Get windows 10 now instead of waiting

So I have been waiting all day for my windows 10 upgrade tool to tell me it is available; I thought for sure I would be able to upgrade windows 8.1 to to windows 10 today but by 3:30 PM PST no notice but luckily there is a work around which will allow you to upgrade your windows 7, 8, 8.1 to the brand spanking now Windows 10.0.

Just head on over to the following Microsoft page and download the media creation tool provided for you x86 or x64 based system and you can either create a USB/ISO version for a clean install OR you can choose to upgrade you current system and keep all your programs and settings; me I opted for clean install because it has been months since my last install and I need to do some housekeeping on my system.

 

windows10Downloading windows 10

Using the internet anonymously & why using a VPN is important

Your IP (Internet protocol) address is basically your home address on the internet; everything you do online is tied to this unique address and since the majority of people surf the web without protection then there is a lot of people vulnerable to attacks from hackers or wide open to be spied on from corporations and governments.

In the wake of the Edward Snowden  revelations;  in this day and age, it is VERY important to use a VPN (Virtual private network) to hide your IP address from the outside work because as we all know the US Governments NSA (National Security Agency) spy’s on its own citizens and the citizens from around the world.

What is a VPN (Virtual Private Network)?

A VPN is something you use if you want to anonymize yourself when you use the internet; a VPN hides your IP address from Hackers, Advertising companies, Governments and anyone else who would like to snoop on your browsing and downloading habits.

Why do I need to use a VPN?

Today it is more important than ever to hide your online activity from outside entities; what you do online is your own business and nobody else’s.

When you use a VPN all your internet activity is going through your VPN server so anything you do online is tied to that address and not your own.

When you connect to a VPN you may even notice your internet speed has increased because the VPN encrypts your web traffic  even from your Internet provider so if they are slowing your internet speed using a VPN will bypass your internet providers speed throttler.

You can also use a VPN to access websites and services normally blocked/censored by your government, school, workplace etc such as using Facebook from countries or workplaces that that website is blocked in.

By using a VPN you can feel safe in the knowledge that the only footprint you are leaving behind on the internet is that of your VPN server.

How do I use a VPN?

First of all you need to pick a VPN provider; I have started using IP Vanish after trying a bunch of other VPN companies and have found IP Vanish to be the fastest and easiest to use.

IP Vanish has a 7 day money back no questions asked policy so I would suggest trying them out and if you don’t like the service you can always easily cancel to get your money back.

Step one

Signup for IP Vanish here

Step two

Download and install the IP Vanish Software

Step three

Login to IP Vanish using the username and password you chose when you signed up.

 

Login to IP Vanish

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step four

Click on response time in the main window so the program sorts the VPN servers from closest to farthest because we need to choose the closest server to connect for the best speed.
In my example; Los Angeles is the closest server so I click on the server name, make sure that ‘Open VPN is chosen (highest anonymity) and that auto-reconnect is checked; then click on Connect.

 

Choose IP Vanish Server

 

 

Connected to IP Vanish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step five

Go to http://www.whatismyip.com and you will see location and IP address displayed is now completely different to your own so congratulations your VPN Connection is successful.

 

Step six (optional)

Click on Preference from the main IP Vanish window; and copy my settings (below) this will make it so your computer will automatically start running your VPN when it reboots and connect to the last server you were connected to at the highest anonymity settings.

IP Vanish Preferences

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IP Vanish also has Android and IOS apps, so you can be connected even when you are mobile; making you 100% anonymous. Android app link & IOS link.

 

 

 

 

Hide My Ass VPN summer special deals June 12 to July 31 2014

Hi guys.

I just want to let you know that Hidemyass the most kickass VPN is running a summer special between August 1 – 31 2013 and if you have have ever considered trying out a VPN then this month is the best time to try it out.

Hidemyass Holiday Special pricing is as follows:

Month to month was $11.52 until 31 July this price is now $9.99 per month

Here is where the real savings come in.

Pay 6 months in advance was $49.99 and is now $39.99 but that kicks your monthly cost down to $6.67 per month saving you $3.32 per month.

Pay yearly price was $78.66 but is now  $59.99 which is equivalent to $4.99 per month which is pretty fantastic if you ask me.

