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Ask Leo! #436 – Removing yourself from Google, malware traces, router passwords, Internal RAM sticks and more…


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How do I remove myself from the search engines?

It was unwise of me to take part and put in my name in some guestbooks. I'd like to remove my information from the search results of the major search engines: Google, Yahoo, and so forth. I tried in vain to contact the webmasters of those sites. I'm becoming fussier about that and it's getting more awkward as far as my profession is concerned. Would you please assist me in dealing with this problem?

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Search engines are amazing. They've collected and indexed billions of pages of information out on the internet. And while we think of Google, Yahoo, MSN, and other name brand search engines, the reality is that there are hundred of search engines that could all be indexing pages on the web.

Getting into the search engines is not terribly difficult. Getting out? The news is not good.

Continue reading: How do I remove myself from the search engines?
http://ask-leo.com/C2450

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*** Answercast

Answercast #99 - Reliable hard drives, bigger memory, traces of malware, security of Skype and more...

Do you think hard drives are getting more reliable, or less? Want to change your router password or perform a malware scan offline? Ever wonder about the traces left by malware removal or the security of your Skype calls? All that and more in this Answercast from Ask Leo!

Listen

Continue reading: Answercast #99 - Reliable hard drives, bigger memory, traces of malware, security of Skype and more...
http://ask-leo.com/C6358

Are hard drives getting more reliable?
Drives are getting bigger, but are they more reliable? That's a hard question.
Continue reading: Are hard drives getting more reliable?
http://ask-leo.com/C6359

Are bigger internal memory or RAM sticks faster then those with less capacity?
Bigger RAM sticks only matter if they help add up the overall total internal RAM in a computer. Get the most you can!
Continue reading: Are bigger internal memory or RAM sticks faster then those with less capacity?
http://ask-leo.com/C6360

What password should I change on my router for security?
Routers have several usernames and passwords. One is very important to change for network security.
Continue reading: What password should I change on my router for security?
http://ask-leo.com/C6361

Do I need to be online to perform anti-malware scans or backups?
An internet connection is not required for anti-malware scans and backups, but it is required to keep your software up-to-date.
Continue reading: Do I need to be online to perform anti-malware scans or backups?
http://ask-leo.com/C6362

Does minimizing the time data is spent in use improve security?
Improving data security is best done by keeping anti-malware scans up to date, and practicing safe internet policy.
Continue reading: Does minimizing the time data is spent in use improve security?
http://ask-leo.com/C6363

Is Skype recording my private video calls?
Skype calls are probably private and secure. Skype is encrypted and you don't need to worry about someone in the middle sniffing your conversation.
Continue reading: Is Skype recording my private video calls?
http://ask-leo.com/C6364

Why do some Android apps need so many permissions?
Android app sometimes legitimately need services from your phone. But it's always good to use some caution in giving out permissions.
Continue reading: Why do some Android apps need so many permissions?
http://ask-leo.com/C6365

What does it mean when "traces" are left behind from malware removal?
Traces of malware could be left in various places on a computer after a virus or spyware infection. First thing: don't panic!
Continue reading: What does it mean when "traces" are left behind from malware removal?
http://ask-leo.com/C6366

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*** Featured Comments

How should I password protect an external drive?

Tom R. writes:

Right now I'm using a Linux Mint box connected to a portable hard drive that I encrypted with Truecrypt using a Win 7 machine. Truecrypt is totally the way to go.

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How do I fix "Windows Installer not working" after I ran a registry cleaner?

bob price writes:

Exported my reg and it's 380mb. So, deleting even thousands of strings from the reg with a cleaner is equivalent to snipping off a small corner of page 257 of the Sunday edition of the LA Times.

Over the years, I've run full diagnostic performance tests before and after running cleaners. Zero improvement. Complete waste and high risk.

*** Thoughts and Comments

I'm on sabbatical this week. Today's newsletter contains a featured article which is a selection from The Best of Ask Leo!, and a new Answercast, pre-recorded before I left.

I'll be back on April 1st, 2013.

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