Category: Internet & Privacy

MalwareBytes is a good program for Malware scanning

As the title reads, MalwareBytes is a good program to use for scanning for malware and adware on your computer. Over time, malware and adware can be picked up while browsing the Internet. If you are browsing questionable websites at times, it’s more likely that the computer will pickup little pieces of spyware here and there. Usually, the spyware and malware one finds while browsing online is not malicious, but it’s also possible that eventually some malicious malware like a trojan can be picked up.

Browser & Toolbar Hijacks

Some of the most common hijacks out there are browser hijacks and toolbars. Browser hijacks were more popular in earlier days of the Internet, you don’t see them as much now because less and less people use IE. For whatever reason, IE was always (and probably still is) susceptible to browser and toolbar hijacks. With more users switching over to browsers like Firefox and Chrome, more computer users are finding that having multiple browsers enables them to have some fallback measures should one browser wind up full of shall we say, junk.

Toolbars that are annoying you can usually be removed by looking for the “add-ons” area of most browsers. Try disabling unneeded add-ons. MalwareBytes may also pickup foreign toolbars as “PUPs,” or “potentially unwanted programs.” Feel free to remove them when they do.

CCleaner

Programs like CCleaner are also useful. CCleaner will help to remove “dead” files that aren’t really in use anymore, but still taking up space on your hard drive. CCleaner effectively runs a disk cleanup. However, Windows Disk Cleanup kind of sucks compared to CCleaner. Windows Disk Cleanup looks at temp files and dump files (basically data that is a log of what happened when windows had a problem). Windows Disk Cleanup overlooks browser cache though, cookies, etc.

Deleting cookies is a good idea too when you think you may be having a problem with a particular website cookie. It’s a good troubleshooting step in this regard. However, for the most part you typically don’t want to remove cookies unless there’s a particular reason for it, such as one listed above.

Long story short, CCleaner just finds more stuff that you can remove and free up more space.

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg deserves whatever happens to him. Jail time?

Lately Facebook has been in the news over some bad PR. The story goes that Facebook helped Trump win the election. While this isn’t illegal or disallowed, the way in which Facebook has done this is in itself, illegal.

The story goes that Facebook, collecting data on millions of people, used that data for ill-gotten gains as it relates to the Trump campaign. While Facebook is blaming Cambridge Analytica as a scapegoat, anyone who follows the news and knows what Facebook is all about, knows that they are truly to blame for this.

So what exactly did Facebook do, that’s so despicable? Mainly, it’s taking fake news stories and targeting them at groups based on race, religion, and other factors. For example, in order for Trump to win the senior vote, Facebook would show seniors ads (fake news stories) meant to either discredit his competitor Hilary Clinton, or to swing votes over to Trump by other means.

Many argue that this same thing happened during the Obama campaign, but not to the extent at which it was facilitated during Trump’s campaign.

Facebook needs to keep taking hits like this to learn it’s lesson. Today, on March 20th, Facebook is said to have lost about 6 billion dollars due to stocks sliding downhill and negative PR. This moves Zuckerberg down from 4th richest person in the world to 5th richest person.

If you think, that’s really just a drop in the bucket for the Zuck, you’re right in that assumption. Facebook was said to be holding an all-employee meeting today, but Zuckerberg isn’t there. Go figure. Probably hiding from the music – bit of a lousy leader, isn’t he?

Zuckerberg's face

Let’s hope he winds up in jail, Facebook tanks and we can all stop using this production killer

Much to his chagrin, Zuckerberg has been requested to make an appearance at the U.K’s committee on digital, culture media and sport. Zuckerberg’s executives have told little white lies to that committee for quite some time. The Federal Trade Commission in the U.S has also started an investigation into whether Facebook has violated deals previously made to ensure that user’s consent is given when sharing their personal information.

Long story short, Zuckerberg and his company have way too much information on billions of people and whatever lies they tell about that information not being distributed to third parties is all baloney. Everyone knows for the most part that Facebook is a cesspool of data thieves and data miners. Facebook does not make a positive impact on the human race.