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Quick Tip

Are You Giving Scammers Your Information?

You know those fun little quizzes that turn up on Facebook?  The one’s the supposedly determine who your best friend is or who would bail you out of jail?

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When you take those quizzes, you’re giving those apps permission to access your Facebook Friends list.  That gives the developer a lot of information about you. Now, if it’s a legitimate quiz, there’s no problem. But if it’s one put together by scammers, you’ve just given them a nice list to work with. I’m sure you’ve all heard of people starting fake Facebook accounts and then sending requests to the friends of the person they’re impersonating. Where do you think they get the information as to who those friends are? Lists like that.  So think before you give permission for these quizzes to access your information.

~ Cynthia

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Announcements

This is SOOOOO exciting! How would you like to make that computer of yours REALLY fly? Your PC is gonna SMOKE after you install this baby!!

Hey - We're talking up 300% faster here - talk about crankin! Oh, and how 'bout making it super secure? Hey, no one wants to get hacked! What about faster start ups - like a blazin' 8X faster! WOW!!! Plus, what if you could get rid of a TON of excess junk and free up megs - or even GIGS - of hard drive space? Hey, while you're at it, how about some amazing customizations too?

Well, I have some incredible news! It's all here (and soooo much more) in System Mechanic Standard!! You just GOTTA try this! If you only get ONE program this year, make sure it's this baby! Wow - talk about giving new life to a sluggish computer! This thing is gonna make your computer absolutely FLY! Heck, your computer might be BETTER THAN NEW once System Mechanic Standard is done with it!!

Oh, and you'll absolutely, positively LOVE the fact that this is SUPER-EASY to use! You don't have to have a degree in computer science (or anything for that matter) to use it! EVERYTHING this does can be done in a fully automatic mode! Of course, this lets you take full control if you like - so no matter what your skill level - novice or advanced, this thing just ROCKS!!

But before I get started on how incredibly awesome this program is and how much it can do - I had somethin' I just HAD to share with you!! Check out the picture above...I was just in Best Buy the other day and look at how much these bad boys retail for!! $50!! Yikes! I can't believe how much everyone else is paying for this program! Is that insane or what?!?!

Just when you think it can't get better....IT DOES!! With System Mechanic Standard you get iolo System Shield AntiVirus & AntiSpyware (a $40 value) for FREE!!! We're talkin' bulletproof antivirus and antispyware with iolo System Shield.

So, we tested this on a friend's computer (cuz I've been running System Mechanic Standard on mine forever) and WOW - what an amazing difference! The real surprise is that this guy is really good with computers - we were both shocked at what this found - and how easy it was to fix! Here's how it went:

First we install the software and launch the program - it immediately upgrades to the most current version - nice! Next we check out the Dashboard and find all kinds of trouble.

Oh, but not to worry - you just click the Repair button and BAM! - it's fixed right now!

Oh, and you're not tied down to the repairs either - you can skip 'em or select JUST the items you want to fix! How cool is that? Truth be told, we looked over every suggestion and in EVERY case the problems it found and recommend to fix were right on the money! So, we've decided when System Mechanic finds a problem, just press the button and let it do the repair!

With just a single push of the "Repair All" button, we quickly fixed 26 security problems, 2020 registry problems, got rid of 5 excess startup programs, optimized the internet connection and recovered a whoppin' 606MB of hard drive space - that's nearly a whole CD's worth of wasted space put back to use! All by pressing a SINGLE button!! WOW - now THAT'S impressive!!

I can report that after running this program my friend reports that his computer is WAAAYYYY better now! He thought it was tweaked out, but this took it to the next level! Not only is it LOTS faster - both online and regular use, but it's more stable too! In fact, System Mechanic got rid of a random error message that kept popping up that we, frankly, had no clue what the cause was!

Yeah - this is a KILLER program!!

OK, this can enhance and upgrade your computer's performance in literally hundreds of ways, so let's break it down.

If you want a FAST computer - and want it NOW - this is your new best friend!!

First off, you'll really LOVE how this dives in and digs deep for all kind of excess startup programs - talk about a super speed-up!! Excess startup programs are the #1 way to slow down your computer - and this trims the fat like a hard-core drill sergeant for your PC!!

