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Welcome to Clif Notes Newsletter

September 16, 2007




Hi Everyone.

Thanks for reading my newsletter. Each week, I will have freeware reviews, tips, tricks, news, and lots of cool websites for you to check out.

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Is Trend Micro's HijackThis Spyware?

Notes from ClifNotes, Sep 2007, permalink Adware & Spyware Removal


Under review

I've been hearing that some people haven't been happy with Trend Micro's version of HijackThis (HJT). Many of you might be familiar with HJT. It's one of the most well known and most useful tools to help remove spyware and adware from Windows machines.


Last year, Merijn, the creator of HJT sold it to Trend Micro and stopped any development on his own. Since then Trend Micro has developed their own version of HJT. The heart of the complaints come from the "AnalyzeThis" reporting feature that Trend Micro placed inside of the new HJT.


I tried it out recently. I have no problem with the reporting feature. It's well labeled and it tells you it's going to report home. My only complaint would be that they don't tell you what it does. They only use it for statistics on infections.


Is this labeled good enough for you?


In any case, if you need to use HJT, I feel it's fine to use either version. Below is an article that comes close to labeling Trend Micro's copy as spyware. You should decide for yourself.



clipped from www.whatthetech.com

HijackThis is now spyware?

July 30th, 2007 by Blair

Merijn, the creator of HijackThis™ recently sold the popular application used to remove malware to Trend Micro™. In addition to improvements like support for Windows Vista™, they’ve added a deceptively titled “AnalyzeThis” button. While the average user likely thinks the AnalyzeThis button provides helpful information for diagnosing their log, it’s main purpose is to send the HJT log data to Trend Micro. Unfortunately, unless you carefully read the Trend Micro End User License Agreement, you would probably never know that the AnalyzeThis button submits the data from your HijackThis log to Trend Micro for use by them and their partners.

The Anti-Spware Coalition defines spyware as the following:

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Merijn's copy of HijackThis

Trend Micro's copy of HijackThis



WinTabber - Tab your terminal, shell, browser or favorite application

Notes from ClifNotes, Sep 2007, permalink Desktop Tools


Every now and then, Jack writes me a long letter telling me about all of the cool free programs he's been trying out. Sure, he gets into trouble now and then, but I think he has just as much fun fixing problems as he does trying out new stuff.


Last week he mentioned a system utility he's trying out called WinTabber. I checked it out at SiteAdvisor, and it's rated safe to try. As with any program, your mileage may vary.


Some info from Jack Alexander:

I'm still not finished playing with it (WinTabber) yet, but it does seem to be better than Stick. At this point it does seem to have some quirks, but that could just be my machine. Ever since I tried that TcSpy program, I've been having to do damage control. Tonight Firefox decided it was going to have a major problem and not load, so uninstalled it, ran the reg cleaner in ccleaner, reinstalled, and all is fine now. I have problems with Firefox at least once a week because of all of the risks i take trying programs. But with Erunt and System Restore and a few other tricks it's hard to actually crash XP.


click to expand picture

Quote from the website

Do you get frustrated trying to find the right window on your desktop, or with alt-tab but they all look the same?

WinTabber may be the answer ....


WinTabber can add tabs to many windows. A tabbed browser ,tabbed putty , tabbed terminal or tabbed shell, tabbed anything. Multi tab your windows in seconds. A terminal or shell with tabs work faster and efficiently! Having multiple windows as tabs will give a better overview of your windows than before. Also having multiple ssh sessions by the click of a tab works faster and efficiently.




Knytt Stories - sequels can be better

Notes from ClifNotes, Sep 2007, permalink Game


Here's a game review from Tony at TopFreeware

Knytt Stories - from Nifflas, the maker of Within a Deep Forest and Knytt

A lot of people should have already tried these games at least once in their time. I casually go by Nifflas's site every once in a while to see whats happening. To my surprise I found out that he was releasing a sequel to Kyntt!


You are Juni and you're mission is to stop an evil machine that has sucked the life out of your world.


This one (Knytt Stories), is much harder and you can download even more levels once you have finished the first one. He had also included an editor so you can be creative and create your own worlds. It has become such a quality game that gonintendo.com have even mentioned it. I don't know many freeware games that get mentioned there.


