Category Archives: Software

Java installer Adware – too many web browser toolbars!

So Java is prompting you to update but I am here to tell you to be careful of the “Adware” they include on install. When updating or installing Java be sure to uncheck the optional installs boxes for Ask Toolbar and Ask Search engine: (click on image for larger screenshot)

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Java and many other programs often partner with third party software providers and by default automatically install “Adware.” If you don’t watch for these options then your computer will be full of useless software. Remember before you click “Next, Next, Next” always read what you are clicking next to.

If you need help removing unwanted software please reach out to me via the Contact Page – Skrakes.com.

AMD RAIDXpert Utility for Windows 8 – Rebuild RAID1

Yesterday I discovered an issue on my Dad’s RAID1 array. In order to rebuild the array I had to download the AMD RAIDXpert Utility. The AMD RAIDXpert Utility was not easy to find at least not initially. Making matters worse the bios RAID controller GUI does not currently provide a rebuild option.

My fathers desktop is a custom built workstation and uses the motherboards onboard RAID controller. The factory disk which contains the motherboard drivers did contain the AMD RAIDXpert Utility however it didn’t contain the latest and greatest version which I neededĀ for Windows 8. Making matters worse the motherboard vendor also did not provide the latest AMD RAIDXpert Utility for Window’s 8.

Fortunately after some good old Google searches I found the following forum post How to fix missing RAID1 drive. Within the post was a link to the AMD website which provided the download for the latest and greatest AMD RAIDXpert Utility. To download the AMD RAIDXpert Utility click here.

After finally fixing the issue and reviewing the AMD Drivers Download page I see how I initially missed the AMD RAIDXpert Utility…

Step 1) Navigate to the AMD Download Drivers webpage

Step 2) Use the link for your OS on the right hand side of the “Manually Select Your Driver.”

Step 3) Now select the optional downloads tab and scroll to the bottom. Download the AMD RAIDXpert Utility

If you are unable to find the download I would highly recommend reaching out to AMD support.