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License Giveaway Contest – SLOW-PCFighter

Folks, I am pleased to announce my latest software license giveaway drawing.

SLOW-PCfighter The folks at SPAMFighter (last week’s giveaway) have generously donated 10 one-year licenses for SLOW-PCFighter to me, to award to my readers. I sincerely thank them for that.

So I am going to do a random drawing¹ contest from folks who “enter” by posting a comment (below). The drawing will close midnight (Pacific) Thursday, Sept. 24th, and the winners announced Friday.

SLOW-PCFighter is a Registry repair program which “uses the most advanced technologies available” to analyze PC errors and – as the name suggests – speed up a PC which has become slow.

From the author:

SLOW-PCfighter seeks out and removes all unused entries in your Registry from failed software, driver installations and faulty un-installations and optimizes Windows startup.”

SLOW-PCfighter will speed up your PC by solving the following problems:

  • Invalid paths
  • Useless file extensions
  • Obsolete software entries
  • Invalid custom controls
  • Invalid fonts
  • Non-existent shared dlls
  • Invalid add/remove programs
  • Empty uninstall entries
  • Non-existent startup programs
  • Invalid file associations
  • Empty registry keys
  • Unused help files

Folks, Registry repair/cleaner/defrag/optimizer tools are a dime a dozen, and frankly, at best a dubious software category in general. But, nobody likes a slow PC, so most every computer user will sooner or later try one of these. When the folks at SPAMFighter – a product I like – asked me to try this, I was willing, but skeptical. Testing these kinds of product is difficult to do in any scientifical way, so I just installed it on a few machines and watched it.

IMHO:
Pros:
* SLOW-PCfighter is simple to use, even for novice users.. basically 1-click simple!
* Very Important
– SLOW-PCfighter monitors and logs its activities, creates a backup before cleaning, and has a easy undo feature. Messing with the Windows Registry is not without risks.
* Can be fully automatic. Install it, and forget it.
* In my limited testing (on 32-bit Vista and XP) I never had to use this “undo” feature as SLOW-PCfighter did not wreck my machines, or cause the odd glitches that these types of utilities sometimes can.. and do.
* I also found that SLOW-PCfighter found ‘errors’ on a machine that had been given a clean bill of health by two different Registry cleaner tools – good ones, in case you’re wondering – as shown below. 858 of them…

slowpc

Cons:
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As I said earlier, Registry repair/cleaner/defrag/optimizer tools are a dime a dozen and pretty much everyone offers one. Typically, they range in price from free to $50. The folks at SPAMFighter have taken an unusual tack and SLOW-PCfighter is a subscription of $29.95 per year. (Though, it is frequently discounted to $19.95)
* SLOW-PCfighter includes a Startup manager, but since it focuses on the Registry, is lacking features often found in other “Optimize your slow PC” products – such as a junk/temp file cleaner.
* The free trial will only ‘fix’ 25 entries, and thus is not a really good test of whether you will benefit from it – though you can quickly and easily try it here:
Get a free SLOW-PCfighter scan – State-of-the-art PC optimizer.

SLOW-PCfighter requires:
Operating System – Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Windows 7 (32 and 64bit)

How to enter? Residents of the US and Canada  may enter the drawing by simply clicking on “comment”, and entering a name and a valid e-mail (so I can send you the key) in the form. Actually commenting is optional. And, I shouldn’t have to say this, but multiple entries will result in disqualification.

Again, I thank the folks at SPAMFighter for making this giveaway possible.

¹ All entrants will be placed into Random.org’s “randomizer”, and the top 10 results will be the winners.

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September 20, 2010 Posted by | computers, PC, performance, software, tech, Vista, Windows, Windows 7, XP | , , , , , | 32 Comments

Software License Giveaway Drawing: SPAMFighter Pro

Folks, I am pleased to announce my latest software license giveaway drawing.

SPAMfighter_box_webThe folks at SPAMFighter have generously donated 5 licenses for SPAMFighter Pro to me, to award to my readers. I sincerely thank them for that. So I am going to do a random drawing¹ contest from folks who “enter” by posting a comment (below). The drawing will close midnight (Pacific) Thursday, Sept. 17th, and the winners announced Friday.