Anyway, instead of reading this go and download it now and find out why it's so good.

While you're there, don't forget to try out the others mentioned as well :)




Kind regards








Quote from the website

In Knytt Stories, each level is its own little adventure. One level is included with the game, where you have to stop a machine that draws the life out of the planet. An official expansion pack is also featured at the website with four original levels.


























Old Newsletter


I like to look back and see what I was thinking about. Here's another letter from the wayback machine.



















What free software do you need?

Notes from ClifNotes, permalink Windows Tips



So what do you need? Write it down below and I'll see if I can find it. If you know the answer to someone else's question, add your answer there.



Previous "What Do You Need" comments

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Aug 26 2007

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Internet Fixes Weekend Windup

tips from Gary at InternetFixes, Windows Tips


From Clif:

Gary at Internet Fixes continues to amaze me with hundreds and thousands of tips for your PC. Whatever your operating system, or how you use it, a visit to Gary's site will soon have you saying "So that's how you do this!".


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Last Mondays News Letter Tips


1. I have two user accounts, both administrative. I would like to close out one of them but cannot figure out how to move all the files from "owner" to "new". Would you be able to explain how to do this, if so, I would really appreciate your help.




2. After transferring files from one Hard Drive to another I can not open some files. I keep getting an error Access Denied. How Do I Take Ownership Of A Folder Or File?




3. In past versions of Windows I remember being able to use my Dial Up Modem to dial out as I would a normal phone. I can not find the Phone Dialer in Windows XP?




4. How Can I Stop The Unread Emails Option From Appearing On My Welcome Screen




5. How Can I Remove An Invalid Boot Path From The Boot.ini File?




6. If It Is At All Possible How Do I Fix An Unmountable_Volume Error In Windows XP




7. How Can I Remove Read Only Attributes From Files Backed Up To A CD After I Have Copied Them Back To The Hard Drive?




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IF01766 Easy enable real Administrator Account in Windows Vista Home Premium




IF01767 Keep User Account Control active, but get rid of annoying popups in Vista.




IF01768 Transfer User Accounts, System Settings from XP to Vista.




IF02011 Map a Network Printer In Windows XP.




IF02006 Using The Windows XP Event Viewer Log.




Have a Friend Or Colleague That One Of My Tips May Benefit? Forward This News Letter To Them!


Backup Your Registry.




Last Wednesdays News Letter Tips.


1. Can I Put A Picture Of My Own Choosing On The Start Menu And Welcome Screen? I Would Like To Add Mine, My Husbands, And Three Children.




2. Can I Create A Control Panel Icon On My Desktop? It Seems As Though I Am Always In It Anymore.




3. Can I Get Messenger To Ask For A Password When The Log Me In Automatically Has Been Checked?




4. Every time I open My Network Places I wait and wait for the Network Connections to show up in Windows XP. Is there anything I can do to speed things up?




5. How Can I Bypass The Windows Log On Screen After The .Net Framework has been installed?




6. Can I Change The Time Interval Between System Restore Points To 12 Hours?




7. I have heard that you can install Vista for up to 120 days with out inserting a Product Key. Can you tell me how I can do this?




Hardware And Software Vendor Phone List, A-K




Hardware And Software Vendor Phone List, L-P




Hardware And Software Vendor Phone List, Q-Z














Comments last week

Thanks to everyone who commented on the articles last week. You gave me more ideas and some good advice.



Yodm 3D - cool virtual desktop manager •

Spybot Search and Destroy - malware scanner and remover •

Stellarium - a star could be in your future •

DownloadHelper - to download streaming video, and more •

TC Spy - is it good at catching spyware? •

PeaZip - portable compressed file utility •

Photo to Sketch v3.5 Standard Edition

AutoPatcher killed by Microsoft •

Miro - The only video player you need? •




Sincerely Annoyed with Windows Vista

Firefox Email Help

10 Must Have Online Office Applications

Online Applications for Students

Google Earth's Flight Simulator

Smart Image Resizing



The Best of Hubble Images

Gorilla Rock

Conversion Central - find out how to convert almost anything •

Comparing Media Players - how many do you know about? •

Karen's Power Tools

SkreemR - finding favorite MP3s and more •

















VirusTotal - upload a file for an online virus test

Notes from ClifNotes, Sep 2007, permalink Anti-Virus Tools


Here's a good place to upload files to let someone else check them for bugs.


