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The Compu-Docs Laptop Installation Boot Disk  is for laptop owners who can't have  the floppy drive and the CD-Rom Drive in the laptop at the same time and you can't boot to the Windows CD. Because you need to use both a floppy drive and a CD-Rom drive to install a new operating system, it's quite difficult with only the one bay. The file available for download will create a boot floppy for you and it will contain the needed tools to copy your Windows installation files onto your hard drive so you can install a NEW installation of Windows. If your laptop can have a floppy drive and a CD-Rom drive in it at the same time, then you should use the Compu-Docs Desktop Installation Boot Disk instead.

The Compu-Docs Desktop Installation Boot Disk is for desktop owners as well as laptop owners who have a built-in floppy drive and a CD-Rom Drive available at the same time. Because you have available both a floppy drive and a CD-Rom drive to install a new operating system, this installation boot disk is quite simple to use. If you have a laptop where only one of the drives can be in the laptop at any time, you should use the Compu-Docs Laptop Installation Boot Disk instead.

The Compu-Docs Windows 2000/XP Disk Defragmenter Script allows you to automatically run the built in Disk Defragmenter program or to schedule it to run when you are away from your machine. This is for Windows 2000 and XP only.

The Compu-Docs Cleanup Temp Files programs allow you to clean out unneeded temp files in a few seconds from the following folders: Temporary Internet Files, Recent and Temp under the Windows directory. Optionally you can also delete Cookies.

NEW! Compu-Docs Firefox Installation Instructions The Mozilla Firefox browser is an alternative to Internet Explorer. Since Firefox does not run ActiveX or active scripting, it is much less susceptible to unwanted installations of adware, spyware and viruses. Besides it being a safer browser, it's just an overall better browser with many options.

UPDATED! Compu-Docs IP Address Poster Do you need to have the Internet IP address of your router, server or PC available via a webpage? Does your router, server or PC Internet IP address change from time to time since your Internet Service Provider assigns you an address using DHCP and you need to let outsiders know of your new Internet IP address whenever it changes?

UPDATED! Compu-Docs Free PDF Creator Installation Instructions In a couple easy steps you will install a free PDF creator program. The program creates a printer. All you have to do is open up your document and print to the PDFCreator printer to create your own PDF documents.

NEW! Compu-Docs Free RealPopup Installation Instructions Have you used WinPopup in the past on Windows 95 or 98 and find that it's no longer available in Windows 2000 or Windows XP? Are you looking for an Instant Messenger program to use locally in your office or on your Local Area Network (LAN)?

The Compu-Docs Avoid & Stop Popups, Adware & Spyware instructions show you how to modify your Internet Explorer Security settings to prevent malicious software from being installed on your PC via ActiveX.

The Compu-Docs Download & Install a Full Version of Internet Explorer 6.0 instructions show you how download & install Internet Explorer 6.0 from a complete set of installation files for Windows 98, ME, 2000 and XP.

NEW! Potentially Harmful Files and Attachments Many users get into trouble by opening file attachments to their e-mail, downloading files from file sharing programs or downloading files from websites. Unless you know what files are potentially harmful and which ones are considered safe, you risk infecting your computer with viruses, adware and spyware.

NEW! Remove, Delete Index.dat Files Here's what you can do to wipe out the index.dat files on a Windows 2000 Professional or a Windows XP Professional machine.

Unblock Outlook Attachments Have you applied Outlook's recent patches and/or Office Service Pack 2 and find that 40 potentially harmful file types are now being blocked? Go to this  page for a fix.

Unblock Outlook Express Attachments Have you applied Outlook Express's recent Windows Update patches and find that 40 or more potentially harmful file types and non harmful file types are now being blocked? Go to this page for a fix.

MWSnap lets you print or save your screen or portions of your screen using the preset keys on your keyboard. You can print or save whatever is on your screen. Many picture formats are available.MWSnap is an excellent freeware print screen tool. Click Here for MWSnap instructions.

EndItAll allows you to easily shut down all non essential programs running on your computer to facilitate software installation, burning CDs or running your ScanDisk & Defrag programs without interruption. You should download the file and then reboot your machine before you install EndItAll. It works well on 95, 98, ME and NT 4.0 Workstation. I don't know if it safely works on 2K or XP. I really don't see the need for EndItAll on 2K and XP machines since CheckDisk is done during bootup and Disk Defragmenter works fine without it. If you still want to use it on 2K & XP, you should get EndItAll2 by subscribing to PC Magazine's premium downloads. 

Note: Since EndItAll does not stop your screen saver from running, you should turn off your screen saver manually before you run ScanDisk or Disk Defragmenter as the screen saver will interrupt ScanDisk & Disk Defragmenter.

Connection Keeper prevents Internet Service Providers from disconnecting you from the Internet if your dial-up connection is idle. It also will reply (with some configuration) to AOL & Compuserve disconnect Popups.

The File Splitter allows you to split large files to fit on floppies or you can split to custom sizes. Useful for sending larger files via E-Mail. The receiver only needs the small executable file along with the pieces to recreate the file on their end with no additional software needed. Note: Many e-mail programs make block executable (.exe) files so I just temporarily change the file extension to .eee and tell the recipient to change it back to .exe.

E-Mail Stripper strips the annoying forward arrows from E-mails before you forward them on.

Zone Alarm is a free Firewall program to protect your computer from internet hackers while you are connected to the Internet. You can also get the Plus or Pro version for a fee, which has added features but if you're just looking for a good firewall, then the free version is all that you need..

WinAmp is a great program for playing Mp3 files and Mp3 playlist. It uses very little resources compared to some other players.

