Best Internet Browser for Windows XP Professional X64 Edition

What is the Best Internet Browser for Windows XP Professional X64 Edition? Well that is a good question.  Besides being a mouthful to say, this only variant of Windows XP is the only version that supports modern 64-bit hardware. (AMD64 / Intel64)  Windows XP Pro X64 became very popular for computer enthusiasts to install on their computers.  Unfortunately there was not a lot of good driver support when it was first released.   There are still many people using Windows XP Pro X64 today but like its 32-bit counterpart will no longer receive any security updates on April 8, 2014.  So what is the best web browser for Windows XP Professional X64 Edition?

1. Opera 19, Opera has made some interesting changes recently and instead of using their own rendering engine, Presto, they have moved to Webkit.  Webkit is the same rendering engine in Google Chrome and Apple Safari.  What’s nice here is you don’t have to wonder if Google is tracking your every online habit.  All internet conspiracies aside, I found Opera to be a little faster than Chrome in page load and just opening up the program.  I am also willing to bet that Opera will be supporting Windows XP for some time, as they have supported older version of Windows for a while.  You owe it to yourself to check out Opera.

Opera 19 the Best Internet Browser for Windows XP Professional X64 Edition

Opera 19 on Windows XP Pro X64 Edition

2. Mozilla Firefox 26, Firefox was at one time the most used browser other than Internet Explorer and still has a number of people who use it today.  Firefox 26 is great on Windows XP Pro X64.  It is full featured and very fast.  I highly suggest you check out Firefox if you have not recently.

Firefox 26 on Windows XP Professional X64 Edition

Firefox 26 on Windows XP Pro X64 Edition

3. Google Chrome 32, I have to admit I think Google is getting sloppy with Chrome.  Google releases updates very often for Chrome which is not always a bad thing but I am not sure they are always testing these updates as much as they could.  I have noticed Chrome to be buggy at times regardless of which version of Windows I am running.  In my test on Windows XP Pro X64 Chrome 32 was very solid.  It was a tick slower than the other two browsers above but that is it.  I had suggested Windows XP users use Chrome but with Google’s business practices being put under scrutiny and bugs I have noticed in the recent past few releases I have moved this down.  Still it is one of the most used if not most used browser today so check out Chrome.

Google Chrome 32 on Windows XP Professional X64 Edition

Google Chrome 32 on Windows XP Pro X64 Edition

4. FlashPeak SlimBrowser 7, SlimBowser is a little different but I think fits a need on any version of Windows XP.  There are many companies whose internal websites do not support modern web browsers and only work with older versions of Internet Explorer.  This is where SlimBrowser comes in.  It uses the same rendering engine (Trident) of whatever version of Internet Explorer you have installed on your computer.  So you get a full featured browser, increased security, but the compatibility you need.  If your organization is still using Internet Explorer 8 (or worse 7 or 6) you need to let them know about FlashPeak SlimBrowser.  It has Facebook integration and even can be configured to display the outside temperature in the lower right hand corner of the window.  With Internet Explorer 8 no longer getting security updated after April 8, 2014 you need to check out SlimBrowser today.

FlashPeak SlimBrowser 7 on Windows XP Professional X64 Edition

FlashPeak SlimBrowser 7 on Windows XP Pro X64 Edition

5. KDE Konqueror 4.10.2, if you know about Linux you have probably used Konqueror at some point.  Konqueror comes with the KDE environment, but you can customize what is installed to keep it just to bare minimum for Konqueror to work.  Konqueror will make Linux KDE users feel right at home and it does not run too bad.  It is a little buggy and did not like some websites.  If you feel adventerous check out the KDE on Windows Initiative

KDE Konqueror 4.10 on Windows XP Professional X64 Edition

KDE Konqueror 4.10 on Windows XP Pro X64 Edition

6. Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 64-bit, this is the browser that is holding the web back, but it is better than Internet Explorer 6 or 7.  Even if you don’t use Internet Explorer I suggest you update it to Internet Explorer 8 as it is more compliant with web standards then the old versions and I think just a little more secure.  However since Internet Explorer 8 will not be getting any more security updates after April 8, 2014 I suggest you use one of the browsers above to your day-to-day browsing.  If you have not yet I suggest updating to Internet Explorer 8.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 64-bit on Windows XP Professional X64 Edition

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 64-bit on Windows XP Pro X64 Edition

I will say again I suggest all Windows XP users upgrade to a newer version of Windows as soon as they can.  That being said there is still life in Windows XP and I think using the best internet browser for Windows XP Professional X64 Edition will help you get that life out of it for a while.

