Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Computer Tips [ Extreme Virus Removal + 20 Years Of Worms + You A Flamer? ] 11/05/08

Computer No, this isn't Steve. You can tell because Steve never wears a suit :-)

Quick Tips


Have you ever been involved in a flaming match? Not sure how to answer that, because you don't know exactly what it means? Well, allow me to give you a brief description and let's just say, I hope none of you have! According to, the term "flaming" is basically "the act of posting or sending offensive messages over the Internet." The actual messages are called "flames" and they can be posted on message boards, sent in e-mails or even sent through an instant messaging program. Keep reading for all the details!

It's no surprise that discussion forums are the biggest hotspot for flaming. It's easy to start a flame war (also called "pie fights") on a message board, because there are several people using it at once and if someone takes something the wrong way, it could lead to some trouble between certain members. Of course, it's unfortunate that flaming even happens. I mean, most people go to a forum for help, not to listen to a bunch of people insulting one another. Flaming really puts online forums in a negative light, so if you want to avoid a flame war, you should be considerate of other people's views and keep your comments to yourself.

Now, I know flaming occurs on WorldStart's message board every once in awhile and several of you have probably witnessed it. We here at WorldStart do not take flaming lightly and we urge you to refrain from participating in it or report anything you may see. When you're talking to other people over the Internet, it's very easy to misunderstand something someone says, but if you just ignore it and move on, you'll be much better off. The same goes for any flames that may show up in your e-mail or during an IM session. Flaming really isn't necessary when we can all be civil adults instead!

~ Erin

Don't stop now! Make sure you keep reading to learn a little about how you can potentially remove a virus from your computer, find out how to do some captioning in MS Word and learn all about the new Windows Sensors feature coming soon in Windows 7. Also, be sure to stay safe by reading this week's security article thanks to Gary and of course, don't miss out on Amanda's Cool Site of the Day!


Stop Using Your Keyboard!!

Use Your Voice, Not Your Fingers!

You Talk -- This Types!

Fantastic Voice Recognition Software - Amazing Deal Too!!

On Sale Today - Best Price Ever

BONUS - Get A FREE Headset Mic Too!!

We have an awesome deal for you today! We're FINALLY able to feature an easy-to-use voice recognition software package for you! It's called Talk It, Type It 2 Ultra and it's absolutely fantastic for either home or office! If you're tired of typing all the time, you've gotta check this out! Time to get into the 21st century!

How's it work? EASY!!

You just talk into the headset and it types the words you're speaking onto the page (up to 150 of 'em a minute). It works with ANY windows application (word processors, spreadsheets, e-mail, instant messengers, web browsers - you name it), and is really easy to use. If it takes you forever to type an e-mail or letter, - or if you have problems with your hands (arthritis, carpel tunnel) you can imagine how handy this software could be!

Of course in order for any voice recognition software to work well, you have to "train" it. It's so EASY! All you do is read the words on your screen - takes minutes to do! Once trained, these programs will save you so much time at the keyboard. Plus this new version is better than ever - just wait till you try it!

Check out these incredible features:

Create, revise, edit, and format text in most PC applications.
Create customized Voice Shortcuts that cut down on keystrokes and mouse clicks.
Specialized vocabulary topics (Computers, Business, Finance, Cuisine & more) can be added to the standard 60,000 word vocabulary.
Custom vocabulary allows you to enter complicated words you use frequently.
The Analyze My Documents feature allows Talk It Type It to understand your writing style and words you frequently use, which leads to greater accuracy.
Quick Response Dictation allows Talk It Type It to respond quickly and efficiently as you create text with your voice
98+% accuracy on all dictation.
Quick 5-minute setup.
Full users manual on CD
Built-in tutorial teaches you how to use all the features quickly.

Oh, and this is the Ultra Edition, so you're getting the best of the best! Look what else this can do!

Macro Manager
Avoid repetitive work and save valuable time. Create macro commands (macros) to
automate frequently used keystroke actions, customized text, series of mouse actions, and combinations of the above! Use macros to run applications, open documents, and perform actions within an application.
Your personal dictation service! Transcriber allows you to transform your recorded speech into text. Works with any digital recorder that allows creating and saving high-quality speech files in the .wav format. During transcription, text appears in the edit area of the Transcriber window. Pause, resume, or stop transcribing at any time using toolbar buttons.
Voice Navigation
Direct access via your voice to any clickable object on your screen! Highly effective and convenient to use, just say the name of ANY object you see on screen and pop-up "hint tags" are placed adjacent to your selection. Saying the number or letter of the hint tage is just like clicking your mouse button. What could be easier?!?

