Remove ASK Toolbar from Web Browser

May 30, 2010 by  
Filed under Privacy, Software

ASK is one of the top search engine but it is not as famous as Google, Yahoo or Bing. It was previously known as Ask Jeeves but now has been renamed to ASK. One annoying thing about ASK.com is the bundled toolbar with many software such as Nero, ZoneAlarm, SkyDownloader, VDownloader and many more. If a user did not read the agreements carefully during software installation and simply click on the Agree button, they will end up with an ASK toolbar replacing the browser’s home page and also search bar.

Fortunately ASK.com toolbar is not a spyware and it can be easily uninstalled from Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP or Programs and Features in Windows 7. If for some reason that you facing problems with the uninstallation, you can use ASK Toolbar Remover.

ASK Toolbar Remover has been designed specifically to remove every last trace of the entries of the Ask Toolbar. This portable free ask.com toolbar removal tool is used to facilitate its removal but not to advice you to remove it. All you need to do is run the executable file and click Execute Removal button. Do note that this remover only works on ASK Toolbar version 4.0.x, 4.1.x and OEM 1000. The current ASK Toolbar is at 5.6 and this tool doesn’t support removing this latest version of ASK toolbar.

ASK Toolbar Remover

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Free LP Recorder to Backup Cassette Tapes and Vinyl to MP3

May 30, 2010 by  
Filed under Audio, Freebies, Software

Vinyl and cassette tapes are the things in the past and now has been replaced by CD, DVD and even probably blu-ray. Many old school DJs that were using vinyl many years ago has also started to scratch on discs rather than vinyls. If you have many vinyls or cassette tapes, you can create a backup by recording them to MP3 on your computer. One of such software that can easily help you achieve that is LP Recorder.

LP Recorder is a shareware that normally cost $39.95. All you need to do to record vinyl is connect the tape or line output from your stereo to the line input of your soundcard, select the recording input, enter a filename and press the record button. For a time limited, you can download the full version of LP Recorder for free and this promo expires on 11 June 2010.

free LP Recorder backup vinyl

Do note that when you try to run LRSetup.exe in Windows 7, you will get the error “Version 10.0 LP Recorder or later is required for Windows 7” This can easily be bypassed by right clicking on LRSetup.exe file, select Properties, go to Compatibility tab and check “Run this program in compatibility mode for: Windows XP (Service Pack 3)”.

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iTunes Online Products Email Virus Alert

May 30, 2010 by  
Filed under Security

There is a recent virus that has been circulating around the Internet via email. You will see that the email is sent from iTunes Online Products (your.support@itunes.com) with the subject “Thank you for buying iTunes Gift Certificate!”. As for the body, below is the exact message that you will see.

Hello!

You have received an iTunes Gift Certificate in the amount of $50.00
You can find your certificate code in attachment below.

Then you need to open iTunes. Once you verify your account, $50.00 will be credited to your account, so you can start buying music, games, video right away.

iTunes Store.

The attachment on the email received is Gift_Certificate_151.exe with an icon that looks exactly the same as Microsoft Word document. The good thing is 31 out of 41 antivirus engine has detected it as a threat. This attachment is a trojan that secretly downloads a file called tulb.exe from a russian domain and the tulb.exe file tries to establish a connection to an IP address at Netherlands.

If you have received such email, delete the email immediately and DO NOT open the attachment. If you have accidentally ran the attachment, run a full scan using your antivirus to remove the trojan.

Portable Show Desktop Application for Windows 7

May 25, 2010 by  
Filed under Windows 7

Microsoft realized the usefulness of Show Desktop shortcut icon and it isn’t really removed in Windows 7. By default Windows 7 comes with a Show Desktop button at the end of the taskbar. However if Windows 7 users that misses the good old Show Desktop icon that you find in Quick Launch toolbar in Windows XP, the easiest and fastest way to get it back is by pinning a portable Show Desktop application. RealityTouchDesign has created the application which really does nothing other than showing the desktop when clicking it once and then clicking it again brings back all the windows that was covering the desktop.

The Show Desktop application weighs less than 1MB of file size and once finished downloading, you can simply right click on the executable file and select Pin to Taskbar. The Show Desktop icon will now appear in the taskbar all the time and clicking on it will minimize all windows and brings you straight to desktop.

Show Desktop Windows 7

You can download Show Desktop from the link below and the file is compressed in RAR format. You can use 7-Zip or WinRAR to extract the file.

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Remove Show Desktop in Windows 7 Taskbar

May 24, 2010 by  
Filed under Software, Windows 7

The Show Desktop icon from quick launch toolbar for previous versions of Windows such as XP is really useful and convenient. However when it comes to Windows 7, many users though that the Show Desktop feature is gone since the quick launch toolbar has been removed. However, it is in fact still available which is located at the bottom right corner of the taskbar after the time and date. You will see a small short bar and clicking on it will show the Desktop.

Windows 7 Show Desktop

This change by Microsoft has gotten a mixed reactions as some users complained that the Show Desktop is too far as a user normally stays around the Windows 7 start menu. If for some reason you do not want the Show Desktop button in Windows 7 showing in the bottom right of the taskbar, you can use the Windows 7 Show Desktop Button Remover to hide the button.

The Windows 7 Show Desktop Button Remover is a simple and portable tool which allows you do to just that, which is to remove or add show desktop button in Windows 7. By simply clicking a button on the tool, the changes is taken effect immediately without require to reboot.

Remove or Add Show Desktop in Windows 7

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Automatic Enlarge Thumbnail Profile and Album Photos in Facebook

May 24, 2010 by  
Filed under Browser, Firefox, Google

There are times when those small thumbnails shown in Facebook are just too small for you to identify if your friend’s friend is someone you know or not. Instead of clicking on the facebook user link to go to the user’s page and see the bigger profile photo, you can instead install Facebook PhotoZoom, a useful extension available for Firefox and Chrome browser.

After installing Facebook PhotoZoom extension, there is nothing for you to configure or do. Whenever you hover your mouse cursor to a profile picture or album photos, the tooltip will appear with the bigger image in it. If the image that the user uploaded is bigger than the thumbnail, then this plugin will show the full size of the image. Other than that, while viewing the photo album, it would be more productive when you use the Photo Zoom to view the images that you want in bigger size rather than going into the single image view. This allows you to skip the images that you want to see and load saving you time and bandwidth.

Facebook Thumbnail Zoom

The Google Chrome version of Facebook Photo Zoom has a shortcut key to easily toggle the feature on or off by pressing CTRL + SHIFT + Z key.

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Use Google HTTPS SSL for Secure Search

May 24, 2010 by  
Filed under Google, Privacy

Google search engine is the best in the world because of the complex algorithm of the index bot. Recently Google has SSL search which gives a more secure search. When a website is secured with SSL, the traffic that is sent and received from the website is encrypted and decrypting SSL is nearly impossible as it will take many many years to do crack it.

When you are in your company where your internet connection goes through a proxy server, the network administrator is able to tell what sites you have been and even probably what have you searched for. That includes cybercafe and your internet service provider. The packets that are sent without SSL is a clear traffic and can be easily decoded to view what you are trying to search.

Google Secure SSL HTTPS Search

Using Google SSL to search is easy and all you need to do is use HTTPS instead of HTTP at the URL address. For example, the normal google search engine is http://www.google.com and the secured SSL Google search would be https://www.google.com. Many other Google services such as Gmail, and Adsense can be used with HTTPS SSL as well.

Google SSL Search

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