SPAMFighter is a community-based spam filtering tool for Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail and Thunderbird that automatically and efficiently filters spam and phishing fraud – keeping it out of your Inbox.

When a new e-mail arrives, it is automatically tested by SPAMfighter. If it’s spam, it will be instantly moved to your SPAMfighter folder. If you receive a spam mail that is not detected, click on a single button, and the spam mail is removed from the rest of the 7,258,856 SPAMfighters in 228 countries in seconds.

MG5strsOverall, SPAMfighter is a very simple to use product, especially for the novice. It can be setup and run with little to no user intervention and simply begins working on its own. I currently run this as my spam program and have given it an Editors Pick due to its simplicity, effectiveness and ability to keep a free version.~ Tim Tibbetts, review on MajorGeeks. 5/5 Stars

Blocks most spam. Almost no false positives. Filters any e-mail account in supported clients.~ Neil J. Rubenking, review in PC Magazine.

Benefits:

  • Award winning technology to block spam
  • Protects all the email accounts on your PC
  • Protects against “phishing”, identity theft, and other email frauds
  • Privacy Guaranteed – we don’t see any of your email
  • Blacklist and block domains and emails
  • Spam abuse reporting with one click – Get revenge now!
  • Unique language filtering tool – Stop emails in languages you don’t understand

SPAMfighter requires:
Operating System – Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Windows 7 (32 and 64bit)
Email client – Outlook 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2010 (32bit). Outlook Express 5.5 (and later).
Windows Mail (Only 32bit) and Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0, 3.0 and 3.1.

SPAMFighter Standard is free for personal use, but the program adds a SPAMfighter footer to your outgoing e-mails, and also displays small text advertisements in its toolbar. Purchase SPAMfighter Pro (retail $29/yr) and you get rid of the ads and footer. You also gain the ability to blacklist or whitelist unlimited domains and addresses (the free edition is limited to 100). The Pro edition can block messages written in specific foreign languages.

How to enter? Residents of the US and Canada may enter the drawing by simply clicking on “comment”, and entering a name and a valid e-mail (so I can send you the key) in the form. Actually commenting is optional. And, I shouldn’t have to say this, but multiple entries will result in disqualification.

Again, I thank the folks at SPAMFighter for making this giveaway possible. Try it out yourself. (And then leave a comment. You may just win an activation key..) You can get started by downloading the trial, here. (It will revert to the free version after 30 days.)

¹ All entrants will be placed into Random.org’s “randomizer”, and the top 5 results will be the winners.

Copyright 2007-2010 © “Tech Paul” (Paul Eckstrom). All Rights Reserved. jaanix post to jaanix.


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September 13, 2010 Posted by | computers, e-mail, Internet, Phishing, phraud, security, software, spam and junk mail, tech | , , , , , , , , , | 31 Comments

Unplug Your Webcams | SUPER Giveaway

“Big Brother” isn’t the only one watching you. “Uncle Nasty” is out there prowling the Internet too!

No LED / No Warning” Trojans, that switch on your webcam by stealth, were once a closely guarded secret…”

Folks, that first sentence is a link to an article I think you should read.
And then show it to your friends and family.


“Some things you just can’t predict. I thought I was through with contests, and now, ‘lo and behold!, I have a Grand Prize Contest, and I am pleased as punch to run it! Today’s Grand Prize retails for $200, and features software I have endorsed from Day One.”

Get your attention? Find out more here, A SUPER-Special Software License Giveaway (My Last?)


Today’s free download: Friend and fellow blogger tech Rick Robinette posted this yesterday. HAMSTER – A High End Video Converter for FREE

Myself, I just started using HAMSTER and I must say it is one of the best, easy to use, video converters I have experienced.

Rick is one of those whose opinions are “take it to the bank”, IMHO, so check it out. If you haven’t visited his site before, you’re in for a treat – it is one of my daily reads.


** SUPER Software License Giveaway Drawing **


To help celebrate SUPERAntiSpyware’s recent inclusion in VirusTotal’s premier file analyzing service, the good folks there at SUPERAntiSpyware (known in the biz as “SAS”) have generously donated some Professional Edition licenses to me – “lifetime” licenses no less – to award to my readers.

