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Links and Libraries

One of our main missions is to provide our visitors with a safe and secure place to find the links needed to install or update the “peripheral” software needed to make your computer productive. So much of the web depends on plug-ins or programming languages like Flash and Java but most people don’t know they need to be kept up to date. It is also challenging to weed through the fake pop-ups and warnings that appear on your computer’s screen and to identify the valid update messages from the dangerous ones.

To make the update process easier we provide a safer way to find the links you need. Instead of taking a chance and clicking the update warning on you screen, close that message and come here to find the real link. Follow the instructions below to keep your computer safe and up to date.

***For information on the fake virus infection alerts that appear in your browser or as a pop-up on the screen please sign up for our free Basic Membership and then visit our Free Library and download the booklet titled “Recognizing Fake Virus and Update Warnings”. You’ll find lots of other helpful choices there as well.

1. Make a note of the product that you are being told must be updated. In other words, if you receive a message telling you that you must update Java – write down Java and then close Chrome, Firefox, or whichever browser you use by clicking the X at the top-most right corner. Do not click on the X on the update or warning message itself; if the message is fake this can be used to launch a virus.

2. Slide your mouse pointer up to the top of this page and place it over the Links and Libraries to see menu slide open. Click on Free Links in the open menu.

3. Look for the link to the product you wrote down in step 1. For example – If you are receiving a message that says you need to update Flash, write down Flash and then visit the Free Links page. Find the option for Flash and click the link. If a message pops up asking you to Run or Save, click Run. If your only option is to Save, click on Save.

4. If you do not receive a message to Run the download once it’s complete, click on the Folder shortcut down on your computer’s taskbar at the bottom left side of the screen. Or, click on the Computer shortcut on your desktop or in the Start Menu. Then click on Downloads and find the file you saved in step 3. Tip – Click on the top of the Date Modified column to re-order the view so the most recent downloads are at the top of the list.

5. If the app did not automatically start to run, click on the file you downloaded and found in your Downloads folder. Once the installer launches pay attention to the information on the screen and install the update or software you need. Tip – For basic help navigating your filesystem please visit our Free Library and click on the booklet titled “Basic File and Folder Navigation”.

***If you are unfamiliar with the update or installation process for apps and/or programs you might want to visit our Free Library first and select the booklet titled “Installing Apps and Updates and Avoiding Unwanted Hitchhikers”.

We try to keep the most important links in our Free Links section but you can find a much more in-depth list of the links to the products we use and recommend, as well as a library of instructions and information on subjects such as installing and using specific products to best backup practices for small offices. By signing up for a Premium Membership your fees help keep our servers running so we can continue to offer these services.