Finding David

20 years in USAF, retired in 1993. Currently employed and well on my way to being independently out of debt....

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Location: Sanford, Maine, United States

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Get Rid of All The Web Page Ads With Internet Explorer 6 and Windows XP

Note: In order to get rid of (most) ads in Internet Explorer, you must replace a file on your computer. I originally posted the contents of the file that needs to be modified here, but the formatting was changed by this web site. Plus, the file is REAL BIG.

If you want to do this, email me (if you know my email) or message me by leaving a comment.

I'll send complete instructions.


Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Anti Spyware Mini Software Review

Hi. Remember me?

What is spyware? It's software that web sites maliciously install on your computer without your knowledge (generally) that gathers information about you, your web surfing habits, etc. Believe me, if it can find this out about you, it can find out ANY information about you that you store on your computer, such as credit card numbers, bank account numbers, passwords, etc.

I hate spyware.

I normally use Ad-Aware (free download here).

Recently, Microsoft (or as I affectionately call them, Micro$oft) released a beta version of their anti-spyware software. I thought I'd give it a spin.

Needless to say, I ran a comparison test.

Here are actual screenshots from scans using Micro$oft's Anti-Spyware (Beta 1) and Ad-Aware. First Micro$oft's product:

Notice it didn't find anything. Nothing. Nada. Zip.

I made NO changes to my computer, surfed nowhere, nothing. I simply ran Ad-Aware immediately after running Micro$oft's product.

Here's the screenshot:

Notice the difference? Ad-Aware found 23 objects (!) that Micro$oft's product missed.

I do like Micro$oft's product's real-time scan feature. This means it's supposed to scan your computer constantly while you work and alert you to any nasty spyware programs, browser cookies, etc, that are trying to install themselves on your computer. Obviously, it's not doing a thorough job. Too bad.

So I would have to recommend using Ad-Aware and scanning your computer 2-3 times a week and cleaning ALL the junk out.

Have phun, and as always, surf safely!

Friday, September 02, 2005

Another Little Love

My eldest daughter is expecting again in February.

This will be her third child. The first two were boys. She probably feels a bit outnumbered. I can relate.

I am certain I would have at least ten years of lost hair back if I didn't go through a time with two teen-aged daughters and only one phone and bathroom.

There's something radically different about this new baby, though.

It's a girl!

Now maybe my daughter will have some company when the boys all go fishing.

Bye for now....