Plus - if YOU want to take control, you can! It will show you EXACTLY what programs start up every time you boot, what they do, and if you really need 'em - or just go automatic - either way, you're gonna see a HUGE difference in speed!

With the CRUDD Remover you're gonna be able to massively increase the speed of your computer!! This little tool will find and help you eliminate duplicate programs that are clogging your system up and majorly slowing it down. By gettin' rid of these extra programs you'll eliminate unnecessary processing, free up drive space, and remove program conflicts and which will help to make your computer blazin fast!

Have you ever been using your computer and had it keep getting slower and slower?

Well, you were probably just about out of memory! See, sometimes programs don't "release" the memory they use back to the system once they are done with it, or the memory becomes "fragmented" and slow. What to do? Normally you'd have to reboot - but with this baby you can run the amazing Re-align Programs on the Hard Drive tool and in about 8 seconds you recover all the wasted memory - and see an INSTANT boost in speed!

Need even more quick speed? Try the EnergyBooster! This ingenious little utility shuts down any and all unnecessary programs that are running in the background - it's like a super-charged caffeine boost for your computer!

Internet going a little slow? Charge it up with the NetBooster! This will examine your internet connection and optimize it for the best possible speed! You can see amazing speed gains of 100%, 200%, even 300%!! Talk about going down the information superhighway in a Ferrari!!! WOW!

PLUS this has ALL kinds of tools to optimize your registry and hard drive for the best possible performance and speed! Like an adrenalin shot for your PC!

Bottom Line - RUN this bad boy on your computer and you WILL see an increase in speed - probably a dramatic one!!! If you want your computer to be like it was back when it was new (or maybe even better) then THIS is the software that'll get you there!!

No one like to talk about it, but sometimes bad things happen to good PCs, ya know?

  • Have a weird error message? Strange lockups? Unbootable computer?
  • Random crashes?

Well, pretty much any kind of system failure you can come up with, THIS can fix automatically!

The really cool thing about this program is you can run an absolutely outstanding All-In-One Repair Tool that will automatically fix, well, everything that's wrong with your PC - or you can choose to use individual tools!

For example, want to check, tune-up and / or repair the registry? Easy - just run the Registry Tuner - in a matter of minutes (or even seconds) your registry will be optimized for the best speed and performance!

Worried their might be something going on with your hard drive? Run the Drive Medic utility! This scans your hard drive and fixes any problems it discovers - all automatically! All YOU need to know is how to click a button! Amazing!

Have an unbootable PC? This can make a bootable CD to and fix it! Heck, the System Mechanic CD is bootable and can be used to start a PC that refuses to boot! Hey, it happens to everyone eventually, but the difference is YOU'LL be able to recover!

And that's just a FRACTION of what this can do - and fix!!

Bottom Line - Next time your PC needs help, THIS will save it!

Hey, we all get extra junk on our PCs, but WOW - that stuff can turn into Gigs and Gigs of junk in a hurry! Temp files, old files, duplicate files, unused files - you name it, it's probably cluttering up your PC right now!

Well, if you want that space back, it's a quick press of a button away! Just run the PC Cleanup utility! In a matter of MINUTES you'll recover megs - even GIGs - of hard drive space! Super easy too - just run the program, go with the defaults (or customize), sit back and watch it work!

Bottom Line - Why let hard drive space go to waste? This recovers GOBS of it in no time!

OK, we all know it's dangerous out there. Hackers are always looking for ways to get into your computer, and even a firewall may not save you if you have an open venerability. So, once again, System Mechanic to the rescue!

First off, it has a ONE BUTTON option for finding and fixing security holes! Yeah - One little button! Just press and it will find - and fix - any problems with your security! I've never, ever, seen an easier way! Just look at it go!

Oh, and just wait till you see the jaw-droppin' System Guard utility! It does cool things like alerting you when a program tries to add itself to your startup, kills off dangerous programs trying to run in the background, even protects your browser from unauthorized software trying to add itself (ever wonder how that new toolbar just "appeared" one day?) A must have!!

Plus, it protects all your private data too! It has this absolutely amazing utility called Privacy Cleaner that completely erases all your browsing, web, and search history. It can also eliminate unwanted cookies, chat transcripts and more! One button easy, of course!!

Finally, if you have sensitive files on your computer (and who doesn't nowadays?), you can securely delete them with the bullet-proof Incinerator! This amazing program permanently deletes files so that no one - not even a bunch of scientists in white lab coats - can recover 'em!

