How to use a bootable virus scanner to fix a Windows PC with a hard-to-remove Virus

There are days when Murphy decided to throw you a curve. Once such occasion is when a virus hits your computer so bad, Windows won’t even start.

In such a scenario, the machine is booting up ok, but once your Windows Icon comes up, it just freezes or keeps spinning. This is because the virus may have damaged files in the System Folder. These are files needed by the computer to boot. When damaged, the computer cannot boot, hence the problem.

In some cases the virus allows your computer to boot, but cannot be removed while Windows is running. This is because it uses Windows resources to run and it can easily disguise itself as a legitimate program, hide in system files and even spread itself via email and to thumb drives.

This is where a bootable antivirus program can help. Bootable antivirus programs are especially good at removing rootkit (Deer, 2013, December 29) viruses that can become deeply embedded in your Computer. Some of these programs can even remove viruses from smartphones (Deer, 2016, September 21) and Tablets.

So what are bootable Antivirus programs?

Bootable virus scanner – Sometimes the best things are free

A bootable virus scanner is a program than can run from either a specially formatted flash drive or CD/DVD disc and used to scan your computer without running Windows.

It’s usually made on a working computer and then use it on the infected machine to scan the hard drive for viruses.  Some of the best ones that it currently used are free and are as follows:

  1. Anvi Rescue Disk
  2. AVG Rescue CD
  3. Avira Rescue System
  4. Bitdefender Rescue CD
  5. Comodo Rescue Disk
  6. Web LiveDisk
  7. F-Secure Rescue CD
  8. Kaspersky Rescue Disk
  9. Panda Cloud Cleaner Rescue ISO
  10. PC Tools’ Alternate Operating System Scanner
  11. Sophos Bootable Anti-Virus
  12. Trend Micro Rescue Disk
  13. VBA32 Rescue
  14. Windows Defender Offline

Hint: the best ones are the ones that don’t need to boot up into a GUI (Graphic User Interface). These are lighter on the system and run a lot faster.

To this end I recommend F-Secure Rescue CD, Sophos Bootable Anti-Virus, Trend Micro Rescue Disk and VBA32 Rescue.

These are the best bootable antivirus programs and they are free. Sharing is caring so share this with your friends.


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How Jamaicans can make money from Instagram and Pinterest

Social Media websites have it all figured out. They basically get you to over-share and then they sell you information to advertisers (Deer, 2018, April 13) who can bombard you with ads.

That is information related to your personal search habits. They can also make money from reselling your content, such as video, audio and images that you upload.

Instagram and Pinterest are now the new rising stars in Social Media, as they’re capitalizing on our habit to capture ever moment of our lives in video, audio and images.

Since you’re not an advertiser, how can you make money from your content that you place on Social Media?

Making money from Instagram and Pinterest – Be true to you to become popular on Social Media

The best way to make money from Instagram or Pinterest is to be popular!! And as this song points out, it’s all about you and not what you own…people will follow you if they are into you!!!

You’ll need more than 100,000 followers have a good chance of finding brands that would partner with them. A lot of Jamaicans already have huge followings, such as popular artiste like Spice and PopCaan (Grizzle, 2018, April 15), who have achieved the coveted one million followers on Instagram or Pinterest.

Be true to you, is all the song is saying and it’s the main way to grow your niche!

Making money from Instagram and Pinterest – Grow you following organically

But if you’re not an artiste, then you’ll have to do the following to grow your following on Instagram or Pinterest.

First, you need to find your niche. A niche is a special set of products, services, or interests that appeal to a small, specialized section of the population. You need to create high-quality content that would appeal to people in your niche.

Make sure all images and video are vivid, high quality and relevant to the products you wish to promote in the following popular niches:

  • Beauty products
  • Fitness products
  • Clothing
  • Food and Dining
  • Travel

Then you need to do a lot of marketing. This not only involves using the right hashtags which you often to post more than 20 at time related to your niche to see significant traffic. You’ll also need to promote your Instagram or Pinterest account via traditional media and social media.

This may include doing a lot of SEO backlinking i.e. posting your link on social media or going to SEOclerks or fiverr (Deer, 2017, September 18) and paying a contractor anywhere from US$1 to US$5 to do it for you. An ad in the Sunday Newspaper with a shortened URL for 1 month to 3 months may be needed coupled with a good flyer campaign.

You may also need to do a lot of  advertising online (Deer, 2017, March 26) as well as do flyer campaigns Internationally (Deer, 2017, August 26), especially in the US of A, Britain, China, Japan or other first world countries.

Partnering with other popular Social Medias personalities is also good.  If you are friendly with them, and they are locally based, can ask them to do features and partnership with you, even giving you backlinks within their posts on their Instagram or Pinterest account.

Watch this video as it details how you can gain more followers for your Instagram and Pinterest Pages.

