Wednesday, November 25, 2015

What’s New in the latest Windows 10’s First Big Update

For those of you who have had problems with Windows 10, here is some good information that will possibly help a lot of you, maybe not all...

From " How-To-Geek" Blog, here is the latest on the Windows 10 latest update.

The first big update to Windows 10,  arriving via Windows Update, fixes a lot of problems with Windows 10. Microsoft is streamlining activation, restoring colored window title bars, integrating Skype, and improving the Edge browser. But they’ve also added advertisements to the Start menu.

See all about it by clicking the following link:

Thanks "How-To-Geek" for the excellent info.

George Freire

Thursday, September 10, 2015

How to turn off Windows 10's keylogger

Windows 10 is great, but...

 Microsoft can track your keystrokes, your speech, and more. Here are the settings to turn it all off.

Go to PCWorld and find out how to get Microsoft out of your business:

here is the link:

Thanks for the tip PCWorld !

George Freire

Monday, August 3, 2015

Windows 10, what if I decide it is not for me, how to go back to my original Windows 7 or 8 or 8.1 ?

Windows 10 so far is pretty good, as far as I am concerned. But I am sure there will be some of you who would rather keep what you had before. HOW CAN YOU DO IT ?

It is not very hard to do, but you only have 30 days when you can go back to your original Windows version. Here is how to do it:

Click Start/Settings and then go the "Update & Security" icon. This will bring you to  the "Recovery" section; select "Go back to Windows 8.1" or "Go back to Windows 7". Now click "Get Started" and you are done, let the computer take you back to your old version.

That is all there is to it !!

However Windows will ask you why you want to do such a thing... etc. etc.

After you are done you may find out that some program icons are missing or misplaced, but do not despair, all the programs you had in the computer will still be there, just go to "All Programs" , select the program you are having problems with, open  the file location such as ""C:\Program Files (x86)\program name\.", select the exe application icon and copy it to the desktop. It will work as before.

George Freire

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Trying to unmask the fake Microsoft support scammers!

I am a member of a wonderful blog called Ugly Hedgehog® - Photography Forum.

This blog has thousands of members mostly interested in issues related to photography, but many other discussions covering all kinds of technical issues, are also published every day.

If you want to learn anything, and I mean anything related to photography, this is the place to be.

I receive an email on a daily basis showing the blog and all new activities, messages, questions, comments etc. from members across the spectrum. It really is extremely interesting and I know that most of my readers will enjoy visiting the blog and become members if so desire. Membership is free.

The link to this blog is:

Today, one member had a message concerning scammers who pose as official Microsoft Support agents in order to still information from you, take over your computer and squeeze money from those who fall for it.

Here is an excerpt of a message posted by one of our members, that tells it all:

"I just received a strange phone call from (Supposedly) a Microsoft rep/agent.
A gentleman with a distinct Indian accent called a little while ago. He told me that my computer was infected with malware and/or viruses and he was calling from MS to help me. He told me to press the Windows key and type something like eventxxx at the prompt. I told him that I was very leery about typing anything in and running any program at someone who purportedly represents Microsoft.
He then told me that he knew my unique ID number and told me to write it down. He the told me to run MSCONFIG from the prompt and type in ASSOC which would match the number he gave me beforehand and prove he was legit. While he was talking to me I looked at the reports from Malwarebytes and Norton and they showed nothing.
I then told him that I very reluctant to do anything he suggested via a "phone call from Microsoft."
I said that unless I received an official email from MS, I wasn't going to run any programs from someone who made a personal call to me.
He said goodbye and hung up.
I then decided to back check the number he called me from and the app said it was an invalid number.
Has anything similar happened to any of you?
What are your thoughts?"

Another member posted the following answer:

"hi i'm from microsoft, honest
now if you just type windows and r and type cmd we can just verify your consumer licence id

if you type assoc your licence number should be
CLSID 888DCA60-FC0A-11CF-8F0F-00C04FD7D062 is that correct , good its the right system.

now just type verify what does it say? Verify is off thats bad very bad you can't install any security updates at all...

Now small confession i'm not from microsoft and 888DCA60-FC0A-11CF-8F0F-00C04FD7D062 is not unique to your computer either.

Sounds good doesn't it. Microsoft don't particularly care if your computers infected or not and they certainly don't ring up individuals to tell them they are infected!

That little script was based on this page

So when you get a call ignore it , hangup and do not follow any instructions they give you.

Hope this helps, be safe"

The link above will take you to a site called SECURELIST authored by , which explains in detail how these scammers operate, and how to catch them in the act. The post is dated August 4, 2012, which tells us, how long these scammers have been pestering a large number of computer users around the world.

I hope this will be of help to you all.


Monday, April 13, 2015


A good friend sent me this. It is so amazing that I had to post it here:

*Some people have no idea as to what the Space Station looks like. This is very impressive.*
*This is something worthwhile to watch. Forward this to your family and
friends. Don't forget your children and grandchildren. Enjoy-*
*Click here: Departing Space Station Commander Provides Tour of Orbital
George Freire

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Much has been discussed, talked about, explained, criticized and so on, about Windows 10, which will be officially released within a few short months.

I have read many  articles from many authors concerning the subject. The best, so far was a full report from CNET:

Windows 10: It may just be everything that Windows 8 should have been.

The following link will take you to the CNET website covering the above:

I am sure you all will enjoy the reading.

George Freire