Audacity will allow you to record live audio, and record anything from your Line In or Microphone jacks into Mp3 or Wave files, convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs, edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files, cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together and more.

Irfanview is a very fast, small, compact and innovative graphic viewer/editor for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP. With this tool, you can easily edit pictures and perform tasks such as cropping, removing red eye and resizing. Great for reducing the size of pictures for uploading to sites such as e-Bay, Facebook, etc..

SyncBack allows you to backup and synchronize Directories/Folders across your network, between a laptop & desktop and even between your hard drive and CD-RW drive (when used in conjunction with Roxio's Direct CD or Nero's InCD programs). You can easily backup important files to flash memory stick drives. Some scheduling features are included.

UPDATED! Ad-aware removes spyware and adware from your computer. Download and install it to your PC. Uninstall older versions before installing new versions. Remember to check for updates before you run it. Instructions for running Ad-aware are included in the Monthly Maintenance Instructions below.

UPDATED! SpyBot Search & Destroy is another good program for removing spyware and adware from your computer. Uninstall older versions before installing new versions. Download and install it to your PC. Remember to check for updates before you run it. You should also use the "immunize" function of the program to protect your PC from malware. I recommend using the Tea Timer option, which is found under Mode->Advanced Mode->Tools->Resident. Instructions for running Spybot are included in the Monthly Maintenance Instructions below.

UPDATED! SpywareBlaster is another good program for preventing spyware and adware from being installed on your computer. Download and install it to your PC. Remember to check for updates and enable all protection. This program makes changes to the registry to prevent known malware installation. It does not run in the background all the time, which is a good thing. Instructions for running SpywareBlaster are included in the Monthly Maintenance Instructions below.

Spy Sweeper (14 day Trialware) is another good program for removing spyware and adware from your computer. Download and install it to your PC. Remember to check for updates before you run it.

CoolWebShredder will find and destroy all traces of CoolWebSearch on your system. This includes redirections or hijacking to www.coolwwwsearch.com, coolwebsearch.com, youfindall.net and white-pages.ws. If you find that your browser is sending you to these sites all of a sudden, this little program will take care of it. Make sure that you only download the stand-alone version.

UPDATED! Hijack This You'll find the download about one third of the way down the page. Use this tool to create a list of known areas that hijackers use. Clicking the "Do a system scan and save a log file" button and it will show you what runs at startup. Copy the contents of the log file and paste it on This Page or The CompuClues Forum for help in deciphering what is bad or good. Remember to update often.

Winsock XP Fix for Windows XP & possibly Windows 2000. It offers a last resort if your Internet connectivity has been corrupted due to invalid or removed registry entries. It can often cure the problem of lost connections after the removal of Adware components or improper uninstallations of firewall applications or other tools that modify the XP network and Winsock settings.

Winsock 9X/ME Fix for Windows 9X or ME offers a last resort if your Internet connectivity has been corrupted due to invalid or removed registry entries. It can often cure the problem of lost connections after the removal of Adware components or improper uninstall of firewall applications or other tools that modify the 9X/ME network and Winsock settings.

Nistime is a nifty little program you can use to keep your PC's clock set to the correct time via the Internet

NEW! FREE! AVG Anti-Virus protects you from malicious viruses, worms, trojans, etc. You have no excuse for not running an up to date anti virus program. It's has an automatic update feature, but sometimes the servers are too busy. I recommend to customers using this product, to right click the system tray icon and to left click Check for Updates if your tray icon loses it's colors and goes grey, which indicates that you need an update.

NEW! FREE! Avast Anti-Virus protects you from malicious viruses, worms, trojans, etc. You have no excuse for not running an up to date anti virus program. It's automatic update feature makes keeping your virus definitions up to date a snap. You can can get a full one year software subscription but you must register to get the registration key. Renewals are free too just by reregistering.

Trend Housecall is a free online virus scanner. You can check your computer for viruses by going here and running their tool. You'll have to install their safe ActiveX program to run the tool. Check off the drives you want to check and place a checkmark in the Auto Clean box. Then press the Scan button. If you think you have a virus then I recommend running both the McAfee and the Trend Housecall online scanners in addition to your regular anti virus program. I have found no anti virus program that finds 100% of all the viruses.

McAfee has a free online virus scanner too. You can check your computer for viruses by going here and running their tool. You'll have to install their safe ActiveX program to run the tool. You'll have to manually delete any virus files found. If the list is long, you'll have to left click in the files found and drag your mouse down to highlight/reveal all the files found. If you think you have a virus then I recommend running both the McAfee and the Trend Housecall online scanners in addition to your regular anti virus program. I have found no anti virus program that finds 100% of all the viruses.

Recommended Computer Forum:

The CompuClues Forum is where you can post your computer questions for free. You'll find Larry from Compu-Docs there as a moderator under the member name ntwrklarry helping members with their computer problems.

UPDATED 03/21/06! Monthly Maintenance Instructions:

Updated Instructions for running the monthly maintenance for Compu-Docs customers and website visitors are available for download here in Word 2000 and Adobe Acrobat Reader formats. Instructions for running Spybot Search & Destroy & SpywareBlaster are now included. Click the links to download your choice of document. If you wish to save the file to your hard drive, you can right click the link and choose "Save Target As" from the menu.

Windows 2000\XP Monthly Maintenance.doc in Word format 

Windows 2000\XP Monthly Maintenance.pdf in Adobe Acrobat Reader format 

Windows 98\ME Monthly Maintenance.doc in Word format 

Windows 98\ME Monthly Maintenance.pdf in Adobe Acrobat Reader format 

 

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