Your cost for this incredible software is just $16.97 and US shipping is FREE! WOW, that's less than what the headset retails for! These have a retail price of $70 so this really is an incredible deal :-)

FREE BONUS!! - Buy now and we'll even throw in a FREE headset microphone! This has a retail value of $29.99 -- $8 more than what we're asking for the software! It's yours free if you order NOW.

WOW!! 6 Great Items Under 7 Bucks!

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USB Extension Cable - 2 1/2 Foot - Just $4.97!!

You know how it always seems like the USB cords included with your new USB devices are always just a wee bit short? Don't ya just hate that? You're rearranging, tugging, pulling - ARRGH!! Stop messin' around and grab a couple of these fantastic 2 1/2 foot USB extension cables! You know you're gonna need them eventually, and you just know the big box stores are going to get you for at least $20. Get 'em while ya can!

30" USB A to A Male to Female Extension Cable
Super-Comfortable Earbud Headset - With Mic!! Just $5.97!!

Oh, this is cool! We have these awesome headset mics for less than six bucks! You can use them to listen, talk, record - whatever! We love 'em with instant messengers for free long distance voice conversations! Download something like Yahoo Instant Messenger, have a friend across town - or across the globe - do the same. Then, just use the voice feature and you're doing free long distance over the internet! Works great too!!

Stereo Earbud Headset w/Poseable Microphone
Awesome Mini Tripod! Just $6.97

Have a camera? Then you'll LOVE this little mini tripod! It's great for setting the camera up on a table and actually getting yourself into the photo! Also fantastic for those times you may want a tripod, but don't want to carry around some big, bulky thing. Can't beat the size - it folds down and fits into any camera bag! Stop begging strangers to take photos with you and your family together - get this today!

Aluminum Mini Tripod
Earbuds A Tangled Mess? Not Anymore! Just $5.97

Don't you just hate it when your earbuds get all tangled up? Happens to me all the time! Well, we have a solution for ya! These iBeatle Earbud Organizers will take care of those annoying tangles forever! Just flip this little guy on it's back and wind your earbud's right up into it! Just as easy to get back out! Give it a try - the frustrations of tangles just aren't worth dealing with when you can get this little guy for $5.97!

Rococo Studio iBeatle Earbud Organizer
Say What? Awesome Desktop Mic! Just $6.97!

Want to record a voice e-mail? Do some instant messaging with voice? Record your very own podcast? The uses are endless! I mean, let's face it, eventually you're gonna want a desktop mic - why not grab this one now? Just plug it in and you'll be recording in no time! It's also great for people who don't like wearing headsets - just plop it on your desk and you're ready to go!

HB-10 Desktop Boom Microphone
Keep Your Computer Cooler! Case Fan - Just $6.97!

Does your computer randomly reboot? Does it seem to act kind of funny after it's been working hard? Well, in a lot of cases, that's an overheating issue. Check your computer - most cases have a spot for a nice case fan like this one, but alas, there's never a fan there. If that's you, then grab this, plug it in, and cool things off - and help keep your computer from trying to crash on ya all the time!

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True Story.. I recently just purchased this exact item for my wife and she loves it! Digital Photo Frame Keychain!

We just had a baby and it is a great way to showcase pictures of our baby without having to dig through my wallet for photos. (It would make a great baby shower gift!) It was easy to install and upload pictures, and the crop feature is helpful, too! The picture quality is sharp, and so worth the purchase!

As you can see the keychain sports a sleek black design and a 1.44" LCD color display. It has 5.07 MB of memory, which means that it can hold up to 107 pictures! It comes with a very useful built-in clock with date, month, year and day. Plus a built-in 3.7V lithium battery!

Display your Favorite memories at Home, Work or Anywhere! With this Super Cool Digital Photo Frame Keychain you're only limited by your imagination what photos you take and where! This package also includes a Mini USB to Type A USB Adapter, so that you're ready to go right out of the box!

Organize your photos to play in a cool slideshow and never get bored of what you see! This truly is a fabulously modern take on classic sentiment, and at a price that won't break the budget. Don't miss out!

