ClamXav is no longer free, so I switched to Avast

Bye Bye to ClamXavAfter years of being supported as donation-ware, ClamXav recently started charging US customers a license fee of $29.95 to use its venerable anti-virus program for the Mac.

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I just bought Windows 10 to run on my Mac. Now what?

Start Windows10 upgradeMac users typically run Windows using virtualization software like VMware Fusion or Parallels and may be thinking of upgrading to Windows 10. Software developers are notorious for changing the look and feel of their company’s operating systems with each successive version, and Windows 10 is no exception. As a form of insurance in case you encounter a major glitch or want to revert to your previous setup, it is vitally important to make a complete backup of your Windows virtual machine BEFORE you upgrade.

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Using CrossOver to run Windows programs

No Microsoft Windows, No ProblemThere are times when the only software available for a specific task is a Windows program, and if you’re running Mac OS X, chances are that you’ll receive suggestions to install a full-blown virtualization tool such as Parallels, VMware, or BootCamp. IMHO, there are two major drawbacks to that approach: you must have an installable copy of the Windows OS, and you would need to become vigilant about identifying and removing Windows malware and viruses.

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Is usereg.exe a Windows virus and will it infect my Mac?

Usereg.exe screenshotCustomer says, I’ve got this old Cannon scanner that I’m running in Windows XP using VirtualBox on my Mac. When I start up XP, I see something on my desktop I don’t recognize called usereg.exe. What is this file? Does it contain a virus? If not, is it safe to remove?

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How do I fix a SiteLock code 15 error?

sitelock logoWas temporarily stumped by a security restriction placed on one of my WordPress.org websites. As the site admin, I could add a new page or publish a blog post, but I couldn’t update specific sections that have to be modified from the WordPress dashboard, such as the copyright date shown in the footer. An deceptively simple procedure solved the problem.

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OS X 10.8 fixes a Yosemite printer problem

Epson SP 2200 printer setupThe printer that I use is an Epson Stylus Pro 2200. I recently dealt with a problem where the printer suddenly stopped working in Yosemite OS X 10.10. From the App Store menu, I had downloaded and installed the latest set of Epson drivers on Feb. 21. With the printer turned on and connected to the USB port, I kept getting the following messages: Communication error: Printer is offline. The problem was persistent, even after I changed cables and connected the printer to a different port. I tried resetting the printing system, and that only served to remove my entire set of installed printers. Afterward, when I attempted to add back the driver using the Printers & Scanners pane in System Preferences, Yosemite could not locate the device.

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Snapz Pro X is not fully compatible with Yosemite

Ambrosia Audio Support Missing
Capturing mac audio using Snapz Pro X 2.5.2 or 2.5.4 does not appear to be supported using Yosemite (OS X 10.10). When I select the check box associated with mac audio that appears during setup, the software program immediately displays a popup window stating that Ambrosia Audio Support is missing. After I install the requested software and reboot my computer, I still get the same error message. I didn’t have this issue running Snapz Pro on Mavericks (OS X 10.9).

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