Also check out the best internet browser for Windows XP the 32-bit version.

If you’re still using it, check out the best internet browser for Windows 2000.

Maybe you are looking to upgrade, check out the best internet browser for Windows Vista 64-bit.

 

Is This The Beginning of The End For Facebook?

Is this the beginning of the end for Facebook?  I have read a few articles that say Teens are starting to leave Facebook for other social media endeavors.  With reasons ranging from their parents being on Facebook to unnecessary drama on the social network giant.  With teens, Facebook is a thing their parents have, and most parents are well aware of Facebook but not of other social media sites so teens head to the other sites to be less monitored by their parents.

While teens are just one demographic of the Facebook user base it seems the older generations are starting to become disenchanted as well.  While talking to a friend and colleague of mine the topic of recent privacy changes to Facebook came up and we both agreed we are considering dropping the social network all together and moving to something else.

Still other friends of mine have brought up drama, people over sharing information, and that they do not find Facebook fun anymore as reasons they have either left or are thinking about doing so.

Another aspect is the rise of blogging which seems like everyone has one these days (you’re reading one now) and how things like Blogger, WordPress , and Tumblr are gaining traction with older audiences.

Still there are many people who have no intention of leaving Facebook as it has become the main way for them to communicate with friends and family.

So Is this the beginning of the end for Facebook, maybe but I don’t think it will be soon. I am interested to see what you all think of Facebook and if you are looking to jump ship to something else. As for me I am thinking of closing my personal profile, maybe I will go back to MySpace.

SCAM Alert! Do Not Answer 235-683-4810 Infected Computer Windows Update Scam

I have another scam to warn you about. just a few minuets ago I received a call from 235-683-4810 telling me the same thing as the last unknown number (see my post about 1-111-111-111 Scam) My computer was not responding to the updates from Microsoft, so this time since I was home I decided to humor the guy and have a little fun, and gather as much information as I could to tell you about the scam.

First the guy on the phone sounds Indian or at the very least Middle Eastern, I say this to warn you not to talk bad about these people I have known many great Middle Eastern people over the years that would never do this kind of thing.

I asked the guy how he knew my computer was not getting these updates and he tells me he has an ID from my computer, so I ask him which computer it is since at any given time I have multiple.  He told me it was my home computer, again I ask which one since I have about 18 here currently (all in various states of operation) He then tells me to just start-up one of them so I chose my laptop.

As I am starting my laptop I decide to have some fun and boot into Windows 8.  After I tell him I am logged in he asks if I can see icons, I tell him yes as I am staring at the Start Screen and then he asks me to click on the Start Button.  “I don’t have one,” I replied.  He paused for a while and then tells me to hit the Windows Key and the R Key at the same time on the keyboard.  This of course brings up the Run Box, to which I replied “you could have just said go to the Run Box,” he then had me type in CMD to bring up the Command Prompt and then type in a command Assoc and hit Enter.  This brings a list of File Associations and he tells me to look at the one for ZFSendToTarget=CLSID\{888DCA60-FC0A-11CF-8F0F-00C04FD7D062} and this guy tells me that this CLSID is a unique ID for my computer.  I explained to him that it is not unique and that ID would come up on any computer that you did this on.  This is where they try to trick you with smoke and mirrors.  Do not fall for this.

CLSID in CMD

CLSID in CMD

This guy then had me open another Command Prompt and type in EVENTVWR and hit Enter.  This brings up the Event Viewer I again told him he could have just told me to go to the Event Viewer.  In the Event Viewer he has me double-click on Windows Logs and then Application and asks me to scroll through and see if there are any Errors I tell him there are no Errors there then he ha me double-click on System and see if there are any Errors there I say yes there are many.  He then tells me this is proof that my computer is infected and that they can clean it up and make it run fast.

Event Viewer in Windows 8 showing Errors

Event Viewer in Windows 8 showing Errors

Now  I want to pause here, if your computer was infected it could have Error entries in the Event Viewer because of that however they are specific Errors. Also there will always be Errors in here and they are not something to worry about.  I also asked this guy how he would fix Disk 11 Errors as these were usually signs of a bad hard drive and not an infection, he insisted that my machine was infected.

I finally told him and I knew they were running a scam.  He tried to argue with me that they were not a scam, but I know better.  I finally told him I was going to report everything to the proper authorities.

I hope this helps warn you and I hope the links I provided gives you more information on how they try to use things incorrectly in your computer to trick you.  I think the bottom line is if you do answer and you hear a Middle Eastern accent from a number you do not know, just hang up.

