TTVs Call For Helps "Best Of The Best"
TechTVs "Call For Help"
am dedicating this, to keep alive all the hard work the people of TTVs
"Call For Help" have put into putting this together. As of May
28th, 2004. The Call For Help boards are no more. And so as not to lose
this information. I am putting their hard work here.
This is a consolidation
of the "Best of the Best" links found on the CFH boards.
There's been many contributors to this post and many of them have given
these links out countless times. These links have proven themselves time
and time again. It's our sincere hope that these links will solve your
computer problem. And if you don't have any outstanding computer issues
to address, then feel free to explore the fruit of our research. All of
the software found here is free. There are upgrade versions available for
many of them, and better programs available, but the software commonly
recommended is free.
Sincerely: All the volunteers at the Call For Help Message Board.
Never use MSConfig to disable startup programs no matter what others have
recommended. MSConfig was never meant to be a startup manager. Please
note the warning found on the Microsoft site
concerning MSConfig. If you use it and then run a program, you may cause
problems that can only be resolved with a repair install of your
Operating System. Instead, use one of the following startup managers.
00.. Codestuff Starter.
01.. Pacs-Portal Startup.
02.. Greatis Startup.
03.. Mike Lin's Startup Control Panel is an
easy way of controlling the startup programs.
Hardware and Software Utilities
Need to find out something about your computers hardware or software?
10.. Aida32 V. 3.93 Reports on Hardware and
give links for updates. If it's not offered there, then you can find it here
11.. Belarc Advisor Reports on Software and
12.. MS Windows Memory Diagnostic Tests your
13.. PCPitstop.com checks many things from disk
fragmentation to Internet speed tests.
14.. Driver Detective will check your drivers
and report what updates are available. This program is not free, so we
generally recommend people to simply write down their results and then
manually get the updated drivers.
Keeping your computer secure is your first line of defence against
hackers, viruses, trojans, hijackers, spammers, and adware. These
programs and sites will help you make the job a little bit easier. They
will also educate you about the threat and your computer, and is one of
the most important parts of computer maintenance you can do.
20.. Windows Update is
the most important security measure you can do.
21.. Windows XP Service Pack 1a
Now you can download and save SP1 on your computer or burn it to disk
instead of having to download it every time you reinstall Windows XP.
22.. 826939 Update Rollup 1 for
Windows XP. Microsoft has released Update Rollup 1 for
Microsoft Windows XP. An update rollup is a cumulative set of hotfixes,
security patches, critical updates, and updates that are packaged
together for easy deployment. Update Rollup 1 for Windows XP is a single
package that includes many previously released critical updates for
23.. Cumulative Security Update for
Internet Explorer 6 SP1. This download wraps up multiple
security patches from Microsoft into a single download. There are other
security patches available as well. See Microsoft's Protect Your PC
page for more details.
24.. Windows 98 Critical and
Beneficial Updates. Get them while Microsoft still supports
Windows 98. Save them to your computer and burn them to CD.
25.. Shoot the Messenger
Disables windows messenger service for you.
26.. Kellys-Korner has a fix if you use shoot
the messenger and Outlook Express or Hotmail slows down.
27.. DCOMbobulator Disables DCOM (a security
28.. Auditmypc.com scans
your firewall for security leaks
29.. Sygate Security Scan tests for open ports
on your computer.
2A.. Microsoft Baseline Security
2B.. Unplug and Pray Disables the Rarely used
UPnP service for you.
2C.. DirectX Buster fully uninstalls DirectX
from your computer.
2D.. Cumulative Security Update for
Internet Explorer sp1. Now you can download all the updates
and save them to your drive or burn them to CD.
2E.. Sun Java. More secure than MS version of
java and still supported.
2F.. Hacker eliminator
can prevent worms and hijacking and gives recommendations on your
internet browser settings.
2G.. Setting Up Security Zones
in Internet Explorer shows you how to set up security zones to protect
2H.. Start Page Guard prevents your home page
from being hijacked. If it gives you an alert, you should also scan for
hijackers and viruses.
Free Personal Firewalls
Never have 2 or more software firewalls running on the same computer.
They often conflict with each other and cause problems
30.. Sygate Personal Firewall
31.. Tiny Personal Firewall
33.. Outpost firewall
Free Web Browsers
It's generally recommended that you have more than one browser available
to you even if you use one exclusively. That way, you can check to see if
a problem is unique to your browser or a more generalized problem.
41.. Firefox Extentions
43.. Flashpeak SlimBrowser
Web based Virus and Trojan Scanners
It's always a good idea to never rely on a single anti virus program.
Especially if you have recently cleaned out a virus.
50.. Panda ActiveScan
51.. Free Online Trojan Scan
52.. CWShredder removes
the CoolWebSearch Hijacker and it's variations. Here's a tip.
53.. Symantec Security Check
54.. BitDefender Free Online Virus Scan
55.. RAV Online Virus Scanner just put in an
email address and click on to continue without subscribing click
Local computer Virus and Trojan Scanners
These free anti virus programs give you extra protection against viruses
and are updated regularly.
60.. Avast, Home Editon
61.. AVG AntiVirus
62.. And if you're having trouble getting updates for AVG AntiVirus, here's the fix.
63.. Mike Lins Startup Monitor alerts you if
any programs like trojans, viruses, or hijackers register to run at
64.. Winpatrol also alerts you to programs that
are installed on your computer without your knowledge.