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Computers 101

I think I have a virus on my computer and I can't seem to get rid of it. If I were to format or even erase my hard drive, would that remove the virus? Please help!

I received this question the other day and I figured it was something everyone could benefit from. So, to make sure you're all aware, here's a little blurb about it for your viewing pleasure! As you can see, today's question is pretty intense. It's also a basic "will that work?" type of question, so that's exactly what we're going to find out. Listen up, because this one's a definite must read!

The short answer to the question is a simple yes. If a virus is infecting your computer, you can format your hard drive (erasing everything on it) to remove it for good. Doing that is just like starting over, so it's definitely an option if you've already run out of other choices. On the other hand, there is a "but" that comes along with that. (You probably knew that was coming, didn't you?!)

While the format process will take care of the virus, you have to be careful when you're putting everything back on your computer. For example, if any one of the programs, files, etc. you put back on your computer contain a part of the virus, it will go right back on your PC as if nothing changed. That includes any backups you did, any media drives you may use and so on.

The virus could be stored anywhere, so you really have to pay attention when you're reloading your computer. Make sure you put your virus scan programs back on first and run them continuously until you have everything installed again. Take your time and be patient. Otherwise, the virus will be back in action in no time at all and that's just not acceptable. Be safe!

~ Erin

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MS Office


Do you ever find yourself looking to add captions to your pictures in MS Word?

If you did a quick scan through the menus, you probably didn't run across anything that looked helpful, but if you take a deeper look into the submenus, you'll find that Word does have a caption feature. You just have to know where to look!

To begin, you need to select the picture, table, equation, etc. you want to caption.

For users of older versions of Word, go to the Insert menu, Reference submenu, Caption choice.

Word 2007 users can either right click on the selected item and choose Caption or go to the References tab on the ribbon and click on the Insert Caption button.

The Caption dialogue window will then open:

You can then choose what type of label you need (Figure, Equation, Table) or you can choose to create your own label with the New Label button.

I must warn you: this feature automatically numbers the label (you can alter how it numbers with the Numbering button) and you'll have to wait until you're back in your Word document to remove the number if that's what you're looking to do.

You can also choose where the caption should be located relative to the object, so don't forget to make a selection in the Position field as well.

Click OK when you're all done.

You're then returned to your document where your caption is now visible!

At this point, you can click into the caption and do some more editing. For example, you could remove the number or change the font formatting.

I would also recommend you use the Shift key to select both the item and the caption simultaneously and then right click to group them. They're obviously a matched set, so it makes sense to group them into one.

There you have it. The basics of Word's caption feature in a nutshell!

~ April

More Cool Stuff

Special Note - Hey everyone, Steve here. Normally, I pick the products but seldom write the reviews. However, I was just sooooo impressed with this software that I took over on this one! It's really that good! Easily one of the best values I've ever seen. They really rewritten the book and taken it to the next level with this one. I'm running it on my personal desktop and soon on my laptop. You've gotta check this one out, you'll be glad you did!

WOW!! You've Never Seen One Like This!

The Next Step In Anti-Virus, Firewalls, And Anti-Spyware!

Amazing Software Doesn't Slow You Down - And Stays Out Of The Way!

Super Smart AV Only Does Scans When YOU'RE Not Working!

New Firewall Locks Your Computer Down When You're Away!

Hourly Updates! Unlimited Tech Support! Install On Up To 3 PCs!

WOW! I can't wait to share this one with ya! We just scored an amazing deal on my new favorite software - Iolo System Shield! Let me tell ya, this is NOT your run-of-the-mill Internet Security Suite! This does an amazing job of keeping your computer safe from hackers, spyware, and viruses - but read on, because the way this is implemented is far superior to ANY software like this I've used in the past! This really isn't your typical security suite - and you're gonna love it!  I am personally running this software on my computer and it's by far the best I've used! I can't tell you how impressed I am with this - if you value your safety - and system performance, you've got to check this out!

OK, first off, I know you're probably already running anti-virus, anti-spyware, and a firewall - so why do you want this? Well, the thing that impresses me the most with this software suite is the absolute speed it brings to the table! Not just in scanning and such, but the very real lack of system hogging it does. Most suites like this are horrible - they really slow your system to a crawl - not this one! I uninstalled all my previous security software and tired this instead - WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!! Frankly, there's a good chance that if you're currently using Norton, Mcafee, ect, when you replace them with this you're going to think you got a new computer! The difference is THAT dramatic! This speed-up alone is enough reason to switch if you ask me!

