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Spyware Removal January 4, 2006

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Removing and preventing Spyware has (unfortunately) been very lucrative for most consultants (OK, a few of us). The crux of most users’ problems is that the programs are not updated and the default settings for these programs do NOT scan for all possible problems! So they “sneak” on through!

Software manufactures state that users don’t want to wait a long time for scanning, so they choose a (quicker) default scanning time.
SpyBot Search & Destroy

1) Launch program and check for (& install) updates
2) Select “Advanced Mode” from the “Mode” pull-down menu
3) Click on the “Tools” button on the side toolbar
4) Select ALL Tools except for the “Bug Report” (only needed when troubleshooting the SpyBot program)
5) Click on the “Settings” button on the side toolbar
6) Click on “Ignore Products”
7) Select “All Products” – then right-mouse click on the list and “Deselect All” items, but (re)select “DSO Exploit”
8) (Re)immunize to include the newly included “All Products”
9) Click on “Check for problems”
Lavasoft’s AdAware

1) Launch program and check for (& install) updates [click on “Check for updates now” — click “Connect” to continue, then “Finish”]2) Click “Start” to begin scanning.3) The first time requires that we configure the settings — click on “Customize” (Change all items that are RED “X” (not grey) to GREEN “Check”) — Select ALL local hard drives 4) Click “Customize” to select this type of scanning5) Click “Next” to begin scanning.
Microsoft’s AntiSpyware

1) Launch program and check for (& install) updates (under the File pull-down menu)
2) Click on “Scan Options”
3) Select “Run a full system scan’
4) Ensure that all check boxes are selected (as well as ALL permanent hard drives)
5) Click on “Save these options” then “Run Scan Now”


Microsoft Office Support January 4, 2006

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Desktop Language Settings allows you to identify and change language, keyboard, and regional settings for Windows, Internet Explorer, and Office programs with a single tool.
File Converter Pack provides file converters and image filters for older or seldom used program formats.

Font properties extension adds several new property tabs to the fonts dialog box.

NEW! Office Web Parts and Components is a collection of Web Parts, Web Part Page solutions, templates, and data retrieval services that work closely with Office 2003 and Windows SharePoint Services 2.0.

Remove Hidden Data permanently remove hidden and collaboration data, such as change tracking and comments, from Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files with documentation.

Resource Kit Tools 2000, XP, & 2003 for those deploying Microsoft Office in a corporate environment.

Sounds add sounds to have fun audio cues play as you work with Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word.

Stock Actions for the Research Task Pane allows you to insert stock quote information from the MSN Money Stock Quotes service into Word & Excel.

UPDATED! Web Components are a collection of Component Object Model (COM) controls for publishing spreadsheets, charts, and databases to the Web. XML Date and Phone Number Smart Tags recognize most date and phone number formats in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

And of course, plenty of Free Clip Art, Templates, Fonts – and zillions of Calendars for the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, & 2005-2014

Converter 2.0 Utility is used to convert files from the Access 2.0 file format.

Links Add-in helps maintains your Excel data-link with Access

Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) Add-in contains the SQL.REQUEST worksheet function, which can connect to an external database and return a query to the worksheet.

Report Manager Add-in allows you to combine Excel worksheets, views, and scenarios into reports that can then be printed.
XML Spreadsheet Add-in moves XML data seamlessly from Access 2002 to Excel

Accounts Ledger
Asset tracking
Classroom Management (Test & Grades)
Contact Management
Expense Report
Inventory Management
Personal Address Book
Project Management Issues
Public Relations Event Management
Service call management
Time and Billing
Code Samples

MSN Money Stock Quotes add-in allows you to get dynamic stock quotes from the MSN Money Web site.

Sample Spreadsheets: Five Handy Gantt Charting Tips & Expense Report
SQL Server Analysis Services add-in enables users to access and analyze data from multiple Analysis Services Cubes.

Statistical Analysis Toolpak performs statistical and regression analysis, while Solver Add-in uses Generalized Reduced Gradient (GRG2) nonlinear optimization code.

NEW! Treemapper Add-In tool allows a user to quickly and easily generate a treemap visualization of any hierarchical data in Excel, or from a CSV or XML file. Treemapper is based on the Data Visualization Components also available from this group. (Research Product)

XML Toolbox provide useful tools for working with XML in Excel with additional available help.

Excel Templates
1 Cool Menu FX Tool is a 3rd party tool to adding animated buttons, expandable menus, floating navigation and other Flash animations.

bCentral Commerce Manager is an add-in providing you with the tools you need to create, update, and manage a fully-powered e-commerce Web site.

Creating an RSS Feed is sample code providing a Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) solution to programmatically generate an RSS feed.

