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Title: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on March 29, 2016, 01:39:14 PM
For general questions. Specific subjects to come as required.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: maryz on March 29, 2016, 02:04:03 PM
Mark
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on March 29, 2016, 03:03:33 PM
Great to see "old faces" back here! :)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on March 29, 2016, 03:31:15 PM
Checking in.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on March 30, 2016, 11:36:15 AM
Checking in, too
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on March 30, 2016, 11:50:17 AM
Here I am too!
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 30, 2016, 01:01:23 PM
Good Morning!
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 30, 2016, 01:27:13 PM
Rick I am trying to re input a weather widget and having issues with the code. Here is my code.

<a href="http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/fairbanks-ak/99701/weather-forecast/346836" class="aw-widget-legal">
<!--
By accessing and/or using this code snippet, you agree to AccuWeather’s terms and conditions (in English) which can be found at http://www.accuweather.com/en/free-weather-widgets/terms

Site,   http://www.accuweather.com/en/free-weather-widgets/current
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: maryde on March 30, 2016, 03:47:07 PM
HI EVERYONE  lovely to see  you all here.  Not sure if I should ask my question here but I am struggling with my Windows 7 and its jumping    cursor.   The cursor is making typing so tiresome as it keeps  moving back to insert itself in previous words.  Any idea on how to stablize it?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 30, 2016, 03:55:52 PM
I found that happening sometimes when I was accidentally over my laptop touchpad while typing.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on March 30, 2016, 04:24:41 PM
Maryde, I have that trouble too and never had it until Windows 10 was installed.  I have found that using the Notepad (or Notebook) works fine, then I copy what I typed and put it in Reply.

I hope that helps you.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on March 30, 2016, 05:22:17 PM
There is a free program that will keep the touchpad from jerking the cursor around.  Let me go see if I can find it.


Edit:  http://touchfreeze.net
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: maryz on March 30, 2016, 06:36:42 PM
Thanks, jane!  I'd been unable to disable the touchpad completely through my laptop's settings.  Hope this works.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on March 30, 2016, 07:13:08 PM
Try making the font a bit smaller.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on March 30, 2016, 07:14:54 PM
Quote from: angelface555 on March 30, 2016, 01:27:13 PM
Rick I am trying to re input a weather widget and having issues with the code. Here is my code.
<a href="http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/fairbanks-ak/99701/weather-forecast/346836" class="aw-widget-legal">
<!--
By accessing and/or using this code snippet, you agree to AccuWeather’s terms and conditions (in English) which can be found at http://www.accuweather.com/en/free-weather-widgets/terms

Site,   http://www.accuweather.com/en/free-weather-widgets/current
I have to dig out some info that may help.  I'll be back.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on March 30, 2016, 07:36:20 PM
Weather Widget ---

In the example at the end, do the following.
1 - Replace all the State and City names below ( NY & Yonkers )with yours. Use abrev's or full as they are.
2 - Highlight and Copy the whole thing, including the Brackets ( [ & ] ).
3 - At the top of the S & F page click on "Profile" < "Forum Profile".
4 - Scroll down to the "signature" box and paste it in the box to the right.
5 - Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on "Change Profile" (bottom right)
6 - DONE.

Example:   Remove the space after the two left brackets
[ url=http://www.wunderground.com/US/NY/Yonkers.html?bannertypeclick=gizmotimetemp]
[ img alt=Click for Yonkers, New York Forecast]http://banners.wunderground.com/weathersticker/gizmotimetemp_both/language/www/US/NY/Yonkers.gif[/img][/url]
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on March 30, 2016, 08:06:50 PM
Just posting to get the reminders.

I did, however find this on the web (isn't everything on the web?)  With computers we may be guilty of confusing the two.

Curser is one who expresses a wish that misfortune, evil, doom, etc., befall a person, group, etc.

Cursor is Computers: a movable, sometimes blinking, symbol that indicates the position where the next character entered from the keyboard will appear, or where user action is needed, as in the correction of an erroneous character already displayed.


Title: Angelface
Post by: RAMMEL on March 30, 2016, 10:58:57 PM
Angelface -

Remove the spaces after the  2 left brackets

[ url=http://www.wunderground.com/US/AK/Fairbanks.html?bannertypeclick=gizmotimetemp]
[ img alt=Click for Fairbanks, Alaska Forecast]http://banners.wunderground.com/weathersticker/gizmotimetemp_both/language/www/US/AK/Fairbanks.gif[/img][/url]

This is for Fairbanks, AK


(http://banners.wunderground.com/weathersticker/gizmotimetemp_both/language/www/US/AK/Fairbanks.gif) (http://www.wunderground.com/US/AK/Fairbanks.html?bannertypeclick=gizmotimetemp)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: maryde on March 30, 2016, 11:46:08 PM
angelface555  Hi there.  I noticed it seemed to have some type of problem with the touchpad.  Never use a mouse these days...

Mary Ann  good to find you here.  I didn't install Win 10 for fear of getting more problems.  You are sensible using Notepad, I must go back to wordpad, that works!

Jane  thanks for that, I will download it now, like maryz.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on March 31, 2016, 05:56:06 AM
These computers will always have us guessing or struggling!
I suppose it keeps the mind young
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on March 31, 2016, 12:14:04 PM
Good to see this discussion again.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on March 31, 2016, 12:16:11 PM
Slowly-slowly we are getting back to normal.
Keep your fingers crossed!
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on March 31, 2016, 12:37:41 PM
Bubble I agree with you, but doubt I will ever be "Normal" again, (think at one time I was)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on March 31, 2016, 12:43:58 PM
Oh? Jack, in what ways are you not normal? you seemed sane enough to me up to now... **thinking** (we used to have an emoticon for that?)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on March 31, 2016, 12:55:01 PM
Well, back in again.  I see I am a Newbie..I see my sweet smiling face has vanished.
Bubble.  You are looking younger.  I now have to figure how to put a Avatar on again.  Sure don't remember. Also remind me how I put a shortcut on my desktop.  Can't drag in down

My screen seems all out of shape. All to the left side of screen blank.

Few more people still have to show up.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on March 31, 2016, 01:06:44 PM
Quote from: JeanneP on March 31, 2016, 12:55:01 PM
Well, back in again.  I see I am a Newbie..I see my sweet smiling face has vanished.
Bubble.  You are looking younger.  I now have to figure how to put a Avatar on again.  Sure don't remember. Also remind me how I put a shortcut on my desktop.  Can't drag in down

My screen seems all out of shape. All to the left side of screen blank.

Few more people still have to show up.
One step at a time ---  Go up to the top of the page. Above the Shoutbox line, way over to the right is a little dot. Click on it.   :thumbup:
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on March 31, 2016, 01:10:32 PM
Thanks for the tip, Rammel.  That white column/margin on the left was bothering me too.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Jeanne Lee on March 31, 2016, 04:15:30 PM
That column on the left is where we used to have, and I'm sure will have again, things like random photos from our gallery albums, links to various topics - and I don't remember what else.   ;)   
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: maryz on March 31, 2016, 04:30:38 PM
Thanks from here, too, Rammel.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Jakkims on April 01, 2016, 12:25:45 AM
Checking in.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 01, 2016, 04:44:29 AM
Jeanne, first we should fill the gallery a bit :)  I am looking forward to have more there.  Will the photos all be mixed up or shall we have each our own corner like previously?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 01, 2016, 11:50:15 AM
Bubble.  On your postings only.  I have a add of a sort that comes up at the bottom.  Shows  WU sign.  Error invalid URL.   It stands for weather underground.

Is anyone else seeing it.?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Nita H on April 01, 2016, 01:00:06 PM
I see it too.  Was wondering why it was happening.

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 01, 2016, 01:12:16 PM
Quote from: Nita H on April 01, 2016, 01:00:06 PM
I see it too.  Was wondering why it was happening.
There is a problem trying to find the correct address for Bubble at the weather site. NOTHING WRONG here.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 01, 2016, 02:09:43 PM
Thanks Rammel, if you can find it..  I tried all kind of tests but nothing worked.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Jaywalker on April 01, 2016, 02:49:11 PM
For some reason I am unable to get that weather gizmo to work for either Coos Bay, OR or North Bend, OR .... is it possible there isn't one available for this area?  I seem to remember someone using it for North Bend at one time..... ah, well...
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 01, 2016, 03:28:38 PM
Quote from: Jaywalker on April 01, 2016, 02:49:11 PM
For some reason I am unable to get that weather gizmo to work for either Coos Bay, OR or North Bend, OR .... is it possible there isn't one available for this area?  I seem to remember someone using it for North Bend at one time..... ah, well...
I'll do some digging.

Hopefully I'll do better than with Bubbles  :'(
Title: Jaywalker
Post by: RAMMEL on April 01, 2016, 03:40:35 PM
Jaywalker -
Copy and paste this in  - BUT - After you paste it in, remove the spaces after the two left brackets.  The code works. I tried it.

[ url=http://www.wunderground.com/US/OR/Coos_Bay.html?bannertypeclick=gizmotimetemp]
[ img alt=Click for Coos_Bay, Oregon Forecast]http://banners.wunderground.com/weathersticker/gizmotimetemp_both/language/www/US/OR/Coos_Bay.gif[/img]
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 01, 2016, 03:47:20 PM
It appears that when entering a location with a name split with a space that you must put a _ where the space should

Coos Bay would be put in as Coos_Bay.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Jaywalker on April 01, 2016, 03:59:00 PM
Quote from: RAMMEL on April 01, 2016, 03:47:20 PM
It appears that when entering a location with a name split with a space that you must put a _ where the space should

Coos Bay would be put in as Coos_Bay.

Thank you, so much!  I just noticed that, too.   :-[
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Nita H on April 01, 2016, 04:34:49 PM
Can someone tell me what I need to do to change my time zone?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 02, 2016, 04:13:26 AM
Nita 
Go to profile -
summary
modify profile
look and layout
time offset
and add or substract the number of hour from the time shown on the forum.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on April 02, 2016, 02:48:01 PM
Sorry Rick I tried and now nothing shows up. I will recheck.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on April 02, 2016, 02:51:13 PM

(http://banners.wunderground.com/weathersticker/gizmotimetemp_both/language/www/US/AK/Fairbanks.gif) (http://www.wunderground.com/US/AK/Fairbanks.html?bannertypeclick=gizmotimetemp)


Got it! You are my hero! LOL
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on April 02, 2016, 03:34:12 PM
Rick, can you delete my weather info and put this in instead?

http://surfgrandhaven.com/

I had both before, but don't see how to get both in and I think more people are interested in Lake Michigan at Grand Haven than my weather.  Today, especially, we are having a snow storm and there are lots of whitecaps in the lake.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Nita H on April 02, 2016, 06:20:50 PM
Thanks, Bubble. I looked before I asked, but somehow missed that.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 02, 2016, 06:57:57 PM
Quote from: Mary Ann on April 02, 2016, 03:34:12 PM
Rick, can you delete my weather info and put this in instead?

http://surfgrandhaven.com/

I had both before, but don't see how to get both in and I think more people are interested in Lake Michigan at Grand Haven than my weather.  Today, especially, we are having a snow storm and there are lots of whitecaps in the lake.

Mary Ann


Check your email
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Kelly on April 02, 2016, 09:20:26 PM
Hi Rammel
Not sure this is the board to ask your advice regarding flags for S&F.

As I don't know how to put the Manx Flag on my profile.

And also how to put the weather and time on as well.

Kelly
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 02, 2016, 09:34:07 PM
Quote from: Kelly on April 02, 2016, 09:20:26 PM
Hi Rammel
Not sure this is the board to ask your advice regarding flags for S&F.

As I don't know how to put the Manx Flag on my profile.
I don't think the software used here has a Manx Flag. You could put one where others have the weather widgit or select a nearby Country.

And also how to put the weather and time on as well.
This may be a problem for now. I couldn't create one for Bubble. Seems the site we usually go to is mostly a North America oriented site. If I find a way to do it, I'll let you know.

Kelly
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on April 02, 2016, 10:45:43 PM
Took me awhile gbut finally got in here.  Hi all.  LOL
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 03, 2016, 02:42:14 AM
Hi Wjoan, glad you made it :) 
It's a wonderful feeling  getting reunited with this site, isn't it?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 03, 2016, 06:01:04 AM
The temps for Israel/ Tel Aviv  should be at this URL but I don't know how to make it show in the profile.

https://www.wunderground.com/q/zmw:00000.28.40176

Can you direct me Rammel on how to manage that?  Thanks
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Kelly on April 03, 2016, 08:00:04 AM
Hi Rammel
Thank you

Kelly
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Kelly on April 03, 2016, 08:00:56 AM
Hi Rammel
Looks like you are going to be busy!

Kelly
Title: Bubble
Post by: RAMMEL on April 03, 2016, 10:01:31 AM
Quote from: so_P_bubble on April 03, 2016, 06:01:04 AM
The temps for Israel/ Tel Aviv  should be at this URL but I don't know how to make it show in the profile.

https://www.wunderground.com/q/zmw:00000.28.40176

Can you direct me Rammel on how to manage that?  Thanks

I "played" with that info for a while and got no where. As time permits I will try more. If I get it to work you'll probably hear me from where you are.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 03, 2016, 10:04:56 AM
It was crazy here over night. Had to shut down due to lightning/thunder, and high wind. The wind is still blowing like crazy. Friday it went up to 80ºf. Then last night it was down to 32 and had some fast falling snow.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 03, 2016, 10:12:39 AM
Snow in April?  Is that normal?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 03, 2016, 10:14:10 AM
Quote from: so_P_bubble on April 03, 2016, 10:12:39 AM
Snow in April?  Is that normal?
No !!!!!!!

But the ground is warm enough that it melted with sunrise.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on April 03, 2016, 10:29:01 AM
Thanks So P    :thumbup:
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 03, 2016, 10:41:18 AM
Rick I posted a photo in that discussion, had 2 inches of snow, but with sun and warming will not have to shovel. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 03, 2016, 10:45:28 AM
Jack, -----     Looks like the whole North East area got hit. I think it was around 1:00am when it snowed here. Icy roads too.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Kelly on April 03, 2016, 11:53:24 AM
Hi Rammel
No snow in the Isle of Man!


Kelly
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 03, 2016, 12:33:29 PM
Kelly you are quite a bit North of me in West Virginia, Rick is north of me, and looks like we both have some cool weather for a week or so. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on April 03, 2016, 02:48:14 PM
We had quite a bit of snow Saturday afternoon, a drizzly snow.  There still is snow on the ground, but driving is not a problem.  Walking might be.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on April 03, 2016, 03:13:39 PM
Rick I noticed you were talking with Bubble and Kelly about putting flags on your profile. How is that done?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 03, 2016, 03:30:30 PM
Angel it comes automatically as soon as you put your country in your profile
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on April 03, 2016, 04:01:09 PM
Mine doesn't..... :'(  :(
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 03, 2016, 04:05:32 PM
I am sorry  :'( 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Kelly on April 03, 2016, 04:11:17 PM
I cannot put where I live as it is not on the list!

Does the Isle of Man not exist.

:)

Kelly
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 03, 2016, 04:21:56 PM
Bubble thanks mine now shows the flag.   Kelly a long list but you are right, no Isle of Man.   Having 4 Irish Grandparents I might suggest Ireland, or is that a no no.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 03, 2016, 04:32:58 PM
You have to be big enough to warrant having a flag listed. other wis would have to be a list of thousands.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 04, 2016, 03:56:08 AM
I don't think there are a thousand flags for countries.  That sounds too much!
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Kelly on April 04, 2016, 07:35:46 AM
Hi Jackwv
Thanks for the thought of the Irish flag.

But I could not put anything other than the place of my birth.

Kelly
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Kelly on April 04, 2016, 07:38:49 AM
Hi JeanneP
The Manx Flag was on the older S&F site.

If a country exists then it had its own flag and size of country should not matter.

Kelly
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 04, 2016, 09:33:44 AM
Kelly I do not know if your flag can be placed anywhere else, but since you do not show us your smiling face why not make it your Avatar.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 04, 2016, 10:08:26 AM
Great idea Jack
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Kelly on April 04, 2016, 11:18:42 AM
Hi Jackwv
I prefer to show my national flag.

Kelly
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 04, 2016, 11:36:37 AM
Kelly that is what I was suggesting.  Get a photo of your flag onto your computer then use it as your avatar. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 04, 2016, 11:55:22 AM
Bubble.  I was thinking about all the little places that do have their own flags. Even some little Islands. I think you can google on place and it shows so many. Not just from the large countries. I think one time I went down the list of countries when doing research
Isle of Man is a 3 leg one on a red background. 
Kelly should just bring it up Copy it and put it in his Avatar if he wants it on. Just like he was putting his picture.  Someone would help him
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 04, 2016, 12:06:46 PM
Jeanne, with stamps collecting I think I got 390 and something different locations.  But then that was before the USSR fell apart.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Kelly on April 04, 2016, 01:55:10 PM
Hi JeanneP
I can put my flag as my avatar, but given the history of the Isle of Man, many Manx people wonder why the Island is not on most of the drop downs lists, be it when we buy something and we put our post code only to be told there is no such postcode.

Or in this case when the flag is not available.

Of course it has nothing to do with S&F, but the providers of National flags to online companies.

Kelly 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on April 04, 2016, 01:59:03 PM
I see someone put the flag in my profile for me, thanks!  :thumbup:

Kelly, can you put a photo of your flag on your desktop and have someone here direct you, step by step in how to size it and place it in your profile?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Kelly on April 04, 2016, 02:03:30 PM
Hi angel
I can do that!

I was saying I, sorry Manx people cannot understand why the Island seems to not have its flag and other areas covered that most countries do.

Kelly
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on April 04, 2016, 02:06:16 PM
Kelly, we are the largest state in the US but we share your issues. The amount of information on Alaska compared with most other states would barely fill a teaspoon. And I love how often with maps, the state is shown as a small island across from Mexico!  ;D
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 04, 2016, 03:42:08 PM
Kelly believe you have Windows 10.   Check out my new Temp Avatar.   .   This was done with a free app on Windows 10  Called Photo Editor 10.   You put a photo of your flag and then add your own photo, you can lighten either or both (they call it blending)

I just changed it, had the old guy in it.  Like the app and did it with a photo of mine from back in 1952  (wow that's a long time ago) :(

On the matter of your flag, wonder if Simple Machines that hosts S&F would add your countries flag.   
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 04, 2016, 05:04:18 PM
Kelly.  I could be wrong but I don't think that  Jersey or Gurnsey show a flag on many of the drop down list either. They are as big as Isle of Man. Just not well Recognized as being big enough. Populations to small.  The Jersey Flag was not adopted until 1979. Same as yours, they all are  much like just a symbol not the colours like the country flags are. A think that Gurnsey the same.  Even the little country of Monico will not be on a flag list either.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Kelly on April 04, 2016, 07:40:52 PM
Hi JeanneP
It is not about the size of the Island or about the Channel Islands.  I think you miss what I am trying to say.

Best leave it at that.

Kelly
Title: Kelly
Post by: RAMMEL on April 04, 2016, 09:17:39 PM
I got a copy of your Flag into the Gallery but haven't found a way to link it to a page yet.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Kelly on April 04, 2016, 09:23:38 PM
Hi Rammel
Thank you so much, if I was where you are I would buy you a beer!

Kelly
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Kelly on April 04, 2016, 09:24:32 PM
Hi Rammel
Just seen the Manx Flag.

Thanks

Kelly
Title: Kelly
Post by: RAMMEL on April 04, 2016, 09:27:11 PM
I'm going to send you a Message, but give me a little time to get it together.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 04, 2016, 09:37:25 PM
Kelly - Message sent
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 04, 2016, 09:49:02 PM
The temp here seems to be about 4º less than the temp indicated below. It is now below freezing here. 30º
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on April 04, 2016, 10:56:33 PM
Wonder if someone can coach me on printing something.  Story is:  Looking up map of the Appalachain Trail, there is one, fairly large, but it is PDF.  Im kind of dumb when it comes to something like that.  When I hit Print, it just shows a small portion of the map which is vertical and should be 4 or 5 pages.  It will print only the square that is highlighted. (I didn't highlight it).  Help?  LOL
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on April 04, 2016, 11:49:43 PM
I hope this helps?

From the National Park Service;

Printing Oversized PDF Maps

National Park Service maps come in various sizes. Maps smaller than your printer's paper size will print at full scale on one page in Acrobat Reader. Maps larger than your printer's paper size will center and crop the map, printing only the section of the map that fits on the page.

While page tiling is not possible from the free version of Acrobat Reader, you may still reduce the map to fit on a page. If a map is slightly larger than your printer’s paper size and you want to reduce it to fit on one page, select "Shrink oversized pages to paper size" in the Acrobat Reader Print dialog box.

You must have the full retail version of Adobe Acrobat and a Postscript-compatible printer driver to print maps significantly larger than your printer’s paper size using "page tiling." Acrobat divides the oversize map into tiles (or sections), with each section printing on a separate page. You can then manually cut and tape these sections together.

Make sure you un-check "Shrink oversized pages to paper size" and then select the "Advanced” button on the Acrobat Print dialog box. Select "Automatic" to tile the map across multiple sheets of paper. You may specify an "Overlap" amount, "Scale" the print output, and include "Tile Marks" to help you cut and tape the tiled pages together.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on April 04, 2016, 11:56:04 PM
Rick, the temperatures around town where I live vary widely often from street to street due to the many rivers, ponds, streams and sloughs. The temperatures shown in the widgets are the official  one sent in by that area. What I mean is our official temperature reading comes from the airport which is surrounded by float plane ponds. So it runs cooler than other areas. My outside temperature on the balcony at 7:55pm reads plus 47, yet the widget below reads plus 45.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Kelly on April 05, 2016, 07:03:16 AM
Hi Rammel
I got the message,thank you.

Kelly

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on April 05, 2016, 04:41:56 PM
Just checking in.  Always asking for help on this forum. CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on April 05, 2016, 04:49:11 PM
While I'm asking, I have a Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard.  In the center is a key titled Zoom.  It used to let me zoom in on print items or pics and enlarge them.  Now it doesn't work at all.  Any ideas?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Kelly on April 05, 2016, 08:47:01 PM
Hi Rammel
Thank you for the instruction to insert the Manx Flag.

Kevin
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 05, 2016, 09:06:50 PM
Quote from: Tomereader1 on April 05, 2016, 04:49:11 PM
While I'm asking, I have a Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard.  In the center is a key titled Zoom.  It used to let me zoom in on print items or pics and enlarge them.  Now it doesn't work at all.  Any ideas?
You could try going to "Control Panel" < Keyboard   ----- You may see options there for your Keyboard. Check all the tabs there.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 05, 2016, 09:16:23 PM
Good work Rick and Kelly, now you have your flag.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on April 05, 2016, 09:30:10 PM
Thanks, Rammel.  It worked...under Zooming speed.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: SCFSue on April 05, 2016, 10:42:26 PM
Hi Kevin,  interesting flag!  What's the story about the 3 legs?

SCFSue
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Kelly on April 06, 2016, 12:03:45 PM
Hi Sue
I will leave this link about the Manx Flag.

Kelly
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_the_Isle_of_Man


kelly
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: SCFSue on April 06, 2016, 06:30:06 PM
Thank you, Kelly.  Pretty interesting--and I'd like to know more.  Was the Isle of Man one of the places the Vikings explored and perhaps settled for a while?

Sue
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Kelly on April 06, 2016, 06:56:31 PM
Hi Sue
The Vikings came to the Island about 810-815AD and they ruled here until 1266, losing power to Scotland.

And I live near to one of the battles the saw the Vikings seize power in the 800's AD.

And to this day some of the place names on the Island have connections to the Vikings.  And places that end in 'by' like Sulby, Regaby, and many others are Norse related names.

And are only mountain Snaefell is a Norse related name meaning snow mountain.

If you want to know anymore about the Island, I will always reply.

Kelly
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 07, 2016, 02:49:19 AM
Did you answer about the meaning of the flag?  I must have missed it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Kelly on April 07, 2016, 05:25:57 AM
Hi Bubble
I left a link on the reply to Sue about the Manx flag.

Kelly
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on April 08, 2016, 09:04:03 PM
I'm updating a post I made earlier about the Flash problems.

I hope you're all aware of the vulnerability of Adobe Flash to ransomware.  This has been all over the news, so I hope you've seen it and have checked for the latest patch.  I chose to uninstall mine and to follow the advice of those with how to disable it on Chrome, which can apparently use it even if it's uninstalled.  [I don't understand that, but there's a lot I don't understand about software.]. The following is from Computerworld.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3053959/malware-vulnerabilities/adobe-flash-player-cerber-ransomware-itbwcw.html

Do a google search or read Kim Komando, if you're in her Club or look at other links for step by step.


http://www.howtogeek.com/188059/how-to-enable-click-to-play-plugins-in-every-web-browser/

http://time.com/4286588/adobe-flash-player-security-update/

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3053090/security/adobe-fixes-24-vulnerabilities-in-flash-player-including-an-actively-exploited-one.html
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 08, 2016, 09:27:14 PM
Jane the good news is I trust you :)  The bad news is I do not know who to trust when it comes to computers and iMac.   :tickedoff:

Not sure about the iMac, but I am on Windows 10 and hope this note found on Kim Komando means I need do nothing (my favorite routine)

Updated 4/7/16: Adobe has released the 21.0.0.213 update for every browser and operating system, with the exception of Microsoft Edge on Windows 10. However, that should update automatically when the update is released.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on April 08, 2016, 10:52:37 PM
Everyone just needs to be aware, and there are so many sources on this that I hope everyone already knew and did whatever was best for his/her situation. 


I finally got to the apps open by quickly double clicking on the home button.  I was taking too long to do the double click.  Now I know what to do.  THANKS!

Jane
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on April 09, 2016, 12:11:49 AM
I mentioned about these types of attacks awhile back and everyone told me it wasn't a concern for them. Now they are becoming more common and wide spread. Perhaps now people will begin to take precautions to save their information and the money used for a new computer or costly repairs.

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 09, 2016, 02:45:47 AM
I have 21.0.0.213, is that the latest?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 09, 2016, 08:37:37 AM
Bubble, looks like you are up to date, see this on Kim Komando

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/353659/update-now-adobe-to-issue-emergency-security-patch
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 09, 2016, 08:50:10 AM
Well I am glad for that!  Thanks Jack.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 09, 2016, 09:36:06 AM
Bubble but as Pat pointed out, they keep coming, I can only hope Microsoft keeps updating, but know I can still get hit.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on April 09, 2016, 10:25:41 AM
Pat...I think most of the ransomware hackers are after big fish....the hospital systems they've targeted and "held hostage" for big $$.  I continue to think that sort of target...large banks/financial companies/retailers/hospital systems are in far more danger than those of us with home computers, but I certainly agree with you that we need to be informed and aware.    I chose to go offline and uninstalled Flash player, even though Malwarebytes that I pay for has sent out notices that they're covering the ransomware zero day attack.  If I find I need Flash, I'll install it again, probably. 

It's my understanding that it's no longer as important as it once was.  You're up on all this sort of thing.  Is that true and do you have it on your computer? 

Thanks for your help,

Jane
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 09, 2016, 12:24:12 PM
Do not know why, just had some time, and clicked on Windows Defender, and then all detected items.  Was surprised to see they had quarantined two "Exploits"  Sorry I did not pick up the name (would forget it anyway and do not like looking up for fear of the source that discussed)  Both were two days ago, and I removed immed.  I try to watch my moving about the web, and have been fortunate that Windows Defender on 10 appears to be doing a good job with their updating every day.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on April 09, 2016, 02:17:14 PM
Two of the problems they've discussed, especially with bank records or hospitals being targeted is the release of patients' records to spammers. There is also the worry about computerized implants, such as heart monitors and there is an estimated 1.5 million medical devices worldwide. This type of ransome ware has quickly become a billion dollar industry.

I have almost daily emails from Malawarebytes, System Mechanic and PC Pitstop about security. I use WOT or web of trust that tells me before alighting on the site if it has malware. I use System Mechanic that continuously monitors my system and my email and I use Hitman Pro that also monitors my system, it is sold as a second opinion antivirus that is recommended and not the same as your regular antivirus. I automatically run spyware scans each evening and System Mechanic automatically cleans my system daily.

I never use the red X when deleting unknown items, always use C l-alt-delete and I never ever open email I'm not familiar with because sometimes even with spam checkers, it can get through.

Now I'm not saying use the programs I use or follow as I do, but follow through on your own, keep up on info and keep an eye out on your own system. Buy a good external drive and when not using it to download, turn off and separate it from your system! I don't know how many that never separate their back up from their computer!

Anytime I download anything, after checking customer reviews,  I run my anitvirus over it before opening and I always, always, always never use automatic download. Using custom allows you to delete items you do not want. Adobe has always had issues with spyware as do comics, gambling or game and card playing sites and porn. Kids sites are loaded with malware, even the ones for very small children.

Malware even ones that look simple are attached to almost everything from innocuous to dangerous. Either by paying a fee or by attaching themselves to unwary software providers.

I took off Adobe Flash awhile back as it is always associated with security issues.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 10, 2016, 03:27:41 PM
I haven't used the Word Pad on my Windows 7 lately. I need it now.
is there a way that I can change the tool Bar at the top Making it Lighter. Right now it is black so that I can't read it well. This is the line that I need to see what open . Up above the Home . So can get to the Quick Access tool bar. I can't see it good.  Need to see the up and down arrows better.
That area seems to be only dark when in Word Pad.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 10, 2016, 07:10:53 PM
Quote from: JeanneP on April 10, 2016, 03:27:41 PM
I haven't used the Word Pad on my Windows 7 lately. I need it now.
is there a way that I can change the tool Bar at the top Making it Lighter. Right now it is black so that I can't read it well. This is the line that I need to see what open . Up above the Home . So can get to the Quick Access tool bar. I can't see it good.  Need to see the up and down arrows better.
That area seems to be only dark when in Word Pad.
That line is dark blue , with white lettering. I opened a new Word Pad and it said, "New Word Pad". That's all that is on that line - except, to the left is a small icon that allows closing, maximizing, minimizing.
I don't think you can readily change the color of that bar, but you should see printing on it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Jakkims on April 11, 2016, 12:47:40 AM
Jeanne, if you can see the two curved 'undo' and 'redo' arrows pointing to left and right, click a little bit past the right-pointing arrow and that should bring up the Customize Quick Access Toolbar, which I think is probably what you are needing. I agree, it does not show up at all well on that dark blue background. You may need to click around a bit to find it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 11, 2016, 09:51:21 AM
Don posted a photo in the photo discussion that shows the Wordpad screen.  This is what I also see when I open it on windows 10.  Wonder if the solution for you Jeanne is to move over to the right and you will see the question mark.  Just to the left of the question mark is an arrow.  If the arrow is pointing down click it and it should open all you need for using Wordpad.   I use if for all my correspondence.  If you click the arrow and it is then showing pointing up leave it that way and that should be how Wordpad opens.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 11, 2016, 01:25:58 PM
Quote from: JeanneP on April 10, 2016, 03:27:41 PM
I haven't used the Word Pad on my Windows 7 lately. I need it now.
is there a way that I can change the tool Bar at the top Making it Lighter. Right now it is black so that I can't read it well. This is the line that I need to see what open . Up above the Home . So can get to the Quick Access tool bar. I can't see it good.  Need to see the up and down arrows better.
That area seems to be only dark when in Word Pad.
When you open a NEW Wordpad, Right click to the right of VIEW (in a blank spot). Remove the check in the Minimize Ribbon box if it is checked. ALSO remove the check in "Show Quick Access Toolbar below the Ribbon".

Does this Help? ?  ?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 11, 2016, 01:40:26 PM
If you don't see the items you want, click the dropdown and select - as shown below.

(http://www.seniorsandfriends.org/gallery/38_11_04_16_1_37_20.jpeg)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 11, 2016, 07:35:10 PM
Rammel

I think I have all checked O.K.  Maybe it shows dark up there because the photo on my desktop is really dark up high. It shows a little when I have the wordpad wondow open.  Will play a little more with it later.  Thanks
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 12, 2016, 01:10:43 AM
Jeanne, when the top of the page is "transparent" then it takes the coloring from the desktop image.  That is why I always have my rotating images in subdued hues.  The icons on them also show better.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on April 12, 2016, 12:36:41 PM

Question:  How do I get the msgs. from all on the right side of the pagte to perhaps the middle?  Or spread out a bit?




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Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 12, 2016, 07:30:20 PM
Joan,
If you have a broad band down the left side ---
At the top on the right side just above the "ShoutBox" line there is a small square dot.  Click on it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on April 12, 2016, 09:09:04 PM

bless you Rick and thank you soooooo much.  ;)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 13, 2016, 12:45:53 PM
Some good tips above on the WordPad working.  Going to start using in more.  I don't really have use for the full MS Word anymore.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 13, 2016, 02:03:55 PM
Looks like we have lost the place to just post the problems with E-Mails.

Well now I have a strange one that I can't remove. I use Gmail on a W7 desktop
When I go to COMPOST  I have no room to write the message.

It shows the TO
SUBJECT.

Then not enough space between an area bar saying

Sans Serif  tT  B  I  U A.   =========

Then the Bar under it with the SEND

I have tried different things but get get rid of it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 13, 2016, 02:37:28 PM
I have a question about the wordPad:

How does one change the default font?  I hate calibri 11!
Verdana 12 is much easier on my old eyes,
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 13, 2016, 04:00:05 PM
Bubble, no help here, as usual.   I was able to change once in a mail program, but not on the present.   On word pad, believe I would just set it to Verdana 12 prior to typing.  Now this is Verdana 12

You should have the screen that permits you to change font and size and Calibri is not bad if increased.



Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: skeeter on April 13, 2016, 04:20:58 PM
Bubble:   here's what I found.  Not sure it's what you're looking for.  I haven't tried it.

http://www.tenforums.com/software-apps/40123-change-default-font-word-notepad.html
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 13, 2016, 09:59:15 PM
Quote from: so_P_bubble on April 13, 2016, 02:37:28 PM
I have a question about the wordPad:

How does one change the default font?  I hate calibri 11!
Verdana 12 is much easier on my old eyes,

What operating system?   7, 10,  xp?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 13, 2016, 11:01:02 PM
New E-Mail discussion at -

http://www.seniorsandfriends.org/index.php?topic=126.new#new (http://www.seniorsandfriends.org/index.php?topic=126.new#new)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Jakkims on April 14, 2016, 12:39:12 AM
Quote from: so_P_bubble on April 13, 2016, 02:37:28 PM
I have a question about the wordPad:

How does one change the default font?  I hate calibri 11!
Verdana 12 is much easier on my old eyes,


Bubble, I wonder if you have it set on View at the top of the page, instead of having it on Home? If I open Wordpad and have it on Home it gives me all of the usual fonts and font sizes to choose from. Either choose what I want before I start typing or else highlight what I have typed and then change the font and size to what I want. If I have it on the View page I don't get those options.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 14, 2016, 02:24:59 AM
Quote from: RAMMEL on April 13, 2016, 09:59:15 PM
Quote from: so_P_bubble on April 13, 2016, 02:37:28 PM
I have a question about the wordPad:

How does one change the default font?  I hate calibri 11!
Verdana 12 is much easier on my old eyes,

What operating system?   7, 10,  xp?

Window 10.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 14, 2016, 02:27:41 AM
Jakkims, yes I can change the font but I have to do it every time, and I would prefer to have the default I want and need, to stay there always.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Kelly on April 14, 2016, 05:30:48 AM
Hi Rammel
Is wordpad a basic piece of software on Windows 10, as I am sure it was on Windows Vista and Windows 8.

I prefer Windows Office as you have Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Kelly
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 14, 2016, 07:16:27 PM
So far I have not seen a live Win-10 computer. Hopefully somewhere in the near future. I've got too much going on to get out and buy one. also still seeing adds stating "Comes with Win-7 but can be upgraded". I want a native win-10.

Most likely Word Pad does come with Win-10 but some light research indicates that it is not a readily available process to change the default font. This is true of Win-7 also.  But, I'm sure there is a way to do it. Logic says that if MS can designate a font, someone else can change it. Somewhere it has to be designated. Trouble might be that it is a Registry thing.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 14, 2016, 08:21:13 PM
Rick I have windows 10 and use Wordpad.  I sure will not mess with the Registry.

Bubble no solution from me but can cut your work in half.   Calibri is not bad if you just enlarge it to say 14.   We do not have Calibri as a Font Face in posting (it may be the default),  But simply changing size will do this.  Know it is a lot of work :) but when you open Wordpad, save half your time, do not change fonts, just boot up the size :)

This is the regular font size for posting.

This is the font size set at 14
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 14, 2016, 09:47:53 PM
Time to turn the computer off, traveling around the internet has my head spinning, but was intrigued with Calibri and found this. 

Calibri Font was first introduced in Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007. This font has been so popular that it replaced the default “Time New Roman” default font on Microsoft Word and other office applications. It continued to be the default typeface in Microsoft Office 2010 applications.
Calibri was originally design by a guy from the Netherlands called Lucas de Groot, exclusively for Microsoft ClearType rendering technology. This unique font features subtly rounded stem and corners that can be visible at larger sizes.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 15, 2016, 04:45:19 AM
Thanks Jack. I might do that if I don't follow with Skeeter's tip. Apparently saving a page in verdana will keep the font for further  documents. It just needs to keep that 'template' on the desktop and use/click it as a reminder for the format.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Kelly on April 15, 2016, 01:38:08 PM
Hi Jack
I prefer Times New Roman


Kelly
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 15, 2016, 02:10:48 PM
Kelly I just use what they provide, usually the default.   I read all my mail regardless of the fonts and never a complaint from those that receive mine.  Just good we have a choice.  Strange with fonts, recall when I was constructing contracts for the bank where I worked, having to use Helvetica type.    Understand one of our politicians mentioned liking it and the state passed a law requiring it, till there was a backlash and the law changed.  Without the change every business in the state would have had to change their documents. 

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on April 15, 2016, 02:15:06 PM
When using a font for email or an office program, be advised that the person receiving that email or document will only see HIS default font unless he also has your font downloaded and also that he uses it. The majority of emails and documents will use the recipient's default if the person has chosen one no matter how yours is sent.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on April 15, 2016, 02:16:25 PM
And I don't even see Helvetica as a choice on my Write screen where I can choose a font.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 15, 2016, 03:57:00 PM
Patricia thanks did not know that. 

Tomereader  It may still be around but not in the long list available on Wordpad.  You can Google it for a look at the type, but do not know if even used now.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Kelly on April 15, 2016, 06:42:24 PM
Hi jack
I learned about computer software and its uses, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Publisher at College in my mid fifties.  And we were advised to use Tahoma and Times New Roman.

I think that people or companies should choose their owns fonts and not have interventions from administrators.

Kelly
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: donklan on April 15, 2016, 06:58:40 PM
???????????????
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 17, 2016, 11:28:56 AM
As of this morning I have lost the possibility of using Icons, bold, colors, images. links, etc in S@F replies.

Anyone knows how to return to normal formatting?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: maryz on April 17, 2016, 11:32:38 AM
Bubble, that's the case with me when I post on S&F on W-10 Edge.  When I use IE (which I still have on my computer), I can use the icons.  Usually I use Edge, so I forget about it.  You might see if they work using another OS (or is browser the correct term?).
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 17, 2016, 11:33:36 AM
I don't use Edge, but always have used Firefox...
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 17, 2016, 12:05:20 PM
Mary, I tried with Chrome, but even if the icons now show, they are not active!  Frustrating.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MaryTX on April 17, 2016, 12:07:00 PM
Bubble, I use Firefox exclusively and I still have them  ;D :( :o. 

When something like that happens, I just reboot the computer and the glitch goes away.  Might not be the proper way to take care of it, but it usually works for me :).

Mary
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 17, 2016, 12:08:10 PM
That is an idea!  I'll try it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 17, 2016, 12:21:56 PM
I tried rebooting but that did not help either.  Then I used CCleaner and tried again.
Now, having deleted history, it is back to normal!  I hope it stays putt (sp?)
Thanks Mary for the suggestion
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 18, 2016, 09:23:51 AM
Lot's of reports this morning about removing Quick Time due to security risks.   Giving the link to just one.  I removed it from my Windows 10 and suggest you might do for other operating systems.

http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2016/04/how_to_uninstall_quick_time_fo.html
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on April 18, 2016, 11:25:52 AM
QuickTime is not listed in any of my Windows Programs.  Thank goodness.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 18, 2016, 11:40:54 AM
Tomereader1 Your post got me to wondering about not having the Quicktime Player.   I have cameras that would take video in the Mov  format and needed Quicktime to open.  I then learned how to convert video to MP4.  I just took a short video with my iPhone and while it is the Mov format it opened in Windows 10 and that is after I removed the Quicktime player. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on April 18, 2016, 11:59:59 AM
Well, I am still a dinosaur...using Win7!   LOL  That may explain some of it!
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on April 18, 2016, 12:30:42 PM
I too am still using Win7 and so is my son.  Neither of us are ready to tackle Win10 as yet.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 18, 2016, 06:44:49 PM
I am not in any hurry to use W10 Either.  I have w7. Works for me.  I would be happy still using WXP.  I still have one in the closet.  I have all the system. some W98SE still new in boxes. Even W95s.  Need to do a clean out one of these day. Doubt they ever come back.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on April 18, 2016, 07:04:31 PM
Thanks, Jack!  I hadn't heard about QuickTime and found I had Quick Time 7, but it's being uninstalled as I write this.


jane
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 21, 2016, 04:55:22 AM
Have you read this?

Yahoo will be discontinuing Yahoo Games on Friday 13 May 2016 and, starting today, you will no longer be able to make in-game purchases. Yahoo will continue to make the site available for game publishers to allow you to play their games and use the remainder of any in-game purchases until Friday 13 May 2016.

Please refer to the specific games you play for in-game information about that game publisher’s plans in connection with the sunset of Yahoo Games.

We would like to thank you for your support over the years!

https://gamesnet.yahoo.net/content/eolfaq 

Copyright © 2016 Yahoo. All rights reserved.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on April 21, 2016, 11:36:31 AM
Read they were selling a lot of their subs off.  I keep worrying about yahoo email.   Guess I should go get another email address just in case, eh?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on April 21, 2016, 01:37:33 PM
Microsoft, Google and another entity I've forgotten are purchasing various parts of Yahoo on bankrupt status. I used a yahoo address for business but also have Outlook and Gmail. I am waiting to hear about the Yahoo PSP groups as well as the email.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 21, 2016, 05:33:50 PM
Now I thought I read where Yahoo was setting up a new kind of Network. Never read about financial problems. I don't use it all the time but my E-M did change the home page and lots of ways of working on their Home page.  I just have it one for a extra one where I have to give a E-M address on line at times.  Are they showing losing money on the stock Market?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on April 21, 2016, 05:37:15 PM
Jeanne they have been bleeding money for years, haven't caught up with new ideas and social networking. Had many CEOS in a short amount of time so this was probably not unexpected.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: June Drabek on April 21, 2016, 06:47:17 PM
Do we have a program for Mac users. If so how do I find it ?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 21, 2016, 09:51:35 PM
Quote from: June Drabek on April 21, 2016, 06:47:17 PM
Do we have a program for Mac users. If so how do I find it ?
I presume you mean a discussion for Mac Users. ---
I have no experience with Mac's so have not started a discussion (I'd be of little help). If there is anyone who feels reasonably Mac savvy who would like to lead a discussion, --- PLEASE let me or another Moderator know.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: SCFSue on April 21, 2016, 10:28:54 PM
I use Yahoo mail but have not seen an announcement of it closing.  I also use Hotmail which has been pretty unreliable.  I use the Yahoo for mostly mail from friends and have been using Hotmail for family and really close friends, but the Hotmail link I use is down a lot of the time.  What are you others with Yahoo planning when it closes?

Sue
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: maryz on April 21, 2016, 11:00:42 PM
Sue, I never used either yahoo or Hotmail, but I've been very happy with gmail for about 10+ years.  You might give that a try.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 22, 2016, 01:55:22 AM
Gmail has always been my choice, and a happy one.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on April 22, 2016, 10:08:52 AM
I have always been ok with Yahoo mail til recently when they took it over for their ads on videos.  Been using Thunderbird since they did that.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 22, 2016, 11:43:09 AM
I also use Gmail as my main one for E-Mailing.  Now had a problem with it over 7 years. Think they like you to have a Google acct. also. I do use them for certain things.  I have Comcast as my Internet provider. Just about the only one in my city.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 22, 2016, 11:52:10 AM
what is Google acct.?  I only have the mail.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Kelly on April 22, 2016, 11:54:36 AM
Google account, I think you have one when you take an email address

kelly
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 22, 2016, 12:01:09 PM
Maybe I do... but never used anything except the mail. I seldom even use goggle.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 22, 2016, 12:05:55 PM
Google Acct.  That is their Home Page.  Pretty good for a lot of things.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 22, 2016, 12:53:56 PM
Jeanne, such as?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on April 22, 2016, 12:56:00 PM
I have a Google account but rarely glance at it. I rarely glance at my Yahoo account either and just use each one's email.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 22, 2016, 01:20:40 PM
Screen shot of just some of what is on Google, and like JeanneP I do not log in. I use "image" and it never fails to provide photos of people, pets, decorating etc.   When you click the small boxes to the right of Images the dropdown opens.  I Like Google Maps, and view all over the globe.  In many places they have street view and you can almost walk down the street.  I view their news, use the link to YouTube but seldom use the remainder.  Do not use their mail program, still with Windows Live Mail and Comcast.

                     (http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z28/Jackwv/For%20posting_zpsbza5uhgb.jpg)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 22, 2016, 01:37:10 PM
quite a selection.  I had never seen that menu before. Thanks for the info Jack.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on April 22, 2016, 01:44:41 PM
I have three emails and a fourth for ones that are probably going to spam me. I have Yahoo for business, Gmail for friends, recipes, and PSP. I use Outlook for computer antivirus information and emails as well as for Amazon and the 3 or 4 daily emails alerting me to free books available or a favorite author or series new release.

If Yahoo mail is discontinued, I will need another email for business or official purposes. I work better with my info so clearly defined.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 22, 2016, 02:04:10 PM

The translator is also interesting, but not sure about this one.


Your Quote
 
quite a selection.  I had never seen that menu before. Thanks for the info Jack.


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Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on April 22, 2016, 02:40:48 PM
Translation leaves much to be desired.   I tried for PaintShop with Portuguese and it looks like they are doing guess work   :uglystupid2:
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on April 22, 2016, 02:51:57 PM
I use Grammarly which is spelling plus editing if you wish. There is also a premium but since I use the free portion, I am unaware of costs. Grammarly is perfect for my needs.

I use Google page translation, mainly for tuts.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: SCFSue on April 22, 2016, 10:19:12 PM
I have Hotmail, but is hasn't been working well, so I'm mostly using Yahoo--I have lots of my e-mail addresses in Yahoo.  So I guess I need to make a copy of them so that when they stop, I'll be able to e-mail my friends and family.

Sue

P.S.  Do you know when Yahoo is closing?  they haven't sent me a notification.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on April 23, 2016, 11:41:37 AM
I have had Gmail for years but have never seen that screen that Jack showed. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 23, 2016, 11:51:22 AM
wjoan I do not use gmail but do use Google.  You may not see it when you go to mail, but check this link to google. In the upper right corner.

https://www.google.com/
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on April 23, 2016, 12:17:18 PM
I use google drive as a storage space for a book log I've kept for years.

I also used it for photos I shared with two other nieces...who live in IL and MN...when we were planning a birthday party for my husband last year.  I could upload what I had, each of them could contribute what they had, and the one in IL could then make a slide show for the party.  The three of us could share that file.  I guess they do this all the time in business...when people are working from a number of different locations and yet need to share some information.  I wouldn't put anything that was personal and "sensitive"...i.e., financial, etc. on any "cloud space," but for sharing photos and having the three of us have the same access was perfect.

jane
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: maryz on April 23, 2016, 12:41:05 PM
Joan, what Jack showed is on the Google home page - and comes up when you hover the cursor over the grid of small black squares in the upper right-hand corner of the page.  It's just the menu of what's available.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 23, 2016, 01:09:37 PM
Sue.  Nothing has been said about Yahoo closing out the E-M system.  I use it just if I don't want to give out my main E-M address.
I think that they are going to be going into other types of things.  They did changed the E-M about 2 months ago in order for it to be better.  Did you notice it?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on April 23, 2016, 01:36:17 PM
In a few months, Yahoo will cease to exist.  The bits and pieces sold off to its competitors. It will depend on what company absorbs the yahoo email and if it keeps the same name or if it is changed to something else.

Right now Yahoo Inc.  is arguing with the bankruptcy judge on some of his requirements so it will be a drawn out process and no need to do anything with your email as yet.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on April 23, 2016, 03:42:33 PM
Thanks Jack and Mary.  :)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Shirley on May 01, 2016, 04:30:30 PM
I came in to ask questions... didn't think I needed to make a list but y'all have brought up some news that washed away what I was thinking.  I've used Yahoo mail from the first week I used a computer, have 2 accounts, one for family & other for SeniorNet, now Senior & Friends & the "Steps" with Yahoo.  Do you think everything saved in the accounts will be wiped out?  Would hate to lose addresses but also saved family e-mails with photos.  Sad news.  I do have a g-mail account & one with my provider (Cox) but never thought either as photo friendly as Yahoo. 

Oh, one question was how to dump the cache on Windows 7 using Google Chrome & other was how to dump cache on Vista using Google Chrome... I will copy any & all advice & save.  I used to dump cache on IE regularly... my son uses Firefox so hesitate asking him... he disapproves of Chrome & I didn't like Firefox. 

I also use Google maps & am impressed with how often they update their street maps.  We always had an extra car/pickup or RV in the driveway & they updated our street in the last year. 

Thanks for any & all advice. 

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on May 01, 2016, 05:56:02 PM
I could be wrong but I thought that everything you did like photo and copies of E-M remained on your computer not on your E-M acct.
But if you want to make sure.  Spend (can get now for around$39  a external Hard drive or use floppies. Can get lots on them.  Some as much as the older computers had on a hard drive.  Should do that anyway as now, if you computer goes wrong then you do loose everything. I don't save a whole lot on mine.  Just print out a list of all my E-M addresses or things like that.
Only lost one  computer and lightning did that.










Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on May 01, 2016, 06:22:43 PM
Photos received in emails were always viewed and if I wanted them saved them at that time.  I also back up all my photos on and external hard drive and also have most on dvds.   Shirley I would not wait for email problems but go back to saved emails and copy the photos.   
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Shirley on May 01, 2016, 06:45:57 PM
Thanks, JeanneP.... I do have an external hard drive but lots of time I don't download photos the kids or my brother send, leave them on the Yahoo mail & so far they have stayed there even when I change computers.  I bought one external hard drive & copied everything but didn't know how to read what it copied.  My son tried to show me...  I'm not sure what I did wrong when copying but it was too much trouble trying to pick out what I wanted.  Told him he could have it, was a good one, Toshiba 1 T... I think I paid $70 on sale for it...  I gave it to him. 

Have another that my husband had copied everything from his computer & still enough space to copy all from my last one.  Right now the only thing I don't have copied is the Yahoo mail that I never downloaded.  I did try to copy the mail from my brother that included a lot of genealogy... but could not get a whole file to copy to read individually.  I don't have the patience & don't know the right terms.  Do hate to see Yahoo mail go, hope someone picks it up.  If we hear it is going to shut down I can go through the Genealogy folder & copy each letter to a new folder & then copy that folder to a thumb drive or the external.  Maybe I can find it then.

Right now it's time to feed cats & get busy, house painters coming tomorrow. 

Thanks, Jack, I do need to clone me for this week.  Painters for the whole outside which means I have to clean storm windows that are floor to ceiling in most rooms when they take them off to paint (that is 4 layers of windows for each window), have a dinner to go to next week end that is for the college Engineers/seniors & my daughter is getting a special award at the banquet. I volunteered to have the whole clan over for Sunday after church... for Mother's Day, a birthday for #2 son & going to save the graduation party for the next week end.  In the mean time, besides painters, I have a pair of dress slacks that are not comfy around the middle for sitting several hours, so plan to alter them (3 closets full of clothes but got to have THAT pair).  Got the menu planned but will take a trip to the store for supplies (15 people at least) & will have to clean house...
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on May 01, 2016, 08:22:39 PM
Just some thoughts ---

If you use an on-board mail program like Outlook, Outlook Express, Thunderbird, your received e-mails should be on your computer - unless you deleted them. Email on Fios (Verizon), AT&T, and other Internet providers are on those Internet sites, subject to their rules on saving e-mails. Sites like Google, Yahoo, Hotmail, and the like, are similar to Fios (Verizon), AT&T, and other Internet providers.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on May 01, 2016, 10:02:47 PM
I have three external hard drives that are 3T each. One is a copy of everything on my computer, one is a copy of all my PSP and Photos and one is a copy of all my business and important papers. The main thing is to never ever leave them attached to the computer when you're finished as if there is malware, they will get on those attached drives as well. I always put them in a drawer when finished copying new information.

I have three accounts and even though they "say" they will delete after thirty days, they don't. When I am finished with the inbox and delivering any emails to an appropriate folder, I always delete any trash or spam. I also have not only the email's spam or antivirus, but I also use a function of System Mechanic  that checks my email as well.

I also use Amazon Cloud, Dropbox and Microsoft's one drive as extra insurance with some information on those server based saves to back up my own externals. Better safe than sorry even if it is a bit of overkill, but I've3 been in the position before to lose everything.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on May 01, 2016, 11:08:48 PM
I had a strange issue last night. I suddenly lost access to my start menu on W10. It said access is restricted in so many words. I went to settings and discovered a way to click on the icon and have the start menu items and shut off or restart pop up on my desktop but I would like my original start menu settings returned!

I ran a malware scan, 4 hours for a thorough search, using Hitman Pro and System Mechanic and other than basic cookies, all showed clear.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: tuckyquilter on May 01, 2016, 11:27:52 PM
Quote from: RAMMEL on May 01, 2016, 08:22:39 PM
Just some thoughts ---

If you use an on-board mail program like Outlook, Outlook Express, Thunderbird, your received e-mails should be on your computer - unless you deleted them. Email on Fios (Verizon), AT&T, and other Internet providers are on those Internet sites, subject to their rules on saving e-mails. Sites like Google, Yahoo, Hotmail, and the like, are similar to Fios (Verizon), AT&T, and other Internet providers.

How do I start my own topic and my own photo album on this site?  I don't get any tabs that give me that opportunity.  I read the "rules" etc but I don't get the "start new topic" etc tab.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on May 02, 2016, 03:54:46 AM
Only a Global Moderator or an Administrator can do that.  You have to ask them to open the discussion you would like. Send a PM to Phyllis or Jane for example.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Jeanne Lee on May 02, 2016, 09:07:50 AM
Quote from: tuckyquilter on May 01, 2016, 11:27:52 PM

How do I start my own topic and my own photo album on this site?  I don't get any tabs that give me that opportunity.  I read the "rules" etc but I don't get the "start new topic" etc tab.

What topic would you like to have opened?  For a photo album, click on Gallery at the top of the page and you can open an album from there by simply clicking on "Pets and Kids" (which is really just a generic general title) and uploading a photo.  Then there will be "my images" to click on which will be your album.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on May 10, 2016, 05:36:15 PM
Angel is there a charge for hit man pro and the other one u posted?  I was going to change my password on yahoo mail but unable to figure out how. CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on May 10, 2016, 06:49:39 PM
There is a yearly fee for Hitman Pro. However, they have a totally free version for almost all the same features. Hitman is to be used as a second opinion along with your regular antivirus.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on May 11, 2016, 06:19:09 PM
From Malwarebytes Lab;

https://blog.malwarebytes.org/101/2016/05/how-to-tell-if-youre-infected-with-malware/?utm_source=double-opt-%20in&utm_medium=email-internal-b2c&utm_campaign=EM-May-1st-2016newsletter&utm_content=infect-with-malware

Sometimes a malware infection is plain as day. Other times it’s a silent killer. If you want to know whether or not your machine is sick, you first need to understand the symptoms. So let’s take a look at the telltale signs.

Of course, Malwarebytes is only one of many good programs to use, but I thought the information was timely!
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on May 12, 2016, 02:20:57 PM
I downloaded the free avast virus protector..it also downloaded avast safe zone browser...Can anyone tell me what that is  and if I needed it?? ( the browser)  Thank You CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on May 12, 2016, 02:56:54 PM
CC, get rid of it immediately!



Several antivirus vendors have taken the open-source Chromium browser and created derivatives that they claim are more privacy-friendly and secure. Yet, at least two of them were recently found to have serious flaws that don’t exist in Chromium.

The latest example is the Avast SafeZone browser, internally known as Avastium, which is installed with the paid versions of Avast’s antivirus and security suites. Google Project Zero researcher Tavis Ormandy found a vulnerability that could allow an attacker to take control of Avastium when opening an attacker-controlled URL in any other locally installed browser.

By exploiting the flaw, an attacker could remotely read “files, cookies, passwords, everything,” Ormandy said in a report that he sent to Avast in December and which he made public Wednesday. “He can even take control of authenticated sessions and read email, interact with online banking, etc.”

Ormandy created a Web-based proof of concept exploit that can list the contents of the computer’s C:\ drive, but an attacker could easily extend it to have any potentially interesting files sent back to him.

According to the Google researcher, Avast opens a Web accessible RPC service on the local computer that listens on port 27275. A malicious website opened in any browser can therefore send commands to this service by forcing the browser to make requests to http://localhost:27275/command.

While most of the available commands are not particularly dangerous, there is one called SWITCH_TO_SAFEZONE that can be used to open a URL in Avastium. And not just any URL like http:// or https:// ones, but also local or internal URL schemes like file:/// or chrome://.

That’s because, for some reason, Avast has removed what Ormandy calls a “critical security check” that prevents non-Web-related URL schemes from being opened from the command line. This protection, which exists in the original Chromium, was not present in Avastium, making it possible for an attacker to ultimately construct a payload that can read local files.

After Ormandy reported the flaw on Dec. 18, Avast deployed a temporary fix that broke the attack chain. The company provided a complete fix Wednesday as part of Avast version 2016.11.1.2253.

This week Ormandy also disclosed a critical vulnerability in Chromodo, another Chromium-based browser that’s distributed by security firm Comodo as part of its Internet Security suite. That vulnerability stemmed from the fact that Chromodo disabled one of the most critical browser security mechanisms, the Same Origin Policy.

Avast and Comodo are not the only security vendors who have created so-called “safe” browsers based on Chromium and are shipping it with their products. If Ormandy continues to investigate them, it will be interesting to see if he finds additional examples of serious flaws that were introduced in such browsers and are not present in Chromium.

Joxean Koret, a security researcher who has found vulnerabilities in antivirus products in the past, advised people on Twitter not to use the browsers provided by antivirus vendors. “I’ve analyzed 3. All broken,” he said.

http://techdows.com/2016/02/uninstall-or-remove-avast-safezone-browser.html

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on May 12, 2016, 05:36:42 PM
Now I have never understood why all worry about putting all this virus stuff on computers.
I have had one now for would say 26 years.  altogether had about 6 of them. I know for past 4 I never have had but on thing on suppose to take care of Virus.  Past 2 have had MS Security Essentials on. Along with This gets run every Sunday. I have always had. CleanUp on everyone.
Only problem I had was a lightning putting mine out of business.
I have Comcast.  Pretty fast as far as I need.. He was here yesterday checking my TV and he checked the computer out. Works great.  In time I do need to have a new one built by SIL so that can go to W10.  Now on W7 still.  I just never bother about what it said about things going on out there.  If mine goes It has served me well.  I watch what I open up. Specially E-M.  If I don't know what something is just delete it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on May 12, 2016, 09:36:45 PM
You are very lucky Jeanne. Just do not tempt the computer gods too much and remember tomorrow is Friday the thirteenth! :thumbup:  ;D
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on May 13, 2016, 11:31:46 AM
Yes, Friday the 13th. today. Eldest daughters birthday. She was born on a Friday also. So I don't think of it as a bad day at all.  Just hope that it doesn't rain again today.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on May 13, 2016, 05:26:09 PM
Thank u Angel. Should I also uninstall avast free antivirus.   CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on May 13, 2016, 06:15:56 PM
Keep the antivirus if possible without the other or download another free one such as Malwarebytes or use System Defender.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on May 13, 2016, 07:28:37 PM
Angel I have malawarebytes and defender...mabey that's all I need. Might get rid of avast
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on May 13, 2016, 07:34:09 PM
 :thumbup:
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: June Drabek on May 13, 2016, 07:49:23 PM
I have Avast on my iMac, and I appreciate it. It pops up a little note when it finds something it doesn't approve of.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on May 13, 2016, 08:45:02 PM
June, the trouble is that the newer versions come with malware and experts are saying that the malware will open your computer up to spammers and thieves.

See the above post #213.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on May 14, 2016, 10:51:52 AM
About the avast ...I did notice it was top rated on CNET...I never know which to use...CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on May 14, 2016, 11:36:27 AM
If you get a free antivirus, or any other software, get it from the site that makes it. Then pay attention as you load/install it.
I have Avast on a rescued puter I have with an AMD processor. I've even loan it out with no problems.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on May 14, 2016, 03:47:58 PM
I always, always use custom install rather than automatic or default as they stick so much junk in there if you're not careful. I also run my Hitman Pro after each and every installation and it has even caught stuff while the software was still installing.

Avast would be okay on its own. It's the additions that make you computer vulnerable to malware and viruses.

Rammel brings up another good point about going to the source, those making the software rather than other or mirror sites.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on May 14, 2016, 08:59:35 PM
http://techtalk.pcpitstop.com/2016/05/11/capital-hill-targeted-ransomware/?capitalhillransomwareattack=

CAPITOL HILL TARGETED BY RANSOMWARE

MAY 11, 2016KAYLA THRAILKILL  LEAVE A COMMENT
It was bound to happen…

I’d like to say I’m shocked or appauled by this news, but I can’t.  It was only a matter of time before the hackers targeted the head of our nation’s government.

According to The Intercept, the ransomware attack was launched on Capitol Hill on April 30, 2016 via a phishing attack, targeting specifically the House Information Security Office.  It is unknown how many individuals opened and downloaded the file in the email scam, what information was affected or if the ransom was paid.

Click here for a full list of ransomware attacks reported in 2016.

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on May 14, 2016, 11:10:37 PM
Funny true story:   Told a friend of mine to pay attention to the symbols on things cuz eventually they will delete what they are.  Tonight I got the new Firefox,  could not find bookmarks.  ...........  they moved it and tis just a symbol til you hover over it.  Like to have driven me crazy.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on May 14, 2016, 11:18:17 PM
I have 46.0.1 and the Bookmarks are still up there - called "Bookmarks".
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on May 14, 2016, 11:34:24 PM
Rick, I wonder why mine is different
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on May 14, 2016, 11:51:04 PM
Way up top in the blue area.     File-Edit-View-History-Bookmarks-Tools-Help
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on May 14, 2016, 11:54:18 PM
All that is missing.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on May 14, 2016, 11:58:19 PM
Quote from: wjoan on May 14, 2016, 11:54:18 PM
All that is missing.
Be back in a min ---
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on May 15, 2016, 12:02:37 AM
Right click just below the top in the white/gray area and select "Menu Bar".  You might have to right click around the area to find the right spot. I'm sure there's a better way, but ----------.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on May 15, 2016, 12:05:56 AM
Let me go do thast  BRB
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on May 15, 2016, 12:07:14 AM
Bless your heart Rick.  You are a life saver.  ;)  Nite.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on May 15, 2016, 12:15:42 AM
Sleep well   :thumbup:
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on May 15, 2016, 12:16:59 AM
Forgot my manners.  Thank you so much
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on May 15, 2016, 09:32:21 AM
In reference to firefox..I have that..is there an updated version..is it updated automatically?? Thanks CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on May 15, 2016, 11:43:06 AM
CC, mine is done automatically.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on May 15, 2016, 07:01:19 PM
CC,
In Firefox,  click Help then About Firefox.   You should see the version you are using.

46.0.1 is the latest
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on May 15, 2016, 07:43:34 PM
looks like i am 46.01  It must take care of keeping it up todate. I just never thought about doing it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on May 15, 2016, 07:55:44 PM
Quote from: JeanneP on May 15, 2016, 07:43:34 PM
looks like i am 46.01  It must take care of keeping it up todate. I just never thought about doing it.
Being you are at the latest version and didn't have to do anything to get there, you are being updated automatically.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on May 15, 2016, 08:17:30 PM
Thanks Rammel...My FF is up to date...CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on May 16, 2016, 11:55:22 AM
Now I use MS Security Essential only. Does it Auto every Sunday. Thing is I have it on Full Scan. Will say, takes a long time.  Think will change it to doing just the fast one every week and Full about once a month.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on May 16, 2016, 05:18:36 PM
I am using Windows Defender on Windows 10.   It does a quick scan daily.  Has picked up several items and quarantined, then I remove.   Have run Malwarebytes several times but it has not picked anything up, so hope Defender is doing the job.   I am careful with sites I visit and avoid the popups.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on May 16, 2016, 06:07:39 PM
My System Mechanic and Hitman Pro, 2nd. opinion software is set to run continuously in the background although I do a weekly or bimonthly scan as well with both. They both will do popups if they find something that is over the limits I've set.

