Remove AVG 8.5 Notification Area In Free Version

Back on August 8th, 2009 I did an article on how to remove the notification area from the free version of AVG 8. [Original article is here] Since than, version 8.5 has been introduced and the old instructions no longer work. Yesterday reader Sime provided the script that now needs to be run, using the same instructions I originally provided. Here is the new updates information:

Follow the below steps to disable the appearance of the irritating AVG 8 notification area:
1. Open Notepad or another plain text editor.
2. Copy and paste the following four lines from this page into the text editor:

@echo off
ren avgmwdef_us.mht avgmwdef_us.mht.bak
ren avgresf.dll avgresf.dll.bak
ren avgfree_us.mht avgfree_us.mht.bak

3. Save the text document containing the above three lines in the location where AVG 8 is installed. By default, this will be C:Program FilesAVGAVG8. Save the file as something like “AVGNotifyOff.bat”, without the quotes. It really doesn’t matter how you name the file, so long as you can identify it, and it ends in the “.bat” extension, so Windows sees it as a batch file.
4. Once the file’s saved, close the text editor, navigate in Windows Explorer or My Computer to C:Program FilesAVGAVG8, locate the batch file document you saved in step 3 above, and you should be able to run the file by pressing and releasing the Enter key. All the batch file does is rename two files with a “.bak” (backup) extension, so the files are still there, it’s just that AVG can’t see them any more, and you should find that the bottom line of the AVG user interface window no longer displays the “Hide notification, button” item.

Note: Trying to run the batch file more than once is useless unless an AVG program update has replaced the two files which have been renamed. This trick is subject to stop working if AVG releases a program update which uses a different method to display the irritating notification.

If you should want or need to undo the above trick, all you need to do is navigate to C:Program FilesAVGAVG8, locate each of the two files with a “.bak” extension, press and release the F2 function key to bring up the rename dialog, press the End key to move the cursor to the end of the filename, then press and release the Backspace key four times to delete the “.bak” extension, then press and release the Enter key to keep the new name. This procedure must be done three times, once for each of the two files with the “.bak” extension. However, you shouldn’t need to undo the trick.

I hope you find this trick useful. Enjoy.

Comments welcome.

Thanks to Sime for providing this usefull information. Two-thumbs up!

Remove AVG 8 Notification Area

If you are like me, I have found the notification area in AVG annoying. So today when I found this gem of a fix, I immediately tried it and it worked just fine.  Follow the instructions exactly and you should not have any issues.

Follow the below steps to disable the appearance of the irritating AVG 8 notification area:
1. Open Notepad or another plain text editor.
2. Copy and paste the following three lines from this page into the text editor:
@echo off
ren avgmwdef_us.mht avgmwdef_us.mht.bak
ren avgresf.dll avgresf.dll.bak
3. Save the text document containing the above three lines in the location where AVG 8 is installed. By default, this will be C:Program FilesAVGAVG8. Save the file as something like “AVGNotifyOff.bat”, without the quotes. It really doesn’t matter how you name the file, so long as you can identify it, and it ends in the “.bat” extension, so Windows sees it as a batch file.
4. Once the file’s saved, close the text editor, navigate in Windows Explorer or My Computer to C:Program FilesAVGAVG8, locate the batch file document you saved in step 3 above, and you should be able to run the file by pressing and releasing the Enter key. All the batch file does is rename two files with a “.bak” (backup) extension, so the files are still there, it’s just that AVG can’t see them any more, and you should find that the bottom line of the AVG user interface window no longer displays the “Hide notification, button” item.

Note: Trying to run the batch file more than once is useless unless an AVG program update has replaced the two files which have been renamed. This trick is subject to stop working if AVG releases a program update which uses a different method to display the irritating notification.

If you should want or need to undo the above trick, all you need to do is navigate to C:Program FilesAVGAVG8, locate each of the two files with a “.bak” extension, press and release the F2 function key to bring up the rename dialog, press the End key to move the cursor to the end of the filename, then press and release the Backspace key four times to delete the “.bak” extension, then press and release the Enter key to keep the new name. This procedure must be done twice, once for each of the two files with the “.bak” extension. However, you shouldn’t need to undo the trick.

I hope you find this trick useful. Enjoy.

Comments welcome.

Source.

Restaurants.Com – Review – Just OK

Using the Internet to find things has become second nature for most of us. It beats looking through the phone book and normally you can find things online that no only provide you with the standard information but also directions, customer reviews and sometimes discount coupons. So when I decided to try restaurant.com, this was in my mind. I wanted to locate some new eateries that were away from the mainstream chain variety of restaurants that we all have been to.

As I entered in restauarant.com I noticed that the navigation area was simple to use. OK. It’s a plain Jane website with very little fanfare. Which to me is good. I wasn’t bombarded with 22,561 ads. What I was looking for was very specific. I had heard a ad on the radio last week for a Italian eating place which sounded pretty good. The owner stated he was a Jersey boy who enjoy good quality Italian food and that he and his family owned and operated the restaurant. Sounds good.

So I knew the restaurants name and location but was unable to find it at restaurant.com, which leads me to believe it may be a new listing. I was able to locate all of the standard chain joints with ease. And I did find one Italian restaurant I may just try, since the reviewers gave it 5’s all across the board. Not bad.

Maybe it’s just be but I found my experience with restaurant.com just so-so. It was OK. Or maybe I was expecting to much. I had envisioned in my head a site where I would be able to find ALL of the places to eat in my area, devoid of the junk foods. Like who doesn’t know where the closet McDonald is? How could you miss those bright golden arches.

Restaurant to me means a place where you can take your family for a sit down meal and be waited on. Not a place where I order my food at a clowns mouth and being asked, “do you want fries with your order?” Example. I selected American Cuisine and Arby’s was listed. They should add one more category to their listings. Junk or real food!

My overall experience at restaurant.com was OK. Would I use it again? Maybe. But here is my question to you. What sites have you found on the Internet do you use when you going restaurant hunting?

Let us know. Comments welcome

[tags]restaurants, internet, locate, area, [/tags]