Do Not Answer Calls from 1-111-111-111, SCAM or Let Anyone Tell You Your Computer Is Not Getting Windows Updates

Today I got a call from a weird number it was 1-111-111-111, first this is not a real number second is what the guy on the phone said, he clearly was from India and told me that “My computer was not receiving the Windows Updates and was rejecting them”  I laughed and said “yeah right” and hung up.

This is a two part lesson, first if the number is all the same number or not in the correct format, do not answer it.

Second never let anyone convince you over the phone that your computer is not getting Windows Updates because they have no real way of knowing and if they do, that is unlawful spying.  Microsoft does not know and will never contact you about it. Same with the company that does your Antivirus software, just hang up the phone and save your self from a scam.

I have heard of people getting scammed from people like this, paying for someone to remote connect and do “work” just ignore these jerks, they are just out too hurt you.

So please just don’t answer the phone!

Make Windows 2000 More Secure, Free Antivirus, Free Antispyware, And More

While support for Windows 2000 ended over a year ago, there are a few people still using it, or running it in a virtual environment for compatibility reasons.  This being the case lets look at some ways to make Windows 2000 more secure and safe for those users still rocking a 12-year-old operating system.

First, Update Windows!  Yes this sounds like a no-brainer, but did you know you can use Microsoft Update (which updates all Microsoft products) instead of just Windows Update, you can check it out at http://www.update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate/

Second, use a different internet browser, you can read my post here on that

Third, update the components used by internet Browsers,  You can download the current version of Java at www.java.com Get the current version of Silverlight at www.silverlight.net The last version of Adobe Reader that is compatible with 2000 can be obtained at http://get.adobe.com/reader/ (make sure once it is installed to open up the program and click on Help and Update, this will get all the updates for the program)  Finally you can download the newest version of Flash for both Internet Explorer and for Firefox and Opera, go to http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/otherversions/  For step one select Windows 7/Vista/XP/2008/2003 and for step two select for Windows Internet Explorer, for Internet Explorer, and then do this again from Firefox or Opera but for step two select Windows – Other Browsers (if you have both Opera and Firefox installed you only have to install Flash for Other Browsers once, it will install the plugin for both browsers)

Fourth, how about Antivirus and Anti-spyware software.  There are a few things still out there for the die-hard Windows 2000 user.

Antivirus software is key if you are going to be surfing the internet in Windows 2000, you really want full Antivirus protection, Thankfully there are a few choices.

AVG Free Antivirus 9 While the newest version does not support 2000, Version 9 does, and AVG still releases updates to the program making this a great AV software for 2000, especially if you do not want to spend the money on software for a virtual installation of the operating system.  You can download a version of AVG 9 Free from http://www.oldapps.com/AVG_antivirus.php?app=f86fd982885094416ab9f08ca1bda07f

AVG 9 Free in Windows 2000

AVG 9 Free in Windows 2000

Now AVG is the only free offering out there for Win 2K but if you would rather pay some money and get better protection Eset Nod32 Antivirus 4 does support Windows 2000 and does it well. I suggest just the Antivirus, but they do have an Internet Security solution as well.  You can check it out below, and they often have deals running.
ESET Smart Security - Save 25%

Lavasoft Ad-Aware Pro is also another option, they have expanded their product to include Antivirus, I am not sure how well this will work but Ad-Aware has been a good tool in the past.  I know there is a Free version, however the Free one does not have real-time protection making that not a very good option. The Pro version is $29.95 for a year and you can check it out at http://www.lavasoft.com/products/ad_aware_pro.php

Now if you are wanting something Free with real-time protection but that is not going to be as much as a strain on system resources as a full-fledged antivirus solution,  Spybot – Search and Destroy fits the bill.  It is just anti-spyware, but does have some Immunization features to help block unwanted content and supports Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Opera.  It is at version 1.6.2 and you can check it out at http://www.safer-networking.org/en/ownmirrors1/index.html

Spybot 1.6.2 in Windows 2000

Spybot 1.6.2 in Windows 2000

Now if you would just like the immunization protection from Spybot, but do not want the extra overhead of a program, I would suggest SpywareBlaster.  It has immunization options for Internet Explorer and Firefox, and supports Netscape (sorry no Opera support)  The free version you have to manually update but hey its free.  What is great is not having to have to program run, in fact the only time you open the program is to update it and to set the protection.  You can download SpywareBlaster 4.4 from http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html

SpywareBlaster 4.4 in Windows 2000

SpywareBlaster 4.4 in Windows 2000

Finally no talk about security would be complete without talking about a good Temp File and Registry Cleaner.  I always suggest CCleaner for the job.  Supports all the browsers available for Windows 2000, and has a great registry cleaner to help keep the machine running at its best.  You can check it out at http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download

CCleaner in Windows 2000

CCleaner in Windows 2000

All of this should help to keep you better protected whether your running Windows 2000 on your desktop or just in a virtual environment.  I do suggest looking into some protection, even when using virtual machines security is important.