Bottom Line - If you want to keep your computer - and your info - safe and secure, this is the best software for the job!

Finally, what utility program would be complete without some ways to do some really amazing - dare I say even jaw-dropping - customizations? Oh, and System Mechanic knocked it out of the park this time!

Once you install it, RUN to the Customize Advanced Windows Settings area and get ready to get FLOORED!

We're talking over 100 "secret" Windows customizations here!Most of these are next to impossible for the average person to find, let alone configure, but this utility makes it easy! It even explains what every option will do in easy to understand language!

For example, want your start menu to react faster or slower? You can do it! Want your programs menu to scroll instead of expand? Yup, can do! Want arrows on your shortcuts? Or not? Can do! Want that annoying .net / passport reminder balloon to never EVER show up again in your system tray? Yup, it's easy to do! Want to hide / show items in the Control Panel? Adjust it all! Want to configure your log-in access when windows starts - it's easy! Want to customize the right-click menu? Can do!

And frankly, that's only about 7% of what this can do! WOW!

Bottom Line - I seriously don't think there's anything this can't optimize or customize on a windows computer!

System Shield AntiVirus & AntiSpyware will give you bulletproof protection for those of you who want high octane performance!It's like getting $40 worth of softare FREE!!

OK, it can be said that since I'm selling it, I could be a bit biased. So, hey, don't take my word for it. Here's just a small sampling of the awards this thing has won, along with some testimonials from real users!

Talk About Award Winning!




My laptop was in a mess! It was slow to the point of stagnation at times but a colleague recommended your software and the result was near-magical! Speeds have improved dramatically and it has given me a great feeling of confidence. Michael H.

After I ran System Mechanic the first time, I thought I had a new machine! John N

I love your product. It's not only a great product, but it�s fun to use. Sometimes I play with the different categories and I just enjoy myself....Norton & McAfee could learn a thing or two or three or four from you...lol....Have a great new year. Ray H

System Mechanic saved me from having to purchase a whole new computer. Well worth the investment! Arthur H.

System Mechanic is a great addition to my computer. I feel much more in control of what's going on inside it. The Internet optimizer worked great, a 1MB would take 22 seconds to download, now it takes just 7 seconds!! That is a 300% increase in internet speed. I was able to get at and get rid of a lot of unnecessary garbage that was choking up my computer. This product rates 5 out of 5 in my books! John T.

Without a doubt, [System Mechanic is] the complete difference between a well working machine and being the typical frustrated computer user�From novice to expert, this product rocks and I would recommend it to anyone who uses a computer for whatever reason. Chris H.

This product is much better than Norton Utilities and SystemWorks which I had been using since 1995. Keep up the good work!! Vern H

In my twenty years of personal computing, System Mechanic is one of the best -- if not THE best -- software I have ever installed on a PC. I recommend it without hesitation to all my friends and presentation audiences. Keep up the great work. Bob S.

 
 

Oh, and did I mention over 31 MILLION people use this? But hey, they didn't get the deal you're about to!

Whew, sorry for going on for so long, but WOW - this thing just ROCKS!!

Now, here's the deal - this is version automatically upgrades to the current version ) after you install it! So, we're talking a $70 program!!

Your price? How about just $12.97? Seriously, this has got to be the best deal in the history of the PC! Don't miss out - for $12.97 , you just can't go wrong!

http://store.worldstart.com/product/6800

PS - Warning - there's a LIMITED quantity on this one and when it sells out, we-can't-get-anymore - ever. RUN to the site before this deal passes you by! It's time to rev up, crank up, and super-charge that old computer of yours!

I promise - this is the absolute BEST $12.97 you'll EVER spend on your computer!!




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Computers 101

How A Free Book Or Movie Can Cost You A Fortune

I’ve warned you guys about the dangers of pirated copies of books and movies. Many times, these sites are just an excuse to load your PC up with malware that can steal your information. I happened to come across an example today.  And this example involves a book that I wrote. In addition to writing tech tips, I also write mystery novels. And I have to admit that I sometimes Google myself just to see if anyone is talking about my books.  (writers are a needy bunch, sometimes.)  I was not happy to see this result.