As long as you are comfortable and rely on your software to do it's job then you are good to go.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on May 16, 2016, 11:08:56 PM
HAL, you helped with Thunderbird before and hope you have an answer for me now.  The WORD JUNK only comes up when Thunderbird thinks it is junk;  Is there some magic place I can click when all this other junk comes to my email?

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on May 17, 2016, 12:39:49 AM
Quote from: wjoan on May 16, 2016, 11:08:56 PM
HAL, you helped with Thunderbird before and hope you have an answer for me now.  The WORD JUNK only comes up when Thunderbird thinks it is junk;  Is there some magic place I can click when all this other junk comes to my email?


Right click on it then click "Mark As Junk".    Assuming you have this option turned on.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on May 17, 2016, 01:00:25 AM
Thanks Rick, I will give it a try tomorro0w.  :)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on May 17, 2016, 11:26:59 AM
Rick, when I right click I get a long list of options but none say JUNK.  I  will just continue to delete them I guess.  Thanks tho.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on May 17, 2016, 01:23:29 PM
Quote from: wjoan on May 17, 2016, 11:26:59 AM
Rick, when I right click I get a long list of options but none say JUNK.  I  will just continue to delete them I guess.  Thanks tho.
More to come ---- when I go on my Win-7 laptop. I believe there is an option to set.

Take care of this before you get too old  :2funny:
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: donklan on May 17, 2016, 04:34:24 PM
Was that a 'note to self'? :coolsmiley:
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on May 17, 2016, 07:43:33 PM
Quote from: donklan on May 17, 2016, 04:34:24 PM
Was that a 'note to self'? :coolsmiley:
I think Joan will understand :-)


Joan --- BTW - Email on the way. Should be there by now.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: shirleyn on June 01, 2016, 05:19:07 PM
Hi Rick & all.  I have just purchased a new computer (Dell) with Windows 10.  I have a five year old with Windows 7.  Sigh!  One big question about my Quicken.  I have put my info on a stick.  I do not have a Quicken on the new computer.  I have a disc from 2008 and one from 2018, whhichh I presume is what I used on thhe old computer.  Whhen I try to run it, it asks for my password, but it will not accept it.  I am frustrated.  So this afternoon I went to othher things - transferring from old to new.  How would one transffer bookmaarks?  Using the stick, whichh I can't seem to do?  Or is thhere another way.  Pardon the spelling mistakes, but that is why I got a new computer - couldnt seem to fix.
Title: Shirleyn
Post by: RAMMEL on June 01, 2016, 07:36:50 PM
Shirley,

I think you would more likely get some help on the Win-10 discussion at
http://www.seniorsandfriends.org/index.php?topic=21.90 (http://www.seniorsandfriends.org/index.php?topic=21.90)

I use Quicken but do not have Win-10 yet so am not of much help.

I might be able to help get your info on to a "stick".
Contacting Quicken might be a good path. They might be a bit difficult to reach but I'd bet there are loads of people with Win-10 update problems.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on June 01, 2016, 09:05:27 PM
Shirleyn you did not do an update but a new computer.  With an update I retained all the programs I had on my seven.   Agree with Rick.  Quicken would be your best choice to have them reset the password for your disc.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on June 01, 2016, 09:49:30 PM
Shirleyn..also check and make sure your old Quicken will work with Win 10; I have Quicken 2010 and was told nothing but their latest... 2016 ...will work on Win 10. 

If your old computer will still allow you to use your Q, you may need to keep it for that until you can find out if the old versions will load on W 10.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: shirleyn on June 02, 2016, 12:22:33 AM
Okay, thanks all.  I had been thinking about getting in touch with Quicken.  I will try. 

shirleyn.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on June 07, 2016, 04:08:36 PM
Daughter sent me a link with loads of silly stories about trouble with computers.   This was my favorite.

An elderly woman called, furious.

Tech Support: “How can I help you ma’am?”
Customer: “You had better help me!”
Tech Support: “That’s why they pay me!”
Customer: “Don’t get smart with me!”
Tech Support: “Of course, ma’am, how can I help you?”
Customer: “Well, I’ve been waiting for quite some time!”
Tech Support: “Yes ma’am, our current wait is about twenty minutes. It usually isn’t that bad.”
Customer: (yelling) “Twenty minutes! I’ve been waiting three days!”
Tech Support: “You’ve defied sleep and other bodily functions for a full 72 hours?”
Isn’t it wonderful when they get vague? Turns out she clicked on the “Help” button in Word or something three days prior and was waiting for us to call her…despite the fact that her computer had no modem and was not near a telephone line.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on June 07, 2016, 07:03:26 PM
When optical mices came about I got away from the old ball mouse. They were forever getting dust and fuzz in on the rollers and making the cursor jump all over. It's been a loooong time since I had a mouse problem. Couple of days ago I noticed when I clicked on an email to see it's preview, it would open the email. I discovered the left button was single, double triple clicking when I tapped it.
Today was mouse surgery day. Surprise - A bunch of dirt, fuzz, finger oiles, etc inside. Blew it out concentrating on the little switches in there and now the old mouse is living a new life.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: donklan on June 07, 2016, 08:04:01 PM
Optical?  How did you get inside?  I don't see any screws on mine.

Only opening I find is the battery compartment.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on June 07, 2016, 08:18:54 PM
I have a Gateway, wired optical mouse.   Screws on the bottom but doubt I will remove (chicken)  With the old ball type mouse I would routinely clean it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on June 07, 2016, 08:25:41 PM
Mine is a Logitech and has a screw on the bottom at the end opposite the wire. It needs a small Phillips screw driver. All the parts are fairly secured. Nothing to fall out leaving you wondering "where did that come from".
The scroll wheel has slots in it like a ball mouse does, and that had dust/fuzz on it too.  Easy enough job. Would not hesitate doing it again.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: donklan on June 07, 2016, 09:55:12 PM
Mine is a wireless Logitech optical.     Maybe that's why no screws.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on June 07, 2016, 09:57:13 PM
Quote from: donklan on June 07, 2016, 09:55:12 PM
Mine is a wireless Logitech optical.     Maybe that's why no screws.
How about hidden under the batteries, or somewhere in the battery "box".?

I hate those snap together things.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on June 08, 2016, 02:29:26 AM
My Logitech wireless with unifier has no  screws anywhere.
It stopped working completely two weeks ago.
I went  back to the local supplier and he changed it together with the wireless k/b for free, it was still under guarantee.  I have no idea what the problem was.  Neither did the man at the store.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on June 18, 2016, 08:12:49 PM
http://techtalk.pcpitstop.com/2016/06/10/911-systems-fail-ransomware-attack/?ransomwarehits911=
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on July 01, 2016, 11:01:21 AM
Posted in Windows 10 about screen shots and snipping tool, that you may find helpful.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on July 01, 2016, 11:34:05 AM
I have acquired a rather strange "happening" on my computer.  When I log out/shut down at night, all the icons on my Desktop are in the order I have placed them.  When I log in next morning, the icons are all scrambled up, in no order at all, and I don't know how they got that way.   I put them back in the order I like them, and overnight, same thing happens.  What is going on?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on July 01, 2016, 11:51:42 AM
Tomereader1,   are you addressing icons/shortcuts on desktop, or tiles on start screen.
Let us know what operating system you are using.  Someone may have the answer, I can only try to look it up.  It is probably a setting, but not sure where to look and change.

Spotted this 
http://www.winability.com/how-to-i-stop-windows-from-rearranging-my-desktop-icons/



Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on July 01, 2016, 12:52:54 PM
Using Windows7.  And these are Icon/Shortcuts on Desktop.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on July 01, 2016, 12:59:55 PM
I probably can see where this might happen.  I play a solitaire game before I shut down, and its resolution is rather small.  I bet this is the problem.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on July 01, 2016, 01:54:53 PM
Okay, I did a "test".  I shut down the computer, without playing the Solitaire game.  When I opened up again, the icons were all in the correct places. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on July 01, 2016, 02:25:41 PM
Tomereader great now wonder if you exit solitaire and go to another site, then shut down, if the icons are ok.   The article did mention checking the solitaire program to see if there is a setting.   You might also check another solitaire program.  On windows 10 I use their app, Simple Solitaire, and no problems.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on July 01, 2016, 06:50:53 PM
I believe (but not sure) that changing screen resolution will cause "scrambling" of the desktop items.  It lines them up all nicely --- for that resolution.  :(

I hate it when that happens.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on July 01, 2016, 07:23:08 PM
No "settings" on that particular Solitaire game.  It is Pyramid Solitaire, and it is addicting.
You add the value of cards until you clear the Pyramid.  Anything adding up to 13.  It's fun and I just have to play it!  I will try going to another site, after I shut down Pyramid.
Title: Tomereader1
Post by: RAMMEL on July 01, 2016, 07:32:05 PM
   Tomereader1

It is possible that there is a program conflict that is causing your condition.

As Jack said "if you exit solitaire and go to another site, then shut down, are the icons are ok."
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Radioman34 on July 14, 2016, 12:36:34 PM
My problem is this: I upgraded my desktop to W-10 and for the most part everything works ok except for my WordPerfect programme.
I can open the programme, I can access my list of files, but when I try to open any file my computer locks up. I even left it on all night and it was still locked up in the morning.  I then tried to uninstall the WordPerfect programme, but no success.  Half way through the process a message appeared: ERROR: INVALID DRIVE J:\  OK I don't have a drive "J".  I let it run to the end and got the message that the installation was not complete and had encountered a Fatal Error
So I can't run it and I can't uninstall it;  any suggestions?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on July 14, 2016, 12:52:51 PM
Don I do not have WordPerfect.  Did a quick look around and question of incompatibility comes up.  Think I would contact WordPerfect but here is an interesting thread.

http://www.wpuniverse.com/vb/showthread.php?37161-WordPerfect-X6-and-Windows-10

Have spent over an hour on my Windows 10 not picking up photos from my iPhone.   It has for months and now suddenly  a problem.  Tough keeping up.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on July 14, 2016, 07:10:24 PM
Now does Windows 10 still have the MS Word pad on it.  I have used it more than the MS Office that has always been on my computers. I think I bought that. Also use to use a Free MS word program that Is still on this computer. LibreOfficeWriter it is called.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on July 14, 2016, 07:24:09 PM
Notepad, Wordpad, and Sticky Notes, as well as Shape Collector and Snipping Tool, are listed under standard Windows accessories with W10.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: donklan on July 14, 2016, 11:10:05 PM
Quote from jackwv

"Have spent over an hour on my Windows 10 not picking up photos from my iPhone.   It has for months and now suddenly  a problem.  Tough keeping up."

What kind of problems are you running into, Jack?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on July 15, 2016, 09:41:04 AM
Don, for several years on seven and months on 10 I just plug into a usb port (have tried all 4 and different wire)  The phone asks if I trust the computer, I press yes and the computer comes up with auto play and I am able to transfer the new photos.   I tried  my camera that also plugs in the usb (I never remove the card to insert but of course no card in the phone).   I checked drivers and appears I am up to date.  Have read and followed what I think to be the correct settings on autoplay, but even in devices the phone does not show up.    Would like to solve, but if not will have to limit use of the camera on the phone.  If I catch several I want I can email to myself and open on the computer. 

I have kept trying and did an adjustment on phone going to settings  - general - reset - and - reset network settings.   Not consistant but it has worked several times.  Not a big deal  -------- Computers!!  (or iphones) 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on July 16, 2016, 02:20:37 PM
I'm thinking I need to change my password on Facebook on my computer...forgot how...can someone tell me....also when I change it on computer..will it automatic chane on my iPad...or do I have to change it there too...I guess this is a dumb blonde question...but thanks if you can help. CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on July 16, 2016, 02:31:39 PM
Cotton Candy, I am no longer on Facebook, but there should be a place on the upper right corner that you may click for changing your password or finding other options available on Facebook.

Your computer is separate from your iPad so you may need to change both passwords separately. Unless there is a link between the two devices, computer, and iPad, I do not believe you need to change both.

I change all my passwords every three months just because and most of my phones, emails, and business accounts have a two step system. They send a six-digit code to my phone when I change a password, and I enter the new code which then allows me to change my password. On delicate accounts, I use the two step system each time I open the account, skipping the need for a regular password.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Radioman34 on July 18, 2016, 04:46:48 PM
Further to my issues surrounding WordPerfect, I contacted the manufacturer and was advised that my version is not compatible with Windows 10 and I have to buy an upgrade.  I guess the moral of the story is not to upgrade before determining whether or not your existing programmes are compatible.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on July 18, 2016, 07:51:17 PM
Quote from: Radioman34 on July 18, 2016, 04:46:48 PM
Further to my issues surrounding WordPerfect, I contacted the manufacturer and was advised that my version is not compatible with Windows 10 and I have to buy an upgrade.  I guess the moral of the story is not to upgrade before determining whether or not your existing programmes are compatible.
Wasn't Windows-10 supposed to do that?  :tickedoff:
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Radioman34 on July 18, 2016, 08:11:01 PM
 I wasn;t aware of that, but I wish they had. So I got a free W-10 and had to pay $150 for a WordPerfect upgrade >:(
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on July 18, 2016, 08:45:01 PM
WordPerfect should have been able to offer a patch, and not charge  for an upgrade.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on July 19, 2016, 05:35:51 PM
Thank you Angel....CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Radioman34 on July 19, 2016, 07:35:54 PM
Jack this is the written response to my query:
"I do apologize for the inconvenience that this has caused you. However, the product you are inquiring about is no longer supported and is now considered as obsolete software. The latest version now is WordPerfect Office X8 (Compatible with Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10). Also, WordPerfect Office X4 is not compatible with Windows 10 and there were no updates or patches released to make this program work on this platform since this version is obsolete and the engineers are now focused on the latest version."
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on July 19, 2016, 08:41:28 PM
Don, I have gotten angry several times when what I have used faithfully for years, without incidence, suddenly becomes obsolete for some reason. This has happened to me from Vista on up and the photography programs such as Corel and Photoshop are the worst in my opinion. What I did for many years was use a free office program, there are several good ones, just go to a "geek" site, not the manufacturers and look for their reviews.

I do have Word on my W10, the 64-bit system without incidence, but it must be another program.There is also the option  of a monthly subscription to Microsoft Office with all its programs. Photoshop has also gone that subscription route and this way you receive all the latest updates and fixes.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on July 19, 2016, 09:31:48 PM
Don thanks.  Microsoft is often deservedly the villain, but felt WordPerfect did not have clean hands.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on July 20, 2016, 12:22:32 PM
Now I still have not gone into W10. Will use W7 until I go to a new computer. Now I remember buying MS office a couple of times.Always bought my own along with a new MS System when it came out. ( SIL makes my computers).
Now I have no use for Microsoft Office. Just don't use it enough. Word pad or the Free one I put on this computer. "Libre office Writer). Both are enough.
Now Can't the Free ones still be installed on W10?.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on July 20, 2016, 12:27:16 PM
Sure, Open office can work on W10 and free of course.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on July 20, 2016, 06:01:10 PM
Bubble. Now the one I always bought was
Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Product Keycard License

Digital Download
$ 197.99
It had the Word, Excel and Power Point.

This is what it cost right now. Think I have a couple of old one. Going back a few years. You got a license number with it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on July 20, 2016, 07:03:00 PM
Jeanne, I receive all that for three computers and all externsions and up dates for 9.99 a month. I used to use, Open office and then Libre Office program. A couple of months back, I bit the bullet and went on the subscriber program.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on July 20, 2016, 07:33:58 PM
"Open Office" is free and seems to do all the things MS Office will do.  May require a bit of re-learning but I had no problem figuring it out.  I put "Open Office" on the puter I put together.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on July 20, 2016, 09:23:03 PM
Rick, LibreOffice is just as good or similar as Open Office and I would recommend either.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on July 21, 2016, 01:02:11 PM
Been many years since I have use Power Point, Excel, Forgot how now I suppose.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on July 22, 2016, 03:45:06 PM
I have had MS Word/Spreadsheet on computers for some time.  In fact, I have the disk.  It is on this computer and I have had trouble with the computer - cursor jumps all over, font goes big and small.  I have W-7 on this computer.  Two others started out as W-7, but I downloaded W-10 on those.  I think I want to remove MS Word/Spreadsheet from the computers but I have files on them and I'm wondering if I will lose the files when/if I remove (uninstall) the program.  Does anyone have any experience - or advice?

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on July 22, 2016, 04:41:59 PM
MaryAnn, I would put those files and spreadsheets on a removable disk.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on July 22, 2016, 05:04:47 PM
Patricia right and MaryAnn you might also copy them to a separate file on the computer.

I have an old flash drive, giving to niece with some info she wanted.   Told her to keep it.   I just purchased a SanDisk Cruzer Glide for $20   It holds 128 GB, more than I need for every photo, video and document on my computer.   I still have a desktop with a disk player but believe the time has come to go just with Flash Drive.   Next computer will probably not even have the disk player.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on July 22, 2016, 06:53:14 PM
" I just purchased a SanDisk Cruzer Glide for $20   It holds 128 GB....".

That's a good deal. Where did you get it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on July 22, 2016, 09:08:20 PM
Rick   Best Buy and it is 2.0 and 3.0 compatible.   Do not know the speed of my old Gateway, but it copied 3.32 gb of old family video pretty fast.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: CallieOK on July 23, 2016, 03:01:27 PM
I'm copy/pasting this from my post in the Windows 10 folder (with some editing  :) ) - hoping someone will have some information or suggestions.

An icon for Windows 10 installation has been on my toolbar for a long time.  This week, I noticed a yellow exclamation point on the icon.  I thought it was a “warning” of the upcoming deadline but when I clicked on it, a screen popped up saying Windows 10 is not compatible with this computer.   

Another area says:

“ NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430
The display manufacturer hasn’t made your display compatible with Windows 10.  Check with the manufacturer for support”.
( NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430 is on a sticker on the front of my computer.  I don't know what this means.)

I bought this computer in June, 2010.

It invites me to View the Report, which I have not done â€" and to “check out new PCs”, which I did not do.   I can also click  “No thanks, maybe later”.  I have not done this, either.

Any suggestions or comments would be appreciated.

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on July 23, 2016, 05:54:23 PM
Callie I saw your earlier post and did some looking but way over my head.  It is probably the drivers on your older computer, but would not recommend a source  for the download, many are scams.  Are you able to click away the warning and still use your computer.  Hope someone can come up with a decent solution.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: CallieOK on July 23, 2016, 06:00:50 PM
Jack,  thank you.  Oh, yes, my computer is perfectly usable with Windows 7  and I assume Windows 10 will not load unless I okay it.
I had never heard of the program not being compatible with some computers.

I just right-clicked the icon and see various choices for learning about Windows 10.  One of them is "Learn more about new Windows PCs".   Beginning to sound like an ad!!
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on July 23, 2016, 07:26:16 PM
NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430  - is your computer's video board and it has "DRIVERS" that make it work.  The usual answer here is to get updated drivers so that your puter will work with Win-10. Using a search I see that others are having the same problem (  http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Desktop-Operating-Systems-and-Recovery/NVIDIA-GeForce-6150SE-nForce-430-is-incompatible-with/td-p/5169927  ).

One poster there states there is a "workaround" for the problem but IMHO these are often not reliable - used when there is no other choice or if you are a gambler.  For me, more reading at that site is necessary. If I find more I'll post it.

Follow up found ---
http://ivanrf.com/en/nvidia-compatibility-issue-with-windows-10/
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: CallieOK on July 23, 2016, 07:29:02 PM
Thanks, Rammel.    I'll be interested in knowing what you find - if anything.  However, Plan A is to stick with what I have.

I really appreciate all the help - and so will my son, who works with the computer programs at Hertz but hadn't run into this issue.  I'll share your comments with him.
Title: Callie
Post by: RAMMEL on July 23, 2016, 07:40:26 PM
Callie,

I would stick with "Plan A"     :thumbup:

I never liked making an old dog run harder or faster than it was designed for.  Even if some puters can be upgraded to W-10 they may not be able to "keep up the pace". I'm keeping my Win-7 laptop as Win-7. When the Win-10 dust settles I will get a new puter with Win-10 as the native software.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on July 23, 2016, 07:51:19 PM
Now I know few people that got the message on their computers saying that W10 was there to download. It never would do it.  I even tried mine one time and left it over night running and still never came up. Yet they still sent me the message almost daily.  I found a way to finely say not interested in using it and then i got one saying could no longer download. However there is still that little window on the right of my task bar and if clik on it says Get windows 10 but a little yellow triangle on it

Didnt even tell me Bye Bye. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on July 23, 2016, 09:02:22 PM
Rick and Callie, yep plan A.    I had read the ivanrf link and did not like all the downloads they pushed.   Tried to determine if they were safe.   They had their own post claiming so but spotted one that said there were complaints from folks that used.   I try to download from the mfg, not always possible.   Callie if your machine is working, fine, but do believe when and if you buy a windows 10 you will be pleased. 

Things changing so fast, now many feel better with a laptop, I always liked the desktop and full keyboard.   Now many laptops do not have disc players, you can buy an external player, but believe like floppy's and vcr's they are going out of style.  Like the flash drive and may not use the few dvds I have. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: CallieOK on July 23, 2016, 09:07:58 PM
Rammel and Jack,   I agree completely.  "If it ain't broke - don't fix it!" 

Jeanne, the yellow triangle is what I've been talking about seeing.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on July 24, 2016, 05:51:28 PM
I just don't know what I have hit on my keyboard but been trying for 30 minutes to get my screen back to right size.  Just will not centre. So can't read about 3 inches over on the right side.
I was in my E-M program and hit something also making the print about the side of a pin hole. Only does that in the E-M.
This this hot weather is getting to me.  Can't get anything right today. Should maybe just take a nap.    I have played around with the arrows on the sides. Getting no place with them.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on July 24, 2016, 06:13:02 PM
Have you tried turning it off and restarting it after a few minutes?  Sometimes that seems to get everything back to where it should be for me.


jane
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on July 24, 2016, 06:40:01 PM
Jane is right, that may solve it.   If necessary go to settings and screen resolution.   The default for mine is 1920X1080
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on July 25, 2016, 05:03:23 PM
Yes. It has been off all night. Just turned it back on to look at E-M but still the same. Just to small to read. So crazy. I was working in it and sending a e mail out when my fist must have hit something on the bottom of the keyboard.. Not a problem any other place.
Will see what happens if I open such as the Wordpad.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on July 25, 2016, 05:06:37 PM
The Fonts seem to be messed up in there also.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on July 25, 2016, 05:40:45 PM
Can you do a restore on that computer, Jeanne?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on July 25, 2016, 05:41:09 PM
Jeanne, have you tried to put your finger on the Control key, then the + key?  My computer sometimes makes the font go either larger or smaller, one after the other, (and it just did it), so I do Control +, both at the same time.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on July 25, 2016, 05:42:35 PM
Quote from: jackwv on July 24, 2016, 06:40:01 PM
Jane is right, that may solve it.   If necessary go to settings and screen resolution.   The default for mine is 1920X1080

Jeanne, quote from Jack, have you checked your screen resolution?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on July 25, 2016, 06:09:53 PM
For those who enjoy them, there is a new trivia quiz;

http://www.seniorsandfriends.org/index.php?topic=95.msg37509#msg37509
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on July 25, 2016, 06:29:14 PM
Now I found something that says Display. My screen Resolution shows at 1600x 900 Must have been there all the time.
Mary Ann. Yes I played with the Ctrl and the + and -. Works on other areas but not on  my E-M .program
Sure wish I could figure out what I hit with my wrist.
             
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on July 25, 2016, 06:41:46 PM
O.K. I played and found a zoom button. It came up a little larger and then worked with the + and - . so just going to leave it alone. Got my Icons back to where I want them also. Have to watch from leaning down on my keys.

Thanks all
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on July 25, 2016, 06:49:34 PM
JeanneP try going back to settings and screen resolution, try the 1920X1080   If you change you have to click to have them change.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on July 25, 2016, 07:54:40 PM
Be aware, using a wrong screen resolution can cause circles to appear un-round ( oval ).

JeanneP

I would try a RESTORE to an earlier date first. If no good, ---

What OS - Win7, 10, xp?
What is your mail program that is with small print?
What other programs are small, if any
Does your Desktop look normal (as it did in the past)?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on July 25, 2016, 08:25:42 PM
Jack. Maybe what you use would be to high for this 17 inch screen.Its flat screen but inside a Armoire. Space only for this 17.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on July 26, 2016, 10:56:10 AM
Off the message, but saw a report on Pittsburgh TV about a town with no cell phones or wi fi, and very little on the radio.   We visited there years ago to see the huge dish the government was using in a so called "quiet zone"   Here is a utube story that is better than the tv story.  Now I constantly use my wifi, computer, and phone but think I would appreciate the way things are now in this small town.  Now it is 2 hours south of me in the mountains.  Worth a look.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYh1mC6sjy4
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on July 26, 2016, 12:56:50 PM
Now icould live there its maybe leaving few weeks  a year out to visit people. I have always been a loner and even here I don't know many people anymore. Don't care for phones, still like writing letters and miss receiving them. Always loved camping and outdoors. Could still do my cooking which I like to do.  Long as I have books could let the TV go if could run just a vcr for film be OK
Would have to have pets. Always wanted to live in a log cabin. Could do it there.
Have 2 GC that would visit. For rest of family.No, they have to have all the luxuries .

Can't find name of the town. Would like to visit.

Could not find
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on July 26, 2016, 01:37:16 PM
JeanneP   It is Green Bank, West Virginia take a look on Google Map, and YouTube.    Would be a quiet spot, wonder if they found anything scary out in space?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on July 26, 2016, 02:08:10 PM
I should remember that name as it is the same as the girls school I attended for 16 years in UK.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on August 02, 2016, 10:17:07 AM
HURRAH!  It appears that bothersome "Install Windows 10" popup that loaded everytime I started up my laptop is gone.  I tried several of the things suggested around the internet to get rid of it, but nothing worked like, I hope, finally getting beyond the deadline to download it.  [ :thumbup: I wouldn't attempt to monkey with the registry...that is way above my skill set.  ]
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on August 02, 2016, 10:50:08 AM
Mine finally went away also about 3 days ago.  Glad it is gone.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on August 02, 2016, 11:02:08 AM
This is good to hear for those that did not upgrade.  Got it from How to Geek site.

Windows 7 will be supported with security updates until January 14, 2020, while Windows 8.1 will receive security updates until January 10, 2023. You can always find these support dates on Microsoft’s Windows lifecycle fact sheet web page.

So, if you’re still using Windows 7 or 8.1 on your PC, that’s fine. They’re still officially supported, and Windows 7 in particular is widely used in businesses. Leave Windows Update enabled and you’ll keep getting security updates until 2020 or 2023.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on August 02, 2016, 11:21:15 AM
Thanks, Jack.  I'd changed my Windows update setting so Win10 wouldn't download automatically.  It looks as if I can now go back and catch up.  I couldn't download other updates without getting Win10.  I also couldn't find the update that supposedly was Win10 so I could disable it. 

Relief now.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on August 02, 2016, 11:25:07 AM
OOPS...not so quick.  When I went to download the important updates, guess what popped up....YEP....downloading Win10.  RATS!!
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on August 02, 2016, 11:41:53 AM
Jack, I copied your post and reposted it in the Soda Shoppe with a attribution to you, for those who never come here. I thought it might be of interest to many there.

Also saw the following at that site; "Windows 10’s second big update, dubbed the “Anniversary Update”, arrives on August 2, 2016. This is a huge update that touches every corner of the operating system. It includes many, many more changes than the November update did."
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on August 02, 2016, 12:02:13 PM
Re Win10, I am not changing my update info, at least not for some time.  I don't trust Win10.  I do, however, forget to go to Update to see what other updates there are.  I also was glad to get rid of the popup about downloading Win10.  I figure it wrecked Win7 on two computers and I'm not going to let it take over this one.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on August 02, 2016, 12:47:34 PM
New Trivia Quiz

http://www.seniorsandfriends.org/index.php?topic=95.msg39338#msg39338
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on August 02, 2016, 08:19:08 PM
Unfortunately, the &^%$ popup is back!  Grrrrr...surely it'll stop soon.  I have 158 important updates I can't get because it insists on downloading Win 10 first and I'm having NONE of that.

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on August 02, 2016, 10:20:29 PM
I discovered that somehow, sometime, notifications about Windows Update ceased to come automatically to my computer.  So...today I had 102 important updates.
It took about 6+ hours to get them to load, then install.Now I have 12 others. which are now loading.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on August 02, 2016, 10:52:59 PM
How did you get around not downloading the Install Windows 10 download?

Even when I just choose ONE of the 152 important downloads, the Install Windows 10 starts to download automatically.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on August 03, 2016, 12:39:16 AM
Jane;

"Microsoft has been increasingly aggressive in its attempts to push consumers to download Windows 10. Starting today, the company is upping the ante once again. As of now, Windows 10 is now classified as a “Recommended” update, which means many Windows 7 and 8.1 users will download and begin the installation automatically.

By default, Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 shipped with updates enabled and a second box â€" “Give me Recommended updates the same way I receive important updates” checked as well. Plenty of users have changed these settings, but you can bet millions of people haven’t. We’ve written before about the power of defaults, and in this case, leaving automatic updates on has been a good idea for many users."

http://www.extremetech.com/computing/222326-look-out-microsoft-shifts-windows-10-to-recommended-update-automatic-download



Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on August 03, 2016, 08:03:29 AM
Thanks!  I turned off the automatic download thing months ago...hence 153 "important" updates that have not installed. 

I have hunted and hunted for the one identified as the Win 10 installation, and it's never listed in the updates list.  However, it's the first thing that tries to download and i stall, regardless which of the 153 I try to download alone. 

Jane
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on August 03, 2016, 09:48:51 AM
Jack, that is good to know.  Thanks.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on August 03, 2016, 12:36:05 PM
Jane, did you check if this box was marked?  "Give me Recommended updates the same way I receive important updates” checked as well."

I downloaded the massive W10 update yesterday and only noticed my computer ran a littler faster. I was concerned as some tech sites warned about older programs eliminated, so I moved these to an external. After all that, my older programs that worked on W10 before, do now as well.

The issues some folks are having with W10, I had with Vista and ME.

Almost everything I have is on an external and my off bandwidth Dropbox app as well. I tend to leave them there and just unplug my external and only link to my Dropbox. My Windows Documents, Pictures, Music, and Video, are all empty. It's all on the external and Dropbox, so I have extra room.

A warning about the windows program One Drive. It seems easy to use. However, I have noticed that once something goes in, it's hard to get it back out. I have issues moving those files to Dropbox, and when you delete in One Drive, often they show back when the program reopens. You also are not able to delete One Drive.  I leave it empty.
               
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on August 03, 2016, 01:35:06 PM
All the Updates have now been downloaded and Installed, and in check which updates have been installed, there shows "nothing" about any of them being Windows 10.  Is there a secret code to deciphering which update might contain Win10?  Mine nearly all say "Security Update, etc.).
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on August 03, 2016, 01:39:42 PM
Windows ten has a supposed program that answers all your problems, questions and issues, called Cortana. It is actually only a souped up version of their Bing search engine which isn't that good, takes up enormous amounts of bandwidth and is even harder to get rid of as Microsoft keeps closing those options. Here is help from How to Geek.

http://www.howtogeek.com/265027/how-to-disable-cortana-in-windows-10

Tomereader1, did you check if this box was marked?  "Give me Recommended updates the same way I receive important updates” checked as well."

What's in the new W10 anniversary update?

http://www.howtogeek.com/248177/whats-new-in-windows-10s-anniversary-update/
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on August 03, 2016, 04:51:58 PM
Patricia,
Yes, I unchecked about recommended updates the same as important updates.  I really don't want Win 10 because I'm told Quicken 2010 won't work with it. 

I can't seem to find why the Win10 download keeps insisting on installing before it'll download any 8.1 updates. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on August 03, 2016, 05:02:26 PM
I've read that Windows 10 (GWX) update  is KB3035583. 

I, however, cannot find that anywhere on my list of updates, and yet I continue to get that popup to install 10.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on August 03, 2016, 05:54:19 PM
From my Go to site, how to geek.com;


http://www.howtogeek.com/228551/how-to-stop-windows-7-or-8-from-downloading-windows-10-automatically/
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on August 03, 2016, 08:54:47 PM
The " GWX Control Panel" mentioned there (from last post) was mentioned here earlier. It has worked for me.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on August 03, 2016, 08:56:34 PM
Got it, Patricia!  Thanks again.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on August 17, 2016, 03:34:12 AM
I have a question about a flat screen TV monitor which could also apply to a flat screen computer monitor.

Are those monitors repairable?  Norm gave my nephew one he had in Florida after he sold his Florida place and it bit the dust.  Tom is of the nature "if it's broke, don't fix it, replace it". 

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on August 17, 2016, 11:08:17 AM
   Mary Ann ---

FWIW, and with no valid knowledge of this.  I would say he's correct. I doubt you could find someone who would fix it. The screen is pretty much a fixed thing. The electronics probably in a chip that is embedded into a small circuit card that is likely no longer available (if it ever was to the public).  If there's an intermittent trouble that obviously was a bad solder joint, it might be fixable - but that would be a lucky find  :D   
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on August 17, 2016, 12:09:18 PM
Rick, thank you.  I won't bug him to see about fixing it (I haven't so far).

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on August 17, 2016, 12:52:54 PM
I am using a monitor for my TV at this time' have for 2 years? A Sanyo.  It is 19 inch which was to large for  computer space. Works fin. Tv and monitors are throw away items now. Cheaper to buy than repair.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on August 18, 2016, 01:25:58 PM
Seems like I can't hold on to money this month. Another thing has stopped working. My Dell Printer..For some reason will not ever turn on. I show 3 print jobs in line so it is connecting from Desktop O.K. Seems to be plugged in O.K. It is a laser printer and been very happy with it. (Until today)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on August 18, 2016, 02:00:11 PM
Jeanne, I have had printers stop on me, ones that were working perfectly, and I would find that they were made incompatible with the computer OS I was using.  Sounds silly, I know, but it did happen.  I had to buy a new printer.  I know you have an older OS so that may not be the cause of your problem.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on August 18, 2016, 06:35:01 PM
MaryAnn. Now it was working O.K the other day. Been on this computer working great for a year. Even the light will not come on. Will play with it later and just get another one if still not working. Can get printer now for about what the ink is for this computer.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on August 18, 2016, 06:40:05 PM
Jeanne...I assume you unplugged it and waited a bit and then plugged it back in?  That sometimes works, for reasons I don't understand!

::)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on August 18, 2016, 08:19:37 PM
Also --- plug something else (a lamp) into the same outlet. Be sure it is still working.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on August 20, 2016, 12:06:12 PM
FWIW, I recently had a problem with my printer.  It  refused to print.  Checked all connections etc. and finally determined the cause was the OLD cord.  Got a new one and printer was happy and worked for me.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on August 20, 2016, 02:35:06 PM
I have check out the connections on the Printer. Just can't get it to turn on. All unplugged now.  Will try later to install again but looks like a new one needed. This one not used that much but must be about 2 years old. Another throw away item. They use to last for year.  I try to find one that just uses black ink. I don't want the Print.Scan. Copy and Fax. All that stuff. They are hard to find the ones without all that. Cost a lot more
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on August 20, 2016, 03:25:12 PM
My printer quit printing the other day, with several pieces in the print queue.  I unplugged both the cords, replugged.  That didn't work.  Shut down the computer, and rebooted.  Printer worked just fine.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on August 20, 2016, 04:33:24 PM
Jeanne, as I've written before, my printer that worked perfectly, suddenly quit and the reason was it became incompatible with my Operating System (I don't recall which OS I was using but it was MS).  I had to buy a new printer. 

If you want to print only in black and white, I'd suggest a laser printer.  The cartridges cost more, but they print many copies and the printers themselves are around $100.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on August 20, 2016, 04:41:12 PM
MaryAnn. Yes. the printer I have now is a Laser Printer. They cost a little more and the cartridges about $65 but last so much long. My prior one had colour and cost about the same and did not last at all.  You can't just keep replacing the Black in those. Have to replace both.
I will reinstall this one and see what happens.
Yesterday my ceiling fan in the dining room that I keep running all the time. It stopped running. Lights would not come one. It is wired from a switch on the DR Wall. I even call service man thinking it needed replaced. Turned it on today and working perfect.  I think this house is jinxed. Will call him Monday and tell him to hold off and I will watch it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on August 20, 2016, 07:44:32 PM
I remember back when the first thing that Dave <RIP>used to advise us was to reboot.  LOL  Never forgot that.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on August 22, 2016, 03:44:42 PM
Wasn't Dave a Gem? Taught me so much years ago. So sorry when he passed away.

I spent all morning messing with things that stopped working right.

First the printer. I had it sitting on the table packed to take it to Office Depot and have them toss it away. then buy a new one. I had tried everything. But decided was going to uninstall it again. Take out cartridge , put in new paper. Plugged both cables into different  places. (Gave it a kick) and tried it again. Right now its working again. The kick must have done it.

The Ceiling fan. I cleaned it and played but it just has something wrong. I will work on a lot of things but not Electrical. So today I will go pick one up. See what the service man says on Wed. If he gets it working will return the new one.. Now to do all that needs doing before plumbing company shuts off the water lines. Hope they will not be digging up the streets again. Our area is getting pretty old now. Some streets need working on. They did about  150 ft in front of me and that took 2 months. I was the enter area. So I could get out O.K now but would mess up the rest.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on August 26, 2016, 05:15:27 PM
Don't know how it happened to get on my Desktop W7 But I need it off.
It is Called "Search Lock" When search on the Internet a yellow Padlock shows in front of the Site Address Line.  It is really messing up how searching is . Hard getting a fast answer when using such as Google
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on August 26, 2016, 06:08:54 PM
Jeanne, a quick look took me here, do not know if you have Chrome.  You might also see if it is listed in add remove programs and remove it.  It may be just trying to tell you the site you are searching for has problems.

https://community.webroot.com/t5/Webroot-SecureAnywhere-Antivirus/How-did-SearchLock-get-onto-my-PC/td-p/192199
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on August 26, 2016, 08:01:15 PM
Jack. I saw that one also but thing is. I don't have Chrome on this computer
It sure messes up your Searching. Even when you Google it give you a run around were it was you could get a direct answer fast.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on August 26, 2016, 08:12:28 PM
JeanneP

This from the site Jack listed --- Assuming you have the real "SearchLock" - uninstall it as indicated below.
Maybe it didn't work right because you are not using Chrome.

Re: How did SearchLock get onto my PC?
Options
‎03-18-2015 05:57 PM
Hi GRACE99,

I am the developer of SearchLock and saw your post so I wanted to comment directly. SearchLock is a Google Chrome extension that we advertise online (it IS NOT bundled with any software). If SearchLock is on your PC it means that someone would have had to click on our ad and manually installed the Chrome extension on your computer.

We hope you are enjoying your searchlock experience. If you have any improvement ideas on SearchLock or need any help you can email our support team directly at support@searchlock.com.

If you are unhappy with SearchLock you can easily uninstall the extension by visiting our uninstall instruction page: https://www.searchlock.com/pages/uninstall. If you choose to uninstall I would love to know why so we can improve the product - please email us at support@searchlock.com and let us know.

Ssherjj's instructions will also work; however, you don't need to reset Google chrome's settings or delete the current user.

Thanks for your time,

SearchLock
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on August 26, 2016, 10:10:13 PM
Rammel.  O.K. I went into the site you found.  I don't have Chrome on this computer and on the other places it would only uninstall by chrome. I read lots of people having the same problem. Yours had a place if using Firefox which I use.  So went through it and not it comes up saying that Search Lock has gone.  Will try some places I did this morning when searching and see if that Lock shows up again. 
It was really a awful SEARCH ENGINE as they called it. Must have snook on under something I had been searching for .
Thanks.  Are you still using a W7?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on August 26, 2016, 10:19:31 PM
Rammel.

I am back. Went into some of the things I was searching for past week and it has gone.  All come up the same fast way as I always found them. The Yellow Padlock gone and Just the little green saying Google Search.  Thank goodness. 
Just to much coming up now on the internet that have Advertisements  That stop it from searching unless you give them info. that is what was bad on the Safe Search thing.  They did not have a X to get out of them.  Now the Adds do.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on August 26, 2016, 10:22:29 PM
I generally use Win-XP, but I have a laptop that is Win-7.  I don't use the laptop much and have prevented it from going to Win-10

When you do a fix or uninstall it is usually good to do a restart. I also think temp internet files should be deleted.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on August 27, 2016, 02:07:27 PM
I just can't get excited about going to W10 . A new computer is waiting for me in Texas if I ever get down to pick it up. It is W10.  Now I just don't like a lap top. Gave mine to GS. Love the Ipad and my Amazon Fire Tablet and so along with this Desktop with W7 I am happy.  Also have a Ms XP in the closet still. Just have to plug in in ever I need to.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on August 29, 2016, 05:14:07 PM
Anyone using  Gmail for their Emailing.  Mine was so funny when I turned it on today. I had no incoming E-M. But then a window come up showing the New Better GMail. that they would be going to.  I may have been stupid and clicked on it.  Got no further. I shut down the Internet. Ran Cleanup. first then restarted my computer. Now I see that E-M now coming back in my usual place.  So weird.  Strange things going on on computers these days

Will see what happens.Did anyone else see it?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on August 29, 2016, 05:30:51 PM
JeanneP   I use windows live mail, but had odd things going on with my Windows 10, every thing fine now, here is what I posted in the Windows 10 discussion. It include a link to Microsoft help.

I have posted in the past that I have had no issues with Windows 10.  Following the last update, I began having a problem with Edge.  It would load repeatedly with the logo lining up across the task bar, and I had to go to Task Master to stop it running.   I became aware that Edge was my default browser, so changed it to Internet Explorer. Had no further problem but decided to go to Microsoft Answer Desk.   They scheduled a tech to contact me, and he spent almost an hour making adjustments.  (I gave them permission to take over the pc and just sat and watched)    Would only do this with Microsoft direct!

Unable to correct I was told they would have a Level 2 tech contact me to handle.   I had to wait for a scheduled call, no problem.  He then called and after traveling about my pc, it appears he decided to reinstall windows 10, the 14393 build.  This was a long process, he spent about 45 min. then told me it would take considerable time.  At that point he left and for around 2 hours the computer reinstalled, shutting down several times.   I am now back in business, no issues, but will leave Internet Explorer 11 as my default  (I use google search)

Hope this does not happen to you, but I must add that all the work done by the "Answer Desk" was without charge. 

Here is their link.  They have phone and chat help, but I talk too much and type too slow. :)

https://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/cat/Answer-Desk/categoryID.63433500
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on August 29, 2016, 08:16:49 PM
I use gmail exclusively, and I've not had any problems, nor have I seen what you described, Jeanne.

jane
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: donklan on August 29, 2016, 08:21:56 PM
DITTO
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: maryz on August 29, 2016, 09:50:18 PM
I use gmail exclusively, too, with no problems.  I also have a year-old laptop that came with Windows 10 installed on it.  I use Edge as my OS, and have had no problems with any of it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on August 29, 2016, 10:16:39 PM
I had a similar issue with Yahoo email. It was trying to get me to have all my mail come through Yahoo.

I use Yahoo, Gmail, and Outlook for different types of email, and I've noticed there seems to be a push by several email providers to get the customer to have other kinds of email routed to the same company.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on August 29, 2016, 11:05:43 PM
New crapware on MACs.

https://blog.malwarebytes.com/threat-analysis/2016/08/pcvark-plays-dirty/?utm_source=double-opt-%20in&utm_medium=email-internal-b2c&utm_campaign=EM-August-2nd-2016newsletter&utm_content=pcvark-plays-dirty
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on August 29, 2016, 11:08:35 PM
How to stop an infection before it starts.

https://blog.malwarebytes.com/101/2016/08/10-easy-ways-to-prevent-malware-infection/?utm_source=double-opt-%20in&utm_medium=email-internal-b2c&utm_campaign=EM-August-2nd-2016newsletter&utm_content=prevent-malware-infection

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on August 30, 2016, 02:04:14 PM
My Gmail is now a mess.  I think maybe I messed up the other day when I hit the button that said. Try the New Gmail.  Then next time turn computer on. clicked on my old E-M account. it had been cancelled out and this new one installed. Now having to give a new name and Password. Messed up me getting from the Comcast and the Yahoo E-M also.  The new one is so Technical.  Wish was a way I could bring the old one back. But If I try like a new person just the New one allows you to join.  Spent hours playing with it.
I can now get E-M under a different E-M name and Password. Have to let people know.  Just should not be curious and be pressing buttons.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on August 30, 2016, 02:11:55 PM
I am searching to the place where I can remove my  E-M address out and replace with the new one.  Think I am getting goggle eyed. Can't fine it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MaryTX on August 30, 2016, 02:18:59 PM
Jeanne, is it your email address on S & F you want to change?  If so, just click on your profile and change your email address there.

Mary
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on August 30, 2016, 02:20:42 PM
Thanks Mary.  I went back in and found the way to change it.  Think I have been on the computer to long today.  Been so long since I changed anything anyplace that i have forgot a lot.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on August 30, 2016, 04:34:51 PM
http://sc1.checkpoint.com/sc1/za/email/newsletter/2016/09/index.html

Computer backups and why they are so important, especially in these times. Tips and pointers from Zone Alarm.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: donklan on August 30, 2016, 10:49:44 PM
JeanneP

Have you tried doing a 'System Restore' to a point before the problem occurred?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on August 31, 2016, 12:49:16 PM
No,I have never done that.
Think I have desktop working o.k now.. Still the IPad needs redoing.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on September 10, 2016, 02:33:48 PM
Well I think I have really messed up my E-M systems.  Seems they can go out, or at least they are not saying that they couldn't but none or coming in. Usually have from friends and family on UK, France etc at least once a week. Had nothing..
I was messing changing my Passwords because of one problem on the Ipad.  I couldn't get into ITunes or my Apps Store. It seems to be O.K now . Will just wait until Monday. Crazy talking to Comcast, Apple or any of them on a weekend.  Will just try to start out and get all new accounts. Not have different Passwords and names for each one.

It all started out with that thing That Google did over a week ago. Trying to get me to go to something new they started. This Google Cloud or who ever it is has really messed me up. . Will give the E-Mailing a rest.  Even will write some snail mail for a change this weekend
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on September 10, 2016, 02:39:00 PM
OH! No.  This one now came on on my Xfinity (comcast). Did anyone else who has Comcast get it?  https://mail.google.com/mail/u/1/#inbox/157147f0c1514034
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MaryTX on September 10, 2016, 03:01:01 PM
Jeanne, why don't you go to Yahoo and set up an email account to use until your Comcast and gmail are straightened out.  My sister has Comcast and gmail and she has been having problems the last week or so.  At least you would have email access.

I have three email (yahoo, att and gmail) which I use for several things. 

Mary

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on September 10, 2016, 03:09:46 PM
Jeanne....your link just opens my own email....not any message about Comcast.

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on September 10, 2016, 07:30:38 PM
Jane.  Now I do have 3 E-M Accounts also. Comcast. Gmail and Yahoo. Yahoo seems O.K other than I am trying to Take out of it. the "Shuttle Cloud Migration" Want to stop this thing of having E-M showing up in Each acct.  Just need them showing in the One account I am using to send them.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on September 10, 2016, 07:42:46 PM
I have yahoo, gmail, and my ISP email and I've never seen "Shuttle Cloud Migration."

I have my ISP email forwarded to my gmail account.  You must have something in your settings that emails are going to all three.  Have you somehow looped them to be forwarded to the other accounts or ???

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on September 11, 2016, 02:57:24 PM
Jane.  I think that this Shuttle Cloud Migration is something new that Google is doing now.  I should never have tried to Change my Gmail account getting new name and password. This is when the mess started just over a week ago.  I am playing again trying to just cancel out the new account I got.  Its not working right. Try and go back using the old one.   Having now a hard time finding how can just delete this new one and then maybe I will not be getting such a mess in Gmail .  It must be if you sign in as a new person they have a different system. Maybe doing something different now for the computers using W10. Thats not me as I am still sticking with W7.  The Gmail signup was so easy to follow and now so many different things in it. This darn Cloud seems to be taking over.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on September 13, 2016, 04:51:32 PM
I am having a problem (not related to all the above), but on a game I have been playing for months, (had it saved in
my favorites for easy access) and now when I try to get in to it, it says "Unable to load "Plug In".  I don't know what plug-in they might be referring to, and I haven't changed anything on this computer other than to delete my history cache.  What might I do?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on September 13, 2016, 06:03:13 PM
Tomereader1, you should check the source of the Plug In or Add On.  Possibly it was deleted and you should be able to pick it up again.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on September 13, 2016, 06:19:51 PM
But how do I find "the source of the plug-in" if I don't know What it is, how would I find the source?  Duh!
Message just says Unable to Load Plug-In.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on September 13, 2016, 06:46:42 PM
How did you originally find the game.  Is it an app, or an online game.  Look the game up on google and see it there is a download, but be careful of the source.  What is the game?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on September 13, 2016, 08:16:46 PM
It's "Pyramid Solitaire - Egypt" and I got it off a game site, and its available practically anywhere.  It was a download.I can try to pull up the site, and see exactly where I got it. But where the game usually is, there's a big white area, and that's where it says Unable to Load Plug In.  I appreciate your help.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on September 13, 2016, 08:25:20 PM
Got it off "Solitaire Paradise" site.  And I managed to get it to work and put it in favorites.  We'll see how long it lasts without an error popping up.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Joy on September 14, 2016, 12:05:51 PM
I  have a question about clearing your history.

I got a new  computer several years ago and it has been working great.  However,  last week I ordered a sewing pattern and it was a pattern I had to download.  I was having problems getting it to download...........  Message kept coming up that it wasn't a valid something or other and I e-mailed the site where I had ordered the pattern from.  I got an e-mail back saying it sounded like my Adobe/Acrobat reader wasn't up to date.  So, I updated that program and I was able to get the pattern to load right away. Since then,  my computer has really gotten so much slower and keeps freezing up.  I did several complete scans and it did help a little bit.  A friend asked me if I had " cleared my history". Which I have never done before.  She said to go to "Tools"  then "Internet Options"  then, click on "browsing history" and then click "delete".  Since I have never done this before,  I am wondering if I will delete something that I really don't want deleted. This friend tells me that it is important to "clear the history" periodically. ?

Can somebody help me understand what happens when I would click on "delete"   Just what does that delete???

Thanks for some help in this matter.

Joy
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on September 14, 2016, 12:41:14 PM
Joy,

It's OK to do as your friend says. This file has a lot of old stuff that is taking up room probably unnecessarily. Any thing you delete/clear will be regenerated as you need it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on September 14, 2016, 04:28:46 PM
Joy I click delete and it brings up a long list of items   I just put an X in history and it clears my browsing history.

Rick what do you think about any of the other.  I do not clear cookies and Temp internet files.  Hit sites that I do not want to log in again.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Joy on September 14, 2016, 04:57:27 PM
Rammel, thanks for your information.

Jack, thanks for the added information.  When that page came up,  I didn't know what to check or uncheck.  Everything  already had a check on it.  I clicked them all off , but left the check on the history one.  Do you ever see evidence of what that does? A couple sites I went to, I had to re-log into it.

I was wondering about the first one..........something about preserving things. Wasn't sure what that meant. 

Things do seem to be working better.

Thanks,

Joy
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on September 14, 2016, 05:32:55 PM
Joy if you ever checked to find a site you had visited, say yesterday, it would come up.  I have found it useful at times but generally clear mine every week or so.  For the other groups I prefer to leave them alone, but others may have a different view. 

Now I am addressing Internet Explorer, Edge is different and do not use others.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on September 14, 2016, 05:58:01 PM
Jack . I thought I would just clear History also.  That "Hit Delete" must be anotherW10.  Now how did you do it on W7.?

O.K. I remember now. Little different than yours now.  Also use Firefox. Years since MS Internet Explorer.  Never used any other for years.
Title: Jack
Post by: RAMMEL on September 14, 2016, 07:09:46 PM
Quote from: jackwv on September 14, 2016, 04:28:46 PM
Joy I click delete and it brings up a long list of items   I just put an X in history and it clears my browsing history.

Rick what do you think about any of the other.  I do not clear cookies and Temp internet files.  Hit sites that I do not want to log in again.

Jack (and whoever else cares   :)  )

I use a payfer program called MilShield. It delets and/or removes all sorts of stuff I don't need or want on my puter.  It takes care of all those files (like Temp internet, history, MRU's, etc) on a couple of different browsers, programs.  All the items are selectable for cleaning.  I feel it saves me a lot of time and keeps "stuff" clean.  You can also designate items NOT to touch, thereby keeping passwords and/or cookies for those sites.

See their comments - http://www.milincorporated.com/milshield2.html (http://www.milincorporated.com/milshield2.html)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on September 14, 2016, 07:44:10 PM
Rick I care :)  I read the review and what it did.  You are a pro, I think I will keep it simple  and not mess with another program.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Joy on September 14, 2016, 10:32:57 PM
Yes, Jack.  Someone explained that to me this evening.  When I go to a site, and then the next day or even the same day, that exact site will show up when I am looking at anther place.  I have ordered several pairs of shoes from different places, and sure enough, these places will pop up on different other sites.

I was wondering about how often you are supposed to clear the history.   No one has ever mentioned to me about doing that. 


Thank for the suggestions.  My computer has definitely improved since I did that.  Still a couple other little glitches, but must faster than  it was before.



Joy
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on September 15, 2016, 07:13:35 AM
Joy, I seldom bother, and on occasion, I want to view something I may have looked at a day or so ago, and it is handy.   It only takes a few seconds to delete, so you can do so at shut down if you want.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on September 15, 2016, 11:46:24 AM
I generally use IOLO System Mechanic that has an antivirus, firewall and runs daily to rid my computer of junk, rootkits, malicious toolbars or other bad stuff.I use Hitman Pro that is a second opinion software and I have my Chrome set to delete history each time I close it. Each one of us has our way of doing things. But it's important to do it regularly.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on September 15, 2016, 01:19:02 PM
I am still trying to get my GM accounts in order.  I use a desktop with w7, A Ipad and a Amazon Fire Reader.  All have a E-M account on them. Once I get this Gmail account working right I am going to quit using E-M on both the Amazon and the Ipad.  They all seem to want in on all the info you have on.  Apple wants my Comcast Info. Google wants my Apple info.
I think my problem is I try to put a different Password on each. When I do this and Change one then they all want passwords changing.
Anyway will decide on a better way of doing them.  Just have a E-M account listed on Comcast and my Google account as I like to use their GMail.
Comcast will be coming out with a new system soon. Think then will just stick with one on Theirs.  Think these FREE ones are trying to make to many changes.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on September 15, 2016, 07:29:06 PM
Jeanne.....My gmail account has one password and I use it regardless of the device I'm on....laptop, Ipad, public computer.  The  gmail email has one password.

If you also have a comcast email that will have one password.....regardless of whether you're on your desktop or Ipad.  I've never seen an email program that allowed for different passwords on the same account. 

If you have three different gmail accounts....different email addresses, then you could, of course have differnt passwords.....but, you'd use that same password to access that account, regardless of desktop, laptop, Ipad or Fire.

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on September 16, 2016, 12:31:31 PM
Jeanne, many emails have setups that you can use to read all of your different email on their site. Is it possible that you have set up more than one email account to read all of the email accounts?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on September 16, 2016, 04:40:21 PM
Jane.  I think I have really messed up my Gmails.  Done all I can think to do and can't get it back the way it  was.  Believe it was me thinking that When I was having a problem with the GMail acct the the other day. I went in and open up a different E-M address with them. Used one I had a long time ago and deleted it. That wasn't going to work and so I deleted it out. Then tried my one again that I had working good up to last week.  Just changed the Password a little.

It seems that I can send out E-M but can't receive.  Was told that if you Cancel out a Gmail acct. then they will not accept you opening it up again or any other using a Address lot like it.  that must be right because I have sent out E-M to the usual people I do daily and no one has answered.
Think I am going to have to get someone in to Redo  most all the E-Mail Accounts  as I have giving that Gmail one to most every thing I do on the Internet
Now Internet works fine.
I will just sent a E-M out again to you. Using the  gmjeannep2@gmai.com account . When you have time could you send one to that address and we will see what happens.
Can't do it with friends as I have sent and I know they would have answered but I just don't get them.  Will try a couple of people on S and F and see if they will send one also.
What a mess.  If it was a Internet problem Comcast would help me but they won't for other peoples E-M programs .
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: maryz on September 16, 2016, 06:36:08 PM
Jeanne, could you possibly contact someone directly at Google to see if they can help you?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on September 16, 2016, 06:50:40 PM
Mary.  I have never found anyway one can contact google. I have looked for Tel. No. or anyplace that says Service where you can send them a E-M.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: maryz on September 16, 2016, 08:27:46 PM
Try asking a question just on the google home page?  Something like "how do I consolidate multiple gmail addresses?"  You might find others who have had the same problem.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on September 16, 2016, 09:18:56 PM
Jeanne.....I just sent you an email at that email.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on September 17, 2016, 11:04:46 AM
JeanneP, if you have sent me an e-mail, I have not received it. 

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on September 17, 2016, 07:29:02 PM
Send the email here - on S&F
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on September 18, 2016, 12:11:05 AM
JeanneP --- I did get an email from you. Did a reply to and it did NOT bounce (yet).
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on September 21, 2016, 01:08:33 PM
Rammel.  Spent 2 hours with Comcast Monday. (They have a office close to me). The then passed my problem onto A tech later to try and figure the problems with the E-M accounts.  Seems that they did work on my computer internally.  I let them have my Password.  Does seem to be working better. 
Going to send out some E-M to friends to see if they can now send to me.

Only thing is one thing is coming up now when I am on the Internet.  I have Firefox for my browser. (Think going to go back to Int. Exp ) late
Now what happens is.  On every Web site I go in now this message comes up along the top.

** FireFox prevented this page from Automatically redirecting to another Page**

Concast don't recommend Firefox at all. says lots of problems now. They  Didn't fix that.
I was thinking that you used Firefox
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Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on September 21, 2016, 01:28:46 PM
Jeanne, in your Firefox settings, there is a box to click if you do not want popups. If you clicked that box in settings, you will see that message.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on September 21, 2016, 02:31:00 PM
Patricia, at one time you told me about Adblock and I put that on my computer.  Now I get messages from certain sites asking me to remove or disable Adblock because the ads pay for the site so I can get the site free.  I love not getting the ads I was getting and I am not going to disable Adblock!

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on September 21, 2016, 03:06:23 PM
MaryAnn, Adblock and Adblock Plus work. I only see online adverts within my Microsoft Mahjong game and nowhere else. Many websites are paid by the ad companies and they are beginning to fight back by restricting your use of the sites unless you remove the  blocker. I agree with you.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on September 21, 2016, 04:51:50 PM
Patricia, I haven't been restricted by any site  - yet, but I do see that request often.  I was getting so many ads before I put in Adblock and until I lose ability to use many sites, I'll keep Adblock!

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on September 22, 2016, 02:48:58 PM
I just got a news alert that Yahoo had a huge data breach, affecting 500 million accounts.  So, if you use yahoo a lot, you may want to check on that.

However, it happened in late 2014!  And they're just telling people in late Sept. 2016????
Incredible.  I'm glad I use their email only for ad stuff .

http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2016/09/22/yahoo-to-announce-massive-data-breach.html?via=mobile&source=copyurl
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on September 22, 2016, 03:18:05 PM
Jane, that might be one of the reasons why Yahoo went bankrupt and into receivership.

I know that Microsoft and Google took some of the larger pieces, but I haven't heard anything else for a long while.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on September 22, 2016, 04:04:17 PM
Indeed, Angelface, I agree. The news said something about the "merger" or whatever and apparently that's when all of this came to the attention of the news media.  But...wow...2014 and they're just now acknowledging it?  Hmmmm...
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on September 22, 2016, 04:40:46 PM
I know Jane, but many of the items coming out in the news are from events a year or more in the past. I wonder if that has to do with a disclosing rule or procedure?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on September 22, 2016, 05:28:44 PM
It probably does.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on September 22, 2016, 07:15:41 PM
Se http://money.cnn.com/2016/07/25/technology/yahoo-verizon-deal-sale/ (http://money.cnn.com/2016/07/25/technology/yahoo-verizon-deal-sale/)

Put "verizon and yahoo" into a search for more.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on September 22, 2016, 07:57:40 PM
Thanks Rick!
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on September 22, 2016, 09:15:51 PM
Just say the news on Yahoo.  I  know a lot of people who have had it for years.  I always had it on most my computers for just to use as a E-M address for things on Line.  Took it off my desktop as a Icon . Still open I think but very seldom anything in it.  Adds once in awhile. I need to close it down. Never seen a place to do that.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on September 22, 2016, 10:31:36 PM
Rick, any suggestion where I can d/l a larger arrow <cursor> for my computer?  Yes, I did try the one within the system.  Not large enough.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on September 23, 2016, 10:45:04 AM
A friend here had the Yahoo as part of her AT&T phone/TV package and it totally messed her up.  Had to get AT&T to help her get everything straightened out.  Was a lengthy process, she said.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on September 23, 2016, 10:52:48 AM
I think I have Yahoo on my Amazon Fire reader, wonder if that needs to be fixed? Anyone here have it on Fire? Let me know what you had to do to "fix" it, if you have already.

Speaking of technology glitches:  Tuesday our TV was working great, Wednesday evening we turned it on, and the little green light was just flashing on the TV, the Dish  receiver lights were on, and I could see TV on the bedroom TV.
Thought my surge protector had gone completely out, put the plug into the wall socket instead, and rcd. TV but with strange channel numbers.  Couldn't access the Dish service. Finally called Dish (they take a long time but can usually talk you thru a problem).  The nice gentleman (from another country) talked me thru, step by step, into "reprogramming" my Remote control. (lots of steps!!) but got 'er done in maybe 20-25 minutes of following instructions.  Had our viewing pleasure back!  Told the hubby, he could probably get along well without me, but take his TV away, and he is distraught, to say the least.
Phew.  If I can remember the steps the guy took me thru in case that ever happens again with the remote...
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on September 23, 2016, 12:56:46 PM
Quote from: wjoan on September 22, 2016, 10:31:36 PM
Rick, any suggestion where I can d/l a larger arrow <cursor> for my computer?  Yes, I did try the one within the system.  Not large enough.

Joan,
Email on it's way.  Any Q's - feel free to ask   :thumbup:
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on September 24, 2016, 05:31:43 PM
Jane. Jack.  I have gone into my Profile in S and F.  Tried to change my E-M address in there.  Cant delete the one in.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on September 24, 2016, 05:44:18 PM
Now I have tried again.  Went in to do profile over . can type it in but it will not accept my password in order to change it.

Comcast sent me a E-M saying that they have now got every thing in order but I am finding a few changes in the way I have things set up on this Desktop.
I could get into S and F without having to sign in again so they didnt  clean my cookies etc.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on September 24, 2016, 08:31:31 PM
JeanneP  you probably tried, but believe S and F   want your log in password, not your email password.   If you tried that and unable to change, may be time for Oldiesman.    I do not even include my email address in my profile, but send it to several in the discussions.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on September 24, 2016, 08:44:49 PM
Jack. No I didn't put in my E-M Pass Word. Did the one I have to get into S and F when ever i have to sign in again.  Not had to do that in a long time.  I will just leave E-M out for now.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on September 24, 2016, 11:46:46 PM
Jeanne Lee will have to change it for you.  Email her, Jeanne.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MaryTX on September 25, 2016, 11:26:13 AM
Tomereader, my son has Yahoo on his Fire reader and hasn't had any problems at all.  We have Yahoo on both our desktop and laptop, email addresses and never had a problem with them either.  We will both continue to use Yahoo until they tell us they are shutting down.  Then we will probably go to our internet provider (att.net).  Several years ago I had a major problem with Google and Gmail and now avoid them like the plague.

Mary
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on September 25, 2016, 11:41:27 AM
Thanks Rick.   8)
Title: Joan
Post by: RAMMEL on September 25, 2016, 06:27:07 PM
Quote from: wjoan on September 25, 2016, 11:41:27 AM
Thanks Rick.   8)
Did you get it put in OK?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on September 26, 2016, 11:48:47 AM
Jane.  I sent a E-M to Jeanne.  She must be busy.  Now is she the only one that can take that e-m address out of my profile.  Sure will not let me do it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on September 26, 2016, 11:58:25 AM
Not yet.  Can't see well enough to do it myself and son has to do most of this stuff I used to do now.  Frustrating, but I need to be patient.  Thanks.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on September 26, 2016, 05:25:21 PM
JeanneP....Jeanne Lee is unavailable for a few days, at least, so it may be a bit before she can get back to you.

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on September 28, 2016, 06:29:07 PM
Jane. Now taking the one that is in there now OFF is all I want.  I am not interesting in putting a new one in until I get the mess I am having with EMailing.  Giving it a rest for a couple days.
Gotten so cold here so fast. However they are saying back up over the weekend to 80
I just went and got my Flu Shot. Asked about the one for Pneumonia they same to be pushing bit told me unless you know when you took the first one after the age of 65. If you got one then don't take this new one.  Another thing I don't know if they know what they are doing. Don't know when I took mine but know after 65. Saying you can't mix them. So I will forget about the new one.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on September 28, 2016, 07:49:08 PM
My doctor knows when I got my pneumonia shot originally, and she has recommended (last week) that I be sure and get the Prevnar now.  There will also be other pneumonia shots to be introduced in a year or so, covering more strains of pneumoccocal pneumonia.  I got my flu shot today, as well as the Prevnar 13.  She said there was no harm in getting them both at the same time.  Biggest thing is, I get mine at the pharmacy, and one pharmacy didn't have the Prevnar, so had to go to the CVS to get it.  I get all my flu shots at one or the other as they are free for us Medicare people.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on September 28, 2016, 08:19:59 PM
Jeanne....I think you need to have a valid email here.  It can be changed again, if you get another one.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MaryTX on September 28, 2016, 08:32:37 PM
When I had my first pneumonia shot in 1995, they were supposed to give you lifetime protection.  In 2005, my doctor said they were only good for 10 years so gave me another one.  By 2013, "they" decided they were only good for 5 years so he gave me another one. 

The "new" pneumonia shot Prevnar 13 covers 13 different strains of pneumonia that the first shot didn't cover. My pulmonologist was giving it to all his patients when it came out in 2013.

I have COPD and have been hospitalized three times with pneumonia before the shots came out and it's not pleasant.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on September 28, 2016, 09:02:33 PM
I had my first and only flu shot in 2005. I had never had the flu but all my friends were telling me to get one. I did and within 24 hours had a terrible, fourteen-day, feverish  case of the flu. First time in my life that I have had chills running up and down my arms and  legs. I decided after that to skip the flu shots and have never had a case of flu since!
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on September 29, 2016, 03:04:24 AM
Naturally immune, Patricia, so don't add artificial immunization   ;D!
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on September 29, 2016, 05:41:39 PM
I just skipped the Prevanor 13 shot when I got my flu shot yesterday. No one seemed to know who should take it. They knew after 65 but saying not to take if you have had the Pn. shot  in the last 10 years.  No way I can fine or think of when I got mine. (Years go so fast). Doubt it is past the 10 years.  I try to stay away from place where can get flu or going to hospitals etc in the winter time. Careful of wiping carts in stores etc and live alone.  So just take my chances.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on September 30, 2016, 11:54:47 AM
Bubble, how does one become "naturally immune" to flu? That's an interesting statement.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on September 30, 2016, 12:31:03 PM
I think Bubble was just reacting to my statement about my one and only flu brought on by my one and only flu shot. Altho I am rarely sick, but when I am, I tend to retreat and baby myself out of it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Marilyne on September 30, 2016, 12:54:36 PM
I've always been somwhat of a skeptic , when it comes to the necessity of a once a year flu shot.  I wonder why all other immunizations last for years, or for a lifetime, but flu shots only last one year?  I understand that there are always new strains every year, but do we have to get the entire series every time, plus one or two new ones? Do other countries, besides the US, recommend the shot ever year?  Could it be just another moneymaker for Big Pharma?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on September 30, 2016, 01:22:16 PM
Quote from: Tomereader1 on September 30, 2016, 11:54:47 AM
Bubble, how does one become "naturally immune" to flu? That's an interesting statement.
apparently some people have "protection" from birth to certain illness.
For example in Africa they have found that there are people immune to malaria caused by the anopheles mosquito.  Researchers now are studying their blood and DNA, hoping that it could help develop a cure or vaccine.

Marilyn, I too get that shot every year, as does everyone here in Israel.
Pneumonia once a 10 year.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on September 30, 2016, 01:30:55 PM
I know I am that way with sickness, not allergies or major issues however.

About bugs, they don't like me either. I can be out walking in the woods in the early spring when everyone around me is covered in clouds of mosquitos and tiny mites and I will have none around me or any bites. I am the same way with bees and wasps, but perhaps that is because I am calm around them so they do not get agitated.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Marilyne on September 30, 2016, 01:51:48 PM
bubble - I also get the shot every year, in spite of my skepticism! LOL!  I just can't help wondering if it's really ineffective after one year?? 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on September 30, 2016, 03:26:29 PM


Pleased we have no computer problems. :thumbup: :thumbup: 

Now I will join the health discussion with this report. ;) ;)
Had dexa bone scan August 16, 2016.   They called, said minor and no need to take any medication.  3 years ago after first scan had me take Fosamax and quit would not take again if they suggested.

Colonoscopy Jan 2002  have refused to get another.
Tetanus shot 8/8/2013 
Shingles 8/8/2013
Flu Aug 30 2016 said for 3 years.
Pneu. PVC13 8/24/15 doctor said no need for any more 

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Marilyne on September 30, 2016, 04:42:06 PM
Jack - I've declined to ever have the dexa-scan.  I know I must have osteoporosis . . . not only my age, but I'm small boned and too thin.  I will never take the Fosamax or others like it, so I don't see the point in having the test, when there is nothing they can do about my problem.

My doc told me they don't recommend a colonoscopy after age 80, (unless there is an obvious problem), so I'm happy to have said Goodbye to that one as well.  I had a case of shingles about 15 years ago, so I haven't had the shingles vaccine . . . however, I've read that you can get shingles more than once, so I had better get that shot! 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on September 30, 2016, 05:06:40 PM
I have never taken Fosamax but I do take 1000 mg of calcium every day.  I've taken various amounts (up to 1500 units) since 1983 when I broke my leg.  I am fortunate that I did not break anything when I fell in Indy last month and I have credited my taking calcium.  I may be wrong, but I know there is much damage I could have done - and didn't!

As for my computer, I wish I could give it calcium to see if it would cure some of its problems!  (to stay on topic).

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Sandy on September 30, 2016, 05:25:22 PM

MaryAnn

I think that it is time to buy yourself a
brand new computer  ...    That should improve the up
coming Winter !!! 

Sandy
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on September 30, 2016, 05:38:38 PM
Sandy, I'm tempted.  The trouble is I have three computers and all have problems.  My oldest one overheats and turns off.  This one is Windows 7 and W-10 has not been put on it and I still have problems.  The other one was W-7 and I added W-10 when it was possible so nothing works right.  If I do get a new computer, I would get W-10 and I know one reader here (who will be nameless) who would be happy.  She chastised me something awful when I said I was going to get one with Windows 7. 

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on September 30, 2016, 05:39:51 PM
Marylyn  I had prostate cancer, removed with radiation, they had given me hormone shots (and then learned about hot flashes)  I had the bone scan and was pleased no prep, did not even have to remove my clothes.   The doctor laughs when she mentions the colonoscopy, and knows I will not have one.  Had shingles years ago, discovered and treated real quick and not much pain but was advised to get the shot.

Mary Ann I fell a half dozen times over the last year, but have not for the last 6 months.  Would bruise but no breaks.   Got a cane, and have it in the hall at home, tell myself if I fall again I will carry it.   

Agree with Sandy, On computers I gave my Imac to my granddaughter, have been pleased with the 5 year old Gateway and windows 10, but would not hesitate to buy new if any issues. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: shirleyn on September 30, 2016, 06:35:44 PM
Just a general computer question - my stepdaughter visited us recently & saw me using my laptop which was plugged in.  I had always worked with my last laptop plugged in.  She said this was bad for the computer.  Any comments on this - for or against?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on September 30, 2016, 07:08:19 PM
Quote from: shirleyn on September 30, 2016, 06:35:44 PM
Just a general computer question - my stepdaughter visited us recently & saw me using my laptop which was plugged in.  I had always worked with my last laptop plugged in.  She said this was bad for the computer.  Any comments on this - for or against?
What is bad for the puter?   Using it unplugged, or plugged?  I think either answer will be debatable.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on September 30, 2016, 07:09:29 PM
Curious ----- why are all against Fosamax?

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: shirleyn on September 30, 2016, 07:21:43 PM
Quote from: RAMMEL on September 30, 2016, 07:08:19 PM
Quote from: shirleyn on September 30, 2016, 06:35:44 PM
Just a general computer question - my stepdaughter visited us recently & saw me using my laptop which was plugged in.  I had always worked with my last laptop plugged in.  She said this was bad for the computer.  Any comments on this - for or against?
What is bad for the puter?   Using it unplugged, or plugged?  I think either answer will be debatable.
She said leaving it plugged in was bad.  What is your opinion?  The reason I asked, is because it gets tiring to keep plugging and unplugging.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on September 30, 2016, 07:22:37 PM
Rick, like computers the opinions on Fosamax vary, I had real problems with it.   One opinion

https://www.drugwatch.com/fosamax/
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on September 30, 2016, 07:32:29 PM
Shirleyn

I have a HP Laptop and it has been plugged in for several years. I do on occasion unplug it and sit on the sofa with it on my lap. Runs good either way . It does have a two level charging feature. My guess is that it is to recharge it fast, but to not overcharge it when left plugged in.

I also recall some here have in the past commented that they use their laptops plugged in.

Batteries and their charging requirements seem to be peculiar things, with varying opinions about what is best.

Conclusion - If it works for you, keep doing it  :thumbup:
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: maryz on September 30, 2016, 08:26:32 PM
I started fosamax a month ago. No side effects yet. Too early to know it's working.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on September 30, 2016, 08:39:12 PM
Maryz that is good to hear.   I am sure many benefit from it.   Think I was turned off by the multiple  pages of info that came with it.  At any rate I had some reaction and quit taking it with my doctors approval.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on September 30, 2016, 09:00:56 PM
My laptops are always plugged in and I do not think that is the source of my problems.  I have thought of it as charging the computer battery.  I don't know if that is so, but they work anyway.

What is the difference between a laptop being plugged in and a desktop being plugged in?  Does a desktop have a battery?

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on September 30, 2016, 09:11:31 PM
The desktop does have a battery BUT it's use is very different than that of a laptop.
A laptop battery is used to make it operate when not plugged in (like a flashlight).

A desktop battery is used to hold important startup info. The desktop uses it's plugged in power supply to operate the computer.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on September 30, 2016, 09:15:56 PM
Rick, so my computer is plugged in all of the time, what is that doing to the battery?  On my oldest laptop, I am sure the battery is dead, but I can use the computer as it is plugged in.  I don't use my computers unplugged.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on September 30, 2016, 09:53:04 PM
Quote from: Mary Ann on September 30, 2016, 09:15:56 PM
Rick, so my computer is plugged in all of the time, what is that doing to the battery?  On my oldest laptop, I am sure the battery is dead, but I can use the computer as it is plugged in.  I don't use my computers unplugged.

Mary Ann

If the battery is dead, don't unplug it. If it runs well you could likely get a new battery for it.

There are so many variables - between battery types and manufacturer of the battery and/or the computer, and technical opinion,  that it is difficult to say what is right, or the best thing to do.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on September 30, 2016, 09:58:41 PM
I take the battery out of my laptop, and so run it always plugged in.  I'd heard the battery can overheat if laptop plugged in all the time...no idea if true, but see no reason to leave the battery in if I'm running it from the wall outlet.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: shirleyn on September 30, 2016, 10:52:46 PM
Thanks Rick.  I shall leave it plugged in.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on October 01, 2016, 10:42:53 AM
Jane, the battery on that particular laptop is dead, possibly from overheating, but I don't know.  The vent for the computer is on the bottom and I've used a board under it to give the setup some stability (what do I know???) and I could feel heat through the board (1" thick).  Anyway, it was better than putting it directly on my lap.  The computer is a few years old and one that I put W-10 on over W-7 so I hesitate to get a new battery; they're expensive. 

This laptop I'm using now has W-7 only and the cursor moves around without my help or wishes.  The size font goes up and down, then settles somewhere in between.

If I get another computer it will have W-10 only on it.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Sandy on October 01, 2016, 01:33:05 PM
If I were to use  a
laptop,  I would get something like
this: 

https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Ventilated-Adjustable-Laptop-Stand/dp/B00WRDS8H0/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1475342889&sr=8-6&keywords=laptop+accessories

To ventilate the computer and keep it from
getting too hot.

It is adjustable,   and looks to be quite
comfortable.   I would look around
and find one that I liked and would
fit me...   

Sandy
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on October 01, 2016, 01:57:14 PM
Sandy, thank you for that link.  I did buy a similar base at one time the had a USB cable to plug into the computer.  There was a fan to cool the computer and eventually the thing burned out.  Recently I have put two note pads under the computer on top of the board I've used for years and that works OK, but that computer is on its last legs.  This computer I am using now has the vent at the side so I don't have the trouble with the heat.  I will, however, look into the stand on your link.  Thanks.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Sandy on October 01, 2016, 02:33:01 PM
I am sure that department stores near
you (Walmart,  etc)  will have them for
you to look at and see if will fit your
needs.    I know that there are  al  lot
of different styles...   

Have a good search.
Sandy
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: maryz on October 01, 2016, 11:27:20 PM
 I have a thing to put under my laptop, keeps it at a good slant, slotted for ventilation, doesn't have a fan. I got it at staples, I think. I'm not at home so can't give you brand name. It works great.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on October 02, 2016, 01:30:13 PM
MaryTX, the one Sandy showed from Amazon looks good and I'll investigate that.  I may go to my nearby supermarket to see if they have that one or something similar.  My problem is transportation because my nephew works during the day and is very good about taking me to appointments so I hate to ask him to take me shopping.  He does order from Amazon, using his son's Prime. 

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: maryz on October 02, 2016, 05:10:41 PM
I'm home now.  My device is a Targus brand - and I think I ordered it online rather than getting it from Staples.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: SCFSue on October 03, 2016, 04:42:17 PM
Mary and Jack:  I took Fosamax for almost 10 years and it did help my bone strength.  At the end of the 10 years, my oncologist and my GP both wanted me off it--because many long time users began having thigh bone fractures.  So my doctors suggested I'd taken it long enough.  No side effects and my Dexa bone scans looked great.  I think both doctors thought 5-10 years should be the maximum.  Sue
P.S.  I think Jane (Iowa) took it also.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MaryTX on October 03, 2016, 06:32:40 PM
My first Dexa scan showed severe osteoporosis so I went on Fosamax for several years with no problems and much improved scan results.  About the time the Fosamax controversy started, I had to change doctors and my new doctor put me on Actonel which is similar.  About two years later, my scan showed osteopenia so went off it.  I take calcium daily and my last scan two years showed improved osteopenia.

Mary 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on October 04, 2016, 04:14:39 PM
I also had severe osteoporosis, but I won't take Fosamax and others like that.  I did take Tamoxifen after chemo for cancer, and it was supposed to help with bones. I was taken off that after 5 yrs. I now take Evista which is to help with cancer returning and bones. 


So many drugs..so much confusion by me.   ???
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on October 09, 2016, 09:46:18 AM
Welll I downloaded the new update 10 on my IPad...having some problems..hope it smooths out..Candy
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on October 09, 2016, 11:55:07 AM
Candy.....what kind of problems?  our downloads went smoothly.....a different look, but I like it.

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on October 09, 2016, 01:37:45 PM
Cottoncandy.   I had a issue when they updated, fine now.   I went to this link where you can chat or I requested they take over computer for a short period and they worked out the problem.   

https://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/cat/Answer-Desk/categoryID.63433500
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on October 09, 2016, 02:12:23 PM
Thank u Jack....It seems to be working now...it is different...Candy
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on October 09, 2016, 03:30:08 PM
Jack...when I restart IPad..it says press home to unlock...where is home? Thanks Candy
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on October 09, 2016, 03:38:27 PM
Candy...I"m not Jack, but the HOME is the button at the top...or bottom...depending on which way you have your IPAD standing.  It's on the edge of the IPAD.

I used to slide to open the IPAD, now you press that "button" on the lower or top edge...


(http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k175/janeiowa/HOME_zpsoan7qjch.jpg)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on October 09, 2016, 04:05:47 PM
Oh.....thanks Jane...Candy
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on October 09, 2016, 04:34:49 PM
 ;)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on October 10, 2016, 07:19:04 PM
Just in case...anyone reading this can comment ...I had to get my cell phone replaced...so My contacts and photos have been transferred to my new phone....But I'm having trouble setting up FB on the phone...does anyone know if you use the same password and user name as I have on my IPad FB.?..Have to drive 40miles one way to an AT&T store...thanks Candy
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on October 10, 2016, 07:25:32 PM
CC, use the exact same username and password you had before or Facebook won't recognize you.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on October 11, 2016, 01:46:41 PM
Got it done..thanks Angel..Candy
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on October 12, 2016, 12:25:49 PM
I'm having what may, or may not, be a problem.  When I turn on the computer, the little icon in the lower right on the Taskbar that shows the Network/Internet access icon, is staying lit up with a little blue circle in it (not spinning).  I am able to receive email, and send email, and open various "news" sites, but this light staying on is upsetting to me, as the blue circle usually goes off after the computer is completely warmed up and ready to go.  Any suggestions?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on October 12, 2016, 12:53:23 PM
Tomereader it sounds like you have access.  With my windows 10 when I hit the arrow lower right it includes a logo for network and internet access, no circle.  If I click on it I am told it is working and also includes entry for settings that I did not touch.   Do not know what may be happening with yours but think I would reboot.  If it continues you might give us your operating system.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on October 12, 2016, 01:04:10 PM
Windows7
And when I click on the icon, it says "Currently connected to
"Network 4 Internet Access".
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on October 12, 2016, 01:54:06 PM
Tomereader1  a long link that may have the answer.  I would just reboot and ignore it if all seems working.   You might scan to be sure no virus.   

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-performance/windows-7-32-bit-slow-start-up-blue-circle-hangs/fc3cb31f-df53-477f-a2aa-efa360587d92
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on October 12, 2016, 02:08:45 PM
Thanx Jack.  I am going to reboot, and then see what happens.   If it's still there, I will try some of the other suggestions in that link.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on October 12, 2016, 05:07:37 PM
Rebooted, Jack, and let the computer sit quietly and out of use for awhile, and when I came back in, the little circle was gone, and everything seems to be working OK
Thanks again. :thumbup:
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on October 12, 2016, 06:25:06 PM
Tomereader, hope that solved the problem.   Nothing is routine anymore.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on October 21, 2016, 03:31:46 PM
Yes, JackWV, it solved the problem, and I'm sorry I have been so long in thanking you.  Now for a new "question".
Do you, or anyone here, use a PDF program?  I had the usual HP "trial software" for PDF Complete, and the freebie ran out.  Now if you try to print something w/PDF, it shows the PDF watermark.  The PDF Complete software is $69.95, and I only use PDF stuff about twice a year, so I think that price is ridiculous.  There are several PDF type software programs on the market, and I really wouldn't know which one to choose.  So, if anyone can vouch for a program like this, please let me know.  I have read some reviews of some programs, and they are not at all up to snuff with their purchasers.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on October 21, 2016, 03:46:41 PM
I use Winzip, a subsidiary of Corel. They open just about any type of compressed file or PDF. I also have Open Office which opens and uses PowerPoint and PDF files.

I have a strange problem that is only on Seniors and Friends. I tried emailing Michael, who never answered, Jeanne Lee who suggested just holding down the control key and scrolling, (didn't work); and Beverly who had no idea. Jeanne thinks it is only on my computer. However, every other site doesn't have this issue.

Every picture or graphic is regular size and compression. Yet, since last Friday, all the graphics in PSP show so far to the right that you have to scroll to see the right side. If it was on my computer, them why is it only here and not on other sites such as news pages that use photos?

Okay, it doesn't do the same with the Edge browser, but I really don't care for other hassles that browser has. So before I go looking for a new browser, any ideas why the one I have is only having issues with S&F's  PSP graphics?

I use Chromium for a browser and Windows ten.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on October 21, 2016, 04:07:49 PM
Patricia, I often have pictures come up in S&F that are way to the right of the screen and where it is necessary to scroll to the right to see the entire picture.  I use Control â€" (minus) to make the picture smaller then I can see the whole picture.  I have problems with this computer where the font increases or decreases at will and I don't know if the problems are connected.  I don't use any of the programs you listed and this computer is W-7 but I am convincing myself to get a W-10 â€" soon.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on October 21, 2016, 04:26:24 PM
MaryAnn, it worked! I got a message saying font size is and the graphics are back! Thank you!

The font is really small for me to read so I probably will look for a new browser, other than Chrome. Now I know why it was happening so I know what to look for.
Title: Tomereader1
Post by: RAMMEL on October 21, 2016, 06:57:25 PM
Quote from: Tomereader1 on October 21, 2016, 03:31:46 PM
  Now for a new "question".
Do you, or anyone here, use a PDF program?  I had the usual HP "trial software" for PDF Complete, and the freebie ran out.  Now if you try to print something w/PDF, it shows the PDF watermark.  The PDF Complete software is $69.95, and I only use PDF stuff about twice a year, so I think that price is ridiculous.  There are several PDF type software programs on the market, and I really wouldn't know which one to choose.  So, if anyone can vouch for a program like this, please let me know.  I have read some reviews of some programs, and they are not at all up to snuff with their purchasers.
IMHO --- you do NOT usually need the full PDF software, BUT - most people at one time or another need the "PDF Reader". It's used for User's Manuals and the like. It is available FREE from Adobe at -
https://get.adobe.com/reader/otherversions/ (https://get.adobe.com/reader/otherversions/).

Angelface555 - Are you sure you use Win-Zip for PDF's? - Very possible, but I have never tried that (but I will   ???  )
Title: Angelface555
Post by: RAMMEL on October 21, 2016, 07:09:08 PM
Angelface555

I just used WinZip to open a PDF. It did work, but it used Adobe Reader to open the file. Adobe Reader can be used directly to open a PDF, thus saving a step or two (faster).
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on October 22, 2016, 08:28:44 AM
Thanks for the information Rick. I'm so used to using Winzip for all types of files that I never think about it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Shirley on October 22, 2016, 10:22:33 AM
I have a little 12" Toshiba laptop, probably 6-8 years old using XP... all of a sudden I can't get the curser to work (& I don't know if that's the name of the little arrow you click on to do anything).  I've tried 3 different mouses (meese?) & even the little pad but nothing makes the arrow click on anything to even get into the computer to see if something has happened to a setting because I've accidentally hit a key or if because of an update..... or if those little USB ports have a problem (but that wouldn't affect the pad, would it?)  This was a really good computer when I bought it to replace my desktop unit.... only I discovered real fast that 12" was not large enough to play with photos like I enjoyed working will old cracked & faded prints.  Eyes couldn't take the tiny monitor.  Don't know how people do so much on their phones, but probably not messing with photos.

Back to the problem, is there any key or combo of keys that will let me get into the computer settings to even restore back a few months?  I've restarted & left it off for weeks but since it is battery back up, have to recharge it every so often to keep that alive.  I have to give it the "hard" shut down to turn off & it doesn't come back with the screen to offer "safe-mode"..... I'm not too bright & don't know names to even Google so appreciate any help so I can take this with me to dump photos on when I travel.  My sons are both too busy right now so I have not even mentioned this to them.   Thanks~  Shirley
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Shirley on October 22, 2016, 10:54:09 AM
Cancel that request.... I did Google "cursor + Toshiba" & came up with the fix.  It  works!  Now I am running the Windows 7 adviser to see if this little puppy can handle the upgrade.  I don't know what or how to answer questions when doing things like this (do I click on OPEN or RUN?)  This is stressful so will go wash the RV & then the car.  Thanks again... Shirley
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on November 03, 2016, 11:17:15 AM
Probably a stupid question - I am considering getting a new laptop with Windows 10.  If I don't change my password am I going to have the same troubles I have on my present computer? 

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on November 03, 2016, 05:05:02 PM
Quote from: Mary Ann on November 03, 2016, 11:17:15 AM
Probably a stupid question - I am considering getting a new laptop with Windows 10.  If I don't change my password am I going to have the same troubles I have on my present computer? 

Mary Ann

Should be no problem re-using your password ---------- unless someone else has become aware of it and has access to your new computer.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on November 03, 2016, 08:25:02 PM
Thanks, Rick, I am the sole user of my computer.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on November 04, 2016, 04:05:45 PM
I have Windows7 Home on my desktop computer. I have been thinking about upgrading the W7 Home to Windows7 Professional.  Can someone tell me anything about W7 Prof?
I saw it for sale locally at about $119.  Is that a good price? Or can it be found at a lower price?  Is it worth the upgrade?
I don't want W10 on my computer.  (I have a laptop with Win 8.1 which I thoroughly H A T E).  Any input will be appreciated (as always).
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on November 04, 2016, 06:40:57 PM
Tomereader, no help here on your question, but I wondered about Windows 7 Professional and asked the question in Google.  Read that for most there is not that much more to Professional.

http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/article/386085/windows_7_home_premium_vs_windows_7_professional/

I was a big fan of 7, had no use for 8.1 but am very pleased with 10 and use it much like I did  my 7.   No touch screen that I do not want.   I use a desktop and shortcuts and seldom use the tiles on the start screen.   Not suggesting an upgrade, but still possibly free, but you should get your hands on a 10 at WalMart, Best By etc. and give it a look.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on November 04, 2016, 06:56:04 PM
I agree with jack Re: windows_7_home_premium_vs_windows_7_professional.
Look at the comparison.  I would keep what you have UNLESS there is something in the Pro version that you need.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on November 04, 2016, 08:41:08 PM
I think you guys answered my questions.  Professional would not be suited to my type of computing.  Eventually I might get W10 for my desktop computer, but would prefer it to be on my laptop, which has that 8.1 junk.
Funny thing, when MS was offering Win 10 Free Upgrade, it didn't ever show upon my laptop.  It did on my desktop, and I downloaded it, but after a short time, found the instructions to remove it, and did so.
Thanks.  Will stick with W7 Home Premium.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on November 05, 2016, 10:23:33 PM
https://techtalk.pcpitstop.com/2016/11/01/microsoft-security-vulnerability/?microsoftsecuritygap=

"A security vulnerability within the Microsoft software has been exploited and there is yet to be a patch to fix the issue.  Fortune reported Google notified Microsoft of the security issue on October 21st.  Typically when a vulnerability is found by Google, they provide 60 days for a patch; however, since this particular vulnerability has already been exploited by cyber criminals, that timetable is cut down to one week.

As of today, this security gap remains exposed.  This is clearly a security concern, and Microsoft software users must proceed with caution.  In the meantime, there are a few pieces of good news: ways to protect yourself until Microsoft offers a solution to the security hole.

Chrome has actually began blocking certain system calls, which prevents exploitation of the security gap.   So if you are using the Google Chrome browser, you should be safe.
Any malicious executables used through the Microsoft security vulnerability will be blocked by PC Matic.
According to The Verge, exploiting this security vulnerability requires collusion with the security gap associated with Adobe Flash.  Since being notified of the security gap, Adobe has fixed their security hole, therefore as long as your Flash is updated you should be safe."
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on November 06, 2016, 09:40:39 AM
Thanks, Angelface.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on December 02, 2016, 04:04:26 PM
Now I use for E-M. Gmail and Yahoo.  On Gmail for some reason when I forward one to some other person it just vanishes after sending. Can't find it anywhere. Not even in the SENT.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on December 02, 2016, 04:12:22 PM
I have a question about the use of the snipping tool. Several of you use it and there was a brief discussion on it awhile ago. I put a link to it on my taskbar but other than that regrettably did not pay attention. Would someone be able to explain it's use and advantages to me? I am sorry that I wasn't paying attention earlier.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on December 02, 2016, 04:46:53 PM
Patricia, I use it often.  While you can  combine Prt Scrn and windows button to do a complete screen shot,  I find it useful to simply snip the portion of the screen I want, with the snipping tool.  Believe it best to link to a short and decent demo (there are others) I save as a jpeg so can sent the results in an email, or as a picture using wordpad.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayi5-7QPNcA
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on December 02, 2016, 05:31:49 PM
Jack....or whoever can help me. I downloaded the free Avast on my computer...need to uninstall it....HOW can I do this...went to programs...uninstall..wouldn't do it...thanks CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on December 02, 2016, 05:59:50 PM
CC with Windows 10 go to Control Panel, then to Uninstall a program and click.  You should go to a long list of all on your computer. Avast should be listed in alpha order.  Click on it and then choose uninstall.  Has been some time since I used Avast but that is how I removed.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on December 02, 2016, 06:52:54 PM
Thanks Jack...finally got it to uninstall..I have an old computer...has windows defender....if I try to download avg...avast..etc....pc starts giving me problems CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on December 02, 2016, 07:44:59 PM
CC I used AVG and Avast in the past but conflict with defender.  I now just use just Windows Defender and pleased with the results.

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on December 02, 2016, 07:58:51 PM
Thank you Jack! That was helpful.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on December 02, 2016, 08:02:42 PM
Patricia you are welcome.   I have found it an easy tool to use.  In the past I would use paint, but like the snipping tool.   At times I would do several screen shots to demonstrate but often find a decent tutorial in youtube.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Sandy on December 02, 2016, 10:34:58 PM
Thanks for the help with the snipping tool.... (that I didn't even know existed !)   I should be able to learn that. 

Regarding windows defender. 
I use AVG,  but I am contemplating
uninstalling it,  so that I can use defender.

Have you used a program such as AVG and
then went back to defender???   

Do you think that defender would take over if
I uninstalled AVG PRO?

And is defender the only prog of that
type that you use?         

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on December 02, 2016, 11:26:40 PM
I use IOLO's System Mechanic and have since 2000. I really like the product. What I do not like is that I can not permanently turn off Windows Defender. It is okay, but there are better programs. What Microsoft has done is that every couple of weeks, it turns Windows Defender back on and tries to turn off my preferred antivirus and firewall program. So, once a week I go into settings and if WD is on, I have to turn it off again. Sometimes I will get a message saying Windows Defender needs to scan my computer and its back to settings to turn it off again.

How to Geek.com and other sites tell you that it is impossible to permanently turn off WD as Microsoft regularly sends updates that turn it back on. I do not like being blackmailed into a program I do not want.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on December 03, 2016, 08:22:42 AM
I have another view on Defender, I do not have conflicts since it is the only one I use.  It runs in the background and also does scans.  I have, on occasion, run a full scan with it overnight. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on December 03, 2016, 11:48:32 AM
Is Defender only available on Win 10?  I use Win7.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on December 03, 2016, 12:24:09 PM
Jack, it is the fact that Microsoft is trying to take my choice away. WD is fine for those who want to use it. I use what is to me a better program and I don't like WD to keep turning itself back on when I have shut everything down. I can't trust such a program.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on December 03, 2016, 12:38:44 PM
Tomereader  I took a look around and giving you a link to how to turn it on or off (if you have it on your machine.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqcFLabRc10

Now if you do not have it this link will give your the details and the proper download, (from Microsoft)
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/14210/security-essentials-download

Patricia I can understand Microsoft having to address problems of conflict.  Would appear you can have Windows Defender on your machine, guess it would update, but appears you can turn it off as shown in the top link.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on December 03, 2016, 04:58:13 PM
Thanks Jack...I will just use defender and hope it keeps putter clean...CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on December 04, 2016, 06:42:33 AM
For those of you who are using a WiFi connection, I found a neat little program that keeps track of what devices are connected to your wireless router. It is called Wireless Network Watcher (scroll down, it is in the Network Monitoring Tools section). There are plenty of other FREE little software programs here for Windows. http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/

I had this on my desktop Windows for quite some time, but just installed in on my new laptop several weeks ago. Yesterday, it discovered two devices, not mine, connected. I disconnected the router temporarily to drop the interlopers and then went through and changed my wireless router password. That, of course, meant I had to go through and change the passwords on my devices to correspond. I hope that takes care of the problem for a while.

Nope, changing my router password didn't work. Some oriental named company just connected to my router.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on December 04, 2016, 10:48:12 AM
MarsGal, it is all getting too complicated for me.   I did my usual and was checking out nirsoft.  I then looked at Kim Komando that I trust and she even had a link to it.   In reading I see where she has an article about Keeping criminals off your wifi.   I did not read it, started to and it was over my head.  Possibly you can follow to see if it addresses your problem and let us know.


https://www.komando.com/tips/11672/keep-criminals-off-your-wi-fi-with-ease
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on December 04, 2016, 11:48:48 AM
Thanks for the reminder about Kim Komando, Jack. I used to get her newsletters. I didn't have time this morning to check out some of the info on making a router more secure, except for the very basics which I have already done.

Part of the problem is that I wasn't reading my little Watcher problem right. While I was doing a virus scan (and then after, when I forgot the laptop was still on) I brought up both my Kindle Fire and my Kindle e-reader at some point. The Watcher found them but didn't drop them from the lis when I disconnected. I didn't have the window expanded enough to see that they were no longer active. I discovered, this morning, when I linked my Kindle Fire it did not drop it from the Watcher list when I disconnected until I closed Watcher and then reopened it.

I am not out of the woods, so to speak, yet, though. This morning there was some Chinese (or Korean maybe?) company that popped up. And this was after I changed my password. I went upstairs and turned the WiFi Router off for a few minutes. Too bad I didn't write the name down to see who it might have been. Anyway, it did accomplish one thing, it got me to change my router password which I haven't done in years. Like everything else, it should be changed occasionally. The annoying thing is that you have to figure out how to reset the password on the devices too. It took me a while to figure out that I had to click the forget button in several of my devices settings for it to come up and ask for the new password.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on December 04, 2016, 01:03:37 PM
MarsGal   you are way ahead of me.   Have the Windows 10,  an ipad I seldom use, and an iPhone.   Always mess up the settings and passwords and have to get my son to help me out.   

Aside from the WiFi, twice the past week I had pop ups with warning my computer was infected.   Know it is a scam, unable to exit or Ctrl-Alt-delete.  It happened a few times the past year and I restart the computer.   Scans show nothing and all working fine.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on December 04, 2016, 06:07:09 PM
I get that Computer Infected also.  Even got voice on one of them. I just ignore. Not seen any damage on mine in years.
I have heard that your WIFI can be being used. Long as they have a number and can be anywhere the say. Not just US.  I don't understand whats going on now with Technology. Just keep slogging along. I don't have things on mine like Bank Info. Anything personal. Can't see a thing that would help anyone.  To me it just a hobby.  So much garbage people do on them now. Facebook being one. Those are things that have kept people on personal computers but also made it easy for scammers to work on things.  Its same for me on my IPad and Tablet. Just have books. and nice to check Google for things. look at a few Emails.Play couple games. See pictures people send. (Never get any on E-M or in the Mail anymore. Just on Facebook all the time. Same with the Texting on the Phone. No long conversations now. Just one liners.    I refuse to use it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on December 06, 2016, 12:48:44 PM
I got my invoice from Comcast today for December 31 payment. Put the Internet part up $27. Time I went to have a check with them. I very seldom use Comcast other than they are my Server. E-M prog. on it no good. and don't use it for search and so will see if I can cut the Internet part down as I do have to have their Modem and I have the TV on it.  I can read E-M on my IPad or Tablet.  Will go and see.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on December 06, 2016, 04:46:52 PM
Jeanne, I suspect that Comcast is trying to take advantage that more of their customers are going off cable and just doing streaming over their their computers and such. When I look at the individual prices, the internet fee is way higher than the digital TV price. Also, I was talking to a CSR earlier this year and discovered that I can't get the speed I have now except with a bundle. So my choice is to stay where I am or just get the internet, but a a slower speed. I can save a few bucks by adding the phone to Comcast and dropping my AT&T Home Wireless System, but then I would have to buy a new modem. The modem I just bought a year ago does not support VOIP. Sometimes I just throw up my hands and give up thinking about it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on December 12, 2016, 10:37:18 PM
Something strange happening now on my W7 desktop.  When I get a E-M with a picture and I try to forward it to someone. Then it just vanishes off my inbox. I look in the sent and no photo shows.  Now I find them if I clik on Important . Then it sent the photo out.  On the address it had in Brackets.  (The Cloud). I am always seeing that show up now.  I never registered to Use (the cloud). Don't want it.  More strange things happening now on computers.
Can't just get into anyones Web page now even if from Googling it. site comes up but one has to give a E-M address before you can bring up the Web page to see anything.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on December 14, 2016, 08:39:38 PM
"Can we just assume that everyone who has ever had a yahoo account is exposed at this point? Save us all some effort."

This is separate from the breach announced in September 2016.

"Yahoops. Again.Michael Gillett added,
CNBC @CNBC
BREAKING: Yahoo discloses hack that may affect "more than one billion user accounts", "likely distinct" from hack disclosed on Sept 22, 2016"

"Yahoo said Wednesday that more than 1 billion user accounts â€" meaning most of the Internet giant’s customers worldwide â€" were hacked in 2013, leading to the release of user names, telephone numbers, dates of birth and other personal information.

News of the hack, coming after the announcement in September of a separate hack affecting 500 million accounts, means that Yahoo has been the victim of the two largest data breaches ever reported. Both have been announced since Yahoo agreed to sell its core businesses to telecommunications giant Verizon in July for $4.8 billion.

The incident raised new questions among analysts regarding the viability of that deal and whether the valuation will need to be changed, especially if the hacks trigger litigation against the company.

“This is another major blow,” said Jeff Kagan, a Georgia-based telecommunications industry analyst. “It throws into question what’s really going on at Yahoo. And if you don’t really know what’s going on at Yahoo, does Verizon have the guts to buy a potential bomb? This company could explode with major problems and major losses.”

In the 2013 incident, Yahoo said that credit card and bank account numbers, which are stored separately, were not affected, but the breach did include some unencrypted “security questions” that the company uses to authenticate users.

[Have you ever had a Yahoo account? You might want to change some passwords.]

Yahoo also reported a separate incident Wednesday in which hackers used what the company called “forged cookies” to gain access to some accounts, though it did not give the number. That incident, the company said, appeared to have links to the one announced in September involving “state-sponsored” attackers. Law enforcement officials said that breach, which happened in 2014, was probably the work of Russian hackers, though no final conclusion has been reached.

To minimize the damage, Yahoo is alerting affected customers and requiring them to change their passwords. But the scale of the hack and the time that has passed since it happened suggests that few of the company’s customers were unaffected. Given the size of the two hacks, many Yahoo users are likely to have had their information stolen more than once.

Yahoo has said it has more than 1 billion users worldwide, though the company’s fortunes have been sagging for years as other tech companies have snatched away pieces of its search, email and other Web-based businesses.

“Yahoo encourages users to review all of their online accounts for suspicious activity and to change their passwords and security questions and answers for any other accounts on which they use the same or similar information used for their Yahoo account,” the company said in a statement. “The company further recommends that users avoid clicking links or downloading attachments from suspicious emails and that they be cautious of unsolicited communications that ask for personal information.”

Regarding the deal with Verizon, Yahoo said in a statement, “We are confident in Yahoo’s value and we continue to work towards integration with Verizon.”

Verizon spokesman Bob Varettoni said: “As we’ve said all along, we will evaluate the situation as Yahoo continues its investigation. We will review the impact of this new development before reaching any final conclusions.”

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on December 15, 2016, 01:00:17 PM
Now my Server will not accept E-M  using Yahoo Acct. at the moment.

I am not having problems getting into S and F or onto  the Internet but when  it comes to E-M accounts they have gone crazy. I use Comcast as my server and it is really messed up. Can't get into my Account there at all. Now wanting a 4 did get security ID number  put in along  with a voice security. No idea what they are talking about.  All I can reach right now on them is in the Philippines. Spent over a hour twice. Got no where. To cold out to go see them at the office here and you can't get a phone number for them.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on December 15, 2016, 03:23:42 PM
re: Yahoo....they tell us now....3 YEARS later!  Really?  I'm glad I have only an email that for those ads you don't want coming in regular email...stuff like Michael's who want to send me ads, etc. 

What a joke yahoo has become.



Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on December 15, 2016, 03:54:38 PM
Jane, I think two of the questions should be, Why are they only discussing it now? Was it just discovered?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on December 15, 2016, 05:08:32 PM
YES!  YES!  I agree, Angelface!!

Three years later?  Please!  Now they want people to change their password.  It's ridiculous!

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on December 15, 2016, 06:21:31 PM
 :thumbup:
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on December 15, 2016, 07:08:02 PM
I think I want to chane my email from yahoo to gmail..can someone post the link..thanks CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on December 15, 2016, 07:47:54 PM
How do I create a new email account on Gmail?
To create an account:
Go to www.gmail.com.
Click Create account.
The signup form will appear. ...
Review Google's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, click the check box, then click Next step.
Here, you'll have an opportunity to set up recovery options. ...
Your account will be created, and the Google welcome page will appear.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on December 15, 2016, 07:50:40 PM
Thank you Angel...I tried to change my yahoo password..but was unable to...so will try to set up gmail CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on December 15, 2016, 10:04:18 PM
Yahoo is beginning to get hard to follow also. Seem like they are all trying to outdo the other.  My Gmail got crazy for awhile . Wanting you you change to a new way. I then opened up a Yahoo.  After awhile Gmail to went back to the old way on mine.
Even Comcast who is my Server.  They have really gone strange. Trying to get things worked out with them.  Also pricing me out of theirs.  All seems to be in their E-M programs .  Soon I think E-Mailing will be gone.  Most people seem to be using Texting and Facebook.  None in my family hardly use E-M anymore.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on December 16, 2016, 10:54:54 AM
Well for some reason...can't set up gmail account....cc
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on December 16, 2016, 01:05:17 PM
What message do you get when you try?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on December 16, 2016, 01:33:51 PM
Glad my furnace is  working here. No higher than 12 deg here today but then warms up for Saturday to 39 they say. But on Late Saturday night goes to 11 below zero and only up to 7 deg the whole day Sunday.
I want to get a visit into my Primary Dr. before end of December so that it get into 2016 Insurance.  I called again and changed my day to Dec. 20th. This is the second change.  She is clear over on the other side of the City.

Finally got my Comcast to fix the problem and the Increase in the monthly cost. Took over 2 hours on the phone.  They are sending a service man out at the time Monday that I had the Dr. Appt. If it is really cold Monday I may just Cancel it all together. It is nothing that can't be put off. Not driving on Ice.
Modify message
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on December 16, 2016, 01:41:27 PM
Everytime I make a reply or Forward something now in my Gmail account it goes out of the inBox and shows Archived.. I don't see a Archive File.  It never use to do that. Just stayed in the Inbox until I either Saved or Deleted.  Still using W7.

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on December 16, 2016, 02:09:29 PM
https://support.google.com/mail/?hl=en#topic=7065107
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on December 19, 2016, 01:35:53 PM
Warning for anyone using Firefox. Although it looks like a file from Firefox/Mozilla do not download a file that may pop up saying it is an emergency patch for Firefox or webpage saying same, with a download now button. It is not. firefox patch.js is a virus.

Fortunately, I ran my Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and it seems to have got rid of the files it managed to download on my computer. A further ran my Avast Pro Antivirus at full scan, and the boot scan. Then rescanned using Malwarebytes to make sure.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on December 19, 2016, 02:21:13 PM
Thanks...for that info...I been trying to change my password on yahoo mail...want let me...guess I will just stop using it.  candy
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on December 19, 2016, 03:49:57 PM
Candy...did you get a gmail account set up?

That hacking was in 2013, so anything they want they probably have had for 3 yrs....they were hacked again in 2014....and apparently didn't even know about either one for a long time.  I don't think changing a password now there would mean anything. 

Hopefully you don't do any financial things with yahoo....or I wouldn't anymore, given their track record.

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on December 19, 2016, 03:54:34 PM
Yahoo! Mail
Verify that you are signed into your Yahoo! e-mail account.
Visit the Terminating Your Yahoo! Account page by clicking the link.
In the window that appears under Are you sure you want to terminate your Yahoo! ...
Type in the visual code displayed for you.
Click the Terminate this account button.

How to delete various email accounts and info on what's left in the accounts and why.

http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch001564.htm   
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on December 19, 2016, 07:51:06 PM
I need to get Yahoo off my desktop also. It is a mess right now. Can't even use the E-M on it. Have signed it and tried to Send to 2 Accts. Will not go and then when I try to send to my Yahoo Address from other places Like my Gmail to Yahoo as a test it will not go.
All having a problem with my Home page. Think a visus hit it.  I Can change it to what a want but will not say. A long thing not understood keep coming up a home page.  Can't even put Blank in there.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on December 20, 2016, 12:40:18 PM
For those who help others about computers and a learning tool for others.

http://www.howtogeek.com/285361/the-complete-guide-to-giving-better-family-tech-support/

http://www.howtogeek.com/225385/what%E2%80%99s-the-best-antivirus-for-windows-10-is-windows-defender-good-enough/

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on December 22, 2016, 01:50:46 PM
Has anyone else here gotten this person coming up on your W7 computer today.
A person says that (by voice) My computer has been hit bye a Virus and you need to call this number in order for them to remove. Other wise a Block will be put on your computer in order to save our Equipment. Then a box comes up saying my computer blocked. 
I turned mine off. Called that number and it sounds like the same Spam that comes over the phone often. A Indian Voice. Wants to work on computer. Says from Microsoft just like the phone call.

I have turned it back on again and all normal.  I know that I do have something that has gotten through as it keeps changing my Home Page.  Big long name and number.
I have been told that there are a lot of things now getting onto our W7. Those things we have had for years that caught virus will no longer work.

Soon I will be looking into W10 computer but not until I get down to Texas.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on December 22, 2016, 02:31:56 PM
Jeanne, I have had that "person" pop up and give me the message.  I ignored it and was able to use my computer.  I do think I had a problem at the time, but that "person" was not going to fix it - at least not my computer.

If you keep getting it, I'd just 'x' it out and ignore it.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on December 22, 2016, 02:49:58 PM
I have had several come up on windows 10, unable to x out, or use task master.  Just turn the computer off and should be ok.  I would not contact them.  I will then run a scan and nothing on my computer.  If possible avoid the link you were losing when it popped up.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on December 22, 2016, 04:58:10 PM
It is a scam antivirus. Do not engage in any way. Do not X out! Use Control-alt-Delete. Never X out if you are unsure!!!

JeanneP., I would run your antivirus altho since you contacted them, it may be compromised. You need to have it looked at by someone local to irradicate the virus or sleeper virus.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on December 23, 2016, 12:26:02 PM
Took a look around at reviews of anti virus programs.  Will not give the link but found it interesting that they included this disclaimer.

You, the user of this website herby acknowledge and agree that Top10BestAntiVirus.com and its partners or affiliates cannot be held liable for damages that may occur as a result of your confidential information being transmitted to or from this website over the internet and that all communications are deemed at your own risk

Now that gives me a lot of confidence :)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on December 23, 2016, 02:18:04 PM
Jack,  ;D
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on December 23, 2016, 04:01:04 PM
Jack. It came on again 10 min. ago. I find that it always come only when I clik on my Xfinity home page. (Comcast).  I will talk to them.  I can get everywhere fine.
Not in the mood to mess with Comcast today.
We are back having a cold raining day again after quite a nice day yesterday.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on December 23, 2016, 04:46:29 PM
JeanneP   I seldom go to the Xfinity home page.  I do not even check their mail direct but view on Windows Live Mail.   Good luck calling them, hope they help. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on December 24, 2016, 05:11:59 PM
Yes, Jack. I have given up on every getting Comcast E-M to work right. Most people don't use it.  Even the service men say they dont Us their E-M.

They did a lot of work on my connection last week. Found some problems and took care of them . Had put the cost up in December billing told I wasn't paying it for the service I got. Anyway looks like the took they $25 off for next year.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on December 25, 2016, 09:53:29 PM
This is probably a no-brainer, but ---

I bought a W-10 HP laptop recently and the sound is not right.  The sound will start out for a few notes, then gradually fade out.  I can keep it going by clicking on the sound icon of whatever I'm trying to listen to, but it is broken sound.

Is there something I can do, or should I call someone in India to see if they have an answer.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on December 26, 2016, 09:28:22 AM
Mary Ann, it appears that you are not the only one with that problem. This problem appears to have been going on for about a year. Most of the suggestions did not work, including updating drivers. BUT, RealTek updated their drivers in November and the last info I have is that it works - this time. There is a caution that if HP updates drivers later (or Windows for that matter), it may cause the problem to come back and then you'll have to reinstall the good one.

Here is RealTek's home page.  http://www.realtek.com/  You may find your driver  series listed under the Quick Links column. You will need to know the specific card model/number to download the correct driver. Installing new drivers is not hard, but can be confusing when trying to find the correct one for your audio card. I am assuming that your HP is using a RealTek card as with many other HP machines.


Oh, and one more thing. I once had to actually go into the computer device manager settings to manually select a new driver I downloaded. Most of the time you won't have to do this because the machine automatically finds the newest and best driver for the card and machine. Good luck.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on December 26, 2016, 03:34:14 PM
MarsGal, thank you for that information.  I'll have to see if I have a RealTek driver.  It is an irritating problem and I think happens mostly during music.  Larry Hanna posted something about a PhoneSoap and I was able to listen to the talk for about four minutes before the sound started to fade.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on December 28, 2016, 03:22:56 PM
On one of my old, old computers (probably XP system) there was a "Paint" program, and it had various pictures you could print out.  I don't know if this Win7 has a similar program.  Does anyone know?  It may not have been called Paint, but something else which I can't remember.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on December 28, 2016, 03:27:36 PM
A youtube video on W7 and the paint program.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5aK7YniVFQ
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on December 28, 2016, 03:43:02 PM
Okay, thanks for that.  However, that tells me it wasn't the paint program I was looking for.  Perhaps it was something in my old Microsoft Works Program, that had pictures (not photos) in it.  Things like stacks of books, a pagoda, I'd have to look at some old, old stuff I printed out yrs. ago to see what kind of pics.  Does that ring a bell?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on December 28, 2016, 04:12:19 PM
Are you thinking of different backgrounds available for each Windows browser? Those you could save, print out or use for your theme? Each Windows browser has a set that you will find in settings.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on December 28, 2016, 04:14:55 PM
Nope, not those.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on December 29, 2016, 03:23:04 PM
Okay!  The word of the day is "perserverance"!  I found what I was asking about.  Went to MS Word, if you have a document up, or not, you can go to Insert, there is a box called "Clip Art".  Click on that, You can type in whatever you are looking for.  I did Books and Buildings, and it shows several choices of each item, which you can then insert into your documents! 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on December 29, 2016, 03:24:10 PM
But, I appreciate all your efforts to help me find this App!
You are all wonderful, and I wish you each and every one a
Happy New Year!
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on December 29, 2016, 04:25:32 PM
Tomereader   thanks for posting that your problem was solved.   I do not have MSWord.  I use Notepad free and included with Windows 10.   No tab for clipart, but you can include photos.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on December 30, 2016, 11:43:20 AM
Looks like MS Window Essential will end Jan 10th.

I am still using W7 so will have to see what happens.  http://www.howtogeek.com/286552/how-to-replace-windows-essentials-2012-after-support-ends-in-january/
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on December 30, 2016, 05:25:06 PM
Jack and/or Rammel, in the past there has been mention of two places to get electronic/computer stuff. One was NewEgg, and I can't remember the other one.  Seems it begins with the letter C, but it's possible I am just dreaming that!LOL.  Can you help?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on December 30, 2016, 07:08:49 PM
Tomereader1  What kind of equipment did you want.  I simply use Walmart, Best Buy, Target and Staples. 
Title: Tomereader1
Post by: RAMMEL on December 30, 2016, 07:46:43 PM
Tomereader1,

The other might have been "Tiger Direct", but I have been leary of their return policy. But have used them when they have just what I want.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on December 30, 2016, 09:10:03 PM
I don't think it was Tiger Direct.  I've shopped at Walmart, Target.  Going to best buy, maybe this weekend.  Staples probably won't have what I'm looking for.  Ooops, forgot to say:  Looking for well-priced BluRay player and a Soundbar.
Trying not to spend a fortune!
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on December 30, 2016, 09:29:08 PM
Found it... was Crutchfield,but they are mostly high dollar equipment.  They have some reasonable priced BluRay players.

Thanks for helping.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on December 31, 2016, 03:54:47 PM
Now soon there will be no DVD players to be found. I need to buy a new one before that happens.  Now all say Blue Ray. Will they use the Regular DVD also.
I still have one that does DVD and VCR.  One in the room children use is here that just plays VCR.  I have so many of those tapes. Wedding. Childrens Cartoons. Things going back may years. Use the one daily that does the DVD as again I have hundreds I want to keep.  I don't have anything Blue Ray as yet. See some on sale right now.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on December 31, 2016, 06:27:00 PM
JeanneP    You should take the time to copy what you want from the DVD to your computer.  If you have something on VCR you should be able to get a gadget that will transfer to DVD/Computer.   I have all my movies converted to digital and while I kept a few DVD's I have everything on my computer, with copies on my external hard drive and even flash drives. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on January 01, 2017, 03:11:38 PM
Jack.  Yes. I had lots of Europe Trips put over from Slides to VCR . need to now put to DVD. I have got way to many things to put over. Will just hold onto the things to play them on. Sort of fun watching Old movies on the TV that are VCR. I collected Black and white movies for years.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on January 01, 2017, 03:23:04 PM
Well I think my Desktop is now in bad shape. Friend said to take it apart and bring it to him and he will start over and clean off and reinstall every thing. Will do it as not going to pick up the new one yet. Not in a hurry to leave W7.
Malware must have hit me.. No idea what that does but people do say that is the problem. Thing have just installed themselves on that I never asked and did.  I have spent time seeing if could clean them off. No way.  I took Firefox of and reinstalled. Can't get rid of the one thing that keep coming back as my home page. Its some thing where you can check the speed you computer working.. Another thing is Avast. and another one like it. All downloaded them selves. I didn't want Google Chrome on  but its on now.
On WXP I remember how one could go in and bring up what was on computer and you could reinstall (take off what you didn't want). Can't think where we went to do that..don't have the book on W7 anymore. Anyone remember where it went on W7. I have brought up All Programs but tried to delete Avast which did show on there. But there is another way to check all on the Hard drive.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on January 01, 2017, 05:14:42 PM
JeanneP  let your friend handle.  I have had many of the problems you describe and a real headache trying to reinstall etc.  Do feel you will be happy with 10 and if friend works with you, can set it up to be a lot like 7 for your use.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on January 01, 2017, 07:22:56 PM
Yes. I will do that once this weather gets better.  I can go on the Internet on the Desktop but it is so slow and things keep poping up. I still think i all ties into Mozilla/Firefox. although I have used them for my browser for years.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on January 02, 2017, 07:17:17 AM
Microsoft has been advertising that their browser is safer than Firefox these days. I have both, but mostly still use Firefox.

What I found is that when I manually update some of my programs, or when I go to install a new one, they sometimes give you the option of installing other things, like Adobe does with McAfee and CCleaner does with Chrome. I have to remember to uncheck the box so that these unwanted extras don't install along with the program I want. Sometimes I forget and then have to uninstall the unwanted programs.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on January 03, 2017, 11:09:46 AM
  I've been reading the reviews for LastPass password manager on PC Mag and am considering this.

Anybody use it or something else?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MaryTX on January 03, 2017, 01:26:59 PM
I think Larry uses it.  I tried it.  Either I missed something in installing it or whatever, it messed up my computer.  I had a heck of a time getting rid of it so I'm back to the old fashioned way :).

Mary[\b]
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on January 03, 2017, 01:33:34 PM
Read that LastPass thought they "might" of been hacked 2011 and had everyone re do.   I know I am exposed.  I do not keep passwords on my machine, but do have them written down.  I really do not trust any firm to handle my records and seldom use the cloud except for photos.  Feel anyone can be hacked, will just take my chances, so far no problems.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on January 03, 2017, 02:36:16 PM
THanks, MaryTx....I don't need something trying to mess with my computer.  I appear to do enough to screw it up! ;D


Yep...I've leaned your way also, Jack.  I have a zippered notebook with all our passwords in it.  I just get tired of having to change some every 6 months and for sites that don't have anything of value of mine!

I also don't think anyone is intentionally trying to get my financial data...they won't bother with me when they can do the banks and the big clearing houses for credit cards....yep...we had to get a new one 'cause the big clearning house was compromised!

jane
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on January 03, 2017, 03:15:25 PM
Jack I was/am doing it your way as well. But... when on my visit in Canada I lost my precious little notebook, probably in my hotel room and it could not be found.  A great loss, and now I learned that I should also have a back up notebook for these passwords. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on January 03, 2017, 03:34:06 PM
I now found how to Uninstall from the W7.  Must not have used it since I had XP . could just not figure out where it was.  But anyway. Spent a hours trying to clean off all the things that started appearing on this W7 desktop. What a mess. Had 6 things on I have never heard of. Just appeared and really messed the computer up.

I know I am not going to even install anything that looks O.K . Keep it the way it is.  4 out of the six took so long to go.  All the questions as to why removing had to answer. 

I have 2 packages here waiting to be mailed since last Saturday. Storm just will not let up. Temps not bad 43 deg. but it doesn't stop one getting soaked. So will hold until tomorrow. Hope it quits.  seems like down South it is bad also. So much for Winter.

Cleaning out the file drawers on my desk. Thing in there going back years. I have to get better at keeping things in order.  (Say this every January)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on January 03, 2017, 03:38:45 PM
Carry a copy of passwords in my wallet, so problem if lost.  Several do not have the site and are joined together so that I am able to pickup the portion I want.

Just wondered about putting on a small flash drive and having available. (problem if lost)

With Russia, China and our Government busy hacking etc.   probably no way to keep entirely safe. ;) ;)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on January 03, 2017, 04:31:38 PM
When installing anything, I always do a custom install to avoid addons and am still surprised when one slips through. I use LastPass, but you do have to remember or write down your master password. I have all of my passwords written down as well as on a cloud server in hopefully a disguise.

I have a regular antivirus, IOLO's System Mechanic that consistently rates high as well as a second opinion malware and rootkit program as well as Malabytes; and I still have to pay attention as Windows Defender keeps trying to shut them down and reopens.

Altho it is honest in telling you that it will be doing this and I am unable to lock it down as I did with Cortana.  :tickedoff:   "Real Time Protection:  This helps find and stop malware from installing. You can turn this off temporarily, but if its off for awhile, we will turn it back on automatically" Microsoft at its most controlling!

JeanneP. You might have an issue such as "SavingsCool" malware that gets on your system with bad program downloads and does exactly what you are talking about. It changes things around on your computer, downloads ad ware as well as malware and it's hard to be rid of.

http://surfthenetsafely.com/uninstall-savings-cool-virus/
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on January 03, 2017, 05:40:24 PM
Quote from: jackwv on January 03, 2017, 03:38:45 PM
Carry a copy of passwords in my wallet, so problem if lost.  Several do not have the site and are joined together so that I am able to pickup the portion I want.

Just wondered about putting on a small flash drive and having available. (problem if lost)

With Russia, China and our Government busy hacking etc.   probably no way to keep entirely safe. ;) ;)

Jack --- Interesting idea.  You could put them on a flash drive but encrypt them. Then you could have a complex encryption word but one that you could easily remember.

I have a stack of index cards about 1 1/2  to 2" high of sites and their passwords and user names.  This is for three people that access stuff from my puters. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on January 03, 2017, 05:58:42 PM
I am beginning to lose some interest in computers I think.  Enjoyed them for years but just to much of a mess now trying to keep ahead of things.

Really enjoyed Google for Searching for Different Web sites.  Now you just can't type in a Word. say if Travel area or  person Cooking site. Use to put you right into their Web page.  Now longer do that. Dozens of places alike come up.
Tried it today just to get their Tel. Number.  Never did get the Web page up.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on January 03, 2017, 06:25:56 PM
I quit using Edge to search, when you go to their home page they are trying to sell too much.  Use IE and Google as my search engine.

JeanneP  I have never lost interest in computers.  I do not read books, but spend a lot of time on computers and remain overwhelmed with the information and entertainment they provide.

Rick I never encrypted a flash drive, good idea to consider.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on January 03, 2017, 08:13:14 PM
Jack is google chrome any good to use? Candy
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on January 03, 2017, 08:30:30 PM
CC unable to answer your question, hope others will offer an opinion.  I have windows 10 and edge that I do not use.  I still use IE and have google as my search engine.    Giving a link to a recent article and looks like I should consider the move to Chrome.  It appears the most popular and would like to hear from others that use it.

Link  http://www.howtogeek.com/257964/how-to-migrate-from-internet-explorer-or-edge-to-chrome-and-why-you-should/
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on January 03, 2017, 08:48:43 PM
CC   I am looking into possibly switching to Chrome, but temp. staying with IE.   I caught this fairly recent comment on zdnet.

There are also some sites, most noteworthy is Facebook, which don't play well with Edge. Still, that isn't so much Microsoft's problem as it is Facebook playing fast and loose with web standards. Of course, that's not going to matter to you if you're having fits making Facebook comments.

Taken all-in-all, Chrome's my first pick for Windows 10. However, I can see why some of you would prefer Edge. I will be watching Edge closely. I'm told by friends at Microsoft that the company is putting lots of resources behind it. By this time next year, Edge may be the unqualified best Windows 10 web browser, but it's not there yet.

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Sandy on January 03, 2017, 09:05:55 PM
Chrome has been my browser of choice now for many years ...  I have Edge but only use it if
for some reason Chrome is giving me a problem...  Then I uninstall it,  and use Edge to download and re-install Chrome.   

This usually clears up  any issues that I might have come
across on Chrome.   (Which rarely occurs) 

Sandy 

I can't compare Chrome  to other browsers because it has been so many years since I have experienced others. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on January 03, 2017, 09:46:58 PM
Before Windows 10, I used both Chrome and Firefox. Then I began having issues with Firefox and went exclusively to Chrome. I have always prefered Google to other search engines because it found items easily that other search engines failed at.

Now I use Chrome just like Sandy has mentioned.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on January 04, 2017, 08:26:07 AM
Sandy and Patricia thanks may change to Chrome and CC appears you may have your answer.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on January 04, 2017, 12:33:47 PM
Firefox does seem like it gives a few problems now.  I had the Chrome Icon on my Desktop and Deleted it. Maybe should give it a try. do I just bring up its home page?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on January 04, 2017, 12:56:17 PM
JeanneP just back from my physical and emailing the kids all is ok.   Saw your post, I am sending a link that should answer your question, in fact I am about to give it a go myself.

http://www.howtogeek.com/257964/how-to-migrate-from-internet-explorer-or-edge-to-chrome-and-why-you-should/
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on January 04, 2017, 01:14:36 PM
MaryAnn.  See if this tells you anything on working the W10 on your new Laptop

I can't stand the pads either.http://www.howtogeek.com/286905/what-is-a-precision-touchpad-on-windows-pcs/

Jack.  Now my Desktop does seems to work better. Nothing popping up . Still a little slow though and the Home page wont hold.

I have really cleaned a lot of stuff off.  A lot where the companies try to have you download theirs to stop things getting into the computer. (Like they got in).
Some as high as $99 a year.   I know a little more now on getting the off.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on January 04, 2017, 02:00:21 PM
I downloaded chrome and made it my default, was able to keep my favorites.  Only used several times but all seems well.

JeanneP on downloads I try to go to the source and not some article in a link that recommends.  I am also sure to read each popup and eliminate many recommendations that they try to sneak past.   You also have to be careful of free offers that are simply a trial.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on January 04, 2017, 04:41:26 PM
I, too, use chrome almost exclusively anymore.  I do have IE and Firefox on, in case of browser "kerfuffle"
and it works well for me.  I have Windows 8.1.

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on January 04, 2017, 05:24:12 PM
JeanneP, I went to Settings in Windows 10 and it appears I have a standard touchpad.  Some time ago, I disabled the touchpad so I could use the mouse alone.  It's a shame it took me so long because I remember the conflict between the touchpad and mouse from previous troubles but as of now, my mouse is working fine and I don't have the screen going up and down and the font stays the same.  I am using Firefox.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on January 04, 2017, 05:42:13 PM


I have Windows Ten and I have disabled both Cortana and the touchpad. I am still trying to discover a way to disable Windows Defender.

Best advice is to have no more than half of your memory full on your computer, only install what is needed and will be used and never on an automatic download and installation. Always, always use custom installation and even then go immediately to your control panel and check to see if any undesirable add-ons slipped thru!

