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Mon, 20 Sep 2004

It's been awhile...

... since we last chatted. I probably don't have to tell you that things on the virus/adware/spyware scene haven't improved one iota! I have, however, learned a few more things that may help you, and I've got another *offer* to dangle in front of you.

First for some new hints. This one is so obvious I'm ashamed to admit that I didn't mention it before. When cleaning your system of any malicious software, it's best to do so from safe mode. This affords you the maximum probability of actually getting rid of the bad stuff without it reappearing on next boot. HOW, I can hear you say, do I find safe mode? For Windows 98 and Windows ME hold down the *left* control key while booting the machine. This should produce a menu that offers you a safe mode option. Choose it by arrowing to it and hit enter. In Windows 2000/XP you'll need to hit F8 at bootup to get to the same style menu.

Something else I'd like to make you aware of is that Adaware has a new version available for download, it's called AdawareSE and, as with the version you probably have, it's free for personal use. You should download and install it. For those of you who have been using Spybot for longer than a few months, make sure to check their website for Spybot Search and Destroy for version 1.3. With Spybot it's crucial that you update the installed program as if you're using version 1.2 it will not update to the current spyware definitions and immunizations.

Ok, now for the sales pitch! I'd like to have you all think about bringing your Windows computer in and having us give you an estimate to load Linux onto your existing computer. We won't delete your existing Windows load but will use unused space on your hard drive to make your machine *dual boot*. I'd then encourage you to take some time to get aquainted with Linux, and primarily it would be beneficial to use Linux to do your web browsing and email. Linux isn't subject to adware and spyware, and it doesn't *catch* Windows viruses. It will really put the fun back in your internet experience. When you need to play that favorite game, or use your MS Office, you can boot to Windows and do so. At least let us explain this option to you. We won't charge you anything for the consultation! I'm talking to people every day who've finally "had enough". If you fit into this category, give us a call. If you don't, just wait a week or two and you will.

Check out our end of summer computer special and remember that we're here if you need us.

P.S. Drop by and mention you saw this blog and we'll give you a free Knoppix CD, which allows you to boot an entire Linux system from your CD drive. No installation required.

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