Friday 25 October 2013

CryptoLocker Prevention Tool

Nick Shaw from Foolish IT has written CryptoPrevent, a tiny utility to lock down any Windows OS to prevent infection by the Cryptolocker malware or ‘ransomware’, which encrypts personal files and network files. The virus arrives as a video codec download or in email attachments with disguised exe files (sample.pdf.exe) so make sure 'Control Panel - Folder Options - View - Hide extensions for known file types' is not ticked. See:

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Tuesday 15 October 2013

FREE Online Fax Number

Most people rarely need to send or receive a fax, but if you do HelloFax has a free account limited to 5 fax pages. Faxes arrive as PDFs and can be sync'd with Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, SkyDrive and Evernote. See:

Wednesday 9 October 2013

Delete Outdated Windows Updates

A recent Update for the Disk Cleanup wizard in Windows 7 (KB2852386) enables you to delete outdated Windows updates, freeing up disk space. The option has been added to the 'Clean up system files' button allowing you to select 'Windows Update Cleanup'. Requires Microsoft Genuine Validation so download from IE to avoid compatibility issues. See:

Friday 4 October 2013

Remove Locked Files

FileASSASSIN can remove locked files from your Windows computer, whether due to a software glitch or malware infection. Features include, unlock locked file handles, unload modules, terminate file process and file deletion. Warning: Please use caution with FileASSASSIN as deleting critical system files may cause system errors. FREE For personal use, see:

Thursday 3 October 2013

Microsoft Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET)

The FREE Microsoft Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) is designed to help prevent hackers from gaining access to your system. Software vulnerabilities and exploits have become an everyday part of life. Virtually every product has to deal with them and consequently, users are faced with a stream of security updates. Available all Windows versions. See: