Help each other out of non-Webroot technical jams and discuss tech-related stuff in general.
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Links & Attachments: What to Know Before You Click
[b]Who sent the message?[/b] If you were not expecting something from a family member or friend, it may legitimately be from them, or it could be that their account was hijacked and the message is actually being sent by a cybercriminal hoping to infect your computer and/or steal your information. The easy way to discover whether it is actually from your friend or family member is to call, text, or email the sender and ask. Be especially wary of emails from friends and family that a) have no subject line, and b) only contain a link or attachment. This is usually evidence for a hijacked account. Be sure to call the person who purportedly sent you the link to discuss the message with them. If the message and attachments or link come from a company, there is a different set of questions to ask. [b]Do you use this company?[/b] [b][/b] If not it is probably junk, or worse, a scam. If you do use the company, were you expecting to receive an email, or other message
Over the weekend, I worked on a friends computer who was using a major brand not-Webroot security program. After a few minutes working with this, I figured I would see how well their tech support was. I initiated a chat session which turned into a remote support session. After watching dufus click the same buttons over and over again not related to the problem I was having, I finally asked if he would like for me to show him the error. I did, and received the error. I guess he was not paying attention as he asked for me to do it again. I did. Same error result. He put me on hold for about 10 minutes then proceeded to click on the same buttons that he did the first time. He put me on hold again. Now as we approached one hour into the session he came back he stated that it was the way it's security features were designed! Moral of the story: Webroot tech support beats the socks off of not-Webroot software!!! And my fried, well he is doing a trial of Webroot. I am sure he will be a pa
Are you on Twitter?
As some of you might know, we at Webroot utilize Twitter to open up other channels of communication, sharing of news, and other Webroot related news. I figured it would be great for us all to follow each other, and ultimatley expanding your connections within the company. So with that, I invite everyone to follow our main channels, as well as my personal one. And if you are interested, be sure to post your Twitter handle here and we will be sure to follow you as well. Webroot - [url=http://twitter.com/webroot]@Webroot[/url] Webroot Support - [url=http://twitter.com/WebrootSupport]@WebrootSupport[/url] Richard - [url=http://twitter.com/rcmelick]@rcmelick[/url] See you all soon!
PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 could cost just $350, expected to launch this fall
[url=http://news.yahoo.com/playstation-4-xbox-720-could-cost-just-350-213041318.html]http://news.yahoo.com/playstation-4-xbox-720-could-cost-just-350-213041318.html[/url] Found this on yahoo.Most of us gamers knew they were coming,but at this price point,they will both be affordable for most gamers.Question is,i guess,which one will you choose?
NAI Auto Show in Detroit
North American International Auto Show in Detroit is in the full swing and I would like to hear what a vehicle is your star and you would like to have in your garage. For those you can't attend the display personally like me, please visit [url=http://www.naias.com/]http://www.naias.com/[/url] I will kick off ... my absolute favourite is Corvette Stingray [url=http://www.naias.com/virtual-show/videos.aspx?video=AKMbl5Bpdkg]http://www.naias.com/virtual-show/videos.aspx?video=AKMbl5Bpdkg[/url] OMG what's the beast this car!
Java 7 doesn't work in Opera - workaround
Hello all, I know that Java is not so beloved solution due to dozens of security vulnerabilities, everybody noticed the latest exploit in Java 7 update 10 that BTW was already patched and update 11 is available for download at [url=http://www.java.com/en/download/index.jsp]http://www.java.com/en/download/index.jsp[/url] However there are some cases where Java is a must like online banking etc. Therefore I decided to share the workaround for not working Java in Opera I had experienced recently. I was having problems with Java in Opera. While Java worked fine in IE9 it didn't work in Opera at all. However in IE9 Java is handled using Active X what is quite different than plugins. Today thanks to Remco from Opera with who I have been chatting via Opera IRC channel I was able to resolve my issue. Opera uses Java plugin that was primarily made for Firefox (Next Generation Java Plug-in 10.11.2 for Mozilla browsers). We discovered that the problem was that because I don't have installe
Want your Start Button back in Windows 8?
There are a lot of positives about Windows 8, but one of the top negatives I always hear about is how some users really miss their Start button. While Windows 8 has its own unique Start screen that works very well once you get used to it, it's also quite a leap in terms of a design change. For users that don't care much for the new Start screen, they might benefit from having the old Start Menu back. Unsurprisingly, a number of third parties immediately started working on bringing back the old Start Menu as soon as they could. In [url=http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/01/help-ive-got-windows-8-and-i-miss-my-start-menu/]this article[/url], ArsTechnica reviews some of the top apps that bring back the Windows Start Menu. The various apps will restore a familiar XP, Vista, or Windows 7 feel to the Windows 8 Desktop. One of the reviewed apps is even free. So, if you're missing the classic Windows Start Menu from prior Windows incar
How to permanently erase old desktop pc
About 6 months ago, I retired my old XP desktop in favor of a 17" laptop. The old machine is taking up space and needs to go. Before I lug it to the basement, there are some files that need to be erased, lest some unscrupulous recycler attempt to profit from my info. I use WSA to dispose of sensitive files on the new laptop but I don't have that installed on my old box. Short of tearing the hard drive out and drilling holes into it, is there a fairly reliable, easy way to permanently erase the files using (free) software? Thanks for any suggestions.
