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Free   Antivirus And  Spyware Removal Programs

This Section is dedicated to DON DARE Channel 6   WATE-TV personality.

 


1. SPYBOT         

**New Version 1.5 Updated September 17, 2007**

Locks out 35,000+ Bad Guys for XP.  New version has scheduling.

Requirements :Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista

 Download Spybot =======> SPYBOT  Ver 1.5  AntiSpyware
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2.  AD-AWARE

** New Version 1.06 Updated   06/ 01/ 2007**

Requirements:Windows 2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista(32-bit) Won’t work on Win98
Download Ad-Aware ====>  AD-Aware 2007    7.0.2.3 Antispyware

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3.   AVG Free  Anti Virus for Windows   

** New version  7.5 Updated   10/ 05 /2007**

This is a Free Antivirus Program for individuals.   Make sure you choose the free version not trial ver.

 Requirements: Windows 98, XP, Vista                                                                          
Download  AVG Free =====>  AVG Free Ver. 7.5 .488 AntiVirus
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3.5   AVG    Anti Rootkit Free for Windows   

 Rootkits are used to hide the presence of a malicious object like trojans or keyloggers on your computer.

 If a threat uses rootkit technology to hide itself it is very hard to find the malware on your PC.

Requirements : Windows XP, Vista only.

Download   AntiRootkit ===>  AVG AntiRootKitFree  ver1.1.0.42


4.    Google Toolbar

Google has a toolbar for Internet Explorer & Netscape 3.0

 Built in POP UP Stopper. &  tons of movies.

 Requirements: Widows XP & Vista .  Windows 98/ME used Previous version.
Download Google Toolbar ==> Google Toolbar
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5.  Shoot the Messenger 

Stops Spammers from accessing your computer via Windows Messenger Program. Make sure it is disabled.

Requirements: Widows XP & Vista .
Download =============>  Shoot The Messenger
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6.   Windows DefenderAntispyware
 
** New version   Updated   10/ 26 /2006**
Microsoft Windows Defender is a free Antispyware program .
 Microsoft will Validate your system. Illegal copies can’t run defender.
Requirements: Widows XP & Vista . Note it comes on Vista, but not turned on!

Download ============> Windows Defender Antispyware


7.   AVG    Anti Spyware for Windows 
** New version  7.5 Updated   10/ 01/ 2006**

This is a Free Antispyware Program for individuals.   Make sure you choose the free version not trial ver.

Requirements: Windows 98, XP, Vista

Download  Antispyware=>  AVG Ver. 7.5  Antispyware

8.    PC Tools Firewall Plus

 ** New version 3.0.0.36 Updated   10/ 01/ 2007**

A Good Free Firewall Solution for Your PC. Protects against online threats before they strike.

 Note: Make sure you uncheck the option for Spware doctor. Its not free !

Download PC Tools Firewall  > PC Tools Firewall Plus ==================================================

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For numbers 1-4 & 6  run everyday if you can. Otherwise try once a week.  Backup valuable like your pictures or other data to CD once a month.  CD Blanks cost 20cents a piece.

Cheap insurance folks!

 INTERNET  ATTACKS  by Steve Dendrinos Jr.

Internet Users are currently being terrorized by a variety of people. Think of someone on the international scene who has a gripe with the United State and then add the crazy computer geek who wants to show off, this results in attacks on your system.  These nasties are now attacking Microsoft's operating systems such as Windows 98, XP etc. New viruses are being generated at an ever increasing rate and complexity.  The new threat is Spy Software.  Spyware slows down your computer and watches what you are doing. You may not see it, but its there, lurking in your computer. A recent study sanctioned by the US Government found SPYWARE on 80% of 1500 computers that were examined. What it's doing is tracking your activity on the internet and reporting it to advertisers, who could then bombard you with pop-up ads for items related to what you've been looking at on the web.   Please note: even if you bought a brand new Dell yesterday, there is no guarantee that you won't be a victim tomorrow.  It takes an average of only 20 minutes with no protection to get infected.  At this point it is not a warranty problem and Dell can't help you!  COMPUTER KING REPAIRS VIRUS PROBLEMS.