Finally if you want to get to that coveted 100,000 subscriber spot, you have to be the best in your niche. This you can achieve by observing other top influencers and see what they’re doing to engage their audience. This may involve:

  • Colour choices for their theme
  • How they address their followers
  • Posting at consistent times
  • Following those people who are in your niche

While you build your brand, you can also make money from selling your photographs online (Deer, 2016, August 29). It’ll take awhile, but with consistent high quality posting relevant to you niche and a lot of SEO help from SEOclerks or fiverr a well as advertising, you’ll reach that coveted spot in at least a year!!!!

Making money from Instagram and Pinterest – Pitching to local companies and Advertisers

After this, you can start looking for brands that will pay you for your Instagram and Pinterest posts.

If you have somehow managed to reach a million of followers, like popular artiste like Spice and PopCaan (Grizzle, 2018, April 15), you’ll already have brands approaching you for partnerships, so you probably don’t need to read on.

But for emerging influencers with at least 100,000 to 500,000 followers, you’ll have to do the legwork and look for local brands or marketing companies to partner with on your own. This can involve:

  • Sending them email or letters pitching your advertising rates your Instagram or Pinterest page
  • Advertising your Instagram or Pinterest page as mentioned above
  • Placing traditional ads in the Local and Caribbean Newspapers

You’ll have to budget for the marketing, as it can be costly, running you up to JA$20000 or more for a three month ad campaign. Still there is hope; there are several influencer networks and influencer marketing platforms that accept micro-influencers.

Making money from Instagram and Pinterest – Networks and influencer marketing platforms

Once you join one of the following influencer networks and influencer marketing platforms, they will put you in touch with brands that are in need of relevant influencers.

Here are a few good networks and platforms you can sign up for:

  • Buzzweb – At 5,000 followers, you could join to monetize your Instagram influence. The platform calculates your potential monthly earnings based on the size of your following. You can be a part of as many campaigns as you wish. After your post is approved, you get paid within 24 hours.
  • Fullbottle – This influencer is more for Instagram and Pinterest accounts with high levels of engagement. On this platform, you don’t charge per post but, instead, get paid according to the engagement your content drives. You can bid a certain amount for every like on the Instagram post you create for a brand.
  • Influence – They have more than 1,000 brands across 65+ countries. You can look for ones that you wish to partner with and directly submit an application to join their campaign.
  • TapInfluence – They estimate your monthly earning potential once you create your profile. You choose the topics and subtopics you specialize in, and then set your rate. The platform matches you with brands whose needs match your niche.
  • TRIBE – The process of working with brands on the platform is fairly simple. You just need to find brands that you already use and are a fan of. You can then create a post for that brand and submit it for review. Once approved, you get paid within 48 hours.

In summary, the difficult part about monetizing your Instagram account is growing your following to at least 100,000 to 500,000 active local users.  Follow the tips provided here and within a year, you can overcome this challenge once you have consistent high quality posting relevant and you so a lot of SEO and advertising.

And once you have sufficient followers, you just need to connect with the right brands via Networks and influencer marketing platforms to start earning through Instagram and Pinterest


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SRC National Science and Technology Fair to feature YEDAI project to animate Scientific Innovation in Jamaica

It’s science time people and already the young minds of the future are set in high gear. 200 students and teachers have already participated in 3 ideation sessions held recently in Kingston, Montego Bay and Mandeville.

This was in order to prepare them for the SRC (Scientific Research Council) National Science and Technology Fair (Gunn, 2018, May 14), which is scheduled for June 12, with a registration deadline of May 18. So says the flyer on the SRC Twitter account!

The registration link for competitors and non competitors is listed on this website along with other details: . For more info, persons may send an email to or they may call 876-927-1771-4.

There is JA$2,000,000 in prizes up for grabs with the winners getting Business support for product developement, effectively allowing the school to generate revenue from their proposed environmental solution.

The forum allowed the participants to:

  • Identify key challenges affecting sectors in Jamaica
  • Develope and discuss possible solutions

Students and teachers were exposed to presenters from various industries. These presenters were chosen to represent the categories of the Science Fair, namely:

  • Energy
  • Health
  • Security
  • Food
  • Agro-processing

Ideas from the discussion were pitched in a series of panel discussions and then analyzed to determine the feasibility as pointed out by Coordinator for the Science and Technology Education Unit at the SRC, Amanda McKenzie, quote: “The sessions really took persons through an idea to determine whether it is really needed in the market, and how it is that they can go all the way through the process of commercialization”.

So why is this format necessary, seeing as it is just a Science fair?

SRC’s National Science and Technology Fair – Youth Employment In The Digital And Animation Industry

Students are not just there to set up nice displays showing off their scientific skills.

The SRC aims to push the innovation engine in Jamaica by encouraging the schools to come up with solutions to problems with an entrepreneurial flair, allowing them to create income in the process.

