Webroot and Other Antivirus Removal Tool
article #1253, updated 9 hours ago

Try this page:


One recommendable practice, is to use the tool from the above page, and then run Revo Uninstaller to complete the cleanup.

Categories:   Antivirus/Antimalware Tools and Issues   


Reduce Hand Stress - Left-Click With Your Foot!
article #1252, updated 3 days ago

Admittedly this is a bit of a contraption, but it has worked wonderfully. I type a whole lot at work, and over time tried a large number of ways to get rid of hand and arm stresses. Eventually, having got my positioning right, I found that an enormous remaining stress was my mouse and most especially the left-click, which we all do a very large number of times per day. So I bought this:


from here:


which is a nice big trackball for multiple fingers or palm (I found the small ones worse, not better, than my mice), and more importantly, those three jacks. It’s one jack per mouse-button. Originally I had thought to bring left and right buttons to foot, but I ended up doing just the left, which has done me just fine and dandy. I initially bought two of these:




because they were not expensive; I destroyed the first one (with my foot, they’re not exactly designed for stomping) in a few months, which gave me enough time to figure out what to do. Soon I received a marvelous inspiration, and looked into a “ribbon switch” or “tape switch”. These are industrial components used on conveyor belts to detect items, and safety applications where one wants to stomp on something to get it to stop. So I bought one of these:


in the one-foot length to save at least a bit of money, with the aluminum channel for mounting (I think this is needed), mounted it on a 48”×6”×3/4” piece of wood, had my friendly neighborhood electronic musical instrument shop solder me a 1/4” mono phone plug on its wire, ran a long wire from that plug to the 1/8” jack on the trackball…and it works!!!

There is a bit of technique I have had to learn for it to work easily, a kind of bounce of my heel to mimic a rapid left-click; and I do sit now with one shoe off, tread does not help; but I have zero pain in my hands after work these days, which is quite the joy.

Admittedly the trackball and ribbon switch are not inexpensive. On the other hand this trackball looks and feels, inside and out, that it will work for decades, and the ribbon switch is an industrial component, so unless I mounted it badly it will do for a nice long time. The only thing I might have done differently is to get a longer ribbon switch, probably two feet long, though that is luxury, not necessity!

Categories:   Miscellaneous   


Install Connectwise Automate Agents Over LAN with Windows Domain
article #1251, updated 4 days ago

Use a CMD like this:

	copy Agent_Install.EXE \\%%G\C$
	psexec \\%%G CMD /C C:\Agent_Install.exe /Quiet

Run it from a folder containing Agent_Install.exe.

Categories:   Automate / Labtech   


Set and clear logon script path for all users in Windows domain
article #1250, updated 4 days ago

Here’s how to set it for all users in xyz.local:

Get-ADUser -Filter * -SearchBase "OU=Main,DC=xyz,DC=local" | Set-ADUser –scriptPath

and how to clear it for all users in xyz.local:

Get-ADUser -Filter * -SearchBase "OU=Main,DC=xyz,DC=local" | Set-ADUser -Clear scriptPath

Categories:   Active Directory   


A stop job is running for session c1 of user...
article #1226, updated 5 days ago

This notice can be seen at shutdown of recent Linux. The only thorough solution this writer has seen, is to use the ‘watchdog’ service to get rid of hanging processes. You’ll need to compile, perhaps using ‘yaourt’, on Arch and derivatives:

yaourt -S watchdog
sudo systemctl enable watchdog.service
sudo systemctl start watchdog.service

Categories:   Linux OS-level Issues   


New version of Azure AD Sync
article #1249, updated 5 days ago

New version, as of 2018-10-29:


Categories:   Azure   Office 365


Disable Microsoft compatibility telemetry by Group Policy
article #1248, updated 9 days ago

Local group policy has this here in Windows 10:

Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, Data Collection and Preview Builds

We may disable “Allow Telemetry” and enable “Do not show feedback notifications” for excellent effect.

Domain group policy will only have the above, if it has been upgraded (or installed) with the appropriate very recent version of Group Policy templates.

Categories:   Group Policy   Performance


Block Removable Devices by Group Policy
article #1247, updated 10 days ago

It’s very possible, per user or per computer:


It’s done in Policies, Administrative Templates, System, Removable Storage Access. There are quite a few granulations available.

Categories:   Group Policy   Security


"Launch folder windows in a separate process", by Group Policy
article #1246, updated 10 days ago

User Configuration, Preferences (not Policies!), Control Panel Settings, Folder Options. Create a new item. Choose “Launch folder windows in a separate process”.

Categories:   Group Policy   


Tune MySQL on Windows
article #1245, updated 16 days ago

There’s a utility: