Category Archives: Technical Stuff

Zemana Anti-Malware

I am an experienced technology executive and I have been extremely careful about what I allow onto my computers.  However, and this is a big however, I must confess to finally being the victim of a malware infection.

This is a really hard admission to make, but I am making it because I want to recommend Zemana – to you.  I cannot speak more highly of them and honestly, after 35+ years in technology I have not been treated better by anyone.  Not by Dell, Microsoft, Apple, HP, Cisco, Avast, Norton and a host of other companies.  Not by Amazon or eBay, Compaq or Xerox, and I’ve dealt with them all.

To make a long story short, I downloaded something I should not have and after installing it my Opera browser, and only my Opera browser, got hijacked.  I did everything I could think of including uninstalling Opera, manually erasing settings, manually editing the registry.  I ran an Avast scan – I use Avast as my anti-virus software – I downloaded and ran MalwareBytes product and Zemana.  After all was said and done, the malware remained despite Zemana, Avast and MalwareBytes reporting my system was clean.

So, I sent Zemana an email and told them.  To be fair, I did not notify Avast or MalwareBytes so I don’t know how they would have responded but I do know that I immediately received assistance from Zemana.  They didn’t ask whether I had purchased a license, they just helped.  I did as they said, including running First64 from Bleeping Computer and sending Faysal the report.  Within 12 hours Faysal responded with a ‘fixlist’ file and … voila, no more malware, no more browser hijack.

I then received an email from Armagan with a link to purchase Zemana at 40% off.  Yes, I did that.  Good grief, they saved me two or three days of reinstallation.

All this on Microsoft Windows 10 64bit.

My recommendation…go and get yourself a copy of Zemana anti-malware software.  It really is worth it.

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Woocommerce Tax Not Calculating

The Woocommerce tax not calculating problem is the result of a poorly designed query.

I have been setting up a new Woocommerce store for a the candle company I work for part time.  During the testing process I discovered that the tax calculation had stopped functioning.  I was convinced that this had worked at one time but suddenly had ceased.  Worse, this seemed to occur after importing all the Zip codes and tax rates.

After much trial and error I discovered that the problem is the algorithm used to determine the tax.

The data is stored in two tables:


The first table is the key.  If you create a Zip code based entry, for arguments sake lets use a California code of 91387 which happens to be include Canyon Country areas, then your entry is going to look like this:



Here is where the problem starts.  On the Cart page the store doesn’t know which ‘city’ the buyer is from and the query appears to ‘AND’ the two entries so it doesn’t find the tax information provided in the cart by the customer as being in the 91387 Zip code AND Canyon Country.  In the checkout itself, once the customer enters the City and the Zip code the tax should be calculated correctly.

The easiest solution to this problem is to simply leave the ‘City’ blank when adding Zip codes and tax rates.