AVG Specialized Utilities

There are some viruses that your anti virus program can find, but cannot remove. This is where the specialized antivirus Utilities comes in.  To use these you have to know what you’re doing, have delusions of competency or be  really desperate.


AVG VCLEANER

Vcleaner is a stand-alone utility used to detect and remove specific viruses. It is not a substitute for full anti-virus protection, but rather a tool to assist administrators and users when dealing with an infected system. Think of this program as a  way to remove the top ten most bothersome virus’s.


 McAfee Specialized Utilities -AVERT Stinger

Stinger is a stand-alone utility used to detect and remove specific viruses. It is not a substitute for full anti-virus protection, but rather a tool to assist administrators and users when dealing with an infected system. Stinger utilizes next generation scan engine technology, including process scanning, digitally signed DAT files, and scan performance optimizations.  Ditto for stinger.


Norton Specialized Virus Removal Tools

Malicious Code has become increasingly complex and infections involve more system elements than ever before. Symantec Security Response has developed tools to automatically conduct what would often amount to extensive and tedious manual removal tasks. If your system has become infected, the tools listed below should aid you in repairing the damage. Ditto Symantec.


Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool

The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool checks computers running Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows Server 2003 for infections by specific, prevalent malicious software—including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom—and helps remove any infection found. When the detection and removal process is complete, the tool displays a report describing the outcome, including which, if any, malicious software was detected and removed.


Kapersky  Specialized Virus Removal Tools

There are some viruses that your anti virus program can find, but cannot remove. This is where the specialized antivirus Utilities comes in.  To use these you have to know what you’re doing, have delusions of competency or be  really desperate.


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Suggested Useful Downloads

 

 Google PICASA 2  Find, Edit & Share your Photo   
A free software download from Google.

Picasa2 is software that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the pictures on your PC. Every time you open Picasa2, it automatically locates all your pictures (even ones you forgot you had) and sorts them into visual albums organized by date with folder names you will recognize. You can drag and drop to arrange your albums and make labels to create new groups. Picasa makes sure your pictures are always organized. Picasa2 also makes advanced editing simple by putting one-click fixes and powerful effects at your fingertips. And Picasa2 makes it a snap to share your pictures. You can email, print photos home, make gift CDs.


 Google Earth - Explore the World from your PC     
A free software download from Google. Requires: High speed broadband, Windows XP, or 2000 &  500Mhz Min.

Want to know more about a specific location? Dive right in -- Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips. Google Earth puts a planet's worth of imagery and other geographic information right on your desktop. View exotic locales like Maui and Paris as well as points of interest such as local restaurants, hospitals, schools, and more.


 Google Desktop    
A free software download from Google. Requires:  Windows XP, or 2000 &  500 Mhz Min.

 Quickly search your computer for emails, web history, and files. View news, photos and more anywhere on your desktop. In business you always seem to lose a document or E-mail. Now you can do a Google search on your own computer.  Handy for senior citizens to.

Openoffice.org  The free Microsoft Office Clone Version 2.0.4
Ever wish Microsoft Office were free? Now you can get a 90% compatible Word, Excell and Powerpoint from OPENOFFICE.ORG for FREE.  OpenOffice.org is both a fully-featured office suite compatible with leading office products, and a virtual community working through OpenOffice.org's numerous projects.  Used by millions of people world wide. Great for home schoolers, churches and small business that just needs to write a Microsoft Word compatible letter.


Clean Temporary Files by Compu-Docs.

As you browse the Internet, open files, and run programs, many temporary files accumulate on your computer. Besides wasting hard drive space they can also cause problems browsing the internet when you accumulate too many files. One of my clients had over a Gigabyte of temp files on his computer. You can manually cleanup these temporary files or use the disk cleanup utility included in Windows but they are seldom used, due to the numerous steps involved. The 2 files available for download below will allow you, with the click of an icon, to cleanup the temporary files in a matter of seconds. The first time you run the program, it may take up to 10 minutes to cleanup your temp files.


Merijn.Org

Merijn is a great web site. This is the author of Hijack This, new programs are startuplist, Brute force uninstaller. Now who doesn’t need that once in a while. Check it out .


NASA World Wind

Explore The Earth from Space, Check out the Moon close up and also check out the monuments on Mars. It takes a little work to download these programs but they are very educational.