Check out the deals 

It is very rare for Hide My Ass to have these deals so this really is good opportunity of lock in  cheap prices for your VPN service because if you sign up at these prices then that is the price you pay for life.

If you do not know what a VPN is then let me explain:

Hidemyass VPN (or any VPN really) is a service that you use to watch or listen content that is generally restricted to you ie Hulu.com if you live in a different country to the USA.

You can also download torrents using a VPN safe in the knowledge that nobody can see your real IP address; so basically a VPN conceals where you are in the world to surf or download anonymously.

You can read more about how a VPN works by reading this page

 

 

How can I enable the windows start menu button on Windows 8.1?

If you are anything like me then you would have upgraded your windows 8.0 to windows 8.1 by now or are seriously thinking about it; it is a lot smoother than windows 8 and there are some enhancements BUT Microsoft  in my opinion have dropped the ball with the windows 8.1 start menu button.

I am old school and I like the classic start menu button that has appeared in all windows versions from 95 all the way through to windows 7 yet for some reason Microsoft removed this menu in version 8.0; Windows 8.1 comes along with promises of a start menu but all it really does is takes you to Metro which you could do in windows 8.0 by hovering your mouse in the bottom left corner and clicking the invisible button.

There is a solution, it is simple and it is also free and extremely easy; its called ‘Classic Shell’

Clicking start button in windows 8.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are two ways to get the Classic Start menu button and the first is to go to the NiNite homepage and select Classic Shell from the list of other free and interesting software programs it will install automatically (Ninite is a must for fresh windows installs and I have written up a more extensive guide here on Ninite)

The second way is to go to the Classic Shell homepage and download the software that way.

The Classic Shell website

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once Classic Shell has been installed your windows 8.1 will now have a start menu button that is akin to all other previous versions of windows.

 

If you like you can even customize your start button by changing its appearance and doing a whole other range of customization’s that I wont get into on this blog post .

To change your Start button from looking like the windows 8.1 button to looking like windows 7 please follow the following steps.

1. Right click on the following image and save to your computer.

Windows 7 Start Button

 

 

 

 

 

2. Right click on your start menu button

 

Classic Shell Settings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Check the box marked ‘replace start menu button’ then click on the bullet for ‘custom’  and ‘pick image’ the image you pick will be the image you just saved from this website which is the windows 7 version of the start button.

 

Choosing windows 7 button in windows 8.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can even change the appearance of the actual menu by  clicking on ‘skin’ in the classic shell settings and using the drop down menu to choose how you want your menu to look.
Right now I have mine set to look like windows XP.

 

Changing Start menu appearance in windows 8.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note: Windows 10 was released yesterday with a promise of a better Start menu than what was available on windows 8 and 8.1; Sorry Microsoft but the new start menu sucks and Classic Shell still works with Windows 10 🙂 Horary!

 

 

How to get Hidemyass VPN to work on your Android phone or tablet

So you have a Hidemyass account and would like to be able to use your VPN on your Android phone or tablet to watch region locked youtube videos, watch Hulu Plus, Netflix etc.

If you don’t have a Hidemyass VPN account please visit this link for some more information.

If you follow these simple instructions you will have it up and running in no time flat.

1. Go to your Hidemyass control panel (link)  and click on PPTP servers where you will find your PPTP password with a whole list of Server IP addresses you will need to use when you set up your phone or tablet with Hidemyass.

Your Hidemyass control panel

 

PPTP settings for Hidemyass

2. On your android phone or tablet you will need to set up a pin number, password OR security pattern so your phone or tablet is locked when you are not using it; this is unfortunately mandatory when setting up VPN’s on an android device.

To do this you will need to access your android phone or tablets system settings > Security > Screen lock > then choose either a pattern, pin or Password.

 

3.  On your android device please go to your system settings > under Wireless & Networks there will be a “More” which you will need to select and then select VPN.

Android system menu

 

4.  Select ‘Add VPN’ and enter any name you like to identify your Hidemyass VPN on your phone; you could put Hidemyass or even Hidemyass California ect if you want to enter multiple Hidemyass IP addresses.

