Wise Program Uninstaller Portable

Want a good uninstaller that will clean registry entries after uninstalling a program that is portable and fast?  Wise Program Uninstaller can be downloaded from here and the portable version can be copied to a flash drive.

1 uninstall 2 uninstall 3 Uninstall 4 Uninstall

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Speed up the Windows 10 menu

Want to speed up the Windows 10 menu?

Right Click on the Menu icon (lower left Windows logo) and click run.

2 Right Click menu icon

Next, type sysdm.cpl (this will open the system properties of your computer) and hit OK.


Click on the Advanced Tab and click Settings under Performance.

3 properties advanced tab

Uncheck Animate Windows when minimizing and maximizing.

4 Uncheck

Now when you click the menu icon, the menu will be faster.

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Need Privacy on Windows 10 – Ashampoo® AntiSpy for Windows 10

Looking for all of the privacy settings on Windows 10?
Ashampoo® AntiSpy for Windows 10 gives you control of your privacy.  This simple to use program offers settings that are sometimes hard to find in Windows 10.

You can download it at –

1 Privacy 2 Privacy

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Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP

If you have several computers on your network and would like to see the computers on your network, Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP to speed this process up.  NetBIOS allows computers to be seen by name on your network.  Enabling NetBIOS allows your computer to find other computers in your network (Network or Network Places).

To enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP on Windows:

  1. Click Start, and then click Network. (click Start, type ncpa.cpl into the search box for Windows 7 , hit ENTER) or right click your network icon and open the Network and Sharing Center.
  2. Click on the Network and Sharing Center
  3. Click Manage Network Connections.
  4. Right click on the Local Area Connection select Properties.
  5. Select Internet Protocol version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
  6. Click the Advanced button under the General tab.
  7. Click the WINS tab.
  8. Click Enable NetBIOS Over TCP/IP.
  9. Click OK and Exit the settings.

Now Tweak your wireless!!

Scan your network with SoftPerfect’s Network Scanner

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Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer

The Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer provides a free look at how secure your computer is and provides the information needed to correct any security deficiencies that you have.

The Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer provides a streamlined method to identify missing security updates and common security misconfigurations. MBSA 2.3 release adds support for Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Server 2012.

Download Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer

Below – Example of a workstation with security issues

1 Beginning

1 Initial

3 Download Information from Microsoft

2 Results of PC

3 Details of one result

Scan results from Server 2008 R2 in a virtual environment

1 Server with SQL

2 Server results

3 Other Results

4 Server Results

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Is your hard drive dirty? Is NTFS Self-healing on? Why use chkdsk?

If you want to find out if your hard drive is dirty, simply open a command prompt and type fsutil dirty query c:

1 Dirty

You can also run ntfschk –

Dirty Two

You can now check to make sure NTFS self-healing is on.  It should be by default.
Open a command prompt and type fsutil repair query c:

1 - query

If your drive is old and you suspect it is going bad, you can type –

fsutil behavior set BugcheckOnCorrupt 1

You can manually turn on NTFS self-healing by typing –

fsutil repair set c: 0x01

Ultimately, you can use the chkdsk command to help repair drives.

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Send your name to Mars

Send your name to Mars on the Insight.   Click send your name.

“InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) is a NASA Discovery Program mission that will place a single geophysical lander on Mars to study its deep interior.”


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Windows 10 Quick Tip – What’s On My PC – “Is Your Windows 10 Upgrade Setup Stuck?”

Rick over at What’s On My PC often has amazing finds and this one covers “Is Your Windows 10 Upgrade Setup Stuck?”  Credit goes to Rick who found this and to the original author Bidnessetc.  Rick had a fix after no hard drive activity for a period of time during an upgrade ~ which we just used after reading his blog.  Ironically today, we then used the method from Bidnessetc.

While we have had flawless installs of Windows 10, we have had only about three odd cases that needed either a reboot, the deleting of files in the Software Distribution folder or a video driver update.

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How to flush the DNS cache on Mac, Linux or Windows

Originally posted on TCAT Shelbyville - Technical Blog:

If websites are not appearing correctly, connections time out or if you cannot find a computer on a network, you may need to flush the DNS cache.  Here’s how to do it-

Microsoft Windows

– Go to a command prompt as an administrator
– Type ipconfig /flushdns


– Go to the terminal
-Type /etc/rc.d/init.d/nscd

Mac OS X Mountain Lion or Lion:-

– Go to the terminal
_ Type sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder

Mac OS x

– Go to the terminal
– Type sudo dscacheutil -flushcache


Reboot it to flush the cache or turn Airplane Mode on and off.

Ultimately resetting the network settings on the iPad will flush the DNS cache.
To reset the Network Settings-

  • Tap the Settings icon
  • Tap General
  • At the bottom of the column tap Reset
  • Choose Reset Network Settings

iPhones and Androids can be repbooted (powered down) to flush the DNS cashe

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Best Free Wi-Fi Tools

One of the best wi-fi tools you have on your Windows based computer is netsh.   Netsh can be used to find out information about wi-fi.