SUPERAntiSpyware is a program for combating spyware and Internet threats. Today’s Grand Prize retails for $200, and features software I have endorsed from Day One.”
For details (and to enter), click here.

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July 27, 2010 Posted by | computers, free software, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A SUPER-Special Software License Giveaway (My Last?)

Some things you just can’t predict. I thought I was through with contests, and now, ‘lo and behold!, I have a Grand Prize Contest, and I am pleased as punch to run it. Today’s Grand Prize retails for $200, and features software I have endorsed from Day One.

SUPERAntiSpyware is a program for combating spyware and Internet threats. It is an anti-malware scanner that I use on the job; on my own machines; recommend to clients; and install on the PC’s of my friends and family. I’ll tell you why — it’s simple and it’s effective. Since it “plays well” with most other security programs, SAS makes a great additional layer of protection to your existing antivirus/security solution.

To help celebrate SUPERAntiSpyware’s recent inclusion in VirusTotal’s premier file analyzing service, the good folks there at SUPERAntiSpyware (known in the biz as “SAS”) have generously donated some Professional Edition licenses to me – “lifetime” licenses no less – to award to my readers.

SUPERAntiSpyware logo

* Real-Time Blocking of threats! Prevent potentially harmful software from installing or re-installing.
* First Chance Prevention examines over 50 critical points of your system each time your system starts up and shuts down to eliminate threats before they have a chance to infect and infiltrate your system.
* Detect and Remove Spyware, Adware and Malware, Trojans, Dialers, Worms, KeyLoggers, HiJackers, Parasites, Rootkits, Rogue Security Products and many other types of threats.
* Schedule either Quick, Complete or Custom Scans Daily or Weekly to ensure your computer is free from harmful software.
* Registry Protection against Browser Hi-Jackers and other threats.
* Repair broken Internet Connections, Desktops, Registry Editing and more with SAS’s unique Repair System.
* Light on System Resources and won’t slow down your computer like many other anti-spyware products. Won’t conflict with your existing anti-spyware or anti-virus solution.
* System Requirements: 2000, XP Home/Professional, 2003, Server 2008, Vista and Windows 7. 32-bit and 64-bit systems.
(So those of you already running the free edition should still enter.. IMHO.)

So I am announcing my latest software license giveaway contest.

I did say “SUPER-Special… This week my Giveaway is going to be a little different, Folks, and I am actually running two contests — but you (still) only enter one time (the usual rules apply!). Keep reading…

¹ All entrants will be placed into Random.org’s “list randomizer”, and the top result will be the winner of the Grand Prize: a 5-pack of SUPERAntiSpyware Pro.
I will then remove the Grand Prize winner from the list, and “re-shake the hat”, so to speak, and then, from the new result, the top 5 names will each receive a single-use Lifetime license (retail $39.90).
[Note: If for some reason you do not want to be entered in the Grand Prize drawing, please indicate “1 license only” in your comment. I will mod the lists accordingly.]

How to enter: US and Canada residents may simply click on “comment” (below) and enter a name and valid e-mail in the form (so we can send you the key {or keys}). Actually commenting is optional. And, I shouldn’t have to say this but, multiple entries in this contest will result in disqualification. The drawing will conclude at midnight (Pacific) on Thursday, July 29th, so act now. The six winners will be announced Friday.

For those who would simply like to learn more about this great security program, the SAS website is here. To read what I have said about SAS:

I also want to say that I admire the people behind SAS, and they get a big tip of my geek hat. They are hard working and generous and they know their stuff. Their motto is “Remove ALL the Spyware, NOT just the easy ones” and I like that attitude!

Why not get a jump on the game and download a trial version of SUPERAntiSpyware Professional today.. you just might get an “activation” as a winner. And if not, you can either purchase (if you do, I advise getting the lifetime upgrade) or it will revert to the free version. Check it out here. SAS is one of those few programs I believe the “for pay” version is well worth it.

I sincerely thank the good folks at SUPERAntiSpyware for making this exciting giveaway possible.