TUTORIALIZED ”Where Everything is a tutorial

You bought that expensive bloated software, But how do you use it. Get professional tutorials for Word, Excell, Powerpoint, to Web Design.

And the best part is its all FREE.


 Find Tutorials on Almost Anything
This site has links to Total Free Tutorials=3666 , Total Videos=709, Total Courses= 310.  Outside the technical topics you will find you will find tips on how to shop for car insurance and a host of other useful subjects. Sample topics include Art& Humanities, Business & Finance, Crafts & hobbies, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden,  Sports, Travel, and Religion.  We provide you decide !


Download GDI.DLL

Certain windows versions, usually Windows 2000 Professional require the Graphic Design Interface.


K-lite Mega Codec Pack 1.53

With the FREE  K-Lite Codec Pack  you should be able to play all the popular movie formats and even some rare formats. This  package is mainly for power users and people who do their own encodings. In many cases windows media player may not have the codec or translation decoding program. The K-Lite is a solution.


SECTION B   Basic Security For Wireless Routers
In only 7 years  51% of us have moved from dial up telephone  internet  56 kilobaud to  broadband Comcast type cable  which is now  74000 Kilobaud speed.  The mandate from congress is that in the year 2006 we will have speeds of  100,000 Kilobaud.
The computer access by then  will be by cable, Phone line, Power Line and Wireless.
Many people now  have a cable connection (Comcast or Bellsouth DSL) and are adding a Personal Wireless Router to their system. This allows them to put computers in any part of the house without cables i.e.  wireless.  There is one problem !  Most pilgrims  are not reading the instructions,  but are still getting the wireless router  to work anyway. They are not aware in many cases that they are sharing their wireless connection for 200 -700 ft in every direction with other people.  This means that  your neighbor can access your computer.
WATE-TV CHANNEL 6  Asked us for steps  to  make wireless computing safe. Below there is a a set of instructions from Computer King  for  making your wireless connection secure.


CLICK HERE
==> BASIC SECURITY FOR WIRELESS ROUTERS


Internet Explorer Too Dangerous To Keep Using
As time went on and open-source Mozilla matured, I started using Mozilla as my main Linux Web browser and as my secondary Windows browser. This past Friday, though, I started installing Firefox, the browser-only side of Mozilla, on every one of my production Windows machines.   Why? Because Internet Explorer, like Outlook, has finally become, to my mind, a permanent security hole that masquerades as a useful application.   Strong words? Have you really thought about this latest exploit? It could hit every Internet Explorer (IE) browser that merely visited any page served by an infected Microsoft IIS (Internet Information Server).   No anti-virus program would stop it, no firewall would slow it down and no shipping IE security patch would even notice it.


Microsoft Releases Flurry Of Patches
Microsoft Corp. yesterday released an unusually large number of software security updates to fix flaws in its products, some of which could be exploited to remotely take over computers running the Windows operating system.  The free updates, available at Microsoft's Windows Update Web site, are designed to fix at least 21 vulnerabilities, several of which reside on nearly every version of the Windows operating system and affect hundreds of millions of computers.  Suggestion : Click here:
TO  UPDATE WINDOWS


Urban Legends Reference Page
 Uban legends  cover everything from free money from Microsoft to Alligators in your sewer.  This is a quick way to get the real skinny .  Senior citizens seem to be targeted for scams.    Welcome to your corner of urban legends sanity on the World Wide Web! Named by Time magazine in March 2002 and again in June 2003 as one of the 50 Best Web Sites, snopes.com contains thousands of articles about urban legends, Internet lore, odd news stories, strange facts, common misconceptions, superstitions, unusual word origins, and little-known yet fascinating tidbits of history.


PC MAGAZINE
 This is a dangerous time in computing and it is nice to be able to check out a magazine that has been helpful to first timers as well old timers.  They have New, Reviews , Downloads  and discussion groups.  If they alert you to a virus, believe it.  Really a great site for everyone.


PC   MAGAZINE   DOWNLOADS
 There are a ton of very useful programs that could make your life easier and more efficient.  The problem is to find a site you can trust. PC MAGAZINE  is such a site.  Many of  my more useful programs came from this site back when they were only available on CD.  You young whippersnappers have it made. Two clicks of a mouse at the right site and you get great software.  Try looking at this site from time to time. Since it's a magazine they have to be current, topical  and innovative to hold their audience.