Open a command prompt and you can use these tools…

netsh wlan show networks

Netsh One

netsh wlan show networks mode=bssid

Netsh Two


– Uses your current wireless card and connection software
– Works with Windows XP, Vista and 7 (32 and 64 bit)
– Compatible with most GPS devices
– Track the strength of received signals in dBm over time
– Sort by MAC address, SSID, Channel, RSSI, and Time
– Export Wi-Fi and GPS data to a KML file in Google Earth


Vistumbler  (GPS Capable)

  • Find Wireless access points
  • GPS Support
  • Export/Import access points from Vistumbler TXT/VS1/VSZ or Netstumbler TXT/Text NS1
  • Export access point GPS locations to a google earth kml file or GPX(GPS eXchange format)
  • Live Google Earth Tracking – Auto KML automatically shows access points in google earth.
  • Speaks Signal Strength using sound files, windows sound api, or MIDI



  •  6 graphical, diagnostic views:
    *Timecourse of Beacon Qualities For Each Access Point
    * Differential Display of Beacon Qualities for Each Access Point
    * Usage of Each of the 802.11 Channels
    * Timecourse of the Usage of Each of the Channels
    * Heatmap / Waterfall Chart of the 802.11 Channels
    * Channel Spectrogram of the 802.11 Channels. The more (and different) ways you have at looking at data then the greater the chance something will catch your eye that you might otherwise miss if only a single type of chart were used.
  • Generates reports in Adobe PDF format
  • Powerful and innovative logging and recording capability.NetSurveyor’s playback mode is unique in that it shows you all the recorded data



  • Find Wi-Fi networks
  • Managing and troubleshooting Wi-Fi connections
  • Verifying Wi-Fi coverage
  • Locating Wi-Fi devices
  • Detecting rogue APs


What GPS have we used successfully and easily installs in Windows for the GPS Wi-Fi finders above?  The Microsoft GPS Receiver.   The receiver is small, light weight and installs easily.

Our class uses a scientific method of studying wireless and security.  With hands-on during every term (not in a closed lab like a majority of higher-ed institutions), the classes we teach really enjoy the study of wireless and analyzing signals.   During a recent study we found over 380 access points of which 50% were unsecure.

WiGLE has a global map drawn up by wardrivers.   Viewing the maps is scary – really, really scary.  These online GPS maps show secured and unsecured networks.

How to secure your access point- Linksys Belkin Netgear 2wire DLink

Attaching to unknown networks that are unsecured and not public is both dangerous and illegal.   Actually connecting to wireless  hotspots can be dangerous (See our article on attaching to HotSpots).   You should always use a vpn when connecting to a hotspot.   There are now applications that allow laptops, netbooks and droids to be setup as hotspots.  With packet capturing software, your data can be intercepted if you don’t use a vpn.

Improving your wireless signal is actually is easy.  For as little as $40, you can gain (from 30mw) to 1000mw or even 2000mw with the Alpha Antenna.  With a standard laptop, we see approximately eight access points.  With the Alpha we see approximately 14, and with a large antenna we were able to see 44 access points.

So what if you get a larger antenna?  There is a balance of antenna type vs. antenna gain.  A larger antenna can be better,  if it is not too large.

Decibels in relation to power gain:

20 dB is an increase of 100X in power
10 dB is an increase of 10X in power
6 dB is an increase of 4X in power
3 dB is an increase of 2X in power
2 dB is an increase of 1.6X in power
1 dB is an increase of 1.25X in power
0 dB is no increase or decrease in power

Decibels/dB, how to understand their relationship to power loss:

1 dB loss: 80% of power remains.
2 dB loss: 63% of power remains.
3 dB loss: 50% of power remains.
6 dB loss: 25% of power remains.
9 dB loss: 12.5% of power remains.
10 dB loss: 10% of power remains.
12 dB loss: 6.25% of power remains.
20 dB loss: 1 percent of power remains.
(Therefore professional wireless cards have to be used for larger antennas)


If you add an antenna (yagi, omnidirectional) and need to add cable, make sure the total attenuation or loss is no more than about 3 db at 2.4 GHz or you could lose half of your total transmit power before it even reaches the antenna.

Specs on the Alfa Antenna ~

* Compatible with IEEE 802.11n, 802.11b/g/n wireless standards
* 2.4GHz frequency band, MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output)
* Complies with Universal Serial Bus Rev. 2.0 specifications
* High speed transfer TX data rate up to 150 Mbps
* Supports WPS by S/W
* Supports wireless data encryption with 64/128-bit WEP, WPA, WPA2, TKIP, AES
* Wide Range coverage
* Compliant with FCC Part 15.247 for US, ETS 300 328 for Europe
* Works with Windows 2000, XP 32/64, Vista 32/64, Windows 7 32/64.


