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Issue #768
Volume 15 Number 37
June 29, 2018
 
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A comment from Tony
Re Using VLC for downloading YouTube Video - Issue #768. It Worked for me using Google Chrome. Thanks for the tip. Regards, Tony

A comment from Charles
I am sorry this took me so long to write. I procrastinate too much so my wife tells me. But I did want to thank both Darcy and TC (who did my first Cloudeight session) who each spent a lot of time and effort, sorting out my Windows problems. They got my computer running like a top!

Both are extremely friendly and patient - I'm no spring chicken and not very computer literate - but I'll tell you that they couldn't have been nicer to me. I'm a very grateful 79 year old! Thank you for everything, EB and TC. You are both very special people. PS: I just ordered a SeniorPass!

A comment from Barb
After an enjoyable session during which TC fixed everything on my "please fix" list, and removed a lot of clutter from my computer, I am happy with yet another successful outcome. If you have a computer problem, look no further for a solution than Cloudeight's Direct repair service. Darcy and TC are the best. They have both proved their skill many times, and I'm glad I bought the SeniorPass. Grateful thanks, Barb.

A comment from Leslie
TC worked on my computer and figured out why my copy and paste wasn't working. He was diligent and fixed a very vexing issue. I can't say enough just how much I appreciate his time and expertise. I am so glad that I bought the SeniorPass! I've been a fan of Cloudeight forever, and will continue to be. Thanks, TC

A comment from William
Once again TC came thru , and set my puter free, and even taught me something I didn't know. Job well done TC and thank you so much.

A comment from Jill
Thank you, Darcy, for setting up my new computer with Thunderbird email and streamlining the start up. I am confident everything is working correctly after you have given it the once over! How lucky are we to have you people help us in Oz.

A big Cloudeight "Thank you!" to Tony, Charles, Barb, Leslie, William, Jill and everyone who wrote to us last week. We appreciate your kind words and your support very much! EB & TC

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Annie wants to know what happened to Hotmail

Hi folks. I may have missed this information somewhere..if so, I apologize for asking this question: I recently discovered that Microsoft has dis continued Hotmail. com. Supposedly, I heard they were combing it into Outlook. However...I still have email to check out in my Hotmail account and cannot find it anywhere, so that I may clear those out. Plus I have retail sites that I have communicated with and need to be able to access their accounts. How can I do that now? I checked Outlook and my emails are not showing up there either??? What can I do to access the old Hotmail account so that I may clean it out? Please advise.

Thank you so very much for all of your wonderful work in helping educate us folks! It's greatly appreciated! Annie

Our answer
Hi Annie. Thank you! Here's the answer to your question. Hotmail.com, Live.com, Live.ca, Msn.com and Outlook.com are all the same. You just go to www.outlook.com and login with your email address and password.
 
Like this: -------@ Hotmail.com, ------@ msn.com *******@ live.com . In other words, instead of just typing in the first part of your email address (the part of your email address before the @), you must enter your entire Hotmail.com address.

The entire email address is now your username. This is so Microsoft can have one log-in page for all Microsoft account addresses. So, when you go to www.outlook.com and log in with your entire Hotmail address (you @ hotmail.com) your Hotmail.com address will work like it always did and everything will be there.

So anyone using an email address ending in @ Hotmail.com, @ msn.com, @ live.com, @ live.ca and @ outlook.com can all log in at the same place.

So, now you know. Just head over to www.outlook.com and type in your entire Hotmail.com address as your username - then type in your Hotmail.com password and you'll be able to access your Hotmail account.
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Don wants to know how to get rid of a portable app
I downloaded an application called "Registry Key Jumper V1.2" and ran it because I thought it would make registry changes easy and SAFE.....but I was still afraid to use it for making changes without messing up my computer. Now I want to uninstall it, but Revo Uninstaller does not even list this program; so, I contacted the publisher (Sordum) and asked them how to uninstall this program. Sordum's response was, "It is a portable app.....just delete it". Can you tell me HOW to delete it, or where this program resides in order for me to uninstall it?

