal for Windows which provides basic protection against viruses, worms, Trojans, backdoor programs and dialers. No commercial use of this free software is allowed. Some features of Avira are:
  • Constantly scanning for malicious programs as listed above
  • Monitor actions performed by the operating system as well as the user
  • Promptly reacts when a malicious program is detected
  • Supports Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008
AVG Free Edition for Windows is a free downloadable application that provides basic anti-virus and anti-spyware protection for use on home computers (no commercial use). Some features are:
  • LinkScanner- checks Web pages before opening
  • Compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP
  • Easy download, installation and use
Avast Home Edition for Windows scans on the PC's initial boot up as well as through standard scanning modes aiding in the removal of stubborn viruses. It provides desktop security and data protection, detecting and removing all forms of malware. As the name implies, no commercial use is allowed. Some features of Avast are:
  • Daily automatic updates
  • Resident shield and self-protection
  • Web and P2P (peer to peer) protection
  • Anti-spy and anti-root kit tool
  • Supports Windows 95/98/Me, 2000, XP, and Vista

As always, email me with your topics and let’s have a good time learning together!

In His Service,
AvaByGrace

Links:
Avira Antivir Personal

http://www.free-av.com/en/products/1/avira_antivir_personal__free_antivirus.html


AVG Free Edition for Windows
http://free.avg.com/download-avg-anti-virus-free-edition

Avast Home Edition for WindowsClick on the FREE SOFTWARE tab
http://www.avast.com/


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Monday, April 20, 2009

Setting Up a Home Network with Windows XP

Before we get into the details of setting up a home network with Windows XP, lets look at the benefits of a network. They include :
  • Share files among computers which frees up space on hard drives where the files are not stored
  • Share printers, CD-Rom drives and other removable drives
  • Share Internet connection among several computers
  • Share multi-player games
With that said, if you like these benefits lets continue.

The decision has to be made as to what type of network would meet your needs ... wired or wire less. If you have a laptop, a wireless network would be the best choice. This allows you to use your laptop throughout the house. If not, a wired network is best for desktops and other stationery devices. This type of network is more secured than its wireless counterpart, very reliable, fast and easy to set up. After this decision, we need to purchase the necessary hardware to accomplish the task at hand. The wired set up may consist purchasing an Ethernet cable (like a thick telephone cord), a wall-plugged network extender kit (which extends the wired network across your home's power lines) and even the services of an electrician if the computers are in different rooms (This is something you don't want to mess with unless you, yourself is an electrician). For the wireless set up you need what is called 802.11 technology. The following link examines the pros and cons of the varying 802.11 technologies as well as Bluetooth and some others http://compnetworking.about.com/cs/wireless80211/a/aa80211standard.htm

I would be trying to reinvent the wheel to go through the steps of setting up a wired and wireless network so below are some links from Microsoft showing how to set up these networks for Windows XP. Additionally, the 802.11 hardware comes with instructions and software that will enable you to set up the network. I set up my own wireless network about five years ago using Linksys 802.11g and recently my sister's using Linksys also and my niece's using Westell VersaLinkwith the information supplied by these manufacturers, encountering no problems. Really simple to understand and follow directions.

Wired
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/setup/wired.mspx


Wireless
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/setup/wireless.mspx

Wireless Using Windows Connect
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/setup/connectnow.mspx



As always, email me with your topics and let’s have a good time learning together!

In His Service,
AvaByGrace

Other Useful Links:
How To Set Up A Home Network on Windows XP

http://www.ehow.com/how_4886637_up-home-network-windows-xp.html

Setting Up A Home Network
http://www.geekgirls.com/windowsxp_home_network.htm


Setting Up Your Network
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/setup/default.mspx

Get Connected with Windows XP
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/default.mspx



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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Conficker Worm, Revisited!

Conficker has been quite busy. I have a friend whose PC became infected with the Conficker virus, exhibiting the symptoms noted in the first article below. This has been quite a frustrating time for him. Just as this article mentioned, he got pop-up windows every few seconds warning him that his PC has a virus and click here for protection. This tactic is to get the unsuspecting user to purchase a bogus sense of security. The article called this “scareware” I presume because of the persistency of the fake pop-ups to frighten the user; the so-called program is named “SpywareProtect2009”. Luckily, he didn't click on the installed link to get this protection but after hours of frustration, he called the PC manufacturer's technical support. They scanned his PC for viruses, finding none. Afterwards, he installed the free McAfee protection suite that comes with AOL paid membership as well as Spybots S&D. Both scans were clean. Hopefully, he will be diligent on his PC housekeeping in the future as his system had no anti-virus or anti-spamware protection. Apparently he didn't read some of the Web Bytes posts last year such as, PC maintenance which can be found at http://webbytesblog.blogspot.com/2008/10/automatic-maintenance.html, Home Computing Security http://webbytesblog.blogspot.com/2008/10/home-computing-security.html and Spybots Search and Destroy http://webbytesblog.blogspot.com/2008/10/spybot-search-destroy.html. Below are two articles I received from Firewallguide.com dealing with current material on Conficker, one from the Washington Post and the other from PC Magazine.

Conficker Worm Awakens, Downloads Rogue Anti-virus Software
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/securityfix/2009/04/conficker_worm_awakens_downloa.html?wprss=securityfix

Your Conficker To-Do List
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2344170,00.asp

As always, email me with your topics and let’s have a good time learning together!

In His Service,
AvaByGrace


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