Archive for December, 2010

Christmas Computer Cleanup

Posted in Technology and Software on December 27, 2010 by Mike Procario

Erin had some rogue antispyware on her computer. It claimed to find viruses and spyware and then demanded payment to remove them. The pop alerts looked like they might be official system alerts, but the  warning written over the desktop looked cheesy and suspicious. I ran the antivirus and it found a couple of infections, but it did not fix the problem. I was able to successfully get rid of it with Malwarebytes Antimalware. I tried the free trial and I think I will buy the full version for her.

This has set me off on a series of computer maintenance tasks. I copied all of Erin’s school work into her dropbox folder, so it would be backed up online. I also invited Megan to install dropbox. When she does I will get an additional free 250 MB of storage.

Now I am checking the startup programs on all of my PCs. You can find a list of what startup items do at  These programs can be either legitimate programs that are critical or legitimate programs that do not really need to be started at boot up, or malware.

You can see the programs set to start at boot time by using msconfig. Sarah’s laptop looks clean.  It did not have an excess of legitimate startup programs or visible malware. I checked my desktop and found that Windows Live Messenger was listed. I don’t use it and I always end up stopping it. Now I won’t have to.  I also stopped a couple of other programs of this type. I hope that will speed my boot times.


Cutting Down our Christmas Tree

Posted in personal on December 23, 2010 by Mike Procario

Sarah came back from her first term at Pitt on Sunday. She was delighted that we had put up the Christmas lights but was disappointed that we did not yet have a tree. We had been procrastinating because Margaret had heard a story on the radio about how important it is too not buy a dry tree.

We decided to cut down a tree this year. It turns out that there is a Christmas tree farm only a few miles from our house. Sarah and I put down the backseats of the RAV4 and headed off.  Sarah picked out a tree which was big enough for her taste, and I sawed it down.

Sarah helped me to carry the tree to the car.  We put it and in, and it stuck out a foot to far to close the door.  I pushed her seat up as far as it would go and even set the back tilted slightly forward.  We finally got it in. Sarah had to ride with her knees up to her chest, but she the tree she wanted.


Why Elizabeth Edwards Left God Out of Her Last Goodbye

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on December 12, 2010 by Mike Procario

Posted in Uncategorized on December 12, 2010 by Mike Procario

Eagles score a TD on a tackle eligible play.

What I Want for Christmas

Posted in Uncategorized on December 11, 2010 by Mike Procario

I want the world pictured in the print not the print itself.