You will need to go back to your PPTP page in your HMA control panel to select  a IP from a city closest to you; for example if California is the closest city to you then you might like to select  USA, California, Los Angeles (LOC1 S1) which has the IP address of 204.152.200.226
Make sure you leave the PPP encryption box ticked before selecting ‘save’

Add Hidemyass VPN to your Android device

 5.  Now in the VPN menu you will have a new item; the VPN you just created so please select that and enter your Hidemyass username and the password from the HMA PPTP page it is up to you but you might like to check the box to save your account information so you do not need to enter your password each and everytime you wish to connect your VPN.

Select ‘Connect’
Connect to VPN

 

6. Your android device will now display a key in the top left hand corner of the screen which indicates you are connected to the Hidemyass VPN network.

 

7. To disconnect from the HMA VPN you will need to select the VPN from the VPN menu in the system settings OR selecting the connected VPN from the pull down menu top of your android device and selecting ‘disconnect’

Disconnect from VPN

 

If you don’t have a Hidemyass VPN account please visit this link for some awesome prices.

Turning off Facebook notification sounds.

Today Facebook rolled out an annoying addition; a ding sound when you get a new notification; I found this to be unnecessary so this is how you remove it.

1.

Click on the little gear icon in the top right corner of Facebook and click on ‘account settings

Click on account settings

 

 

 

 

 

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Click on ‘notifications

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3.

Click on ‘view’ on the ‘Notification sounds’

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4.

Uncheck the box for ‘Play a sound when each new notification is received’  then click ‘Save changes’

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There you have it; a quick and easy way to stop the annoying Facebook Notification sound.

 

 

How to tether using T-mobile unlimited 4G without getting blocked

How to Stop your ISP from selling your information to whom ever they choose

 

UPDATE: Warning: a lot of apps in the Google Playstore say that their app works for tethering WITHOUT a VPN, this is completely false information. You STILL require the use of a VPN to tether your phone to your computer because it encrypts the information; something the app does not do. It may look like it is working but T-mobile or any other phone company be it AT&T, Sprint, Verizon etc will block you and that is something you do not want. Just follow the guide below and you will be able to tether 24/7 without being blocked.

 

Unfortunately T-mobile & a bunch of other cellphone companies which have unlimited 4G service have stopped offering a mobile hotspot option for free and now you have to pay a ridiculous amount of money ONTOP of paying for your unlimited 4G service so you can tether your laptop, PC, tablet or any other device to it and you cannot even get an unlimited tethering option.

I moved out to an area with absolute crap DSL speeds, cable is not available where I live but my cellphone on the T-mobile network has unlimited 4G which is about 4 times faster than my DSL connection and so to watch any sort of streaming video even in standard definition over DSL is unbearably slow and streaming HD videos is next to impossible but not anymore with this nifty little tethering work around.

I can now stream Hulu, netflix, youtube, all my music, download torrent etc tethering my phone to my PC and have not received any messages from T-mobile telling me my tethering has been blocked and that I can re-enable it by upgrading my account by paying them for tethering.

This is the text message you will get if you try to tether your t-mobile phone after about 15 mins (sometimes sooner)

Free T-mobile Msg: Smartphone mobile hotspot [tethering] access has been blocked. Please add Smartphone Mobile HotSpot service available. Http://offers.t-mobile.com/tethering/upsell.do?source=100SMS

All your webpages will now cease to load and you will be presented with the following message:

This is the only method I have found to tether my t-mobile unlimted 4G plan; I have tried a bunch of other methods and all fail within 15-30mins but using this method I have been online for days and have downloaded gigabytes of bandwith with no message saying I have been blocked.

Step 1

You can either do this with a rooted android phone or an unrooted android phone; rooted you can use wifi tethering (or USB, bluetooth) without having to use a 3rd party tethering app if you have a custom ROM and unrooted will have to use a 3rd party tethering app like FoxFi for wifi tethering but I use ClockworkMOD tether.

The reason I like ClockworkMOD tether is because 1. it works every time without fail, 2. ClockworkMOD tether costs $5 to purchase in the app store, Foxfi costs $8 3. Foxfi only works part of the time and can leave your connection vulnerable.

4. One of the biggest reasons is that ClockworkMOD works over USB and not wifi which charges my phone while I am tethered instead of HEAVILY draining the battery which happens on Foxfi (just something to think about 🙂

Step 2

You will need to get a VPN, I use HideMyAss and have found the speeds to be excellent and the price to be extremely good; besides I know for a fact that Hidemyass works for tethering.
Click here (opens a new window/tab) and check out HMA VPN, you get 30 days to try it out so if it doesn’t work for you then just cancel and get your money back.

