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Mike Labbe

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Some misc links that people may or may not find useful:

Test the speed of your internet feed: http://bandwidthplace.com/speedtest/

Various free tests to make sure your computer isn't vulnerable to attackers: http://iota.hackerwhacker.com/freetools.php

Find the probable location (City, State) of an IP: http://www.geobytes.com/IpLocator.htm?GetLocation

Phone book tools. Reverse number search, reverse address search, regular last name search: http://www.theultimates.com/white/

Misc network testing tools: http://www.dnsstuff.com

Measure how many sites link to your website: http://www.linkpopularity.com
 

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note: I haven't tested "hackerwhacker", which makes a commercial ($) program, and don't suggest or recommend it. The link above is suggesting only their free testing utilities, which probe your computer from the internet to identify if your firewall or router has open ports.

Don't take out your wallets for this one folks. One person did, and had problems with their commercial product.

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Other possibly useful links:

BugMeNot - Bypass compulsory web registration, whether it's for the New York Times or any type of site that requires you to create an account to just view their site. Very good for avoiding spam.

Wikipedia - The free encyclopedia. Good for looking up things that aren't in the regular dictionary, like "Vlad the Impaler" (seriously, don't read that entry) or "Christmas tree" ("the evergreen tree represents a celebration of the renewal of life") or "Tim Berners-Lee" ("the inventor of the World Wide Web")!
 

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I ran my newly paid for version of AdAware SE Plus and came up with over 400 'bugs' from 'negligble' to 'critical'. Having not had time to read all the info on it, I presume that if AdAware quarantines it, it goes away.

Then I got curious (always a dangerous thing) and looked at the tab that tells you where the bugs were loaded. Mine were in the 'Owner' folder, under My Computer. When I opened 'owner' up, I had a sub-folder labled 'cookies'. Bear in mind, now, that I used to use AdAware on a regular basis about a year ago.

There were 11,333 files in the cookies folder! There were ones that read, "Copy 235 of copy of copy of copy so and so"! I was about to manually delete all of them when I saw another DAT file that was 192kbps, and looked like it came with the computer. So I couldn't delete any of them!

They may be non-intrusive, but the dialers, the Trojan horse type scare me. Besides, I feel like somebody's been inside my house when I wasn't home! They (several 'buggers') had been all through my Word Perfect, Notepad, and everything else on my computer! If I could free up 11,333 files, averaging 1kb each, I'd have a lot more room, and I imagine my former lightning fast processor would come up to speed again. But, stupid me, I don't know how to do it. I was going to copy the DAT file, but when I tried, it told me it couldn't BE copied! I suspect one of the bugs is preventing me from doing so.

I will be calling the nearest, most available computer repair business tomorrow. There are several around town. I HATE the fact that some jerk can feel free to just browse all over the inside of my computer! I think a person's computer is a private and personal thing, and no one should have the right to delve into it!
 
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