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Hide Windows 10 automatic updates which cause trouble. Windows 10 automatically installs updates, including driver or program updates which cause undesirable results. You can uninstall the update, but it will reinstall with the next automatic update. Microsoft has made available a tool to allow hiding such undesirable updates temporarily until a fix is found. Download that tool here:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3073930

DBAN (Darik's Boot and Nuke software) to securely wipe a hard drive.
http://www.dban.org/download/

Eraser, a free program offered by Heidi Computers for securely erasing files and folder selectively.
http://eraser.heidi.ie/download.php

Easeus Todo Backup Free 4.0 is a free backup and drive imaging software free for Home or persal use.
http://download.cnet.com/Easeus-Todo-Backup-Free/3000-2242_4-10964460.html

Microsoft Virus and Security Solution Center
http://support.microsoft.com/gp/cu_sc_virsec_master#tab2

Good Security review by Microsoft discussing diagnosis of Malware and Removal. http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/protect-pc.aspx

Experience HTML5: HTML5 offers new ways of viewing and using HTML, and changes what the Web and programs written with HTML5 are capable of..
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/15-sites-amazing-html5/

Learn Internet Explorer 11 keyboard shortcuts Keyboard shortcuts can be quite useful.  Learn those which work with Internet Explorer 11.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/internet-explorer/ie-keyboard-shortcuts#ie=ie-11

Review your credit status You are entitled to one free credit report from each of the major three credit monitors, Experian, TranUnion, and Equifax.
http://annualcreditreport.com

Tweaks.com Logon Changer Windows 7 users only, are you tired of the logon screen?  Want to change it to something else?  Avoid a complicated registry tweak by downloading a free utility from CNET, Tweaks.com Logon Changer.
http://download.cnet.com/Tweaks-com-Logon-Changer/3000-2094_4-10911825.html?tag=mncol;1

Be Aware, with the introduction of Microsoft Office 2007, and now all subsequent versions (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) documents have a new extension from Office 2003 and earlier. Office document extensions now have an "x" at the end, such as .docx, or .xlsx.  In order for your older versions to open and work with these files you need to download a free patch offered free by Microsoft at:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=941b3470-3ae9-4aee-8f43-c6bb74cd1466&displaylang=en

Office 2007 allows you to Save as PDF files, but only if you have the PDF Add-in. If you do not have the "Save as PDF" option under file types, download this free add-in from Microsoft to allow Office 2007 programs to save documents as PDF (Adobe Reader) files:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=4D951911-3E7E-4AE6-B059-A2E79ED87041&displaylang=en

Check out Windows handling of Daylight Saving Time
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/gp/cp_dst

 

Other Windows Help Sites

Microsoft Windows 7 Windows Media Player FAQ
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Windows-Media-Player-frequently-asked-questions

Get Help  with Windows 10
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/support

Learn about Windows Media Player 12 in Windows 10
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-media-player-12

 

Windows XP Backup Discussed:

Install Windows Backup Utility from the Windows XP Setup CD
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/302894/EN-US/

How to use Windows XP Backup Utility
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;320820

 

Windows Appearance and Function Enhancement and Customization Programs:

Desktop Themes as well as Wallpaper - Free
http://www.themeworld.com/

Desktop Wallpaper Site - Free or Premium service
http://webshots.com/desktop

FontViewOK offers the ability to view and compare fonts.  You can see how they look bolded, italicized, etc. or different sizes; as well as viewing split screen to compare lists. It needs no installation.  Just extract the .EXE file and double-click it.
http://www.softwareok.com/?Download=FontViewOK

Object Dock: is a free program from Stardock which offers a second or replacement taskbar of animated icons at the user's full discretion.  ObjectDock Plus introduces tab lists for $10.
http://www.stardock.com/products/objectdock/

WindowBlinds also from Stardock.  For $10, it provides themes to create different Windows appearances.
http://www.stardock.com/products/windowblinds/

Tweaks.com Logon Changer Are you tired of your Windows logon screen?  Want to change it to something else?  Avoid a complicated registry tweak by downloading a free utility from CNET, Tweaks.com Logon Changer.
http://tweaks.com/software/tweakslogon/