You need, separate from your computer, two system backups. You may use free or paid cloud services,(Info is on their servers, not yours, but assessable always for you); external hard drives or written documents. This is critical.

Nowadays you need a good antivirus, a second opinion software and usually Malabytes. This is non-negotiable if you want to keep your computer healthy and each of these should be checked at reputable sites for good reviews and always, always downloaded from the source and not some anonymous site. There are excellent free and purchased programs.

Never use the red X to check out of a program or site you are wary of. This can lead you to more scams and malware. Always use control-alt-delete. A good plan to have, available for all browsers and in paid and free versions is WOT or Web Of Trust.

This will stop you from clicking on bad sites and will display a page saying it is a bad place, bad reviews and will ask if you really want to go there. It will give you the option to go ahead or go back, safe. You still need to pay attention because some places will always slip through.

You pay a lot of money for your computer and do you really want all your personal and financial information available for scammers' use? And do you really want to pay crazy amounts of money to fix what you didn't pay attention to or for another new computer?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on January 05, 2017, 06:41:21 AM
Very good advice, Angelface. I love Malwarebytes. I use Avast anti-virus, but I did not entirely disable Windows Defender (which I read is actually not that bad). Windows Defender pops up several times a week to request a quick scan of essential bits. It recognizes that another anti-virus is in place to do the heavy work. I really like WOT, too.

What I haven't done yet, but keep threatening to do, is disable my touchpad. I keep bumping it when typing, so strange things sometimes happen. I refuse to use Cloud storage for most things, preferring to back up my files to flash drive or external hard drive. Some things are important enough to print out hard copy as well.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on January 05, 2017, 09:35:53 AM
I don't know if you've heard of Touch Freeze?  It's a free program that keeps those accidental hits from your hands as you type when you've had a mouse attached to your computer.  I kept having problems with my typing jumping around up and down on a page when I was typing.  I found that Touch Freeze solved my problem.  It still allows you to use the touchpad if you choose, but it keeps those accidental touches from screwing up your typing.

Here are some links you can look at:

Touchpad Blocker - Free download and software reviews - CNET ...
download.cnet.com/Touchpad-Blocker/3000-2084_4-75289384.html (http://download.cnet.com/Touchpad-Blocker/3000-2084_4-75289384.html)

TouchFreeze
touchfreeze.net/ (http://touchfreeze.net/)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on January 05, 2017, 03:47:37 PM
Thanks, Jane.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on January 05, 2017, 04:30:35 PM
I have a beef with Microsoft and their Windows Defender as one; it isn't as good a program like the one I have always running in the background, yet keeps turning itself back on and attempting to close down my chosen programs. I know because both System Mechanic and Malabytes use a popup saying it is attempting to block all or parts of their programming. I then have to go back into settings to manually turn it off again. That is not the sign of a reputable program, more like malware, in my opinion!
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on January 05, 2017, 04:39:47 PM
Patricia, for my part I run only Windows Defender and am pleased with it.   There are links for turning it off in registry etc.   Here is one link hope it works for you, a google search has other links.

http://www.windowscentral.com/how-permanently-disable-windows-defender-windows-10


Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on January 05, 2017, 05:10:13 PM
Thank you for those links, Jack!
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on January 06, 2017, 07:24:14 PM
Well my old windows vista wouldn't let me down load google chrome...said vista wasn't supported anymore...guess I will have to upgrade or buy new pic...CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: SCFSue on January 06, 2017, 07:28:18 PM
Darlene, my son erased my computer and reloaded 8.1 and it's doing great.  I don't really do anything much online except look at web sites here and others that I think are safe--don't play games, run a quick scan daily and a full scan every few days.  So I'm hoping to keep this going for quite some time.  I've never used Windows Vista.

Sue
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on January 06, 2017, 08:29:19 PM
CC I am trying Chrome, but usually still use IE   really not much difference.  You should consider the age of your computer and how much memory, you can just continue with IE.  You can check and see the cost to do as Sue did.  I am still using a 6 year old Gateway
If you use a desktop and no touch screen they are selling for $350 to &500.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on January 06, 2017, 08:46:29 PM
Thank you Sue and Jack for ur comments.....right now will just use I.E.  CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on January 08, 2017, 02:02:59 PM
On cleaning up my desktop W7 I must had. Cleaned off.  The Allow cookies. It is telling me I can't get in without allowing cookies. Can't get into my Email at all.  I have tried to find how to do that but so far can't find out how it's done. Seems my memory only does MS XP
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on January 08, 2017, 04:41:35 PM
JeanneP   Sounds like you are running XP, but regardless if XP or 7   you can pay for 10 but would make more sense to buy a new machine, you may not need an all in one, but just the computer and laptops inexpensive.

Know that is not much of an answer, but sounds like you need technical assistance.   It may be worth going to this link then scrolling down to push the blue  connecting with the help desk, then  select phone.  You will discuss with someone that can help you and even temp. do a remote takeover to help.  Should be no charge, but ask first.


https://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/cat/Answer-Desk/categoryID.63433500
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on January 08, 2017, 07:36:23 PM
No jack. Not had WXP  for years. Had this window 7. Doesn't do things same way when trying to get back to showing cookies. Don't know how it changed on me. Won't let me use my Email

I have that new W10 lcomputer waiting in Texas. Just in no hurry to go down and pick it up.it has had all I use put on it.
Can't leave my house in Illinois this weather.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on January 08, 2017, 07:58:47 PM
How about this

1.In Internet Explorer, select the Tools button, and then select Internet options.
2.Select the Privacy tab, and under Settings, move the slider to the top to block all cookies (or the bottom to allow all cookies), and then select OK.

Or check this out
http://www.whatarecookies.com/enable.asp
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on January 08, 2017, 11:29:18 PM
Only for those fairly knowledgeable about computers and who use gmail.

http://www.popsugar.com/tech/Export-Gmail-Emails-32827675?stream_view=1#photo-42252524
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on January 09, 2017, 09:27:47 AM
Thanks, Angelface.  I use both Google Drive and dropbox.  I'm going to think about doing this and if I'd really need any emails I've kept in various gmail subfolders.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on January 09, 2017, 03:31:20 PM
It's for all your Google information if you so choose, and then its all available to you offline as well. For example my email said,

Your account, your data.
The Google data archive you started on January 8, 2017 is ready. It contains your +1s, Blogger, Bookmarks, Calendar, Chrome, Fit, Google Photos, Groups, Hangouts, Hangouts on Air, Keep, Mail, Maps (your places), My Maps, Profile, Searches, Tasks, Wallet, Contacts, Drive, Google Play Books, Google+ Circles, Google+ Pages, Google+ Stream, Location History, and YouTube data. Your archive is stored in (My Storage Place); and you may download a copy from there.

Manage archives

View archive 1 of 3 in ??
View archive 2 of 3 in ??
View archive 3 of 3 in ??




Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on January 10, 2017, 09:07:43 AM
how long did the download take?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on January 10, 2017, 02:48:33 PM
It took about an hour I believe by the time stamps. It was overnight so I was off in La La Land.   :sleep:
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on January 11, 2017, 04:32:34 AM
It did not work for me. After 3 hours I had a broken file :(  end when I tried a smaller one, it could not be open.  Pity.  I just wanted to save my archived mails.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on January 14, 2017, 11:02:04 PM
More about Google from P.C. Pitstop and Techlicious.com

http://www.techlicious.com/tip/how-to-free-up-storage-on-google-drive/?techlicious-enhancinggoogledrive=&ad_id=504857&share-ad-id=1
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: donklan on January 18, 2017, 10:46:17 AM

Had  a "CRITICAL CHROME UPDATE" warning popup today.  See reference below

http://techdows.com/2016/07/fake-urgent-chrome-update.html

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on January 18, 2017, 11:26:17 AM
Thanks!
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on January 18, 2017, 02:22:48 PM
Same kind of warning that popped up on my Firefox the other week.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on January 18, 2017, 02:53:03 PM
If I see a warning like those I go to Malabytes homepage first or to How to Geek's homepage and they usually have up to the date info on these scams. Failing that, I'd go to the browser's actual official home page before doing anything and I wouldn't click on the red X of these notices, as they are prepared for that. I would go instead to a control alt delete which is a good habit to get into anyway.

Website browsers, operating systems, and other legitimate businesses never send you that type of notice which is a tip-off. I would also wonder how it got on my PC.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: donklan on January 23, 2017, 02:30:44 PM
Anyone else notice how slow the recommended Windows 10 Photos App loads?
Any suggestions or solutions?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on January 28, 2017, 09:16:39 PM
Do you know where your antivirus company comes from?

https://techtalk.pcpitstop.com/2015/05/18/where-is-your-antivirus-software-made/

Almost all major antivirus programs come from outside the US.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on January 29, 2017, 02:10:50 PM
Can someone tell me what this means and how to correct it...on my windows vista computer...in the task bar..it says. "No audio output device is installed....thank you CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on January 29, 2017, 02:19:45 PM
I was thinking that meant you speaker not hooked up.  I could be wrong.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on January 29, 2017, 02:40:07 PM
It means you have no speaker or sound system hooked up to your computer so you have no sound. You need to have an auxiliary sound system plugged into your computer.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on January 29, 2017, 02:48:31 PM
Thanks..my grandson..must have unplugged it....accidentally or on purpose...I do not know...since he isn't here now and I don't know how to reconnect it...I guess I'm without sound...CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: maryz on January 29, 2017, 02:56:59 PM
LOL - I keep my sound turned off in any case (unless I'm skyping with my daughter).  8^)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on February 11, 2017, 07:09:07 PM
Rick, as you can see, at the bottom of my post, I'm having trouble with my temperture widget. Can you help me again?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on February 11, 2017, 08:19:04 PM
Quote from: angelface555 on February 11, 2017, 07:09:07 PM
Rick, as you can see, at the bottom of my post, I'm having trouble with my temperture widget. Can you help me again?

Should be an email coming to you.  If it's messed up, let me know.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on February 11, 2017, 08:38:38 PM
Did you send it to my gmail account? My outlook email is DOA.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on February 11, 2017, 08:49:20 PM
Quote from: angelface555 on February 11, 2017, 08:38:38 PM
Did you send it to my gmail account? My outlook email is DOA.
I sent it to the one indicated to the left of your post here on S&F.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on February 11, 2017, 08:51:15 PM
Try   Remove space after the  [   where there is a space.  ( 2 of them )
[ img alt=BIG BOX]http://banners.wunderground.com/weathersticker/gizmotimetemp_both/language/www/US/AK/Fairbanks.gif[/img][ size=4]Fairbanks[/size]
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on February 11, 2017, 09:02:18 PM
I'm sorry, it doesn't show up in new, spam or deleted. I'll send one to you.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on February 11, 2017, 09:09:21 PM
YES!! I had to delete what I had as it wasn't the same wording as yours, and then I deleted the two extra spaces. Thank you again, Rick!
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on February 12, 2017, 04:03:09 PM
I never have been able to show Time and Temp on mine.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on February 20, 2017, 04:32:36 PM
Don't know what happened but I need to change the width of my screen on this W7 computer. Just clicking on the square in the upper right corner not getting somethings that come in showing over on the right side. Instance. I got from Amazon their E-M for a book I put on my Kindle.  Just will not show the price listed. Some other things doing same thing.  Just can't see amount due.
Will keep playing.
I can only use a 17 inch screen on my desk as its in A Armoire.  (Hate it.) But it just does keep my mess hidden away.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Jakkims on February 20, 2017, 11:11:00 PM
Jeanne,
Try Googling - Change screen resolution on Win 7.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on February 21, 2017, 07:21:08 PM
Interesting reading from a respected source about W10 Browsers

http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/test-centre/software/best-web-browser-2017-3635255/

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: donklan on February 23, 2017, 03:33:44 PM
Scam Alert for CHROME users.....from Clark Howard......

http://www.clark.com/google-chrome-scam-can-infect-device-with-malware
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on February 23, 2017, 08:34:19 PM
I went to the Opera browser last week because I was having issues with Edge, Chrome and Firefox! I even had a computer remote checkup on my machine and he thought it might have been Chrome.

On the link above yours, they talk about issues with Chrome.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: halkel on February 23, 2017, 10:47:24 PM
You know I thought I was still in the loop on this computer forum, but I wasn't.  I am now.

Angel I updated CCleaner and it downloaded Chrome even though I told it not to.  It also downloaded some malware and corrupted Firefox, my primary browser, and I had a mess.  I subscribed to "HelloTech" for 7 bucks a month and let their tech clean it up.  Except the next day I got hit again with some malware, suspect he overlooked something, a different tech went in and cleaned out the goop. 

Angel, he used some components of Malwarebyte I had never heard of but it did the trick.  Computer is running good.

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on February 24, 2017, 12:49:23 AM
Hal; I have Malwarebytes and it said no issues, meanwhile my computer was going nuts. The guy spent two hours roving my computer, shutting down Chrome, Firefox and fixing Edge which was frozen. Windows Defender also said there were no issues during this time?!? Evidently, the issue came from something in Chrome and I had no downloads since two weeks ago. It originated in Microsoft's outlook email and Chrome. I also had the tech close out outlook. I have had nothing like this, so widespread and disruptive. Now using the Opera Browser only and just gmail, no yahoo or outlook any longer, my computer has stabilized.I don't know exactly what occurred, but no Windows Defender and no longer any Microsoft outlook email!

I used your company and they charged me $79.00....
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on February 24, 2017, 07:10:49 AM
Interesting Angel. The last time I had problems I was getting constantly getting dropped from my wireless router. I couldn't find whether it was my laptop or the router itself. Both only a little over six months old. Finally, after one of Microsoft's monthly updates, the problem just disappeared. So it wasn't my computer hardware, it was the previous Microsoft update that did the damage. Figures.

I don't use Chrome because it generally comes with PUPs, mostly from Conduit (often used by advertisers). I still use Firefox, but I noticed over the last couple of years that it sometimes gets slow and freezes after some of their updates. i have not tried Opera or Safari. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: halkel on February 24, 2017, 09:04:17 AM
Angel, They charged you a "the one time" charge for cleaning the computer.
Look at this link to see what I am talking about.

https://www.hellotech.com/plans (https://www.hellotech.com/plans)

If I were you, and you want the monthly plan, I would go back and ask them for some credit from their last foray into your computer.

I am getting to the age when I don't have the patience, inclination or desire to fight the old battles on the computer.  I would just as soon let some young techie get into the computer and fix the problem.

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on February 24, 2017, 03:47:24 PM
There is a previous post of mine, http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/test-centre/software/best-web-browser-2017-3635255/

It talks about various browsers and I should have read more deeply. Opera has been around for over 20 years. It is good, has a lot of fans, but not all of the buzz or tools of Chrome or Firefox. I should have also listened when both Chrome and Firefox originally warned me about going to Microsoft's Outlook email saying it was unsecured and someone could possibly steal my information, I just used Edge to get to my email there.

Edge itself is full of ads and is rift for pups, etc. Windows defender is poorly rated but you can't get rid of it if you use Windows. You can turn it off, but Microsoft, (Read what they admit there!); will turn it back on so you have to keep turning it off in settings. At least with Cortana which is simply Microsoft's Bing search engine with a personality and a huge resource and memory hog, you can turn it off and take it off your task bar. In Windows, you cannot delete either program permanently.

Safari isn't updated or protected for Windows by Apple any longer, you are on your own with that Windows browser as Apple admits it didn't take off like they hoped. I had also temporarily taken off my System Mechanics to try McFee and discovered that McFee and Malawarebytes can be overrun or overwhelmed. The only present issue with Opera is it doesn't support Grammarly, a spelling and grammar app I prefer.

Hal, I have a short budget with the classes I'm taking and am already full of monthly charges in other areas. I went back to System Mechanic by IOLO. I went 16 years previously with it and never had an outbreak. Not even a sniffle!  :thumbup:
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on February 27, 2017, 12:14:30 AM
This is what the tech said about the Chrome Browser.

"I would like to inform you that chrome browser is derived from open source browser chromium and its source code is available on the Internet. As the information is available, it is easy for a spammer to find the loophole and give pop-up on the browser. I can suggest you to use Firefox, Opera or even the  Edge browser."

Its also interesting that Firefox and Opera both will not take me to Microsoft outlook email. All of them warn of unguarded coding and that I would be vulnerable to identity theft. I had closed my account because of the incident earlier and am only using Opera and only Firefox because of certain features only available on Firefox. It is getting harder and harder to trust anymore.

One interesting item is I just found out that my Kindle 8 Fire has a functioning Alexa account! I have yet to try it out however. The account is free on certain Amazon tablets, kindles, etc.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on February 27, 2017, 06:54:38 AM
Angel, my Kindle is an earlier model so I don't think I have (or can get Alexa) but I will take a look. My Kindle came with the Silk browser which I don't use very often.

Interesting that the tech mentioned that Chrome is an Open Source based browser, but didn't mention that Firefox and Opera are also Open Source based. Chrome, Firefox, and Opera consistently get the highest ratings among all the various browsers available (or tested at any rate) by the various testing groups. The rank varies a little depending on for what and how the browsers are tested.  I don't like Microsoft's Edge, but I do, on occasion, use Microsoft Outlook which gets fairly high ratings. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on February 27, 2017, 01:28:59 PM
Before I closed my account and transferred my email, outlook email.com was behaving sluggish and took forever.Whenever I would forward anything I would receive an empty text. I had emailed their text support twice and all they ever told me is that they were working on improving that system and were going to come out with a new program. 

Opera and Firefox are open systems but the bug came from Chrome which is why we had the discussion on it. Chrome also has 54% of the market share but I no longer trust it.The quote said that Chrome browser is derived from an open source browser chromium and its source code is available on the Internet.

Read my post about browsers.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 07, 2017, 12:18:09 PM
This is something few people often think about and why it is so often cautioned to download only from the direct manufacture and to not use a download manager.

"Every application adds direct risk

Every application you download and install on your computer â€" be it your desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone â€" is an opportunity for your security and privacy to be compromised.

We regularly give applications much broader permissions to operate on our information than they need. In Windows, most programs can read any file, whether they need to or not. For example, that desktop chess game you just downloaded has complete access to the financial spreadsheets stored elsewhere on your computer."

https://newsletter.askleo.com/ask-leo-642-every-application-adds-risk/
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on March 09, 2017, 08:00:48 AM
Firefox's latest incarnation has added a new feature that flags websites that are not secure (https//). This one and SeniorLearn are both being flagged. I can still log-on, however; it is just a warning. Thought you'd like to know in case you get questions.

I've been resisting using a password protection program, but I guess I will have to look into it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 09, 2017, 12:16:48 PM
McAfee also flags this site as having risky behavior.

I no longer use my Microsoft Outlook email as browsers Chrome, FireFox, and Opera will not go there saying it is unsecured and vulnerable to identity theft. Malwarebytes, McAlfee, and System Mechanic do the same. Edge will go there which raises a red flag, and I emailed Microsoft's live chat, and the tech admitted to only having a cheat sheet for callers and said they would pass the information along, so I don't expect much from that.

Besides FireFox's saving passwords and Opera also saving passwords, I rarely have to log in except after deleting cookies. However, since my memory has gotten so bad, I keep a cheat sheet off the computer.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on March 09, 2017, 12:42:53 PM
Patricia, I have never used Outlook because of something I read, possibly what you wrote.  I click on something that Tom set up when I got this computer and the menu/index comes up and I'm in business with S&F.  I don't have the problems others have, but I don't mention it because I don't want to jinx myself!

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 09, 2017, 01:32:30 PM
MaryAnn, back in 2000 when I purchased my first computer, I was told to use just under half of its memory, use a good antivirus, firewall, and second opinion antivirus and to pick a day to weekly clean my computer of temporary files and crud. I use the weekend for weekly cleaning.

Nowadays with more spam viruses and pups, that is even more important. Many formally good sites such as Microsoft, Java, and Adobe carry spam and other dangers onsite or with their downloads either unintentionally or to pay for things. Also, some popular sites such as comics, kids social pages or music sites are expected to carry malware. Porn, gambling and those type also generally carry malware.

You just have to be even more observant and careful. It amazes me what some people download or use without thinking even with the high cost of computers and high cost for replacements or repair. Someone I know regularly downloads "cash or value cards" from supposedly "manufacturers" such as Google or Walmart, even though I have told her several times its spam.

Last summer I had to do a clean reinstall of my computer as I picked up something that I couldn't get rid of. If all my browsers hadn't gone to the extent of refusing to go to my outlook email, what type of damage would I have incurred?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: halkel on March 09, 2017, 02:55:33 PM
Strange, I use Firefox and get no such warning when I log on to S&F

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MaryTX on March 09, 2017, 02:58:21 PM
Hal, I use Firefox and don't get any warnings either.

Mary
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 09, 2017, 03:31:19 PM
I use both FireFox and Opera browsers. The warnings about this site for me, come from my McAfee antivirus app.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on March 09, 2017, 06:17:39 PM
I use firefox and use to get that warning about S and F. Someone told me what to do so that it didn't happen. Can't think what now.  Was a change in the Firefox I think.

I given up bothering about what can go wrong now on computers.  If the government cant stop the Span from getting in theirs then no chance we can.
I even go  a out of the country phone message on my Mobile phone today.  So they can be got into also now.  I don't do any banking or even have payment going direct anymore other than one to my newspaper and another on my Mobile phone. Usual deposits go into my account.  I just found out the other day that Comcast charge $10 on our bills if you mail them checks.   Sure don't want them deducting from my bank.  I have to get onto them every month about something wrong.

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 09, 2017, 06:31:45 PM
Jeanne and all; it IS NOT Firefox that is giving the warning about S&F but antivirus apps particularly McAfee. Antiviruses are coded to pick up certain clues and while good, don't always work out. I know one antivirus that continually blocked WinZip for someone.

Not caring or using a computer without safeguards endangers us all.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on March 09, 2017, 06:46:29 PM
I have the MS Security on mine and another one thing that I run but if we go into our spam file we will see a lot of things that are in there.  I even get more on the 2 tablets I have.  Not many on my IPad though.  I think even the Apple camputers are safer.  I really don't do a lot on the desktop anymore and it seems to run O.K.
fast.  I never have gotten int Games etc.  use to do research but use the Library and they can bring up the LDS in Utah and I don't want to join any on my computer.  I need to get back to doing some research.  We also have a LDS church here in town that is good for researching.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on March 09, 2017, 06:47:09 PM
FWIW -

https://support.mozilla.org/t5/Install-and-Update/Important-Firefox-is-ending-support-for-Windows-XP-and-Vista/ta-p/31270
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on March 09, 2017, 08:42:47 PM
Now will our W7 still be O.K on Firefox.  They sure want people to keep spending money on getting new systems don't they.  Lots of people still do not want to move to W10. To many don't care for it.  I know many who never get on their computers now.  Just use the Apple Iphone which does everything for them.  Texting has taken over from the Emailing.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on March 09, 2017, 09:12:25 PM
Quote from: JeanneP on March 09, 2017, 08:42:47 PM
Now will our W7 still be O.K on Firefox.  They sure want people to keep spending money on getting new systems don't they.  Lots of people still do not want to move to W10. To many don't care for it.  I know many who never get on their computers now.  Just use the Apple Iphone which does everything for them.  Texting has taken over from the Emailing.
I believe the article said that W7 would continue to be supported. Just XP and Vista being abandoned.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: maryz on March 09, 2017, 09:45:12 PM
Windows defender has my laptop locked and says I have the Zeus virus. I tried the phone number given and the recording said the office was closed. Call again tomorrow. Is that for real? And what's with no 24-hour tech support?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 09, 2017, 10:32:51 PM
From my own recent experience with their live chat, the techs only know their cheat sheets and judging by their already answered questions, have only a rudimentary command of the English language. I was referred to three other people in one chat. I don't know what time zone they are in, but I wish you luck.

https://www.google.com/search?q=Zeus+virus&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on March 10, 2017, 07:07:25 AM
The new addition is for the new version 52. Please see the Whats New page on the Firefox website. https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/52.0/releasenotes/  Click on the "non-secure..." link to see what the message looks like. I don't know what it does for those who type in their name and password every time, but for me it comes up in the Name box when I double click to bring up my login info.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 10, 2017, 11:28:15 AM
I have a moron at Dell support who has been sending me letters in an extremely tiny italic script font. I tried increasing my font size to 72pts. which did nothing to the size of the email but raised my page's print to enormous!

I have twice sent back emails saying I cannot read any of this tiny print and each morning I receive another email in the extremely tiny italic font. Is there any way for me to enlarge this so I can read it?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on March 10, 2017, 01:41:19 PM
forward one to me and I will see if I can change the font.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Sandy on March 10, 2017, 01:49:49 PM
Or copy and paste it to Note Pad or Word and change the font to what you are comfortable with. 

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 10, 2017, 03:52:11 PM
Update; he finally got the point as he changed the font and according to him, enlarged the font size to 72pt. I saw it as 10Pt which is basically what shows here. But thank you for the help  My computer is slow. You can turn it on, go to make coffee, feed yourself and pet, come back and it is just getting to the website you want.

Or you get the message that a script is no longer working, do you want to wait or stop the script? And the last annoying part is some programs only open when you first turn the computer on. If you try later, nothing happens period, no app such as PSP or Dropbox opening. When you restart, then they open.

The first guy did a remote and unplugged everything working so I had to go back and restart. The problems persisted. Then the second Dell tech came on and had me do a clean install. Still the same issues. Now a new Dell tech wants to do a remote and I said no, leave it be.

It is not an antivirus, it is the Dell laptop. I am so tired of paying top dollar for junk!
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: maryz on March 10, 2017, 05:01:31 PM
I'm glad nobody answered the phone last night. I took the laptop to Staples this morning. They've kept it till tomorrow, but will get it all cleaned up and protected. This was my first experience with a virus. Guess I've been lucky.
Title: angelface555
Post by: RAMMEL on March 10, 2017, 05:54:02 PM
   angelface555

FWIW - My son's computer had a problem of being slow. Slow to do anything - start, run, stop. He had become frustrated with AdWare, malware, and a virus, so he installed a program to help protect him (in addition to his Anti Virus)(don't recall the program). Then he added another, and a cleanup program. I've been uninstalling and removing certain programs and with each the speed picks up.  Sort of like becoming insurance poor.

I will eventually upgrade that puter to W10 or a unix based prog.  I'm just "playing" with it now to see what might cause what.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 10, 2017, 06:18:21 PM
I did that Rick, it isn't working on this computer. Thus my dancing with the Dell techs. I have less than half the memory used as well.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on March 10, 2017, 06:52:26 PM
A clean install should fix everything, unless one of the programs you add is creating a problem.
Have you tried it in "Safe Mode"?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 10, 2017, 07:01:34 PM
It is the Dell computer. I have less than half of the memory used, I keep my temp files cleaned up and I do weekly maintenance. They check my resources and my antivirus and have done 3 remote views and three installs since the purchase of 08/16.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: maryz on March 10, 2017, 07:12:15 PM
My laptop is at Staples, getting cleaned and protected. Should be able to get it tomorrow.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on March 10, 2017, 07:57:24 PM
Quote from: angelface555 on March 10, 2017, 07:01:34 PM
It is the Dell computer. I have less than half of the memory used, I keep my temp files cleaned up and I do weekly maintenance. They check my resources and my antivirus and have done 3 remote views and three installs since the purchase of 08/16.
Have you tried it in "Safe Mode"?

Three times since Aug, 2016 - sounds excessive  :o  Maybe a bad unit.

My HP Laptop went back to them three times because it wouldn't work right.  They couldn't fix it and took up hours of my time running their tests.  I finally found a fix on line from another (non HP) site. It fixed the problem but the funny thing is  that it was an HP file that I added to resolve their problem.  I'm sure they didn't make a buck on me. They paid for shipping both ways three times. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on March 11, 2017, 04:51:18 PM
I spent hours Thursday with Comcast. on the Computer. Finely other than my account that was still messed up everything on TV taken care of.  They could do that on the phone. Looks like connection to Box had been turned off someplace.
Now today. Computer turn.  It was coming up Server not found.  I have unplugged, plugged in . Lights just would not come on the Modem. Finely can get on to a server and Internet working but I don't have any Wi Fi.  Ipad won't work or the Readers.  I just gave up.  Be a weekend not turning any thing on. 
Now they will be over again Monday. Will get some reading done for a change.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 13, 2017, 02:40:58 PM
If you haven't already disabled Cortana as useless and a resource hog; here's help from "How to Geek."

"Cortana in Windows 10 gives you a handy search box that’s always at your fingertips. Unfortunately, it forces you to use Microsoft Edge and Bing. Here’s how to make Cortana search using Google and your preferred web browser.

By default, Cortana will always launch searches in the Edge browser. You used to be able to pick which browser you wanted to search in, but Microsoft closed this loophole. Fortunately, a third-party, open-source app called EdgeDeflector can fix this. Start by downloading the .exe from here and launch it. It will install itself in the background.


https://www.howtogeek.com/226638/make-the-windows-10-start-menu-and-cortana-search-google-instead-of-bing/
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on March 16, 2017, 12:25:46 PM
I just cleaned up my contact list in Yahoo mail.  Feel pretty proud of myself.  LOL
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 16, 2017, 12:37:27 PM
I wish I could do mine, it's overwhelming. I look through that and think of that film with Haley Joe Osman or something. The one that was called or else had the tag line, "I see dead people?"

I'm proud of you Joan! ðŸ...
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on March 16, 2017, 01:05:22 PM
Thanks Angel.  Difficult to do when one is almost blind.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 16, 2017, 02:40:04 PM
Mine is the duplicates or dupes of folks I have no memory of but I've got two or three addresses for those unknowns!

That would be hard to do with sight issues.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: CallieOK on March 16, 2017, 04:11:06 PM
I wish I could get rid of Contacts that were put on my list from Facebook.  Don't need them and can't make them go away.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on March 16, 2017, 04:17:39 PM
Calllie, just click on Contacts and when they come up, delete the ones you want to.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: CallieOK on March 16, 2017, 05:04:33 PM
Joan, the ones from Facebook showed up automatically from my Friends list.  I didn't put them in the e-mail list and their e-mail addresses don't show.  When I put my mouse over one, the choices are Add To Favorites Move To and Interact with Contact.
The ones I correspond with are already in the regular e-mail Contact List and I won't ever contact the others except on Facebook.

Tried moving them into a Group but they just Copy and are still on the main list.

Not a huge problem -just annoying.   
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 16, 2017, 05:08:39 PM
Callie, have you tried Googling?

https://www.google.com/search?q=How+to+delete+from+email%2C+Facebook+contacts&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on March 16, 2017, 06:33:35 PM
Callie, maybe you need to turn them off from Facebook??
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: SCFSue on March 22, 2017, 12:26:50 PM
Help, I just had an e-mail from my Norton Security program telling me Seniors and Friends is not safe today.  Has anyone else received this message?  I might have put Seniors&Friends  and this could have been the problem.

SCFSue
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 22, 2017, 12:29:10 PM
Sue, McAfee regularly tells me the site isn't safe. Its not us but the software running the site is not fully secured.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: CallieOK on March 22, 2017, 12:37:28 PM
AngelFace,  the Facebook addies aren't on my phone contacts (and I don't have an Iphone).  They're on my pc e-mail server contact list.

Joan,  don't know how to turn off their Facebook e-mails and don't want to un-friend them.

It's annoying but I can manage. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 22, 2017, 01:28:27 PM
Callie you need to go to settings on your facebook page, scroll through and delete or edit them to turn off them sending FB info to your email account. You can Google how to do this on your computer or laptop, not just for a smart phone.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on March 22, 2017, 11:39:35 PM
Callie, there is ONE setting on Facebook where it ask if you want to have your friends in your email.  I chose no.  I cannot remember exactly where it is but remember seeing it.  You will just have to check all settings on FB or call them.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 23, 2017, 12:33:15 AM
Callie, on the top right of your upper Facebook tab, fifth one over, is a wide downward facing arrow. Click on the arrow and then click on settings which is the 8th one down from the top. Clicking down the list, you will see and click on your notifications. That brings up all your email settings for you to delete and or edit.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: maryz on March 23, 2017, 10:06:55 AM
Callie, on FB, on a post by a particular "friend" (not a  "share"), to the right of the name, there's a faint down-arrow.  When you click on that, you'll get a menu.  One of your choices is "hide posts from this party, but don't 'unfriend'".  If you click on that, you will no longer get posts from that individual, but they won't know it.  That might accomplish at least part of your purpose.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: CallieOK on March 23, 2017, 10:18:47 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions.  I truly appreciate each one.

Off to play Bridge today.  As Scarlett said,  "I'll think about it tomorrow".   ;)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: SCFSue on March 23, 2017, 06:17:17 PM
One of the reasons I don't do face book is that 2 of my  beloved daughter-in-law had a tiff about a post one of them resented.  Not a happy situation!  Also, I don't like people I don't know (perhaps a friend of a friend) knowing my business. 

Sue
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on March 23, 2017, 06:51:35 PM
I have a Yahoo. E-M address on my desktop. Use to use them but no longer. Once in awhile someone will send a E-M to it.  Then for some reason lots of Facebook people showing up in there Dozens a day  I finely just put SPAM to delete. Seems all are one now.  I just don't know how Facebook works that well. I go in just to see what family doing.  All seem to be using just Facebook and Texting now.  Very few will send E-M.  I hate both of those things.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 23, 2017, 06:53:27 PM
My Facebook page is strictly edited by me and so is the access.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on March 23, 2017, 07:19:34 PM
I am not on Facebook, Twitter or any other of them, so if anyone wants to contact me online, it must be by e-mail.  Tom is on Facebook to keep tabs on his relatives and if something interesting is going on, he forwards it to me.  Otherwise, I am in the dark, and I don't mind

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on March 25, 2017, 11:36:29 AM
Reminder:  There is a mini challenge going on!

http://www.seniorsandfriends.org/index.php?topic=321.msg76940#msg76940 (http://www.seniorsandfriends.org/index.php?topic=321.msg76940#msg76940)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 25, 2017, 09:01:33 PM
I posted about this before.

https://techtalk.pcpitstop.com/2017/03/23/14-av-solutions-vulnerable-double-agent/?doubleagent=&ad_id=504965&share-ad-id=1

March 23, 2017

"Double Agent Malware Infects Security Solutions

A malware attack dubbed Double Agent has been discovered by security vendor, Cybellum.  It is reported, although this attack has been discovered, it has not been yet witnessed in the public.

Double Agent effectively uses a 15 year-old vulnerability within the Windows operating system.  The security gap is associated with Microsoft Application Verifier, which can be found on all Windows PCs ranging from XP to Windows 10.  What is troubling being, by gaining access to Microsoft Application Verifier, this malware variant has access to all of the legitimate programs on your PC.  Since Double Agent has access to this platform, it has been able to successfully alter 14 different anti-virus solutions by adding malware to their platforms.  The 14 impacted security solutions include:

AVG
Malwarebytes
Avast
Avira
Bitdefender
Trend Micro
Comodo
ESET
F-Secure
Kaspersky
McAfee
Panda
Quick Heal
Norton
All of the AV programs have had over 90 days to patch the vulnerability; however, out of these 14 programs that have been compromised, only four have been effectively patched.  According to Network World, those are AVG, Kaspersky, Trend Micro and Malwarebytes.

Although this malware variant could infiltrate various other programs that are verified by Microsoft, it does not.  It chooses security solutions because they are trusted by PC users, and have access to the entire PC.  It’s essentially the golden key."
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on March 26, 2017, 01:37:32 PM
Thanks, Angel!  I'm glad I have AVG and Malwarebytes!  It's becoming so hard to keep up with all of these malware things.

jane
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on March 26, 2017, 02:07:53 PM
I've got Malwarebytes and Avast. Interesting to note that Avast bought AVG last year.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 26, 2017, 05:47:06 PM
A new trivia quiz has started.

http://www.seniorsandfriends.org/index.php?topic=95.msg80205#msg80205
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 28, 2017, 07:47:46 PM
The US House just passed a bill eliminating any Internet privacy protocols. The bill now goes to Trump. What this means is that the local ISP that you use or any company, corporation, entity that you deal with or come into online contact with, has the legal right to sell any and all of your information to anyone they want to...
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on March 28, 2017, 08:13:39 PM
Judging by the amount of spam emails I get it appears it's already that way.  Sort of like the "Do Not Call" law.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on March 28, 2017, 08:39:44 PM
Rick   :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 28, 2017, 08:59:09 PM
What this means literally besides your ISP having the legal right to sell your private info as they please, it also means that any corporation, entity, business, insert legal term here, has the legal right to sell any and all information of your info that they come in contact with to anyone. Basically, you now have no right to insist your info remain private. This includes not just public records that were available anyway, but all private records such as banking, medical, automotive, insurance, etc. I am sure there will be legal orders and injunctions popping up but perhaps too little too late.

Think of it this way, your insurance company could sell your medical information with name, address and phone number to a drug company, legally. or to a medical lobbyist.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on March 29, 2017, 12:13:04 PM
I agree Rick. It has been done for a few years now.  You can tell by what will show up on your computer after using it to research. Get E-M and phone calls from a lot of companies after just looking for a car. Checking Ins. companies. Need just one person given you E-M address. Fastest one was within 10 min. of checking Insurance  I got 3 email and one on the phone.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on March 29, 2017, 04:42:05 PM
Angelface....the selling of my social security number, and medical and bank info really bothers me.  How are we to protect our identities when they're able to sell that info?

Search histories are one thing...my ss number, my medical, bank and investment data should not be allowed to be sold.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 29, 2017, 06:51:29 PM
Trump has indicated he will sign the bill. Another thing is what about military service related PTSD or civilian? Or a scammer operation looking to profit? Any type of info will be available for sale unless a judge puts a stop to it. The FCC and Obama squashed a bill last year but Trump favors it.

We can't put a stop to it when people are complacent and uninformed.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on March 30, 2017, 12:11:09 AM
Sounds like we are going a bit political here.

From today's news - Apparently Obama put the Bill in question through in recent history (shortly before leaving office). It hasn't taken affect yet (due later this year). So, the reversing of it will leave us where we have been in the past.  I believe they said the Bill would not have affected "Social Media" sites but rather service providers.

Maybe somewhere down the road we will learn what the whole thing is about.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 30, 2017, 02:39:42 AM
October 27th 2016 from the Washington Post regarding FCC ruling stopping sale of personal info;

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/10/27/the-fcc-just-passed-sweeping-new-rules-to-protect-your-online-privacy/?utm_term=.82c9ed312334

03/28/2017 the US House passed a bill saying it could be sold. Consumer advocates say this means broadband providers will sell your browsing history to the highest bidder. Industry groups say it preserves competition.

https://www.cnet.com/news/house-votes-to-repeal-internet-privacy-rules-broadband-fcc/https://www.cnet.com/news/house-votes-to-repeal-internet-privacy-rules-broadband-fcc/

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/talkingtech/2017/03/23/congress-vote-may-overturn-net-privacy-rules/99521516/
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Jeanne Lee on March 30, 2017, 06:29:04 PM
Rick is right, this discussion is veering away from computers toward politics.  Please continue with any more information on this subject in the political folder HERE (http://www.seniorsandfriends.org/index.php?topic=13.0)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 30, 2017, 07:41:59 PM
Jeanne, I don't do politics. This is my last post on the matter. It is up to everyone with a computer to stay informed on what is happening with the Internet. It is all over the tech and antivirus sites.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 03, 2017, 05:11:08 PM
The Big April Fool one for this year that the kids found. If someone walks away from their computers. Just hit their Ctrl+Alt+down arrow.  Will put screen upside down.
to put it back Ctrl+Alt+up and back in business.   I never knew that one.  Fooled me
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 03, 2017, 08:46:55 PM
Have you tried doing that ?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 04, 2017, 12:35:55 PM
Rammel.

Yes, Works. I couldn't resist trying.  So much I don't know about what can be done on these computers. After so many years.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 04, 2017, 12:58:13 PM
Clever.  I ignored but had to try.  Was using the plus or minus on the keypad and did nothing.  Then tried the up and down arrows,  8 and 2.    Something more I can just forget and not use.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 04, 2017, 06:59:48 PM
I tried it using Firefox and it didn't work.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on April 04, 2017, 07:44:49 PM
It doesn't work with the Chrome Browser or the Opera Browser.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 04, 2017, 09:08:12 PM
I use Firefox and works fine.  Now its using the UP. Down arrows by my calculator. I don't think it should make a difference what Browser one used.
Not something needed other than as a gag.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 04, 2017, 10:01:42 PM
This is a video card option.  It's good for things like Projection it the projector is inverted or a laptop laid flat while showing images to someone across the desk.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 05, 2017, 09:41:25 AM
Rick thanks, that explains a practical reason to use.   
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 05, 2017, 01:00:40 PM
Never thought about that.  Always has to be a good reason things available on computers. Bet there are lots of things I would use if I only knew more.  The young kids of today are learning so much more than we did.  My one GGS smarter than I could ever be.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on April 05, 2017, 02:22:52 PM
Do any of you use google chrome...if so do u like it....CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 05, 2017, 03:11:16 PM
CC I tried it, did not like (never like change)   I am back to Internet Explorer. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: halkel on April 05, 2017, 04:10:27 PM
CC, boy what a surprise, a nice one at that.  Happy to see you posting.

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on April 05, 2017, 04:21:00 PM
I sometimes use Chrome along with FireFox, CC. But I use opera more. I'm the opposite of Jack as I've never cared for Internet Explorer or Edge. It is all in what we are used to.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on April 05, 2017, 05:04:56 PM
My best friend is using Chrome. The only complaint he has is that it likes to drop PUPs into his computer that show up as malware. PUP-Potentially Unwanted Program. I am not sure what they actually do, but the ones I usually see are associated with Conduit. I've never actually looked up what they do, but it is a safe bet they are ad related or site tracking devices of some kind. Anyone know for sure? It is one of the reasons I don't use Chrome.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on April 05, 2017, 05:22:19 PM
Chrome uses open ware software that is freely available on the web. So it is open to spammers. Pups are software that bring unwanted adverts, adware, and unwanted toolbars to your browser and computer. Pups will often change your homepage, close or try to close your antivirus programs and use up your bandwidth. They can install keyloggers that will download everything you do on your computer including personal info and account numbers.

It leads not only to spam but to malware and may quickly damage your computer. I use Hitman Pro that constantly monitors my computer as a secondary antivirus program that eliminates the majority of these pups. This is why you should never do anything but a custom install of programs, watch to see what's downloading and always download from the program's original website and never, ever, use a downloader.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Sandy on April 05, 2017, 06:17:07 PM
I use Chrome all the time,  and I love it. 

Sandy
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 05, 2017, 07:36:51 PM
Quote from: JeanneP on April 05, 2017, 01:00:40 PM
Never thought about that.  Always has to be a good reason things available on computers. Bet there are lots of things I would use if I only knew more.  The young kids of today are learning so much more than we did.  My one GGS smarter than I could ever be.
I like this post.  So simple but so true.  There are so many things in life that any one of us may wonder just why the h--- did anyone bother to do that. But most always, maybe down deep, there's a valid reason for doing that. My son always challenged why something was done, or why do "they" need that.  We have people with all sorts of ailments/disabilities but often our computers give us a way around these problems.  Speech recognition is a great example.

OK, ----  kick my soapbox  :knuppel2:
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on April 05, 2017, 07:51:14 PM
Rick, I use the Dragon voice recognition computer program and I would be lost without it.

I was reading earlier that they are already actively seeking places to land on Mars if suitable. Now we are really entering into what I used to think was the realm of science fiction! We are said to be in the midst of another industrial revolution with technical advances and discoveries, computer software, and space.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 05, 2017, 09:07:18 PM
Think way back to Dick Tracy and Diet Smith (remember them?).  We used to laugh at the way out Diet Smith inventions, like a wrist radio, pictures in a watch like device.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on April 05, 2017, 09:09:55 PM
I didn't know Diet Smith invented the wrist radio, but I do remember Dick Tracy wearing one.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 05, 2017, 09:58:04 PM
Rick that was interesting about Diet Smith.  I only thought of Dick Tracy. 

Interesting background info. worth a look.


http://dicktracy.wikia.com/wiki/Diet_Smith
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on April 18, 2017, 03:14:17 PM
I would like to ask a "General Computer" question if I may.
I use AOL Desktop.  About 3 days ago, it seems to have changed itself from one version (9.6.2) to (9.8.2).  I never noticed it, but when I went to put something in my Personal Filing Cabinet, it was Empty.  You can save stuff on "Save on AOL", but I was in the habit of saving some items in Save in Personal Filing Cabinet.  Anyone have any "fixes" here for this?  There are some on-line, but don't seem to be ones I can utilize.  Help!!
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MaryTX on April 18, 2017, 03:38:09 PM
I'll ask my sister.  She still uses AOL.

Mary
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on April 18, 2017, 04:09:29 PM
Thanks Mary, I'll appreciate it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MaryTX on April 18, 2017, 11:10:35 PM
Tomereader, my sister's answer to your question:

"I also have 9.8.2 but I think that is the one I downloaded. 
Everything is in my saved filing cabinets so I can't be of much help.

There tech line is very helpful and quick at answering questions."

Mary
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on April 19, 2017, 08:05:54 AM
I didn't know that Yahoo had a desktop.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on April 19, 2017, 11:24:06 AM
Hi everyone...need help ....my windows defender is showing I need to check for new definitions...I have that square checked on the options..to check for new definitions before scan...so how do I do this??   Thanks in advance..CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 19, 2017, 11:40:58 AM
CC it should update daily and give you the date of last date.  You can go to Defender, click on update and it will give you the info, but there is also a tab for you to update anytime manually.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on April 19, 2017, 12:53:06 PM
Thank you Jack...I will try that..It's never done that before...CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 19, 2017, 05:45:34 PM
I have had all my icons on my desktop just where I wanted them. all of a sudden they have gotten so large. All places changed and most have blank white  where before they had The Firefox emblem on them.  I have moved them all where I had them but they keep going back to a different place again.
Must have clicked on someplace not suppose to.
Still on W7 and no long have the manual for W7Been so long since I knew what to do when setting up this computer.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on April 19, 2017, 06:23:47 PM
Still want update new definitions....don't know how to do it manually CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 19, 2017, 06:36:02 PM
(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z28/Jackwv/phpSwekCOPM_zpsy0pifjy6.jpg)

Click on the update definitions tab.   
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on April 19, 2017, 08:34:54 PM
Jeanne, my icons do that every now and then.  Don't know why, and I'm on AOL.  I just put them back where they belong, and after I have shut down overnight, they will either be correct the next day, or not.  Mine don't get larger, they stay the same size.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on April 19, 2017, 08:46:24 PM
Jack...my defender is probably an older version...I have home..and scan...but not update...CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on April 19, 2017, 08:57:22 PM
JeanneP, it's been a long time since I had that happen, but I think I used to right click on the mouse and something would come up about arranging icons.  There might be two things - one would be to make it automatic, the other to arrange them yourself. 

I don't have any icons except the Recycle Bin on this computer (W-10) so I can't check it for you.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 19, 2017, 10:17:33 PM
Open Windows Defender. Click on Tools, then Options. You should see a box there "Check for updated definitions....    Be sure there is a check in it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 20, 2017, 10:53:49 AM
CC what version of windows are you running.   Also if you run another program for virus you have to turn it off and Defender will turn back on.  In settings also be sure you have the real time protection button turned on.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MaryTX on April 20, 2017, 11:15:58 AM
Jack, I use Win 10 and Malwarebytes.  I have always turned Defender off and the next day it was back on.  I haven't looked at it for a few days but did after reading this discussion. 

I wish I knew how to do a screenshot.  Defender is turned off, says I have another virus program running and to delete it and turn defender back on.  It has never done this before, just automatically turned back on. 

Any thoughts?

Mary

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 20, 2017, 11:30:57 AM
Mary it should turn back on.   Check this out, step 3 it may help.  I do not use a 2nd program.

http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/how-to/windows/how-turn-on-defender-in-windows-10-3466684/
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MaryTX on April 20, 2017, 11:56:32 AM
Thanks for the info, Jack.

Mary
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on April 20, 2017, 12:21:18 PM
Windows Defender is one of a number of antivirus programs, Mcafee and Norton among them that will attempt to either shut off Malwarebytes or any second opinion antivirus program or attempt to have the user do so. The more Microsoft updates their browsers the more they will update Windows Defender to continue shutting other programs off. You might want to go to a reputable site and see various program rankings before you decide on Windows Defender as your sole antivirus program.

https://askleo.com/what_security_software_do_you_recommend/

https://www.howtogeek.com/225385/what%E2%80%99s-the-best-antivirus-for-windows-10-is-windows-defender-good-enough/

http://www.techlicious.com/guide/best-windows-mac-antivirus-security-software/
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on April 20, 2017, 03:39:29 PM
That's odd. I am running Avast on Windows 10 and have Windows "turned off". It recognizes that I have another antivirus and on but requests to do a quick spot check every few days, which I don't mind. It does not attempt to shut down either my Avast nor my Malwarebytes.

Because Avast doubled it's sale price for renewing the paid version, I let it lapse. That means I get the annoying pop up that tries to tell me I am now vulnerable now that my paid version is expired. I ignore it, but one of these days, I may take a look see if I can shut that notice off.

Right now I am trying to figure out how to fix a problem on my Ubuntu. After one of the updates a few weeks ago, the print manager decided it can't find my printer anymore. I tried a few different things and downloaded the latest cups file and the latest version of the print manager, but haven't figured out how to install them. My Ubuntu version is debian. The cups file is a tar file. The print manager file uses a run program that is nice, but it keeps telling me I need cups files and some others before it will complete installation. One of these days I will figure it out, but in the meantime I just transfer what I want to print to my laptop and hook that into the printer.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on April 20, 2017, 05:23:14 PM
MarsGal, you are lucky, perhaps it's the Ubuntu?

There are several customer questions and several reviewer sites having issues with WD saying they have no antivirus and they go to settings and WD has turned on and their antivirus is shut down and off or crippled. Several folks like WD and several do not. It is all in what you need and or want. While I learned how to turn off Cortana as it is a memory hog and only Bing search engine given a "voice."

I cannot shut down WD as it is an integral part of the system and it periodically turns itself back on and I have to go back in and re-shut it down. It even tells you in the description that it will turn back on if you turn it off and subsequence updates combined with W10 updates makes it worse in my own opinion. I have my own paid antivirus program which consistently scores high and I have used since 2000.

For myself, I do not need or want WD. Microsoft is forcing it on people using Windows 10. People should be allowed a choice and to go by what technical sites, readers, reviewers, and users say and post.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on April 20, 2017, 05:52:34 PM
Rammel....I opened Defender..went to tools then options...there is a check in the box that says.....check for updated definitions before scanning.....so I assume it's doing that...just  annoying that the defenders icon stays in the task bar..when opened it says "check for new definitions"...CC
Title: Cottoncandy
Post by: RAMMEL on April 20, 2017, 06:48:00 PM
Quote from: Cottoncandy on April 20, 2017, 05:52:34 PM
Rammel....I opened Defender..went to tools then options...there is a check in the box that says.....check for updated definitions before scanning.....so I assume it's doing that...just  annoying that the defenders icon stays in the task bar..when opened it says "check for new definitions"...CC
Something to try ---

Go back to the place I mentioned above and REMOVE the check mark - Apply and/or Save.
Close everything then shut your computer off.
Restart your computer.
Go add the check mark and Apply/Save.

See if there's a change now.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 20, 2017, 07:37:54 PM
I had MS Security Essentials on this older W7 . Looks like it has not ceased working.  I can clik on the Icon on my desktop and the window does not come up showing when it was checked. I had to to scan every Sunday at 3pm. Worked fine until about 2 weeks ago.
I suppose it is time to replace computer and go to W10. Hate to do it as I am not using the Desktop that much anymore.. Fact not getting on the Internet as much at all.  Very few people I know E-Mailing.
I think that the Iphones have now taken over.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on April 21, 2017, 10:57:03 AM
Rammel...tried your suggestion...didn't work...guess I will just ignore the icon in task bar..thanks for your help CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: halkel on April 21, 2017, 12:00:25 PM
Warning.........
There is a fake Firefox popup occuring Firefox.patch.js Don't click on the link or download it.  It is a fake Firefox browser.

Firefox support answer.

Is this a valid Firefox Patch? Firefox-patch.JS which is JScriptFile(2.6kb) from http://Biwiisdectur.org

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GreenTable
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Pop-up while using Firefox
Chosen solution

No - Mozilla doesn't "patch" Firefox, it issues updates via a .mar file and it is always from a mozilla.org domain.

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/i-found-fake-firefox-update
Read this answer in context 13

 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on April 21, 2017, 02:12:46 PM
Thank you, Hal.

Mary Ann
Title: CC
Post by: RAMMEL on April 21, 2017, 05:59:50 PM
Quote from: Cottoncandy on April 20, 2017, 05:52:34 PM
Rammel....I opened Defender..went to tools then options...there is a check in the box that says.....check for updated definitions before scanning.....so I assume it's doing that...just  annoying that the defenders icon stays in the task bar..when opened it says "check for new definitions"...CC
CC,
Go back to that place at Tools<Options and scroll down to near the bottom.  At the bottom of the area called "Real-Time Protection Options" you should see "Choose when the Windows Defender icon .........".  Choose  - "Only if ....." or "Always"  then click on SAVE
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on April 21, 2017, 06:48:06 PM
I will try that Rammel...I decided to run a full scan...been scanning 3 hrs so far...don't know how long it takes....but will try your suggestion when it's done...thanks CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 21, 2017, 07:19:54 PM
Quote from: Cottoncandy on April 21, 2017, 06:48:06 PM
I will try that Rammel...I decided to run a full scan...been scanning 3 hrs so far...don't know how long it takes....but will try your suggestion when it's done...thanks CC
My scan also runs on forever (a long time).
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on April 21, 2017, 08:09:46 PM
It finally quit scanning...I did as you said Rammel....didn't fix it....it suggested I download the updates manually...don't think I'm that smart....CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 21, 2017, 08:14:03 PM
Quote from: Cottoncandy on April 21, 2017, 08:09:46 PM
It finally quit scanning...I did as you said Rammel....didn't fix it....it suggested I download the updates manually...don't think I'm that smart....CC
I've never had to do that.  Can't recommend as I have no idea of what's involved  :(
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 21, 2017, 11:29:08 PM
CC are they discussing updates for windows defender or just for the definitions.  If just the definitions it would not take long to do.  When you open defender and click the tab updates you should see the screen I posted and click the update definitions tab.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 21, 2017, 11:56:51 PM
Jack - not sure but I think there are different versions for W-10 and the prior versions of Windows. My comments were considering Win-xp.   The laptop has Win-7 but I didn't check there (yet). Maybe tomorrow.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 22, 2017, 09:58:16 AM
Rick, my defender came with the Windows 10 update.  Not sure if there are versions.  Appears updates to defender come with all updates. Will be interesting to see what you find out.
I get notifications when they scan.  If I were to scan I would update the definitions first.  Have not run a full scan for some time, would do overnight.  The quick scan does not take long.




Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 22, 2017, 02:31:13 PM
My MS Security Essentials on the W7 Desktop has vanished for sure yet it I try to download again it does say that I already have and and can only get it free one time.  I think will just play on the computer until it quits all together . I don't do a whole lot on it now anyway. Just some old Internet Web sites I have used for years.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 22, 2017, 02:51:11 PM
Jeanne, check and see if you have Windows Defender on your machine, it replaced MS Security Essentials.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 22, 2017, 06:35:11 PM
Jack ---

It's all confusing, but I found this - which seems like it might be reliable.

https://blogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2013/11/14/windows-defender-and-microsoft-security-essentials-which-one-do-i-need/

My version of Windows Defender says     1.1.1593.0
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: halkel on April 22, 2017, 07:11:05 PM
Jeanne, do a search and see if it does show up.  Use you start icon and search box at bottom.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 22, 2017, 09:08:48 PM
Quote from: RAMMEL on April 21, 2017, 11:56:51 PM
Jack - not sure but I think there are different versions for W-10 and the prior versions of Windows. My comments were considering Win-xp.   The laptop has Win-7 but I didn't check there (yet). Maybe tomorrow.
Just looked at Win-7.  It shuts off Windows Defender if another Anti-Virus is on. Looks like it is similar to the Win-10 version.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 23, 2017, 03:56:22 PM
Jack and All.  Now I search back and finely found a way to get into MS Essential. Said I had not Checked lately. (Couldn't). And so I did a scan on it. Took over 4 hours.  Still doesn't come up when I just click on the Icon on my desktop. So doubt it now does it auto at 2pm on Sundays.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 23, 2017, 07:43:48 PM
JeanneP  May be a problem with the shortcut.   Found this with google

To create the desktop icon, follow these steps:

1.Click Start, click All Programs, and then locate Microsoft Security Essentials.
2.Right-click Microsoft Security Essentials, and then click Copy.
3.Right-click on the desktop, and then click Paste.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 24, 2017, 11:52:47 AM
Jack I finally got it put to work again with I icon that will be set to run same time each Sunday.

Takes a long time if Run a full scan.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on April 24, 2017, 01:14:53 PM
Is windows defender and Microsoft essentials the same thing . C. C
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 24, 2017, 02:04:34 PM
CC   I believe Windows Defender replaced Essentials and is the program that now is on Windows 10.   I like that it runs full time..   

JeanneP   I have seen no need to run a full scan, but no harm.  Problem is it takes so long, so do it overnight.   If I am curious I will on occasion run the quick scan and it runs in less than an hour.


Good link if you do not have Defender  with your version of Microsoft and still want Essentials   https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/14210/security-essentials-download
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on April 24, 2017, 03:37:12 PM
I guess my windows defender is working...I did the full scan...took 4 hours..the quick scan less than a hr....I'm not going to worry about the definitions updates....tried everything except doing it manually...don't know how to do that...so will just keep going till it crashes...CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 24, 2017, 04:17:56 PM
CC when you open Windows Defender   It should indicate the definitions are up to date. The update button will give the date of last update, it should be within days, if not we have to determine why you are unable to update, I never do manually. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on April 24, 2017, 05:35:17 PM
Jack..if I knew how to post the picture I would...when I open Defender.....check for new definitions is highlighted top left page...to the right top page highlighted in blue is check for updates now...when I click on that..it takes me to the same page..underneath saying....view troubleshooting tips on the web....that tells me to update manually???  CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 24, 2017, 06:38:54 PM
CC would sure like to see the screen you addressed.   You should check out the snipping tool and youtube has tutorials.  I am going to do this post in two separate views.

This is what I get when I open Defender
(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z28/Jackwv/Capture_zpszaqrmlyi.jpg)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 24, 2017, 06:43:26 PM
When I press the update tab I get this.  The updates are automatic and I never bother to click the update definitions tab.
(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z28/Jackwv/Capture%202_zps7oc4vyov.jpg)

Really would encourage anyone looking in to check out the snipping tool, really comes in handy saving a portion of the screen as a jpeg (photo)  sorry to say you still have to resize to post here.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 25, 2017, 05:03:19 PM
Looked at a number of tutorials for the snipping tool they differ a bit by the windows program you are using, but like this short one, worth a look.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLNiiC9Z6to
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 25, 2017, 08:31:46 PM
Now I only run a full scan because they do take a long time. Maybe do one every 2 months or so.  Usually its set on fast one that takes a hour. Set Auto to do it Sunday at 2:30
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: CallieOK on May 01, 2017, 10:53:12 PM
What does it mean when a pop-up screen tells me "Facebook is not responding due to a long-running script"?
I have the option to "stop script".  Am I stopping something I should let alone?

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on May 02, 2017, 12:19:32 AM
Programs are run by various scripts. If you stop a script, the program will not run correctly unless you back out, turn it back on and hope the script will then run correctly. Often, issues with scripts mean your computer memory is too full or that you need to clean up and defrag. And clean up the junk on your computer.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on May 02, 2017, 06:50:19 AM
When I get a script message like that on a particular webpage (not not elsewhere) I always think it has to do with something not programmed well on that site or something that my ad blocker program flagged rather than something in my computer programming. I can generally just cancel out of it and keep going or go somewhere else and come back to that page later if I really want to see something there. At any rate, I don't see that problem much anymore.

However, a reminder to everyone to clean out their cache and defrag when necessary is always good maintenance advice. I use CCleaner to clean up unnecessary and temp files but there are other good monitor and clean up programs out there if you don't want to use what comes with the OS you are using. DeFragging isn't something that usually needs done very often.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on May 02, 2017, 11:08:04 AM
I have a program that I really like but the main thing is to have a regular schedule and also not to run two types of the same program as they compete against each other. Not every program runs the same way and two will not work together. Your computer's operating system comes with two or more good programs but they may not suit you. There are both free and paid for programs but I would look for what you want to do and look at reviews and customer comments on good sites such as Ask Leo, How to Geek or Pitstop.

The only time I have had issues with scripts has been when I have overloaded my computer's memory with two many programs and need to scale back to just over half of the memory used. I defrag probably monthly, but I run both daily and weekly schedules for cleaning, optimizing and other tasks.

What I really need is a way to deep clean email contacts. It's my own fault for not doing it before  I merged three email programs into one and I have duplicates, no longer viable and unknown emails. It is a daunting task to one by one, clean 1,219 email addresses so I always put it off.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on May 02, 2017, 12:51:00 PM
I have not manually defragged for possibly a year.  Had to go back to see the routine.  My settings are for Microsoft to do weekly.   I just went into my PC and analyzed, it said 0% fragmented.  I do, on occasion, get the script message, but stop it and move on.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on May 02, 2017, 12:54:55 PM
I don't think I have ever manually defragged.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on May 02, 2017, 02:06:17 PM
I put "defrag" in for search and all I got was offers of programs to buy.  I am on Windows 10 and have never defragged.  I remember on older computers that it was fun to watch the defragging.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on May 02, 2017, 02:15:47 PM
I am still using W7 and once in awhile will Manual  Disk Check and Defrag after. Maybe time to do that today.  I like to watch the one Called "Cleanup" work Talk about speeding through.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on May 02, 2017, 02:19:18 PM
MaryAnn, on windows ten, go into your settings, or go to your start menu and go down to Windows Administrative Settings. All of the defrag, optimize and clean up tools are in there.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on May 02, 2017, 02:58:21 PM
MaryAnn   if you go to the search window and start typing in Defrag, then Defragment and Optimize drives comes up.   Click on it and you will get this screen   You are probably being checked weekly but can change.   You will note on my screen they also list my external hard drive, and it can also be analyzed.  They give you the percentage. You can analyse by clicking but again if you are showing a low percentage, no need.

(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z28/Jackwv/for%20posting_zpsdp9aezzf.jpg)

JeanneP I can also recall on a boring day, running the defrag and got a kick out of seeing the files moved about.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: CallieOK on May 02, 2017, 05:55:42 PM
Thanks for all the information.   I was just curious as to what a "script" is.

Which is better -  0% fragmented or 0% defragmented?  I ran a check.  HP and Factory Image (D) are 0% fragmented.  System is 23% fragmented.
Automatic  defrag runs at 4:30 a.m. once a week.  Should I leave my computer turned on the night before?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on May 02, 2017, 06:33:20 PM
Patricia, I clicked on Fittings and got nothing like you mentioned.  I went down some of the items to see if it was in one of them and it wasn't.  Some how or other I did something that prevented me from closing.  I went all over the place and I had no idea how I got there or where I was.  I couldn't even turn off the computer.  All of a sudden, I realized I was using the right mouse to do anything and how I got that, I have no idea; I wasn't in the place to check my mouse.  I did get to the control panel and checked on my mouse and it was checked for left hand.  I changed that and managed to get back to square one, restarted the computer and here I am.  I don't care if my computer is being defragged or not - I am not going to go through that again. 

Jack, when I go to search, I get ads for defragging, not the screen you show.  Sometime I'll try it again, but I'm going to stay where I am because it works!

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on May 02, 2017, 07:25:05 PM
Mary Ann  I was talking about typing in the search window on windows 10, lower left of the screen.   You might give it a try, but a this point I believe you would also be having Microsoft optimizing for you.   

Callie 0% fragmented is fine.  If it were high % you would then defrag.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on May 02, 2017, 08:25:35 PM
Quote from: CallieOK on May 02, 2017, 05:55:42 PM
Thanks for all the information.   I was just curious as to what a "script" is.

Which is better -  0% fragmented or 0% defragmented?  I ran a check.  HP and Factory Image (D) are 0% fragmented.  System is 23% fragmented.
Automatic  defrag runs at 4:30 a.m. once a week.  Should I leave my computer turned on the night before?
If your puter is 23% fragmented I would guess it hasn't been defragmented in a VERY long time. Your computer must be on (powered up) in order for any automatic things to be done - including Defrag.
I would suggest either leave it on over night or start it manually (my pref). It will likely take a long time to complete so do it when you have no computer stuff to do. Don't do any other computer operations while it is running.  Start early and check from time to time to be sure it is perking along. 