Links to common virus removal instructions
70.. Symantec w32 blaster worm
71.. Symantec w32 blaster worm
72.. Symantec qhosts worm
73.. Symantec qhosts worm removal
74.. McAfee Qhosts-1 information and removal instructions
75.. Besttechie.net has instructions on how to
remove the MSUpdater.exe trojan.
Adware, Spyware, and Hijacker Scanners
If your anti virus program finds nothing and you are experiencing virus
like symptoms or unwanted advertisements, these programs may help.
80.. Spybot Search and Destroy removes
advertising and spyware from your computer.
81.. AdAware removes
advertising and spyware from your computer.
82.. Hijack This is a highly useful program for
finding and removing computer hijacking.
83.. Spyware Blaster
prevents some spyware from being installed in the first place.
84.. Browser Hijack Blaster prevents some
85.. KazaaBeGone removes Kazaa and all of its
86.. IE Spyad places
advertisement sites in the restricted zone and disables many of the tools
they use to hijack your computer.
87.. Mike Lin's Startup Monitor" monitors
what runs on startup and alerts you to new additions.
90.. EMS Freesurfer
91.. Google Toolbar
92.. www.Popuptest.com Test your PopUp Stopper
Web Sites with Useful information
These web sites have information that can help people diagnose many
common problems on their computers. They also have information that
people commonly ask about.
A0.. Doxdesk.com/parasite lists information
about software parasites.
A1.. SpywareGuide.com lists information about
A2.. Spywareinfo.comalso lists information
lists common tasks that are running on your machine.
information about windows services.
A5.. BIOS Power On Self Test (POST) Beep Codes
A6.. Fdisk Radified gives information on how to
use the Fdisk utility.
A7.. Annoyances.org has a lot of information
and tip on many subjects.
A8.. Password Recovery for Windows XP, 2000, NT.
Make sure you read the FAQ Before you do anything
A9.. Vmyths.com is a web site with the latest
news about Virus Hoaxes and Myths.
AA.. Hoaxbusters.ciac.org is an Email hoax
site. Learn why you should not believe everything you read.
Microsoft Knowledge Base Articles
These articles by Microsoft resolve issues that we often see on this board.
B0.. Windows "Software Update
incomplete, This Software Update Did Not Update Successfully" Error
Message When You Visit the Windows Update Site
B1.. 281679 You Cannot Open New Internet Explorer Window
or Nothing Happens After You Click a Link
B2.. 306615 The Computer Always
Starts in Safe Mode
B3.. 308421 How To Take Ownership of
a File or Folder in Windows XP
B4.. 148919 Windows Restarts
B5.. 311806 Windows Restarts When
You Try to Shut Down Your Computer
B6.. 314057 NTLDR Is Missing Error Message When You
Upgrade or Install Windows XP Over Windows 95, Windows 98, Or Windows
B7.. 321305 How to Log On to Windows
XP If You Forget Your Password or Your PassWord Expires
B8.. 302089 How to Prevent Windows
Messenger From Running on a Windows XP Based Computer
Windows Installation Helpful How To Sites
These sites offer good information on how to install and repair Microsoft
C0.. XP Clean Install
C1.. How To Repair XP
C2.. How to Install Windows 98 on a
Computer With No Operating System
C3.. How to Use the Fdisk and Format
Tools to Partition or Repartition a Hard Disk
Registry Cleaners, file shredders, and file recovery
Securely deleting files, recovering deleted files, and cleaning the
registry are common issues many people have asked about.
D0.. Regseeker is a registry cleaner
D1.. Eraser is the most recommended file
D2.. AnalogX Supershredder
D4.. Cuteeraser is more
of an internet privacy utility
D5.. MRUBlaster cleans up
Most Recently Used entries for privacy on public computers
D6.. Active@Killdisk hard drive eraser will
wipe the entire hard drive completely
D7.. PC Inspector emaxx
will wipe a hard drive well enough for the defense department.
D8.. PC Inspector File Recovery
D9.. Restoration - File Undelete
Utility will recover files after they were removed from the
D10.. ISO Buster will allow you to recover lost
data or files from CD's or DVD's.
D11.. Autoclave wipes the
entire hard drive clean
D12.. Disk Cleener cleans out the temp directory
and the internet temporary files. Works with Opera and IE.
Video conversion and editing
These websites give excellent information about converting video and
making DVDs, VCDs, and SVCDs.
E0.. DVDRhelp.com has information on making
DVDs, VCDs, and SVCDs.
E1.. DVDRhelp convert has information on
converting files into DVD, VCD, and SVCD formats.
E2.. TmpGenc video conversion program.
E3.. Irfanview will display pictures and video
in most formats.
Other, Uncategorized Links
F0.. www.dllfiles.com find missing dll files
F1.. missingfiles has
many of those files that your computer may be missing.
F3.. Winzip compresses
and decompresses most file formats.
F4.. What is a Troll? answers the question
"why is this guy insulting, and what can I do about it".
G0.. Kelly's Korner has more information, fixes
and tweaks than most people have time to read.
G3.. PC Pitstop has a utility that test your
G4.. Xteq Xsetup has lots of tweaks. Don't
forget to get the extra plugins.
G5.. Jv16 utilities has many tweaks available
for your system.
G6.. TweakUI also has
many tweaks for Windows.
(Reposted for jdlech)