August 2014 Newsletter
Thanks to Claude for the following useful information
I've read that when you delete files in Windows that those files are really not deleted, they are all still there. Can you explain this to me in a way that I can understand
This is one of the most often asked questions we receive.
We'll try to explain it in simple terms for you.
When you "delete" files they're not really deleted and they're not taking up space either. Think ofyour hard drive as a chalk board. When you erase a chalk board, you can't see what you erased very well but somewhere in the slate of the chalk board is everything you've ever written on it. But still you can write something new on it. So it is with your hard drive.
When you "delete" a file, you're telling Windows that you don't want that file anymore and telling Windows to use the space that file once occupied for something else. So Windows shows the space once occupied by that file as "available" so you can install a new program or use the space that whatever you deleted was occupying for something new.
But, way down deep on the magnetic surface of your hard drive the file that you deleted is still there. That's how the FBI and other authorities gather evidence against criminals who think by deleting or formatting their hard drives they can erase all the incriminating evidence it might have once contained.
But there is software available that can capture the faintest particles of deleted files and restore
them. There is hardware available that can even extract more data from "formatted" hard drives. In fact most "formatted" hard drives can be completely restored. The software and hardware that can do this is very expensive for the most part. But you can find programs to download (some free) that can easily "undelete" a freshly deleted file.
> The only way to completely remove data from your hard drive is by "erasing". Erasing is a very misleading term. If you want to be sure that deleted data can never be recovered from your hard drive you need to use a program that replaces the deleted data with gibberish. An "eraser" program like "Eraser" replaces "free space" created when you delete files by overwriting it many, many, times with unintelligible data (usually random sequences of numbers, letters, and symbols).
Some good eraser programs may overwrite it hundreds of times with gibberish to make recovery impossible or nearly impossible.
COMPUTER TIPS AND TRICKS You're worried about losing all that email you've saved, right?
Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.x (32/64 bit)
We've worked with hundreds of people helping them with computer
problems -- and there are three things we've learned people want to
> save most:
> 1. Photos
> 2. Music
> 3. Email
> Saving photos and music files is really easy -- just drag them to an external drive or USB flash drive and select "copy here". But email that is a totally different animal. You might have two different email programs or you may be changing email programs soon and you don't want to lose that precious letter from uncle Barney explaining how to grow licorice basil, do you? Nope!
> We've found a program that can help you find and save all those
> precious (and not-so-precious) emails from your web mail accounts
> (Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, etc.) as well as from Windows Live Mail,
> Outlook, Thunderbird, Windows Mail, and others. And you can archive
> messages from your store folder in Outlook Express although Outlook
> Express is not listed. And you can export your saved emails as well.
> If you're wondering about IncrediMail, it is not supported.
> IncrediMail has a proprietary email format which is not compatible
> with other email programs.
> We've just discovered MailStore and are now in the process of
> archiving all our Gmail accounts - so we've not really had time to
> test it with various email programs. It works well with our massive
> Gmail accounts though and so far we're pleased with it. We think those
> of you who want to back up and archive your email will find this
> program a blessing.
> Another nice feature is that you can run MailStore from a flash drive
> and you can archive your email messages on USB flash drives, external
> hard drives, or to your hard drive.
> Here's what the developers of MailStore have to say:
> For home users, emails are also a valuable source of information. A
> large amount of data and important files is saved in the form of
> emails. With MailStore Home you can back up all emails in a central
> archive, even if they are distributed across different computers,
> programs or mailboxes. You can do this either on your PC or on a USB
> drive as a "portable" option.
> This way, you will never lose emails again and can search all of your emails extremely fast. You can still reply to or forward archived emails by opening them with a single mouse click in your standard email program.
Please be sure to read the program's instructions before you begin.It will save you time. It's not the most intuitive program we've ever used, but it works well and once you get the hang of it you'll see how useful it is.
> You can learn more about and/or download MailStore from here...
> MailStore is free for home/personal use.
>> Monitor Your Computer's Resources With RESMON Windows 7 and Windows 8.x
> Both Windows 7 and Windows 8.x include a really great utility that can
> give you very useful detailed information about your computer's
> memory, disk usage, CPU usage, and network usage -- all at a glance.
> Using RESMON (Resource Monitor), you can quickly spot resource hogs
> that are stealing your computer's thunder and maybe bogging it down.
> Even if your computer is running great, you can use this tool to learn
> more about your computer and how background processes and multitasking
> affect your system's resources.
> To start RESMON -- just press and hold down the Windows Key and the R
> key. When the Run dialog appears, type RESMON in the command line and
> press Enter. When it starts you'll see four tabs at the top
> labeled: Overview, CPU, Memory, Disk, and Network.
> The Overview tab gives you a lot of information at a glance. If you
> want to see what is using up the most CPU cycles, click the CPU tab.
> If you want to see what programs are using the most RAM, click Memory.
> If you want to see the processes and applications creating the most
> disk activity, click the Disk tab. And likewise if you want to see all
> your network activity details at a glance, click the Network tab.
> They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so we're guessing four
> pictures will take the place of 4000 words. Aren't you glad we're not
> going write 4000 words? Admit it! You're breathing a sigh of relief
> right now.
> We're going to show you four pictures that say all we need to say
> about the information you will get from using a little-known tool that
> comes with every Windows 7 computer. It's called Resource Monitor --
> which we like to call RESMON -- it has a ring to it, doesn't it?
> CPU usage
> RAM (Memory) Usage
> Network Usage
So why not fire-up RESMON now and see what's going on inside your computer?Learning can be fun
Two Things You Can Do With a Flash Drive You Probably Don't Know All computer users
USB flash drives are small, portable, and have many uses. Here are two uses for USB flash drives you probably didn't know.