Here's a short bit that may clarify "Defrag". A good, easy, short read.
http://lifehacker.com/5976424/what-is-defragging-and-do-i-need-to-do-it-to-my-computer
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on May 02, 2017, 08:36:53 PM
Jack, I did it and I have 0% fragmented and 0% on everything else listed.

And I didn't have to go through everything on the computer.  I have no idea what I did but I was so happy to get things back in order.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: CallieOK on May 02, 2017, 08:49:27 PM
Thanks, Jack and Rammel.

The automatic defrag is due tomorrow morning.  Since I plan to sleep in,  I'll leave it on tonight.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on May 02, 2017, 09:26:02 PM
MaryAnn, I have no idea what you did either. If you go to your start menu which comes up when you click the windows symbol at the very lower left of your taskbar or screen. And go all the way down alphabetically to Windows Administrative Settings, you would click on that and see the Windows Defrag and the optimizer tools listed. That's all.

At least Rick and Jack were able to show you via a search.

Callie, "A script or scripting language is a computer language with a series of commands within a file that is capable of being executed without being compiled. "
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on May 03, 2017, 11:40:25 AM
Has been so long since I defragged, I had forgotten all about doing it.  I have Win 7.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: CallieOK on May 03, 2017, 11:47:15 AM
It worked!   Left computer on all night and by the time I got to it this morning,  everything had defragged.
Now to figure out how to remind myself to do that every Tuesday night!!

Joan, I also have Win7.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on May 03, 2017, 12:53:59 PM
JeanneP, here is a short video showing windows 7 defragging.   This was the process we mentioned the two of us sometimes watching.   Just thought it was worth a view for old times sake. :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPv1gQ5Rs8A
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on May 03, 2017, 08:11:04 PM
Jack. My Defrag seem to not be working.  It scanned the Disk O.K. But then when clicked to Defrag. Will not do it.  Tried getting in a couple ways . This old W7 needs retiring.  Still works good though.  Not a whole lot I do on it anymore.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on May 11, 2017, 10:08:34 PM
HAVNG A PROBLEM AND AM UNABLE TO USE MY YAHOO MAIL.  WOULD YOU BE SO KIND AS TO CONTACT ME AT VIXEN771@GMAIL.COM?  THANK YOU.

I copied this from Norm's Bait & Tackle.  It was posted by Western Joan, who is legally blind and I think she posts only in Norm's B&T.  I told her I would post her problem here.  If someone can help her, she suggests e-mailing her, but you might try to answer her in Norm's Bait & Tackle folder.  Joan originally asked this of Jeanne Lee but she didn't know that Jeanne Lee hasn't posted for a while; we don't know if she's ill or having computer problems.

Mary Ann

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: halkel on May 11, 2017, 10:37:58 PM
Mary Ann, what kind of problem is she having?

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on May 12, 2017, 12:17:56 AM
Be aware that Yahoo has been messing around with some of their stuff. Don't know if their email is included in that but I just checked a Yahoo address I have and it was OK.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on May 12, 2017, 09:52:10 AM
Hal, she is unable to get to her Yahoo mail list.  I had something display larger than usual this morning, but I don't think it is Yahoo's doing; it has to do with my local news, however, I am online when I view the site.

She can't see well enough to find other sites, so posts on Norm's B&T and if you go there, you can see what WJoan has posted.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on May 12, 2017, 10:37:19 AM
This is what I CANNOT do in Yahoo mail.  I cannot read email, cannot send mail, cannot forward mail, cannot delete mail.  I want to change it all over to Gmail and need someone with authority to change my email address in here for me cuz I cannot see it.  PLEASE.  Thank you/
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on May 12, 2017, 11:52:30 AM
Joan. I use to use yahoo for Emailing. It got awful. I left it on but now for a long time I have used Gmail. It is hard to take a site like Yahoo off. So just quit using. Go into www.google. .com  and open a G.mail.com account new one.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on May 12, 2017, 12:25:33 PM
JeanneP, it is easy enough to open a gmail account, but what Joan needs is to have the e-mail address changed here and someone has to do it for her.  I hope someone in authority reads her message (or this one) and changes it for Joan (aka WJoan).

Rick, are you able to change Joan's e-mail here?

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on May 12, 2017, 01:11:18 PM
I think only Jeanne Lee or maybe Pat's sister, Judy, has authority to make those changes.

I'll leave a message for Jeanne Lee and hope she checks in.

jane
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on May 12, 2017, 01:24:55 PM
Thanks Jane.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on May 12, 2017, 02:45:16 PM
It may take a couple of days...I don't know when Jeanne or Judy or Pat check here.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on May 12, 2017, 02:56:06 PM
Jane, that is fine, I just had my son move all my contacts to Gmail for me.  I rarely get any email from people on here anyway.  :)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on May 12, 2017, 04:01:06 PM
Sounds good, Joan!  I think you'll like gmail.  I love it and have had no problems with it.  It does, of course, take some getting used to and finding out what they call "stuff" and where it is.  You are very computer savvy, however..and have been on computers for a long time.  You'll figure it out easily.

jane
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on May 12, 2017, 04:14:03 PM
Jane, thanks.  I have had Gmail for years but used it for Spam.  LOL  Still need to acqaint myself with it's other properties however.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on May 12, 2017, 06:11:55 PM
Jane.  Now I thought that one could just go into their account here and change their E-M address listed.  I thought I did when I changed it from Yahoo to Gmail.
But now realize that Joan has a problem typing so can't do that.

Joan. I am sure someone will be in to change yours soon.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on May 12, 2017, 08:28:04 PM
A few months back I had issues with Outlook.com being open to identity theft and spyware and then also Yahoo. I was able to have both emails sent to my Gmail account. Perhaps, Joan, your son will be able to link the Yahoo account to your Gmail and you will catch any missing or stray emails.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on May 12, 2017, 09:09:27 PM
Angel, son imported my contact list from yahoo to Gmail.  Glad that is done. Now just need to tell everyone.  LOL  Damn, I hate being so blind, used to do all this stuff by myself.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on May 13, 2017, 08:26:15 AM
Last night I was watching hockey.  Around 6 I thought with all the virus etc it was time to do a full scan with Windows Defender.  Slow process and when I turned in for the night I was only half way done.  Simply let it run overnight, no idea when finished.
Was pleased to see nothing was detected.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: halkel on May 13, 2017, 09:17:53 AM
Please read the following link, it is vital and important that you up your computer if you are running windows.  There is a cyber ransomware siege going right now.

Disruptions from global cyberattack continue to ripple worldwide
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/disruptions-from-global-cyberattack-continue-to-ripple-worldwide/2017/05/13/d8b33bc8-376d-11e7-ab03-aa29f656f13e_story.html?utm_term=.de88382e0c8f (https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/disruptions-from-global-cyberattack-continue-to-ripple-worldwide/2017/05/13/d8b33bc8-376d-11e7-ab03-aa29f656f13e_story.html?utm_term=.de88382e0c8f)


Update your Windows systems now. Right now.
By Hayley Tsukayama May 12 at 6:52 PM

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/05/12/update-your-windows-systems-now-right-now/?tid=a_inl&utm_term=.090a244f9e2a (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/05/12/update-your-windows-systems-now-right-now/?tid=a_inl&utm_term=.090a244f9e2a)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on May 13, 2017, 09:48:11 AM
Hal the link to the Washington Post requested me to join in order to read, and no interest in the Washington Post.

I did go to settings and checked for updates, everything current with the last update yesterday the 12th.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on May 13, 2017, 10:39:10 AM
Its a very good idea to keep your computer updated and not to download everything without doing a antivirus check. From Hal's Washington Post Link;

"LONDON â€" Evidence of the cyber attack that hit up to 100 countries continued to ripple around the world Saturday with reports of Chinese students unable to access their graduation theses, British doctors canceling operations and passengers at train stations in Germany greeted by hacked messages on arrival and departure screens.

Individuals and organizations around the world were scrambling after the international attack, which began Friday and spread like wildfire, to limit the damage or put in place preventive measures.

The attack was a form of ransomware that locks up computer systems and prevents access to data or systems until a payment is made.

It hit Britain’s beloved but creaky National Health Service particularly hard, causing widespread disruptions and interrupting medical procedures across hospitals in England and Scotland. Thousands of operations, as well as routine weekend appointments, were canceled.

[The Switch: Update your Windows systems. Right now.]

Worldwide hack exploits a flaw identified in leaked NSA document
During the attack on Britain’s NHS system, computer screens were locked by the malware that prompted the user to pay $300 in bitcoins or risk having their files erased.

Similar messages â€" written in local languages â€" popped up on screens across Europe.

In Germany, people posted pictures on social media of scheduling screens at train stations displaying the ransomware message. Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s national railway service, tweeted that its train service had not been compromised and that it was working full speed to solve the problems. According to DPA news agency, Deutsche Bahn's video surveillance has also been hit.

Other targets in Europe included Telefónica, the Spanish telecom giant and a local authority in Sweden, which said about 70 computers were infected. Odd, a Norwegian football club, said that its online ticketing system was hit by the bug.

On Saturday, it was still unclear who was behind the sophisticated attack, which spread rapidly via email.

“We’re not able to tell you who is behind that attack. That work is still ongoing,” Amber Rudd, Britain’s home secretary told the BBC. She said that it has affected “up to 100 countries” and that it wasn’t specifically targeted at Britain’s NHS.

TMT post, a Chinese online news outlet focusing on the Internet industry, reported that a number of Chinese universities had been affected by the attack.

Several schools â€" including Nanchang University, Shandong University and University of Electronic Science and Technology of China â€" issued alerts on their Weibo social media feeds warning faculties and students to backup important files and not to open suspicious emails.

According to Chinese magazine Caijing, some students’ graduation theses and projects have reportedly been encrypted.

In Russia, hacking attacks had been confirmed Saturday at the country’s Interior Ministry, which manages the police force, the Ministry of Health, the state-run Russian Railways and the telecommunications company Megafon. There were also reports that the powerful Investigative Committee, which investigates high-level crime, and several other telecommunications companies had been targeted.

The Interior Ministry said that 1,000 of its computers had been blocked by prompts demanding payment. By Friday evening, the ministry said it had “contained” the attack and denied that any of its information had been stolen.

Jakub Kroustek, a malware researcher with Avast, a security software company in the Czech Republic, said in a blog post that Russia was the most affected country so far. “We are now seeing more 75,000 detections of WanaCrypt0r 2.0 in 99 countries,” he wrote Friday night.

Kaspersky Lab, a Moscow-based Internet security firm, also said that the attacks were mostly in Russia.

One reason Russia may have been so hard hit is the use of outdated software by government agencies.

“Russia has a very rickety, out-of-date infrastructure, using not just outdated software but pirated, out-of-date software,” said Mark Galeotti, a senior researcher at the Institute of International Relations Prague. According to Galeotti, one Interior Ministry official in 2013 estimated that 40 percent of the ministry’s computers could be using pirated Windows software, which is widely available in Russia for download or at local computer markets.

The bug, called Wanna Decrypt0r 2.0 â€" also known by names including WCry, WannaCry and WanaCrypt0r 2.0 â€" exploits a flaw that was identified in a stolen National Security Agency document.

Microsoft released a patch to fix the problem in March, but computer systems that did not install the update remain vulnerable.

In Britain, which is in the middle of an election campaign, the cyber attack triggered criticism about the NHS’s aging computer systems. The vast majority of computers in the NHS reportedly use Windows XP, which doesn’t have the same level of defense against cyber attacks as newer operating systems.

The opposition Labour Party’s Jonathan Ashworth tweeted that the government had been complacent over cyber security. “We need answers on whether funding squeeze compromised security,” he wrote.

Rudd, the home secretary, stressed that there was no evidence that patient data had been compromised but said that there were lessons to learn.

She told the BBC that Windows XP was “not a good platform for keeping your data as secure as the modern ones because you can’t download the effective patches and anti-virus software.”

“I would expect NHS trusts to learn from this and to make sure that they do upgrade,” she said.

Andrew Roth in Moscow, Luna Lin in Beijing, Griff Witte and Stephanie Kirchner in Berlin, and Michael Birnbaum in Tallinn, Estonia, contributed to this report.

I was not able to check Hal's second link. But there is this from euronews.

http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/13/the-world-is-held-to-ransom

Never think that what happened in Europe won't happen here.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on May 13, 2017, 10:43:33 AM
I checked for updates and the message said none were available.  The last check was 5/12 and the next would be 5/19.  I have a HP Pavilion laptop.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on May 13, 2017, 03:54:18 PM
WJoan.  We all feel the same way as we get older. I was able to take care of almost everything alone not for 51 years. I try but have given up and hire things done.
Glad you got you E-M taking care of.  Just forget Yahoo and stick with Gmail. I also have Comcast as my Internet provider.  Their EM service isn't worth a darn either. I gave up using it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Jeanne Lee on May 13, 2017, 07:00:12 PM
Joan's email address in her profile has been changed to gmail instead of yahoo.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on May 13, 2017, 07:28:18 PM
Welcome back Jeanne.  Hope you are all Well. You are really missed by us all when gone.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Jeanne Lee on May 13, 2017, 07:43:58 PM
Thanks, Jeanne.  It's always nice to know you're missed.   :)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on May 13, 2017, 07:53:38 PM
Jeanne Lee, thank you soooo much.  You take care.  Hugs,
Joan
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on May 13, 2017, 08:12:52 PM
Welcome back, Jeanne Lee.  Yes, you were missed.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Jeanne Lee on May 13, 2017, 09:00:34 PM
Thanks, Mary Ann.   :)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on May 21, 2017, 03:30:03 PM
Does anyone know what the program silverlight is ? It keeps telling me Silverlight was blocked because it's out f date and needs to be updated...when I'm searching on google...so should I update this?.. Thanks. CC.    Directed to whom ever wants to comment
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on May 21, 2017, 05:07:52 PM
CC had to look it up, and it is on my machine.   Appears it is like Adobe Flash.  Appears it is to my advantage to use it and by clicking this link you will see if you have and if it has been updated.  Note it does not work with Edge but I am not using, I still use Internet Explorer.


https://www.microsoft.com/getsilverlight/Get-Started/Install/Default.aspx
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MaryTX on May 21, 2017, 05:26:23 PM
Jack, I use Firefox.  In one of the recent Firefox updates, it deleted it and said it was not compatible anymore.  I didn't know it was and/or never used it so it didn't bother me.

Mary
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on May 21, 2017, 06:04:08 PM
Jack, I use Firefox on Windows 10.  Evidently I don't have Silverlight because it wanted to install.  I did not install it.  What am I missing by not using it?

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on May 21, 2017, 06:11:56 PM
MaryTX thanks, appears not necessary.

Mary Ann you might go to google and type do I need Silverlight on my the windows you are running.

No suggestion from me on keeping or removing!
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on May 21, 2017, 06:31:34 PM
Thanks...don't think I will install Silverlight ...CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on May 23, 2017, 12:58:00 PM
How long will Microsoft support your version of Windows?

https://www.howtogeek.com/308290/how-long-will-microsoft-support-my-version-of-windows-with-security-updates/
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on May 23, 2017, 01:20:38 PM
Patricia, interesting link.  Bottom line read this.

Microsoft always lays out the exact dates when it will end support for a version of Windows in the Windows lifecycle fact sheet, available on Microsoft’s website. Here’s what it says:
Windows 7 is supported with security updates until the end of extended support on January 14, 2020. You must have Service Pack 1 installed to get updates.
Windows 8.1 is supported with security updates until the end of extended support on January 10, 2023. You must have updated to Windows 8.1 to get updatesâ€"the original version of Windows 8 isn’t supported with updates anymore.
Windows 10 is supported with security updates until October 14, 2025. You must have the latest update to Windows 10 installed to keep receiving updates until 2025. (That’s the Creators Update, right now.)
Microsoft could extend these dates if they wantâ€"and they sometimes doâ€"but these are the dates they’re officially committed to at the moment. Microsoft won’t end support before these dates.


That will take me to age of 95, hope, with the machine, that we both last that long.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on May 23, 2017, 02:20:36 PM
Jack, that is true. It is amazing to me to know that both my ID and one of my credit cards don't expire until 2020. It is still sometimes amazing to me after 17 years to put the 20 in front of a year.

However, many folks never take the time to read or use current updates and backups so it is good to have that information for those of us seniors and also the general public. Thanks for the condensation.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: halkel on May 23, 2017, 04:20:02 PM
Angel, hmmmmm, the PC Medic cost 29.99 (on special) if you want it to clean up all the things it claims to clean.  I called the support folks at PC Medic and he wanted to access my computer to see what problems I had, I really have none, but I thanked him for his concern but that I didn't have time for him to check everything.  I think they are part of Norton.  Oh, well.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on May 23, 2017, 06:27:13 PM
You're probably right, Hal.

I have used the same two programs for seventeen years with only one hiccup that was caused by my own not thinking. So many folks like me, are too quick to jump instead of thinking first.

Anytime someone wants to check my machine first or doesn't have a free trial available or lastly, doesn't have customer reviews, (Weed out those overly product favorable as those are usually planted by the company);  those are all big red flags!

CCleaner, a free program is universally recommended by the pros. I don't use it now as
I have another paid program, but it works quite well to clean out junk and pups and other garbage and it is free and as I said, universally recommended.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on May 26, 2017, 07:19:47 AM
Microsoft Offers XP Patch For WannaCrypt Ransomware

Despite the fact that Microsoft stopped security support for XP over 3 years ago, the company stepped up to push out updates to out-of-date operating systems, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP embedded. These patches don’t cover every security issue that could affect these servers, however, they will protect from the WannaCrpt ransomware that paralyzed the National Health Service in the UK and many other agencies across the globe. You can download the patch by clicking 


http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4012598 (http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4012598)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on May 26, 2017, 09:14:26 AM
The patches for Vista and 8.1 are there, too.

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on May 26, 2017, 12:49:28 PM
The main thing is not to become complacent and think "I let my PC handle it, I don't need to keep up on security." Or "I don't like to have automatic updates" or "I'll do it later when I have a moment." Or even that golden oldie of "there's nothing I can do."

Why do people put hundreds of dollars into these computers and other electronics and put medical, personal and security information out there unprotected in these times and in light of what we hear about nightly? It is not just computers or cameras or "smart" homes we need to worry about either. So much that we use and daily depend on is often computer related and driven as well.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Shirley on June 03, 2017, 03:49:09 PM
I just noticed a knew icon on my toolbar or tray (whatever is at the bottom of the screen).... Little cloud shape that says "One Drive Up To Date".   What is that & where did it come from?  Darn computer had another update this week (started as XP & been updated to Windows 10 now)....keeps going to sleep unless I move the mouse about every 60 SECONDS.... no kidding, can't stop to think or it shuts off.  Back to the One Drive, after a Google it sound like giving permission to someone to use my computer?  Help?  Do I need it or should I uninstall or whatever?  Thanks!
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on June 03, 2017, 06:08:24 PM
Shirley, One Drive is a function of Windows 10 so you can't delete it. It is W10's version of storage except it only works on each computer and isn't assessable from another computer. It says Cloud storage but it is on your computer and uses your bandwidth. Microsoft says about One Drive;

"The OneDrive cloud storage solution has become an important part of Microsoft's platform, and in Windows 10, it's baked directly into the operating system. You're set up for it when you log in with your Microsoft Account, and you'll find the storage available in File Explorer.Mar 25, 2017."

"
OneDrive is built into Windows 10, so you can’t uninstall it like an app. However, you can hide it and stop syncing OneDrive files to your PC. To do so, follow the steps, in Turn, off or uninstall OneDrive."

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/instantanswers/c2aafab1-3433-45a0-8037-2f4b25e41751/turn-off-onedrive-in-windows-10
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on June 03, 2017, 06:30:55 PM
My HP PC is Windows 10, has only been Windows 10, and I don't have that icon in my task bar.  I haven't looked in Programs to see if I have it.  I like to think I've been getting along fine without it so I think I'll continue without it.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on June 03, 2017, 06:57:04 PM
MaryAnn, If you have W10, then you have One Drive as it's a integral part of the system. It's listed in programs. I do not know how Shirley's icon ended up on her task bar.

I am unable to delete Cortana, (An animated voice given to Microsoft's Bing search engine); One Drive or Windows Defender as I do not care for any of them and feel all of them are bandwidth memory hogs and not that effective. Others may disagree, but that is their opinion and right. What I have been able to do is turn them off and eliminate any used bandwidth. You can Google how to if you would like, or not.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on June 03, 2017, 09:27:47 PM
Patricia, it was my understanding that Windows Defender would not work if you have another anti-virus program, which you obviously have.  That and One Drive does not have icons on my screen so I don't worry about them.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on June 03, 2017, 10:39:30 PM
MaryAnn, You don't need an icon for OneDrive, the same as Notebook or Snipping Tool for example unless you want a separate shortcut on your screen or taskbar that you place yourself. And you are partially right about Windows Defender not working if you have another antivirus program.

The problem is this, each time you have an update, it attempts to start up.
Also, and it tells you right in the product description in settings, it will periodically turn itself back on and cause a disruption with your other working antivirus program.

I have used System Mechanic by IOLO since 2000 and I have used Hitman Pro as a second opinion antivirus program for the last three years. Its recommended to use a second opinion for the way things are now. Many people use Malwarebytes with their regular antivirus.

For example, a security company found forty apps in Google's store that had hidden pups and viruses and Microsoft store showed slightly higher this year. Google has since fixed the loopholes and Microsoft says they're working on it. Many people are very random and not thinking in how or what they download.

I do not worry or care about these programs I don't use, except when there is a major W10 update. Then I always go to settings and make sure Windows Defender is still turned off completely or I go down the list and turn off the parts that come on with a new update.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Jakkims on June 05, 2017, 12:47:31 AM
Shirley,
OneDrive can be useful as an additional backup system for your data. I have my photos and documents backed up to OneDrive, which means they are stored both on my computer and the OneDrive cloud system. The back-up is always up-to-date, so if my computer died and I hadn't done a recent back-up onto some other format my photos and docs would be safe and nothing lost. I also have the OneDrive app on my iPad and iPhone, so I can also access my same photos and documents from both of them when away from my main computer.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on June 05, 2017, 03:27:20 PM
I found out when my old computer died that all the information on One Drive died with that computer. The files were lost and not retrievable and not on any separate cloud. Now if I had also put them on an iPad or iPhone perhaps I could retrieve them from those devices. For that reason, I do not recommend One Drive. here are others such as Amazon Cloud or Dropbox that are available from other devices with your password. Or simply use an external hard drive.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on June 13, 2017, 10:15:16 PM
From the tech site, Ask Leo;

"Let's run down a few terms.

Malware

The most important term to know is malware, which is short for malicious software.

The name says it all: malware is any software that has malicious intent â€" destroy data, send spam, hold your data for ransom, steal your information â€" it doesn't matter. It's all malicious, it's all software; thus, it's all malware.

You'll find malware used as a catch-all term for all flavors and varieties of software that intend some kind of harm.

Virus

In the human body, a virus is an organism that replicates, or makes copies of, itself and overwhelms the body's defenses, making it sick.

When applied to computers, the term "virus" is very similar.

A computer virus replicates itself in some way so as to spread within the computer, usually injecting itself into other programs within the computer.
A computer virus makes the infected computer "sick". In the computer sense, "sick" can mean poor performance, crashes, lost files and data, or more.
Very technically, the term virus does not necessarily imply that a piece of malicious software will replicate itself to other systems. In general use, it's assumed.

Spyware

Spyware is a type of malicious software intended not to do damage, but to collect information, or "spy", on you. Spyware might monitor and report back on your browsing habits and the programs you run, or access and send other information stored on your machine. One canonical form of spyware is the keystroke logger, which, as its name implies, records your keystrokes (and often more) and uploads this information to a third party.

Worm

A worm is a program that replicates itself to other computers. It does so by infecting media, such as USB drives, that make contact with multiple systems, transmitting itself over a network somehow, or otherwise copying itself from one computer to another.

Very technically, again, the term worm does not necessarily imply malicious intent or behavior, other than the replication. In practice, malicious intent is generally assumed.

Trojan Horse

A Trojan horse â€" often just a "trojan" â€" is a program that claims to be one thing but is, in fact, another. It uses that deception to gain access to a system that would not be given, were the true intent known.

A trojan horse is not a virus per se, but it may carry them. For example, there are trojans that claim to be patches for various problems, but instead (or in addition) install malware. Software obtained from many download sites is often a type of trojan, using the promise of the software that is desired to install additional malicious software that is not.
Phishing

I think of phishing as a kind of email-based trojan horse. It's email that looks like it comes from some official site, such as your bank, PayPal, or eBay, but actually comes from someone pretending to be them. They typically use some technique to fool you into thinking they are an official site of some sort, so you hand over sensitive information, like your username and password. Once you do so, they steal your other information, often leading to hacked accounts, identity theft, or worse."
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Radioman34 on June 26, 2017, 09:57:38 PM
I have lost the use of all my usb ports. Can someone suggest a quick fix or should I take my pc to the hospital?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on June 26, 2017, 11:54:53 PM
Don,

Did you try a full shutdown and a restart?

Anything new added to a USB port just prior to the problem?

Can you use a port to charge a phone?

What OS are you using? (xp-7-10)?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on June 27, 2017, 01:20:45 AM
Don has Win10 and he did shut down and restart.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on June 27, 2017, 06:31:10 AM
I think Windows 10 recently did a major upgrade again. I had to reset some of my settings because of it, but don't seem to have any problems otherwise. I assume that Don has had Windows 10 for a while, but maybe one of these fixes will help.  The Universal Serial Bus  controller may have become corrupted and needs updated/reinstalled. https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-update/lost-usb-ports/31280148-008d-49c9-84a4-eb4b8a159516
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on July 01, 2017, 04:31:07 PM
https://blog.knowbe4.com/windows-10-stops-ransomware-cold-not-so-fast?knowbe4-windows10s=&ad_id=505107&share-ad-id=1

"Recently, Microsoft claimed that no known ransomware could penetrate the new Win10 Creators Update.

Presenting new anti-ransomware protection features added in Win 10 CU, Robert Lefferts, Director of Program Management, Windows Enterprise and Security, said that no Windows 10 customer was affected by the recent WannaCry ransomware outbreak that took place in mid-May and no currently known ransomware strain can infect Windows 10.

ZDNet decided to not listen, but look for themselves. They hired a pro hacker and wanted to see if such a bold claim would hold up.

Spoiler alert: It didn't. "It's the macros, stupid!"


They hired Matthew Hickey, a security researcher and co-founder of cybersecurity firm Hacker House, and asked him a simple enough question: Will ransomware install on this operating system?

It took him a little over three hours to bust the operating system's various layers of security, but he got there.

Cracking Windows 10 S was a tougher task than expected, but one common attack point exists. Hickey was able to exploit how Microsoft Word, available to download from the Windows app store, handles and processes macros.

Hickey created a malicious, macro-based Word document on his own computer that when opened would allow him to carry out a reflective DLL injection attack, allowing him to bypass the app store restrictions by injecting code into an existing, authorized process."
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on July 19, 2017, 10:52:14 AM
best malware removal tools

http://www.itpro.co.uk/security/malware/28083/the-five-best-free-malware-removal-tools (http://www.itpro.co.uk/security/malware/28083/the-five-best-free-malware-removal-tools)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on July 19, 2017, 01:51:47 PM
I recently had a warning from my 15-inch laptop that the hard drive was failing. This laptop still had three months left on the warranty so I was somewhat surprised and called the repair line. I had two solutions for the laptop under warranty as it had not been dropped, nor had anything been dropped on it or liquid spilt. I could print out an email sent label, find my own box and return it to the company for fixing or I could pay out of pocket, 39.99 for a local tech, contracted by Dell to receive a hard drive sent by the company and installed by that tech as I had not wanted to attempt it myself.

After the helpful tech had installed the new hard drive, I restarted windows ten and only had downloaded Chrome and my antivirus. My antivirus located and listed six Trojans in system 32. I emailed Dell who asked me to reboot and reinstall. I did so even though my antivirus said they were quarantined.  But it shows you why you need to be careful and pay attention as this hard drive, direct from the manufacturer, was already corrupt.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on July 19, 2017, 02:01:52 PM
While I have used my main antivirus since 2000 and I also use a second opinion antivirus program, both of which are on yearly subscriptions. they do have free versions available. An interesting idea is to list the free programs that are highly rated against some of the paid programs which will probably surprise you. For example, last time I checked, Windows Defender was listed at number eight or lower and under some free programs. But I do realize it is convenient. Another good idea is to take a periodic look at your antivirus and see if its ranking has slipped or changed. Do not go by the manufacturer's websites but by various well-respected sites that will give an honest portrayal.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on July 19, 2017, 09:29:17 PM
Quote from: angelface555 on July 19, 2017, 01:51:47 PM
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........ But it shows you why you need to be careful and pay attention as this hard drive, direct from the manufacturer, was already corrupt.

Sounds like they sent you a drive they took out of another puter. Maybe one that was sent back because it didn't work right.  :'(
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on July 20, 2017, 12:32:59 AM
I think so, Rick! Probably because I didn't want to send it in so they had to recruit someone local. And here it is still under warranty.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: CallieOK on July 20, 2017, 02:21:26 PM
Help me, please, with a new-to-me term.   In computer talk, what, exactly, is a "meme" and how is the word pronounced?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MaryTX on July 20, 2017, 02:33:05 PM
Callie, I didn't know either so I looked it up.

"meme
/mÄ"m/

noun

    1. an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation."

I'm still not sure I know what it means ;D.

Mary
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on July 20, 2017, 03:07:27 PM
Here is an example of a meme.

[attachimg=1]



Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on July 20, 2017, 03:11:37 PM
Here is one more;

[attachimg=1]
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: CallieOK on July 20, 2017, 05:20:43 PM
So... any time you send someone a link to or a copy/paste of some philosophical/inspirational/patriotic/etc.  comment - or post a "share" (as on Facebook), you're using a "meme"?





   

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on July 20, 2017, 05:26:49 PM
No. A meme is a saying, a joke, sarcasm or a flippant remark made off the cuff or in answer to a comment or question. It is not a link or a share. or at least, not normally.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: CallieOK on July 20, 2017, 06:05:54 PM
Got it!  Thanks.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on July 21, 2017, 12:28:31 PM
Rick, this is what Dell sent in regards to the warrantied hard drive and Trojans. so se le vie...

"We agree that a new hard drive should not have such trojans, however we are not certain if those were a part of the hard drive when we sent you. We assure you that all Dell parts including the hard drives go through detailed Quality Testing before being sent to our customer's. In case of a hard drive being sent, we also ensure that we include an image of the Operating System on it and hence could not confirm if the trojans were a part of the image. We however do not take such instances lightly and assure you we will check into your concerns from our end.

In the meantime, if you need any other assistance, please feel free to respond to our email and I assure you of a prompt response.

Your experience with Dell is of utmost importance and priority to us. "
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on July 21, 2017, 08:07:33 PM
That reminds me of the joke about the Motel that sent out a "Bug Letter".

Big company "Service" seems to be somewhat of a joke.  My HP Laptop went back to them three times, each after spending hours working with their on line "experts". After that it still failed. I'm sure they didn't make any money on that sale.  They paid for the shipping both ways three times.  I eventually found the fix on line.  Had to add a program file that was actually a HP created file.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on July 21, 2017, 11:56:48 PM
Sounds about right...I had a Gateway in 2000 that would work for awhile before having the same issues. Gateway, after much sending it back and forth, said I was obviously doing something and took it off warranty. Local techs took a look and said it was the wrong type of part for that computer. Each time Gateway sent me a new one, it was to factory specs. ensuring that I received the wrong part each time.

The local techs fixed it, also adding a second internal hard drive, and it lasted for eight years, I only replaced it because it wasn't able to take the newer programs.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on July 22, 2017, 11:17:08 AM
Possibly the same experience.  I purchased a Gateway DX4840 Jan 2011.  Liked the machine but had issues with it the first week.  Spent loads of time with support and not corrected.   I packed it up, took it back to Best Buy, they accepted it and asked what other computer I might want.  My son and the sales person knew I liked the Gateway and suggested I try another new one.   I took delivery and have been very happy with it for over six years. Wonder if my old one was ever "refurbished" and sold to someone else, and if it still had the glitch.   
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on July 22, 2017, 02:13:34 PM
Jack, I wouldn't doubt it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on July 23, 2017, 11:51:23 AM
There was a store down in CA <will not tell which one> that when you returned an item that did not work, they would just re package it and sell it again.  True story.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on July 23, 2017, 12:26:03 PM
I don't doubt it. One well-known electronics store had a salesman in the computer section who tried to sell me a "modem" as a wifi router back in the day when they were separate. I'm sure he thought the old lady didn't know squat.  When he finally asked another salesman, he was sent to the right item!

I've just had a "dispute" with my local ISP.  My internet/wifi kept dropping. I called...got someone who didn't speak English well (surprise, Huh!) and she said my connections were all good and I needed to take my laptop to a computer store to be fixed.  Uh..that would be NO.  I get SO tired of all the tech problems being always at our end!  I completed their survey a day later and was honest. I got a call from a Supervisor who did speak American English and she said to disconnect the modem-router and reconnect. That it may not have gotten the latest firmware.  Yep...solved the problem.  She told me to disconnect it once a week and replug in then to make sure it looked for the latest firmware updates.  No idea why India/Malayasia/Philippines "support" person didn't suggest that.  [I had, in fact, done that after hanging up on woman #1, and told Supervisor that.  I did it again after speaking with her. No problems since.]
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on July 23, 2017, 12:48:19 PM
When I took my Gateway into some local techs back in 2000 after my poor experience with Gateway, a rather acerbic tech there told me not to put much stock in online help as the majority were hired with no computer experience, given perhaps three days of testing and indoctrination, then set at the phones with a number of pages dealing with basic computer issues and solutions.

If they can't help or their supervisor can't help, they either try to sell you paid help referrals or send you further up the chain on your time or dime. I do not see any returned part or machine not being resold but at least most will "refurbish" that piece.

It pays to be aware.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on July 23, 2017, 01:33:30 PM
I've been amazed, however, at the response to answering their "satisfaction surveys" with low ratings and explaining why.  Twice in the last month I've gotten phone calls from either the Service Manager (in the case of a car servicing problem) or an American English speaking Supervisor (with my DSL internet/phone company.

So, maybe they do look at those things!!

jane
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on July 23, 2017, 07:07:01 PM
Jane Now I have gotten one in the Philippines in the past month. She was so good. Did better than the Service man who had been out.  Not often does that happen.
Now it is good to unhook the Modem and take the connection out of the Electric about one a month. Seems to solve a lot of problems. My desktop is getting old now. Needs replacing but I don't do a lot on it anymore.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on July 24, 2017, 09:57:57 AM
Yes, it does help and to completely shut down the computer...which I do nightly since we have so many thunder storms with lightning.  The Supervisor said once a week, not once a month, so that's what I shall do.

As I said, so far all my "computer problems" have actually been telephone/internet problems that the company has had outside the house...but it's easier to say it's on my end, I guess. 

Once the local ISP repairman who called me said there were 50,000 people in Iowa without service because a farmer had cut the fiber cable during plowing or whatever.  The Colorado guy I'd spoken to about the outage I had said "all is fine there...it must be your computer."  Uh...NO! How do the support centers not know that there's a huge outage out here in the hinderlands?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: SCFSue on July 24, 2017, 01:45:39 PM
Hi Buddies.  It's now 12:40 and I've had lunch and cleaned up the kitchen.  Tim dropped by earlier to bring me a roll of stamps and we made plans for his birthday lunch with Kris on Thursday.  His birthday is the 29th.  And Bill's is on August 29th.  Tim will be 57 and Bill 59 this year.

I pruned my butterfly bush this morning and cut dead blooms off my marigolds.  I watered the front flower bed and the small veggie garden in the back with water from my rain barrel.  We've been lucky this summer with some afternoon rainfalls.  It's usually pretty dry here June through September.  I have some blooms on my bush beans, but so far no beans and the tomato plants don't look as if they are ever going to produce a tomato! 

I'm planning a quiet afternoon with a book on my bed.  And who knows, I just might catch 40 winks!

Have a good day, Buddies.
Sue
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on July 24, 2017, 03:00:44 PM
Well it has cooled down a little.  Still 85 deg. Going down to 65 at night. I had turned the A/C off and opened window but now got it back on.

Sue. A book and a little nap may be my thing.  I did sleep good last night though. Window opened helps.

Jane. I have always turned my desktop down at night. IPad goes off on its own when close pad. But I did shut it down this morning and let it come up again. I need to look at Tablets. Not put them on for awhile.  I just can't get into reading books on any of them. Have some good ones on all three. Set for life now I think. Trying not to download anymore.  I know some people have hundreds on theirs.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on July 24, 2017, 03:57:46 PM
I've got over a thousand on mine. It's the only way I read anymore.  Hardcover books are too hard to hold and paperbacks seem "icky" to me now. The paper is such poor quality anymore, it seems.  It's just easier to read on my IPAD where I can adjust the contrast and the print size.

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on July 24, 2017, 05:28:58 PM
I am going to get trying on the Ipad.  Specially if the Library keep putting out these notices saying they are closing in order to again bring the spray people in again because of find bugs in the books.. Twice now in 6 weeks.  I keep the books close to my bed. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on July 24, 2017, 07:26:12 PM
As far as reading on an electronic device, I have never done that (except my desktop and laptop).  I'm not a big reader or a good reader but there are times I have to and would like to read. My son is a big reader but always printed books.

If I were to get one of the new "readers", what would be a good choice.  I would look for large enough print to see without having to scroll back and forth, ease of operation, availability of material, ---------- all that good, easy stuff.  Also, something easy and light enough to be comfortable.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on July 24, 2017, 09:53:42 PM
Rammel.  Now I have a Ipad which I think is the best for downloading books but expensive if you just want to download Books. Easy to download. Its Apple

I also bought a Amazon Fire. Its a Tablet. Good buy when they have them on a good price on the QVC. Got mine half price. Can get for under $100 at the stores. I really like that because it is smaller and easy to take in purse
to read when waiting appointments etc.
I bought another one last time QVC had a special. Never heard name before but guess well known. It is 10" and really good for reading books.  You can use all of them to get onto Internet. E-M. and most any other thing I use.

Doubt I ever pay the big dollars for another IPad . the others good enough for me now.
You will maybe read more if you can just pick what you want to read and put it on in a few minutes. Also. Lots for 99 cents and many free. I get a  list sent from 2 places every week telling me these sale price one
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on July 25, 2017, 01:27:41 AM
The Kindle is quite popular, has a big choice of books to buy.  There are different models. The more recent gives more possibilities such as clearer page.  In all you can change the size of text to suit you.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: maryz on July 25, 2017, 07:37:43 AM
I recently got a Samsung Tablet, and it's very nice to read on.  On all the devices, you can vary the size of the type.  I wouldn't get an Apple product, unless all your other devices are Apple. They are good, but like to be "together".  ;)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on July 25, 2017, 11:54:00 AM
Another thought / question. ---- What are the subscription requirements?  Must a separate wireless service be purchased?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on July 25, 2017, 12:03:07 PM
Rammel.  Now you have to have WIFI in your house. (I am sure you have it) but now outside most places have it.  Here in my are even on the streets. Parks . It is up in all the street stop lights. Have to be careful though if have a expensive one and using it in parks and places. Lots of them get stolen but that is the same as laptops if you don't use in a busy area or you on a Parking lot. Same with Iphones. They take them and throw away if they are the cheaper one.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: maryz on July 25, 2017, 12:13:10 PM
Rammel, at least for what I have (I've also had a Kindle, iPad, and get books on my phone), what's needed is access to wifi in order to receive the books.  Once downloaded into the device (which is really a small computer), you don't need to be connected to read.  You'll be able to purchase books from Amazon, B&N, and various other sources, or "borrow" them from your local library or some online library.  Also frequently available are free and very cheap (0.99 and up) books available.  I find them to be very user-friendly, and no longer read "paper" books at all.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on July 25, 2017, 01:15:33 PM
I have two Kindle Fires, versions 7 and 8, one was given to me by the Internet company for signing up. I also have an Android phone, a laptop, and a desktop computer. All five devices sync the books from Amazon and one other called Instfreebie. Then I have one similar to a Kindle that is a Pentax and will read the Google books that I order.

You can get from free and up in price if you have an Amazon membership. All you need is that Internet hookup. My Amazon basic membership is free, but I do pay 9.99 monthly to have a revolving list of ten books that are free to read of my choosing. I also get one free book, a piece of music or video free a month with my Prime membership. Prime costs 99.00 a year but is worth it if you order a large variety of things from Amazon and with that membership you never pay to ship unless you are buying from a third party vendor.

I have over 2000 books in my content that is synced over the five devices and probably around 75 on my Pentax. But then I have been reading since I was three and if I'm not reading, I can get irritable. I feel I am addicted to reading. I read nonfiction, space and science fiction, cookbooks, self-help, and photography and often have more than one book at a time going.

I am not a television watcher, it often bores me and reading and taking classes is something that informs, influences and relaxes me. We are all different and read different things but one thing that really gets me going is book banning or burning. It may not be something I want to read, but I'm sure someone does and it is not up to me or others to say they can or cannot.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on July 25, 2017, 01:41:35 PM
Seven tips to stay cyber safe by Malabytes.


https://blog.malwarebytes.com/101/2017/07/7-tips-to-stay-cyber-safe-this-summer/?utm_source=double-opt-in&utm_medium=email-internal-b2c&utm_campaign=EM-B2C-2017-July-newsletter-issue2&utm_content=7-tips
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on July 25, 2017, 11:35:03 PM
Thanks all for the comments about the items I asked for.
I do have WiFi here at home from my puter router/modem
I think I'll be going to one of the local electronics stores so I can look and ask for a demo

I have an Android but there's no way I could read a book with it. I came here to S&F with it but it was impossible to do anything because of the scrolling needed to see things (large enough for me to see).
I'm not a big reader of books in general but could spend hours reading tech manuals, magazines, instructional stuff. Legal stuff puts me to sleep with the first paragraph.
Again - THANKS.  Add more if anything comes to mind.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: SCFSue on July 26, 2017, 12:19:33 PM
Rammel, I'm no expert on "devices" but I do have a Kindle which was a gift from one of my kids.  I have downloaded favorites (like all of Jane Austin's books which I reread) from Amazon, but I much prefer a real book.  Paper backs are OK with me--and I often buy used from Amazon.  To me, the problem with a Kindle is that if you're reading on a page and want to go back to a previous page to verify something, it is a pain to find the exact location you want.  Other readers think reading on a Kindle or other device is wonderful, so you might want to borrow someone's device and see how you like it.  I think it's a personal preference.

Sue
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on July 26, 2017, 05:43:13 PM
Now our library will loan our the Kindles. Will show how to put a book on it. See if yours do. Doubt you get anyone in the stores that will know how to do it. Most young who work there just do everything on a phone now and some never read a book.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on July 26, 2017, 06:24:10 PM
Not computer, but no discussion.   I have used Photobucket to post photos in the photo discussion.   Have been having big problems with it.   Here are two links.   http://www.technewsworld.com/story/84688.html       http://www.csoonline.com/article/3205765/internet/photobucket-replaced-millions-of-images-with-ransom-demand.html

Having problems with posting in the gallery.  Any suggestions as to programs to use, or help with posting from gallery?


Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on July 26, 2017, 08:29:17 PM
Photobucket is no longer supporting "third party hosting".  They offer that service now for a fee.  If you have been using Photobucket for putting pic's on another site you will get an email from them "discussing" the new setup & offer.

From a website ---
"Photobucket have started trying to charge users to third party host images on forums.

This undermines a lot of hard work that hobbyists put in to both the online community and the economy 

Car enthusiasts, scale modeller, musicians, artists,flower arrangers. Anyone with a hobby, that uses photobucket will NOT be able to post images on your favourite forums without paying $399."
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on July 26, 2017, 08:32:54 PM
Rick I was putting up with adds, understand they have to have revenue.  Now understand I would pay around $300 a year, no way.  I only hav 211 photos on their site, all for the purpose of posting on Seniors.   Have to find another host, or figure out our photo gallery.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on July 26, 2017, 09:08:51 PM
The email I got said $40.00 a month, and I removed all my important pictures.  They can take a long walk off a short pier.  I can't imagine the ordinary person using their site paying that outrageous ( to me) charge. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on July 26, 2017, 09:28:36 PM
I stopped going to Photobucket when my credit card wouldn't work unless I chose the next highest price for storage. Now Amazon Drive, formerly free, wants 60. per year. I use Google Photos as it is still free and it syncs with all of my devices. I take a photo with my Android and it appears on my cell and Google Photos simultaneously. No telling how long it will be free but it has been since 2009 so far.

I have all of my PSP graphics and photos there as well as Amazon Prime that allows unlimited photos only but that is paid by my Prime subscription.Because I have had pictures lost before due to computers  I have them also on a 3 T "Book" brand external drive as well as many on Nikon's site and Yahoo's Flicka.

Research everything nowadays, never take their word for granted.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on July 26, 2017, 09:38:23 PM
Jane, the only photos I have on photoshop are ones I posted in Seniors.   Do not want to delete those posted on the new site since it would blank out the photo in the discussion.  Guess I can delete the older ones.

Patricia I can use Google photos but does it give you the link to post here.   I am not interested in the cloud or having all the photos available on the phone and pad.   I keep all I want on the computer, external hard drive and flash drives.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on July 26, 2017, 09:47:33 PM
Jack, you have to download from Google Photos, the ones you want to post to your pictures folder. That's what I do. I use the Attachments and other options below the message block and when I click on Choose File, it opens in my pictures. You just need to direct it to where you want it to find your photos. It makes a copy of the photos for you to post.

Google, Amazon and similar programs will not link to here.

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on July 26, 2017, 10:01:57 PM
Patricia, how do you link photos from your picture folder to a discussion, I see where it will link to facebook etc but how do you get the link to post in the discussion.

OK just went back and tried the attachment, that I never used.  The photo came up as almost a thumbnail, but clicking on it enlarged.   Understand we still have to resize to Seniors limits.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on July 27, 2017, 02:42:13 AM
Jack, you have to resize it to S&F requirement, then when you attach it, choose in the next window "full size".
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Jeanne Lee on July 27, 2017, 08:46:46 AM
I think the choice for "full size" is available only for global mods.  However, the post can be very easily "modified" by the mod or admin to show the photo full size in the message.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on July 27, 2017, 10:25:20 AM
Thanks, really a great way to post.   Here is one photo was getting a small photo that would enlarge when clicked, but this time I had the option      inline full-image [attachimg=1]
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on July 27, 2017, 10:29:34 AM
I posted a photo in the discussion just to show results.  Do not know if you can include, say 3 photos, might be too large, but no problem with doing multiple posts.  Appreciate the help.   I have no need to store in Gallery and was having a time trying to figure it out.   

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on July 27, 2017, 10:39:55 AM
Jack...I notified people that I had helped with their avatars or photos [by putting them in my photobucket account] so they could post here and elsewhere that I no longer would be using photobucket and that their avatar may disappear without warning.  I don't know what Photobucket is going to do to enforce their NO third party sharing since that's what they use to brag about. Maybe others will pay that outrageous price...but not me.

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on July 27, 2017, 11:07:03 AM
Jane  I agree 100%   I am going to delete most photos, never thought of the avatar that I did not use, hope it causes no problems.  No more photobucket for me.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on July 27, 2017, 12:39:42 PM
Okay, I am no longer a card maker on site but I use the full-size photo and I post one photo at a time as it can get stubborn otherwise. I use Paint Shop Pro or Zoner or ON1 to resize and compress my photos but there are also a number of very good free or web linked programs out there that will resize and compress your photos correctly for you and this website. Just be sure to go to the program's website, do not use a third party downloader and read all reviews, not just those planted by the seller slash company.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on July 27, 2017, 01:09:40 PM
I have used this site for years without a problem.   It works on line, I check the size limit to 640 and usually check best, but if the result is over around 140 I go back and pick better.    Really, for viewing on line, no problem with lower kb.   

http://www.shrinkpictures.com/
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on July 31, 2017, 11:59:44 AM
Photobucket cut off my 3rd party sharing this morning.

Thanks for the link to that site, Jack!
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on July 31, 2017, 12:05:43 PM
Jane I have also learned that unlike a link from Photobucket it you use the attachment feature below your post, you can then delete the photo if you want from your computer.  For example I have a large photo, resize it and "save as" to retain the large photo.  I then have both on the computer.  I attach the resized one, and then delete it from my computer keeping the original one. 

Not familiar with the gallery and at this point see no need to use.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on July 31, 2017, 04:14:38 PM
I don't know either, but I don't post pictures here anyway.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on August 07, 2017, 02:36:36 PM
I so agree with this from one of my regular emails;

"A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

They have found a cure for cancer. And diabetes and heart disease and AIDS. If you haven’t heard about them, it’s only because no one cared enough to forward you these cures they themselves received in a forwarded email, in a WhatsApp message, or on Facebook.

When I receive such messages I try to tell the sender that when they find a cure for cancer you’ll hear about it on the front page of The New York Times (or in the most-respected newspaper around you), not in a forwarded email.

No, fasting is not going to cure anyone of cancer. Drinking two glasses of water first thing in the morning is not a cure of diabetes. Taking papaya leaf juice is not a cure for AIDS. And, no, there’s no pharma conspiracy to suppress these magic cures.

But sometimes it feels that, while everyone else is trying to save humanity by sharing these easy remedies, I’m the official naysayer in the room. It’s sisyphean. It’s tiring. So I propose the following as the first law of the Internet:

Garg’s Law: Do not forward anything you’ve received online without verifying it yourself.

I suggest ISPs require new customers to sign and date (in front of two witnesses) that they agree with the law before they can get online. First violation would mean one has to be off the Net for a week. Second violation: a month. Three strikes and you’re out.

Until that happens (and until they find a cure for the common cold), enjoy this week’s five words related to medicine."

Another topic I'm gotten quite annoyed with is the new constant stream of emails telling me off for emailing them or posting photos to them or sending them unsigned notes. The irony was the one I received that actually had the insert first name here in parenthesis still on it! Also receiving several from different names daily has been a clue. I would say how can people be so dumb as to click on or open these but the sheer amount showing up in my email shows me that yes, people are that dumb. Enough that stupid people like the one forgetting to insert the first name here, are getting in on the act.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on August 07, 2017, 02:48:56 PM
Patricia, I agree with you (and Ann Garg) on both complaints.  It seems when I get one e-mail about "anything", I receive a couple more.  Some of them I check on Snopes, but for most, I've given up.  And I don't forward those kinds of e-mail!

Mary Ann

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: CallieOK on August 07, 2017, 04:33:06 PM
Patricia and Mary Ann,  add me to the list of those who wish such things would be outlawed!  It absolutely amazes me how many of my otherwise knowledgeable friends "share" such information.

I'm also getting very tired of being tracked so "they" can provide "ads I might be interested in". I guarantee....I will NOT!
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on August 07, 2017, 05:42:22 PM
Callie, I recently looked at a chair lift ad.  Now I get ads for chair lifts.  And I even clicked on a link for something that someone put here and I get ads for that (forget what it was).  The Washington Big Brother isn't the only one watching!

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on August 07, 2017, 06:13:13 PM
Everyone is watching. I once wanted to share some info on a Ostler toaster slash converter oven I had ordered. I couldn't show the one I had without sending along my account info so I found one on the web which was basically the same only a different color and style. Now everywhere I go, I see that toaster oven in an advert on that site.

It is very frustrating as well that almost everywhere I go anymore, the site is blocked because I am using an adblocker and the site wants to bombard me with stupid adverts. I normally just backtrack, but when it is a site such as the New Yorker or The Atlantic, I am stuck. Another advert that must be very frustrating and I believe is illegal is when you click on a news story that says Meryl Streep is secretly married. A friend emailed this to me and I emailed back that she has been married for over thirty or so years. Oh no, my friend tells me. She recently got secretly married to Robert Redford. I say back that I wonder how her actual husband feels about that?

She, today tells me some singer got fired from his job over an affair with an actress who uses a certain face cream. All of this gossip isn't fake gossip reporting, but adverts disguised as fake gossip to get you to buy the face cream or potion or whatever else they're selling. I am ashamed of both the to me illegal advertising and the "friend" who refuses to believe me when I tell her it's a hoax. This woman also constantly fills out forms for "store cards and bonuses." And then calls me because her computer, (For no reason); suddenly is infected yet again!!
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MaryTX on August 07, 2017, 07:11:14 PM
I use Mozilla Firefox 99% of the time.  I use "Adblock Plus", and "uBlock Origin".  One thing I like about the uBlock is if you go to a company website, it blocks it but gives you the option of blocking it completely or just blocking it temporarily, so you can look at the page.   

I don't know for sure which one is doing the trick but I seldom if any get any ads.  I don't know if Edge or Chrome or any other browers use them.  Wish I could fine a adblocker for Facebook!  Those ads are really annoying. 

I use Yahoo email and use "Webmail Ad Blocker.  I don't get any of those stupid ads on Yahoo either.

Mary
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: CallieOK on August 07, 2017, 08:50:38 PM
Mary Ann,  I've noticed the same thing about many products.  The ads sometimes the very next time I open my server home page.

Mary,  I totally agree about those stupid Facebook Ads - and the "greetings" that call me by name!!!!!  I also wish I could block forever the pop-ups for "Friends You Might Know" etc. etc.
Not sure I could keep up with the AdBlock programs.   I'd probably overshoot my limit the first time out!!

Patricia, I've seen that comment about Meryl Streep and Robert Redford.  No way would I click on anything like that - but I did wonder if it referred to movie roles coming up  (and promptly decided it didn't).


Now I have a question.      Cox has removed the search engine from my home page and wants me to install Google Chrome.   My browser is IE.    If I install Google, will I lose IE and have to redo all my Favorites as well as my web mail program?
Fortunately, I have Google on my Tablet but I don't have Favorites or Files, etc. on it and don't want to put them there.    It's annoying to have to use the Tablet to search for something connected with things on my PC.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on August 07, 2017, 08:53:13 PM
I use Firefox and I have Adblock (I don't know about the Plus) and I really don't get any ads during my browsing.  I do get some chair lift ads at the side of my screen occasionally and I know it's because I looked up chair lifts.  When I look at MLive (Michigan news), I get a notice that the advertisers pay for the site and I should do away with Adblock.  Of course, I click on the X and go on my way. 

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on August 07, 2017, 09:40:12 PM
Meryl Streep has been married to Don Gummer, an American sculptor since 1978. I looked it up when I was trying to convince Christiana of the bogus gossip's adverts. Those are some company's attempt to sell their cosmetics by using fake gossip items. It's all just another scam in a sea of them. I have used Adblock Plus since the early days and usually X on out. But now when it is something I want to read such as The Atlantic, I am stuck and I hate it.

You can add as many browsers as you want together but it takes up so much of your computer memory. I dislike Edge and Cortana which is only Microsoft's Bing search engine with a voice. Edge, Bing, and Windows Defender are all low rated but folks like the convenience I understand. IE is fine but Microsoft is trying to change its users to Edge. Chrome is the most popular and Firefox is second. I use Chrome and I use Opera as it is a small but spare browser and well rated. You need to investigate for what your criteria are and look for customer reviews, not company sponsored reviews but the ones that are honest. I wouldn't use Chrome except it has features I cannot get with Opera alone. I used Firefox until it got wonky and like Yahoo was getting spam and Trojans.

I had Outlook email until Opera, Chrome, and Firefox all would not go there saying it had identity theft going on. Of course, Edge took me right there. I have closed that account after quite a hassle with Microsoft and it takes them ninety days to delete that account and sends you daily notifications to fix your Outlook settings. Then if you try to go there to turn off notifications, it tries to reopen that account so it is another Microsoft game. I use Gmail as my Microsoft account. Outlook is supposed to be deleted at the end of September.

I use System Mechanic from IOLO and have since 2000. It is a PC cleaner, firewall, and antivirus. I use Hitman Pro for my second opinion antivirus and have liked both for a long time. However, I read the reviews and would change if needed. There are as usual both free and paid versions. Some of the free antivirus programs are three times as good as some of the paid versions such as Avast and Norton. Malwarebytes is another good free program for a second opinion. Kaspersky Lab is one of the highest rated antivirus programs. However, Putin had the head of that company killed and nationalized the program so use at your own risk.

Here is one company's review of the Top Ten programs of 2017, but it has some I have never heard of and cannot find the name of the sponsor of the web page.

https://www.top10bestantivirus.com/

Here is a Google page on antivirus including some questioned info on the new, Kaspersky company;

https://www.google.com/search?q=russian+antivirus+company&rlz=1C1PRFC_enUS682US694&oq=russian+antivirus&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0l5.8327j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

Info on how to turn off those annoying Facebook notifications

https://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+turn+off+notifications+on+Facebook&rlz=1C1PRFC_enUS682US694&oq=how+to+turn+off+notifications+on+Facebook&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.13871j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

Turning off adverts from Facebook;

"To opt out of Facebook showing you targeted ads from other sites, or from seeing Facebook's ads on other sites, open your Facebook page and click the upside-down triangle in the upper right corner. Select "Settings" and then in the left-hand column select "Ads."Oct 9, 2015"

https://www.google.com/search?q=turn+off+adverts+on+Faebook&rlz=1C1PRFC_enUS682US694&oq=turn+off+adverts+on+Faebook&aqs=chrome..69i57j0.12440j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: CallieOK on August 07, 2017, 10:44:29 PM
Thanks, Patricia.   Almost TMI but I think I ferreted out the answer I was looking for.  :)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on August 12, 2017, 10:42:40 PM
Chrome Browser Extension infected

https://techtalk.pcpitstop.com/2017/08/07/malicious-chrome-extension/?maliciouschromeextension=&ad_id=505166&share-ad-id=1
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on August 13, 2017, 05:34:03 AM
Angel, where did you get your information about the head of Kaspersky being killed by Putin?

The last info I saw was that Kaspersky's computer incidents investigation team leader and two others were arrested in 2016 and charged with treason for supposedly passing state secrets to Verisign back in 2010. I haven't seen any info on the outcome of the trial or whether or not it is still ongoing. The US has banned the use of Kaspersky Labs products on government computers and warned US citizens not to use their products because of their election interference and close ties to Russian intelligence.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-cyber-insight-idUSKBN1650MA
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on August 13, 2017, 05:51:36 AM
It was published sometime back in Euronews. They did not come right out and say he was killed but Putin had tried to buy the company, he refused and sometime later was charged and imprisoned. They said he became ill and died. When he was charged and imprisoned, he lost control of his company. Russian leadership uses Russian and East European crime syndicates as a matter of course. It was the company founder and developer who died.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on August 13, 2017, 01:01:29 PM
Thanks Angel, but as far as I can tell, Eugene Kaspersky are still alive and running the company. There were three other co-founders: Alexey De-Monderik is still with the company as a corporate advisor, Natalya Kastersky is now President of the Infowatch Group, and Vadim Bogdanov, who I can find no info on except that he was still named a co-owner in 2007. There is a Vladim Bodanov listed as founder and board director of Alois Industires OU out of Estonia. Don't know if it is the same guy.

Okay, you may have been thinking of Rusian Stoyanov who is/was a senior advisor at Kasperksy. He along with Sergei Mikhailov, head of Center for Information Security (part of FSB), and Dmitry Dokuchayev (aka: Forb), a hacker. All three are charged with treason. On Dec. 26, Oleg Erovinkin (KGB General) mysteriously died. First reports said he was murdered, shot in the head; later the story was amended to being under investigation. He apparently was suspected of being a leaker. https://qz.com/898168/three-russian-cyber-arrests-one-suspicious-death-and-a-new-twist-in-the-us-election-hack/

This is all very interesting. Anyone interested in reading a fictional spy story in current time, read Red Sparrow
and its sequels by Jason Matthews, then you will know why I find this news interesting. Matthews and his wife are retired CIA. BTW, the movie is scheduled to release on March 2, 2018. Hope it is as good as the books.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on August 14, 2017, 02:23:58 PM
From Dashlane, a highly rated password manager. How safe are your passwords, really? Remember Yahoo's problems that sent it into bankruptcy?

"Methodology
From July 5 â€" July 14, Dashlane researchers examined 37 popular consumer websites and 11 popular enterprise websites against five password security criteria:

Does the website require users to have passwords that are 8 or more characters?

When creating a new account on each website, Dashlane researchers attempted to create passwords less than eight characters irrespective of the sites’ stated minimum password requirements.

Does the website require users to have passwords with a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols?

When creating a new account on each website, Dashlane researchers attempted to create passwords with all letters (“aaaaaa”) or numbers (“111111”).

Does the website provide an on-screen password assessment meter to show users how strong their password is?

When creating a new account on each website, we wanted to see if the site provided any notification, such as a meter or color-coded bar, they were credited as providing an assessment. Sites that only provided confirmed password length or where requirements were met did not receive credit.

Does the website allow 10 incorrect login attempts without providing additional security (CAPTCHA, account lockout, 2-Factor, etc.)?"


https://blog.dashlane.com/dashlane-password-power-rankings-2017/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=appboy&utm_campaign=d7ec613c-ae4b-4772-bf7d-b27b7e27a76d&utm_content=v1&utm_term=en
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on August 23, 2017, 08:03:08 PM
I only have space on this Armoire to fit a 17 inch screen for the desktop. it is fine for somethings but on the Web pages I go into then I can only get half the screen (right side to show) left side when on such as Facebook etc then the other8 inch is taken up with such as information on the person  or ads. How can I make it a full screen? eliminating all that shows on that side. It only does it on Web. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Jakkims on August 24, 2017, 12:13:32 AM
Jeanne, this may help but it depends on how good your eyesight is. Hold down the Ctrl button on your keyboard and tap the minus key on the number section at the right end of the keyboard. This should make everything on your web page smaller, so you should have more fitting on to the screen. If you tap it too many times and find it too hard to read just tap the plus button to increase the size again.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on August 24, 2017, 11:20:50 AM
Screen resolution will also come into play here.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on August 24, 2017, 02:29:42 PM
This is an old scam targeted to seniors that is still working and stealing info, account numbers, and your cash.

If you answer your phone and you hear, "Can you hear me now," hang up immediately!

http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/smart-living/if-you-ever-hear-this-four-word-phrase-when-you-pick-up-the-phone-hang-up-immediately/ar-AApIRzd?ocid=NL_ENUS_A4_OM2-PID87165
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on August 27, 2017, 03:51:18 PM
FOR YOUR INFORMATION:

i  picked up a virus the other day and thought I would pass along where it is coming from.  It may say AMAZON in the subject matter, however it does NOT have the .com after it.  All email from Amazon has the dot com after it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on August 27, 2017, 04:18:22 PM
Joan, thanks and good work.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on August 28, 2017, 06:08:10 AM
Thanks for the warning Joan.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on August 28, 2017, 11:02:25 AM
My pleasure.  :)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on August 28, 2017, 07:19:30 PM
Few thing happening now on the Older W7. Will have to go to W10 soon. hate to do it.
Right now I have lost the Date showing down in the bottom right corner. Time is still there.

Also in S and F. When I just click onto NEW on the Forums it keeps taking me back to 2016. Even when I have read all up to the current postings
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on August 28, 2017, 08:42:52 PM
Jeanne, I have both the date and time in the lower right corner of my screen and this computer has W-10.  I can't help you with the other because the posts come up following the last post I made or read.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on August 28, 2017, 09:15:38 PM
JeanneP  if you go down the lists of forums, on the right it will show the last post and if you click there it will take you to the last post 
Title: JeanneP
Post by: RAMMEL on August 29, 2017, 09:14:24 PM
JeanneP

Still having a problem with the Day and Date showing up in Win-7?

Try - single left click on the time. When the next window comes up check and set the time if not correct then click outside that box and see if you now get the Time and Date.
I assume (a foolish thing to do) that you have fully restarted your computer.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on August 30, 2017, 08:04:05 PM
Rammel.  I hve tried that but still just the time shows. Use to show the date and day also. I always have a calendar handy but just wondered why it vanished.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on August 30, 2017, 10:36:10 PM
Quote from: JeanneP on August 30, 2017, 08:04:05 PM
Rammel.  I hve tried that but still just the time shows. Use to show the date and day also. I always have a calendar handy but just wondered why it vanished.
My Win-7 is like my Win-xp --- the day and date only show up when I put the cursor over the time.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on August 31, 2017, 03:30:24 PM
Rammel.  You are right. Hold Cursor over time and the day and date shows up. That is better than showing all the time.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on September 07, 2017, 05:45:51 PM
Equifax hacked credit scores, customer info down to driver's license numbers in some cases.