Power Toys and Ultimate Extras for Windows 7 and Vista (XP Too) Part 3

The Power Toys for Windows XP were very popular to the point that Microsoft made you pay for the ones in Vista and called them Ultimate Extras, but unlike their XP counterparts they did not release a lot of the Ultimate Extras.

In Part 3 we will be looking at more utilities this time from Microsoft.

Utilities from Microsoft

1. Microsoft Security Essentials This is my new favorite antivirus software.  It is light weight, does not bog the system down and does a great job.  I highly suggest this for anyone’s home computer, non-profit, or small businesses.  It is available for Windows 7, Vista, and XP and you can learn more and download it here at http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/

Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 in Windows 7

Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 in Windows 7

2. SyncToy   This actually started as a Power Toy for Windows XP and has been evolved over the years into what it is today.  This tool is for synchronizing files between two different areas, whether on the same drive, different ones, or different devices.  This is a quick way to keep files synced and ready to go.  It is available for Windows 7, Vista, and XP and you can check it out and download it here at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=C26EFA36-98E0-4EE9-A7C5-98D0592D8C52&displaylang=en

SyncToy in Windows 7

SyncToy in Windows 7

 

3. Windows Mobile Device Center   This software is for syncing files and information for Windows Mobile smartphones.  It works with Windows Mobile 6.5 and earlier.  Windows Mobile Device Center is available for Windows 7 and Windows Vista and you can learn more and download the 32Bit version here at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/en-us/downloads/microsoft/device-center-download.mspx And get the 64-bit version here at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyId=4F68EB56-7825-43B2-AC89-2030ED98ED95&displaylang=en

Windows Mobile Device Center in Windows 7

Windows Mobile Device Center in Windows 7

 

4. Microsoft ActiveSync     The Windows Mobile Device Center is not available for Windows XP and this is where ActiveSync comes in.  ActiveSync is the older version of Mobile Device Center and it again works with Windows Mobile devices to sync files and information.  You can check it out and download it at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/en-us/downloads/microsoft/activesync-download.mspx

Microsoft ActiveSync in Windows XP

Microsoft ActiveSync in Windows XP

 

5.  Windows Virtual PC   This is great software to run operating systems in a virtual environment.  This new version of Virtual PC integrates very well into the Windows environment.  I have used this recently and plan to write more articles about it.  The awesome thing about it, this is available for all versions of Windows 7.  You can check it out and download it here at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=2B6D5C18-1441-47EA-8309-2545B08E11DD&displaylang=en

Once you have it installed there is an update to remove the Hardware Virtualization need you can get here for the 32Bit version and here for the 64-bit version.

Windows Virtual PC in Windows 7

Windows Virtual PC in Windows 7

6.  XP Mode   This is a great feature.  This feature is only available for Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate.    Let’s say you have an older program that does not run in Windows 7.  Well if you install it in XP Mode you can have it run right off of the Windows 7 Start Menu.  Once you have XP Mode installed it runs out of Windows Virtual PC which you must have installed first.  Please note if you are going to set up XP Mode you need to install things in order, first Windows Virtual PC, then XP Mode then one of the updates above.    You can download XP Mode here at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=FB633E9D-DDBC-4044-BB09-4F99E757064E&displaylang=en

XP Mode desktop In Windows 7 Ultimate

XP Mode desktop In Windows 7 Ultimate

7.  Virtual PC 2007   If you are using Windows Vista or XP and you want to run operating systems in a virtual environment then you can download Virtual PC 2007.  While it does not have all the features of Windows Virtual PC it still does the job well.  Also, Virtual PC 2007 supports running older operating systems.  If you want to check it out you can read more and download it from here at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=28C97D22-6EB8-4A09-A7F7-F6C7A1F000B5&displaylang=en

Virtual PC 2007 in Windows Vista

Virtual PC 2007 in Windows Vista

8. Microsoft Mathematics    This program should have its own blog post.  This is the old Windows XP Power Toy Calculator on crack. You can do just about anything Math related on this thing.  Solve equations, convert units, graphing, trig, etc.  Best of all it is Free.  It uses the Tab and Ribbon interface from the Windows Live and Windows 7 programs.  You can install it in Windows 7, Vista, and XP (Please note that the .Net 3.5 framework must be installed for Vista and XP users).  You can learn more and download it from here at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=9caca722-5235-401c-8d3f-9e242b794c3a

Microsoft Mathematics in Windows 7

Microsoft Mathematics in Windows 7

 

These are some great additions to Windows that add functionality and customization.

