November 2020 Edition: Hints on Fixing Computers for Free



This wikiHow page is a good source for fixing Windows 10 and Clearning Safari on a Mac.  For Windows 10:

1) The first thing to do is to power the computer down and restart it. 

2) If the internet is not working unplug the modem and other equipment such as switches for at least 10 seconds.

3)  Also check if the date and time settings on the computer are correct.   

4) If the printer is not working, reboot the printer by turning it off for at least 10 seconds. 

5) Using the control panel/programs check if there are new or strange programs that might be doing harm.

6) Run AdwCleaner

7) Run free version of Malwarebytes-

8) Glary Utilities can improve PC performance.

      8a) To remove junky files select advanced tools and run advanced tools/Cleanup & Repair/ Disk Cleanup.

     8b) To defrag, run advanced tools/Optimize & Repair/ Disk Defrag.

     8c) To uninstall software, run advanced tools/cleanup & repair/ uninstall manager. 

Note: CCleaner used to be good, but no longer. Please remove CCleaner as it has been hacked, and installs software without your permission to name a few problems.  Microsoft Defender identifies a potentially unwanted application.   It is now owned by Avast.

Note: Auslogic Defrag can change your home page, scare you to install Boost Speed. Malwarebytes flags it as a potentially unwanted program. If you really want to use Auslogic Defrag, use an old version, as new versions have ads.

Note: Free Revco Uninstaller no longer removes all the files during program removal.  But it still has Hunter Mode which identifies popup windows from nowhere.

Note: Advanced System Care no longer is a great program. The stole some of their software from Malware Bytes and that in itself is a big problem.

9) is great for fixing the registry and other setup problems after malware has been removed.

10) AutoRuns shows which programs run automatically.  Very complete.

10) Major Geeks Tutorials and Video Guides gives many hints on repairing computers when all else fails.

11) Gizmo's Freeware gives detailed reviews of free software, but it is outdated but still useful.  The Desktop Software Security List contains many helpful programs.

12) Firefox Troubleshooting lists some fixes that pertain to Firefox and also help in general.


These sites typically gives glowing reviews, so do some research first (search with the word review or problems).

Filehippo has no installers, and many programs

Major Geeks is similar to Filehippo.


Firefox is fast, blocks ad trackers, has a password manager, has ad-ons, and allows syncing between devices.

PaleMoon is a fork of the old Firefox and allow use of old adons.

Other browers include Crome, Opera, Microsoft Edge, Vivaldi, Brave, Water Fox.  Crome is good has it has no ad-blocker software.

Note: World of Trust (WOT) is no longer a good ad-on.  It is blocked by Firefox.


 Woody gives warnings on Windows 10 updates. 

Gethuman helps you get a human on the telephone.

Microsoft Tech Support will give feel help after a Windows 10 update or installation.

Ultimate Windows Tweaker can remove the arrows on the Windows 10 desktop icons.

8Gadgetpack allows you to put gadgets on your desktop. They include clock, weather, and PC information. Other sources are available.


1) Type about:config in the addressbar and press Enter. Confirm I'll be careful, I promise!

2) Search for:

3) Toggle by double-clicking this entry from true to false.



Don'touch my tabs! (rel-noopener)

DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials

ImTranslator: Translator ,Dictionary, TTS

LastPass: Free Password Manger

Privacy Badger

Save Tab URLs with Title, Restore Later

Smart Defender

To Google Trnslate

uBlock Origin

Nano Defender for firefox

YouTube NonStop




WPS Office for PC is a Chinese program that mimics Microsoft Office.  The free version is limited.  If you can put up with ads you can get a free unlimited version.


Panda seems to work.  It is not intrusive, and slows the computer down very little.

AV Test gives detailed ratings for anti-virus programs

 Note: I think Norton is itself a virus as it slows your computer down, and hacks the root of the C: drive.  To remove it you have to run an uninstaller program from their website.

Windows Security (was called Windows Defender) has come a long way. It is built into Windows 10. Some reports say it is as good as Panda

Avast requires periodic registration. Works for about a year, then demands you pay them or sign up again.  Recommend Panda instead.

99 Freeware Programs - Lots of good software, however use with caution - do I really want to do this?
Google the program with the word "problems" included.

MoreFit Lots of free software sites.

Paintnet - Most Paint Shop Pro / Photoshop features for free. Excellent program.

FreeMind - Mind mapping software that allows you to make tree like series of connected boxes containing your thoughts.

Inkscape - Free program that contains many Adobe Illustrator features. A little awkward.

Speedguide - Free program that optimizes your web connection parameters.

CutePDF - Free program that allows you to create PDF files.

SlimBrowser: -Alternate browser.  Tabs work well.   SP3 seems to help crashes. Not as good as Firefox.

How to Geek: -Good source of utility information concerning XP, Vista,
System 7.

Astronomy -Stellarium  is one of the greatest astronomy programs ever and its free.  It shows what the sky looks like at your location.  You can zoom, pan and see the stars under the ground. Another program 

Geoclk provides a series of maps showing time and where the shadow of night falls. Skyglobe is a DOS-like program that runs under XP but not Windows 7. It quickly shows the movement of the sky with time

WeatherMate - Don't use weather bug as it is buggy. WeatherMate is much better.  Puts a nice icon in the tray with temperature.

Google Earth (requires a high end PC) used to be better than Google Maps but now they are almost equal. However, Google Earth allows you to also explore the moon, Mars, and the Sky.  Street view is amazing.  Bing Maps in some ways is better than Google Maps.

Cmap  Great for mind mapping.

Font Frenzy -Hundreds and hundreds of fonts are redundant and slow your computer.  This program does a font reset and removes all your fonts except the ones that came with the machine.

DeeperSearch A Deepermind web page, lists over 30 search engine links. Using Firefox addons, you can install many search engines into Firefox's browser window.  

Search Me  If you like web sites to fly by like pages, this is your search engine.

Virtual Calcu If you are a mad mathematician and want to calculate in bases from 2 to 64 with high accuracy this is for you.

Graphmatica -shareware
Super plotter, calculus, trig, log paper and more.

WinAmp -If you like music, how about almost 10,000 radio stations for free. Also you can watch about 100 video channels that are not the greatest.


Suggestions are welcome.

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