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July 25, 2010 Posted by | computers | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 126 Comments

Software License Giveaway: Sandboxie

It Brings Me Special Pleasure To Announce My Latest Software License Giveaway: Sandboxie

SecurityNowLogo “…it is, I think, as important a tool as a personal firewall is for network communication.~ Steve Gibson ¹ on Security Now, Episode #172.

Regular readers may remember that I have recommended Sandboxie here before. I’ve used it for as long as I can remember. I consider Sandboxie an essential and primary tool for protecting my machines from cybercrimals (incorrectly called “hackers”). I’ll speak to this more in a bit…

How it works: Sandboxie takes a whole different approach (tactic) than traditional antivirus and anti-Spyware programs use to protecting you. Sandboxie runs your applications (aka “programs”) in an isolated area called a “sandbox”, as this animation shows…

Any programs that are “launched” (aka “Open”-ed, aka “run”) within Sandboxie only function within the sandbox, and have no direct access to your files, the Windows operating system or any other part of your PC. After you have finished with the ‘session’, you can right click the Sandboxie icon and delete all sandboxed files and processes, and your PC will be returned to the same state it was in before you started (how those red boxes vanish). To paraphrase, “What happens in the sandbox stays in the sandbox.”

Some Benefits of the Isolated Sandbox

  • Secure Web Browsing: Running your Web browser under the protection of Sandboxie means that all malicious software downloaded by the browser is trapped in the sandbox and can be discarded trivially.
  • Enhanced Privacy: Browsing history, cookies, and cached temporary files collected while Web browsing stay in the sandbox and don’t leak into Windows.
  • Secure E-mail: Viruses and other malicious software that might be hiding in your email can’t break out of the sandbox and can’t infect your real system.

How I use Sandboxie: The main thing I use Sandboxie for is when I want to explore unknowns; the second use is for when I want to explore ‘known bad’s’ or ‘known risky’ (such as when I want to see how a new item of malware installs itself, so I can better remove it). What do I mean by “unknowns”? Websites I have not visited before.. and those PowerPoint slideshows people “forward” to me.  Frankly, I almost always open my web browser, Firefox, “sandboxed”, and I recommend you get in the habit too – the Internet is not a clean, well-lighted place, but an un-policed criminal’s playground; and even “safe” websites get hacked.
When I am asked to review a new (to me) program, I first “install” it in a sandbox. There is a tutorial on this here, How To Investigate Suspicious File using Sandboxie.
(An example of “known risky” would be P2P downloads (aka “Torrents”) and porn sites.)

Sandboxie allows me to be a better tech (and tech writer) because with it I can safely observe the techniques ‘hackers’ and malicious software employ. But it also plain and simply gives me a secure feeling when traveling around the Web, and I feel ‘naked’ without it.

Note: Sandboxie is NOT a replacement, nor substitute, for traditional anti-Malware (antivirus+anti-Spyware) but is used in conjunction with. (This is referred to as “layering” your defenses.) And Sandboxie is not exactly intuitive to the “average user”, so I highly recommend that first time users see Tutorial: Getting Started with Sandboxie. This is a serious security tool and taking the time to learn how it works is well worth it! Using Sandboxie is simple, there’s just a few things to know.

Who can use Sandboxie? Sandboxie runs on 32-bit and 64-bit Windows operating systems.

Okay. Okay. Okay! The contest!
Sandboxie’s creator, Ronen Tzur, has graciously and generously donated five licenses to me, to award to my readers. I sincerely thank him for that. So I am going to do a random drawing ² contest from folks who “enter” my drawing. The contest will end midnight Thursday, July 15th, and the winners announced Friday the 16th.
A “registration” license is “lifetime” and can be used on as many computers as you own. Sandboxie currently retails for €29 Euros ($36.67). The other advantages of the paid version are listed here.

How to enter? To enter the drawing, simply click on “comment”, and enter your name and a valid e-mail (so we can send you the key) in the form. Actually commenting is optional. And, I shouldn’t have to say this, but it seems I do — multiple entries will result in disqualification. (In this contest. Entry in prior contests doesn’t count against you.)


GizmoAwardMy first recommendation for safe browsing is a free program called Sandboxie.~ JonathanT, Gizmo’s Best Free Browser Protection Utility.