(CNET)    DOWNLOAD.COM
  I almost hate to point you to this site.  It has a long list of programs,  with reviews  by whoever  etc.   It does a good job of  giving a  description  of the program  but in  many cases  the programs  are ineffective.   For example, while they have SPYBOT and AD-AWARE  for removing spyware, there  many others  that are  only  a millimeter above spyware themselves.   On the plus side, this site is fast  with a large variety of selections .
DOWNLOADERS  BEWARE !


Pricelessware   or  Great Freeware
This is list of Freeware. This means its FREE, no payment required. This site is mostly for good utilities for the Techie and Newbie alike. The Pricelessware List reflects the programs favored by participants in the alt.comp.freeware newsgroup ; it is not an exhaustive list of the best available Freeware. Most of the listings are well-known programs, but there are some hard-to-find goodies to be discovered. GET SPYBOT HERE !


Microsoft Internet Explorer Virus Advisories by Secunia
This is a blatant attempt to get our customers to be a  little more worried about their computer security.   The level of threats do not seem to be abating.  Keep your 15 year olds in check.  We are providing you with the information you  need  to try and stay on top of a frothy  sea of viruses and other threats.  Internet Explore being one of them.


SECUNIA   Current Virus Info
This is one of the sites Microsoft to keep abrest Virus Information.  If Homeland Security ever puts a Tom Clancy Net Force you will be able to link here.  In the meantime check this site out.


US DOE VIRUS PAGE
There may be someone more paranoid than the the Department of Energy on viruses, but I doubt it.  Since I live in the vicinity of a possible nuclear catastrophe, I'm glad of their vigilance. They have a pretty good section on tools, hoaxes, and viruses.   Considering that a virus attacked many mainframe servers  in the US in only 13 minutes, this vigilance should not be taken lightly.  If your a  IS manager wantabe  this site is for you.


DLL-FILES.COM
This site is for the technically competent only !  Everyone has received a "Couldn't find ****.dll..." pop-up message at some time. Well folks, your problems are over!  Here you will find the most common files that may be missing or corrupted on your computer. Feel free to  download no cost!  Make sure you have a copy of win zip handy. 


3D Rewritable Atomic Holographic Optical Data Storage
  Why Rewritable Atomic Holographic Storage Using Reprogrammable Transparent Optical atomic switch?
How about  6,840 raw uncompressed high quality Video/TV hours, or  2,100,000 chest x-rays,   or nearly 10,000,000 high-resolution images, or 30,000 four-drawer filing cabinets of documents, or 20,000 DVD'S Worm's , or 4,000 BLU-Ray Worm disk's on ONE 10 Terabyte 3.5 in. removable disc.  Radiology will never be the same again.  Yeah  I need 10 terabytes for my movie collection.  Eat your heart out IPOD !


Serenity Virtual Station

One of the first commercial implementations of virtual machines goes back to the IBM 370 mainframe computers. A virtual machine operating system was written so programs developed for the older IBM 360 products could still be run on the new, improved IBM 370 machines. This early use of virtual machines demonstrates some key user benefits which are still important and available to users, today! The user's investment in their software was protected because the virtual machine extended the useful life of the application. Users derived the benefit of the new and powerful hardware while avoiding the expenses associated with migrating software.  Serenity Virtual Station enables you to run "virtual personal computers" on your PC. By creating these virtual machines, users can run multiple copies operating systems at the same time. For example, a user could run Microsoft Windows XP (r), a copy of Microsoft NT4, and even a copy of IBM's OS/2 on a PC which is "running Linux".


CODEWEAVERS
This an alternative answer to Microsoft Windows Operating systems .   CodeWeavers has written software that will allow you to run selected Microsoft programs such as office on your Linux machine. The benefit to Linux users is that the original Office runs on a linux machine that is almost invunerable to virus/Spyware problems.