For Non-Microsoft Utilities check out Part 2.

For Communication and Games check out Part 1.

The Best Internet Browser for Windows Vista 64-Bit

I want to take another look at the best internet browser for Windows Vista 64-bit as I wrote this article shortly after starting Useful Windows.  Let’s just say a lot has changed between now and then.  Windows Vista helped to make 64-bit computing a household name and today almost every computer comes with a 64-bit version of Windows.  Since then Vista has been replaced twice, so let’s look at the best internet browser for Windows Vista 64-bit.

1. Opera 19, Opera has come a long way and the latest version is very fast.  They moved from the Presto engine to Webkit (like Google Chrome and Apple Safari) and have done a nice job making Oprea one of my favorite web browsers.  If you are starting to question if Google is watching your browsing habits then check out Opera.

Opera 19 on Windows Vista 64-bit

Opera 19 on Windows Vista 64-bit

2. Google Chrome 32, While Google has been put under scrutiny recently, I have to admit that on Windows Vista Google Chrome is very fast and works great.  I am not always happy with some of the updates that Google pushes out but it is updated very often.  You can not look at web browsers for Windows Vista and not take a look at Chrome.

Google Chrome 32 on Windows Vista 64-bit

Google Chrome 32 on Windows Vista 64-bit

3. Mozilla Firefox 26, Firefox dared to challenge the dominant player years ago and has never stopped.  The current version is still just fantastic and if the other two browsers are not your thing then you need to consider Firefox.

Mozilla Firefox 26 on Windows Vista 64-bit

Mozilla Firefox 26 on Windows Vista 64-bit

4. Internet Explorer 9 64-bit, While Internet Explorer 9 has been a great improvement over earlier versions it is not as standards compliant as the newer versions available in Windows 7 and 8.X.  That being said it is still a great option for Windows Vista as most sites work fine in it.  For the sake of security, even if you do not use Internet Explorer you need to keep it updated since it is part of Vista.  I suggest you download Internet Explorer today.

Internet Explorer 9 on Windows Vista 64-bit

Internet Explorer 9 on Windows Vista 64-bit

5. KDE Konqueror 4.10, Konqueror will be familiar to many Linux users.  It does not have a standalone installer but is part of the KDE software, however, you can choose to just install the base apps.  While the new version of Konqueror is better than versions past I think all the other browsers listed above do a better job.  Still, if you want to check out the KDE on Windows Initiative.

KDE Konqueror 4.10 on Windows Vista 64-bit

KDE Konqueror 4.10 on Windows Vista 64-bit

There are still great options for Windows Vista and I think you will find the best internet browser for Windows Vista 64-bit that works for you.  I also want to thank my friend Ed W. who let me use his computer running Windows Vista 64-bit years ago when I first wrote this article, I am glad to have the resources today to write these articles but I am even more glad for friends like him.

Check out the best internet browser for Windows Vista 32-bit

If you are still using it, check out the best internet browser for Windows XP Professional X64 Edition

Looking to upgrade, check out the best internet browser for Windows 7

The Best Internet Browser for Windows, Part 1 An Introduction

I started this look at internet browsers on Windows years ago. Since then web browsers have changed a lot, so I try to update these articles every once in a while.  Here is a list of the articles for the best internet browser for Windows broken down by version. Feel free to check them out and as always, thanks for reading!

The Best Internet Browser for Windows 2000, it is 15 years old but can still get online.

The Best Internet Browser for Windows XP 32-bit, Soon to be unsupported but still installed on many machines.

The Best Internet Browser for Windows XP Professional X64 Edition, one of the first 64-bit versions of Windows, it had limited support.

The Best Internet Browser for Windows Vista 32-bit was not received well upon release but there are still a few people who have not yet upgraded their machines.

The Best Internet Browser for Windows Vista 64-bit, this version started making 64-bit computing a household name.

The Best Internet Browser for Windows 7, this is becoming the next Windows XP and we will be using Windows 7 for years to come.

Also check out my review of browsers in Ubuntu, one of the more popular Linux versions.

I hope to have these articles updated this year and add one for Windows 8, as well as maybe looking at older versions of Windows, and one for Windows Phone 7 and 8.  Make sure to like Useful Windows on Facebook to keep tabs on new articles.