Ronen has always offered this (essential, IMHO) security tool free, for which he has long earned a big tip of my Geek hat. It consistently wins “Best” and “Top” mentions on the reputable download sites, such as PC Magazine and MajorGeeks.

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You may use Sandboxie free of charge for any length of time that you desire. However, if you use Sandboxie for more than 30 days, the software will remind you to consider paying the registration fee each time it is launched. (By purchasing you would support further development and improvement of Sandboxie.) So, download your copy today, and then leave a comment — you just might win a lifetime license!

The Sandboxie website is here.

¹ Steve was named one of three Tech Paul’s Friend of the Internet Surfer Award winners to date. (I should name Ronen as my next winner for giving the world Sandboxie!)

² All entrants will be placed into Random.org’s “randomizer”, and the top 5 results will be the winners.

Related: A man I know a little bit, and respect a lot, published this review of Sandboxie on Bright Hub, Sandboxie Review: Free Security Software for Your PC.

* You may want to take the time to read the other comments (below) too…

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July 12, 2010 Posted by | advice, computers, cyber crime, e-mail, free software, hackers, how to, Internet, PC, security, software | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 174 Comments

Software License Giveaway: Genie Timeline Professional

Folks, I am Pleased to Announce My Latest Software License Giveaway Drawing.

The folks at Genie-soft have generously donated five licenses for Genie Timeline Professional 2.0 to me, to award to my readers. I sincerely thank them for that. So I am going to do a random drawing ¹ contest from folks who “enter”. The contest will end midnight Thursday, June 10th, and the winners announced Friday.

Genie Timeline is a program that creates “backup copies” of the files and settings on your computer — which, regular readers know, is something I repeatedly urge people to do!!
With Timeline, you do not have to be “computer savvy”, and you can set-it-and-forget-it. Timeline constantly monitors your file system, automatically, for you. I will give you my impressions and some screenshots, but first…

from the publisher: One time setup; a lifetime of protection

The complete backup and Disaster Recovery solution; a user friendly and easy to use software. Genie Timeline 2.0 exceeds backup limits bringing backup software to a whole new level.

  • Revolutionizing “Set It and Forget It”
    Simple and Easy. Setup is done in 3 simple steps during which you can choose to use smart selections or customize data to backup through a friendly user interface.
  • Continuous Data Protection
    Intelligent. Data is continuously backed up depending on file types. Genie Timeline intelligently backs up files, such as documents, more frequently than large virtual images.
  • Disaster Recovery
    Genie Timeline Professional can restore all of your settings and data, even if your operating system no longer loads. You are given the option to create a bootable startup disk in a virtual partition, USB drive, or ISO image.
  • Restore revisions
    Go back in time with Genie Timeline and recover old files, whether through Timeline explorer or the search feature.
    Genie Timeline saves past versions of your documents which you can revert back to easily.
  • Performance
    Genie Timeline runs on different modes depending on usage. You can choose to run in Smart mode which slows down or speeds up according to CPU usage or Turbo mode which runs at fastest speed. Power Saving mode slows down Timeline when on the go and Game/Movie mode pauses backup while playing a game or watching a movie.
  • Data Types Backup a wide variety of data such as E-mails, Documents, Desktop, Office files, eBooks, Bookmarks, Pictures, Videos & Music. Moreover, if the data type is not included in the smart selections page you can always use the filters and add any extension you desire.
  • Security Protect and secure your data with 256-bit AES military-grade encryption.
  • More!
    See the Genie Timeline Datasheet – Download
  • System Requirements
    *  Intel Pentium® 4 processor or above, AMD Athlon™ 64
    * 512 MB RAM (1 GB RAM recommended)
    * 200 MB free hard drive space
    * Supports both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms
    * Windows® XP, Windows® Vista, Windows® 7

I found Timeline Professional 2.0 to be remarkably full-featured. It is polished and slick, and by that I mean it is very easy to use. Just follow the wizard. (One caveat: you should also select and create one of the three “disaster recovery” options.) The “always running” smart backup service did not noticeably slow my machine and Timeline did not annoy me with pop-ups. (The System Tray icon indicates your “backup health” status by changing.)
In a crowded market, I think Genie-soft Timeline  should be one of your top considerations – either “Home” (retail $39.95) or “Pro” (retail $59.95).