Our answer
Hi Don. A portable app is a program that does not install. You run it just by clicking on the program's exe file. Many portable programs come as a zip file that you unzip first. A portable app makes no changes to your registry nor does it add shortcuts anywhere on your computer. Of course, if you run the program it will make whatever changes the program was designed to make. But just downloading a portable app does not change anything on your PC.

If you didn't move it, resides wherever you downloaded it; my guess is your Downloads folder.

Make sure the program is not running. Open File Explorer (Windows key + E). On the left side you'll see a list of folders. Open the Downloads folder look for the program by name. When you find it, right-click and delete it. If it was a zip file, then you'll be looking for folder with the name of the program. You'll have to open the folder and then delete the exe file.

If you made a shortcut for it, it's even easier. Right-click the shortcut, right-click on its name, click on Properties, then click on the button labeled "Open file location". It will open the location of the file. You can delete it.

Another way at to do it is to run the program, right-click its icon in the taskbar, right-click on the program's name, click "Properties" then click "Open file location". This opens File Explorer to the folder where the program is located. Then close the program. After the program is closed, delete the program(exe) in File Explorer.

***Don wrote back*** "Thanks SO much for your help with locating and deleting a portable application ! I had "Googled" this topic and did not understand a thing I found. You made it clear and easy to follow. I have learned so much from your InfoAve Premium Newsletter over the years, and have recommended Cloudeight for a homepage to everyone in my community computer club. Thanks again for your help. Don"

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Cheryl wants to set a default font and font size in Windows WordPad
Windows 7 Home Premium; I use WordPad when typing up notes. Is there a way to set a default font, font size, margins and line spacing? I am continuously having to change it to what I want even while typing in the document. It reverts back to whatever it was when I opened it. I am so frustrated. Thanks for everything. You two are The BEST!

Our answer
Hi Cheryl. Thank you!. Most word processors (Microsoft Word and others) let you set default fonts and font sizes... but WordPad does not provide that open. So, you'll have to do a workaround - but don't worry, it's simple.

The solution is to create a document and use it as a template with your desired font and font size saved. Then use the document itself as a shortcut to WordPad.

Here's what you need to do:

-- Start WordPad.
-- Click at the top of the document select the font, font size, and font color that you want to use as your defaults.
-- Click on File > "Save As".
-- Save the file on your desktop and name it "WordPad" (no quotes)
-- Right-click on the WordPad on your desktop and click "Properties".
-- Check the "Read Only" option and click "OK". Making this file "read only" means no one can change this document and thus your default settings.

From now on, use this shortcut to start WordPad. WordPad will open with your custom font settings. Just remember to save your new document(s) using a different name than whatever you named your shortcut.

Hope this helps you!

***Cheryl wrote back*** "As usual, my dear Mr. TC......you are AWESOME. Thank you so very much for this info. I have it printed and put with my other Cloudeight documents for future reference, if needed. Have an great weekend Sir. Cheryl

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Mary is running out of space on her Android tablet
They keep saying my space is running out on my Android tablet. Could you tell me the easiest way to gain space. It would be appreciated. Every thing I know I learned from you guys...I bet I've been with you for at least for 15 years. Thanks a bunch, Mary

Our answer
Hi Mary. Thank you! We are certainly not experts with Android, but I (TC) do have an Android tablet. I just reset mine to factory settings every few months so it never gets full... but then I never store any important files on it.

Here are some ways to gain hard drive space without resetting the tablet and without losing everything. If you want to reset you tablet, I cover that at the end of this email.

Clear caches & temp files & downloaded app files.

Open the Settings screen and tap Storage. You can see how much space is used up by apps and their data, by pictures and videos, audio files, downloads, cached data, and miscellaneous other files. In order to clear App cache, go to Settings >Applications manager, find apps that take up the most space, and then tap on ‘Clear cache’.

Uninstall apps

For older versions of Android before Ice Cream Sandwich:

-- Tap on the Menu button
-- Tap on Settings > Applications > Manage applications
-- Tap on the app you want to delete.
-- Tap on Uninstall.
-- If there's no uninstall button, it's a system app, and you can't delete it.

