Removing computer viruses and other goodies

Microsoft has several free and excellent security programs.

  • Windows Essentials.  Free  –  for systems that can pass the Windows software validation.  Provides continuous protection. To clean a virus from your flash drive, select the “advanced” scan.
  • Microsoft PC safety scan. A one-time scan that removes viruses and cleans the registry. You may have to temporarily disable your current antivirus to run this.

If you have never run these before, allow yourself an hour or so for the downloads.

Avira has a free antivirus. To disable, right click the icon.  To check status: Start > Control Panel > Security Center –this is also where you turn on the firewall and automatic updates.

Translation and language tools:

FoxLingo translation toolbar with Google translate (for Firefox)

Longman English Dictionary for English learners (FireFox search engine add-on)

Merriam-Webster Learners Dictionary with pronunciation audio (browse alphabetically, for example, see tornado)

Free image editors:




Images: Email

Here is the mouse from the last class:

To email this picture:

1. “Right click” on the picture
2. Put the picture in your computer. Use “save as”.
3. Go to your email and “compose” a letter
4. “Attach” the photo to the letter
5. Scroll down and click “done”.
6. “Send” the letter

Images: free programs

Image editing for your home computer:

Picasa3 for your computer in 38 languages.  Loads in the same language as your computer. Free.

Irfanview download. Then  download package for  Spanish, French, etc.  Free.

Computer lab

Email in French:

Email in Spanish:

GED in Spanish:

GED Spanish Practice Tests

Prueba de práctica

Ventures textbook:

Keyboarding exercises:


Teacher Email:

Amharic resources

Amharic is the official language of Ethiopia. Here are some free resources for the Amharic language.


Basic Amharic Dictionary: Amharic-English, English-Amharic. Leslau, Wolf (1970) (Free download)

Dictionary of the Amharic Language by Charles William Isenberg (1841)

Online Amharic-English dictionary with search box


Amharic keyboard and font to download (scroll down for font)

Senamirmir fonts

(to start using font, close the browser and open again; this website has an Amharic “welcome” message you will be able to see if your font is working)

Buy dictionaries online at Amazon (or read reviews):

Concise Amharic Dictionary (Paperback) by Wolf Leslau (see free download above)

Amharic English, English Amharic Dictionary: A Modern Dictionary of the Amharic Language (Paperback) by Endale Zenawi