Perhaps my favorite feature is the simple way Timeline un-does an accidental deletion — simply right-click in the location where your file (or folder) was , and choose “undo delete”, and there’s your file (or folder) again! What will your favorite feature be? I don’t know: Timeline has too many for me to list here. (Fortunately, Genie-soft listed most of them for me, here.)

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A 30-day, fully-functional free trial of Timeline Professional 2.0 can be downloaded here, Free 30-day trial. Try it out yourself. (And then leave a comment. You may just win one of these valuable prizes!)

How to enter? To enter the drawing, simply click on “comment”, and enter a name and valid e-mail (so I can send you the key) in the form. Actually commenting is optional. And, I shouldn’t have to say this, but it seems I do — multiple entries will result in disqualification. (In this contest. Entry in prior contests doesn’t count against you.)

¹ All entrants will be placed into Random.org’s “randomizer”, and the top 5 results will be the winners.

Yet one more reason I am so favorably impressed with Genie-soft is that they have made a version of Timeline which is free for personal use. The Edition comparison chart and download link is here.

Again, I thank the folks at Genie-soft for making this giveaway possible!

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June 7, 2010 Posted by | Backups, computers, how to, software, Vista, Windows 7, XP | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 75 Comments

Holiday Software License Giveaway: Handy Backup

Folks, I am pleased to announce my latest software license giveaway drawing.

The folks at have generously donated five licenses for Handy Backup Standard to me, to award to my readers. I sincerely thank them for that. So I am going to do a random drawing¹ contest from folks who “enter” by posting a comment (below). The drawing will close Thursday, June 3rd, and the winners announced Friday. So act now.

Handy Backup is a program for creating “backup copies” of the files on your computer, which regular readers know, is something I repeatedly urge people to get into the habit of doing! With a backup program like Handy Backup, you don’t need a ‘habit’, you can set-it-and-forget-it. Below, I will give you my impressions and some screenshots, but first…

CNet Editors say,
“Handy Backup Standard offers users an easy, streamlined approach to backing up important files and folders. Novice users will especially appreciate the program’s easy navigation.”

Publisher’s description:

Handy Backup™ Standard is an easy-to-use backup software designed to perform automated backup of your computer. User-friendly interface and a rich set of backup features make it one of the best PC backup software for home and small office use.

Handy Backup will automatically backup your data with the options of file mask filtering, backup compression, backup encryption, “native”, and other options. The application supports backing up to DVD/CD, Blu-ray, HD DVD discs, LAN/FTP and Online.

Here is a “slideshow” of screenshots of Handy Backup Standard.

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I found it easy enough for beginners, as it uses a “wizard” to walk you through the process of creating a “task” (a backup, or a restore) the first time it runs (but after that first time, you need to click on “New task”, which is not made obvious). I particularly like Handy Backup’s ability to automatically “span” a backup set across multiple CD/DVD discs (you must place a check in a checkbox, though), prompting you to insert a fresh disc when it fills up the current one. (One other note.. you need to place a check in “Verify the backup after burning” to help ensure a successful write. This should be the default, IMHO.) Handy Backup successfully handled every backup and every restore operation I tested it with. It is a full-featured backup solution.
One critique: it does not support “selective file restoring”.

(Those of you in medium to large business environments will want to look at Handy Backup Server. Handy Backup Server is a complete enterprise backup solution that allows performing centralized backup of all network workstations, on a client-server scheme.)

How to enter? To enter the drawing, simply click on “comment”, and enter a name and valid e-mail (so I can send you the key) in the form. Actually commenting is optional. And, I shouldn’t have to say this, but multiple entries will result in disqualification.

Again, I thank the folks at for making this giveaway possible. A 30-day free trial can be downloaded here, Download Handy Backup. Try it out yourself. (And then leave a comment. You may just win an activation key..)

¹ All entrants will be placed into Random.org’s “randomizer”, and the top 5 results will be the winners.

Please have a safe and joyous Holiday.

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May 31, 2010 Posted by | advice, Backups, computers, PC, software | , , , , , , , , | 41 Comments