Newer versions of Android (Jellybean & newer)

-- Open the app tray.
-- Hold your finger down on the app you want to remove until you feel a feedback vibration and notice the screen has changed.
-- Drag the app onto the Home screen.
-- Continue dragging to the upper left corner, where you should see a trash can and the word Uninstall.
-- Release your finger over the Uninstall button.
-- If you only see an area labeled App Info at the top of the screen, you cannot delete that app.

If the second method does not work for you, try the older method (above).

Another option: Reset your tablet to its factory settings.

If you want to return your Android table to its default state (remove all apps and files) you can reset it back to its factory settings by following the instructions on this page.

If you reset the tablet it will be just like it was the day you got it. If you have important pictures, files, music or documents you will lose them if you do this. So be sure to save your important files to a flash drive or another computer or cloud drive before you reset your tablet..

Let us know if this helps you.

***Mary wrote back*** "Dear cloudeight. Thank you so much for the info. Everything I have learned on the computer has been through your tips and tricks over the years. You are so generous to share your knowledge of technology with everyone. It is greatly appreciated. Thanks again and God bless."

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Candace cannot hear sound on YouTube Videos
Hi there. Quick question: How do I get audio enabled on YouTube videos? I have my volume set at 50%, etc. I have audio on my computer but have no audio for YouTube videos. I have Windows 10, version 1803.

Our answer
Hi Candace. All YouTube Videos have a volume level control on the video (bottom left-hand side). Make sure the slider is all the way to the right (maximum).

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(Above: The volume level slider on YouTube videos.)

Also, right-click on your sound icon in the System Tray (Notification area) part of your taskbar (near the clock). Click on sound mixer and make sure the volume slider for the browser you're using to view the video is turned up and not muted.

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(Above: Volume Mixer on Windows 10 Version 1803. Note the volume slider for the Video I'm playing on YouTube using Chrome.)

If both of the above are correct, look on the browser tab where the video is open and make sure you don't see that site is muted. At one time you could mute pages, but now the default is to mute sites.

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(Above: This site (YouTube) has been muted.)

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(Above: To unmute a site, right-click the tab and choose "Unmute site" from the dropdown menu.)

I hope this helps you get your sound working on YouTube videos.

***Candace wrote back*** "I had muted the Youtube site! It is now unmuted. Thank you so much! Greatly appreciated."
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Jim has only two entries on his Windows 10 "Send to" menu
When I right click a folder or file on my computer, my "send to" link only has the choice of Bluetooth. How do I get more on it?

Our answer
Hi Jim. This problem is usually caused by having two Bluetooth entries in the "Send to" folder. One of them is correct, the other is not. To fix your "Send to" menu problem, you have to delete the one that is not correct.

Open File Explorer and click on "View" at the top. Then click on arrow under Options (on the far right( and choose "Change folder and search options". In Folder Options' dialog, click on the "View" tab at the top and make sure "View hidden files, folders and drives" is selected. If not, select it and click Apply/OK.

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Next, navigate to C:\Users\<your user name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo

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Above... you can see I only have one Bluetooth entry: "Bluetooth device". But if you have two (one may be called just Bluetooth) it can stop the other entries from showing in the "Send to" list. So without looking, I am just guessing you have two entries with "Bluetooth" in their names. If you do, delete the second one. Restart your computer and your right-click should have a lot more items.

Please let me know if this works for you.

***Jim wrote back*** "Hi TC. It worked, you are awesome. Keep up the good work. Jim"

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Robert wants know about malware attacks on smart TVs
Hi TC & EB just a quick informative question here. I see those new Smart TVs (with internet connectivity) are getting more and more popular. I would imagine they are just as susceptible to Malware attacks as the next "connected" device. Will our Emsisoft (or any anti-malware product) protect those televisions from infection or do they come with protection installed etc.? I don't have one; and will probably be the last 61 year old kid on the block to own one, and was just wondering for if/when I ever get one. Thanks again for all you do to keep us "up and running." Your Friend, Robert

Our answer
Hi Robert. Thanks for your nice comments! Darcy & I both have smart TVs and TVs with internet-connected streaming devices connected (Roku, Amazon Firestick, etc.) And we have had them for years. We have never had any problem. The amount of personal data stored on these devices is quite minimal when compared to our laptops.

Third-party antivirus/antivirus software that you can get for your Windows PC, isn't really available for smart TVs or for streaming devices that you connect to a "dumb" TV - to make it "smart".

Most hackers don't gain access to your passwords or other sensitive data by penetrating your network, hacking your computer or through your computer security software. More often than not, they trick users into voluntarily giving up their personal information by using phishing emails and well-crafted, counterfeit web sites that look exactly like your bank or credit card's web site.

If they trick you into filling in your password and username on one of the counterfeit sites. you've given them access to your bank account or credit card account. Most of this trickery begins with the user clicking a link in a phishing email that appears to have come from a legitimate source.

It's true that smart TVs and internet connected devices can be compromised, and they do have some personal information, but would a hacker want to bother with hacking a smart TV? What's to be gained? Hackers seldom attack one particular individual and the reason is simple - time vs. reward. Why waste a lot of time and effort trying to hack someone's smart TV when that time could be more well spent by going after highly lucrative targets like:

--- Company and government servers that store user information.

--- Retail store web sites that store user information and credit care information.

--- Credit card companies

If you were a hacker what would you spend your time on? Hacking an obscure smart TV or one of the above?

The amount of personal data stored on a smart TV compared to a PC, tablet or smartphone is minimal. So, it's easy to understand why it's unlikely that any hacker is going to spend the time and effort required to hack a smart TV. Yes, it's possible, but it's really not very likely.

Though the risk is slight, there are many companies out there making money on the perception that smart TV's are being attacked in droves. We should have learned by now that fear sells - and articles written to scare people are great clickbait.

It seems that the hardware firewall solution is solution that is catching on. We can foresee tons of problems with these devices as they are based on both empirical data and reputation-based information. Reputation-based data can and is very often wrong and when used as a filter for blocking hackers or malicious content, and these kinds of filters often block good sites/apps/data as well as bad - and often block sites that don't match the reviewers political or moral views. In the old days they called reputation-based filtering... CENSORSHIP.

We can use WOT (Web of Trust) as an example of reputation-based filtering gone wrong. WOT blocks sites that are not dangerous but don't pass the "test" of WOT's crowd-based reputation rules. We've seen sites WOT has blocked just because the content was did not match their political views. We have never been a fan of letting crowd-mentality guide us as to what sites or what content is good or bad.

And keep this in mind; If you do install a hardware firewall, it sits between your wireless router and your smart TV and other smart devices --- as well as your PCs, smartphones and tablets. So, if it blocks apps/services/sites that shouldn't be blocked, then you won't be able to access those apps/services/sites - unless you want to waste time trying to find ways around it or changings settings or unblocking sites or apps.

One of these new IoT (Internet of Things) hardware firewalls is called CUJO. This device claims to let the user decide what to allow and what to block. But that causes yet another set of problems.

Most of these new-generation home hardware firewalls, have malware & virus detection built in, but how good these security protections are or how much interference or false positives they generate, we don't know. We'd have to do a lot more research and testing, but right-now we just don't think it's necessary. We have not tried any of these hardware firewalls, nor do we recommend them at this time.

We hope this helps you, Robert.

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Shirley wants to know if it's safe to update Windows 10 to version 1803
Do you think we should go ahead and download the new windows update yet? We continue to get notices, but should we go to the website or allow the update they sent us?

Our answer
Hi Shirley. The short answer is: No one can guarantee success when it comes to a version update. They are very complex with too many variables for anyone to be making bold guarantees. That being said, Microsoft has fixed a lot of the problems with the update and it's probably as good as it's going to get. And by now, most people (including us) have installed it without any problems.

You can choose to allow the update via Windows Update or go to this page and use the Update Assistant (Click Update now).

