Removing Malware with Microsoft Security Essentials or Malwarebytes, Easy Transfers, Video Sharing, Virtualization and A Google A Day – HT021

Home-Tech-Album-125x125_thumb1_thumb1Jim, Christian and Andrew are this week joined by Mike Howard for this weeks installment of the Home Tech Podcast.

The guys start off talking about their choice of Virus and Malware removal tools, with Microsoft Security Essentials, Avira AntiVirus, Malwarebytes, McAfee Stinger and various Symantec Removal Tools, as well as the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool, which comes from Microsoft via Windows Update.

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Jim talks about using the Microsoft Easy Transfer Wizard for moving files off an infected machine, as well as moving the files back after rebuilding a machine.  The Easy Transfer Wizard can also be used for upgrading to Windows 7 from Windows XP and Windows Vista.

Andrew introduces the guys to a Google a Day, which is a bit of Google fun, in the form of a website that asks you a daily question, and uses your Google skills to find the answer.  If you can’t work out the answer, the site shows you how they would use Google to find the answer.  As the folks at a Google a Day say, “There’s no right way to solve it, but there’ only one right answer”.  Christian and Mike tells us how to use the various Advanced Search Options, Jim and Andrew talk about some of the built-in Google Calculator options that can be called from the search bar itself, and Mike and Christian then talk about how to search within a website from Google itself.  e.g. to search for John Zajdler’s Multipoint Server Article within The Average Guy website, you would enter “multipoint” into the Google Search Bar.

Christian talks to us about his latest project to provide video streaming via Word Press for his upcoming orchestra tour in Argentina.  The guys discuss the merits of sharing video via YouTube and Facebook.

For the Deal of the Week, the folks from have the ASUS Core i5 Notebook for a hint over $500.

imageChristian’s tip of the week, is how to use your multiple monitors when connecting to a system with a single monitor attached by checking the “Use all monitors for the remote session” in the Display properties of the Remote Desktop Client.

In the process, Christian getting the guys drooling over his dad Gary’s current triple monitor setup, and his future upgrade to a triple 30 inch monitor setup!

Christian gives us his take on the Internet Explorer 10 release date speculation seen this week, and his take on what is coming down the pipe with respect to HTML and CSS support in future releases.

The guys discuss a couple small issues that Andrew has seen with Internet Explorer 9 and Skype , and the odd issues the guys have seen with Skype from time to time.

Mike today brings us some great discussion around Virtualization and the various Hypervisors the guys have used, including VirtualBox, VMWare ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V, and using Disk2VHD from SysInternals to convert an older PC into a virtual machine, which is especially handy for migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7, and the joys of being able to copy virtual machines between PCs, as explained by the folks over at HowToGeek.



The guys wrap up the show talking about the things they like about the changes in technology as it is impacting them and the people around them in their day to day lives.

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