They are now saying that this latest data breach may infect half of the US population.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/equifax-says-hack-potentially-exposed-211506106.html?soc_trk=gcm&soc_src=ceafb8ea-13ba-326e-8577-780d7df5b520&.tsrc=notification-brknews
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on September 11, 2017, 11:26:00 AM
From How To Geek and for the sports-minded out there. And yes it's legal.

https://www.howtogeek.com/270144/how-to-stream-every-nfl-game-live-without-cable/
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on September 14, 2017, 12:04:00 PM
Again from How To Geek,

How to block spamming calls on your android cell phone.


https://www.howtogeek.com/171012/how-to-block-a-phone-number-from-calling-your-android-phone/
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on September 14, 2017, 01:27:05 PM
I have done that at least 5 times. Does not help.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on September 14, 2017, 02:22:14 PM
I'm sorry, perhaps it is only for certain types of cells? I know it worked on my two.You need to know the number to block.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on September 14, 2017, 08:05:15 PM
So many of these unwanted annoyance calls are "spoofing" their number that it is hard to block them. I have a cordless home phone that allows blocking of calls but as you say, it needs the calling number. So far I think I have only blocked three of them.  One was a good charity but they kept calling back (probably looking for more).
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on September 14, 2017, 08:27:02 PM
Lately I've been getting some calls from my area code and prefix number.  I check the White Pages and a couple of the numbers show no results, but others do give a name and address.  They are names that I don't know and because I do have Caller ID, I did not answer the phone.  Only one has left a message.  I wonder why a number in my exchange is calling - the message is that "my Wellness package is ready" and all I have to do to get it is punch 1.  I feel safe as long as I don't answer the call.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on September 14, 2017, 08:58:36 PM
Scammers always seem to be a step ahead in inventiveness. I also have gotten calls from my area with no message attached. Since I don't recognize the number, it goes to voicemail and then deletion. To be truthful, 99.9 percent of my calls go to voicemail and then I decide to call back or not.

One lady who I blocked, lives at the other end of the hall from me and we used to work together back in 2004 at the Employment Office. She doesn't have a computer and doesn't want any or to go to the free use ones at the library.

But she constantly asks me to look up numbers or prices or other info from a computer or those only on TV sites. After the first couple of calls, I suggested several alternatives which she didn't care for. Yesterday her cable channels disappeared so she asked me if I knew how to get them back. I told her I don't have a television let alone cable so I would be no help. She then said, "Couldn't you look it up, (scanning); on the computer?"

She does a number of nice things for folks so I feel unable to simply tell her more forcefully to knock it off. I have been passive aggressive about either ignoring her or switching the subject but as she has started slipping requests under my door in envelopes, I realize my gentle suggestions haven't worked. I'm going to end up being the bad guy.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on September 14, 2017, 10:08:12 PM
From Babamail;

In the last 20 years, computers have become a necessity. People can spend hours in front of one at work, only to come back home and use their personal one, for which they've paid a handsome sum. Sadly, many people unknowingly engage in actions that are harmful to their computer. We’re all guilty of one or two of these actions, so I’ve compiled a list of the 16 most common things we do incorrectly, and how to do them without needing to take our computer in for repairs.

1. Blocking the Computer’s Vents

Trying to save space can often lead you to placing your computer close against the wall, desk, sofa, curtains, etc. The vents are vital in keeping the computer cool, and anything that blocks them may cause it to overheat. High temperatures damage the internal circuitry, so keeping the computer nice and cool by not blocking the vents should be a priority.

2. Deleting System Files

When we use our computer, we sometimes clog the hard drive with pictures, movies, music, and other junk. When the hard drive is full, it works harder, making your computer sluggish. The problem arises when inexperienced users try to clear up space by deleting files they don’t know of, and more often than not â€" they delete important system files. Deleting these files can render the computer inoperable, or prevent certain features from functioning (example: deleting system files related to the sound drive can disable your ability to listen to music, etc.) Don’t delete any files ending with.SYS,.DLL, or.EXE, in particular from these directories: Program Files, System32, Windows, Users.

3. Cleaning the Screen with Liquids

When you want to clean your computer screen, you probably use a wet wipe or some basic cleaning detergent, but this may actually damage it. Any type of liquid can cause corrosion if it gets into the screen, and detergents (even natural ones) may damage the special coating on the screen. The best way to clean a computer screen is by using a dry microfiber cloth, or the same kind of cloth you use to clean your eyeglasses.

4. Pushing the CD/DVD Tray to Close it

Even I do this from time to time, instead of pushing the open/close button on the drive. You may think that these actions are the same, but when you apply force to the drive, you can break the opening and closing mechanism. So next time you’re closing the drive, use the button.

5. Using the Same Password

It may be easy to remember your password this way, but it also makes it easy for hackers and criminals to log into your private information, or worse. You wouldn’t want to use the same key for your home, car, and bank account. If you hate remembering passwords, simply get a password management program like LastPass or LogMeOnce.

6. Not Restarting After Installing New Software

When you install a new piece of software onto the computer, some may ask you to restart it. You may feel that it’s a waste of time, but these requests are not mere whims of developers. Some applications need to start up with the computer for them to function properly, so using them without the initial restart can result in them not working properly (or not at all). Even if you don’t have the patience for it, make it a habit of restarting your computer when prompted to.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on September 14, 2017, 10:10:19 PM
Continued:

7. Browsing the Web without an Up-to-Date Antivirus

This is a HUGE no-no! One of the most vital things you should have installed on your computer is antivirus software. Browsing the internet exposes you to many malicious attacks from websites. Some try to collect data on you, some want to trick you into paying them, and some want to steal your identity. So make sure your computer has antivirus software installed, and that it is updated. If you want to learn more about antivirus software, click here.

8. Letting Pets Get Too Close to the Computer

If you’re a pet owner, you probably noticed that your pets like to use your computer as a pillow. Who can blame them? It’s nice and warm. You may find it adorable, but it’s actually very bad for your computer. Fur finds its way into the computer and can block the vents, or jam internal fans, causing the computer to overheat. So keep your furry friends away from your computer, and have it cleaned at least once a year.

9. Installing Programs Automatically

You may not like to read the information in the various windows during a program installation, and many programs will offer to “save you the effort” and automatically install themselves. The problem arises when these programs install add-ons like unwanted toolbars on your computer, which will, at best slow it down, and at worst steal your information. Next time you install anything, take a moment to read what’s going on instead of just clicking “OK”.

Note, Never use a Download computer app or download from other than the manufacturers' website. That's just courting disaster!

10. Opening the Computer Case When it’s Still Plugged In

It is recommended that you clean your computer every few months, clearing dust, and fur from the case. Some of us like to do it ourselves, but sometimes forget to unplug the computer from the power socket. While you may think that when the computer is off it’s safe to touch the insides, it is not. There still is a current running inside, and touching any electrified part may short-circuit the computer and damage it, or worse â€" electrocute you.

11. Putting Magnets on or near your Computer

Regular hard drives use a magnetic system to store data. Unshielded cables can experience magnetic interference, resulting in loss or corruption of data. Older CRT computer screens (not the LCD or LED kind) are also very susceptible to magnetic interference. What all that means is that magnets are bad for computers, so keep them away from each other.

12. Exposing the Computer to Heat

Exposing your computer to direct heat sources such as sunlight or heaters can cause severe damage. Electronic devices such as computers, produce heat, so adding more heat can cause plastic parts to melt, as well as solder. So make sure that you keep your computer nice and cool.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on September 14, 2017, 10:12:13 PM
How many never follow up w/these?

13. Hitting the Case

If you hear strange noises coming from inside the computer case, when the computer behaves sluggishly or when it stops reacting, many people feel that a good thump will fix the problem. Computers are full of delicate parts, and hitting them can cause these parts to become loose, cables to disconnect, and even break important parts. Next time you feel like hitting your computer, take a breath, switch it off, and let it rest for a minute before starting it up. If you hear strange noises, it can mean that something has gotten loose inside, so don’t wait and take it to a technician for a checkup.

14. Not Logging out of Your E-mail When You’re Done

Once you’re done with your e-mails, you should log out from the service, even in a safe place like your office or home. If you don’t log off, you risk having a stranger access your account, exposing all of your personal information. If you need another reason, remember that you can reset your passwords via your e-mail account, so someone with access to it can access your other accounts.

15. Using Force when Connecting a USB Device

USB connections are great, they make connecting devices to your computer easy, using one type of connection. We use them for flash drives, to charge smartphones, connect our keyboard and mouse, etc. The shape of the USB can sometimes be a source of frustration when trying to connect it the wrong way. Even if you tried 2-3 times unsuccessfully, don’t jam it in by force â€" doing so can break the connector in your computer, and replacing it can cost a pretty penny.

16. Opening too Many Websites at Once

When I go online, I sometimes end up with multiple internet browser windows or tabs open (like my e-mail, Facebook, YouTube, etc.) but this requires the computer to allocate more resources to your various windows and tabs. The computer has a finite amount of resources, and when it is encumbered, it will become slow and unresponsive. Make a habit of not opening more than a total of 9 windows or tabs at any given time. Your computer will thank you.


http://www.ba-bamail.com/content.aspx?emailid=22504
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on September 15, 2017, 09:14:48 AM
MaryAnn....we're all, I think, being deluged with these robo calls and the scam calls.  I've been called and left messages that the FBI is suing me and I'm going to be arrested. Huh. Really?  And, of course, it's a scam.

These scammers are able to spoof local numbers and even local businesses, so it looks as if they're coming from people you know. Our hospital recently had a notice in our local paper that someone(s) were using Regional Medical Center as showing on ID and saying people owed them money.  NOT the hospital calling at all. Someone trying to scare people and getting their info.

Like you, we are letting everything go to voice mail anymore and will call back. 

I can't tell you how many "free trips and cruises I've supposedly won.  I. DON'T. THINK. SO.

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on September 15, 2017, 10:10:31 AM
Jane, I will say that most of my "scam" callers do not leave messages - fortunately.  But it had puzzled me how so many of the calls came from my exchange number but I know with computers, much can be done.  And someone is doing it!

Thanks for your information.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on September 15, 2017, 10:19:54 AM
They should be outlawed as they are an invasion of our privacy.  Have not had any yet but suppose they will start any day.  New phone and provider.  Never had them with Jitterbug.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on September 15, 2017, 10:20:21 AM
Yep, MaryAnn, they've got good tech skills...and apparently make a lot of money scamming people.  Sad situation, to be sure. 

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on September 15, 2017, 10:21:48 AM
wjoan...unfortunately, scammers don't care about laws.  They only care about $$$.  They did get one guy who was behind some of them...out of India, I think it was. That's also the problem....American laws don't apply to these out of the USA dirtbags.

Here's one article....call centers who do only this, apparently

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2016/10/06/dozens-arrested-in-irs-phone-scam-call-center-raids/#57dbf7e549b6
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on September 15, 2017, 10:40:38 AM
What is upsetting is the sheer amount of these calls publicized. It can only mean that people are making a lot of money with this tactic.While I've only gotten one or two, I always try to delete calls by group rather than individually just in case even deleting one causes an issue. It is similar to the idea that while you're deleting something suspicious on the computer. You don't click the red X because it may be booby trapped. You instead ctrl-alt-delete.

Recently I've found a new type in my email spam folder. I get messages swearing at me, saying I'm going to be attacked, beat up, reported, blocked and investigated. These messages, while similar to Jane's in idea are more violent. Another type is they've seen my profile on Facebook or Twitter or Snapchat or fill in the blank and they want to be my new buddy. Finally are different ones needing me to click on their message as they need my verification to unsubscribe from their posts.

The ones that have to make you wince are the ones so eager to get on the game that they send it as they themselves received it. I've gotten a couple that actually still had fill in the blank and insert name purpose or organization here! The crooks evidently had never heard of a merge document and again all of this shows that enough people are falling for this to make it very profitable.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on September 15, 2017, 11:37:05 AM
A message I've gotten recently is that I have a message on Facebook.  I am not on Facebook and those messages do come in as Spam.  Sometimes I look to see the address of the person(s) sending the message and lots of times the messages are from foreign countries, especially Russia.  I do delete the Spam.  If the message comes in my regular e-mail, I mark it as Spam, then delete it later. 

You know about the phone call people get from a supposed relative, stranded in some city and needing money.  Dot had one some time ago, saying it was her grandson.  She went to the bank, withdrew $1800, then went to the grocery store to send the money.  The clerk at the store convinced Dot it was a scam so Dot did not send the money.  Thinking about it later, Dot said there were several things that should have clued her it was a scam.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on September 15, 2017, 01:33:09 PM
Another old, old one that is making the rounds now and there is even a note about it on our community bulletin board here. It is called "Can you hear me now?" All the person has to say is yes. Then they can use that recorded yes for all sorts of purposes involving money, passwords, information and other security issues.

We can all say we would never fall for that but at the moment? We do need to stay educated as it is a multiple billion dollar industry with those foolish or unaware.

MaryAnn, I remember hearing about that and about one case where they called a mother about her son in crisis in Europe. Since her son happened to be sitting right next to her, she told them to wait and she would get the details from him as he was right there next to her....
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on September 15, 2017, 01:59:16 PM
I have wondered who someone would call me about on one of those calls.  Of course I'd have to answer the phone in the first place and with an unfamiliar number I would not have answered it.  It's obvious some people work at thinking up schemes like those we've mentioned.

Tom's phone has a Northern Michigan area code and he says he's getting some calls with that area code now.  He uses a Mac which so far hasn't been hit as much as the PCs are.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on September 15, 2017, 02:01:03 PM
We just got one phone call with the name of a local man who's the father of a man Ray knows who's been ill.  I thought something had happened to Tim, so I answered. NOPE....a woman trying to sell me a credit card that will save me thousands in interest.  I'm shouting into the phone...NO< NO> NO....NO....do not call me again.

I know it won't do any good, but I felt better!   :tickedoff:
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on September 15, 2017, 04:05:20 PM
This is from back in April of this year;

"APPLE users awoke to bad news this morning, as the latest Threat Report by anti-virus firm McAfee Labs revealed malware for computers running macOS had increased by a staggering 744 percent." Mac now gets up to 70% more viruses and scams now than windows."

http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/789060/Apple-Mac-Malware-Virus-Warning

Jane, the link for blocking a cell number via iphone, stock or something like Samsung is here. And it totally works if you have that number unless you deleted it. It wasn't using the actual phone number as it was cloaked but you can still look it up.

https://www.howtogeek.com/171012/how-to-block-a-phone-number-from-calling-your-android-phone/

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on September 15, 2017, 07:18:01 PM
I don't know what happened but now getting a lot of Pop ups on both my desktop and see them on my IPad now.  I very seldom get onto facebook but get lots on there. I think that is where the trouble started.

Any way I can stop them. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on September 15, 2017, 07:52:04 PM
Jeanne to turn on or off notifications on Facebook, do this;

How do I turn notifications on or off for people or Pages that I follow?

To turn on notifications for a friend, you can add them to your Close Friends list.

To adjust notifications for a Page:

Go to the Page

Click Following

Click  next to Notifications

Adjust your notification settings, then click Done

When you turn on notifications, you'll get updates each time that person or Page posts something shared with you.

You can't turn off Facebook notifications entirely, but you can choose what you're notified about and how you're notified.

To choose what you get notifications about:

Click  at the top-right corner and select Settings

Click Notifications on the left

Click to adjust how you get notifications and what you get notified about

If you're getting notifications from an app, you can always block the app.

Often other apps will have a place for you to add or turn off notifications. For example, I have a news app that places news on my desktop when it happens and I can then click to go to that page. To turn off app notifications you need to open that app and go to their settings.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on September 15, 2017, 11:18:41 PM
Thanks, Angelface.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on September 16, 2017, 04:34:56 PM
From Lifehacker,

"If you always leave Bluetooth on your phone on, you might want to rethink things.

A vulnerability known as BlueBorne was discovered this week by security research firm Armis. With it, researchers were able to infiltrate Samsung Galaxy Phones and the Google Pixel as well as an LG Sports Watch and a car audio system, all by exploiting the Bluetooth connection.

Other devices are also vulnerable. Specifically, iPhones and iPads that haven’t been upgraded to iOS 10, as well as a number of other Android, Microsoft, and Linux products. A BlueBorne attack reportedly only takes 10 seconds to do and can give a hacker control of your Bluetooth-enabled device, even if it isn’t connected to anything when the attack begins.

Google and Microsoft put out security patches to get rid of the vulnerability this week. If you haven’t updated your phone in the past few days, you should go ahead and do that right now. No really, do it now.

The issue brings up a much bigger problem: you shouldn’t be leaving your Bluetooth on in the first place.

Wired notes that when you leave Bluetooth on, it’s constantly open to and waiting for other devices to connect to. That’s great when you want to sync your Fitbit or listen to some jams on your wireless headphones, but that also means that your device is constantly available for nefarious things to try and connect to it as well. Sure, use it to connect to your headphones or car. But if you’re not using it, you should power the feature off.

The way BlueBorne works, it constantly scans for devices that have Bluetooth on, and when it finds one that has relevant vulnerabilities, it can hack into the device exceptionally quickly. Once connected, hackers can take control of the device and even steal data from it.

The attack can also spread from device to device. So, while attackers would technically need to be in Bluetooth range of your phone (33 feet) to pull something like this off, they can get some extra distance when there are other infected devices around as well.

Even though this specific vulnerability has been patched, it’s only a matter of time before something similar pops up.

The easiest line of defense? Don’t leave your Bluetooth on. Wired compares leaving Bluetooth on to leaving a door to your home unlocked. Yes, it will be easier to get in when you get home if you just don’t lock it, but you’re also making it much easier for robbers to come in and steal everything you have while you’re away."

http://lifehacker.com/stop-leaving-your-smartphones-bluetooth-on-1817176967?utm_source=lifehacker_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2017-09-16

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: donklan on September 18, 2017, 08:25:25 PM
WHAT NEXT???

CCleaner hacked with malware: What you need to know

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3225407/security/ccleaner-downloads-infected-malware.html?idg_eid=55fd406249412acd7fcf837dae2ea5e3&email_SHA1_lc=08c925ffa0c7ae293defe4e0b2f6d8a586417fad&cid=pcw_nlt_pcw_tech_html_2017-09-18&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Top%20Stories%20%40PCWorld%202017-09-18&utm_term=pcw_tech_html
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on September 19, 2017, 12:35:01 AM
Don, there was a story recently on "How To Geek" about a company that had their computers held for ransom. The ransom was not the story. What was the story was they were able to hack into Microsoft's Alexa that was controlling a large, on-site smart company saltwater aquarium. Where there's a will, a crook will find a way....
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on September 20, 2017, 03:19:45 PM
I have a friend that should never be allowed next to a computer. She is forever signing up for "free" Amazon, Target or Bed & Bath store cards that are sent to her unsolicited. She absolutely loves anything free! Her other friends and I have repeatedly cleaned up her computer and she has the number of the local PC Repair shop on speed-dial.

While there is no real hope for Christie, here is a link to figure out if that too good to be true offer is legitimate...

http://www.itpro.co.uk/security/28744/4-giveaways-that-show-an-email-is-a-phishing-attack?_mout=1&utm_campaign=itpro_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on September 21, 2017, 11:40:52 AM
Just putting this out there...."Federal Reserve is in a good mood...
The SEC is not. Last night, the US agency that keeps an eye on the markets said 'we've been hacked.' One of its electronic filing systems was breached last year. The system stores corporate disclosures - meaning non-public, inside information. The good news? It looks like no personal data was compromised. The bad news? It looks like the hackers profited off of trades they made using the stolen information. This also comes weeks after the credit rating firm Equifax announced that hackers stole data from about 143 million customers. Aka more than a third of the country."


From the Daily Skimm
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on September 21, 2017, 11:50:12 AM
A recent list of data hacks.   Need to watch what you click and so far have been lucky.  Only use Windows Defender that trys to keep up to date, and runs a scan on my machine daily.   Have not picked up a thing in over 6 months.

https://www.identityforce.com/blog/2017-data-breaches
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on September 21, 2017, 11:58:35 AM
Jack, I use only Windows Defender too.  Of the sites posted by your link, I did not click on any of them.  I am very selective in my clicking and don't click on everything that shows up, but I will say I often/usually click on links from S&F people.  I've been fortunate so far.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on September 21, 2017, 12:23:54 PM
Angelface....ah....another Skimm reader!  I love that little newsy thing.

Loved your comment about your friend and being allowed near a computer.  I'm lucky, my friend down the driveway hasn't mastered email yet...after 5 years and think she needs to save them all....because "maybe" she'll want to read them again.  And, she falls for all the fwds...that Snopes and others long ago said FAKE.

At least she doesn't sign up for anything....and she can't even imagine ordering anything online.   8)

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on September 21, 2017, 01:28:04 PM
Jane, imagine if she and Christie got together?

Jack, MaryAnn; I use System Mechanic, have for years and one of its best parts is Privacy Guardian that is always sweeping and shows daily the actual web addresses, (Not those used to deceive); of the ones attempting to track me online or infiltrate my computer. One of the biggest offenders is the Edge Browser that I do not use ever and only have because it is mandatory on windows. It is only 9:34 AM and Edge already has 1105 attempts blocked today!

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on September 21, 2017, 02:23:40 PM
From Lifehacker's; Nick Douglas

https://lifehacker.com/disable-apples-find-my-device-to-stop-hackers-from-ra-1818618139?utm_source=lifehacker_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2017-09-21

Disable Apple's "Find My Device" to Stop Hackers From Ransoming Your Mac or iPhone [Updated]
Hackers are using Apple’s “Find My” service to remotely hold devices for ransom, reports MacRumors. Multiple people have tweeted about...
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on September 21, 2017, 07:22:49 PM
Patricis, I use edge on occasion, but it is not mandatory, I normally use IE.  The problem with edge is it is all sell, sell, sell, and usually do not click on the links.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on September 23, 2017, 06:25:40 PM
Jack, I have never used Edge and it is only on my system because it is part of W10. It is extremely poorly rated across the board. That is why I don't understand the need for the Edge Browser to attempt to track me for their own adverts, malware or whatever...According to System Mechanic's Privacy Guardian portion; there were 277 Edge tracking attempts blocked today alone!  :tickedoff:

Now I do use Chrome and yes it is almost as bad as Edge for tracking attempts, but the point is that I actually use Chrome so that's on me. I have Internet Explorer for anything that Chrome cannot do per Microsoft and they also attempt tracking but it is not as bad as the other two. I just prefer Chrome.

What I especially like about a privacy program either stand-alone or as part of a complete system is that they show the actual URLs used. For example, I received a scam today posting info about changes to my credit card. Not only was the site blocked, but the actual real URL was shown next to the fake credit card URL! so if I had been dumb enough to click on the malware, I might have paused due to the program showing they were using a fake URL and why would a Credit Company need fake URLs?

But then again, if I was still believing my Credit company would "email" me for card information, or why I had received emails from cards I didn't own, probably would have been dumb enough to disregard the fake URL! So it was good that they were blocked for my protection!
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on September 23, 2017, 06:35:43 PM
It pays to stay informed!

Don already mentioned about CC Cleaner being hacked back on September 18th. Here is a followup from pcmatic.com who also report having their name and logo used maliciously by attempted malware and scammers.

"Popular PC Maintenance Program, CCleaner, Hacked and Installed Malware on 2B Devices
September 18, 2017  Kayla Thrailkill

inShare
Update 9/22/2017: Avast representative has made the following statement:

“We believe that these users are safe now as our investigation indicates we were able to disarm the threat before it was able to do any harm.  We estimate that 2.27 million users had the affected software installed on 32-bit Windows machines.”
The estimated users impacted is far less than the original two billion impacted.

Malware Included in Recent CCleaner Update
CCleaner, a popular computer maintenance program that is used to clear cookies, temporary internet files, and browsing histories included malware in two of its recent versions.  The impacted users are those who downloaded the 1.07.319 and 5.33 versions of CCleaner.  The malicious versions of the program have been available since August 15, 2017.  It is currently projected, two billion malicious downloads occurred.

Bleeping Computer reported,

“The malware collected information such as computer name, a list of installed software, a list of running processes, media access control (MAC) addresses for the first three network interfaces, and unique IDs to identify each computer in part. Researchers noted that the malware only ran on 32-bit systems. The malware also quit execution if the user was not using an administrator account.”
Not only was malware included in the update, but a malicious backdoor was left open leaving the ability for additional malware to execute.  However, to date, additional malware has not exploited this vulnerability.

If you are currently running CCleaner, please confirm which version is installed on the device.  It is recommended users update the program to the version 5.34 immediately.  The malware included in versions 1.07.319 and 5.33 is within the the particular version of the programâ€" therefore, updating to version 5.34 or higher will remove the malware.

The program, is distributed through Piriform, a company recently acquired by the security solution Avast.  To access the latest version 5.34 of CCleaner, you may go to Piriform’s forums, available here."

https://techtalk.pcpitstop.com/2017/09/18/malware-discovered-ccleaner/?ccleanermalware=&ad_id=505236&share-ad-id=1

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on September 23, 2017, 09:54:48 PM
If CC version 533 has malware, why is it still available?    ???
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on September 23, 2017, 10:03:22 PM
Good question!

From comments about the article,

   Maurice Carroll says:
September 22, 2017 at 11:21 am
@Devin Bergin: OK so I pay for the latest up-grades as they come on stream, yet this info is quite old…why? I’m not nitpicking just asking.
But whatever keep up the good work of giving us info. No one else is!!!!!

Reply
Kayla Thrailkill says:
September 22, 2017 at 11:47 am
Hi Maurice, The information within the post is not outdated, as the issue was just released to the public this week. The versions impacted are outdated; however, many users do not have the automatic updates set up like you do! Keep up the great maintenance â€" ensuring your software programs are updated promptly is one of the best things you can do to combat cyber threats!
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on September 24, 2017, 01:18:30 PM
Interesting, Angel. I run CCleaner but neither my MalWareBytes nor my Norton AntiVirus (until recently, it was Avast) picked up any malware.

I just switched to FIOS from Comcast not even thinking about my network adapters. Hah! My laptop is only getting half the speed I should be getting, no matter if I have it right in front of the FIOS router or not. I got full speed using the wireless with Comcast. I had my own modem and wireless router before.

My old HP Pavillion sees the router but won't connect or drops very shortly after connecting. It does have a network adapter that includes n but it is about eight years old now. So, my HP is now downstairs and hard connected to the new router and getting the speed it is supposed to. What a hassle, but it does get that long cable I had running between rooms out of the way. Now I have to find a new home for the cat furniture which will displace something else, and so on. Well, I'll figure it all out eventually.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on September 24, 2017, 01:30:55 PM
My Desktop is getting so old now that I don't even bother what hits it. I just have the MS Security on it. Never had to many problems but notice it is slower. Don't do a lot on it anymore.  Just E-M and very few of those. Search Google and just check up on travel info etc. Buy on line for Amazon. once in while.  Nothing a big secret. Never was into putting bank or business info on anything. Can't even talk to Dr. office anymore. Have to Text. Same with banks.
Newspaper this morning saying that Thieves are likely to now have Data on most peoples personal data. Can pick up the SS numbers from the day that a baby in registered. You take out loan or make investment. Picked up right away. I don't know why the common person is so excited about getting phones so can do everything. This Apple 10 is amazing and by next year will be doing more. Those phone I don't need. Could get by with a old mother Bell hanging on my wall for what I do on them. Technology use to be fun for most of us but not anymore. What will come now after TEXTing. People will not be talking to each other. I still miss the old EMailing. Fact miss the Snail mail.   Must be getting old. Never know where family are anymore.
Just look at how the forums like S and F and before was Seniornet. was. We had hundreds on even putting messages in. Still see some on the Facebook (Not the best forum).
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on September 29, 2017, 12:01:56 AM
Okay, what am I doing wrong? I put in 2 spaces at the beginning and end so it would show up. Look here and then at bottom of post.

< span style='display:block !important; width: 147px; text-align: center; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 12px;'><a href='http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=Fairbanks, AK' title='Fairbanks, AK Weather Forecast'><img src='http://weathersticker.wunderground.com/weathersticker/gizmotimetemp/language/english/US/AK/Fairbanks.gif' alt='Find more about Weather in Fairbanks, AK' /></a><br><a href='http://www.wunderground.com' title='Get latest Weather Forecast updates' style='font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 12px;'>Click for weather forecast</a></span >
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on September 30, 2017, 08:44:46 PM
Buying a new Dell on Tues.  Last time I lost all my bookmarks so wondered if someone had a way to save them that was not too complicated for me.  Going to put a few things on flash drives but no idea how to handle the Bookmarks.  Help?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on September 30, 2017, 10:45:12 PM
Joan, most browsers are very similar. Go to your bookmarks and you should have a Bookmark Manager. It may not have the same name but it is the part that organizes your bookmarks and folders. Click on Organize and then click on Export bookmarks to HTML file. You can choose to put it on your desktop, Your Documents or the default of your downloads.

Once the file is ready and downloaded, download it into your flash drive. I hope this helps.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on September 30, 2017, 11:31:54 PM
Angel, Firefox used to have a section where you could do that.  They may have changed the name to hide the durn thing.  Anyway, don't see too well at night  <and I did look> so tomorrow in the light of day I will go into each one and see   if it is hidden somewhere.  Otherwise there has to be a way to do it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on September 30, 2017, 11:52:30 PM
Joan, I looked it up on Google;

"Method 1 Exporting Bookmarks from Firefox
Open Firefox.
Click the Bookmarks menu, and then click Show All Bookmarks.
In the Library window, click Import and Backup, and then click Export Bookmarks to HTML. ...
In the Export Bookmarks File window, choose where to save the file, and then click Save. ...
Close the Library window."


https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/export-firefox-bookmarks-to-backup-or-transfer
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on October 01, 2017, 12:14:41 AM
Angel, thanks.  Printed it off. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on October 01, 2017, 08:38:15 AM
https://sharewareonsale.com/s/easeus-partition-master-professional-sale (https://sharewareonsale.com/s/easeus-partition-master-professional-sale)

free program for partitioning big size hard disk.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on October 04, 2017, 01:36:22 PM
The Yahoo data breach incident that happened in 2013 was initially reported to have only impacted 1 billion users at the time making it the largest data breach in history. However, it has just been announced that the impact was, in fact, much worse as the massive data breach affected not just 1 billion but all 3 billion Yahoo users.

In addition to those who registered Yahoo email addresses, anyone with accounts for Yahoo-owned services like Flickr, Tumblr or Yahoo fantasy sports leagues are also included in the 3 billion records impacted.

The company, now part of Oath under the recent Verizon acquisition, disclosed that this new information came to light during the integration of the companies. Oath released a statement today highlighting the details of the breach and corrective measures being taken:

“While this is not a new security issue, Yahoo is sending email notifications to the additional affected user accounts. The investigation indicates that the user account information that was stolen did not include passwords in clear text, payment card data, or bank account information. The company is continuing to work closely with law enforcement.”
You should take the time now to secure your Yahoo account and migrate any personal or sensitive data to a more protected source even if you do not intend to continue using Yahoo or its other services. You should also do the following immediately:

Please change your passwords, security questions and answers for any accounts with the same or similar credentials to something unique and complex, especially your Yahoo account and accounts containing sensitive data.
Avoid and be cautious of any unexpected emails (or other communication channel) in which you’re asked for personal information or suspicious links to places asking for personal information.
Use a password manager to help you manage new and complex passwords for your accounts. Dashlane Password Manager allows for unlimited password storage and access, you can get it here now for free.
Read the full statement from Oath and Yahoo below:

NEW YORK, N.Y., October 3, 2017-Yahoo, now part of Oath, today announced that it is providing notice to additional user accounts affected by an August 2013 data theft previously disclosed by the company on December 14, 2016. At that time, Yahoo disclosed that more than one billion of the approximately three billion accounts existing in 2013 had likely been affected. In 2016, Yahoo took action to protect all accounts, including directly notifying impacted users identified at the time, requiring password changes and invalidating unencrypted security questions and answers so that they could not be used to access an account. Yahoo also notified users via a notice on its website.

Subsequent to Yahoo’s acquisition by Verizon, and during integration, the company recently obtained new intelligence and now believes, following an investigation with the assistance of outside forensic experts, that all Yahoo user accounts were affected by the August 2013 theft. While this is not a new security issue, Yahoo is sending email notifications to the additional affected user accounts. The investigation indicates that the user account information that was stolen did not include passwords in clear text, payment card data, or bank account information. The company is continuing to work closely with law enforcement.

“Verizon is committed to the highest standards of accountability and transparency, and we proactively work to ensure the safety and security of our users and networks in an evolving landscape of online threats,” said Chandra McMahon, Chief Information Security Officer, Verizon. “Our investment in Yahoo is allowing that team to continue to take significant steps to enhance their security, as well as benefit from Verizon’s experience and resources.”

Additional information regarding this issue is available on the Yahoo 2013 Account Security Update FAQs page, https://yahoo.com/security-update .

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Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on October 04, 2017, 05:06:37 PM
Super! I have a Yahoo account, but I very rarely use it. Whatever info they have is probably old, and I change passwords regularly. I quit using it entirely for quite some time because of all my email addresses, it was and is the worst for spam. It is a shame that Verizon decided to get out of the email business. I just switched from Comcast to FIOS. Comcast, bless their hearts, just a few months ago (so the CSR told me), is now allowing old customers to keep their email addresses. So far it remains free.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on October 04, 2017, 10:05:03 PM
Verizon bought AOL and is using them to handle their email.. If you had a verizon.net email addy you could keep it, but it is still handled by AOL  (IMHO - The switch is a big "downhill".  AOL doesn't think you have the email and other stuff that you should want, and wants to "help".

Baah - humbug
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on October 04, 2017, 11:35:13 PM
Verizon has like a lot of other companies, been buying up bankrupt companies besides AOL and Yahoo. They may want to look back at Sears, Whole Foods, and others to see some pitfalls of bankrupt acquisitions.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on October 05, 2017, 01:33:21 AM
I think, at times, that they are just removing the competition.

Just noticed my weather "bug" is working now. It wasn't at a prior unknown date.  I have made NO changes to it. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: halkel on October 05, 2017, 08:02:10 AM
It has always been a mystery to me why Montgomery Ward and Sears got in trouble financially.  Especially when you look at Amazon.  Amazon is based on their business, mail order.

I know part of Sears problem, their customer service and service period, at least in Texas.  Sears was always right and the customer was always wrong.  Just the opposite of what made them.

But look at AT&T they developed UVerse cable and put it out before it was really ready (and still has many glitches) then went out and bought Direct TV to compete against themselves and us UVerse customers are left suffering, they want us to switch over to satellite from cable and I don't want satellite with all the trees around my house and other problems with it.
AT&T is now in the process of putting in their fiber in our area, about 10 years behind Time Warner, but customer service still sucks at TW (now Spectrum). 

I often wonder how computers are all going to end up, with all the security problems associated with them.  If we ever go into a full scale no holds barred war I suspect we all better get used to having no utilities of any type and we will be back in the days of my youth, coaloil lamps, water wells and outdoor toilets and the old wash tub in the kitchens on Saturday night.... ;)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on October 05, 2017, 10:14:04 AM
Mars Gal, I also have an old Yahoo mail account.  Use it now for spam.  LOL  Got upset when they kept changing things so switched to Gmail.  Like you the account is so old whatever info they can get off it is 20 years old or more.  LOL
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on October 05, 2017, 10:31:57 AM
HalKel...my experience many years ago with "Monkey Wards" was the same.  They continued to bill me $30.00 or something like that for my account when I had the canceled check for it.  Every time I went to Customer Service, I was told..."Oh, that'll show up on the next billing cycle."  NOPE. IT. DIDN'T.  Then I started getting nasty letters that they were turning it over to a collection agency, etc. NASTY stuff.  I made 4 or so trips to Customer Service...always the same old story..."next billing cycle."  Finally, I went with the check and got someone who knew something. She was aghast that I'd gotten such a run around.  She said they hired temp workers who knew nothing and wouldn't ask someone who did.  She did get it fixed...and a letter of apology from the main hdqts billing place. I never shopped there again.

We here in rural area can get almost everything we need from our family room delivered right to the door. No longer need to go to a "city"...70 to 144 miles roundtrip and then store to store looking for what we want.  With a computer and internet access, life got easier for us. 

I have a friend who only does forwards of email...she can't imagine using a computer to find information or products or...gasp...shop online.  She's in a minority, I guess, from the numbers Amazon is posting.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on October 05, 2017, 10:36:30 AM
joan...me, too, on yahoo.  It's good for those places who insist on an email.  Nowhere does it say I have to read those emails there in a timely fashion.  And, as you say, the spam there is horrendous.

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on October 05, 2017, 11:24:52 AM
Jane, when they changed MY color scheme and started putting video ads I decided it must be THEIR email  now not mine.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on October 05, 2017, 01:25:34 PM
OH YEAH...I hear you!! ::) :tickedoff: :crazy2: :o
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on October 05, 2017, 04:34:18 PM
Okay, I worked at Sears twice, first in Shoes, Women's, then Babies' and finally in Paint & Hardware. My second foray, years later, started in Bed & Bath, Purses then Jewelry and then floor department heads. I ended up in the Cash Office.

In my mind and in others who worked there, Sears had a string of CEOs and CFOs that came from nonretail backgrounds and had short terms with Sears. It was a time in the mid-nineties and early two thousand when they were still doing well, flush with success and started doing cash acquisitions of bankrupt companies such as Kmart, PrettyPlus and a number of auto parts and garages. Instead of breaking those companies up and selling the parts, they just became bloated.

The thing about Yahoo is not just their emails. Yahoo also owns other parts such as email groups of photography, PSP, quilting and computer gamesmanship, and many different others or sites such as Flickr for photo storage. If they can get your information, they have access to your contacts, no matter how old. And remember that many folks still do not change their passwords or arrangements that often or at all. Each little bit that scammers score opens up more and more possibilities and advantages.

Whole Foods was recently acknowledged to have been successfully attacked twice so that all their private company info, not just customers or financials, but all that information has long been shared and sold. Theirs and what the spammers can get from Whole Foods information on other companies and those who are competitors or those they do business with. It's a multi, worldwide, billion dollar industry.

As a famous poet once said, "No man is an Island."
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on October 05, 2017, 07:46:45 PM
Very true, Angelface.  And, there are probably things we don't know. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on October 06, 2017, 07:48:39 AM
What I really liked about Yahoo was their "My Yahoo" feature where you could set up pages with just the feeds you wanted, and you could arrange them in the order you wanted, not to mention I liked the background scheme I chose. They changed all that, naturally. As far as I am concerned, they are no better than AOL news features.

Also, I noticed that more and more sites appear to be setting themselves up smartphone style. I don't have a smartphone and am not likely to get one. I am thinking of sites like Pintrest, Facebook, and even my local online newspaper has changed some. Lots of big pictures with a little text and, of course, the comments section. In truth, I think the comments on my local newspaper site are often more amusing and interesting that the news item itself.

I heard, yesterday, that Amazon is looking to do its own deliveries now, but I haven't looked into that yet to confirm. Amazon is taking over the world. Maybe they could get people to stop fighting? An Amazon Army? HAH!
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on October 07, 2017, 03:50:03 PM
I have had malawareBytes...free..for a long time...yesterday..I did update/scan....when it finished...showed to be a trial...which I did not ask for....anyone know if it's NOT free anymore...and a suggested replacement...thanks CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on October 07, 2017, 06:23:52 PM
CC, Malwarebytes has always had both free and paid subscriptions. It sounds to me like you have somehow switched or been switched over to the paid version. I would email and tell them you want to be placed back with the free version of the program.

https://www.malwarebytes.com/contact/
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on October 07, 2017, 06:29:58 PM
These company data  breaches are almost hourly anymore.

"A breach of Sonic's payment system has caused over five million credit cards numbers and customer/industry information placed on the dark web. "In September, various entities were breached, including Equifax, the SEC, even the fast-food chain Sonic.  In mid-September five million of credit and debit card numbers were loaded to the dark web.  It is believed, some if not all of, these numbers came from a breach within Sonic’s payment systems.  Experts believe these numbers were obtained by Sonic’s payment system because two different batches of these numbers were recently used at various Sonic’s throughout the nation."

"Sonic has over 3,900 stores in 45 different states.  If their entire payment system was breached, that could mean victims across the nation.  However, at this time, the stores impacted have not been identified. "

"Joker’s Stash is where these credit cards can be found.  The cards have been categorized based on city, state and zip codes.  This is allowing buyers to obtain credit/debit cards that are near their area; therefore, decreasing the likelihood of being flagged as fraudulent transactions.  The prices for these cards are higher than usual too, ranging from $25 to $50.  The price increase is due to how recent the breach is believed to occurred, meaning few cards have been reported as compromised.

If you are concerned about your information being breached, you will need to check your credit/debit card statements carefully for any fraudulent purchases.  If you see any unauthorized purchases, it is important you report them to your financial institution immediately."

https://techtalk.pcpitstop.com/2017/10/02/sonic-breach-leaves-customers-vulnerable/?5maccountsdumped=&ad_id=505255&share-ad-id=1

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on October 07, 2017, 07:09:31 PM
Wish there was a way that I could cancel out my Gmail acct. It has really gotten into a mess. Had it for at least 6 years. Be nice if could just start over and register again using different Email address and PW.  If you try it just says already registered..
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on October 07, 2017, 08:11:47 PM
JeanneP.;  Google is your friend. Just remember to use a different name and password on the other Gmail account and slowly change the email contact list over time. You can use the malfunctioning Gmail as an address for suspected spam

https://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+have+more+than+one+gmail+account+open+at+same+time&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS753US753&oq=how+to+have+more+than+one+gmail+account&aqs=chrome.2.69i57j0l5.19636j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

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Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on October 08, 2017, 09:30:08 AM
I decided to try and download the free malwarebytes from their site again....it shows free version which I clued on...but when it starts downloading says trial version....guess I will have to find another..,CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on October 08, 2017, 11:30:47 AM
CC, they have been trying to get me to switch for some time now and I just refuse.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on October 08, 2017, 01:40:38 PM
WJoan....I didn't have a choice...I clicked on free version...but when it started downloading it was the trial version....I just uninstalled it and will go without I guess...cc
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on October 09, 2017, 11:59:36 AM
Disqus.com announced this morning that their files had been breached. It deals with web dialog in that if you want to comment on a number of sites such as a magazine, news, YouTube or similar sites, you first become a member of Disqus and then you are able to comment on videos and articles.

Everyone, belonging to Disqus, is urged to change their passwords to a different stronger one at this time.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on October 10, 2017, 10:29:03 AM
Darlene....it says the Trial becomes the Free version after 14 days:

I did a google for MalwareByte Free version and found sites that say the trial version becomes the free version after 14 days.  I know they probably bug you that whole 14 days to buy it. I also found the following.


Convert from Trial to Free Version - Malwarebytes 3   Once the trial period is over you will be able to revert back to the free version If you do not wish to have the trial at all you can follow the instructions below for a clean install

https://forums.malwarebytes.com/topic/101446-convert-from-trial-to-free-version/

That above may help.  You lose some of the features of the trial, of course, when you go to just the free version.

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on October 10, 2017, 10:57:27 AM
Thank you Jane...I will reinstall and try that CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: halkel on October 16, 2017, 11:14:34 AM
If you have nothing else to worry about, well, toy with this for a while.  Seems all wi-fi networks are now vulnerable.  Only redeeming thing, they have to be within range of your wi-fi network, the way I read it.

Every Wi-Fi network at risk of unprecedented 'Krack' hacking attack

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/10/16/every-wi-fi-device-risk-unprecedented-krack-attack-security/ (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/10/16/every-wi-fi-device-risk-unprecedented-krack-attack-security/)

And no easy fix.

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on October 16, 2017, 01:24:21 PM
You can clean your computer several times a week, use a good antivirus and a good secondary antivirus and still have issues. You have to stay educated and delete so much daily spam.

Also be careful of posts sent by good friends recommending stuff that is very unlike the person sending the email. Delete these without even opening them as spam.

There is a NY hospital that spent 10 million to rebuild rather than pay a ransom. The US Government no longer uses Kaspersky after Israel warned them of Russian hacking using that program with substantial evidence included. If you use Kaspersky, you are at risk.

Recently in Montana, the Flathead Valley and Columbia Falls School Board were hit up for millions in demands. This directly effected thousands.

This is becoming commonplace because people don't care or shrug off any responsibility saying there is nothing they or we can do. There is a lot we can do. Stay educated, use a strong antivirus and a strong secondary antivirus.

Keep the crud out of your email and don't click or pass on odd email posts. Choose a weekly or biweekly time to clean your computer and keep up to date on both your security and your computer system updates. Pay attention.

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on October 16, 2017, 03:22:41 PM
This goes along with what Hal posted earlier.

https://www.techlicious.com/tip/how-to-protect-your-privacy-on-public-wifi-networks/?utm_source=Techlicious+List&utm_campaign=b69fe6f4f0-techliciousdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5ee95b0b14-b69fe6f4f0-189582833

"Before you connect, be sure you know whose network you're connecting to so you don't fall prey to Wi-Fi honeypots. If you're not sure what the public network at a business is called, ask an employee before connecting.

Check to make sure your computer or smartphone is not set up to automatically connect to unknown Wi-Fi networks â€" or set it to ask you before connecting â€" so you're sure you know what you're connecting to when you connect.

Make sure to connect to websites via HTTPS, which encrypts anything you send and receive from the website. While a VPN service encrypts everything you send, HTTPS ensures that communication to and from a particular website is secure. To verify if you're connected via HTTPS, look at the address bar of your browser window; you should see "HTTPS" at the beginning of the web address (or, on some web browsers, a lock icon). Looking for HTTPS isn't enough, though. Hackers have been able to acquire legitimate SSL certificates for sites with names that are slightly off those of major financial institutions and also bear the HTTPS at the front of the URL. Site names include banskfamerica.com, paypwil.com and itunes-security.net.

Recently, hackers have taken advantage of a loophole in the HTTPS handshake, so they can highjack your HTTPS session. Mobile device (smartphone, laptop, tablet) and router manufacturers are working on rolling out patches to fix this (check this list to see the status of your device manufacturer). In the meantime, the way to ensure all of your data is protected is to use a VPN.

If you use a VPN service, anyone trying to steal your data will see only encrypted data that they can't get into. There are many services that can do this, including Freedome and NordVPN (Disclosure: we have an affiliate relationship with NordVPN). VPN services charge a fee for their use, with pay packages ranging from day passes to year-round protection. Keep in mind that services like Netflix may not let you connect if you're using a VPN service. Check out our tips on how to use a VPN and still access Netflix.

Whenever you can, use two-factor authentication, which requires both a password and a secondary code that changes regularly, for websites. This makes it very difficult for hackers to get at your accounts because even if they can get your password, they won't have the secondary code. Though not all services support it, many popular sites offer this level of security including Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Apple and Microsoft.

Make sure your computer isn't configured to share access to files or be seen on public or guest networks. When you're at home, it may be convenient to keep things in a folder you share with other members of the household, but that's less safe when you're connecting to public Wi-Fi."
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Jeanne Lee on October 16, 2017, 08:33:23 PM
I suppose it might help if I understood any of that.   :2funny:
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on October 16, 2017, 09:54:20 PM
Jeanne Lee   :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:  Good one, I agree.  Two days ago Comcast came to put a filter in their box.  The man said it was to keep my Channel box from talking to other boxes, over my head but just go with the flow. :)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on October 16, 2017, 10:23:17 PM
It's very basic. It prevents such incidences such as where a Texas woman I know had clicked on an email advertisement that she thought was from a friend. Soon afterward, her less than a year old computer began to run sluggish, and she asked me what to do. I told her to call Gateway as it had to still be under warranty. They dismissed her claims, so she took it in locally.


Long story short, that supposed email from a friend allowed her computer, along with some others,  used as an IP address for 70 or more very graphic porn videos sent out to daily "subscribers." They, the porn vendors who were operating out of Lagos, Nigeria, were using her' computer and hundreds of others to ship their product. She had left her networking door open, and the vendors had merely piggybacked on. She had to deal with the FBI, and her computer confiscated.

I don't think I ever saw her online again. If you don't have anyone to explain things to you, then at least be sure you know you are not open on a public network or sharing a network with anyone. That you use a good antivirus that is automatically updated and secure. That you clean your computer at least bimonthly and don't use over half your memory. Otherwise, as with the lady from Texas, the NY Hospital or the Montana County, someone else will be using your bandwidth.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Jeanne Lee on October 17, 2017, 10:06:38 AM
Patricia, that doesn't help much.  For instance what does this mean "She had left her networking door open, ". 

So far as clicking on links provided by other people, whether here or in emails, or wherever...  basically, I don't.  And I never, never, click on anything that has already been forwarded, no matter by whom.  Does that help?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on October 17, 2017, 01:53:07 PM
Jeanne Lee, a network is a path or method used to get on the web or Internet. Your home Internet is provided by the one you pay for access to the Internet. You may see other names or screen names perhaps when you sign on. Those are other people in your area who may also use your Internet provider.

Sometimes more than one person such as a relative who may be in your home or close also uses your network or a second computer, phone or Kindle. That is a private, shared or home network. For example, when I sign on, there are some other names listed. Those are folks in my building or close who use the same network provider as I do. None of us may log on to another account without the correct password.

You have the option in your settings to open or close your network. Someone who gains access to your system may open your network to others you haven't authorized.

Now, if I go to an office, a library, a hotel or a store and use my phone, tablet or laptop, I am using a shared public network that is made available for general use. You do not want to do anything extremely private on an open system because it may or may not be encrypted.

What the woman from SeniorNet did was click on an email sent by someone she knew even tho she knew that person probably wouldn't post these types of averts. That is how they were able to get in her system and had access to all her contents and contacts as well.

Last year I got something on my system and used Hal's recommendation to get it remotely cleaned. There are so many ways, and there are always new ways for these hackers to gain access to your system. The Flathead County in Montana was hit up for millions of dollars by hackers who held their system for ransom. Russian hackers have recently been discovered having free access to the Department of Defence's network. Yahoo recently had three billion subscribers information stolen and put up for sale by area and by Socia Security number!

People need to keep and stay educated.

Use a good antivirus, not just one free or available, but one checked by a known reliable source. A second antivirus also checked and a bi-monthly cleaning either by your computer tools or a reputable cleaner. Hitman and Malwarebytes are both excellent second antivirus systems. Do not use CC Cleaner has it has been taken over by scammers and do not use Kaspersky as that was the antivirus used to break into US Government systems.

Your system about forwarding sounds good but what about people wanting you to post photos? I use an app that allows me to download all PSP items onto their site, scan it on their website and open the files on their site. I can even link my PSP program to their site to use my items there thus getting the added protection of their systems as well as mine. Anything I open is opened on their website.

Now I use Dropbox, but there are others. I do pay for the service with a monthly fee. Some sites formerly good have now been compromised which is where the keeping up comes in.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: CallieOK on October 21, 2017, 12:27:25 PM
Sometimes, when I try to connect to the internet, I get a pop-up that cox.com can't open because of "a long-running script".   I'm given the option of cancelling the script so I do - and everything is o.k.

What is a "script",  why would there be a "long running" one when I connect to the internet (and only sometimes) - and how do I find out what they are and manage them?

I have Windows 7.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on October 21, 2017, 01:29:02 PM
Callie, a script is a procedure on your computer that consists of steps completing an action on the computer. A long-running script means it has stalled on a stage and is unable to complete the step or the operation. An example would be a slow browser or page opening.

Google says, "A script or scripting language is a computer language with a series of commands within a file that is capable of being executed without being compiled. Good examples of server side scripting languages include Perl, PHP, and Python.Oct 11, 2017"

From Whatis.com;

"In computer programming, a script is a program or sequence of instructions that is interpreted or carried out by another program rather than by the computer"

You can only manage these types of scripts by running maintenance on your computer and by that I mean at least a weekly clean up. You can use the Windows programs such as the disk cleanup tool.

You may have also added too many programs that use a higher percentage of the computer's memory.

http://download.cnet.com/blog/download-blog/clean-out-junk-files-in-windows-7-8-1-and-10/

You can use an outside program but be very cautious about which one. For an example, CC Cleaner used to be highly rated but now has been attacked by a virus and is no longer used.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: CallieOK on October 21, 2017, 04:16:24 PM
Thank you, Patricia.  Google explanation almost TMI. I was curious - but not that much!  ;)   More of a nuisance (sp?)  than a concern. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on October 21, 2017, 05:41:47 PM
Sorry, I tend to overdo. It's a habit from working retail and being a manager for so long! :(
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: CallieOK on October 21, 2017, 05:45:20 PM
 :tup:
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: donklan on October 23, 2017, 09:46:09 PM
CALLIE
Which browser do you use?
About the only time I get the "script message" is when I use Firefox as my browser.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: CallieOK on October 23, 2017, 11:55:59 PM
Don,  I only have I.E. 
(I've never understood the reason for having more than one browser nor how to keep them straight.)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: halkel on October 24, 2017, 08:25:47 AM
Callie, I have and use Firefox and also have IE but seldom use it.  There are some websites I need IE to use them and for them to be fully functional.  Mostly govt sites.  For some reason the DOD just doesn;t want some of their sites to work with Firefox.

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on October 24, 2017, 08:39:25 AM
I keep several browsers on my laptop in case one has bad updates or fails so I can get online and delete it or download the patch for the problem browser.

And, as Halkel said, some work better with some sites...like pogo for me...than others.

They are easy to tell apart by their icons on the desktop.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: junee on October 24, 2017, 09:04:33 PM
I cannot get to an Apple store.  I have a iPro 12” and I would like to know what I can purchase to increase the volume as wish to listen to music without my hearing aids. Does anyone know what is available?




Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: halkel on October 24, 2017, 10:46:15 PM
junee, you might try contacting support with your question at this link.
Talk to us

Chat with experts online or have us call you right away. You can also schedule a time for us to call you when you’re ready. Answer a few questions and we’ll give you the best options.

https://support.apple.com/contact (https://support.apple.com/contact)

Hope this helps.

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on November 10, 2017, 04:51:34 PM
I need to take off such as the Shoutbox and other things that come up when I go into Seniorsandfriends. Just want it to start out clicking on  Forum
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MaryTX on November 10, 2017, 05:41:21 PM
Jeanne, on every discussion om S&F I usually visit, I go to the top of the discussion (example Soda Shoppe) and click on "notify".  When I go back into S&F, it takes me to the last comment made.  If I want to visit another discussion where I haven't hit "notify", I go to "Forum" and click on the one I want. 

I have found this to be the easiest and the fasted way to do it. 

I usually only have to do it once.

Mary
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on November 11, 2017, 10:53:44 AM
Jeanne...I don't know of anyway to remove Shoutbox, but you can collapse it.  Look to the far right in the dark gray (on my laptop) and if it shows a -, click it and make it a + 

That collapses the shoutbox to just a line with the title.

I also use the Show New Replies to your Messages which will show you the discussions you've posted in that have new posts since you were there last.  I use that to get to discussions I'm interested in.

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on November 11, 2017, 05:50:04 PM
You can also make a shortcut to  http://www.seniorsandfriends.org/index.php?action=unreadreplies (http://www.seniorsandfriends.org/index.php?action=unreadreplies)  which will always bring you to your unread replies.  That's the way I do it.  I keep the shortcut on the "Bookmark Toolbar" of Firefox. The same can be done in IE.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on November 11, 2017, 09:14:19 PM
Rammel

That is a good one but I don't get into many of the forums. Just about 6 of them. I should spend time in more of them.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on November 11, 2017, 11:19:48 PM
That method works no matter how many discussions you follow.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on November 12, 2017, 08:07:20 AM
Rick that's right, it gives you a chance to view subjects with current comments that you might be interested in.  I view several that I do not regularly post in.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on November 12, 2017, 12:17:58 PM
Rick...me, too, on using that for my bookmark.  I then use the New Replies when I need to see the listing again.


jane
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on November 12, 2017, 03:19:11 PM
Rammel. I looked at that again. it is good so going to try it. Maybe will get into a few more forums.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: SCFSue on December 13, 2017, 10:36:12 AM
Good morning.  For the second day in a row, I have had a message that this website is "insecure".  Does anyone else have this problem?  I hope those who are in charge can check this out.

Thanks,
SCFSue
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on December 13, 2017, 10:45:15 AM
Sue I have been getting the same message and would not take the chance.  Seeing your email I decided to try.   Hopefully it will be cleared up, I do not like ignoring the warning.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on December 13, 2017, 10:50:01 AM
Not to worry about the message, it will be OK. 
I am sure our webmaster will take care of that as soon as he became aware of this technical problem.
We have not been hacked :)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on December 13, 2017, 10:53:58 AM
Thanks Bubble, it may take a while for others to take the chance.  Hope they post when it has been taken care of. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on December 13, 2017, 01:20:36 PM
from Oldieman:

One of the services is still seeing the old SSL certificates for some reason. I've filed a support ticket with the appropriate people as the solution that fixed this issue last time isn't working this time. Hopefully it will get resolved soon.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on December 13, 2017, 02:44:05 PM
Opps, Bubble I did not spot the post was from Oldieman so know now we are in good hands.   I had just looked at the Simple Machine Portal and read this       The SimplePortal.net Team is currently working to fix a few issues with SimplePortal.net, our website should be back up shortly. During this process you will be unable to use our website. You may still receive support on our SMF Mod Support Topic. Sorry for any inconveniences caused, and thank you for your patience while we perform the maintenance.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Radioman34 on December 23, 2017, 12:53:28 PM
I can't recover the full width of my screen. If I click on the box on the upper right corner the display goes even smaller.  Help!
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on December 23, 2017, 05:53:57 PM
Quote from: Radioman34 on December 23, 2017, 12:53:28 PM
I can't recover the full width of my screen. If I click on the box on the upper right corner the display goes even smaller.  Help!
If you click on the Square box at top right, how big does it get ( % of screen  )?

Did it just happen, or did you have guests on it?

You could try a restore to a prior date.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on December 24, 2017, 05:08:00 AM
Rammel, I can answer that one: the square at the top did not help. This is on a lap top.
No one else uses it. 
It happened two days ago when the computer went crazy by turning the image upside down. 
Don managed to fix that apparently with alt and the up arrow.
But then the view left an empty margin on both sides and that needs fixing.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Radioman34 on December 24, 2017, 12:50:54 PM
Rammel the information that Bubble provided is exactly as described.  The percentage is either 110% or 130%.  Clicking on the larger square in the upper right corner makes the screen bigger and changes the single square to a double square. Clicking on that reverts it back to a single square and makes the screen smaller
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on December 24, 2017, 07:29:54 PM
I'm not that familiar with laptops. I just use mine. But I would bet there is a way to adjust the width height, and centering --- just as a stand alone monitor does. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on December 24, 2017, 10:14:11 PM
Wonder if this helps,

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/14108/windows-7-change-screen-resolution
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on December 27, 2017, 12:49:22 PM
I must have disabled allow cookies on this desktop W7. Now Firefox will not let me get into a lot of sites.  I don't remember where to find how I can put the Allow cookies .  Firefox is the only one I have on here. Will not even let me get into any other and install such a Int. Exp.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on December 27, 2017, 01:19:26 PM
Quote from: JeanneP on December 27, 2017, 12:49:22 PM
I must have disabled allow cookies on this desktop W7. Now Firefox will not let me get into a lot of sites.  I don't remember where to find how I can put the Allow cookies .  Firefox is the only one I have on here. Will not even let me get into any other and install such a Int. Exp.
Tools<Options

Does your email work OK?
Sounds like it may be some other problem ---  but
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on December 27, 2017, 01:53:26 PM
Rammel.
Yes, E-M seems to be working O.K.  Not many people using it anymore. I have just gone through. Tools-Options. All seems to be the same as ever was. I don't really know where the Cookies shows. Use to be in a list asking if allowed or not.  That list not the same on this W7.

Did you manage to install the W10 on your old WXP.?  I still have a desktop in the cupboard that has WXP on . Loved that system I have about 5 of the new ones never opened. Use to get them from SIL what they came out.  Don't have a W10 though. Think I have W7 someplace.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on December 27, 2017, 09:09:49 PM
Quote from: JeanneP on December 27, 2017, 01:53:26 PM
Rammel.
Yes, E-M seems to be working O.K.  Not many people using it anymore. I have just gone through. Tools-Options. All seems to be the same as ever was. I don't really know where the Cookies shows. Use to be in a list asking if allowed or not.  That list not the same on this W7.

Did you manage to install the W10 on your old WXP.?  I still have a desktop in the cupboard that has WXP on . Loved that system I have about 5 of the new ones never opened. Use to get them from SIL what they came out.  Don't have a W10 though. Think I have W7 someplace.
"Did you manage to install the W10 on your old WXP.? " --- Not yet.  I'm still playing with the stuff Santa brought  :)

You do restart your puter occasionally, don't you?

When I turn my laptop on (Win-7) I'll poke around and see if I come up with anything that might help.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on December 28, 2017, 06:36:11 PM
Rammel
I am still getting where Firefox is say can't get in Caused by Cookies not allowed. Also getting a lot of Adds popping up now.  Friend who kept my computers running good. He passed away 6  weeks ago. He was wanting to reinstall W7 again a couple of months ago.  So I will have to make up what to do. Would like to hold off until I manage to get down to Texas as my SIL has always built mine and puts on everything I want. Once he sets on up its usually few year before problem.  Have 3 GS and him all in the business but just so far away.
Title: JeanneP
Post by: RAMMEL on December 28, 2017, 06:58:09 PM
Go to -
https://www.wikihow.com/Enable-Cookies-in-Windows-7

Scroll down to "Method 2" "Enabling Cookies in Mozilla Firefox"

Follow those steps.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on December 30, 2017, 06:08:59 PM
Rammel. I did a few changes and thought I had that Cookie problem fixed but still Firefox will not let me in some.
On this old W7 desktop I thought I had another browser beside Firefox. I can type IE in Google to try and install it but it is one that Firefox will not open. Use to be a Bing. What happened to it. It was Microsoft also
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on December 30, 2017, 06:57:44 PM
If you have internet explorer the following should open it up.
click start<run
type in iexplore,exe
click OK

Bing is a search engine
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on January 02, 2018, 12:18:44 PM
I have a question about external hard drives. While I do use two cloud services for a monthly fee, I mainly depend on three 4T external hard drives for my important data. I do not leave them plugged into the computer, only when I upload or download, and they are stored away from the computer. I thought I was protected.

Now I'm reading that these hard drives have a lifetime average of three to five years, Do they mean both added inner drives or those as well as external drives? I have a lot of data on my external drives that I do not want to lose, and they are not cheap, over a hundred for each external! I also do not fully trust cloud services thus the hard backups. Any suggestions?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on January 02, 2018, 12:50:06 PM
Patricia, thanks for the post, it had me looking.  Know it is no surprise to you but I have no suggestions.   I do not have that volume on my computer, I have just a 1.5 tb external drive that is always connected for backups and info needed to reinstall.  I do not use cloud services, concerned with security.   Over the years progressing from DVD to flash drives I have continually downsized the photos, video document information.   With photos I have deleted many, keeping for the most part Family. I then have a number of travel etc, but again keep just the favorites.  Video takes a bit of space and have again reduced the number kept.  A Sandisk now holds the photos and video as well as having copies on the external drive.   

I just looked at the literature on the FreeAgent external drive and see I purchased Dec 2010, and the warranty was only for 5 years. Have had no issues but will be interested in the comments from those looking in.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on January 02, 2018, 01:06:15 PM
Thanks Jack, but I do have a suggestion re your leaving the external plugged into your computer. There are so many antivirus and other dangers with our computers that no one, no matter what precautions are taken, is completely safe.

I would only leave the external plugged into your computer during use and unplugged and set away when not in use. Any damage done to your computer will also be done to anything plugged into that computer

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on January 02, 2018, 01:49:23 PM
Patricia thanks.   That is easy enough to follow, will try to remember.  I have the computer on all day, sometimes will put to sleep but not shut down.  Will not be on for a bit so unplugged the external.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on January 02, 2018, 01:50:03 PM
Angelface....I rotate between two external harddrives and replace one when it’s 3-4 yrs old.  I keep some spreadsheets there of our financial stuff, so I don’t need more than 1 T of space.  I also,have a number of flash drives and save the hat same financial stuff there, too, on a rotating basis.

Jane
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on January 02, 2018, 03:00:15 PM
Angel, I asked my guru.  His answer is that  HD can works more than 500,000 rounds,   it means that it depend on how much you  use it. Also the  NEW hard drives are more reliable because they do not have moving parts like the older generation that was rotating.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on January 02, 2018, 03:43:09 PM
Thanks, everyone. I have four external hard drives, not flash drives, which are 4T each. Three of them are full and one has 3.28T out of 4T. While the other filled ones are on the shelf, the last sits on my computer table when not in use. I looked it up, and I paid 113. for the last one.

They are all full of info I want to save,  having decluttered each as it became full. For example, in my family photos, I have derrotypes of a Union officer and two Confederate army officers from the same family unit. Since they are not used usually after being filled, does that mean I do not need to replace any which could get expensive fast?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on January 02, 2018, 06:26:42 PM
Patricia that is a lot of files, mine are limited.