Quote from the website

VirusTotal is a service that analyzes suspicious files and facilitates the quick detection of viruses, worms, trojans, and all kinds of malware detected by antivirus engines.



• Free, independent service

• Use of multiple antivirus engines

• Real-time automatic updates of virus signatures

• Detailed results from each antivirus engine

• Real time global statistics




Docufarm - find and view uploaded documents

review from ClifNotes, Sep 2007, permalink Cool Website


This website gives people something they may not know that they need. A way to view documents online even if they don't have the software that is normally required to view the document.


The main use of the site is to allow you an easy way to search for documents online.


Here's an example of a Word Document that's hosted at my web host, PBwiki.com. There's no need to download it and open it in MS Word. It's all there to see.


Docufarm also has IE and Firefox addons. According to LifeHacker, the addons let you preview any document link you click on while surfing. That could be very handy.







Contactify - don't post your email address, post a link instead

review from ClifNotes, Sep 2007, permalink Cool Website


Since I'm always posting stuff on web pages, I keep an eye out for safe secure ways that let people contact me. I found this service in the CoolSitesNewsletter.


I've tried it out and I give it a big thumbs up. This would be a good tool for posting contact info at blogs and forums.


You can contact me here using Contactify.


Quote from the website

Create your own personal contact form, right here, right now.


Just one link.


People click on it, they can send you a message. And YOU, never reveal your email address. Reduces spam. Guards your privacy. Keeps you contactable.





CoolSites Newsletter this week


Here are a 6 links from Mark's CoolSites Newsletter. Be sure to visit his site and see the rest of his links this week.


September 14 2007 COOLSITES Newsletter # 130 by Mark Donaldson


Quote from the website

COOLSITES is a list of safe, fun, useful, informative and just plain cool websites and programs that are FREE, FREE and FREE. All of the programs and websites I list are free. If I list anything that is so good but isn't free I will list the price with it.




Websites I've visited recently


Have you seen any cool websites you want to share with us?



Goodbye Pidgeons - a unique solution

notes from ClifNotes, Sep 2007, permalink Cool Video


I found this cool video and just had to share it with you. This guy invented a unique solution to an age old problem. He had fun doing it too.






Homemade Rube Goldberg Contraption

Notes from ClifNotes, Sep 2007, permalink Cool Videos


Thanks to Tiffany Cartier for this video tip.


Tiffany says:

I had to watch this twice to believe it! Must have taken someone years to perfect the set up. Simply amazing!












SnapFiles.com - new and updated freeware

Source - http://snapfiles.com/freeware





News from Sarah in Tampa

Source - http://sarahintampa.com




Security news from Malware Advisor

blog by TeMerc Internet Countermeasures, source

Infected? Go to http://temerc.com for help




A view from CyberNirvana


CyberNirvana: Zia's blog about the web and web technology.




























Get Gmail! and Get Firefox!


You need a free 2.8 GB Gmail account to access many of the cool features at Google. After more than two years in beta testing Gmail is open to the public. Just go to http://gmail.com and sign up for an account.



I think Gmail works best in the awesome Firefox browser. It's free, easy to use, and it's way more secure than Internet Explorer. My favorite thing to do is to customize Firefox so that it does much more than IE ever could. You can select new button controls for your toolbars, install extensions to add new features, or change the look of your browser with themes - the way Firefox looks and works is under your control.


Get Firefox!


Chatting at FreewareWiki



Now you can chat with anyone visiting a website by using Gabbly. To see who's gabbing at this website, click here.





Find out more about Gabbly.com





Frapper - you people live all over the world!

Wow! Over 800 people and still growing! I invite all of you to record your locations on this map. You can include as little or as much information as you wish. I think you'll enjoy seeing yourself there.


Here's a small look at my frapper map.



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I get many of the reviews in the newsletter from the readers. You don't have to be a genius or computer guru. Just answer a few questions and send me a review. I'll probably put you in the newsletter.


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Have fun and surf safely.



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