Have you seen IllumiRoom yet?
As a gamer myself, I have to say, I am pretty psyched up about [url=http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/01/09/ces-microsoft-illumiroom-makes-your-room-a-screen]this[/url]. Check out the video. [i]Microsoft explains that IllumiRoom “augments the area surrounding a television screen with projected visualizations to enhance the traditional living room entertainment experience” and “can change the appearance of the room, induce apparent motion, extend the field of view, and enable entirely new game experiences." Kinect captures the geometry of a room and adapts projected visuals “in real-time without any need to custom pre-process the graphics.”[/i] Being a PS3 fan myself, I hope Sony will catch up quickly. This may be what gets me to buy a 360 finally. At some point, people will just use a whole room and replace the TV altogether with a projector don't you think?
Original Android Mascots Were Terrifying
I can only picture the prototype marketing for these things being something like "Use Android or we'll send these psychotic robots after you!" Aren't these things creepy? [img]https://d1qy7qyune0vt1.cloudfront.net/webroot-en/attachment/1286iBB7F188156483F7E.png[/img] [i]Google's little green android is now a well-known tech icon. But these pictures—the original concept drawings for the Android mascot—show what could have been if Google hadn't used a talented designer to realize its ideas.[/i] Full story from Gizmodo [url=http://gizmodo.com/5973063/the-original-android-mascots-were-super-scary?tag=google]here[/url].
Update: Windows 8's early uptake lags behind Vista's
Final online usage numbers for 2012 released Tuesday confirmed that Windows 8 failed to match Windows Vista’s uptake pace during its first two months. Preliminary numbers from Net Applications last week indicated that Windows 8 would [url=http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9235059/Windows_8_s_uptake_falls_behind_Vista_s_pace]end the month behind Vista’s uptake[/url] at the same point in its release cycle. Tuesday’s data confirmed the earlier projections by [i]Computerworld[/i]. According to the U.S.-based analytics firm, Windows 8’s December global usage share was 1.9 percent of all Windows PCs, slightly lower than the 2.2 percent Vista posted in early 2007 after two full months of availability. [img]http://images.techhive.com/images/article/2013/01/windowsuptake_cw-100019635-medium.jpg[/img]ComputerworldIn December, Windows 8’s uptake pace fell behind Vista’s for the first time. Both were lethargic compared to Windows 7’s trajectory in late 2009. (Data&colon; Net Applications.
Uninstalled CHROME Browser & Re-Installed 5x, but WR-Password Adviser tool wouldn't re-install~
About two weeks ago, I suddenly had problems on one of my computers with the CHROME Browser NOT opening up on screen, but it would 'FLY' off the Monitor-Screen on the right-side into oblivion. Couldn't see it, so couldn't 'grab' it to bring it back. Then, the ICON would also LOCK onto the bottom TASK BAR, too. [Only thing I could do was ~Right-CLICK & Close.] I read tons of postings on Google Forums & none were of any help. I also created TWO detailed postings in two forums & waited for Google HELP. ~NONE were forthcoming. Finally, I Uninstalled CHROME at least 5 times & ran every single 'PC Maintenance tool' I could find in my PCDoctors1st Tool KIT. It was clean of anything malicious or of any O/S corruptions. WR Password Advistor Tool was working fine in CHROME before, but after I finally got the 'Fresh' Version of CHROME issue solved & running smoothly again, I couldn't get WR-PW-Advisor Tool to appear in it. This problem was easily & swiftly solved tonig
I am considering getting hotspot shield to use on my computers. I already have webroot, and am wondering if anyone has experience with using this protection, and what the pros and cons are of it. Here is the link: [url=https://store3.esellerate.net/store/checkout/CustomLayout.aspx?s=STR7514368118&pc=&page=OnePageCatalog.htm]https://store3.esellerate.net/store/checkout/CustomLayout.aspx?s=STR7514368118&pc=&page=OnePageCatalog.htm[/url]
Amazon Launches 'Profoundly Disruptive' Data Warehouse
[quote][b]Amazon took a giant step into cloud-based data warehousing with the launch of RedShift on Wednesday, and the industry will feel its impact. "What I think we're seeing here is evidence of how, when a technology becomes a cloud-based service, it leads to the commoditization of any or all related services," said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT.[/b] [quote]Amazon Web Services on Wednesday launched RedShift, an on-demand data warehouse service that is optimized for the analysis of huge sets of data. RedShift is "profoundly disruptive," said Merv Adrian, research vice president of information management at [url=http://www.gartner.com/]Gartner[/url]. Its success will move the economic boundary between on-premises and cloud usage and "data will seek its lowest-cost home more rapidly than before." RedShift allows setup, operation and scaling of a data warehouse cluster through the Web-based [url=http://aws.amazon.com/console/]AWS Console[/url
The Smartphone World Needs Microsoft
[quote]We're stuck in a vitriolic world of Android lovers who are also Apple haters; and of Apple lovers who mostly dismiss Android lovers, which just irritates the Android fans all the more. It seems to me that often enough, many of the Apple lovers online these days take an older-brother tone by treating Android users like their bratty little sisters. [quote][b]Why We Need Windows Phones to Succeed[/b]Enter Microsoft. With its new Surface tablet line, as well as a new Windows OS for PCs and Windows-based smartphones, might Microsoft provide an alternative to jumping into a raging river? I think so. But more to the point, I hope so. In many ways, Android shares too many similarities as an operating system to iOS. Granted, there are some radical facelifts going on with Android, so this isn't exactly true. However, in terms of mass consumer impressions, I believe that many people see Android vs. iOS as a choice between two similar products that just have different ecosystems for apps.