I unplugged the external drive and may continue to do so.  Mine is a Seagate and found this little piece for proper steps to do so.  (now they tell me  :) ))


     http://knowledge.seagate.com/articles/en_US/FAQ/192211en

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on January 02, 2018, 11:52:39 PM
Jack, those files, dating back at least eight years, represent two laptops and one desktop computer. I have several hundred photography files, PSP graphics files and a large syllabus of the classes I took in the past and am taking today.

I have that symbol for turning off an attached item in my hidden icons space on the lower right side next to my volume control. It's good advice!    :thumbup:     
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on January 03, 2018, 08:22:56 AM
I have always disconnected the safe way. even downloading from my camera, I turn it off first before disconnecting. I compare it to turning off a light before changing the bulb.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on January 03, 2018, 08:31:57 PM
The "Safely Remove Hardware" icon in the System Tray is there to assure you that the item you want to remove is not busy doing something. If you remove or shut off an item when it is in the middle of doing something it could cause the loss of data and mess the item up. Use it. It's a good thing  :thumbup:
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on January 20, 2018, 06:31:59 AM
about HalKel

https://www.seniorsandfriends.org/index.php?topic=465.msg118579#msg118579 (https://www.seniorsandfriends.org/index.php?topic=465.msg118579#msg118579)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on February 02, 2018, 12:42:51 PM
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Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on February 10, 2018, 08:21:44 PM
I just can't get into My Documents files anymore . Can get into Pictures, Music. etc. Wonder what happened.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on February 10, 2018, 08:41:55 PM
Now that is on the older desktop still using W7.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on February 11, 2018, 09:58:45 AM
Jeanne, check and see if you have Libraries, click on it and documents should be one. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on February 11, 2018, 02:19:23 PM
Jack. Yes I can bring showing Libraries and then Listed down is Doc. Music. Pictures, Videos.  But the Doc. will not come up. M,P and V will showing what is in them.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on February 11, 2018, 03:09:05 PM
JeanneP sorry, like everything anymore I forget.   Been a while since I had 7.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on February 11, 2018, 06:20:55 PM
Jack.  I don't have a W7 manual now and really dont do a whole lot on my W7 Desktop.  I have even forgotten lots I learned 6 years ago when I got it. I may as well decide to go to a new Desktop with W10 if I have to learn over.
But now I just did a restore  and played around and it seems that now I can get the document files up again.  I had about 89 documents in there and so I have deleted about 60 of them. One other things I had forgotten is how to delete lots that had not gone into files I know was a way to just do them all with one clik. so did it one by one.Then cleaned out the recycle bin.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on February 11, 2018, 08:06:01 PM
Jeanne P   I always delete one by one.  I would make copies of all documents you want.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on February 12, 2018, 11:43:09 AM
Jack.  I am going to check more often now and delete what I don't need.  I remember on my Wxp when it changed computers I had about 100 in the Documents and more in Photo and mySIL just clicked on them someway and could just move them over to new place. Will be in Texas soon and have to have him go over some things again
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on February 12, 2018, 12:16:22 PM
No real need but like everything I downsize and keep only what I want.   
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on February 12, 2018, 04:56:23 PM
When you have the list of files you can click on one to select it ( ex- the top one ), then hold down the SHIFT key and select (click on) the bottom one. All those in between will be selected.
If you hold down the CTRL key while you select (click on)other files, it will only select the ones you click on.

You can then delete, drag, copy them.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on February 13, 2018, 09:21:07 PM
Rammel

Yes. Now I knew there was a way of deleting better than one at a time.  Memory not holding on anymore. I am going to go to writing tips down again.  Does it work the same way on W10 (if I ever go to it)?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on February 13, 2018, 10:19:22 PM
Quote from: JeanneP on February 13, 2018, 09:21:07 PM
Rammel

Yes. Now I knew there was a way of deleting better than one at a time.  Memory not holding on anymore. I am going to go to writing tips down again. Does it work the same way on W10 (if I ever go to it)?
I don't know  &  me too.  But I assume that if W-10 presents a list as do prior Windows products it will do the same.

I keep saying I'm going to get out to a computer store and get a W-10 puter but I just haven't put myself in gear.  Lazy is easier than busy  :(
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on February 13, 2018, 10:26:25 PM
I have not deleted a group in  a row, but on my Windows 10 I hold down Ctrl and click the ones I want to delete, often skipping some in the group.  I then delete those highlighted. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on February 13, 2018, 10:32:06 PM
So, ----- Looks like it works the same in W-10.   That's good.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on February 14, 2018, 02:57:49 PM
I just do not seem to be on my Desktop that much anymore warranting me running out to buy a new one. Also lost my friend 3 months ago that always set the computers up for me. Putting on everything I needed. I have now idea how to do that. Not even been on one with W10 yet. Have met people who still do not like it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on February 14, 2018, 03:12:03 PM
JeanneP   I have been on windows 10 for almost 2 years and never regretted it.   I also use a desk top computer.  Happy with the size of the keyboard and working the mouse.   Seldom use my iPad.   If I had to replace I would probably still get a desk top.   Like my set up and comfort in the office chair.    Do not like change and debated windows 10 but again not sorry I made the move.

I am on Comcast and able to use both my phone and pad to watch shows on tv, but prefer the big screen.  I have used the pad to watch one sport on it while I watch another on the TV.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on February 15, 2018, 07:49:27 PM
Jack. Now I use my IPad. Not a lot but about as much as I use the desktop. Just use for different things . Play games on Ipad. Also have a lot of books on it. Just have to many what with a Amazon Fire with books on and another larger Tablet. I will most probably get another Desktop.     fact I am heading down to Texas in April and SIL has one down there I can have and will see how W10 works. Thing is I am flying not driving and so getting it home the problem but it would be all set up.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on February 15, 2018, 09:41:08 PM
JeanneP   after years in Banking and having to read all the regulations and write loan agreements I gave up reading books.  Have not read one for years.   Would not start now due to short memory span.  Check out the windows 10 but I have shortcuts on my desktop that take me to my photos, videos and documents so it is  just like Windows Seven.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on February 16, 2018, 11:20:01 PM
Jack. I have been reading at least 2 books a week since about age 5. I was in Finance for 43 years. See what you mean. Reading things we did daily. Money , Money Keeping 4 sets of books with businesses in 4 countries. last 20 years. Handling Bookkeeping for Contractors years. But books my way of relaxing.
My short memory not the best now also.but reading fiction doesnt need to be. Only thing is I forget the books I have read within a short time. End up getting them again. After few pages story come right back to me. I think reading does help . Now I still good on remembering numbers. I have things that I have to enter in computer and such that are 14 numbers and more long. Stay right with me some had for years.
Have been told when comes to memory as we age that we have a tendency to not store things unless they are really important to us. Just don't file things away like we use to. Not enough brain space. So that is my excuse. Does seem to work. Like the saying goes. Don't Sweat the little stuff. Remember when we were younger lots of things bothered us. Not anymore. Just pick up a book and forget it...
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MaryTX on February 17, 2018, 12:17:53 PM
Jeanne, I spent 40+ years dealing with numbers also, but I was and still am an avid reader.  My folks took us to the library as least weekly from kindergarten on. I couldn't wait until I was 8 years old until I could get my own library card!  You had to be at least 8 and able to sign your name in cursive on the application.  That was a momentous occasion for me.  The kids have always been avid readers also.  One of my favorite pictures is Cathie at about 3 sitting on Claude's lap "reading "Babar" to him.

I have always carried a large purse so I could carry a book with me.  It's a lot easier nowadays with the Kindle, I-phone or I-pad.  I was a 24/7 caregiver for Claude the last 5 or so years before he passed on.  I couldn't get out easily so I would reserve books online and the kids would pick them up when they came in.  I still do it and usually have 8 or 10 on reserve.

Mary
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on February 17, 2018, 03:52:44 PM
MaryTX.  You sound like me. I think we had to be about 7 in order to get a library card in England. I was a good reader prior to that though. Always had a book with me. Parents would get onto me for reading walking down the street and always walking into things. The books I owned I alway covered in paper covering. Left them all behind. I don't buy anymore other than on my Ipad or Tablet.  People ask what I would stop using if I had to and I say would stop TV. Computer before stop books.  Thank goodness eyes still O.K
Now where do you live in Texas. Been awhile since I have been down. Daughter been there 40 years . I am heading down from end of march to April 12. We have a 12 year old taking Confirmation and then driving to some Beach in Florida where one of the GC got married and they doing a 10 year marriage vow . Be a busy time. but always that way when there.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MaryTX on February 17, 2018, 04:23:16 PM
Jeanne, I now live in Arlington in the DFW Metroplex.  We lived in south-central Oklahoma but moved down here to be near the kids when Claude had his first stroke.  I considered moving back to Sulphur when Claude passed,  Probably just as well as my health isn't good now.

We always covered school books or our own books with brown paper garbage sacks :).  I seldom buy books anymore altho I got one in the mail last week.  It was a pre-order from April 2017 of a new author I like and I had forgotten about it. My books now either come from the library or free Kindle books from Amazon. 

Doesn't your daughter live in the San Antonio area?

Thinking of San Antonio, was there ever an obituary published for Hal as he lived there?  My computer crashed about the time he passed and I never heard anything more.

Mary
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on February 17, 2018, 06:53:20 PM
Mary, I look occasionally for an obit for Hal but I've never found one.  I look every so often and if I ever find one, I'll post it here.  Just don't hold your breath!

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on February 17, 2018, 07:22:34 PM
New Update Resolves 50 Security Vulnerabilities

This week brought the second Tuesday of the month, which is known to some as Patch Tuesday.  On the second Tuesday of every month, Microsoft issues updates to patch any security vulnerabilities found over the last month.  The update that hit this week patched approximately 50 security gaps in programs such as Internet Explorer, Adobe Flash Player, and Edge, to name a few.

The update that has been deemed most critical is tied to Outlook.  In order to exploit the flaw, users must open an infected file within Outlook.  However, this file could be found in an email or a link on an infected website.  Other patches found in IE or Edge could also be exploited by executing malware on an infected website.  It should be noted, there have not been any reports of hackers exploiting these vulnerabilities; however, they may at any time.  Therefore, it is suggested all Windows computers patch their systems by installing the latest Microsoft update.

Although, users must also be aware the Microsoft update does not update all of their programs.  It is important users keep their third-party applications and security solutions updated as well.  We understand it may be an inconvenience to halt what you’re doing to complete an update â€" but they are incredibly important.  If users leave operating systems, applications, or security solutions unpatched, they’re leaving the backdoor wide open for malicious activity.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on February 18, 2018, 12:40:15 PM
I seem to remember before this last upgrade that we had a Forum for Deaths and Sickness.   Is it still around and I just haven't been  able to find it?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on February 18, 2018, 12:48:29 PM
Joan, it's under Forum.

https://www.seniorsandfriends.org/tranquil-cove/
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on February 18, 2018, 01:38:53 PM
Thanks
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: SCFSue on February 18, 2018, 02:13:07 PM
I think I saw an obit or at least an announcement of Hal's death here but don't know which forum it was in.

Sue
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on February 18, 2018, 03:36:35 PM
Sue;

Quote from: angelface555 on February 18, 2018, 12:48:29 PM
Joan, it's under Forum.

https://www.seniorsandfriends.org/tranquil-cove/

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on February 18, 2018, 05:58:20 PM
Mary.  I use brown paper to cover my books also. either that or Wallpaper if my dad was doing a room over.  I kept such good care of them.
Now My daughter has a Ranch in Magnolia, Texas. Just outside of Houston. Has 3 Sons. 2 married with children and one at home. They have been upset with me for years now as the thought I would move to Texas when I retired. Still onto me all the time. For some reason I just hate the thought of me leaving the area I have live in for 50 years.  It is still perfect for me. University town. Everything close. Best public transportation Hospital and Medical centres if needed. Only thing is most all my friends are gone now. Can see where the kids worry as no one close. Good health so far so active. I will see when I go down to Texas in April.
I am surprised also that Hal's Daughter did not put a Obit. in here. She knew he was very close to S and F.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on February 19, 2018, 03:51:42 PM
Something gone wrong with my Gmail account today. Nothing will come into it. Prior to that when one did come and I opened it then it just deleted out of the Inmail Box.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on February 19, 2018, 04:10:02 PM
Part of an article about storing passwords from Dashlane stated:

"Although it is far from secure, many people use cloud services to store and share their passwords. Some of the most common cloud storage tools used for this purpose include Dropbox, Apple iCloud, and Google Drive. This is an extremely dangerous practice that has led to several data breaches in the past. For example, in 2016, Dropbox announced a data breach that affected approximately 68 million records. Likewise, hackers were recently able to exploit a flaw in iCloud’s security that allowed them to unlock any iPhone. Thus, these tools can’t be trusted to keep your passwords safe."
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Chia on February 25, 2018, 09:10:05 PM
I am in a dilemma...I have been in a chat room for more years than I care to mention..My computer is very important to me..I use just one browser...Firefox...and never intend to use others out there..Here is the problem I am having: in the box used for posting in the room the font all of a sudden became very small...I knew that old trick of CTRL + or- to make it either bigger or smaller...but....it is quite light and I almost have to get my nose up to the screen to be able to make out what I typed....I hesitate looking for tools because in the past clicking on the wrong things has caused a lot of havoc
... I am hoping that there is a fairly easy solution to this problem of making the printing "darker" and someone who is viewing this will know if there is anything out there to fix the problem..Thanks for your kind attention...
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on February 25, 2018, 10:24:07 PM
Quote from: Chia on February 25, 2018, 09:10:05 PM
I am in a dilemma...I have been in a chat room for more years than I care to mention..My computer is very important to me..I use just one browser...Firefox...and never intend to use others out there..Here is the problem I am having: in the box used for posting in the room the font all of a sudden became very small...I knew that old trick of CTRL + or- to make it either bigger or smaller...but....it is quite light and I almost have to get my nose up to the screen to be able to make out what I typed....I hesitate looking for tools because in the past clicking on the wrong things has caused a lot of havoc
... I am hoping that there is a fairly easy solution to this problem of making the printing "darker" and someone who is viewing this will know if there is anything out there to fix the problem..Thanks for your kind attention...
Rather than ctrl+- try --- Go to the top of the FF page and click on VIEW < ZOOM < RESET.  If after that it still remains too light let us know.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Chia on February 25, 2018, 11:40:43 PM
Hello Rammel..Just to get me to the right page, do you mean the top of the page with the 3 black lines one under each other???  click on it for the next set of your directions.....and not use Ctrl + or - at all???
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on February 26, 2018, 12:26:30 AM
Quote from: Chia on February 25, 2018, 11:40:43 PM
Hello Rammel..Just to get me to the right page, do you mean the top of the page with the 3 black lines one under each other???  click on it for the next set of your directions.....and not use Ctrl + or - at all???
When you are looking at this page using Fire Fox, at the very top left you should see - File - Edit - View. Click View then Zoom, then Reset.
Once you get this problem straightened out you can use the CTRL + -  to make minor changes. But the reset does get you back to a good starting point.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Chia on February 26, 2018, 09:37:50 AM
Hello Rammel...The Top of my Firefox page does not show  File - Edit - View. Only those3 black lines one under another...and I hesitate looking for stuff completely unknown to me...but....thanks for trying to help fixing this problem which is more than an annoyance than anything else...
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on February 26, 2018, 01:11:26 PM
Chia, if you go to the top of your Firefox page and right click your mouse, you will see a small popup showing different menu bar options.Left click on Menubar which is three down on the list and you will see across the top left, File, Edit, View, History, Bookmarks, Tools and Help. From there you will be able to follow Rammel's instructions. This Menu Bar is directly across from those three black lines for settings.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 01, 2018, 06:18:51 PM
Equifax has disclosed that an additional 2.4 million people were impacted by a massive cybersecurity breach last year, bringing the total to about 148 million people.

The credit reporting agency says the new consumers were identified during forensic examination of the breach. They were previously unidentified, the company says, because their Social Security numbers were not stolen.

Their names and some of their driver's license information was taken, however. According to the company, "in the vast majority of cases, it did not include consumers' home addresses, or their respective driver's license states, dates of issuance, or expiration dates."

Equifax says it will directly notify these 2.4 million people "and will offer identity theft protection and credit file monitoring services at no cost to them."

The company has struggled to rebuild public trust after the revelation of the breach and what is widely perceived as a bungled response.


https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/03/01/589854759/equifax-says-2-4-million-more-people-were-impacted-by-huge-2017-breach
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 16, 2018, 01:03:32 AM
I have a sudden issue with the size of the youtube videos that I hope someone can help with. This afternoon in Chrome, I must have clicked the wrong place because all the screens are now postage size and will not work. I Googled and evidently, you click on View to change the size. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find the "view" to change it...
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on March 16, 2018, 10:24:21 AM
Pat,  I have Explorer and Google.  Went to youtube and had the bar with File Edit View etc.  I went to view,to the bottom of the popup and cllcked full screen.  Not much of a difference but noticed the bar with File Edit View dissapeared.  I then found by clicking the restore box  upper right, that the view again appeared on the upper left.  Might be worth a try, have no other suggestion.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 16, 2018, 01:12:54 PM
Thanks, Jack, I had wondered if I somehow had clicked mobile to find such a small postage stamp view and couldn't get a video to work. I ended up deleting that browser and staying with the Opera browser where all is well.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on March 21, 2018, 08:23:07 PM
I have Comcast and suppose to have a certain speed. Sure doesn't do at the speed they say.  I use to know the Sight where you could check the speed that you computer was downloading. Sure can't remember it. Does anyone? Even my WiFi seems slower on the IPad.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on March 21, 2018, 08:57:07 PM
JeanneP,
Try ---  https://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on March 21, 2018, 10:48:37 PM
JeanneP   here is Xfiniti's speed test site.  http://speedtest.xfinity.com/

They recently replaced my Wifi and it made a big diff, you might check and see if yours is due for replacement, no charge.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on March 21, 2018, 10:52:34 PM
Did not know how long it would take to resize, so posted the prev.   Here is the results of the speed text with the new wifi modem.

                  [attachimg=1]
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on March 21, 2018, 11:14:07 PM
This is what I got with Jack's site.  Three different sites gave three very different readings.
[attachimg=1]
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 22, 2018, 12:53:37 AM
I'm more concerned with privacy but I tested and had these figures. Will someone be able to interpret them for me?


[attachimg=1]
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on March 22, 2018, 05:21:31 AM
Mine is

PING  9 ms

DOWNLOAD 56.92 Mbps

UPLOAD 2.77 Mbps

after 3 minutes:


PING 11 ms

DOWNLOAD 51.02 Mbps

UPLOAD 3.06 Mbps

   

   
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on March 22, 2018, 09:40:14 AM
  Apparently I have more speed then needed, but in a package from Xfinity.   I tripped around Google for info and found a decent article worth reading. 

  https://www.tomsguide.com/us/internet-speed-what-you-need,news-24289.html
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on March 22, 2018, 09:42:39 AM
Upload and download speeds are probably clear.  Latency, in broad terms, are the delays that things have in doing their task. Like the time it takes for a drive to seek and return the data it was looking for. I wouldn't put too much thought into the speeds indicated, especially if you're happy with the performance you are seeing.  As I said, I made three speed tests from different places and got three VERY different results.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 22, 2018, 12:07:29 PM
Jack, that article was very informative. I do not carry too much on my computer, preferring to keep the bulk of it on external drives, but I do have multiple connecting devices. Thank you for posting it. And Rick, I appreciate your explanation of terms and latency. I too found varying results among tests.

Rick, one article I read and have decided to practice is a Data Detox Kit. As I mentioned previously, my main focus is security and privacy after being burned in 2003.

https://blog.mozilla.org/internetcitizen/2017/11/08/data-detox/?utm_source=desktop-snippet&utm_medium=snippet&utm_campaign=f100_week9_datadetox&utm_term=7914&utm_content=rel&sample_rate=0.001&snippet_name=7914

"Mozilla is a proud partner of Tactical Tech, whose Data Detox will help you remove any toxic data build up. It’s an 8-day cleanse, and with just a small daily time commitment, you finish feeling refreshed and rejuvenated online and IRL.
Look for signs through a Data Detox

Every day, we leave behind information about ourselves in the digital world: when we were at our favorite coffee shop, where we buy clothes, which one of our friends we spend the most time chatting with. Almost nothing goes unnoticed if we’re not careful.

To some public and private players, we are just another data set, but who does this data belong to and what is it being used for? There’s little time to consider this question every time we click, like and share.

The Data Detox helps you look for signs that you might not be leading a healthy, balanced digital lifestyle. It gives you practical advice so you can discover what you share, when you reveal it and to whom, and what it might mean for your life."
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on March 22, 2018, 01:14:06 PM
Pat thanks for that post.  I also read a good description of the   Data Detox  here -

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20171110-the-8-day-guide-to-a-better-digital-life

Had to laugh that with their comments on Facebook, the article at the end mentions liking them on facebook and following on twitter.

Afraid I must leave this to you, the pro.   Know it is not enough but I have really limited Facebook and do little surfing.

Windows defender picked up a trojan the other day and was removed. This was the first in over 4 months. I plugged in the external drive and ran a full scan, that took overnight to run.  Nothing noted on the scan. 

Know I would be shocked to know just how much info is out there.

Reminded me of several years ago in the discussions a woman gave her email address,  it was her name.  I emailed suggesting she try another one.  Her name and address was on the internet and her home could be located.  She sent me a
message that  she was not worried, she lived out of town and they would not be able to find her.  10 minutes later I sent her a close up of her home, from google maps.   



Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 22, 2018, 04:09:40 PM
Thanks, Jack! While not always helpful, I do use a VPN and private browsing through my antivirus. Sometime back I grew disenchanted with Facebook and deleted my account after a good scrubbing. Then I found that so many people, places, and classes I take have FB pages, so I signed on to a new account. However, I don't use notifications and follow strict privacy and security protocols. I don't post but go there to access others who do.

I'm BFF with Google, and that is what I'm working on now. About every couple of months I collect and download my Gmail, and other Google accounts to my external drive and then delete that info online, leaving the headings. I suppose as it stands, it's the best for now.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on March 22, 2018, 04:28:40 PM
Is there a way to save on the computer drive mails from Gmail account?  I have save under specific labels quite a few over the years and I would like to archive that  on a external if possible and in batch of course.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 22, 2018, 06:16:12 PM
Of course, that was what I was collecting and saving to my external.

First, choose which products to include

    Visit the Download your data page. You might have to sign in to your Google Account.
    Choose which Google products to include in your download. To see more details and options for a product, select the Down arrow .
    Select Next.
    Choose your archive's "File type."

https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/3024190?hl=en

Your Google download page;

https://takeout.google.com/settings/takeout?pli=1

I ask that Google send me an email when the backup's downloads are ready. The requested download's backups, usually in three parts, takes nominally about three to four hours.  I then download it to my external drive and to Dropbox still in its compressed form. After it is saved offline, I then delete it from my online Gmail account. I also bookmark the download instructions to my Gmail bookmark.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on March 22, 2018, 09:10:59 PM
My Comcast  Got me back up on my Internet and Wifi  over the line but the TV is not getting anything. (Service coming out tomorrow.) It seems to be giving trouble since they came out to change things so could get High Def on it.
Jack . now they did give me a new Modem couple months back. Also A new box to go on the TV.  Today when they internet and Ipad not connecting then over the phone they set the modem again.
I also ran both those speed test. Comcast first show download at 143mbps 6.07 Upload. then went to Up 70.11 and down 6.32mbps
Speakeasy net was 70.9 down and 5.9 up.  All Greek to me.
Will see when comes tomorrow.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on March 23, 2018, 06:16:09 AM
Thanks Angel. I am trying it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on March 23, 2018, 09:55:47 AM
JeanneP the good news is you have them coming to service.  With the new wifi and prior to that a box for the tv they claim easy self install.  I fought both and had my son come in to do.  All is now working fine and I do like the hi fi.   You might ask the installer to take a minute, he can do a setting where if you pick any low channel and it has a hi def channel it will automatically give you the hi def. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on March 23, 2018, 03:51:24 PM
Jack. I live close to their office here and so just March over if can't be done on phone. Now I don't have the full package on tv. Just have about 35 channels no sport channels or movie. Always negotiations on price when over. Will add a little more on for me .dont need them. Did drop price again for next year. By $11 I just tell them I have a great antana on top of roof still that would gave me all i need  if the over charge me. And can get WiFi in for $15 as I have a iPad for Internet. Been with them for years so they are use to me .
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on March 23, 2018, 05:12:25 PM
Well Comcast come and gone again. It was the box that was burned out on the TV. Just had it 2 months. He said it was reconditioned one they gave me. Now he put on a brand new one and back working again. Only thing is it doesn't work with your control hand thing so I left a new one but it doesn't do the turn on and off the same way. But said I can still use this old one if prefer. (I do). The one I had in the bedroom he changed saying it was outdated long time ago. So now gave a new one for it.
I checked my speeds with him and he says that is right for the Package I have for Internet. Speed changes for which you pay for. When I first turned it on and it shows faster speed and then changed to slower is because the Server is up in Chicago not close to us. I am getting to know less and less about Technology.  Like all things I guess. "You get what you pay for"
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on March 23, 2018, 10:28:06 PM
Jeanne, yes it is all about $.   In my area with an antenna I would get 3 stations.  I seldom watch tv except for sports and need the expanded package, and pay more than I like, but no choice.  Were it not for the sports I might manage just with the wifi and computer.   Tonight I watched hockey on the tv and used the pad to pick up basketball.   Can even watch everything on my iPhone.     Wonderful what you can do if you throw a stack of money at them every month.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on March 24, 2018, 10:21:57 AM
Angel!!!!  I did, and received from Gmail BUT... how do you read MBOX files???
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 24, 2018, 11:44:45 AM
You don't Bubble! Those are for storage in your cloud, external or Dropbox. Think of it as compressed files which they are in that format. I Googled you some info on just what they are and some stand-alone viewers.


https://www.google.com/search?q=how+do+you+read+MBOX+files%3F%3F%3F&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b-1
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on March 26, 2018, 09:23:23 PM
I posted this in the Win-7 area but am re-posting it here because I don't know if anyone still visits that discussion.

I don't use my laptop with Win-7 much but did turn it on tonight.  I went to check for Updates and noticed it doesn't seem to be functioning right (or at all).

Is anyone else with Win-7 having this problem?

Found this interesting "comment".
https://www.techradar.com/news/windows-7-updates-stop-working-as-microsoft-takes-its-eye-off-the-ball
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on March 26, 2018, 09:54:45 PM
Rick, I had not used my W-7 computer for some time and when I did try to use it, I could not get online.  My nephew, who lives with me, got it going now so I try to use it occasionally.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on March 26, 2018, 10:19:55 PM
Quote from: Mary Ann on March 26, 2018, 09:54:45 PM
Rick, I had not used my W-7 computer for some time and when I did try to use it, I could not get online.  My nephew, who lives with me, got it going now so I try to use it occasionally.

Mary Ann

Does the Windows Update work?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on March 26, 2018, 10:22:51 PM
Rick, no longer have 7, but read your link.  Hope you have been able to do the update, but think, if possible, it is time to go to 10.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on March 26, 2018, 10:28:48 PM
I had to find my bookmark, but over a year ago I had problems with loading windows 10, went to this link, found, or asked for a phone number and was able to give permission for them to access my machine, then sat and watched them do the necessary.  Would never have managed without help.   Start with this

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on March 26, 2018, 10:34:19 PM
Quote from: jackwv on March 26, 2018, 10:22:51 PM
Rick, no longer have 7, but read your link.  Hope you have been able to do the update, but think, if possible, it is time to go to 10.
Jack,
The puter I'm posting this with is Win-10.  I finally did it.  Still learning and trying to convert some old stuff so I can use it.  My Win-xp came with a bunch of software but the new Win-10 was just Win-10 - no extra software.

The Win-7 problem is fixed now (I think).  It says it's downloading 13 updates. That should keep me up for a while.  I have no schedule so I'll just baby sit it till it's done.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on March 26, 2018, 10:46:35 PM
Rick, much of the old software is now apps and many are on windows 10, or can be found in the store.   I did have an old disc that still works. You probably know, but the upper left of the screen has several lines and if you hover over it  "all apps" comes up and you will see a long list of what is on your machine.   
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on March 27, 2018, 10:34:30 AM
Rick, I don't recall getting an update for W-7 but I have little trouble with the W-10 updates.  The "little trouble" with W-10 is that it rearranges my bookmarks, but as long as it doesn't delete them, I can cope.  It doesn't happen each update.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on March 27, 2018, 10:42:16 AM
I think it's time for me to replace my desktop ...any suggestions on buying one...I guess I should make sure it has w-10?......thx CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on March 27, 2018, 11:03:37 AM
CC....My 2 cents:

I think I've had just about all brands of computers out there and I no longer use a desktop. [I prefer a light weight laptop that I keep on my desk.  I can then take it to the family room or wherever when I feel like it.] Desktops: I've had two built by a local guy, several Dells, and have had laptops that were Dell, HP, Gateway(they don't exist anymore, I guess), Asus, Toshiba, and this latest is a Lenovo Yoga.  They all, like most things, seem built to be obsolete in a few years.  Mine never seem to go beyond about 3 years.

If you have a local guy or woman who builds desktops, I'd ask around and see if people are happy with that. The advantage, if they've been in business a while, is that it's easy to get tech support and most will put you to the top of the list if you've had them build it.



jane
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on March 27, 2018, 11:16:30 AM
And my 2 cents ------

Likely you'll find mostly Win-10 computers out there for sale.
Brand probably doesn't matter that much. We've heard from many people with different brands and some were happy - some not so.
Look for one that has the things you want (software provided).
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on March 27, 2018, 11:20:26 AM
CC, I am sold on my little office space and desktop.   Seldom use my iPad and have looked at the laptops, but believe I will again choose a desktop when necessary to replace, and like a full size keyboard.   My Gateway has been excellent since 2011.   Think I would check out, Target, Walmart, or my favorites Best Buy and Staples.  Nice to get a hands on feel.  They now have the "all in ones" but you can buy a tower computer and continue to use your present keyboard and monitor (wow just noticed I purchased mine 2009)  I avoid the touch screen models.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on March 27, 2018, 12:42:33 PM
Thanks everyone for your input....I will think about all your suggestions..and will probably shop and compare my options...CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on March 27, 2018, 12:56:56 PM
Wanted to show why, for me, it will probably always be a desktop.  I purchased a desk over 20 years ago when just starting in computers.   From here I can look out onto my patio and watch my Goldens.  My printer and iPad are handy.  I did not clean up for the photo, over the years, with my memory, I have a place for everything and avoid clutter.   

                 [attachimg=1]
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on March 27, 2018, 02:26:04 PM
Jack..looks exactly how I have mine setup..CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on March 27, 2018, 03:25:41 PM
My SIL in Texas who is in the Tech. Business has always made my Desktops. They last until the next system comes out. Started with the first Compac. got the first one off the line back in the 80s. there for awhile I had a W95, WP. 2 of them. they my favourite. Then had 2 W7. I gave a W7 to a young couple at the gas station awhile back. Made them so happy. SIL    He has had a W10 built for me for ages but just not that eager to have it. Will bring up for me in June he says. Even he does not like the W10 system. Doubt it gets changed for a while though.  I did read that the Apple new Ipad is coming soon. I would like a new one. Looks like it will sell for $850 at first. Like you Jack all mine are getting old now.  I have never had one that has given me problems.
Now my station is not tidy. All sit in a Armoire where I can close the doors. Would like to get rid of it as hard to get into the back of the stuff to unplug.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 29, 2018, 01:52:08 PM
Last week, hackers launched a SamSam ransomware attack against the city of Atlanta, disabling a number of city services. To regain access, hackers demanded six bitcoins in payment (about $51,000). And Atlanta isn't alone in facing these threats. At the same time, Baltimore experienced an attack on its 911 system and the Colorado Department of Transportation was hit last month.

Ransomware encrypts files on the infected computers, making these files inaccessible, and only releases the code to unencrypt the files when the user pays a bitcoin ransom.

What is, perhaps, most disappointing with this most recent attack is that it was 100% preventable. The machines became infected because of the organizations' failure to update their software.

The good news here, to the extent there is good news, is that protecting ourselves against ransomware like SamSam is not difficult.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 29, 2018, 03:15:04 PM
"ATLANTA â€" The City of Atlanta’s 8,000 employees got the word on Tuesday that they had been waiting for: It was O.K. to turn their computers on.

But as the city government’s desktops, hard drives and printers flickered back to life for the first time in five days, residents still could not pay their traffic tickets or water bills online, or report potholes or graffiti on a city website. Travelers at the world’s busiest airport still could not use the free Wi-Fi.

Atlanta’s municipal government has been brought to its knees since Thursday morning by a ransomware attack â€" one of the most sustained and consequential cyberattacks ever mounted against a major American city."

A Cyberattack Hobbles Atlanta, and Security Experts Shudder

   
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/27/us/cyberattack-atlanta-ransomware.html?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on April 02, 2018, 01:27:10 PM
This is becoming as commonplace as school shootings....

MyFitnessPal breach exposes data of an estimated 150 million users
MyFitness Pal, a fitness and nutrition app owned by Under Armour, announced on March 29th that a recent data breach impacts 150 million of their users.
What happened? According to a press release from Under Armour , they became aware of a potential security issue on March 25th when they discovered an unauthorized party had accessed user data from MyFitnessPal in February.
What data was compromised? The current investigation is ongoing but so far, indicates that the compromised data included hashed passwords, usernames and email addresses.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on April 02, 2018, 03:00:24 PM
I want to download the free version of malwarebytes...what site is best to download from...I tried from cnet...but looks like the trial version...thx CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on April 02, 2018, 04:09:15 PM
CC, I think you can download Malwarebytes directly from them.  Try it.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on April 02, 2018, 04:43:47 PM
Mary Ann..I went to free Cnet downloads and downloaded it...I checked free version...when finished...said 11 days remaining on trial version.....CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on April 02, 2018, 06:39:31 PM
CC - I have downloaded free things from Cnet, but I downloaded Malwarebyte Free from Malwarebyte.  I happen to have a purchased version, but I have had the free version and it did a good job.  I think if you type Malwarebyte, a link will come up and the free version may be for a year, but it is not a trial version.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on April 02, 2018, 07:25:00 PM
I went to the mayawarebytes site.....checked free version...still gives me the trial one..CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 02, 2018, 07:43:02 PM
I have used McAfee, AVG, Malware Bytes, Norton for several years.   Since I went onto window 10 I have used only Windows Defender and to this day it has removed any virus.  It updates daily and do not intend to install another app.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 02, 2018, 07:45:08 PM
Nobody is going to be giving things out for free anymore like in years past. The Internet is not going to be perfectly safe. I quit worrying about it. I don't do anything anymore that has to be kept secret. Only my Mobile phone and my newspaper get paid direct . I don't do a thing to do with banking on line.
Amazon is the only one that has my credit card number for purchasing on line. Had it for years. I have the Microsoft security one on and thats it.
This must be my 6ths computer over25 years and not yet been hit with anything. If it happens they will not find out much. Its just a hobby with me now.  Nobody does E-M now and that is the thing I enjoyed having. Hundreds of people use to be on Forums. Not anymore.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 02, 2018, 08:10:04 PM
FWIW -
There's a credit card thing out there called "Virtual Account Numbers" (You can Google it) which assigns a conditional replacement number for your credit card. Citibank, Bank Of America, Capital One, and some other smaller banks offer this.  I use this feature for most on-line dealings.  The Virtual Number can have a $ and/or time limit. It can be cancelled if you choose to do so. They claim you can add $ to it but I have never tried that.

I believe that if this is available to you, it is a good thing to use.  If the Virtual Number is stolen it is limited to the amount you authorized, and is valid only for the time you designated.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on April 02, 2018, 09:23:13 PM
CC - I typed in Malwarebytesfree.com and several choices came up.  The one below says you get 14 days of full real-time protection (Premium), then it reverts to the very limited but free version.  I read it that the trial period is the 14 day full protection, then the regular free version kicks in.  I would think before the change, you would get a notice about whether you want to buy the program or stay with the free version.

Mary Ann

Malwarebytes for Windows | Malwarebytes
https://www.malwarebytes.com/premium/

Download Malwarebytes for Windows for free and you get 14 days of full real-time protection. After the 14 days are up, Malwarebytes for Windows reverts to a very limited but still free version that will only disinfect your computer after an attack. We recommend the full real-time protection of Malwarebytes for Windows ...
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Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on April 04, 2018, 07:14:17 AM
Mary Ann, I used to have MalwareBytes on my computer, but removed it after the last 14 day trial. I didn't realize it could revert to the free limited edition after that. I do have it on my tablet. It is a very good program and has found a very few malware problems that Avast missed over the years. Avast, I think, is better at catching Malware than it used to be, but then I now get the paid version.

Rammel, my best friend is using or has used in the past the virtual credit card account numbers. I don't know if he still does. I've never tried it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 04, 2018, 08:40:13 AM
The "Virtual Account Numbers" are especially good if you want to buy something on-line from someone you don't know or don't have full trust in.  I started using it at new computer sources (software, hardware) and found it so handy I expanded it's use.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on April 04, 2018, 09:46:18 AM
MarsGal, I had never known that about Malwarebyte myself, but in trying to find out something for Cotton Candy (CC), I read that.  I may have misinterpreted it, but it did sound as if it would revert to free after 14 days.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on April 04, 2018, 03:43:30 PM
Thanks for ur help..going to just leave the trial on there and let it revert back to free...or will uninstall it CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on April 07, 2018, 10:28:50 PM
Microsoft Security Programs Compromised Due to Security Gap

New reports confirmed Microsoft’s security programs, including Windows Defender, are suffering from a major security vulnerability.  The security gap found is within the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine (MMPE), and if it goes unpatched, will allow hackers to do significant damage.  In order for the vulnerability to be exploited, hackers must do the following:

Identify a computer that has the vulnerability.
Get the user to download a special file on this device.  This may be done through instant messaging portals, email, injecting a JavaScript into a website, etc.
Once the user downloads the file, the hacker install malware, delete files, steal data within the system, etc.
So, this isn’t exactly a one trick pony.  There are a few hoops the hackers would need to jump through to get to their end goal.  However, it’s not impossible.

Hoops or not, the severity of the problem escalated significantly due to the role the MMPE plays within each Microsoft security program.  This particular malware engine is responsible for the scanning, detection, and cleaning component within several Microsoft anti-virus and anti-spyware programs, including:

Windows Defender
Microsoft Security Essentials
Microsoft Endpoint Protection
Windows Intune Endpoint Protection
Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection
Getting the Update
Microsoft has claimed the users of these programs do not need to do anything.  They have issued a patch for the security gap, which should automatically be applied.  Windows systems with the engine version 1.1.14700.5 or later are protected from the vulnerability.  If you would like, you may consumer versions may be verified by following the instructions below:

Windows 10: Type “Settings” into the search bar at the bottom of your screen.  Go to Update & Security, then select Windows Defender.
Windows 8: Tap on the Windows key to open the Start Menu. Type Windows Defender and select the result. Select “Help”, then click the “About” in the program window.
Windows 7: Open the Start Menu with a click. Type Windows Defender and load the result. Select “Help”, then click “About”.

If you are running a later version, you are encouraged to update.  All Windows Defender updates take place through your Windows Update feature.  Therefore, if you have those disabled, the updates have likely not taken place.  In order to manually update, you will want to tap the Windows key on your keyboard, then type “Windows Update” and click the “Enter” key.  From there you click on the “Check for Updates” button.  If updates are needed, follow the prompts.

**All users who are running a third-party security solution and have Windows Defender disabled are NOT impacted by this vulnerability.
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Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on April 08, 2018, 11:31:05 AM
It's good to know that my anti-virus/net security program is not affected -- yet.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on April 27, 2018, 12:41:46 PM
I've been having trouble with my internet connection dropping on both my laptop upstairs and the smartTV. I was having some trouble with that happening when I had Comcast, but mostly just on the laptop, so I had concluded that the trouble was with the laptop net card. I may have to revise my thinking on that. Since I switched to FIOS the Internet on the TV is acting up more too.  Strangely, I haven't noticed any problem with my tablet connecting or dropping no matter where I am in the house and the router is sitting next to the TV so it can't be distance. Coincidentally, this has been getting worse on both TV laptop, and is definitely a lot worse than before the FCC head nixed Net Neutrality. What I'd really like to know is whether or not others are noticing more slow loading and drops since the FCC decision.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 27, 2018, 01:56:21 PM
MarsGal I am still on Comcast (Xfinity)   my only problem is the cost.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 27, 2018, 07:42:47 PM
MarsGal -

Since you had a similar problem before you changed to Verizon I might suspect something in the interior wiring (assuming they reused it).  Where you can, check for tight connections.
I have Vz and haven't noticed any drop outs. I do have other complaints about them though.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on April 28, 2018, 07:23:58 AM
I had my Comcast account since 1993, and my "package" was grandfathers several times. With the prices going up, I started looking at Verizon. As far as including my phone, it would have been about the same whether or not I included it, so it wasn't worth the hassle of changing. Also, when I had to drop a tier to stay in budget, I lost several of my favorite channels. Comcast, unusually for them over all the years I was with them, could not accommodate me on a good, but relatively inexpensive channel package that include the missing channels. Verizon could. Their package, including the phone, not only cost less (for now) than a change in Comcast package, but gave me all the channels that I like back, and then some.

As far as the wiring, I believe they used new. Oh, something that annoyed me that no one bothered to mention when I signed up was AT&T was a little slow to release my phone number (which was, originally, a Verizon number, BTW). Verizon saw fit to give me a temp number for a day or two and then charged me for the phone number change. I was not happy about that. They weren't about to back down about it either, claiming it AT&T was to blame for the way they handle their changes. Funny thing about that. When I originally switched from Verizon to AT&T all went smoothly without any temp numbers or extra charges.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 28, 2018, 12:05:04 PM
Jack
Now I have a Comcast office close to me an so every time  they try to change the cost I just go Overr no tell them . I will have to leave you after 12 years because I can't afford your new price. Will have to go back on my Antanna on roof. Get wifi from another co.for $10. If the try download for cheaper say taking off channels I watch most that I would not like .now get for less than 3 years back. Say Can just use my IPad.for Internet and tv. From the 8 stations from Antanna is all I need.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 28, 2018, 01:18:08 PM
Jeanne, my problem is several sport channels I want that come in a so called package.  If I go to the office on an increase they sometimes will offer another Package.  I only use the net works and the sports channels, and like high definition.  I am pleased with the ability to watch anything on line even when away from home, both on the pad and the phone.  I have even watched one sports event on the tv while viewing another channel on the pad.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on April 28, 2018, 02:11:02 PM
Jack, you remind me of an Indy cousin; I visited him and his wife for lunch one time and he had two TVs and a radio playing (he was a great Cubs fan).  Before we ate, he was saying "grace" but he had one ear on the TVs and radio.  Something exciting happened and the prayer stopped and I think never did pick up - what happened was more important!

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on April 28, 2018, 02:23:28 PM
MaryAnn I have a small table in the family room.   I place my food and drink on it, say grace, then turn on the tv.   If the tv is already on I turn off the sound and do not look.  Truth is I manage by eating between periods in hockey, or half time with football.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on April 28, 2018, 04:48:56 PM
Jack, at least you don't stop in the middle of grace to see what is going on in the sport.  I don't remember what time of year I was there and it often was around Memorial Day or Labor Day so it could have been baseball or football.  I have an idea it would have been fall so he might have had a couple of football games on plus a baseball game. 

I eat in the computer room and put the computer away for the time being but I do turn on the TV.  I eat in here because it is easier to eat here rather than at a table - shorty that I am.  Tom often takes his meal downstairs to his TV. 

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on June 12, 2018, 01:26:02 AM
just received this from Yahoo:


Hi Sop,

We see that you’ve used Yahoo Messenger recently, so we wanted to let you know that Yahoo Messenger will no longer be supported after July 17, 2018.

Before July 17, you can continue to use the service, but after that date, you will no longer have access to Yahoo Messenger. You can learn how to save your chats by visiting our FAQ.

We’ve loved working on Yahoo Messenger for you and want to thank you for using our product. We will continue to focus on building and introducing new, exciting communications tools that impact and delight our users.

Visit our FAQ to learn more. Thanks for being a Yahoo Messenger user!

But I have not used it for at least 2 years!

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on June 12, 2018, 11:02:36 AM
Bubble, I got that also.  A real pity cuz I have used it for years and do like it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on June 12, 2018, 12:55:36 PM
I also received that message altho it has been years since I used it. Now that Yahoo has been broken up into parts by its bankruptcy, the new owners of those parts are instituting changes. If you use Yahoo, even for mail, expect to see more changes down the line.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on July 17, 2018, 01:12:24 PM
Hi..everyone reading...Im glad to have this site to go to...as I'm a computer dummy and always needing help...as I do now....I'm wanting to disable...delete...uninstall..which ever is the easiest...my messenger.  I don't have it installed on my phone..or my IPad...I recently uninstalled it on my IPad...but when I go to my computer...windows vista...it's still there...is there a way to disable it on the computer...thx for comments CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on July 17, 2018, 03:16:31 PM
CC I do not have Vista, but went to Google and found this.  Hope it works

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhATY6uRU68

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on July 18, 2018, 01:54:35 PM
Thank you Jack...I will try that.....CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on July 18, 2018, 02:15:57 PM
I have my security antivirus on automatic and it does a deep security scan every three days. I've rarely had anything happened, but this morning I had a red level threat come up in Microsoft's Edge. That's a browser I never use, and everything is the other browser.

I reran the scan, and it came up again only in Edge, so I deleted it. Something to be aware of.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on July 18, 2018, 02:17:58 PM
Maybe it was trying to warn you that you were using another browser  :coolsmiley:
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on July 18, 2018, 05:01:12 PM
My PC..is about to crash...I'm looking at a desktop...with windows 10..on.....it's a used one....what do I need to make sure it has...thx CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on July 18, 2018, 06:17:30 PM
Quote from: RAMMEL on July 18, 2018, 02:17:58 PM
Maybe it was trying to warn you that you were using another browser  :coolsmiley:

What it was telling me was that Edge had picked up a virus in the two days since the last scan.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on July 19, 2018, 07:01:35 AM
Patricia, odd that you should mention your alert yesterday. I didn't get any alerts yesterday other that the bing, bing like something was trying to notify me of something. I was in Firefox at the time (I also don't use Edge). When I got out of Firefox, it stopped. When I did a restart, I got an error message of some sort, but nothing seemed amiss. My antivirus didn't find any viruses or PUPs, but it did quarantine  an Adobe Flash program. The only thing I used that for is an online game which asks every time if I want to install it. I uninstalled Flash and removed the bookmarked link to the game and the leftover registry line that CCleaner found. No more bing, bing. Too bad. I do like Bookworm. Most sites have discontinued offering it. I should probably run a boot scan too; didn't do that yesterday. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on July 19, 2018, 07:04:35 AM
My bookworm works ok, no alert or anything....  Try to reinstall it?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on July 19, 2018, 10:53:35 AM
Microsoft has issues with not dealing directly with security problems. Last year it took almost three months for them to stop an intrusion that several companies had warned them about. However, look at Yahoo and it's pattern with security vulnerabilities. Those problems led to the bankruptcy and Yahoo's breakup and different parts being sold to different companies.

It used to be only dodgy programs had unwelcome surprises and now even mainstream programs have riders that pay directly to be brought along or have attached themselves to some open code. It pays to educate yourself, compare antivirus programs often and keep in touch with customer reviews and not those put out directly by the company. I have three separate tech companies that I have subscribed to emails just so I can stay informed. Having an antivirus and keeping it up to date is only the first line of defense.


In 2017, just in the US; nine billion dollars were paid out that we know about to ransom programs by police, fire and ambulance, schools, and medical hospitals such as John Hopkins due to ransomware. One high-end hotel was breached by the smart code operating a large aquarium in their lobby!
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on July 19, 2018, 12:34:05 PM
Bubble I don't think the problem was with Bookworm itself, especially since it is online and not downloaded. The problem may or may not have been the Adobe Flash, but since my antivirus flagged it, it decided to uninstall it. If I remember correctly, Adobe Flash is no longer recommended because of ongoing security problems. I forget where that little bit of info came from. Java is another program that is no longer recommended. Like Java, a lot of companies are moving away from using Flash, or so I saw - somewhere - at least a year ago.

I wonder if Adobe is still having problems. Here is an article from Feb. about a recent flaw which they suposedly fixed.  https://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-security-microsoft-issues-adobe-patch-to-tackle-flash-zero-day/

Here is one for this month invloving Microsoft and Adobe Flash: https://krebsonsecurity.com/tag/adobe-flash-player/
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on July 19, 2018, 12:43:54 PM
Oh look! Here are instructions from How-to-Geek on how to change the update settings on Windows 10 so that it won't update automatically:  https://www.howtogeek.com/224471/how-to-prevent-windows-10-from-automatically-downloading-updates/


Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on July 20, 2018, 05:01:06 PM
Jack...I followed instructions...but it did not uninstall messenger...do you think it can't be removed? Thx CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on July 21, 2018, 07:58:12 AM
CC sorry, that was just on Google and you may take a look for other solution, or hope someone in here can help.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on July 24, 2018, 01:03:58 PM
Interesting;

Eavesdroppers can see what you're up to on these sites.

Encryption makes communication over the internet secure. On websites, you can tell if they use encryption by looking at the web address. It either starts with "https://" for sites that use encryption or "http://" for sites that don't.

Without encryption, anything you do on that website is open to eavesdroppers. That's why banks, online merchants and other companies that deal in sensitive information have used HTTPS for years.

Starting today, Chrome will slap a "not secure" label on any websites that aren't using HTTPS. This doesn't mean that these websites are any less secure than they were yesterday. Instead, it's Google trying to encourage websites to be more secure by calling out those that only use HTTP. While Safari, Edge and Firefox aren't using the "not secure" label, these browsers are also calling out HTTP sites.

Find out how you can tell at a glance on any browser if the sites you visit are protecting you with  HTTPS in our story on Techlicious.

Just what does that mean? HTTP is short for Hypertext Transfer Protocol, and it has been the way web pages are sent from their server to your computer since the very beginning of the World Wide Web. In those early days, no one was particularly worried about security on ordinary web pages, and HTTP is unencrypted. That means when you visit a website via HTTP, others could intercept what you type or edit what you see. Your internet provider could collect and sell your browsing history to third parties or track you to display ads. It's already challenging to keep our private information private online, and HTTP makes it even harder.

That's where HTTPS comes in. The S stands for "secure," meaning two things: the site you're seeing is guaranteed to be the site you think you're seeing and everything you send to or receive from the site is encrypted. That means no one can eavesdrop on your web browsing, and it makes it tougher for hackers (or legitimate businesses) to get your personal information. Though the system isn't a guarantee that you're safe from online threats, it's much more secure than HTTP. We at Techlicious use it for our website (see below).

Plenty of websites already use HTTPS. If you do online shopping or banking, you've almost certainly noticed a lock icon in your browser toolbar indicating you're on a secure site, where it's safe to type passwords and other personal information. However, some more mundane websites â€" like the BBC and ESPN â€" don't bother with this kind of security. That makes it much easier for eavesdroppers who want to know exactly what you're up to online. Now Chrome will simply be calling attention to that fact. Until your browser gets the update (or if you use Safari, Edge or Firefox), you'll be able to tell by the fact that there is an "i" button next to the URL (see ESPN site below).
It's part of an attempt to make HTTPS the standard way to browse the web. All connections should be secure, so instead of specifically calling out HTTPS as secure, Chrome will point out when you're using an unsecured HTTP connection. As of today (or when Chrome updates on your computer), Chrome shows a "not secure" warning in the address bar when you visit a site that only uses HTTP. In the future, it will also stop specifically noting HTTPS websites as secure â€" because secure, encrypted websites should be the norm.

So what should you do if you get a warning that the website you're visiting isn't secure? First, you shouldn't enter any sensitive information â€" you only want to provide personal information over an encrypted HTTPS connection, which is indicated in most browsers with a lock icon by the address. Some websites will use standard HTTP if you don't specifically ask for a secure connection, but you can often force sites to use HTTPS by simply changing "http" to "https" in the address bar. You can also download the HTTPS Everywhere extension for Chrome or Firefox, which will request secure pages from any website that offers them.

But even though Chrome is trying to keep us safe online, in the end, it's up to us to safeguard our personal information. Always look for the lock icon that indicates a secure connection, and never give out private information.

https://techlicious.com/blog/http-sites-marked-as-not-secure/?utm_source=Techlicious+List&utm_campaign=7a7678c16e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_7_24_2018_9_58&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5ee95b0b14-7a7678c16e-189582833
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on July 24, 2018, 02:10:12 PM
Patricia, I wonder if that is the reason the Harbor Lookout for the Duluth Harbor quit working for me last week on Firefox.  A reason given was that it was not available on Firefox any longer.  Yesterday I copied the link and entered it in Edge and it worked and not only that, the link from Firefox now works.  I'm not going to disconnect the site from Edge to see if that is the reason.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on July 24, 2018, 05:15:24 PM
MaryAnn, I don't believe so as they offer you a warning if you want to proceed. I've put the s after HTTP for a while as I've heard of this before. I didn't download the Chrome extension as I just add the s and first watch the headings.

One extension, available across browsers is an important one that lets you know if the listed website is actually the website. For example, a scammer might list a website address that looks like your bank but is actually an information collection site. This extension lets me know before I click if it is not the declared site.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on July 25, 2018, 11:03:31 AM

Message from Oldiesmann
HERE (https://www.seniorsandfriends.org/site-announcements/fyi-server-move-553/msg135117/#msg135117)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on July 31, 2018, 01:29:28 PM
The fastest way to reach customer service, according to Techlicious.

https://www.techlicious.com/tip/how-to-reach-live-customer-service-stop-waiting-on-hold/?utm_source=Techlicious+List&utm_campaign=e823a63871-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_07_31&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5ee95b0b14-e823a63871-189582833

"Certain situations require the help of a human customer service agent. But these days, companies often don't make it easy to find the customer service number much less reach a live person. Even when you get through to the correct line you can end up waiting on hold forever.

That's where GetHuman and ContactHelp come to the rescue. Both sites provide contact phone numbers, call center hours, instructions on how to reach a live human and a listing of alternate means of getting in touch with companies. Because if there is a long wait time, you may be able to resolve your issue more quickly by messaging with a customer service agent using Facebook or Twitter.

Where GetHuman shines is with its free "Skip Waiting on Hold" service. Enter your phone number and GetHuman will call back with a live customer service agent on the line. If the call center is closed, you can receive a reminder when it opens. In addition, you can view the best time to call and the current and average wait times.

Not sure of what to say to get your problem resolved quickly? Submit your problem to get relevant tips on handling the issue and follow the progress of others who have submitted their problems. Want to know your chances of a satisfactory resolution? You'll also find customer ratings of the quality of communication and the quality of the help."
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on August 01, 2018, 12:56:52 PM
On my W7 Desktop and using the Internet ,every time I go to a new site. Like clicking on S and F and other. A notice comes up on tool bar say "another web page slowing me down." I don't have another window open. say to clik on close down on Firefox and open another page. it changes fast but still can't figure why it keeps doing that.
Now when I go go close down on Desktop. where can you clik to see if any still running? Do you go to task bar at bottom and clik on Task Mgr.?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on August 02, 2018, 03:02:40 AM
yes, Task Mgr will tell you.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on August 04, 2018, 02:22:33 PM
Keep using a good antivirus and a good malware app and no they are not the same.

https://techtalk.pcpitstop.com/2018/07/25/russian-hackers-steal-2-4m-virginia-banks/?vabankbreach=&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=july_newsletter_3&ad_id=505616&share-ad-id=1

The Russian hackers stole the money, passwords, files, etc in two strikes within a three day period. What's worse is the bank's insurance. National Bank is looking at a maximum reimbursement of $25,000 after paying its deductible.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on August 04, 2018, 04:40:21 PM
Anyone got a good site for local weather?  Been using ACCU but lately there is blaring music if I stay on longer than 30 seconds.  My neighbors are not liking that.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on August 04, 2018, 06:41:21 PM
Joan I have used Accuweather for several years.  Do get irritated some of he adds .    No problem with sound.   Wonder if you are using an app.   I view on the computer and keep a link to their web site as a favorite.    Check the link and see if you have the same problem.  Just put in your city and if it works save as a favorite.  If you have the app there may be some settings.

https://www.accuweather.com/en/us/wheeling-wv/26003/weather-forecast/331475
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on August 04, 2018, 07:01:09 PM
I've been using -
http://www.intellicast.com/Local/

Put in your zip code near the top.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on August 04, 2018, 08:44:18 PM
Jack, have used ACCU for years.  Not an app.   Have no apps on my phone.

Rick, thanks will try that.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on August 04, 2018, 08:54:45 PM
Rick, that worked.  Thanks.  They even have the Humidity, could not find that on ACCU.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: donklan on August 06, 2018, 09:48:54 AM
Link to an interesting article on the popularity of Web Browsers....


https://www.computerworld.com/article/3199425/web-browsers/top-web-browsers-2018-ie-edge-and-firefox-return-to-the-road-of-ruin.html?idg_eid=55fd406249412acd7fcf837dae2ea5e3&email_SHA1_lc=08c925ffa0c7ae293defe4e0b2f6d8a586417fad&cid=cw_nlt_ctw_old2_2018-08-03&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Computerworld%20First%20Look%202018-08-03&utm_term=ctw_old2
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on August 06, 2018, 10:40:40 AM
Don, lots to absorb, and most over my head.   I will hang in there with Windows 10 running IE, do not like Edge.   Just hope they make necessary changes I can deal with.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MaryTX on August 06, 2018, 11:01:10 AM
Jack, I always used IE but several years ago someone told be about Firefox and I used it for years.  When our desktop computer crashed last January with that big Microsoft update, they had to wipe it clean and put the new Firefox Quantum on it.  I don't like it at all. I don't know anything about Chrome.

I play Pogo games occasionally and they quit using Java.  Some of the old games I enjoyed only are Java.  Someone mentioned a browser called "Pale Moon".  I downloaded it and just use it for those certain Java games and it works well.

Mary
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on August 06, 2018, 11:58:28 AM
Edge has too many vulnerabilities and security concerns that Microsoft doesn't address. Last spring there was a writeup across the board in tech sites about Microsoft being aware of vulnerability for three months before taking action. There were numerous warnings and no actions taken during those three months and it wasn't until the inaction became a news story that Microsoft blocked the back door.

I liked both Opera and Fox browsers, but Chrome, even with its faults, simply offers more to the user than other browsers.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on August 06, 2018, 12:42:19 PM
I just took a look at the Firefox Quantum. No, thanks. It looks like they've gone the way of Chrome and the others that use those big "button" boxes on their homepage for frequently used/favorite sites. Chromium does the same thing, and I get a little annoyed that there these boxes polluting the nice background photo in the background. Even though I have all of them turned off, there are still those "holes" in the picture. I can't seem to get rid of them.  I like a nice clean homepage with nothing on it except the search box. I handle my top favorites on the menu bar at the top, small and out of the way.

What I like about Chromium is how fast it is because it isn't loaded down with a lot of stuff. Unfortunately, Avast on my Windows 10 machine refuses to let me download and install it claiming it might be a harmful file. I even sent back to Avast for it to interrogate the file. I came back saying it was okay, but the dad-burned program still would not let me install it, giving me the same message each time.

I quit using my favorite word game, Bookworm, not too long ago. The program uses Adobe Flash which is, like Java, full of vulnerabilities, or so I heard. Wasn't Adobe going to drop Flash?   Anyhow, Avast flagged it and quarantined it. I thought I had uninstalled it, but it showed up again in July. I must have gave the go ahead to use it somewhere last month. Since then, I have only had one page that I visited that requested me to install it, which I refused.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on August 06, 2018, 02:08:16 PM
I haven't used Chromium because it won't allow some of my main apps such as my password manager and my VPN. Also after Microsoft's last update, Chrome has been asking me to delete my antivirus program saying it causes issues with Chrome. So far I just delete the warnings and go on as usual.

I'm not totally happy with Chrome but it has the features I use most. My homepage is set to Google search's homepage with no problems. I really liked Opera, but it doesn't allow the apps/programs I use daily.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on August 09, 2018, 02:54:01 PM
Robocalls and phone spam

https://lifehacker.com/how-to-prevent-robocalls-and-minimize-phone-spam-1828192361?utm_source=lifehacker_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2018-08-09
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on August 09, 2018, 08:41:47 PM
Hi...I'm trying to disable....get rid of windows messenger..on my windows vista computer...can anyone advise...tell me how to do that...I tried what Jack suggested..but it didn't work...getting hacked to much on messenger...thanks CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on August 21, 2018, 05:45:54 PM
People just don't think which is why each year we lose billions in identity theft and viruses when we don't have to!


https://www.nbcnews.com/better/business/6-common-habits-put-you-risk-identity-theft-ncna899251?cid=eml_better_20180821
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on August 21, 2018, 06:50:03 PM
I'm wondering if I need my desktop computer..anymore....can do about same things on IPad and phone...?...to many play things...my old vista doesn't get updates anymore..so guess virus could get in easy....CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on August 21, 2018, 07:13:43 PM
Darlene...maybe try to get along without the computer for a bit.  See if there are things that are just too hard to do on the phone or ipad.  That should help you decide if you need to update.

There are things I can't do easily on my Ipad and I don't use my phone for many internet things...except the GPS....so I need my laptop.

jane
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on August 23, 2018, 01:15:35 PM
Hi everyone...I just changed from yahoo mail to gmail...I have another gmail account from a few months back..can anyone tell me how to delete the old account...don't want two gmail accounts..thx CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Sandy on August 23, 2018, 02:00:01 PM
Google "How to delete gmail accounts"....

This will give you the easy instructions on
what to do. 

Sandy
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on August 24, 2018, 12:59:09 PM
I apologize for always asking computer questions...I do try google first..but doesn't always explain it simple enough for me....I created a new gmail acc for my email.....I notice when I go to my email...there's posts from Facebook....I really don't want that...how can I prevent this...thx CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MaryTX on August 24, 2018, 02:27:10 PM
Darlene, the same thing has been happenening on Yahoo.  My daughter said something has changed on my Facebook account to do it.  I seldom get on Facebook so I don't recall changing anything.  She said when she has a chance, she'll check it out. 

Most of the posts are family or close friends so it isn't a big deal but annoying nonetheless.

Mary
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on August 25, 2018, 03:05:51 PM
Darlene and Mary...try this:

https://m.facebook.com/help/community/question/?id=10202704950329663
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on August 26, 2018, 05:31:00 PM
I havn't yet gone into my Gmail Acct. to see what the new one is doing. I thought I did read that you will be able to get the Facebook posting with you name showing. These will show up in you GMail incoming.  I don't want that either as I just go into FB to see and read what family doing. I don't need to get any other way than when I go into FB Acct. They all seem to be trying to outdo each other now.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on August 26, 2018, 06:44:01 PM
Jeanne...I don't want that either...so far haven't been able to stop it CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on August 27, 2018, 10:22:39 AM
Did you try any of the things listed here?


https://m.facebook.com/help/community/question/?id=10202704950329663
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on August 27, 2018, 10:30:18 AM
Jane...do you do this on your email page or FB?  Darlene
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on August 27, 2018, 01:09:55 PM
At Facebook, Darlene.

Go to Facebook and in the upper right hand area is a small triangle that's a down arrow. It's to the right of the question mark on my screen

Click on that.

Go down to Settings and click on that

Go to Notifications in the left sidebar

Then when that Notifications window opens, click on EMAIL and change everything you want changed.

Check out the other things you can change there, if you wish...desktop, etc.



I hope this helps.

jane





Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on August 27, 2018, 02:13:11 PM
Thank you
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on August 27, 2018, 03:03:32 PM
I hope that works. ;)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on August 27, 2018, 07:27:24 PM
Thank Jane.  going to go into that. I am sure there are a few changes I can do. 
I am still on the W7 Desktop. wonder if it is the same as your W10. Going to a class at the College in 2 week as they are going to teach all about W10 for 5 weeks. I never did that on my others like all up to W7. So much I have never learned how to do. Would like to be better when going into W10
So hot here. 97 deg today and over 100 tomorrow. All schools started today. Over 43000 at U of Il. Town so crowded.  Lots at the grocery store last night.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on October 29, 2018, 09:24:30 PM
Not used this W7 for a month. Seems to have lost my tool bar across the top. Just can't remember how I got it to show. Hope I get it up as I will be transferring all on this W7 to a New Window 10 computer. Will start taking notes when using that one. I seem to have a bad memory on how to do things these days. Need to buy a Window 10 manual...
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MaryTX on October 30, 2018, 10:05:42 AM
Jeanne, my daughter bought me a "Windows 10 for Seniors" and it really helped.