– IEEE 802.11b/g/n standard
– USB 2.0 standard
– Up to 150Mbps for 802.11n connections
– Frequency Range: 2.412~2.483 GHz
– Receive sensitivity 11b: -92dBm, 11g: -76dBm, 11n: -73dBm@HT20, -70dBm@HT40

Want to further analyze signals? Use a Spectrum Analyzer ($40+).

If you are looking for an economical solution the 2.4 Ghz Spectrum Analyzer by  Ubiquiti  is an excellent buy and is around $40+ – with an external antenna (AirView software is free)  My recent purchase for our class (personal purchase) is an excellent production and teaching tool.

A Spectrum Analyzer normally cost several hundred dollars.  This solution is an excellent solution for viewing the distribution of RF energy in the 2.4GHz band.   By viewing the analyzer, you can determine which channel has the least interference and select an appropriate channel for maximum performance.

See How it works- Link

Product Information

You must purchase the hardware in order to use the software.

Excellent Product for the money.

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Understand hacking to understand security

In order to understand security properly, you should also have an understanding of hacking.  Understanding hacking gives users and IT professionals an understanding of how a breech occurs and tells how you can protect your network.  A comprehensive guide can be found at the Devil’s Blog.


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Wireless Networks and GPS

Vistumbler is an excellent program to detect wireless networks and hotspots.  Vistumbler was originally made for Windows Vista but now works with Windows 7 flawlessly.  With live Google Earth tracking, you can add a GPS to your laptop and map out wireless networks.  Vistumbler speaks the signal to you as you walk or drive and marks Google Earth, placing details of each access point.  It is illegal to connect to an AP if it is not a public wireless AP.  Many business have access points marked as being for ‘Patrons Only’ .   The function of this program can be used for measure your business access points or marking access points that for the general public.

As shown in the slideshow below, you can import the information into Google Earth.  You can zoom down to each access point (AP) and get details about the AP.

During this session, I used a Microsoft Pharos GPS ($18 on Amazon).

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CCleaner and Malwarebytes for Mac

Own an Apple/Mac?  You can speed your computer up and keep it clean by using CCleaner and Malwarebytes.   You can also download OnyX (See a review of OnyX) to take care of additional tasks and cleaning.



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Windows 10 Quick Tips – Stop automatic restarts after updates

Want to stop automatic updates after your computer updates?

Here’s what you can do.  Click on Settings, Update and Security, Advanced Options and then change from Automatic to Notify to Schedule Restart.

1 Updates Smooth Auto Restart 2 Updates will not restart

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Windows 10 Quick Tips – Shortcut key Download

Want to know the latest shortcut keys for Windows 10?  Grab the download here.


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Check this out from Microsoft IT Showcase @Microsoft IT:

How Microsoft does IT.
Client Hyper-V is the virtualization technology built into Windows 10 and Windows 8.x. It is the same virtualization technology previously available only in Windows Server. Client Hyper-V enables you to run more than one 32-bit or 64-bit x86 operating system at the same time on the same host computer. But instead of working directly with the computer’s hardware, the operating systems run inside a virtual machine (VM). Hyper-V enables developers and IT professionals to easily maintain multiple test environments. It also provides a simple mechanism to quickly switch between these environments quickly

Source: Check this out from Microsoft IT Showcase @Microsoft IT:

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Windows 10 Quicktips – Shutdown Shortcut

Want to shutdown Windows 10 Quickly?

You can create a shortcut by right clicking the desktop, selecting new, select Shortcut and type %windir%\system32\shutdown.exe /s /t 0

More information –  https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/Bb491003.aspx

1 Shortcut 2 Complete Shortcut 3 Name your short cut 4 Shutdown Icon

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Windows 10 Quick Tips – Use multiple Desktops

Working on multiple projects?  Click on the Task View Icon Desktop .

Next click on Add Desktop on the right side of your screen. (below bottom right corner – look for the + sign)

desktop one

To select the screen (desktop you want), simply click on the desktop.  This will allow you to keep projects separated.

Desktop two

To close a desktop, save your work, hover your mouse over the desktop you want closed and click the X in the top right of the screen (below).

Desktop two closing

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Windows 10 Quick Tips – Data Usage

Need to keep track of how much data you use?

Click on Settings

1 Network Usage

Click on Data usage

2 Network Usage

Click on usage details to get a breakdown

3 Network Usage 4 Network Usage

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Windows 10 Quick Tips – Add Desktop icons

Want your desktop icons on your Windows 10 pc?

Right click on the desktop, click personalize, click on themes and then click on Desktop icon settings.

Select the icons you want to see on your desktop.


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