March 2023 Edition: Hints on Fixing PC Computers for Free



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

1) For computer problems try this first: Turn off the computer. Unplug the computer. Hold the computer on/off switch down for 30 seconds. Reboot the computer.

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

3) Check if the date/time readings located the bottom lower right side of the on the computer.  If they are not correct right mouse click on the readings and click on Adjust Date/Time.  On the next page that pops up, click on Sync Now.

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

5) Press the "Windows" and "I" keys at the same time.

6) Run AdwCleaner. Takes less than 15 seconds.

7) Run free version of Malwarebytes-
It may be hard to remove the program.  Try this:

  • In your Windows desktop, click Start DOC-1034-1.png ).
  • In the Windows search bar, search for Control Panel.
  • Click Control Panel.
  • Below Programs, click Uninstall a program.
  • In the table on the right, scroll down until you see Malwarebytes version x.x.x.xx.
  • Click Malwarebytes version x.x.x.xx.
  • Click Uninstall.
  • In the confirmation pop-up window, click Uninstall.
  • In the User Account Control pop-up window, click Yes.
  • In the Uninstall Malwarebytes pop-up window, click Yes.
  • In the confirmation pop-up window, click OK.
  • 8) Glary Utilities is a good program and safe to run.

          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.

    WINDOWS 10

    Use caution on Gethuman.

    Try calling at 7am, on Wednesday or Thursdays. Mondays are the worst.

    Good program for fixing Windows 10/11 Operating System:

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

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


    To add search bar click on hamburger (tree stacked lines)> Search>Search Bar>Add search bar in toolbar


    Activate Reader View

    Adblocker for YouTube

    ByPass Paywalls

    ByPass Paywalls Clean

    Copy PlainText

    Online PDF Editor

    Operen in Foxit Reader

    Pinned Google Calendar

    Print Friendly & PDF

    uBlock Origin




    LibreOffice is a successor to OpenOffice.  It is free for home use. Contains a word processor, a spread-sheet and a slide program similar to Microsofts Office programs. Works well.

    Microsoft Expression allows you to design simple web pages with what you see is what you get.

    FileZilla allows you to copy your web pages to your server.


    Panda has a one month freetrial.  It is not intrusive, and slows the computer down very little.

    Kaspersky also has a one month free trial.

    Avast Antivirus is really free.

    AV Test gives detailed ratings for anti-virus programs

    Norton: 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

    99 Freeware Programs - Lots of good software. I would skip CCleaner however ... a few years ago it had a virus and other problems.  It might work now.

    MoreFit Lists 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 

    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.

    Graphmatica -shareware
    Super plotter, calculus, trig, log paper and more. One month trial.  Cost $25.00

    Old versions of software, many were free.

    ClipX saves the stuff you put on your computer clipboad. Free download.

    Thunderbird is a free mail program that works pretty good.  You can have many email addresses on the same program.

    Teamviewer allows you to transfer program between computers.  It also allows you to view someone's computer so you can fix computers remotely.

    Suggestions are welcome.

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