1. Use your USB flash drive as an MP3 player
Yes you can. All you need are speakers or earphones, Windows Media
Player, and a USB flash drive loaded with your favorite MP3 music files. Just plug in your flash drive, slip on your headphones, direct Windows Media Player to the files on your hard drive…and enjoy.
WindowMedia Player (included with Windows XP, Vista and 7) will even allow
you to make playlist so you can play your songs in any order you want.
2. Use your USB flash drive to lock your computer
There's a small program called Predator that you can install on a USB drive that allows you to use that USB drive to lock your computer.
It does this by disabling your keyboard, monitor and mouse whenever you remove the special USB drive from your computer. Simply remove the flash drive and your computer is locked, until you return and insert the flash drive back into a USB port on your computer. So what Predator does is turn a USB flash drive into a key that locks and unlocks your computer. It's really great if you travel and take a notebook with you or if you don't want people snooping around your PC when you're not home.
Here's some details on Predator from the program's developer:
"PREDATOR locks your PC when you are away, even if your Windows session is still opened. It uses a regular USB flash drive as an access control device, and works as follows:
* you insert the USB drive
* you run PREDATOR (autostart with Windows is possible)
* you do your work…
* when you're away from your PC, you simply remove the USB drive:once it is removed, the keyboard and mouse are disabled and the screen darkens
* when you return back to your PC, you put the USB flash drive in place: keyboard and mouse are immediately released, and the display is restored.
It's easier and faster than closing your Windows session, since you do not have to retype your password when you return.
> Advanced Security Features:
* PREDATOR records all security-related events in a log file: start, alarms, stop. By reading this log, you will know if intruders have tried to use your computer while you have been away.
* PREDATOR can replicate this log on your Twitter account, allowing you to remotely monitor all access-control activity on your PC.
* PREDATOR frequently changes the security codes recorded on your USB drive. If an intruder manages to copy your stick, this copy will not work because the codes on your own stick will have changed in the meantime.
* PREDATOR disables the Windows task manager when you unplug the USB drive. Nobody can stop it with Ctrl-Alt-Del.
* PREDATOR lets you regain control of your computer if you lose your stick: when you start the software for the first time, you set a password that will unlock your session if your USB drive is not
* PREDATOR can sound an audible alarm if somebody enters an invalid password.
* And finally, PREDATOR can protect several PCs with the same USB flash drive, e.g. your home and office computers.
With PREDATOR, security is as simple as inserting or removing a USB stick !"
Great idea. Isn't it? Predator is free for home/personal use. If you have a flash drive and you want to turn it into a key to lock your computer, then visit this page to learn more about Predator 
FileLocator Lite 2014
Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8x 32 and 64 bit systems
What is it? It's a free, super-fast search engine for Windows File size - approx 13.1 MB Windows' search feature isn't so hot. In fact, it's downright aggravating to use. It consumes huge amounts of your computer's resources, sometimes to the point of causing problems with running programs - and making your computer run like a bogged-down marsh turtle. The Windows 7's search feature is little faster, but still consumes an inordinate amount of your computer's precious resources.
An expert computer user will keep his or her computer resources
optimized as much as possible. Why? Because you can never have enough money or resources. You should always have plenty of resources available so you can do what you want when you want. But on XP and
Vista if you're searching for a file, sometimes you can't really do much else while the search is running - well you can but your computer will seem sluggish. On Windows 7, there's a little less drag and it's faster but still you can feel the system slow a bit.
And -- Windows search doesn't always find what you're looking for...right? Isn't that the point of searching -- to find? All of us from time to time need to find a certain file - or files - that we
need to locate and can't remember where the heck we put them. You can use Windows search and suffer through the slow, resource-hogging process. And still Windows search may find nothing. So you've wasted time and resources on -- nothing.
> Our freeware pick today is called FileLocator Lite 2014. FileLocator
> Lite 2014 is very easy on resources - in fact you can carry on with
> your normal activities and you'll not even notice it is running in the
> background. And more importantly --- if finds what you're looking for
> and finds it quickly. Indeed!
> FileLocator Lite 2014 is exactly the same program as Agent Ransack
> with a different name. We chose this version because the name is more
> descriptive and we felt better about something named FileLocator than
> Agent Ransack - but they're exactly the same program. Really they are.
It's time to bring in the developer and let him tell you about his program.
"... FileLocator Lite 2014 - Free File Searching Utility
Finding files that other search engines miss.
FileLocator Lite is a free reduced functionality version of
FileLocator Pro. It is free for both personal and commercial use.
FileLocator Lite 2014 - FileLocator Lite is a rebranding of Agent
Ransack for corporate environments. It has exactly the same functionality but with a different name and logo.It includes these powerful features:
Immediate results Found text is shown with highlighted keywords so
you don't need to waste time opening each file looking for the right
Boolean expressions Combine search terms using the familiar Boolean operators AND, OR, NOT.
Office formats Support for popular Office formats including Office2010 and OpenOffice.
Perl regex Support for Perl compatible regular expressions.
64-bit Version Natively compiled 64-bit version for improved compatibility.
Fast searching Highly efficient search algorithms mean that you spend less time waiting for results. Printing and Exporting Results can be shared with others through reports, printing and exporting...."
If you want a better file search engine for your computer, one that
uses a tiny amount of resources, is much faster than Windows Search and helps you find what you're looking for easier, faster and better
than Windows Search - give FileLocator Lite 2014 a try. It's free for personal use.
GET MORE INFORMATION AND/OR DOWNLOAD FILE LOCATOR LITE 2014 FROM HERE.