Next, I absolutely LOVE how this just runs in the background and stays out of the way. So many security programs love to tell you that they are updating your system, getting new virus definitions, scanning, whatever. It's an all day long affair of acknowledging boxes and virtually patting your software on the back, "Good boy - I'm glad you downloaded some updates!" Well, those annoyances are GONE with this - it just works in the background and updates itself when necessary without dozens of boxes telling you all about it - that alone was enough to make me switch! Of course, if it finds something serious, it'll let you know (all customizable too).

Oh, and let me tell you about the anti-virus - you're gonna love this! First, yes it keeps you safe from e-mail viruses, downloads, and monitors in the background - just like everyone's AV does. However, it's the little things that make you fall in love with this! First, don't you just HATE it when you're working on your computer and the stupid AV software comes up and starts a scan? Slows everything down - what a pain! This software will actually make sure the PC has been idle for a specified amount of time before it scans! It waits till you're away before it starts - is that cool or what??? Oh, and it pauses the scan if the PC starts getting used again! Again, this reason alone is enough to change! In fact, my wife read that and said, "Hey - I want this on my computer! My AV always starts scanning when I'm working!" So, one of my 3 installs is going there!

In addition, the anti-virus can be set to scan all files or just dangerous ones (saving time), can be set to scan all kinds of files, has HOURLY updates, can be set to scan when YOU want, and can even be set to exclude certain types of files if you want! Even scan incoming AND outgoing messages if you want - all fully customizable! Oh, and did I mention that it has a year of UNLIMITED tech support too in case you have trouble? WOW!!

Think that's great? Wait till you see the firewall! Blows Windows firewall away (along with every other firewall as far as I'm concerned)! First off, yes, it keeps hackers out - all firewalls do. But this also protects you in other ways. It can monitor when a program is trying to access the internet and send all your personal info to the mothership. That, to me, is HUGE! You never know if that program you just installed is completely trustworthy - so this keeps you safe!

Another fantastic idea that I'm really excited about is the "Idle Lock" - Get this - you can set it so that if you're not using the computer for a specified amount of time (set by you) that the network locks down - nothing can come in or out! I've always said the most secure internet connection is the one that's unplugged when not in use - and this does that!! Oh, and you can also lock your computer down with the press of a mouse if you like - right from the main page!

This can also show you how many attacks it has blocked, block the attacker's IP address for a specified (by you) amount of time, and has a lot of fully customizable options. Truth is though, that the default settings work fine for me! Oh, and again, this seems like it doesn't slow anything down at all - in fact, if you're using a different firewall, this will probably speed things up! I know one thing for sure, I'm installing this on my laptop for travel - it's just too dangerous to surf using wireless networks without it!

Finally, this also includes a fantastic anti-spyware program! Just like the rest of it, it's really fast, stays out of the way, and just does the job! It automatically updates and scanning is a breeze - and fast too! I don't think I've ever seen a spyware can that was soooo fast - and it did a great job! Found a few minor things that it easily fixed!

OK, that's the main stuff, but I also wanted to mention how much easier to use this is than most other security software. First off, I think 90% of the users out there can just install it and forget it - the default settings are really a nice balance and should work well for just about every computer out there. If you want to change stuff, it's really easy to do and the program has an excellent help file that, quite frankly, most users will never ever need!

The price? You're not going to believe this one - we're talking just $12.97 and US shipping is FREE! This is the current version and retails for $49.95 (check Iolo's site - it's not cheap), so $12.97 is an amazing deal. 1 Year worth of support and updates too! Oh, works on XP, Vista, & Win 2000!

Oh, and get this - it's a 3 user license!! So you can install this on up to 3 different computers! That's way less than $5.00 per computer! Grab a friend or two and have them chip in! For less than $5.00 per computer, you just can't go wrong! It's amazing and it's what I am going to be running from now on!

PS - Seriously, this is simply the best Anti-virus, Anti-Spyware, and Firewall software I've ever used and it's going to be on my machine from now on. My computer is soooo much faster now after getting rid of the other bloated software package I had been using - and this just has soooo many great options! Don't miss out!



