Remove Adware with free AdwCleaner tool

AdwCleaner is a free program that can remove adware such as Yula, Cheap4all, Salesprizes, etc.   Currently it runs on PC’s with Windows versions 7 to 10.

Symptoms of adware include:

  • Pop-up advertising
  • Hijacking of web browser home pages
  • Inability to navigate to well-known search sites such as Google.com, but redirects to unknown sites instead
  • Unknown programs in Task Manager

AdwCleaner can be downloaded from https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner/

Wave – Free Accounting App – Businesses less than 10 employees

Wave Accounting Software is free for businesses with 9 or fewer employees. Data entered in the program is private and not shared, but advertising from other vendors is visible while the program is in use. Features such as payroll and credit card payment processing are not included in the free application. Email support is available for free Wave accounts, but paid premium support is available.

More information is at https://www.waveapps.com/accounting/.

List of free Wave Accounting features: https://www.waveapps.com/accounting/features/

Microsoft ends Service Pack Support for Windows 8.0

Microsoft has announced that Service Pack Support for Windows 8.0 will end today, January 12th, 2016. Windows 8.0 is the version released in 2012 without the Windows Start Button in the lower left screen portion. More information is at https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle?C2=16796.

Windows 8.0 users should upgrade to either Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.

Windows 8.1 Upgrade FAQ: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/upgrade-to-windows-8

Windows 8.1 Upgrade Tutorial: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/update-from-windows-8-tutorial

Windows 10 Upgrade FAQ: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/upgrade-to-windows-10-faq

Microsoft ends support for Internet Explorer versions prior to 11

Microsoft will end support for Internet Explorer versions prior to version 11 on January 12, 2016.  Users who do not upgrade their IE version to 11 will make their devices more vulnerable to viruses and malware attacks.

Windows 10 users may either use the new Microsoft Edge browser or IE 11.  Windows Vista PCs must run Internet Explorer 9, the latest version available for that operating system.