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Comodo Firewall now compatible with Windows 10!

Posted in Announcement, Free, Security, Software on October 19, 2016 by Sirusdark

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Good news everyone!

Comodo Firewall is now, again, fully compatible with Windows 10! It used to be impossible to install it properly on a fresh install of Windows 10, but now everything got fixed!

Reclaim your privacy and secure your OS today! Make sure you customize the installation (to opt-out of the promo junk) and you’ll lend-up with a free high-end firewall! As usual, should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me!

Enjoy!

Sirus

Reference
-https://www.comodo.com/home/internet-security/firewall.php
-https://forums.comodo.com/install-setup-configuration-help-cis/windows-10-aniversary-build-doesnt-allow-comodo-drivers-to-be-installedsolved-t116322.0.html
-Hidden quote from Futurama… :D

Update – Microsoft Software Download Page

Posted in Computer, Free, Software, Windows with tags , , , , , on February 8, 2016 by Sirusdark

Hello readers!

Quick update on where/how to download again your Windows install media should you need to do a fresh install:

Microsoft now has a new Software Download page! You can download Windows install media for Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and even Windows 7!

https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/software-download/

Enjoy!

Sirus

How to filter Internet content easily under 30 seconds

Posted in Browser, Free, Internet, Knowledge, Security with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 7, 2016 by Sirusdark

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Hello dear readers & visitors!

A friend of mine recently asked me if there was a way to easily filter web content so his kids and family wouldn’t stumble on adult content or other unwanted content.

Among the most simple solutions, one really stood out. It’s FREE, takes 30 seconds to implement, can be customized and in some case,┬ácan even increase your browsing speed!

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OpenDNS offer such a service and it’s free! In case you don’t know what OpenDNS is, it’s one of the biggest DNS service provider out there. Also, it’s now part of Cisco. So it’s not some obscure service I’m writing about.

How can you use it? Simply edit your DNS settings in your device or router! There are 2 ways to do it: with or without an account.

Keep-it-simple method

No account, configure and forget. Add these 2 FamilyShield nameservers (DNS resolvers) in your network settings and you’re good to go! It uses a set of presets and does the job well.

208.67.222.123
208.67.220.123

Power users & granular control

Want more POWAH? Create a free OpenDNS account, add your network, customize your categories, create whitelists, etc. and even help tag websites to improve the service!

If you don’t wanna do it for your whole network (via the router), make sure you install the little IP Updater app to update your IP address to your OpenDNS account. It’s available for Linux, Mac and Windows.

208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220

Here you can find the screenshots showing you how to edit your DNS settings in every Windows versions. It’s very straightforward. If you have any questions, ask!

https://support.opendns.com/entries/36904770-Configuration-for-Windows

Now remember, no amount of security and control mechanisms will replace good teaching and being a role model to others.

Be the example to follow.

Enjoy!

Sirus

References
-https://www.opendns.com/home-internet-security/
-https://store.opendns.com/setup/#/familyshield
-https://store.opendns.com/get/home-free
-https://support.opendns.com/entries/23282614
-https://support.opendns.com/entries/36904770-Configuration-for-Windows-computers
-https://www.cisco.com/web/about/ac49/ac0/ac1/ac259/opendns.html
-https://blog.opendns.com/2010/06/23/introducing-familyshield-parental-controls/

Christmas Fun with Google!

Posted in Free, Games, Internet, Learning with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 17, 2015 by Sirusdark

I saw the latest Google mini-games (also called doodles) and thought I’d share them because they actually make you learn stuff! Music, countries, coding… Try the Santa Map Quiz… You’ll be surprise how hard it is! (or not!)

If you’re too scared getting caught playing cute-childish games, do it with kids! No one will know! :D

Google Santa Tracker Village

https://santatracker.google.com/#village

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This one celebrates Ludwig Van Beethovens 245th birthday and let’s you learn about his musical creation while enjoying a little story!

https://www.google.com/doodles/celebrating-ludwig-van-beethovens-245th-year

Enjoy!

Sirus

Windows 10 – How to take back control of your updates! (KB 3073930)

Posted in Windows, Free with tags , , , , , , on September 23, 2015 by Sirusdark

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This piece of information is probably the most sought-out requested information I’ve ever been asked: “How the heck do I control my updates in Windows 10?

Well, here’s the utility Microsoft created to allow some kind of control over the update(s):

How to temporarily prevent a Windows or driver update from reinstalling in Windows 10 – KB 3073930

Download the “Show or hide updates” troubleshooter package now!

Please carefully read the full KB!!

P.S.: Yes, I still haven’t updated my main system to Windows 10. Still waiting for such problems to be solved… and Cortana. Canadian Cortana, eh!

FREE BONUS

Last post I shared a nice app to generate checksums. With this Windows shell extension, it’s right at your fingertips for all your files!
http://code.kliu.org/hashcheck/
(Yes, feels old. But it works perfectly!)

Enjoy!

Sirus

Reference
-https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3073930
-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Checksum
-http://code.kliu.org/hashcheck/

Windows 10 available next month – Wait

Posted in Announcement, Free, Windows with tags , , , , on June 17, 2015 by Sirusdark

Hello!logo_windows_10If haven’t heard yet, Windows 10 will be available next month, July 29, 2015!

For those of us who can’t wait to get their hands dirty and try Windows 10 now, simply register at Windows Insider Program and download it today… FOR FREE!

The wait

Meanwhile, since no one can predict how smoothly the upgrade will be, what will work, what won’t, which app will bug, etc., simply wait for yours truly to do it!

Once I screw up update my system to Windows 10, I’ll make a short review about it. :D

Your Windows Guinea Pig,

Sirus
sirusdark.ca

Reference
-http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/features
-https://insider.windows.com
-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_10

Windows 8.1 Installation Media is Free!

Posted in Computer, Free, How to, Software Tools, Windows 8 with tags , , , , , , on March 17, 2015 by Sirusdark

Did you know?

If you’ve lost, can’t find or don’t even have your Windows 8.1 installation disk (any version btw), there’s now no need to buy a new one; you can create one for FREE! I was recently asked again where to get a new installation media (aka install disk) and thought it was worth a post to reiterate this very useful info.

Create installation media for Windows 8.1

All you gotta do is download Microsoft’s application (less than 2 Mb), run the tool, select the Windows 8.1 version you need.

Probably the best part is it lets you choose between a USB installer and an ISO file. Once you’ve picked your preferred method of destruction installing, let it work. It’s that simple!

You don’t even have to install anything on your precious computer since it’s a standalone app; which makes it portable too!

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/create-reset-refresh-media

This nifty tool can create installation media for all the following Windows 8.1 versions (32bit/64 bit):

Windows 8.1
Windows 8.1 N
Windows 8.1 Pro
Windows 8.1 Pro N

Enjoy!

Sirus
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