Database Troubleshooting Utility checks for the following items that may cause a Database Results Region page to fail: The absence of a Global.asa file, Whether the Global.asa file is running, Whether the Global.asa file is running outside of the Web, The absense of any database connections in the Web.

Fiddler is an HTTP Debugging Proxy which logs all HTTP traffic between your computer and the Internet; and can inspected all HTTP Traffic, set breakpoints, and “fiddle” with incoming or outgoing data. Additional help is availble for debugging and performance.

Flashation Flash Menu Builder is a 3rd party tool for adding Flash buttons and menus.

FrontLook Media Maker is a 3rd party add-in makes publishing & creating CDs for use with the presentation viewer.

Help Publisher is a 3rd party add-in to create full-featured HTML help files.

Mobile HTML Optimizer is an add-in for versions 2000 & 2002 that can jumpstart your development of a WML (Wireless Markup Language) site by converting existing HTML (HyperText Markup Language) files created for a static Web site to WML format.

Page Margins is a 3rd party add-that helps the user easily set page margins that are compatible with both Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator.

Page Titles is a 3rd party add-in that changes page titles quickly and easily, individually and in-bulk.

Pre-publish is a 3rd party add-in that prompts you to save unsaved pages before your Web is published.

Windows Media Player Add-in enables users to embed the Windows Media Player control into websites.
Clear Teal (Professional)
Course Web-site
Gradient Grey
Government Site
High School
Human Resources
Legal – Small, Large, & Corporate
Project Management
Real Estate
My Font Tool converts your own handwriting into a TrueType font, making typed text appear as though you had written it by hand.

Send to OneNote from Internet Explorer is a PowerToy that allows you to send the contents of a Web page from Internet Explorer to a new OneNote page with the click of a button.

Send to OneNote from Outlook is a PowerToy that allows you to send e-mail messages to a OneNote from Outlook with the click of a button.

OneNote Templates

Calendar Views is an add-in that allows viewing your Calendar appointments through a filter that is based on Outlook labels and categories.

Lookout provides lightning-fast search for your e-mail, files, and desktop from within Outlook!

Notes Connector enable access your e-mail messages, calendar, address book, and To Do (task) items on an IBM Lotus Domino Release 5.x or Release 6.x server

Outlook Mobile Manager (OMM) brings the power of Microsoft Outlook to your portable device. OMM can prioritize your messages and makes smart decisions about when to send email. OMM also sends calendar reminders, task reminders, and an Outlook Today style daily summary all to your wireless device. (Research Product)

Oversized PST and OST Crop Tool used to resolve problems that can not be fixed using the Inbox Repair Tool due to the .pst or .ost files exceeding the 2 gigabyte (GB) size limitation. (Support Document: How to Troubleshoot Outlook)

Personal Folders Backup creates backup copies of your .PST files at regular intervals

SMS (MOSA) download will enable you to send SMS text messages through most GSM mobile phones connected to your PC.

NEW! SNARF, the Social Network and Relationship Finder filters and sorts Outlook e-mail based on the type of message and the user’s history with an e-mail correspondent. The result: a collection of alternative views of your e-mail that can help you make sense of the deluge. Support Documents: Help Guide & Overview (Research Product)

NEW! Thread Compressor macro compresses all mail messages from a specific conversation into a single mail message, thus reducing Inbox clutter and size.

Video E-mail uses a Web camera to send a video e-mail.
Column Twill
Dark River
Forest Floor
My Kitchen
Presentation Broadcast makes it easier to synchronize audio, video, slides, and images to deliver your presentations.

Producer makes it easier to synchronize audio, video, slides, and images to create engaging and effective rich-media presentations.

NEW! Report Presentation Add-in helps a user to quickly and easily create a presentation from a Project file. The tool extracts task information from the Project file and populates a template with the user-selected information. This add-in provides an effective, integrated means for project managers and other users to create presentations with real-time project data while avoiding redundant data entry and potential input errors. (Support Document: Read Me)

These samples allow PowerPoint 2002 to create an organization chart from a database of employees in Word and PowerPoint, or an animated presentation from a Word outline.
Templates Packs 1, 2, & 3 and even more Templates

Scrum Solution Starter is an Agile project management practice that employs short iterations and continuous improvement. The Scrum solution starter extends Microsoft Office Project Professional 2003 or Project Standard 2003 and enables project managers to perform basic Scrum work.

The Software Development Kit (SDK) is designed for solution providers, value-added resellers, and other developers to help customize Project 2003, and to extend and integrate Project Server 2003 with other applications for Enterprise Project Management. It features articles, programming references, tools, and sample code, including extensive articles called Solution Starters.