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The only place you’d ever find a giveaway for my book (and probably anyone else’s) is through a legitimate eBook seller like Barnes & Noble, Google Play, iTunes, or Amazon.  One sure red flag is that the side is called paid$#*!for free.  Go there and you’ll be greeted by this page. Which looks like you’re about to get a free download in the ePub format.

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But before you get a chance to steal my book, you’ll see this little pop-up warning you that you need to click Disable. Those of you who’ve read our articles about fake tech support scams and fake update pop-ups probably think this all looks pretty familiar. If you click that disable button, you’re actually enabling adware, malware, or who knows what on your PC. Maybe it’s a keylogger that follows your every move and steals your bank info.

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Maybe it’s ransomware that takes your PC hostage. Maybe you don’t even get to steal my book. There’s no guarantee that download is actually even there.  Now the same holds true for pirated movies and music. If you see a movie that’s currently out at the box office available to watch online, think twice before clicking. You may think you’re saving a few bucks by stealing a viewing when in reality you’re costing yourself hundreds or thousands by giving up information or trashing your device. If someone is willing to steal from a studio or from me, what makes you think they wouldn’t steal from you?

So, don’t steal from anyone, especially me. If you don’t want to pay for stuff, your local library has all kinds of things for free. In the past when I’ve warned you about free book scams, some of you have asked about newsletters like Book Bub and Book Gorilla that offer free and discounted eBook specials. These newsletters are legitimate and offer author and publisher approved specials and they always direct you to the sites for major eBook retailers.

~ Cynthia

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On The Move

3 Tech Products You Need Right Now

When it comes to the tech world, there’s always something new. Whether it is a mobile-controlled home automation system or a voice-operated in-home assistant, today’s tech both surprises and makes our lives easier. While there is no shortage of great tech products on the market, there are a few that leave us scratching our heads, smart vacuums anyone? The market is flooded with all types of tech. That’s why we sifted through it and choose some of the best of 2017 so far. These are three top tech products you should add to your home right now.

Voice-Command Assistants

The Lenovo Smart Assistant made its debut at Las Vegas’ CES 2017. Like Amazon’s Echo, but cheaper and better looking, the Lenovo Smart Assistant is available in two models. One model comes equipped with standard Lenovo sound and the other features audio from Harman Kardon. The Bluetooth-enabled speaker comes equipped with the Amazon Alexa Voice Service, which enables users to interact and control devices around the home simply by speaking.

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Over time Alexa will learn your speech patterns and there are eight 360 mics that can pick up your voice commands up to 16 feet away. Whether you want to check your bank account, hear the day’s weather forecast or simply play music, you can do it all with the Lenovo Smart Assistant.

Home Automation Systems

Is your home smart? No, we’re not asking if it has a high IQ or passed a physics test — we’re talking homes equipped with the latest technology, connecting homeowner to house. There’s a big chance that yes, in fact, your home is smart. According to data from August Home and Xfinity Home, the American smart home market is expected to double to an astonishing 30 million homes in 2017. Why? Homeowners cite reasons relating to home security and convenience.

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Home automation by ADT offers both. The home control systems allow homeowners to manage the security of the home, whether they are cozying up in the living room or traveling on vacation. Users can easily arm or disarm the security system from the palm of their hand. Home automation users can also control the lighting and temperature with the ADT app, in addition to locking and unlocking doors. Additionally, users can conveniently manage numerous home control custom modes.

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Another product making its debut...

Click here for more tech you won't want to miss.

 

From The Archives

Why Can't I Edit My Yahoo Contacts?

I heard from a pretty unhappy Yahoo e-mail user: “Yahoo e-mail sucks. Why can’t I access my address book to edit names and store other info? Why can’t I print my address book? You took something that worked perfectly well for years and then you trashed it. You guys could *%$! up a train wreck! Ever since Marissa Mayer was brought in, Yahoo sucks.”

Let’s take a look at Yahoo e-mail. You can find your contacts by clicking on the icon that looks like an address book in the top left corner.

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Your contacts should then appear.

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To edit a contact, just select one from the list and choose Edit Details at the top.

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You can then change the...

Click here for what you need to know to edit your Yahoo! contacts.

 

Today's Feature

Chrome 101: Tabs And Windows

We’re continuing our look at Chrome, which is now the most popular browser around. We’re going to check out probably the most important place to click if you want to navigate Chrome: The menu button.  This 3-dot icon to the upper right of the browser is the key to getting almost anything done.