 

Obtain Often-Needed Programs:

Adobe Acrobat Reader is used to convey many text documents, such as User manuals, web brochures, Support Pages, etc.
https://get.adobe.com/reader/

Adobe Flashplayer allows short video clips and games for Windows 7 and earlier. It is automatically a part of Windows 8 and 10.
http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

Apple QuickTime for Windows 7 and earlier views video only viewable with Quicktime such as many movie clips or trailers. Quicktime will not install on Windows 8 or 10.
http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/

Excel Viewer by Microsoft allows viewing Excel spreadsheets even though you do not have Microsoft Excel.  It does not allow editing those files, only viewing the contents.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=10

PowerPoint Viewer by Microsoft allows those without PowerPoint to view PowerPoint presentations. Download from Microsoft.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=13

Word Viewer by Microsoft  allows those without Microsoft Word to view and print documents created using Word. Download from Microsoft.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=4

 

Non-Microsoft Programs Discussed:

Anytime Organizer, a program which allows you to have a calendar of schedules with alarms to notify of impending appointments.  Create a to-to list with reminders, and also create printable address books in a number of sizes.
http://www.individualsoftware.com/?product_cat=organizer-calendar

Atomic Clock Sync:  A free program which keeps your computer's time accurate.
http://www.worldtimeserver.com/atomic-clock/

OpenOffice is a free alternative to Microsoft Word and Office.  It also allows viewing and printing Word and Excel documents, but also allows editing the documents created with Microsoft Word or Office. 
Get more in formation at
http://www.openoffice.org/,
or download the program directly at:
http://download.openoffice.org/

 

Antivirus - free versions of programs:

AVG, the most popular free antivirus
http://www.avg.com/us-en/homepage

Avast, the least intrusive free antivirus.
https://www.avast.com/index

Anvira (formerly Antivir Personal), rated the most effective, but with no e-mail monitoring
http://www.avira.com/en/avira-free-antivirus

Autoruns, a program provided free by Microsoft to elaborate upon and Windows' own Configuration Utility (msconfig). Autoruns shows you the currently configured auto-start applications as well as the full list of Registry and file system locations available for auto-start configuration.
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx

emailSTRIPPER, another free program which makes removing unwarranted forwarding characters ( >>> ) easier.
http://www.papercut.com/emailStripper.htm

What is this Extension? FILExt is a site to search for the file type, and program used to create a particular file type, based on the file extension.
http://filext.com

 

Graphic Viewers - Free for download

Irfan Viewer, a free graphics viewer for Windows XP-Windows 10:
http://www.irfanview.com/

Picasa3, another free graphics viewer for Windows XP-Windows 10, but also provides excellent photo cataloging and editing capabilities:
http://picasa.google.com/

Hoaxes:  Information regarding urban legends.  See the various categories as you scroll down.
http://urbanlegends.about.com/

Hoaxes: How to spot an Urban legend
http://urbanlegends.about.com/cs/urbanlegends/ht/urbanlegends.htm

Hoaxes:  Hoax Encyclopedia - Good Website to confirm whether a virus warning, chain letter, or Internet and Email offer is a scam.
http://antivirus.about.com/od/emailhoaxes/l/blenhoax.htm

Hoaxes:  This is NOT a Hoax - Real Virus Encyclopedia
http://antivirus.about.com/od/virusdescriptions/l/blency.htm

Housecall, an Online Virus Scan from Trend Micro:
http://housecall.trendmicro.com/

Image Resizer for Windows offers an easy right-click option to resize any graphic without replacing the original. The most recent version is 3.0 Preview. If you choose the tried and true version 2.1, be sure to download the proper bit version, either 32-bit or 64-bit.
http://imageresizer.codeplex.com/

KeyText, a $30 program which allows editable items permanently stored for pasting, actions, URLs , and more on demand  I have found it an invaluable tool.
http://www.keytext.com/

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a great free program to scan and remove most malware.  It can be run even with other antiviral programs installed.  Be sure to select the free version, and during installation, uncheck the Trial of Anti-malware Pro.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/

Norton's Advisory Center, view it online:
http://www.symantec.com/security_response/

