A great tool “Windows Live Writer”

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I was downloading Microsoft’s “Windows Essentials for a user who uses “Windows Live Mail” and as I, when installing only what the user needed,  noticed a program I hadn’t seen before: “Windows Live Writer” as well as the usual “Photo Gallery”, “Movie Maker” and “OneDrive”.

Windows Live Writer is a desktop blog-publishing application.
All I did was adding my account from and start creating a new post.

Things you can do within Windows Live Writer:

  • Add “photos”, “videos” and even a “Bing Map”.
  • It is easy to use: “Edit”, “Preview” and “Source”.
  • Release the post: by uploading “Draft” or directly “Publishing”.

Movie Maker by Microsoft

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Have you ever on your smart-phone or your camera shot a whole movie upside down or sideways?
When you look at it, at home on your PC, you could cry! What to do?  Bin it or try to recover it?
Don’t worry; Microsoft can help you here.  Download and install from the Microsoft download site: “Movie Maker”.
Read about it here.
For a Microsoft software it’s quite user-friendly, you can even publish direct to YouTube

Check for duplicated files

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How many duplicated files have you got?
Have you ever wondered if you have backed-up or copied a file to somewhere?
Have you ever wondered if and how many versions of the same file you have stored on your pc?

You don’t have to wonder anymore!

A student of mine was asking if I knew a way to find all the duplicated files stored on his computer.
I didn’t, but goggled for it, and yes, I did find a very useful small program dupeGuru (;
which is a tool to find duplicate files on your computer. It can scan either filenames or contents.

Easy merge of PDF files

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I was scanning a booklet into PDF formatted files; but I really only  wanted one file and couldn’t remember how to make the scanner do the work.

So I looked around and found this easy and free software: PDFbinder (and downloaded it from CNET).
Wow it worked, it wasn’t intrusive to install, and it was quick; all I had to do was adding the files I wanted to merge; move them around into sequence and press “Bind” then tell it the new name and where to save it.

That was all. Great stuff.

PC support scam cold calls

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PC support scams should not be taken lightly.

Beyond the annoyance of receiving the calls, they can leave victims out of pocket and potentially at risk of having their personal details lifted from their PCs.

Here are the essentials of what you need to do to stay protected:

When the phone rings…

1. If they say they’re from Microsoft:
  • They’re not. Microsoft will never call its customers directly.
  • The safest thing to do is to hang up immediately!
2. If they say your PC is running slowly:
  • They don’t know this.
  • Even Microsoft itself cannot know what state your computer is in, as error report data is always anonymous.
3. If they say you have a virus:
  • You can check this yourself using your security software.
  • Never trust an unsolicited caller who claims that your PC is under threat.
4. If they want to remotely access you PC:
  • Never, ever allow them to.
  • This hands the keys to your PC to a scammer.
  • At best, they’ll waste your time and money.
  • At worst, they’ll infect it with malware and potentially steal personal details
If you think you’ve been a victim…

  • Run a virus scan
  • If you’ve allowed a cold caller remote access to your PC, run a virus scan with your security software to make sure that it hasn’t been infected.

Alert your bank

  • It’s an inconvenience, but if you think there’s any chance your personal and card details are at risk, contact your bank and request that they freeze your card account and issue you with a new card.

Contact Action Fraud

  • If you’ve paid for the PC support, or lost money to credit card fraud, contact Action Fraud and get a crime reference number.
  • You’ll need this for pursuing a claim with your bank to return the lost funds.
  • Go to:
    or call: 0300 123 2040

Keep yourself up-to-date on the latest frauds and alerts:

Removing Bing Desktop

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Bing Desktop is a free program by Microsoft designed to bring the Bing search engine to the Windows desktop’ It allows you to start a web search from the desktop, view news headlines and set your background to the Bing homepage image.
If you have the following image on your desktop and you don’t want it; follow these steps to remove it:

  1. Go to Start.
  2. Click Control Panel, then click ‘Programs and Features’
  3. In the ‘Uninstall or change program’ list, click Bing Desktop and then
    click ‘Uninstall’ (it might also appear as Windows Search 4.0, or Desktop Search)
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to uninstall it.
  5. If it’s not listed in uninstall a program or programs and feature, in the same window click on View ‘installed updates’ (this is located in the top-left of the window).
  6. Wait a couple of minutes for the list to completely load – Bing Desktop should be listed and can then be uninstalled.
  7. You may also want to check ‘Manage Add-Ons’, ‘Search Providers’ to ensure that Bing has not taken over here as well.

Do you know what SEXTING is?

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I am sure you know what TEXTING is but do you also know what SEXTING is?

This word has recently been added to the English dictionary, it’s a stupid nearly un-pronounceable word; but who am I to decide?

What does it mean? It actually means:

According to Wikipedia Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photographs, primarily between mobile phones. The term was first popularized in early 21st century, and is a amalgamation of sex and texting, where the latter is meant in the wide sense of sending a text possibly with images. Sexting is the slang term for the use of a cell phone or other similar electronic device to distribute pictures or video of sexually explicit images. It can also refer to text messages of a sexually-charged nature. The definition of SEXTING is “Sending sexually explicit texts”

Computer virus phone scam

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A student/customer/friend of mine called me the other day asking for my opinion on a phone call she had had. Someone informing her that she had a serious virus on her pc and could she please help investigating the error. She was thank god nowhere near her pc but when she asked which one they hesitated and then said all. That seemed strange as I had only just cleaned her laptops, so she finished the call and called me.

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I have already been through this with my neighbour because with her they spoke Indian as they realised her language. But as she doesn’t know anything about pc’s and she told them so; but she did tell them when her daughter would be home. The phone rang again when her daughter came home and her daughter followed their instructions, because they were rather intimidating towards her. It wasn’t until they asked for money that she realised something was wrong, it took me 2 hours to cure her system.

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The following is quotes from other people’s websites. Click the link to see the whole article.

Once the scammer has gained the computer owner’s trust they direct them to a website and tell them to download a program that gives them remote access to the computer.

The scammer then takes control of the computer and claims to know exactly what the problem is and how to fix it. At this point the scammer requests payment of a fee.

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The service has received reports of unsolicited phone calls from people purporting to be from Microsoft claiming there is a serious problem with their computer.

The householder is urged to download a programme to get rid of the “virus” and is asked for personal information and bank account details.

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The scam always starts the same way: the phone rings at someone’s home, and the caller – usually with an Indian accent – asks for the householder, quoting their name and address before saying “I’m calling for Microsoft. We’ve had a report from your internet service provider of serious virus problems from your computer.”

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A PC Pro reader was left startled after a customer support company rang his grandfather to tell him there was a virus on his PC, and then tried to charge him £185 to remove it.

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Internet users are being warned about cold-callers who offer to fix viruses but then install software to steal personal information.

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Reverse ATM pin security HOAX

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This good security feature is nothing but a HOAX. Think about it!

If your pin number is 1234 then 4321 seems ok; but if 2552 is your number; how do you reverse that number? Also if you have 1231 – logic is reversed 1st and 4th digit triggers the alarm (hehe). And so on and so on.
Sorry to all who believed this email; but it is only a hoax.

By the way; the email is something like:ATM PIN Number Reversal – Good to Know!!If you should ever be forced by a robber to withdraw money from an ATM machine, you can notify the police by entering your PIN in reverse.For example, if your pin number is 1234, then you would put in 4321. The ATM system recognizes that your PIN number is backwards from the ATM card you placed in the machine. The machine will still give you the money you requested, but unknown to the robber, the police will be immediately dispatched to the location.

All ATM’s carry this emergency sequencer by law.

This information was recently broadcast on Crime Stoppers however it is seldom used because people just don’t know about it.

Please pass this along to everyone.