This is very relevant at this time, as solving environmental problems has to be financially lucrative in order to attract investors, as pointed out by Amanda McKenzie, quote: “For the fair, we don’t want persons to come up with ideas that are not necessarily relevant at this time, so the sessions were to provide that sort of brainstorming session that would first identify the gaps that currently exist, what we can expect in the future, and how it is we can now, through foresight, develop innovative solutions to address these”.

For this reason, the students and teachers had talks with entrepreneurs in the following fields:

  • Nutraceuticals
  • Agriculture
  • Entertainment
  • Photography

These presenters added an entrepreneurial perspective, with representatives from the Montego Bay Marine Park helping the participants to look at the environmental conditions in Jamaica and challenging them to come up with ideas and solutions. This is especially important as so many may not be able to find employment locally.

They may not realize that rather than migrating, they can potentially create economic opportunities by solving environmental problems and getting paid to do so, to quote Amanda McKenzie: “This [entrepreneurship] is important because this is something that we are really pushing for persons, especially for the youth, to get involved in. We realise that there is a high rate of migration, especially for individuals that have attained tertiary-level education, there is a low innovation index in Jamaica, and even in cases where persons have developed items, products and services, there is not enough support, guidance or resources available to them”

Interestingly, Animation, which is already getting as big boost at the CSEC level (Deer, 2016, October), will be a part of the Science Fair, thanks to a partnership with the YEDAI (Youth Employment in the Digital and Animation Industry) project. Combine with entrepreneurship, the SRC mandate is to get the younger generation inspired to enter science and to jumpstart the wheels of innovations.

Here’s the link:

SRC (Scientific Research Council) National Science and Technology Fair .


Tel: 876-927-1771-4.


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2018 European Union Film Festival will make Jamaicans fall in love with Europe

“The film festival is part of efforts by the delegation to create a better understanding of Europe and European culture among Jamaicans, with whom the EU shares a long and strong partnership”

Head of the European Union Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska

Finally, a brief respite from Avengers: Infinity Wars, which is what everyone is talking about!!!

There is a free film show being hosted by European Union. Dubbed the 2018 European Union Film Festival (The Jamaica Gleaner, 2018, May 12), the free event is set to take place in Kingston between May 14 and 20.

Head of the European Union Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, dropped the free invites on Europe Day, which was celebrated on Wednesday May 8th 2018.

The ambassador, who made the announcement from her residence, is looking forward to a greater cultural exchange with the week-long festival, which is to be hosted by the European Union and its member states.

So, what kinds of films are trending in the EU?

2018 European Union Film Festival – Fortuna favours bold Jamaican view of the EU

2018 European Union Film Festival will see Jamaicans being able to view 10 films free of cost during the weeklong festival. The festival will take place in the context of the observance of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, providing a platform to celebrate the diversity and creativity of Europe.

Venues for the showings will include:

  • The Mico College University
  • Campion College
  • Ambassador Theatre in Trench Town

Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, like Barack Obama, is most likely a huge fan of Bob Marley, as they’ve included locations that represent the three Jamaicans: “We made a great effort to reach out to different communities so there would be different locations to showcase the films this year. Being able to have a screening in the Ambassador Theatre in Trench Town was very important to us as we feel the community does not have many opportunities to see films for free, and this is something we hope to replicate in the future”.

Quite a fitting honour, given that not only is Trench Town the home of Bob Marley, but the birthplace of Reggae Music and other the stomping grounds of many other Jamaican artiste.

This has caused some 32000 foreigners to visit Jamaica via AirBnB (Deer, 2017, March 3) since November 2016 just to get a taste of the Jamaican culture and experience the place for themselves.

The festival will open on Monday, May 14, at the Spanish Court Hotel with a free screening of the Italian film Fortunata. Fortunata follows an entrepreneurial young mother who overcomes problems on her way to achieving her lifelong desire of owning her own business. Here’s a preview:

Yes, for those of you who hate subtitles, most of these films are not in English. So prepared to either learn French, Spanish, Swedish, Italian or German to watch these films as they’ll be shown to the public over the period in their native languages, with English subtitles.

2018 European Union Film Festival – European Year of Cultural Heritage Diversity on show

The festival is aimed at encouraging more people to discover and engage with the European culture. As such the films represent the 28 European Union Member states. Participating countries include:

  • Italy
  • Belgium
  • Latvia
  • Sweden
  • Spain
  • Ireland
  • The Netherlands
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Austria

The other films will cover the following genre:

  • Adventure
  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • History

It’ll be not only interesting to see how Jamaicans respond to this, but how much official Press coverage from the Gleaner as well as from the Observer and other new media this event will receive, given the low key nature of the EU High Commission in Jamaica.

As more Jamaicans realize that Europe exists and French is on the rise in Africa (Deer, 2016, September 10), the desire to travel, work and study in Europe will only increase, as the only barrier is language and culture.


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  3. The Jamaica Gleaner (2018, May 12). EU Celebrates Year Of Cultural Heritage With Free Film Festival. Retrieved from