The End Of The Smartphone Era Is Coming!
"You've heard that [url=http://www.businessinsider.com/blackboard/google]Google[/url] is working on computerized glasses. They're called Google Glass, and developers can already buy them. It turns out [url=http://www.businessinsider.com/blackboard/microsoft]Microsoft[/url] is working on something similar. [url=http://www.unwiredview.com/2012/11/22/microsoft-has-its-own-project-glass-augmented-reality-glasseswearable-computer-combo/]It filed some patents on the project and Unwired View dug them up.[/url] There's a big difference between what Microsoft is working on and Google Glass, though." [url=http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/end-smartphone-era-coming-002800730.html]Full Story[/url] [i][b]TH[/b][/i]
Emsisoft article: Cloud anti-virus - what is it all about?
Emsisoft have published an article - [url=http://www.emsisoft.com/en/kb/articles/tec121119/]www.emsisoft.com/en/kb/articles/tec121119/[/url] - which admittedly points users to their product, but there is a paragraph worth discussing from Webroot's perspective, namely this: "[i]A regular PC hosts 300,000 to 500,000 files on average. If all these were scanned, uploading the signatures created on the fly to the scan server would take forever.[/i] [i]This is exactly why cloud anti-virus software filters the files to be scanned in the first place according to different rules and parameters. For instance, there are some file types or paths that are generally considered safe. Many cloud anti-virus solutions therefore come with huge whitelists. These are sort of inverse signatures that classify known programs as safe. This massively reduces the number of files to be scanned – even though more data needs to be downloaded to your PC.[/i] [b][i]This incomplete scan is, however, the Ach
Most Advanced Robotic Prosthetic Arm Ever
Check this out! This robotic arm is amazing. It's sensitive enough to let him properly crack eggs, and it looks like he can type with it. What an awesome piece of technology. [video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qUPnnROxvY[/video] Unavailable for Comment: [img]https://d1qy7qyune0vt1.cloudfront.net/webroot-en/attachment/876iB4C1A46E6F3A5F2B.png[/img]
Google webhp virus
I just read about the "webhp" virus for Chrome after noticing that phrase in my omnibox. I want to know if it is real, what type of threat it is to my browsing, and most importantly why my Secure Anywhere Complete didn't catch or remove it when I scan. It's pretty upsetting that a virus can exist on my computer after I bought this product. Can anyone help alleviate my concerns or tell me what I can do? Please.
Microsoft Announces a handful of Windows 8 Phones. Will you bite?
While Google was busy canceling their NYC Nexus launch announcement (they did later [url=http://bit.ly/VZ1Q58]unveil the devices[/url] on their blog), Microsoft was busy with their own announcement on the other side of the country as the Redmond software giant prepares to release a handful of Windows 8 phones in the coming month or so across a variety of US carriers. While I won't bore (or excite), you with the details (that's what the [url=http://bit.ly/TqXFeH]article[/url] and [url=http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2411484,00.asp]review[/url] are for), I will say that Windows Phone 8 adopters will have more options from the get-go than did those who elected to give Windows Phone 7 a shot. Whether you're looking for a budget-friendly Android alternative or an iPhone 5/Galaxy S3-fighting flagship smartphone, Windows has you covered (sort of). I saw "sort of" because this is based on specs and specs alone. Sure, on paper, the new Nokia 920, HTC Windows Phone 8X, and Samsung At
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