What you like

Last week, I shared some of my favourite programs and asked what you liked. I got plenty of feedback. You folks rock!

Here’s some of the best stuff.


Mentioned by several readers, Malwarebytes is also one program I’d have a hard time doing without. Long-time reader Rudy wrote:

My favourite program is Malwarebytes. With the new version 3, it has an anti-virus and malware all in one. I was able to get rid of my anti-virus program and just use it. It is wonderful now just having the one program to look after all my security.

Ron, also a long-time reader, mentioned:

FYI , for some strange reason the " web protection " on my Malwarebytes Premium wouldn't turn on ( just out of the blue this morning ) in desperation I re-installed the program and all is well. Just a note to your readers if this happens to them.

Yes. There was a glitch with a Malwarebytes update that caused problems with Web Protection. Then, there was a glitch with the patch for that problem. It took several updates to get that sorted out.

If you have the paid version of Malwarebytes, open the program to the Dashboard and make sure your Web Protection is turned on. If not, click on Update get the newest version.

If that doesn’t work, click on Settings | My Account and make a note of your licence. Then, uninstall and re-install Malwarebytes. If it doesn’t already know your licence, put that in and you should be good to go.

Notepad ++

Austin recommends this utility to replace/supplement built-in Windows program Notepad:

It’s just 1 program, but can do it all. From scripting to editing program ini or mostly any type of text files, but would preserve the layout of the file.
It's notepad++ portable. I have it with me and make and edit files with it.

Learn more about the program here, and use the safe download link here if you want to try it. I’ve never used it, but it comes highly recommended by many colleagues. I guess I need to give this a try.

Image Resizer for Windows

Yet another wonderful utility I use often. Keith wrote about it:

I take hundreds of photos at high res.  I use them at this resolution, but like to keep a copy in my archive.
I use “image resizer for windows” … Reduces  a 3500 kb photo to 100 kb in a flash.  FREE

This is the safe download link.

Want to do something good for someone?

Many of you have sponsored me on charity bike rides in past years. This year, I’m going to do the 50K Ride Don’t Hide to raise money for the Canadian Mental Health Association.

The Kelowna ride, on June 24, is one of many rides that day all over Canada. The goal is to raise $1.7 million for essential programs and services in communities, workplaces and schools, and to end the stigma of mental illness.

I’m excited to be part of Ride Don’t Hide 2018, and I hope that you’ll join me as a rider, fundraise as a virtual rider, volunteer at the event, or sponsor my ride.

If you’d like to sponsor me, please use this link to make your secure online donation. To learn more about the event, visit http://ridedonthide.com/.

Thank you all for your feedback on programs you like, and please keep it coming. Email me at [email protected] if you have something you’d like to share with other readers.


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The Technology Shaman, Cate Eales, has been helping people make online computing safe, accessible, and fun for over 30 years.

Cate lives in Kelowna with her husband, Eric. She owns and operates Computer Care Kelowna, a mobile computer business providing on-site service for home and small business customers.

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