No, I don't feel like playing Peek-a-Boo, but it does, in fact, have something to do with your computer. So, tell me, have you ever been working on something where you had to have more than one window open at a time? You know, maybe you were finishing up an MS Word document, you had your e-mail open and you were browsing through one of your favorite Web sites. Either way, have those windows ever partially disappeared on you? That's right, were they playing Peek-a-Boo with you? If so, there's something you can do to stop that bad behavior for good. What is it, you ask? Well, you've got to check out today's tip on our homepage to find out!

Ad Flip

Feel like taking a trip back in time? If so, you've got to give the cool site we're showcasing on our homepage today a look see. It's called Ad Flip and it's devoted to print ads from the 1940s to the 1990s. It's filled with them and I bet you'll see a few that bring back some memories! You can even send them as e-cards, which is reason enough to take a look. Check it out when you get a chance!

Here's the link you need: Enjoy!

Tip of the Day

Windows 7 Sensors

Two screenshots of the Windows 7 Control Panel were recently released and one of the features that immediately caught my eye is a new function called Windows Sensors. With it, programs on your computer can communicate with your Windows compatible sensors. Let's check it out!

Listed in the same menu are Windows Media Player and the Windows Live Inbox. The screen also contains a Gadgets section, which shows all of your installed gadgets. It seems to be a new way of communication between applications that are running in Windows 7 and gadgets that are connecting to the computer.

Windows Sensors was one of the first new functions spotted in one of the early builds of Windows 7. So, what exactly are the sensors and what is their function in the new operating system? Well, Windows 7 will support both hardware and software sensors. Hardware sensors are devices, such as a microphone, accelerometer or motion detector. On the other hand, software based sensors can, for example, react on information received from a network or the Internet. Microsoft published a list of possible sensors, their placement and typical use, which you can see below:

The list contains both sensors that are built in to the computer or attached to a person and sensors that communicate remotely with Windows 7. Cool, huh? This is just something to think about as the release of Windows 7 draws nearer!

~ Ramachandran Kumaraswami

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Today's Feature

Twenty Years of Worms

You may not know it, but just yesterday, we celebrated a very sad milestone in the world of computing. On November 2, 1988, the first Internet based worm was released to the public. The worm wasn't really intended to do any damage, as it was just there to try and find out how many computers were using the Internet. If only they were all that harmless!

As you all know, worms have become a daily threat for many computer technicians and home users. For 20 years, they have been bothering us and they probably will for many more to come. Everyone should use this holiday to stop and check for worms and other viruses that may be looming around on your computer. I know I'm going to. Until next time, stay safe out there, my friends!

~ Gary

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Amanda's Coolsite

Face Memory Test

Did you know your memory is one of the first things to go when you're tired? I didn’t! Well, you can take this test to see how well you remember what you’ve seen. I was really tired when I took the test, so my results were very interesting. Give it a try!

The test takes place in three phases:

Phase 1 – In this phase, you'll be shown 12 photos of people. After you’ve looked at them, you should take a five minute break before moving on to phase 2.

Phase 2 – In this phase, you'll be shown 12 photos of people. After you’ve looked at them, you should take a five minute break before moving on to phase 3.

Phase 3 – In this phase, you'll be shown 48 different photos, 24 of which you have already seen in phase 1 and 2. For each photo, you must decide which phase you saw it in or if you've never seen it.

After that, your score will be compiled into two categories. One category is just for recognizing the faces you saw in phase 1 and 2. The second category is for correctly recognizing which phase they were from.

I scored 95 percent for the overall recognition and 68 percent for remembering which phase they were from.

I took the test again after a good night’s sleep and my score went up to 100 percent for overall recognition and 85 percent for remembering which phase the face was in. I think that definitely shows how tiredness can affect your brain.

I also recommend taking this quiz to check out your daily rhythm and how fast your reaction time is with Sheep Dash. Have fun!

~ Amanda

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November Wallpaper

Here's November's wallpaper! It's all free, so enjoy!

Smoky Mountain Color

Here's one from my wife! She shot this when we were in the Smokies last week. We liked the photo so much, we decided to turn it into wallpaper for you!

Smoky Mountain Stream

I shot this after a rain storm the night before. Lots of water, lots of great color in the trees and a little climbing down slippery boulders to grab this one!

Smoky Mountain Snowy Pine

Are you seeing a theme yet?! This was shot earlier this year. I loved how the snow and ice were clinging to this pine tree branch.

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