Template Creation Wizard add-in gives you the ability to create your own design templates incorporating custom backgrounds. This Wizard allows you to create new design templates using custom images as title master and slide master backgrounds.

Project Templates

20 Sample Diagrams related to support and sales demos.

IFilter is a component used by the Windows Indexing service and SharePoint Portal Server 2003 to extract text strings from Microsoft Visio files (.VSD, .VSS, .VST, .VDX, .VSX, and .VTX formats). The text strings are then indexed by these servers and the resulting indices are made available to several client applications that provide a user interface to search for text strings in files. These search clients include Visio 2003 Find Shape, Windows 2000 and Windows XP File Explorer search, Office 2003 search, Microsoft Windows SharePoint™ Services 2003 search, and SharePoint Portal Server search.

Software Development Kit (SDK) contains sample applications, code librarian code snippets, documentation, and tools, including the ShapeStudio, Event Monitor, Persistent Events, Print ShapeSheet, and Solution Publishing tools.

Resource Kit are tools used to support deployment of Visio.

Visio Templates
Avery Wizard is a plug-in to Word XP, 2000, & 2003 and provides templates for hundreds of Avery laser and inkjet products. Use the Avery Wizard to print mailing labels, shipping labels, tab titles, Ready Index table of contents sheets, diskette labels, name badges, name tags, business cards, and tent cards.

NEW! Create Calendar in Word from Outlook 2000 Calendar Data The automated calendar template creates Outlook calendars in Word 97/2000. The template contains macros that automatically take the data from Outlook 2000 and re-create your monthly calendar view in Word. After you use this template to re-create your calendar, you can print it, with or without weekends, in either portrait or landscape orientation. You can also modify the document.

Create a Presentation from Word easily convert your documents into PowerPoint presentations.

Equation Toolbar allows you to choose from more than 150 mathematical symbols.

Legal User’s Guide is a reference for legal professionals that describes features useful to the legal industry. (Previous Versions)

Sales & Marketing Templates (NEW!)

Word Redaction makes it easy to mark sections of a document for redaction. You can then redact the document so that the sections you specified are blacked out.

The XSLT Inference Tool creates XSL Transformations (XSLT) that quickly transform XML files into WordprocessingML files with complex and rich formatting.

Word Templates

AND. . .if you don’t own Microsoft Office – you can always use the Microsoft Office Viewers:
Word XML

Microsoft Windows Support January 4, 2006

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Free Microsoft Support recently updated to include FREE Software for XP & OFFICE + HOW TO SCAN FOR SPYWARE PROPERLY

As an I.T. consultant I’m pleased that practically every resource is available freely on Microsoft’s website.
They provide many useful downloads & fun “goodies”, as well as their support information. Locating the proper Microsoft Support information however isn’t always so easy; and with the additional pressure of finding information DURING troubleshooting – you’ll have to agree it can sometimes be quite frustrating!
My Associates and friends gave me the task of locating their “illusive” support documents. I would send them the link, along with “how I found it” — I’ve gathered all of Microsoft’s disparate support resources here all in one location; along with a few tips on locating the information you desire.
SUPPORT CENTER: For general troubleshooting •
Access 2000, 2002, & 2003 • Excel 2000, 2002, & 2003 • Exchange Server 5.5, 2000 & 2003
FrontPage 2000, 2002, & 2003 • FrontPage Server Extensions 2000 & 2002
InfoPath 2003
Internet Explorer 6.0
Office 2000, XP, 2003
OneNote 2003
Outlook 2000, 2002, & 2003
Outlook Express 6.0
PowerPoint 2000, 2002, & 2003
Project 2000, 2002, & 2003
Publisher 2000, 2002, & 2003
SharePoint Portal Server 2001, 2003 & Team Services
SQL Server 7.0 & 2000
Virtual PC 2004
Visio 2000, 2002, & 2003
Windows 98, Me, NT, 2000, XP, XPSP2, & XP x64
Windows Server NT, 2000, & 2003
Word 2000, 2002, & 2003

EVENTS AND ERRORS MESSAGE CENTER: For specific problems (enter the error code or message here.)• DLL Help Database – helps identify DLL version conflicts • The MDAC Component Checker tool is designed to help you determine installed version information and diagnose installation issues with the Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC). • The Windows Memory Diagnostic tests the Random Access Memory (RAM) on your computer for errors.
SEARCH THE KNOWLEDGE BASE: With the Standard Knowledge Base Search, it can be difficult to locate the article your need, so I recommend using the Advanced Knowledge Base Search – this can help you quickly isolate your question to a specific product and publis