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Click it, and you’ll see this drop-down menu.

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You’ve probably noticed that in the past few years, many of the features that used to be available in a toolbar across the top of your browser have migrated to a drop-down menu. Partly because designers favor a cleaner look and partly to make sure that the desktop versions of browsers look as much like the mobile version as possible. A toolbar across the top is difficult to read on a small screen.  Let’s start by looking at how you can open additional tabs. Chrome features...

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Amanda's Coolsite

Predictive World

Welcome to Predictive World! The University of Cambridge has put together an algorithm that can extrapolate predictions about you and your life from your online data.

When you load into the site the introduction will play and will explain how the predictor works. You’ll connect with Facebook, and it will analyze your online presence to make predictions about you. (You can also choose to not connect and then tweak the data yourself to be representative of you as a person and then it will calculate your predictions based on your input.) It may also ask you share your location, this is one time I’d suggest allowing it. It will calculate data based on your location (like chance of homicide).

Now that you’ve connected or input data, it will process the data to make predictions about you. The prediction categories are Health, Profile, Environment, Family, Preferences, Work, and Psychology. If you click Data Index at the top left of the page, you’ll open up another way to interact with the data (in my opinion it’s easier to interface with from this menu).

You’ll want to fix any sliders that don’t represent you. For example, it predicts that I have a 11.6 chance of using recreational marijuana. In reality, I have a zero chance, so I’ll want to fix that slider. The same goes for smoking and drinking. I also had to fix my height and weight, because that’s not readily available from the data set it is working with.

After you’ve fixed your data, take a look again at the various sections to see how they’ve changed. Did your life expectancy go up or down? Did your Myers Briggs Personality type change? Are you more or less open to risk taking.

I think this is a really interesting way to see and understand how the way you represent yourself online might come across to people viewing your profile. My online presence has a slightly different Myers Briggs personality type than my offline presence, which I found fascinating!

Once you’re done looking at the predictions you have the option to share it on social media with your friends and family. Once you’ve closed out of the site, it will flush your data, so you don’t have to worry about it hanging out in their program.

Go check it out for yourself today!

https://predictiveworld.watchdogs.com/en/

~Amanda

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One More Big Deal

Everyone's got a TON of pictures... but making them beautiful can cost a bundle!

We've got the EASIEST software out there for color correcting, fixing photo flaws, and precision editing of all your photos from your vacation, family reunion, anything!

And listen up pros! It edits RAW files, too!  (Just like that subscription software that costs hundreds of dollars a year! )

Let your creative ideas flow! It's photo editing software for the rest of us AND IT'S DIRT CHEAP!

If you have older photos, you might be thinking "I really love this photo, but it's almost unrecognizable now!"

GUESS WHAT? You can restore your photos yourself! No need to spend hundreds of dollars to send it out.

You can fix almost ANYTHING on any image!

Red eye, blur, framing, brightness, contrast, and much more... all fixed in seconds!

Photo editing has never been so simple. You don't need a graphic design degree to get your pictures lookin' PERFECT!

Image Broadway gives you all the tools you need to make every single shot PICTURE PERFECT!

I've only scratched the surface of everything this powerful software can accomplish! If you need something done to a photo, you can do it right here!

This does a lot of the same stuff as Photoshop and those folks charge you an expensive monthly subscription. I bet you think software with this many features has GOTTA be pricey, right?

WRONG!  C'mon this is WorldStart we're talking about!

It's only $4.97. At that price, these aren't gonna last long! I wasn't joking when I said I only have a few available... So, once they are gone... THAT'S IT! So you gotta act fast!

http://store.worldstart.com/product/11258

WARNING: Very limited quantity available! Due to a special deal from my supplier, I was able to get just a few of these for SUPER cheap! 




 

Monthly Wallpaper

February Wallpaper Is Ready!

The featured desktop wallpaper for February is ready for you to download!

Check out the featured images below and stop by the site - hundreds to choose from.

All can be found here and are 100% free:

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Oh, and if you enjoy these images, please tell your friends!

Sable Falls in Winter


Dancing Reddish Egret


Star Trails Over Golden Canyon

For these and other great selections of desktop wallpaper, head to:

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As always, the wallpaper is 100% free, so enjoy!


 

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