Using HidemyAss will make your online activity anonymous, so anything you do cannot be traced by T-mobile OR your ISP so it is perfect for downloading torrents or doing anything else you wish to remain anonymous doing.

Step 3

Once you have installed the HideMyAss software on your computer you will need to start your tethering app in your phone if unrooted OR enable tethering if rooted.

Once you are sure your phone and computer have been tethered, make sure you run HideMyAss VPN and then select the server closest to you from the first tab in HideMyAss application so the speeds are fast after putting your HMA username and password in the respectable boxes before you start surfing the net or downloading otherwise you will get blocked by T-mobile before you even start.

 

Hope this works for you; it works for me, it will work for other cellphone carriers as well and will also work on iPhones, windows phones and any other phone; not just android.

Handy Tip:

You can configure your phone so that all internet activity done via your phone (ie torrenting) is untraceable by your cellphone provider (t-mobile, sprint etc); here are the instructions.

 

 

Fast Save 1.1 Chrome extension adding ads and causing havoc

Have you noticed in the last day or so random ads on your favorite websites? maybe you have ads on your own website that you didnt put there?
Are you using Google Chrome internet browser? if you have answered yes to these questions then you may have  fallen victim to the malicious fastsave 1.1 chrome browser extension.

What is FastSave 1.1 Chrome Browser extension?

Fast Save 1.1 is an extension in the Chrome browser that you did not install; it was automatically put on your browser like a virus but luckily it is very easy to remove.

What does Fast save 1.1 do?

Fast Save 1.1 will automatically overlay ads onto images on websites you are browsing; you may not even notice they are there because internet advertising is everywhere but if you own the website you are browsing and spot one of these ads then it is very easy to see something very fishy is going on.

Take a look at what I found when I visited Fergeeks.com tonight; this is what alerted me I had a problem with ads.

Fastsave 1.1 ad

If you look at the source code  you can see the following fishy HTML code.

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://include-it.net/?p=119"></script>

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://srv1.mediads.info/i/?tid=23&amp;subid=2017"></script>

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.superfish.com/ws/sf_main.jsp?dlsource=cbsfastsave&amp;userId=4fc9a7ce0ea27582051112&amp;CTID=p2017"></script>

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.superfish.com/ws/js/base_single_icon.js?ver=12.0.1.6"></script>

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/dojo/1.5.1/dojo/dojo.xd.js"></script>

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://includeit.info/include.js?id=js29"></script>

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.superfish.com/ws/getSupportedSitesJSON.action?ver=5.6&amp;callback=SF_isURISupported" id="sufioIoScript1" charset="utf-8"></script>

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.superfish.com/ws/rvwl.action?ver=3&amp;callback=SF_isRvURISupported" id="sufioIoScript2" charset="utf-8"></script>

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.superfish.com/ws/getCouponsSupportedSites.action?ver=15&amp;callback=SF_cpnWlCb" id="sufioIoScript3" charset="utf-8"></script>

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://includeit.info/scripts/inl_dmmtch2.min.js"></script>

<link type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" href="http://static.cpchero.biz/style.css" media="screen">

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://xml.cpchero.biz/search?query=web-backlinks.com&amp;feed=3624&amp;subid=dommatch&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fweb-backlinks.com%2F&amp;user_ip=caller&amp;ua=caller&amp;count=10&amp;format=json&amp;callback=RXYO_Interstitial.DoInterstitial"></script>

How to remove Fast Save 1.1

To delete Fast Save 1.1 (and I recommend you do remove it) you need to go to your Chrome extension settings and then you need to click on the trash icon next to Fast Save 1.1.

Chrome Browser extension menu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remove Fastsave.... hell yes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update:

Click2save extension , fastsave extension & saveAS extension all seem to be the same thing; I found a place that is serving them, its an opt in box when you download a torrent from ISOhunt.com so if you download a torrent make sure the box is unchecked (checked by default)
I don’t download torrents; nor does my wife and yet we had this extension on our computer, no clue yet how we got it.

In light of this new information I suggest you take a look at 5 reasons why Torrents suck.