Norton Power Eraser Because Norton Power Eraser uses aggressive methods to detect threats, there is a risk that it can select some legitimate programs for removal. You should use this tool very carefully.
https://security.symantec.com/nbrt/npe.aspx?lcid=1033

Scammed?  Here are some sites to report the fraud to:
http://www.fraud.org/
http://www.ftc.gov/
http://www.sec.gov/

Scanning, a more technical discussion:
http://www.scantips.com/

Screensaver-Aquarium Don't feed your fish, download a free Aquarium demo, or buy for $19.95:
http://www.serenescreen.com/

Secure Data Removal: Eraser, by Heidi Computers, is a program which securely erases data from your hard drive using a repeated overwrite of the data.  It is a free program.  It will not secure erase flash drives.
Find it at:
http://eraser.heidi.ie/

SmartDefrag: A free download, it provides an alternative to Windows own basic defragmenter.  It also offers scheduled defragmentation for Windows XP.
http://www.iobit.com/en/iobitsmartdefrag.php

Stalled Printer Repair, a program from FantasticFreeware.com which removes those stubbord printer documents which refuse to be deleted, thus preventing any subsequent document from printing. 
http://www.fantasticfreeware.com/?page_id=2451

Startup Delayer, a free program to delay startup of not immediately needed items, or to avoid any startup conflicts.
http://www.r2.com.au/page/products/download/startup-delayer/

Telephone: Florida Do Not Call Site to gain information about your rights, or to obtain a form to file in order to prevent such calls :
http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Consumer-Services/Consumer-Resources/Florida-Do-Not-Call

TrayDay, a handy little $15, customizable calendar on demand, residing in your Taskbar's system tray.
http://www.trayday.com/

Uninstaller by IOBit (Advanced Uninstaller), a handy program to more completely uninstall a program.  Windows leaves bits and pieces in the folders and registry.  Uninstaller searches them out.
http://download.cnet.com/IObit-Uninstaller/3000-2096_4-75161625.html?part=dl-&subj=dl&tag=button

 

Revo Uninstaller, aother advanced uninstaller) program option to more completely uninstall a program. Be sure to scroll down to the free version.
http://www.revouninstaller.com/revo_uninstaller_free_download.html

 

WinZip   If you don't like the way Windows extracts and creates compressed files, this $30 program allows zipping (compress multiple files into one single file for sending as an attachment); unzipping files which have been compressed by others (.zip files), and creating self-executing files.
http://www.winzip.com

 

Usefull Microsoft Links:

Autoruns, a program provided free by Microsoft to elaborate upon and Windows' own Configuration Utility (msconfig). Autoruns shows you the currently configured auto-start applications as well as the full list of Registry and file system locations available for auto-start configuration.
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx

Microsoft Download Center, search for all Microsoft Downloads here:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download

Excel Viewer by Microsoft allows viewing Excel spreadsheets even though you do not have Microsoft Excel.  It does not allow editing those files, only viewing the contents.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=10

PowerPoint Viewer by Microsoft allows those without PowerPoint to view PowerPoint presentations. Download from Microsoft.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=13

Word Viewer by Microsoft  allows those without Microsoft Word to view and print documents created using Word. Download from Microsoft.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=4

Microsoft Security Essentials is a free antiviral antimalware program from Microsoft, available only for all versions of Windows Vista or Windows 7.  Windows 8, 8.1, and Windows include Windows Defender, a more sophisticated predecessor of the original program. 
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security-essentials-download

 

Favorite Sites Suggested by Members of the Computer Group:

A Logic Puzzle Game, "Sherlock" offered as shareware for $15
http://www.kaser.com/sherwin.html

For medication information:
http://www.drugs.com/

Medline Plus for Medical Treatment Information:
https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/

Bible Gateway  Search the Bible by term:
http://www.biblegateway.com/

THE BIBLE AT YOUR FINGERTIPSSearch the Bible by verse:
http://st-luke-church.org/bible-at-finger-tips.php

For Collier County public record information:
https://www.collierclerk.com/RecordsSearch

Astronomy photos daily from NASA:
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html