Lenovo Shipping PC’s with Adware and Root Certificate

It is bad enough when PC manufacturers add all kinds of crapware on a PC to make money as these programs tend to slow down the PC quite a bit as many of them come installed on it and may run on system start as well.

It takes time and effort to remove those. What Lenovo did however is a whole new level. Not only did it install Superfish on systems with injects advertisement when users browse the Internet, that freaking thing did install a root certificate on the system as well sharing its private key which makes your system vulnerable to man in the middle attacks. [Read more…]

Removing the Babylon Toolbar

I sort of got to be Jim Dinkey one recent Saturday evening, when a conversation with a friend led me to fix her computer remotely.

The Babylon Toolbar (BT) is foistware software that is insinuated onto your machine because you overlooked some negative option choice to keep it from happening.

What does the Babylon Toolbar do? Basically, it makes itself your search engine, Continue reading

All is not lost

All Is Not Lost–#1

I received an email from someone I don’t know, about this item in our April 2011 issue: “Graphs Made Easy—If you have data you want to present graphically, but don’t have Excel or an equivalent number-cruncher, you might want to check out http://www.snapfiles.com/get/gmefree.html.”  Not knowing if the sender was a SPAUG member, I went to the Contacts page on our (SPAUG) website, to check the Member Contact page, which turns out to no longer exist on the site.  Continue reading

Editor’s Desk Nov 2008

Often, when what I’ve read about some piece  of software that makes it seem like a “must-have”, I wonder what others think of it—especially the negative aspects. My usual sources for software reviews are Snapfiles.com, download.com, and lifehacker.com. Continue reading

Editor’s Desk Apr 2008

Maybe more than you want to know about batteries. This blog entry about batteries showed up as a link on one of the other blogs I visit regularly— http://tinyurl.com/3bys9r . It seems well-written and has links to other sites.

I was introduced to the Tiny URL concept a while ago when I received one in an email from a former co-worker, and have been using them, gratefully, ever since. Go to TinyURL.com for more info. One nice feature is that you can add a TinyURL button to your browser’s toolbar, so you can easily generate them as needed. Continue reading