If you do use the Update Assistant you can do the update on your schedule. You should allow up to 4 hours to complete the update (including downloading & installing it). However most people are reporting that update takes between one and two hours. It took us just over an hour on three of our computers and slightly over 4 hours to update another one. The update worked fine, but it took a long time. If it seems to be taking a long time on your computer be patient.

Hope this helps!

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Aria wants to know what the difference is between copying a file to another drive and backing up a file to another drive
What is the difference from backing up a file to another drive or coping a file to another drive?

Our answer
Hi Aria. There is technically no difference between copying a file from one place to another and backing up a file. The only other way to add a file to a new location is by moving it. Whether you copy a file to an external drive or USB flash drive or backup a file to an external drive or USB flash drive, the file remains in both locations. The only other way to change the location of a file is by moving it. If you move a file it will only be in the location to which you moved it.

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Jack wants to know how to go back to classic Gmail
Some time ago you had a tip to try the new Gmail program & way to go back to original. Have tried it for awhile & much prefer the old program but can't seem to get back to the original. Thanks for any help you can offer. A comment: "YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST I TELLS YA."

Our answer
Hi Jack. Thanks! Going back to classic Gmail is easy I tells ya!

1. Open Gmail.
2. Click on the Gear icon
3. Click "Go back to classic Gmail"

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If you ever want to back to the new Gmail... just do the same thing only when you're already in classic Gmail you'll see "Try the new Gmail".

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That's it. You can go back to classic Gmail and if you ever want to go back to the "new" Gmail you can do that too. If you have a day without much to do, get some beer, invite a few friends and do the Gmail switch Gmail over and over... I tells ya!

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The [Nearly Invisible] "Show Desktop" Button on Windows 10

A Windows 10 Quick Tip for all versions of Windows 10

The show desktop button has its roots in Windows XP. In Windows XP it actually looked like a button. See?

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It lost weight in Windows Vista and in Windows 7... but it still looked kind of like a button. In Windows 10, it's gotten downright skinny. Look at the very bottom-right corner of your taskbar - to the right of the clock - to the right of the Action Center icon... see it? At the very right edge of your taskbar is a skinny strip - a sliver of a button. Just click it to minimize all open windows and bring your desktop into focus. We call it the show desktop button. You can call it what you want? How about tiny?

See the tiny strip along the right edge? That's your show desktop button on Windows 10. Aye! It is!

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Another tip. If you hover over the "show desktop button" and you have "Use peek to preview the desktop" set as your preference in Settings > Personalization > Taskbar > "Use peek to preview the desktop", you'll be able to peek at the desktop without minimizing any open windows. It makes all open windows transparent. See?

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Oh... my wallpaper? That's an Eastern Airlines' L-1011..

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It’s Easy to Scan Your Hard Drive(s) for Errors on Windows 10
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Windows 10 lets you scan your hard drive(s) for errors while you use your computer – and  it’s easy to do. Open File Explorer (Windows Key + E) . Right-click on your C:\ drive, click “Properties”. When the “Properties” dialog opens, click the “Tools” tab and then click the “Check” button.

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Once you click the “Check” button, you’ll see the following dialog appear. If you need to scan the for errors it will tell you. If you don’t (as below) it will tell you that also. Even if it says “You don’t need to can this drive”, you can still scan the drive if you want to. Just click “Scan drive”.

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A Windows 10 Test
Windows 10 (all versions)

What is the quickest way to access the following on Windows 10: Apps & Features, Mobility Center, Power Options, Event Viewer, System, Device Manager, Network Connections, Disk Management, and Computer Management? By going to:

A. Settings
B. Control Panel
C. Hidden Start Menu
D. None of these

Who said C? You're right!

The hidden start menu, or the Power users' menu is really neither. It's just a extra start menu that you can access by right-clicking the Windows 10 start button - or - if you're a keyboard shortcut fan like us- you can get this menu by holding down the Windows key and tapping X.

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Bonus test! Why does mine say Command Prompt and Command Prompt (Admin), but yours shows Windows PowerShell? I changed mine because I use Command Prompt a lot more than Windows PowerShell. If you do too, you can change yours from PowerShell to Command Prompt just as easy as flipping a switch.