Google Toolbar for Netscape 7.0 and above
Mozilla Development    MOZDEV.ORG has  version   0.7.06 which can be downloaded.    Press Install by that version 0.7.06  .By going back to http://googlebar.mozdev.org  Here if your a doctor you can get a search engine  for PUBMED etc. The Googlebar project was initially created to address the widespread desire in the mozilla community for the Google toolbar to support Netscape 7/Mozilla, since many users of mozilla enjoy having all of Google's specialty searches in one convenient location. In the past, the Google toolbar was only available for IE on windows. While we are in no way affiliated with Google inc, our current release emulates all of the basic search functionality of the toolbar, allowing users to easily access almost all of Google's specialty searches (some of which are not   yet supported by the original Google toolbar!) from one convenient toolbar.


LITEPC.COM
LITEPC  has two products "98 LITE" and "2000XP LITE" . These programs allow the user to eliminate a lot of microsoft overhead.  Having the ability to configure your windows 98 gets you more performance, a more stable operating system. You can add and remove options at the click of a mouse.  Many LINUX users are using VMSWARE  to host windows98 and windowsXP . Using the configuration programs to skinny down Win98  allows them to run Windows 98 at practically regular speed but on a Stable  Linux Platform.  Check it out.


SPEEDSYS
Speedsys is a  sysinfo / benchmark program. This a very small  tightly coded Russian Origin Program of pure genius. Designed for detection of hardware, checking  quality, states of working and benchmarks of the computer components. Speedsys can be used for checking efficiency to optimization, overclocking, checking CD disks and others. Platform: DOS 5.0+  Works with: Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP . This 100K program does a lot  due to tight coding. It's a great memory checker, Checks speed of CD, gives you more information  that most commercial programs and the best part is its free. Not for Newbies.


WINDOWS FIX ZONE
I like the name on this one. Looks like they have a fairly good set of utilites and tips.  We are  curently checking out MAD BOOT.  This creates a bootable diskette that spans DOS to windows XP. Check this site if you are a technician.  Low level formats a snap.  Guarantee you will bookmark it.


The Harrow Group
Jeffery Harrow was a  forward observer of the future for Compaq Corporation.  His articles when he was with Compaq were always thought provoking.  As a principle of the Harrow Group, he has only gotten better.  Jeff  presents insight, analysis, and commentary on the innovations and trends of contemporary computing.  He can help you understand and profit from the world of constant exponential technological growth.  His information is presented in written form or of  an MP3 listening format variety.   In NLP terms the man is prophetic and can give you some good guideposts to the future.


Extreme Tech
Extreme Tech is for the person with more money than good sense.  It also designed for those of us that who wish to dream about our ultimate system.  In the computer arena the definition of the ultimate system changes every two days. You will definitely find this site educational. You won't have to read Computer Shopper and when you win the Tennessee Lottery you can spec out your dream system.  Keep in mind fellows that the systems described in Extreme Tech are going to be hard to get and expensive.   Otherwise as you were.     Dream On!


The (ETSC) East Tennessee Computer Society
The East Tennessee Computer Society is a local computer group that has gone through some hard times. The benefit of the group is that it is useful to smarties to share and exchange information with each other . in addition it is a source of help to the current crop of computer newbies . At ETSC you have access to  experts in computer languages DOS, WIN98, WIN XP, Linux  and Networking. These folks have classes in areas of specialization also called (SIG) Special Intrest Groups.  Think of this group as a 911 for stupid questions in things you want to know. The meeting is conventiently located to Computer King. Stop by and say hello.


Manufacturer Phone Numbers
Before you can ask a stupid question,  you have to have to obtain a stupid telephone number to dial. A toll free one would be nice!  Kim Komando a radio cyber personality ( ' aka digital goddess )  has produced a pretty good page with the toll free phone numbers of the major manufacturers. You will now have access to the best elevator music in the world and you can join in the world wide wait to talk to a human about your special problem. 


"Every File Format in the World"
 This is a list of file name extension or suffixes that indicate the format or usage of a file and a brief description of that format. We don't really show the file format itself here. In fact, many formats are proprietary and we couldn't show them to you. In some cases, we link to a definition of the file format or to related information.


STILLER RESEARCH
This is Virus 101.  What is it etc.  This  is a very informative set of information articles on viruses.  I still believe Norton has one of the best programs  for the general public, but there are hundreds out there.


