Unbranding your Browser

Surfing the net can be a lot of fun. There are so many informative and entertaining sites that you can visit and discovering new websites that cater to your needs or passions is always a thrill.Unfortunately, the internet is like a jungle – there are many sights and sounds that will entertain you and awe you but it can also be dangerous with its own sets of dangers that can creep up on you if you are not aware of it.

There are spywares and malware and Trojans and viruses. There are just so many things that can affect your computer. One annoyance that sometimes happens is when you inadvertently visit a certain website and then discover that some unscrupulous programmer did something to your browser that resulted in you now getting a company’s brand on the title bar of every page that you visit. This is the height of annoyance and this has happened to me a number of times to.

There is an easy way to fix this problem though. Just follow these simple steps:

* For those who do not want to tinker deep into Windows or for those who are not so computer savvy they can use ISPUnbrand. This is a very simple utility you can use to remove that forced branding. The utility is completely free and can be found at windowsxp.mvps.org/utils/ISPUnbrand.zip

For PC users who are more comfortable with using Windows this is what you should do:

* Type Rundll32ledkCS32.dll, BranCleanInstallStubs on the Run dialog that is located in the Start menu *After typing the command press Enter * Now return to the Run dialog in the Start menu and type Rundll32ledkCS32.dll, Clear *Now turn off the computer and reboot it. If you did this correctly the branding in the browser will be removed when you fire up your computer again.

A few tips on cleaning and maintenance

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In my previous post I talked about how to clean a PC properly as well as mentioned why it is important to clean your PC because of its overall benefits to the PC’s performance as well as protection for the components.You have now assembled your PC and it is sparklingly clean. But there are also some other areas that can be cleaned a different way. There are also some things that you can do to make maintenance of computer so much more easier for you.

Here are some of them:

* You can use a folded paper towel that is dampened with rubbing or isopropyl alcohol to wipe the plastic parts of the case with. This is a great way of making old and dingy looking plastic look shiny and new. You should always refold the towel and exposing a fresh, clear part of the tower and then rewetting that clean, exposed part with alcohol to keep it moist. This is a very simple solution and

* Before you make any kind of changes to your case, try to list it down first and / or sketch it. This way, you minimize the errors or mistakes that you might commit

* A window on the side of the case is a great idea because it becomes easier to monitor what is happening inside your case. You’ll immediately know if your case is already in need of cleaning. Adding some LED lights makes peering into the case easier too.

* Shutdown your computer for three hours before attempting to open it, this way the charges in each of the components are neutralized.

The Cable Spaghetti

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One of the most ubiquitous sights in a computer owner’s desk are the unsightly mass of cables that can be seem at the back of the computer table. This mass of wires has actually been given a very descriptive term – cable spaghetti (or sometimes as plastic spaghetti or the more mundane cable clutter).A cable spaghetti is usually the result of a growing number of devices in your computer system that are interconnected by various cables. Imagine a computer system that has a monitor, keyboard, mouse, scanner, speakers (5.1 at that!), LAN cable (or modem cable), among others, connected to the CPU. And then consider that most of these devices have their own dedicated power supplies with their own separate cables snaking to the power strip and you have yourself the recipe for cable spaghetti. Aside from the obvious mess that it brings (you will never be able to sweep or clean the floor where the cables lay in) this unruly array of cables can actually cause problems with audio and video quality because of the electromagnetic effects with the other cables.

Cable spaghetti can actually be reduced or even totally eliminated if you would just remember the cables when setting up your system. Think of a well designed cable management system even before you set your computer up. This is a time consuming process and is mainly the reason why so many computer owners even bother to manage their cables or why they stop attempting it. But cable management is worth the time and effort because it a well managed cable system will allow you to change, add and remove peripherals more easily.