Right-click a blank area of the taskbar, click on "Taskbar settings" and flip the switch under "Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell in the menu when I right-click the start button or press Windows Key+X"

See? 

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Three Quick and Different Windows Tips
Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (all versions)

Edit user accounts using the command line

Open a command prompt. On Windows 7, type CMD in the start menu search, then click CMD when it appears at the top. In Windows 8.1, right-click the start button and click Command Prompt.  In Windows 10, type CMD in the taskbar search and press enter.

Type control userpasswords2 at the prompt, and press Enter.

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Taskkill

Windows borrows a feature from Linux. Taskkill allows you to terminate a running process (program) from the command line. Here’s how you use it:

Open a Command prompt. Type Tasklist at the prompt. You’ll see a list of running processes. Next to each process you’ll see a PID number. To kill any running task, type Taskkill /PID xxx (where xxx represents the PID number of the task you want to terminate).

Why would you want to use this? Because you can? Or maybe your computer is frozen and you can’t access Task Manager. Or maybe just for fun?

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Create a shortcut to Task Manager

You can access Task Manager by right-clicking on your taskbar and choosing Task Manager, you can user CTRL+SHIFT+ESC, or you can use the three-finger salute (CTRL+ALT+DELETE), or you can type taskmgr in command line and press Enter.

But did you know that you can also create a shortcut to Task Manager and leave it on your desktop, drag it to your quick launch toolbar, or taskbar (Windows 7 & newer) or put in on your start menu? You can, and it’s easy to do.

Right-click on your desktop and choose “New” “Shortcut” and copy and paste the following (in bold) into the “type location of the item” field:

%windir%\system32\taskmgr.exe

Once you’re created your shortcut, you can drag its icon to your start menu, quick launch bar, taskbar (Windows 7, Windows 8.x, Windows 10) or simply leave it on your desktop. The next time you want to launch Task Manager, just click your new shortcut.

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HiBit Uninstaller - It's Not Just Another Uninstaller!

There are several good uninstallers out there. We’ve recommended Geek (free) and RevoUninstaller before. Both Geek and Revo Uninstaller use the program’s uninstaller to start with, then they scan your computer for files the uninstaller left behind; leftovers as we call them. Revo cleans up a bit better than Geek – but Geek is faster;  both are excellent programs.

But now there’s a new sheriff in town. His name is “HiBit Uninstaller” And let me tell you, this is one great uninstaller. Unlike Geek and Revo, it lets you uninstall multiple programs at the same time – but like Revo and Geek – it uses the programs’ uninstallers, after they’re done running, HiBit Uninstaller cleans up the leftovers.

And about easy to use. HiBit Uninstaller shows you a list of all currently installed programs and lets you uninstall any item or multiple items by selecting their check boxes.

Cloudeight Freeware Pick - HiBit Uninatller

Above: HiBit Uninstaller shows you a list of all programs installed on your computer.

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Above: Note the 3 checked boxes on the left. In the scenario above, I’m going to uninstall 3 programs with just one click. Of course, it will take some time. HiBit will run the uninstallers for all 3 programs – then when they’ve all finished running, you’ll see a list of leftovers.

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Above: A list of leftovers after running a program’s uninstaller. To clean them all up, all you need to do is click “Finish”. Note in the bottom left corner, if you want to be extra safe, you can also create a registry backup – but most of the time that won’t be necessary.. but it’s a nice feature.

Once you’ve selected the program or programs you want to uninstall, HiBit goes to work… first running each program’s uninstaller and then it will offer to scan for files, registry entries and other items left behind by the uninstaller(s). .If the scan finds leftover, you’ll see a list of all files, registry entries, startup entries, services and other junk. that the program’s uninstaller left behind. You will then have the option to remove them.

HiBit Uninstaller lets you force the removal of programs with missing uninstallers or uninstallers which froze or aren’t working correctly. It also has right-click Google lookup so you can search for answers to any questions you may have about a program or file.

Add to this several other useful tools such as: Windows Store Apps Manager,  Browser extension manager, Junk Files Cleaner, Services Manager, Startup Manager, Shortcut Fixer, Context Menu Manager (helps you to add or remove items from your Windows right-click context menu), Scheduler Task Manager and more.

Cloudeight Freeware Pick - HiBit Uninatller

Above: HiBit Uninstaller’s Nifty Toolkit.

A NOTE OF CAUTION: HiBit Uninstaller also includes a registry cleaner which have not tried and don’t recommend – if you use the registry cleaner you use it at your own peril.

I’ve been testing this program for about 3 months. It’s almost too good to be true – and that’s why I tested it for such a long time. This is one of the best freeware programs we’ve ever found. When used with a little discretion, it will make your computer life a whole lot easier.

It’s available as an installer or as portable app. We tested the portable version.

You can read more about HiBit Uninstaller – and download it from here.

Please note: This program gets a clean bill of health from Emsisoft and 67 other antivirus / antimalware programs used by VirusTotal.  You can see the results of he VirusTotal scan here. However, Windows SmartScreen (which is not too smart) tries to prevent you from installing it. Why? Because it's from an "unknown" publisher. Please read our post here. Just scroll down to the SmartScreen info (at the bottom of the article - look for the big red text) to learn how to override the SmartScreen warning. 

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Just A Moment

When we say “just a moment” do we ever stop to think just what a moment really is?

I don’t think so. I think most of us say “just a moment” without thinking. We don’t stop to consider how profound a moment can be. Does a moment reflect a certain amount of time? Does a moment in time mean something different to each one of us?

Is a moment a measurement of time – or it something else?

Can a moment really be measured as time at all? Or are moments more like fragile milestones by which remember  the days of our lives?

We all know how our lives can change in just a moment. A child is born in a moment and one day we will all die in a moment. Great ideas flash in the minds of ordinary people in a moment, yet those ideas born in just a moment can change the world forever.

A dictator seizes power and enslaves an entire civilization and changes millions of lives in just a moment. We can go from freedom to slavery in just a moment.

A soldier battling bravely for his country one moment and in the next a moment is killed. That one moment in time changes the lives of so many others, his family, friends and loved ones. But it all happened in just a moment.

We fall in love, make life-changing decisions, make mistakes, get ideas, conceive a child, give birth, do some of the most important things in life, and even die, and we can do each in just a moment...

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Title bars, Tool bars, Status Bars

The first place I headed before I started writing this was the local bar. The local bar is much different from a status bar. There is no status in our local bar. It's just an old, dingy, dirty bar, filled with seedy old men and greasy bar flies. But the beer is cold and the barmaid is too (EB just slapped me). The Reuben bites are hot, the dancing ladies are fun... it's a cheap thrill for an old, unwashed, washed-up hippie like me.

Don't write me. I just made all that up. If I offended anyone, you're too sensitive. Anyway....

We're going to make it simple. Almost all programs come with a title bar and a tool bar. Many come with a status bar. Browsers have a couple of extra bars called a links bar and an address bar - sometimes a bookmarks bar and even an extensions bar.

Since most programs have a title bar and a tool bar, we'll go over those. The top bar, which usually contains the name of the program is called the "Title bar". If you right-click on the title bar you'll have more options. Like restore, minimize, maximize, move, size, and close. Some of these options will be grayed-out if your program window is maximized. So to get the maximum number of choices make sure your program window is not maximized.

The bar right under the title bar is called the tool bar or menu bar. Almost every program has one. Some, like Outlook Express and Windows Mail have an additional tool bar under the top tool bar. When a program does, the top tool bar can be referred to as the menu bar, but it's still a tool bar regardless. You got that?

Some programs have bar at the very bottom of the program window. If your program does, that bar is called a status bar. Internet Explorer, Chrome, File Explorer, Windows Explorer Thunderbird have status bars. It gives you more information about the program. MS Office programs may also have additional toolbars directly above or below the status bar - to further confuse things.

So, now we've given you enough basics so you should be able to tell a toolbar from a title bar and both of those from a status bar.

Whew! Now, that I've finished with this, I'm headed back to the local bar. So long, EB!

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