SOPHOS
Sophos is Greek for wisdom. This site has a lot of wisdom on a particular virus and on virus hoaxes. Sophos is committed to raising the awareness of both general virus and anti-virus issues. We provide a comprehensive range of material and information about new  viruses, hoaxes and white papers. We also keep you informed with  monthly updates on new and revised virus threats.


UT Computing Technology Homepage
This is a complete homepage that point you to a large variety of computing technologies. From hardware and software and networks.  Super resource for the techie inclined.


About   Networks and Networking
This is a complete homepage on  networks from simple home networks to the big guys from Cisco.  Everything you wanted to know about peer to peer networks.


FIND TUTORIALS
  This site has links to over 3600 how-to-guides.  The vast majority 2400 are computer and internet related topics.  Outside the technical topics you will find you will find tips on how to shop for car insurance and a host of other useful subjects.  They are scouring the internet to find more topics so check it out frequently.  A great place to get a variety of  information .


SLASHDOT.ORG
The only really good site  news for nerds.  If you want to be at the leading edge this is the place dude. This site also caters to those who write code and have problems.  It could be a learning experience if you have time.


Broomman Tech Support Page
This is a very dangerous page for the uninitiated but there is a treasure trove of good information for the person that has no delusions of competency. Use with extreme care.  There are some great informations sites linked from this site, so if your a techie and need the info this is the site dude.


PC HELL
Everyone has been to PC Hell at one time or another. It's that place you visit when your personal computer is      driving you insane with problems, glitches, and so on. To try to soothe the frustration, we'll provide some tips, hints, and troubleshooting remedies to help you get out of PC Hell. Be warned however, sometimes there is no exit. This site has some pretty good virus eradication programs and some helpful hints about IRQ conflicts etc. A good place to learn and a good resource.  Check it out !


DRIVER GUIDE
This is a complete compendium of drivers for all computers.   User name = Drivers2   Password = All.


 WIN DRIVERS
Windows supported drivers.


 MR DRIVER
So so driver but a  another resource tool.


BIOSCENTRAL
Ever wish you could figure out what the beep codes coming from your computer meant.  Well there was one frustrated dude  that started compiling the information and couldn't stop.  Fortunately for us he compiled data on all the different bios and their beep codes. This really is a useful site and a learning site.


PC CHIPS
This company is one of the largest   motherboard  manufacturers in the world.  They have a huge variety of brand names they sell under.  If you got yours hands on a mystery motherboard this might be the place to look.  You can also look into the future here and see the direction that many big companies will be  taking.


VIRTUAL DRIVERS
This site is good for older versions of windows as well as new systems and the ever popular LINUX.


  SEAGATE
Everything you wanted to know about Seagate Drives.  Jumper settings and specs.


  MAXTOR
Everything you wanted to know about Maxtor Drives.  Jumper settings and specs.


  DIAMOND MULTIMEDIA
Graphic cards CD ROMS etc. made by diamond.


  COMPAQ COMPUTER
This is Compaq's site for all computers desktops and laptops.  Compaq will sell you their software at a nominal  cost if you can provide them with a serial number.


  DFI MOTHERBOARDS
This is DFI's site for all their motherboards.


  SHUTTLE MOTHERBOARDS
This is SHUTTLE'S  site for all spacewalker motherboards.


ACER TECHNICAL SUPPORT
This ACER site gives you everything , Jumpers software etc.


FREE  ON-LINE TRAINING
 There are over 200 FREE on-line courses available. The courses cover all the products Microsoft makes as well as LOTUS, COREL (Wordperfect), Contact Management, Accounting, and Desktop Publishing.  Certification  in these skills by commercial companies cost from hundreds to thousands per course.   But for you it's   FREE !!! . Want to learn how to build a web page download the manual.  You will have to have a copy of adobe acrobat reader in order to print the manuals. For old timers who like a printed manual to study, this is above and beyond.


JAN'S COMPUTER LITERACY 101
 One of our customers Jan Smith of Crossville Tennessee has produced an illustrated Computer Literacy 101. Just go to this page and click on the little computer at the bottom of the screen to start this course.  There is a teacher oriented section for those teachers that want to set up a course based on Jan's work. All she asks is that the teachers ask for permissions so she can track the use of the material and also get feedback on improving the product.  If you are new to computers, give this course a try. It is really well done.