Monday, November 7, 2016

What is Bleachbit?

What is BleachBit software and why would it have been used to erase data on Hillary Clinton’s email server?
By Paul Sullivan
Vero Beach Computer Repair

Jonathan Zdziarski, a computer security expert, characterized BleachBit as a fairly "amateur" tool that doesn't raise any red flags.
"It looks like the type of tool someone would run who's conscious of cleaning old crud off their system," Zdziarski said. "Someone trying to cover their tracks would likely pay for and use a much more expensive, specialized data destruction tool."

“Use BleachBit to:
  • Free disk space
  • Reduce the size of backups and the time to create them by removing unnecessary files
  • Maintain privacy
  • Improve system performance (by vacuuming the Firefox database, for example)
  • Prepare whole disk images for compression (common for "ghost" backups and virtual machines) by wiping free disk space”
  • Shred or erase emails and data on a hard drive.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Do I really need a computer anymore?

Do I really need a computer anymore?
I get asked this question a lot. For the majority of home computer users, the simple answer is...NO!
Most home computer users get their email, look at a few websites, online banking/bill pay, or the real guru - create a document or a spreadsheet. All this can be done on a tablet, iPad or Android, and yes, even a smartphone. You can even print to your printer these days with any of these devices!
Would you like to get rid of that clunky computer and all the wires and cables around your desk? Good news! It's easy and very affordable. Whats nice is you can have your "computer" in your purse, backpack or pocket wherever you go.
If you would like to learn more about tablet computing, please call an expert in all aspects of Information Technology at Vero Beach Computer Repair today. The future of computing is here today!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Protect your computer during Hurricane Season!

As a Computer Consultant, I see many disasters waiting to happen with my clients equipment and data before, during and after hurricane season. Without taking some necessary precautions, all your precious files could literally be gone with the wind.

I have seen grown men reduced to tears because they put all their eggs in one basket; then the basket disappears. With the advent of todays large hard drives, it's easy to store all your pictures, movies, music, documents, financial data etc. all on the hard drive of your PC or Mac computer. If the hard drive should fail, you'll lose all your data. Since the hard drive is the only moving part of a PC or Mac computer, it's usually the first part to fail. The old saying "it's not if, but when" is fully applicable here.

Thankfully there are a number of ways to protect all your files, and it can all be done automatically and you don't have to remember to do it yourself. Two great automatic online backup applications that work on a Mac or PC are Carbonite and DropBox. These programs back up your pictures and documents as well as your iTunes library and store them offline in the cloud. This means your data is stored on the companies computer storage and can be sent and retrieved over the internet. You simply tell the program what to backup, and it constantly backs up those specific folders. Restoring lost files is equally as simple.

Of course you can also buy an external USB hard drive, and use the backup software that comes with it. This backup software is very easy to setup and you can store the USB drive offsite in a PO Box, storage unit, safe deposit box, Mail it to a Snowbird etc., away from harms way.

For more information on creating a backup plan for hurricane season, Please contact Vero Beach Computer Repair.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Download Symantec Cleanwipe Removal Tool

How to download the current version of the CLEANWIPE removal tool utility. (Cleanwipe-v12.1.1101.401)

By Paul Sullivan
Vero Beach Computer Repair

The Cleanwipe removal tool utility is used to completely remove Symantec Antivirus and Symantec Endpoint Protection products. You can use CLEANWIPE from Symantec to remove Symantec Endpoint Protection as well as Symantec Antivirus and all other associated applications:

Alert Management Server
Firewall Administrator
Quarantine Console
Quarantine Server
Symantec AntiVirus (Version 9.x and above)
Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition
Symantec Client
Symantec Client Firewall
Symantec Client Security
Symantec Endpoint Protection
Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager
Symantec LiveUpdate
Symantec Network Access Control
Symantec Sygate Enterprise Protection
Symantec System Center

If you have other Symantec applications on the computer that depend on any of the applications listed above, those applications may not function properly. The customer may need to re-install the missing applications after running CleanWipe.

To download the utility, open the following web page in a browser:
Log in with the following information:
Login ID: cleanwipeutility
Password: CL3@nw!p3

Once you have downloaded the utility, please follow these instructions.
Note: The .zip file may be password protected.
Un-Zip Password: symantec

1. Extract the file to a new folder in a convenient location, such as the Desktop, using the un-zip password provided above.
2. Browse to the new folder and execute the utility by double clicking ‘CleanWipe.exe’
3. Follow the on-screen instructions.

The utility runs in verbose mode and will ask you about the components you want uninstalled.


Monday, September 17, 2012

Belkin Router Slow Download Speed Fix

Belkin Router Slow Download Speed Fix
I bought a new Belkin N150 router to work with my new Vonage phone adapter and noticed significant download speed drop off’s. If you are experiencing slow download speeds with your new router, turning off QoS and WMM support seems to fix the issue.
This fix works with other router manufacturers as well, however the login process and location of the settings vary, so check with the manufacturer or use Google.
1. Log in to the router.
Type: http://router in the address bar of the web browser. Also typing in the address bar works as well. Login using a “blank” password by clicking submit with nothing in the password field. The router ships with a blank password, if you set a password, log in with that.
2. Turn off the setting in question.
The setting is located under the Wireless Channel and SSID settings on the Belkin router at the very bottom. 802.11e/WMM QoS set this to “OFF”.
FYI what this setting does:
WMM is apparently an 802.11e feature that provides higher priority for “time-dependent” traffic, such as video or voice. In theory, this should make things like VoIP calls and video chat (e.g. Skype) perform better. In practice, having it enabled destroyed my Wi-Fi download speeds. Since I disabled it, my Wi-Fi is blazing fast and I’ve seen no negative side-effects.
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