Mary
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on October 30, 2018, 11:13:43 AM
Now I did get the IPad for Seniors at my library. Will check if they have the W10 for Seniors today....
I thought I had a person to set mine up for me but find that he is no longer in town. Had a friend who did it all for me for 20 years but he passed last December.  I need them to come out to the house and do it so that I don't have to take my W7 out in order to transfer some stuff over...
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on October 30, 2018, 12:34:11 PM
I didn't know there was such a thing as Windows for Seniors.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MaryTX on October 30, 2018, 01:28:06 PM
It's like the "Windows 10 for Dummies" book but it is geared more for seniors.  I started working with mainframe computers back in the 1960s, but the older I get the harder it gets to comprehend something new" :). 

Mary
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on October 30, 2018, 03:00:19 PM
Mary, back in the early seventies I worked for the University's main campus in Fairbanks with Media Services, helping students with their computer use. The computer took up the entire basement of a building at the time and I'm sure you remember the phrase "do not fold, spindle or mutilate?"

I thought that computer was amazing and now look at computers today!
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on October 30, 2018, 03:25:18 PM
Terry graduated from Michigan Tech in 1982 with a degree that concerned computers.  Mich Tech is in the UP and he ended up with a job in the Detroit area at Rockwell Intl.  I went to visit him and Jan a few times and during one visit, he showed me the computer in his building.  It, too, took up an entire room.  It was immense.  While I think company computers may be larger than what we use ourselves, I am not sure they take up entire rooms now.  Quite a contrast between commercial and personal computers.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on October 31, 2018, 06:09:57 AM
I wish that book had been out when Mom was alive. She was forever writing notes on how to do something once someone showed her or she figured it out herself.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on November 01, 2018, 04:24:25 PM
I am having trouble with my internet...keeps knocking me off and wi fi is on and off....I called my provider..and he told me I probably needed a new router.....I think he's right...but there's 2 choices ....an $80 one or $130 one...how do I figure out which one I need...also they suggested moving up one from basic plan...since all of you know more about computers than me...I would appreciate your input so I can make the right decision...thx CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on November 01, 2018, 04:53:12 PM
Cottoncandy, I am having the same problem here. The tech from FIOS/Verison told me I can exchange my router for a new one, which involves packing mine up and sending it to Philly. But he really thinks it is my cable. Funny thing. This is the cable from the main box in the basement to my router. He says the warranty is up on it and it will cost me a total of about $150 just to have a tech come out and replace it. I am not touching their main box. I may try the new router route, but guess what! My sister, who is across the river but also has FIOS, is having the same problem - at the same time. I have to wonder if I am getting a run around.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on November 01, 2018, 05:03:11 PM
MarsGal....it is confusing...my basic plan is 35 a month...if I go up one..it's $20 a month more...I do think my router is some of the problem....had it several years....I don't do a lot on the internet....of course they want me to upgrade. More $ for them.....Thx for ur input..CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on November 01, 2018, 07:07:19 PM
If things are accessible, make sure all the connections are tight.  Wouldn't hurt to unscrew them (one at a time) and then re-connect them.  This may or may not help but can do no harm and might help.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on November 04, 2018, 10:10:09 PM
STill not got my new W10 computer (Desktop) wired up. Thought I had a person to do it but he left town. Also have a bad cold and so not in the mood.
Today I have been trying to install another Browse on this W7. Have only had Firefox on it for years.  Lately have been unable to install a couple of place as they come up saying they dont accept my browser. Install another. It use to be so easy to just bring something up when I went to Google and typed a site in. Now at least 20 others come up
I think when I do set up the new computer I am going back to all  Microsoft. Back to using MS Internet Explorer for Browser. Maybe stick with Gmail for my E-Mailing. 
I just don't seem to be able to put IE on today on this one. Just want to see how it works.
Jack. You stick with all MS. Can you help...
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on November 05, 2018, 10:44:41 AM
JeanneP, fear I would have the same problem as you with setting up.   I now have IE and windows outlook mail that came with 10.   Wonder if this would help with your question on using IE.

   https://www.lifewire.com/make-ie11-windows-default-browser-4103590

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on November 05, 2018, 02:30:10 PM
Jack. As soon as I feel more up to it I will call around and get someone here to set everything up.  I believe this W7 Desktop has just about given up. Either that or the Fire Fox Browser has made changes.
On my E-Mail which is Gmail it keeps sending everything into Archive. After I answer one it use to still show in Send. Now can't find them.  No idea were the Archive file shows up.
Speed is still good on it but just to many places come up saying will not use FireFox browser. Do you remember where Archive was or maybe someone else still uses W7 and GMail on S and F.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on November 05, 2018, 08:32:46 PM
Firefox and Gmail have nothing to do with each other.  I would guess that a setting or two in Gmail have been/gotten changed.
See if you can find someone a bit more familiar with Gmail to take a look. 
I have a Gmail account that I rarely use and have only used it's basic settings (what it came with).  If time permits tonight I will go there and see what I can find that might be of help.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on November 05, 2018, 09:06:57 PM
In my Gmail , don't know if there are other versions,  over to the left there is a scroll bar that allows me to see several categories of mail. A couple of them have "drop-downs".  If you have this setup, check all of the categories and drop-downs.
I clicked on "More" then "All Mail"and it showed everything.
As of now I can't find "Archive", though I did send something there.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on November 06, 2018, 06:46:30 AM
Try this

https://webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/22060/how-do-i-retrieve-a-message-i-accidentally-archived-in-gmail

Archive is apparently connected to “all mail”

Just do a google search for “archive in gmail”


Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on November 06, 2018, 09:32:19 PM
Rammel.  Now yes, I have all that over on the left but see none that says  Archive.  Will keep looking. Not that I really need them after they have been sent.  Never use to do that so curious.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on November 06, 2018, 09:37:19 PM
Jane.
Looks like that Archive is a mystery to lots of People. Lots asking where it is.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on November 06, 2018, 09:55:30 PM
JeanneP, I used to have a folder marked Archive but never used it.  I looked after you brought up the subject and I don't have it now.  Windows 10 and Firefox both have  updated very recently and I think the folder disappeared.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on November 07, 2018, 01:44:36 PM
MaryAnn. I was checking a little more to see if can find Archives. Next time it comes up saying moved to archives I will look into the ALL MAIL over under the SPAM file. See if it goes there.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on November 07, 2018, 02:31:57 PM
Jeanne,
I just sent you an email with AAAAAA in the subject line and in the message area.  That may make it easier to spot if you go looking for it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on November 12, 2018, 05:49:30 PM
Rammel

Now EMail showing. Not even in Spam. EM showing is right...
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on November 21, 2018, 10:50:09 AM
[/Good morning..well my computer crashed this morning...Happy Thanksgiving CCb]
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on December 01, 2018, 03:57:55 PM
The latest security and hacking news from PC Matic; the USPS left a security vulnerability unfixed for a year leaving 60 million customers' data open. The Marriot Hotel chain suffered a ransom attack, Google play store, and Amazon inundated with malware, attempting removal after 500,000 downloads. And unforgivingly going after the Make A Wish foundation with a data breach and ransom demands. And now hackers are bypassing phishing attacks and going after full email controls. It is vital to have a good working antivirus and malware system and to stay educated on different types of spam and malware strategies.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on December 02, 2018, 06:03:33 AM
That's terrible, Patricia. I knew only of the USPS attack. Make a Wish Foundation is one of my favorite charities. It was only a matter of time until someone messed with Amazon, but I'd bet there have been earlier attacks on them that I have either forgotten or didn't heard about. Did PC Matic say which E-mail programs are being targeted or is it across the board?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on December 02, 2018, 09:50:37 AM
It's across the board. I don't have PC Matic as a system, I use another program, but as part of my defenses, I email subscribe to different tech sites which I highly recommend to anyone wanting to stay safe, thus helping everyone else to stay safe. I don't mean sites like Kim  Komando websites but actual tech sites such as PC Matic, Ask Leo, PC Pitstop, How to Geek and others. It pays to be defensive without being paranoid.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on December 11, 2018, 07:20:56 PM
Rommel.
Thanks, I recd. the E-M O.K. had to bring it up on Desktop. Just could not read it on IPad. Printed out to small.
Not read it through yet. Will leave it on my EMail and read little at a time. That really took a lot of time for him to put that on.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on December 12, 2018, 02:23:07 PM
Every day for past month it seems I have to keep changing where it give the Option to stay on S and F. I hit to stay on all the time but keeps going back to stay on one hour.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on December 28, 2018, 03:46:27 PM
Still goes back to Stay on One Hour.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: donklan on January 14, 2019, 01:37:12 PM
Just curious whether anyone else watched "VALLEY OF THE BOOM" last night on the NAT GEO channel.
It was very fascinating as it detailed the birth of our internet, starting with the old Netscape browser.
It is a 6 part series with the first two being shown last night.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on January 14, 2019, 03:33:11 PM
donklan, I did not see, but checked good old google and utube.  The first two episodes are available, the first at the link. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CokhxBSYp_8

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on January 14, 2019, 05:17:13 PM
I remember first using Netscape. the u of ill one first ears you could get I it. I can't remember my computer. It was a dial up service.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on January 14, 2019, 06:06:23 PM
Don & Jack,
Thanks for that info.  I missed last night - didn't even know about it.  I'll try to catch up at Youtube and then program in the follow up weeks on the TV.

Remember the high speed we got for internet service back then?  I recall getting an upgraded modem for 1440 speed, which would now be considered "no speed".
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: donklan on January 14, 2019, 08:37:41 PM
When watching this program, you realize none of us would be visiting and chatting today if it weren't for those early internet pioneers.
The first two episodes are available (commercial free) on YOUTUBE.
Bill Gates is about to enter the scene in the third episode.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: donklan on January 23, 2019, 05:13:46 PM
After watching Episodes 3 & 4 of "The Valley of the Boom", I realized I had forgotten
that Netscape was the foundation and precursor of Mozilla's FIREFOX.
Quote below is from the link below........

"The origins of Firefox can be traced directly to Netscape, a company whose Web browser, Netscape Navigator, was the dominant browser before Microsoft developed Internet Explorer. The internal company name for the browser was Mozilla. Eventually, Netscape released the source code for Navigator under an open source license, meaning anyone could see and use the code. A non­profit group was set up to direct the development of browsers using this code. This group became the Mozilla Foundation in 2003."

https://sayaksarkar.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/from-netscape-to-firefox-the-story-of-mozilla-firefox/
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on January 23, 2019, 08:01:20 PM
CHANGE ALL PASSWORDS NOW!!!!!

Why You Should Care About the Collection #1 Data Breach

"The latest data breach wasn't an attack on a big company. Instead, Collection #1 is a massive database of 773 million email addresses and 21 million passwords compiled from a number of breaches.

So what? About half of the passwords haven't been revealed in earlier breaches. The whole database is being sold for just $45, which makes it affordable for any cybercrook. And, it's likely just the beginning. The hacker that's selling Collection #1 has four more collections of data.

So it's very likely that a password to an important account is in hackers hands, especially if you created the account a long time ago. I used my password manager's password health feature and found out that the password for one of my retirement accounts had been compromised. It was a company I'd stopped working for years ago, so it wasn't top of mind.

We walk you through how to find out if your passwords have been compromised and what you should do if they are. And even if your passwords aren't in Collection #1, change any that are weak.
Read more
Suzanne Kantra
Founder, Techlicious"

https://www.techlicious.com/blog/773-million-email-data-breach/

 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on January 26, 2019, 02:13:15 PM
More tech companies are warning about the big breach I posted about earlier. I had two on the list that I had to redo passwords for. One was for Microsoft's Outlook email and the other unsurprisingly was Yahoo.   https://techtalk.pcpitstop.com/2019/01/18/latest-data-breach-exposes-2-7b/?collection1leak=&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=january_newsletter_4&ad_id=505870&share-ad-id=1

If you use W7 Microsoft has announced a support cutoff date.

"Microsoft has released plans to end support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020.
What Does this Mean?

The end of life (EOL) of Windows 7 means Microsoft will no longer provide any security patches, software updates, or customer support to Windows 7 operating system (OS) users.  Fortunately, users have plenty of time to update their systems to Windows 10.  For many home users, updating to Windows 10 will not be a major issue.  Businesses, however, may face larger complications.

As some may know, moving a business over to an entirely new operating systems may lead to major complications.  This may be due to legacy systems that aren't compatible with Windows 10, training new employees on the new system, ensuring IT staff is available for the actual transition as well as the transition period, and the cost associated with all of the above.  In addition, some of the recent Windows 10 updates have created more problems than benefits.  This in itself has left businesses in no rush to migrate to this particular OS.

Unfortunately, there are few options available for these businesses running Windows 7."
 
https://techtalk.pcpitstop.com/2019/01/22/microsoft-ends-windows-7-support-2020/?eolwin7=&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=january_newsletter_4&ad_id=505868&share-ad-id=1

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on January 29, 2019, 01:30:01 AM
Darn it. Just had the computer I got with Windows 10 picked up by the place along with my computer with w7 on so that the can transfer every thing I wanted to keep over. It's done and comes back tomorrow. Now MS xtending W7 to March 2020. They had said 2019. I would have stayed with 7. Hate bothering to learn another system. Jus don't use computer enough.
Big thing for me was emailing and nobody does it now . All texting
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on January 30, 2019, 03:53:28 PM
WIN 10 isn't too bad and you'll have the latest with all the updates, etc., Jeanne, and all the "glitches" on your other system eliminated.

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on January 30, 2019, 10:35:54 PM
Well I got the w10 going.Few glitches that have to be taken care of with the Comcast part of it. Will not accept my Passwords. I do think it is a lot different. So much harder that the other and yet I remember the first Windows. Goodness that is over 30 plus years. I think they were much easer to work on.  I think that for a older person now. Jus starting out this W10 would be hard for them to learn. I sure can tell. My brain not figuring things like did way back. Even then I thought never learn this.
I will go and get a book and also now our library have gone to mostly new W10 computers. Will check things out with a couple of people there.
Was never hard for the past 15 years as my fried was in the business and changed and kept mine up to date. He passed last year and one of the things I am missing him for.
This new keyboard I put on is one of the curved ones. They say easy on fingers. I do seem to like it. Can't type and look at keys and so have missed a few. They are as bad as the computers. So many more keys and things on it.
As we can't get out doors here at the moment . down to 27 below again tonight and was below all day. So give time to sit and try to figure out things.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on January 31, 2019, 10:58:07 AM
You're thinking positively, Jeanne.  Way to go!

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on January 31, 2019, 07:26:24 PM
Maryann
Still at it .seemed to have figured the W10 a little but with all the changes to my. computer w10. Now the IPad messed up. Won't accept the Google set up. Just leave it for tomorrow as snowing heavy again so will be housebound again
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on January 31, 2019, 08:20:41 PM
Jeanne, I realized I was really not using Windows 10, but Firefox, so I didn't have to change anything.  What gets me now is I daily receive a message that my sbcglobal.net is not up to date. I couldn't figure out what to do but remembered we recently went from AT&T to Xfinity because of Internet speed and that probably is the reason for the message.  I'll get Tom into the act one of these days.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on January 31, 2019, 09:59:42 PM
MaryAnn, Windows Ten is the program that Wndows uses to operate your computer. Firefox is what you use to "browse" around the Internet. To put it another way, Windows Ten is your car and Firefox is the gas that moves that car around.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on January 31, 2019, 10:07:15 PM
Patricia, that is a good way to explain my situation.  In other words, I sit in the car and Firefox gets me around.  Jackwv tells about various Windows programs and I don't have them because they must be apps.  I'm really not interested in broadening my use of the computer, so if I don't get any apps, I don't have to worry about not using Windows programs.  I know there are other browsers than Firefox, but I am comfortable with it and I'll let things stay as they are.  Thanks for the explanation.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on February 01, 2019, 11:02:54 PM
Has anyone here who uses the gmail.com for E mailing started getting emails saying that www Google will be closing down by April 2019?
I wonder if that means no more gmail accounts?  My goodness millions all over the world use it
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on February 01, 2019, 11:12:46 PM
I got an email from Google tonight but haven't looked into it yet. I have a gmail account but only because some site "required" it. Almost never use it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on February 01, 2019, 11:59:14 PM
Google+ which is a Google program app is closing April 2019. It is not the entire global Google network but only a small app that allowed you to do more with Google Drive.

Google and Google Drive are not closing. Just the app called Google+.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on February 03, 2019, 03:04:46 PM
Good news. The world would be lost without Gmail for keeping in touch .i have something wrong with my l pad now since getting the new w10 desktop working


when I try to go into gmail on it icomes  up saying can't connect to my Comcast who are my server.will not accept the password. Spent a week trying o get things working.

I also have a Amazon Fire tablet doing same thing. All will let me in to using  the internet but not emails
I sure don't feel like trying today as all I get into is India.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on February 03, 2019, 07:46:58 PM
Tried all day again to get my desktop and IPad working together. Ready to give up. Itd the problem between my Google account and my Comcast . Now only in the EM area. I have always had them set up that when A Email comes into one acct. I can get it up in the other.

Problem now is that Google will not accept Comcast.  I tried sending a Em from my Comcast to GMail and it came through. But then when I try to send one from GM to Comcast. It doesnt work. it has to be something wrong with maybe My Password was changed on the W10 Computer on my Comcast acct.

I just cant find where to take care of getting them both using one password.

Does anyone here have a good Service Tel Number for Google and Xfinity.  These that I have just gets me into Either India or Mexico.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on February 04, 2019, 01:35:11 PM
Is there away that I can get the forums do just open up in NEW Now the all go back and come up April 1, 2016 . It just started doing that few weeks ago.
Now I changed to new computer it still the same. Does not even show the NEW now.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on February 04, 2019, 05:22:20 PM
JeanneP,
Try this link.
https://www.seniorsandfriends.org/index.php?action=unreadreplies;sslRedirect
If it works for you, you can drag it to your "Shortcut bar" or the Desktop. (From your Address Bar).
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on February 09, 2019, 09:21:50 PM
 am going out of my mind trying to fix my computers. Ever since I got the new W10 desktop and had everything for the old one transfered over to it nothing works. I use Comcast and my desktops all tied into a couple of Passwords. My Desktop, Ipad, Amazon Fire and another tablet I dont use to often. Just for books. All come up saying wrong Password . Even would not let me in my Seniorsandfriends today. I am working to try and now get them all using the same User Name and Password. So far taken 4 days trying. Need to give all a rest until I fix.
This bad weather not helping me at all. That and my car still not running. Hope spring gets here soon before I take a hammer to everything
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on February 10, 2019, 09:08:06 AM
Jeanne P  it is possible you are not hooked up to your wifi.  Your main computer should be hard wired to it.  Here is a link that I hope will help and a chat spot for you to start a discussion with Infinity.  I only use one computer, windows 10 and have been able to get it working to my satisfaction. 
https://www.xfinity.com/support/articles/xfinity-hook-up-to-the-web


Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: donklan on February 10, 2019, 05:38:16 PM
Don't let your computer hurt you

Ergonomics important for heavy digital users

Marc Saltzman

Special to USA TODAY

Quickly, calculate how much time you spend in front of digital devices, such as computers, tablets, and smartphones. Be honest. According to a recent Nielsen report, American adults now spend about 11 hours per day on technology – that's about two-thirds of the time we're awake – and the number climbs higher for those who work in front of a monitor at the office. Americans are now sitting an average of 12 to 13 hours a day, says Ergotron, a manufacturer of office-related products.

If this sounds familiar, you bet your bitmaps there are health concerns with our sedentary work culture.

And so, take heed to these following "ergonomic" tips to healthier computer use, whether it's during your 9-to-5 work life, 5-to-9 downtime or both.

Nice mice

Reduce the odds you'll suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive stress injuries. Choose a computer mouse that's comfortable for you. Mice should have a curved hump that fits the contours of your palm. Many today are designed for both left- and righthanded users. Wireless mice provide fewer movement restrictions than wired mice, allowing you to place it on the desk in a comfortable position. When you use a mouse, try to limit your wrist movement. Instead, move your forearm, and with your elbow pivoted.

If you use a laptop with a trackpad, connect an external mouse for better comfort.

"Ergonomic" mice are designed with your body in mind. The latest from Logitech is the MX Vertical Advanced Ergonomic Mouse ($99), a unique PC accessory with a 57-degree vertical angle that allows for a "handshake" grip for greater comfort. The mouse also straddles the line between design and performance – what the MX series is best known for – and it's precise and programmable, which is important to gamers, too.

If it's still uncomfortable to use a mouse or if you experience wrist discomfort, try a trackball instead, as you simply roll your fingertips on the top of the peripheral.

The key(board) to success

On a desktop computer, choose an ergonomic keyboard that could help reduce wrist strain – these typically are curved to more naturally fit the angle of your wrists (place your hands on a desk and you'll see they point inwards). Some ergonomic keyboards have a split keyboard, too.

If you're on a laptop you can always plug in a larger and more ergonomic keyboard when in one location for a while (though not ideal for an airplane, of course). Keep in mind, some small Chromebooks and iPad cases with keyboards generally have smaller keys, which could prove uncomfortable.

Try to keep your wrists almost floating above the keyboard so your hands can easily move to reach far keys (e.g., the G or H keys) rather than trying to stretch your fingers to reach them because your palms are mounted. You might consider a padded or gelled wrist rest that sits in front of the keyboard.

Finally, learn keyboard shortcuts to reduce the need for keystrokes.

Recommendations include Microsoft's Surface Ergonomic Keyboard or Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop ($129 each), both of which offer a natural arc and slope.

Have a seat (or stand)

It won't cost you much these days, so be sure to pick up a decent office chair with lower back support. And your mom was right – posture is important, too – so stop yourself from leaning in towards the monitor. Instead, sit back all the way.

If you can, choose a chair with wheels so you can better position yourself for added comfort. Learn about the adjustment features of your chair, if it offers any. Look for one with armrests.

Your feet should be flat on the floor. Vertically challenged folks should use a small step-stool or milk crate to rest your feet on under the desk. Your keyboard and mouse should be at about elbow level, so adjust your chair's height accordingly.

To avoid neck problems, those who work from home should avoid working on a laptop while reclined on a sofa or in bed.

An increasingly popular option is a standing desk. Standing rather than sitting promotes more muscle use and better blood flow. There are also Sit-Stand Workstations that sit on top of a traditional desk and balance ball chairs, which some employees swear by.

'Monitor' your health

When in your chair, be sure to swivel your chair so you're facing the monitor straight-on so you're not putting strain on your neck. Your monitor should be at eye level and should tilt left and right and swivel up and down to help you find the most comfortable angle.

There are also wall mounts, including retractable and adjustable monitor "arms" from companies like Ergotron.

If you get to choose your monitor for work, get a larger screen (24 inches or more) so you don't have to squint to see the font on a small monitor (at the very least, increase the font size). Have adequate overhead lighting so you're not straining your eyes to see the monitor.

Prices vary, but for $299 you can pick up a large 32-inch LG QHD LED IPS Monitor (model # 32QK500-W). For gamers who want something bigger, wider, and faster (to keep up with action games), there's the top-of-the-line 34inch LG GK950G UltraWide Curved Gaming Monitor ($1,399), with sphere lighting on the back.

Look away from your monitor every couple of minutes and close your eyes every few moments to give them a break, too.

"Dry eye" is becoming a common condition and it is being attributed, in part, to our reliance on digital displays, as we're focusing on screens and blinking less often. Symptoms include a stinging, burning or scratchy sensation in your eyes, eye redness, sensitivity to light or perhaps some stringy mucus in or around your eyes. Over-the-counter eye drops such as Systane Complete Lubricant Eye Drops ($10) provide instant hydration.

More 'ergo' tips and tricks

Take frequent breaks. Get a drink of water, stretch and do some minor neck, back and arm exercises. You can also gently rub your muscles when you need a little break.

Perform these short stretches and exercises repeatedly throughout the day, even if it's rolling your neck around, reaching up to the ceiling or walking around the office to stretch your legs.

If you use a phone all day, buy a hands-free headset, so you're not trying to hold the phone between your neck and ear while typing at the same time.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on February 10, 2019, 06:05:43 PM
Don, some good, (if somewhat pricy); suggestions!
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: donklan on February 10, 2019, 07:49:23 PM
I realize there were several product endorsements built in but what I took away was the reminder to get up and stretch body parts regularly. I believe that 11 hours probably fit many of us.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on February 11, 2019, 12:58:42 PM
Perfect timing Don, I am having hard time with my thumbs right now I just got the curved keyboard fo desktop w10.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on February 11, 2019, 08:44:01 PM

I did call Comcast today. Got someone in Singapore. Was a long call. It is about a service call that is on my invoice for 60.00. I thought it was for when they came out in Jan. Could not do what i Needed on this new computer.  But they say it was for December. I didn't even call in December as I was gone the day after they say was here. Fact was getting ready to go to Missouri to pick up this new computer. Told them I needed a copy of report on what they did.  Report also shows wrong tel. phone for whoever. Was not mine. So they doing some research.
They do pretty good on phone( usually out of US) but not if it is a computer problem. Will see what happens.
This new keyboard on Desktop sure feels funny typing still. Wish I could put the old one back on but it is not wireless and no idea where to plug the old one in. Amazing how the new computers do not have all the same connections in the back
Daughter in Texas sent me the W10 book for seniors. Fact got 2 now as the first one from Amazon was put on the wrong porch and I did not receive in the usual 3 hours. She called Amazon and they sent another one. Later the person up the street got home and saw the first one on his porch.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on February 11, 2019, 09:10:24 PM
Don. Now I like the size of Fonts on your typing. Still dont know my way around this W10  as how to change mine to it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: donklan on February 11, 2019, 09:40:48 PM
Don. Now I like the size of Fonts on your typing. Still dont know my way around this W10  as how to change mine to it.

JEANNE, try this....1. click in the Reply box  2. click on the "B" on the left  3. click on the second item in the third box (the letter A with a red line   4. click on the number 4 that shows up below  5. Start typing.....hope that works
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on February 11, 2019, 10:52:57 PM
Don. I should have left well enough alone. Really messed computer up It won't even let me sign on now. Wifi seems to be working as I am here on my iPad.sure don't know what I changed.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on February 11, 2019, 10:58:25 PM
Don I see how you do it now but just going to not change anything on here. I was just wanting to change some settings on the desktop W10. Really messed it up.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on February 12, 2019, 01:53:19 PM
 Lets see what happens
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on February 12, 2019, 01:56:11 PM

Just does not see to work for me.  My SIL will maybe come to Illinois in March and then will fix the W 10 to the way I want it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on February 12, 2019, 07:13:03 PM
Going to try again not using the other post reply

NO DID NOT WORK DOES WORK IN THIS CAP WAY
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on February 13, 2019, 10:19:32 AM
JeanneP   as Don described, I am sending a clip of the steps to get your post large and in color.  I had first clicked on the B and the word bold appears, I then go over to the A with the down arrow, click it and pick 4 for size, I then go to the next box, click it and I always pick green.  You will see in the photo how the information forms in your post and then as you type your message is between two brackets as you type.  Try a short test, hope it works for you. Putting the steps in a separate post

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jackwv on February 13, 2019, 10:20:36 AM
For posting larger and in color

[attach name=for+seniors.JPG type=image/jpeg]8521[/attach]
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on February 13, 2019, 11:29:15 AM
Jeanne....the larger font that Don and Jack are explaining is for in this area.  It's NOT changing anything on your desktop.  It's the settings for here only.  Just follow what they're showing you...and your desktop is not changed...just what you post here.

This is using size 3 from the A with the red arrow Jack shows in his screenshot.

This is size 4

jane
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on February 14, 2019, 03:54:16 AM
Jeanne, note that your typing must be in the middle of those codes,
 between ]and[
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on February 14, 2019, 01:03:54 PM
now I seem to be doing like jack shows above.

I also need to change every where on his new w10 . All so small .

Bubble do I put the coding in first? And then go down to typ massage?.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on February 14, 2019, 01:13:22 PM
try this way
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on February 14, 2019, 01:17:01 PM
going to try this  I give in . Must be getting dumber by the day
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on February 14, 2019, 01:53:43 PM
Yes, the coding comes first and the posting is IN THE MIDDLE  OF THE CODING, not after it
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: donklan on February 14, 2019, 04:56:52 PM
When hovering over a link, does anyone else have a popup appear.....Blue box with white type saying 1st visit (with date)...Last visit (with date)...and Total Visits (showing total #) ???
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on February 14, 2019, 07:37:06 PM
Quote from: donklan on February 14, 2019, 04:56:52 PMWhen hovering over a link, does anyone else have a popup appear.....Blue box with white type saying 1st visit (with date)...Last visit (with date)...and Total Visits (showing total #) ???
Don, - which browser are you using?  I'm using Firefox. When I hover over a link it bring up a white box with the link info in it (not always the same happens). Nothing about a date.  Is there something buried in "options"?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: donklan on February 14, 2019, 08:42:51 PM
I'm using Chrome Rammel.  Probably something built in or something malware added.
I'll switch to Firefox and see if it still appears.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: donklan on February 14, 2019, 09:03:01 PM
Rick....here's a link to popup I mentioned


https://www.seniorsandfriends.org/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=611
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on February 14, 2019, 09:03:27 PM
Just be aware that Michael is tinkering with the systems on site again. It might be part of that or not.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: donklan on February 14, 2019, 09:28:43 PM
Thanks for the suggestion, Patricia.
This is a Popup I've had for over a month. May be a Google feature as I am now  using Firefox and don't notice it so far.The other thing I just noticed, with Google, when I mouse over "Unread Posts", it is RED, not with Firefox.
I'll keep checking.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on February 14, 2019, 09:40:34 PM
I can get nothing like you get when using FF.  So, --- must be as you say - a Google / Chrome thing.  If you can find someone else using Chrome they might be able to verify (or not). I think Sandy might use Chrome.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on February 14, 2019, 09:56:42 PM
Don,
Look at -
https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95472?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: donklan on February 14, 2019, 10:29:50 PM
Believe I found the culprit.  I checked all the Chrome Extensions that were active and found one titled LINK-HISTORY.  Disabled that and will see what happens going forward.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: donklan on March 13, 2019, 01:01:29 PM
A nostalgic stroll back in time to the birth of the World Wide Web.
I believe it will bring back memories for RICK and other tech-minded members.
I noticed that some of the slides were thought to be Ads and I had to turn my AD-BLOCKER off to view them.

https://www.techrepublic.com/pictures/photos-23-milestones-in-the-history-of-the-web/?ftag=TREe09998f&bhid=103485728
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on March 13, 2019, 02:08:08 PM
Don, it's amazing that WWW has lasted this long because it seems so many things computer-related have disappeared.  I'm not tech savvy so I read only the first page, but I had seen mention of it in my news sites.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on March 13, 2019, 06:22:02 PM

Ahhhh, the good "old days" with thinking 300 baud and an Apple IIe were cutting edge..and they were for me in the late 1980s.   ;D
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 13, 2019, 06:45:20 PM
I don't know if this is relevant to the discussion or not. For those using Google Chrome or have Google Chrome on your computer. Last week Chrome was attacked through a back door and hacked. Chrome now says they have fixed the breach but cautions people to check to make sure they're using the latest Chrome installation and that they have changed their passwords.

I use Firefox but have noticed it has a tendency to freeze. Has any other FF users had this issue?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on March 13, 2019, 07:50:21 PM
Patricia, I am wondering if that affects Chrome across all OS's or just Microsoft. I use Firefox here, but Chrome on the Linux.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 13, 2019, 08:03:54 PM
As far as I know, Google Chrome was attacked and breached last week. They, the tech, site, not Chrome; announced it saying Chrome had fixed the breach but the tech site highly recommended everyone make sure to both change their password and to doublecheck that they were running the latest version of Google Chrome.

I know I posted the article on Norm's B&T but haven't seen it again. But that was the gist of it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on March 13, 2019, 08:24:13 PM
Thanks Don.  A little too much reading to do now but stashed the link (for later).

Big fire near here last night and I've been reading and watching that story.  More than 100 people burned out of an apartment house fire. Top two floors gone and the four floors below flooded from the fire fighting.  Good vid's on Youtube. Search Youtube for -- "Yonkers fire"   My son has a friend who lived there on the 5th floor. Luckily no one hurt.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on March 13, 2019, 09:12:26 PM
Rick, what a fire!  I just put Yonkers Fire in the search line and got three versions.  The first one wanted me to subscribe to their news.  Our local paper does the same thing; it has to do with Adblock which I am not going to delete.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on March 13, 2019, 10:07:26 PM
Quote from: Mary Ann on March 13, 2019, 09:12:26 PMRick, what a fire!  I just put Yonkers Fire in the search line and got three versions.  The first one wanted me to subscribe to their news.  Our local paper does the same thing; it has to do with Adblock which I am not going to delete.

Mary Ann

That's interesting. I put in Yonkers Fire ( in  youtube )and got 16 hits on that fire.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on March 13, 2019, 11:19:18 PM
https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com+yonkers+fire
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on March 14, 2019, 04:16:58 PM
We have had so many fires here this year. Most buildings totaled. With the below zero temp and snow. Cold freezing water main pipes. So hard for the firemen to work on them . People did die in three of them.
Firefox does seem to be slow if searching at times . Always uploading changes. Only takes a minute though.
Now I have no idea how Google chrome got on this new computer. I know that my Gmail is messed up. Need to work on it. Don't get many personal EM anymore. Mostly just adds from places used in the past.I just have not learned much on this windows ten. Still messing trying to replace my car. To cold to mess going around the Dealers. All in all for me this winter has been the worst one I have had. Health O.K but all technology things not working right and now I can't even use WIFI. Not in the mood to call Comcast. All can get is Singapore or India. Soon as Spring comes I will get my patience back. Until them I just read books and count my Blessings. Think of all the problems in places with floods. fires and Plane wrecks. Turning off the News would help.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on April 04, 2019, 02:02:53 PM
Ransome demands skyrocket! The Empire State building and the city of Albany's offices are riddled with ransomeware.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 04, 2019, 04:20:22 PM
I am back. Before the Ipad went black it came up say Locked as someone was in my acct. Using registration for try to find missing phones and I will have to reactivate it all over again. I don't have a  Apple.IPhone.Thing is I can't open it up and no idea where the notes are from the start of it in order it reactivate it .Can't get it system at all. The other things just come up say No activation and can't fine Server which is my Comcast.  They were all working fine 2 weeks ago. My title was on the list for WiFi and worked for years. Now it has vanishing off and a name come up say Comcast WiFi and it is only 200 ft away. Something must have been set up around me. I will call them soon but just know I will get India or Mexico. They wear  me out. Takes hours and get know-place
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 04, 2019, 04:35:41 PM
 think I am going to give Technology a rest. Very little is working . My WiFi , Both tablets and now My Ipad gone to blackWill not open. Was fine yesterday. Women voice says Activation needed. Power Locked. Same on the Amazon Fire. Google seems to be causing most of the problems. Just wrote a large posting in S and Net and then it just went back to my home pages on desktop.I am just going to post this part before same thing happens
well I found this first part of my postings so it comes before the one above. It had vanished. Its either me or the computer going crazy. If the new desktop goes then none will get replaced. I think later will just buy another IPad and that along with the TV will be it.  Need to now go and look up instruction of the new car. Need to take driving test next week. So many things in it I have to figure out. It is so cold out today and say going to rain all weekend and so try to do it Fri. Before rain comes. I keep forgetting to put the seat belt on as my old car they came across your body automatic and so not use to putting them on manual.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 04, 2019, 04:51:38 PM
Jane. Google just sent a EM t0 my Comcast saying this

Someone added gmjeannep1@comcast.net as their recovery email
So I think this could be part of problem. They are getting my Emails in their Google acct. So now will have to see if I can close down both google and Comcast when it comes to EM accounts, What a mess.Now Google sent anothe saying they have cleaned up the problem with my Google but to go in and change all my info
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on April 05, 2019, 07:57:28 PM
Jeanne...wow...what a mess.I hope you can get it straightened out soon.


jane
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on April 06, 2019, 07:31:54 AM
Jeanne, I hope it isn't too much of a hassle to correct that. It sounds a bit scary.


This morning I found two interesting articles on BBC News. One is about the early Internet and the historical loss of unarchived items. http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20190401-why-theres-so-little-left-of-the-early-internet

The other is an article about Microsoft closing its Ebook store and the loss of access to what customers bought. https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-47810367 This one reminds me that I am seeing more authors who are forgoing DRM on their books lately. I think most of them are younger, and perhaps less established, authors.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on April 06, 2019, 11:19:54 AM
MarsGal, I read some of both links and found them interesting.  We can lose so much when sites are closed down. 

Jeanne, I hope you are able to get your computer straightened out.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 06, 2019, 07:25:44 PM
Probably similar to the  losses from closed sites is the updating of computer (Windows) systems. Both programs and certain document formats no longer work with the "improvements" In some cases there is a conversion program somewhere ------------ but.   98 -> xp -> 7 -> 8 -> 10
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 07, 2019, 01:04:33 PM
I had left a call back to Comcast for 11 am this morning to try and clear up the Mess. Thought I could be lucky and get US person. No luck. got of Shore. Hard time hearing. just got off after over a hour. They are so Polite but hard to understand. She says most not done by people off shore. She did find lots wrong coming up on mine. Special WIFi and the Modem connection. Anyway someone will show up in the morning see what is going on. I also did talk to Best Buys who have one there who works with Apple and so going to take IPad in tomorrow also. see if it is something can be done to open it up. I am not going to buy anymore Tech Stuff. Fact going to just us A desktop and maybe buy another IPad and that is it. Stay away from doing all the stuff that now everyone seems to be doing on their phones. I still have that new I phone sitting in the box. My Google acct. is messed up and needs to be working to work with that. All these companies are putting out so much and yet do not have any service centres other than in big cities and talking on line to them is crazy. Every one out of the USA. So many needing work here and yet thousand must be working for them overseas. :crazy2:
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on April 07, 2019, 06:31:49 PM
It seems so strange to me that you are getting a foreign CSR, Jeanne. I always get a US service rep. Although I think they are a little farther away these days, but still on the East Coast. We even have a Comcast store in Harrisburg where I can buy, return or exchange things. Verizon, on the other hand, has their closest service center/store in Philadelphia, and the one time I called, I got a CSR that seemed in a bad mood or annoyed.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 08, 2019, 12:09:11 PM
Comcast was just out for over a hour. Turns out that the problem was mainly that the water company had dug a trench across the back of my Property and cut the cable wired belonging to Comcast. So not service to my WiFi , internet or TV or anything needing Wifi.  Just shows that companies do not check up on each others. But he did take care of a lot of things on my Desktop but could not fix what problem with Ipad. Will take it to Best buys today.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 10, 2019, 12:05:47 PM
It still keeps coming up starting March 3' 2016 even when tapping NEW I want it to go to last postings. Been trying for months. 
I am still stuck on my I pad in Vertical. I prefer to use it horizontal. How to fix?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: donklan on April 10, 2019, 06:40:22 PM
JEANNEP
Do you click on the (RED) "Unread Posts" on the right side of the page when you browse???
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on April 11, 2019, 08:33:31 PM
QUESTION:  Lost all my links for where the ships come and dgot out.  Cannot rememgber the area but quite popular before I fell and went boom.  Was in Rehab for 2 months but only had one hand for longer after I got home.  Can anyone help me with this?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on April 11, 2019, 09:11:33 PM
Joan, I copied a couple of links from Boat & Tackle but by the time I got here, they would not paste.

Go to Norm's B&T and I think they would be on the next page where I sent two links to Sato and Angelface (Patricia) posted a few more links.

Anyway, if you go there, I will be able to help you and so will Patricia.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on April 11, 2019, 09:24:41 PM
Thanks and on my way
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 19, 2019, 03:08:46 PM
That is a cute one. Never read it before.
Doesn't feel like spring here. Cold and windy.🤢   Wish it would make up its mind if it wanted to stay spring. Trees were leafying out good and then the rain an winds came and they are bare again.
I think I am finely going to spend time trying to learn windows 10 on this new computer.  I got the book. "Windows 10 for seniors"Dummies. 🤷‍♀️I sure wish I still had my W7. Also my old keyboard. This curved one I will have to work with and try keeping my hands turned out. I think I am just going to stop buying new technology. finely spent 2 hours setting up a new I phone  so could use Texting. They don't want to use Emailing anymore. Everyone into Facebook or Text.
As I am typing this I am trying out the different keys on keyboard. I thought we once had a place on S and F where we could use to practice doing things.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 19, 2019, 07:47:46 PM
JeanneP - Try here.

https://www.seniorsandfriends.org/index.php?board=5.0
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 19, 2019, 09:12:57 PM
Rommel. I thought there was a place somewhere. Was thinking it was back in Seniornet.  I also thought that a few other forums were transfered over to Seniorandfriends. I don't find them.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: donklan on May 19, 2019, 04:06:27 PM
RICK...........
Are you running Windows 10?  This morning I opened my computer to a screen saying it had been updated with the April 2019 update.
As a result.....all the program icons on the TASKBAR were eliminated except 3 from Microsoft (Edge, Mail and Store).
Bookmarks Bar was missing.
Worst of all,  Left-Click on a link no longer works....you have to Right-Click and chose 'Open link in a new tab".
It doesn't take long to have 20 tabs open at the top of your screen..
Just wondering if anyone else has run into these problems
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on May 19, 2019, 05:14:11 PM
Don, I didn't have that, but a recent update removed my left column where I would click on "view other entries" (or something similar).  Now I have to click on Most Visited, then Recent Unread Topics to change topics.  I have five icons on my Task Bar and they are still there.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on May 19, 2019, 09:17:13 PM
Don,
I got my update a few days ago and as I recall all went OK regarding it's use.  However - around the same time, I was "notified" that some of my Firefox plugins war shut off because of compatibility.  I was about to panic but decided to wait.  Sure enough - in short order there were a couple of Firefox updates which corrected the problems.
I wish they would stop fixing things that aren't broke.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on May 20, 2019, 02:03:26 PM
I, too, was apparently updated a few days ago...at least I had a notice that it'd been updated and would restart, etc.

Nothing changed here.  Bookmarks bar still at top of my Google Chrome, task bar the same, etc.

jane
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Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: phyllis on May 21, 2019, 07:47:33 AM
Quote from: undefinedI wish they would stop fixing things that aren't broke.

Oh, Amen to that, Rammel!  The always intrusive Microsoft updates drive me crazy!
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: donklan on May 21, 2019, 12:07:26 PM
I ended up running SYSTEM RESTORE and resetting my computer to a week earlier.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on May 21, 2019, 10:28:13 PM
Quote from: donklan on May 21, 2019, 12:07:26 PMI ended up running SYSTEM RESTORE and resetting my computer to a week earlier.
Good thing that it worked.  But wondering ----- Will it do that "update" again, and if it does, will it be the same?  Let us know what happens
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on May 22, 2019, 02:20:55 PM
It is Google that is messing up all mine along with My Ipad. Desktop . My Ipad again messed up. Will not shut down and some Asian Voice. Chinese sound like. just keep talking. Will have to take it over to Best Buys again. They fixed it few weeks ago.Seems to happen when I go into Facebook. Started when a video was in there showing a Asian site. Wish I could just get Facebook off everything. Don't care for it anymore.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on May 22, 2019, 04:22:23 PM
Jeanne...you can delete Facebook. 

https://www.bing.com/search?q=delete+facebook+account+permanently&qs=LS&pq=delete+fac&sk=LS1&sc=8-10&cvid=D140A031530940CD80CA56EF28BE83CC&FORM=QBLH&sp=2

Maybe do that first and then ask Best Buy for help?

jane
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on August 14, 2019, 01:06:05 PM
My time showing on Senior and Friends is off by 5 hours. How do I change it on W10.Desktop.?



Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on August 14, 2019, 01:43:50 PM
To change your clock  in S&F, you have to go to your profile, and write the correct time in "local Time", 3 lines after the date you registered.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on August 15, 2019, 06:00:08 AM


Good morning, Babes.  I met with the attorney yesterday...a "kid"...52 now...who was a student at the same HS where I taught and whose Dad was also on the faculty.  A lot of the paperwork I can do with phone calls and sending death certificates.  My sister flies home today.

Jane


Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: CallieOK on August 18, 2019, 03:13:13 PM
I didn't realize new computers do not have slots for compact discs.  A lot of my pictures and genealogy information are on cd's.  Will I have to set up my old computer to get them on to....what?  Flash drives?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on August 18, 2019, 04:10:01 PM
Quote from: CallieOK on August 18, 2019, 03:13:13 PMI didn't realize new computers do not have slots for compact discs.  A lot of my pictures and genealogy information are on cd's.  Will I have to set up my old computer to get them on to....what?  Flash drives?
Are you sure there's not a CD/DVD slot somewhere on it? The one I just bought has one and lots of software comes on a disc.

If not, I'd bet you can get an external one for fairly few $$$. Likely with a USB connection.

What make & Mod is your puter?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: CallieOK on August 18, 2019, 04:43:39 PM
Rammell  it's an HPPavillion all-in-one. Knew the USB plug-in was on the back but didn't notice lack of CD slot until too late to return. Could have son set up old computer again but surely did like having more desk space. Oh, well.  Live and learn.
Thanks.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Amy on August 18, 2019, 05:13:33 PM
Callie, did you look here...Rick may have a better answer than I.
http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c01862046.pdf
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: CallieOK on August 18, 2019, 07:47:19 PM
Thanks, Amy.  I had found that manual  and had also done some "Googling" .  Sites listed mainly had to do with downloading music - not text or pictures.
Son who helped me buy the computer says we were told this model didn't have one and "decided I didn't need one".  (I must have had an Intellectual Interlude because I don't remember that!!!!   :crazy2:  )  He also said he will get one and come set it up.  :thumbup:    :smitten:
Title: CallieOK
Post by: RAMMEL on August 18, 2019, 08:26:50 PM
   CallieOK -
What is the MODEL of the HP Computer?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on August 18, 2019, 09:45:12 PM
If you really don't have one, go to Amazon and search for "external cd-dvd drive". Many choices.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: CallieOK on August 18, 2019, 09:57:17 PM
Rammel, granddaughter and I both examined every inch of the screen (where everything else is) and did not find any place where a compact disc could be inserted.  Son remembered that this particular model didn't have a cd drive and he will take care of getting an external one for me.  He  will be able to make sure it's what I need - and set it up.  All is well. Thanks so  much for your help.  :)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on August 19, 2019, 04:49:43 PM
Callie...My Lenovo laptop doesn't have a CD slot either. I bought an external CD player and it works fine.  I plug it into a USB port and away we go.

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: CallieOK on August 19, 2019, 05:56:50 PM
Jane, I'm sure that's what I'll do, too. Good to have encouragement.  :Thanks.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: shirleyn on September 04, 2019, 07:45:43 AM
HELP! I hope someone can help me.  Yesterday I received over 900 emails from Seniorsandfriends.  I deleted them and then all day long I kept receiving hundreds more.  This morning there was over 900 emails again.  I hope I can get some help on this.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: shirleyn on September 04, 2019, 10:43:55 AM
Well, after I deleted the 900 messages this morning, they stopped coming in.  Thanks anyway, for any help.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on September 04, 2019, 11:23:01 AM
Shirley, I wanted to send you a message but after reading yours, I knew I would get lost in the shuffle.

Please go to Norm's B&T and let us know what is going on with you, Danny and Dorian.  I know you're quite far inland, but Dorian doesn't care where he goes. 

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on September 04, 2019, 12:45:32 PM
I never receive S&F notifications since I turned it off after the last redo and was flooded with hundreds daily.

Unfortunately, I can't find the step in my profile now since it was rewritten by Administration, but I know that at the last change there were several with the same issue of hundreds of the same. I contact Bubble for you as she had the same issue at that time.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on September 04, 2019, 02:30:21 PM
Patricia, I have never received S&F notices  - ever.  I click on whichever folder I want to read and ignore the others.  When I'm finished, I click on "close all unread" and that's it.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: donklan on September 04, 2019, 04:20:19 PM
Once AGAIN, Microsoft installed a NEW Windows """UPDATE""" which resulted in leaving only 4 Microsoft related icons in the taskbar and deletion of  all of my Bookmarks.     Screen said "Welcome to the New Windows"
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on September 04, 2019, 06:12:17 PM
MaryAnn, back when Michael first redid S&F, several people were receiving hundreds of exact duplicates of S&F notifications. Bubble, Jane, Jackie, and a number of others all had these dupes coming in by the hundreds. This was in February of this year

https://www.seniorsandfriends.org/index.php?topic=698.msg150036#new

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Shirley on September 10, 2019, 05:35:37 PM
Doesn't look like anyone has been in for a while so I will ask my question & maybe ask it in several other places.  :-[

Have HP laptop using Windows 10.... bought a Garmin GPS & daughter installed Garmin Express to get updates faster. Had to agree to their cookies BUT I didn't know I'd be hounded with pop ups every 30 seconds that I had to click out of the way to see any page (not just Garmin stuff). I can't remember how to delete cookies on Windows 10 (using Chrome).... help, anyone???? Please..
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on September 10, 2019, 08:26:00 PM
I've been using a "Pay-fer" program called "Total Privacy" from Pointstone (google "total Privacy"). Better you read what it does from them, but it allows deleting cookies from all browsers and lets you keep the cookies you want (like S&F). Does other clean up stuff too. Once set up it's so easy to clean up stuff. Has some other handy features also.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on September 11, 2019, 12:19:20 PM
I use the free program C-Cleaner to check and clean the computer (every other day because of the many downloads for PSP) and it does exactly what Rammel explained. It is very reliable but needs to be updated often.

 CCleaner is a utility that cleans up the files on your computer. It can remove items that are no longer needed, such as cookies from Web browsing, to free up space on your hard drive, speed up your computer and protect your privacy.

 https://www.ccleaner.com/ (https://www.ccleaner.com/)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on September 21, 2019, 06:11:31 PM
I think my iPad now losing battery. Won't keep a charge. It could show 9o pct. end of day when I close it but will show lost power in the morning and has to be charged up.
Now the magnetic cover all ragged edges and can't find new one. It could be it is running all night and not going to sleep. I may try just shutting all down end of day and rebooting up . I suppose I could plug it in for the night.
Just bought the new desk top. Should have bought new iPad. Not using any of them that much anymore. Everyone seems to use their iPhones now. All into texting and Facebook.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on September 22, 2019, 01:14:36 PM
Jeanne...I always plug mine in overnight.  I bought a new cover online from Amazon.  I also plug mine in while I'm reading with it.  Then it's ready when I need to use it unplugged.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on September 22, 2019, 01:39:03 PM
I got anew cover online also. Won't work. Mine just aipad 2 and thicker.. Here in desk . Also have a key. Pad in desk with mouse . Never opened it.

I will put on charger at night also. It was 70 last night but went down all way the way by this morning.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on September 24, 2019, 01:25:19 PM
Jeanne...I found that you have to check the online covers carefully...and those in stores like Best Buy ...to make sure it will fit the kind of Ipad you have. There are so many different ones now and they're all apparently different sizes.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on September 24, 2019, 06:57:25 PM
Jane. Yes  I have checked some of them. not found one to fit. Will take Ipad to Wallmart as I saw one the other day that was wider.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on October 19, 2019, 12:12:00 PM
Was not sure where to post this so starting here.  My Gmail has been hacked/stolen.  For those who had my email  I also have an account on Yahoo.com.  You can get me there.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on October 19, 2019, 01:03:02 PM
Open a new account in Gmail! Yahoo is VERY problematic these days. All my mail was erased this week as well as all my archive there.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on October 19, 2019, 02:17:58 PM
My Yahoo account is almost as old as I am LOL  I think I will stick with it for a bit.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on October 19, 2019, 06:19:15 PM
Quote from: wjoan on October 19, 2019, 02:17:58 PMMy Yahoo account is almost as old as I am LOL  I think I will stick with it for a bit.
Get/have both
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on October 19, 2019, 07:37:08 PM
Yahoo, after having been carved into pieces with different owners after their bankruptcy is finally being dismantled. I do not expect the various groups or emails to remain much longer as they are restricting and privatizing much of the content.

You might try switching over to Outlook or Mozilla's Thunderbird email programs. Even if you remain with Yahoo email, I would still create a backup elsewhere.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on October 19, 2019, 08:25:45 PM
I've been using Thunderbird for most of my email.  It now includes a calendar (if you want it).
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on October 20, 2019, 10:31:11 AM
My main program is Gmail but to avoid the encryption Google uses when you backup the account, I also have Mozilla's Thunderbird so I can save the information in an email format without the encryption.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on October 20, 2019, 03:10:43 PM
I believe that soon some of these EM accounts will be gone. Just less and less people EMailingi hardly get personal ones. Even companies want you to use texting. I don't want to be doing that. They seem to never put phones down. It's and less am I liking the way tech. Is going. All push buttons  on this then that. Hard to reach anything on first ring. Took me half hour on bank Friday to do something that use to take 5 min. Same with dr. Building.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on November 03, 2019, 02:11:00 PM
Seems to be a few things going wrong on this W10 desktop now. First time since using computers that the time did not change . Noticed it right now. It is still showind at 1.09Pm here in Illinois when all my clock got changed. It is now only 12.10pm.

When the computer got set up for me costing $210 they did a bad job. So many things not set right. I will call another company soon and have it all redone.  Just don't seem to use it very much anymore but IPad getting old so will get desktop running better.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Mary Ann on November 03, 2019, 03:04:28 PM
Jeanne, you got me thinking.  For some reason or other, my computer has been registering my time as Central time.  You wrote it was 12:10 pm and my computer shows your post at 02:11 pm.  That probably is the correct time for now as it is 3:03 when I am writing this.  I'll have to watch to see if or how my time changed.  I'll see if my profile tells me anything.

Mary Ann
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on November 03, 2019, 04:51:20 PM
Maryann

I rebutted up and seems that the right time is o.k now. My time showin under my name here is way off. Has been for. Long time.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: angelface555 on November 03, 2019, 05:34:17 PM
The time shown in some posts has been off since the last fix to this site. The timing of others' posts is supposed to be calibrated to your time zone.

For example, JeanneP.'s shows that her post was at 12:51 my time, not hers and MaryAnn, your post at 3:03, your time is shown on my screen at 11:04 my time.

My time zone shows correctly but others do not always.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on November 21, 2019, 12:41:23 PM
I am now having a hard time ,mostly when in SandF like now. I can't scroll up and down. It keeps going back up to beginning when I am trying to go down to type in reply or change forum. It still will open me up back to 2016 when I try to go back to last posting in some forums not active.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on November 21, 2019, 04:23:50 PM
Jeanne....does completely shutting down your device and leaving it off for a minute or two and then starting it up again make any difference?  I find that fixes a lot of those kind of issues for me.

jane
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on November 22, 2019, 05:47:13 AM
Do you use a shortcut to access S@F? You might need to erase your temporary and history files, to get back to current time.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on November 22, 2019, 12:38:24 PM
Jane. No, it happens when on desktop and this gets turned off twice a day. Seems to happen mostly using sand friends.

Will try that tip bubble. Been a long time since cleaned them out. Just don't use computer a lot. Never have since new W10. Not studied it enough. Don't like it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: wjoan on November 28, 2019, 03:42:45 PM
Thanks, Rick.  ;)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on January 25, 2020, 02:01:09 PM
It is still sending me back to 2016 when I hit the NEW button. Now does it on all of them. Driving me crazy. I am always up to date in reading and use to bring up that new one. what can be done
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MaryTX on January 25, 2020, 04:08:16 PM
Hi Jeanne, on the "Home Page" on the right side just above the blue block line that says Shoutbox, I click on "Unread Posts".  It lists all the groups that I haven't read.  I then click on Page 1 of Soda Shoppe (for example).  It brings up the last message and the last ones in order of posting. When I have read all the groups I'm interested in, I click on "mark all message as read" and it clears all messages. 

This works for me in getting to the current messages.

Mary   
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on April 09, 2020, 01:05:25 PM
[OK Computers experts....I have been trying to save my password on SF for a week now....I can't get it to save have to sign in every time...Jane has tried to help me...can someone help me out..I go to settings..safari then to auto fill.....can't get past that ....thank you in advance...I'm a computer dummy....CC/size]
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Tomereader1 on April 14, 2020, 01:14:03 PM
I'm having a computer/keyboard problem that I've not had before.  Trying to fill in a form, the numbers I clicked on, in the number pad, would not come up on the form. The lights that show on my keyboard, for things like NumberLock, etc. are not on. Can't think what happened, I didn't hit something inadvertently, I think.
All words showed up in the form I was working on, just wouldn't take numbers. What do I need to do?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Oldiesmann on April 15, 2020, 12:30:25 AM
Quote from: Cottoncandy on April 09, 2020, 01:05:25 PM[OK Computers experts....I have been trying to save my password on SF for a week now....I can't get it to save have to sign in every time...Jane has tried to help me...can someone help me out..I go to settings..safari then to auto fill.....can't get past that ....thank you in advance...I'm a computer dummy....CC/size]

When you log in, right below where you enter your password there's a drop-down list of options for how long you want to stay logged in. Choose the last one ("Always stay logged in") and it should remember you. If it still doesn't work then it's an issue with your browser.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Oldiesmann on April 15, 2020, 12:32:32 AM
Quote from: Tomereader1 on April 14, 2020, 01:14:03 PMI'm having a computer/keyboard problem that I've not had before.  Trying to fill in a form, the numbers I clicked on, in the number pad, would not come up on the form. The lights that show on my keyboard, for things like NumberLock, etc. are not on. Can't think what happened, I didn't hit something inadvertently, I think.
All words showed up in the form I was working on, just wouldn't take numbers. What do I need to do?

Sounds like number lock got turned off by accident. Press the "Num Lock" key and that should fix your issue.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on April 15, 2020, 10:58:51 AM
[Yes Sir Oldiesmann...that's how I log in...it just want save it..I suspect it is the browser..Safari...but don't know how to correct it...thank you for responding..CC/size]
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on April 15, 2020, 11:32:59 AM
Darlene...

Settings on Safari
Passwords and Accounts
Website & App Passwords
I have a very long list here.  Do you?

I scroll down to the s's and find

seniorsandfriends.org -- jane
www.seniorsandfriends.org

click on that and it'll show you your UserName and Password

IN the upper right is an EDIT in blue

click on that and you can edit your password

IF you can't find seniorsandfriends.org
see if you can add
seniorsandfriends.org and your password
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 15, 2020, 12:39:54 PM
Jane.
I am having a hard time now getting into S and F. gone through signing in again have a dozen times,.Will not let me get into it at all.
Then when I do get in will not let me use the PW I have had for years. So I changed it a little and started over again. It will not hold on Forever. Just 1 hour  Also will not let me scroll down.  Now i am in again and can Use Reply but if I close down I will have to go through the whole thing again. Been 3 days.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on April 15, 2020, 12:58:45 PM
EXACTLY...Jeanne......that's what mine does....
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on April 15, 2020, 03:06:50 PM
Jane in response to your directions...I go to settings..then Safari..it shows passwords arrow..under it auto fill and arrow..so if I click on password..it prompts me to put in my passcode of IPad...when I do that..it shows4 different seniorsandfriends with my username..CC...the only option it gives me is to click on edit...then it shows where I can delete these....that's all
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 15, 2020, 07:16:48 PM
I just had to sign in again just changed my past word like I did on thedesktop . I am on iPad at this time.
So got in again o k.
 So will see when I shut down everything and log on again.
P
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 15, 2020, 09:26:06 PM
I quit for awhile. Seems to have gone crazy . The pass word i have had for years will not work. Then I decided I would change it. let me in. but I have turned of twice and have to go through the whole thing again. Just not got in again after half hour playing.. Now this is on Desktop. On my Ipad I realized I had to change to the new PW on it. Seems to work last time I used it to bring up S and F.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 15, 2020, 10:35:18 PM
I know nothing about Safari --- but can you delete cookies and start over?  There might be some old S&F cookies there interfering with what you are trying to do now.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on April 16, 2020, 12:07:20 PM
Rick...I can't find where the cookies are kept on the Ipad, except for this area of Website and Apps passwords.  I think that's the equivalent of cookies. 

Darlene...did you look at the 4 S&F items to see if the password is correct and the same on all 4? 

You may want to do what Jeanne did...change your password here and see if that works? 

Profile is now clear at the extreme top on a dropdown under your name. 


Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on April 16, 2020, 01:25:38 PM
[/Jane when I go to my profile on SF."it shows my profile as before..all filled in.....probably have to wait until restrictions on visiting is lifted....one of my grandkids can most likely fix the problem....real fast...Thx for your helpsize]
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on April 16, 2020, 02:37:37 PM
Rammell...how would I delete cookies and start over ? CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on April 16, 2020, 04:13:03 PM
Darlene, I'm not Rick, but Rick said he doesn't know much about Safari.

IF it really bugs you to have to sign in all the time, how about a work around?

Register a new username:  maybe CottonCandy1 and a new password.

Just remember to then sign in as CottonCandy1 or whatever you choose.

jane
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on April 16, 2020, 04:35:14 PM
[/Jane that may be the best plan...hope all is well with yousize]
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 16, 2020, 11:35:40 PM
I found ---
With a Search for "delete cookies in safari".
https://us.norton.com/internetsecurity-privacy-how-to-clear-cookies.html
Safari: how to delete cookies in Safari for MacOS Sierra on your computer

    Open Safari.
    Select "Preferences" from the dropdown Safari menu.
    Click on "Privacy," then on "Manage Website Data."
    Click on "Remove all" from the dropdown menu.

Safari: how to delete cookies in Safari on your iOS device

    Go into the Settings menu on your device.
    Scroll down to "Safari," then "Advanced," then "Website Data"
    Tap on "Clear history and website data" to clear cookies.

Also see - https://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/safari.html
and There are more at the search result.

Keep in mind that deleting cookies might change your access to other places (sites).

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on April 17, 2020, 11:43:20 AM
Thanks, Rick.

I hope CC sees that way to get to the cookies place. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on April 17, 2020, 02:42:22 PM
JAne......I'm trying that....fingers crossed
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on April 18, 2020, 08:04:16 PM
Unable to open medical forum....page blank Darlene
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on April 18, 2020, 08:31:35 PM
Disregard...it fixed it self......lo
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on April 19, 2020, 09:49:41 AM
[/Well....unable to open the medical forum...the one I usually post on...when I open it's a blank page..all others ok.......anyone having this problem ? CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 19, 2020, 12:16:09 PM
My wi fi is so slow some days on iPad. They say so many using it. So I wait a few seconds and pages come up.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on April 19, 2020, 02:57:10 PM
Jeanne it's the weirdos thing with my IPad..as I said I can open and read all forums...except medical corner..it comes up blank...???$$$$&&&"zzzz
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on April 19, 2020, 08:38:00 PM
It's opening fine for me, Darlene. I don't know what would be blank for you.  Have you tried scrolling down to see if that helps??

jane
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 19, 2020, 08:41:53 PM
Which Folder in the Medical Corner are you trying to reach?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on April 20, 2020, 01:34:16 PM
Im trying to read and reply on the forum...medical corner?..it's a blank page...I can see where Jane posted on it last...CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 20, 2020, 02:15:33 PM
These are the Discussions in the "Medical Corner". To post in one of them you must select the one you want. So --- You must be trying to post in one of the four (4) Discussions.

Bosom Buddies
Other Medical Conditions
Diabetes
Depression
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on April 20, 2020, 02:19:59 PM
I'm SORRY....BOSOM BUDDIES..is the one
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 20, 2020, 06:57:48 PM
Try clicking on this.
https://www.seniorsandfriends.org/index.php?topic=5.0
See if it takes you to where you want. Let me know if this works (part of trouble shooting).
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on April 20, 2020, 07:28:31 PM
Yes that takes me to it...can open all pages except the last one..or most recent one number 289
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 20, 2020, 07:37:22 PM
Now try -
https://www.seniorsandfriends.org/index.php?topic=5.8640
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on April 21, 2020, 03:56:45 PM
THANK YOU so much...I think the last fix is going to work....Appreciate your help CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 21, 2020, 08:08:20 PM
I'm pretty sure it will always take you back to that very page, which is not a good fix but it will get you there. We may have to go back to the problem and look for a good fix.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 24, 2020, 04:45:06 PM
Rammel.
Now on my desktop. I just can't get the Scroll to work. I get to the end and it just keep going back to begging again. seems to do it more on S and f.
Also I was doing some changing on the DT and now when I go to another site and bring it up. Size of the screen is about 4 inch length and 10 inch across. So I have to go clik on the Top Right corner to size it again each time. I just can't figure out so many things on this W10.. Seems that lot of the terminology changed from W7.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on April 24, 2020, 08:32:17 PM
Quote from: JeanneP on April 24, 2020, 04:45:06 PMRammel.
Now on my desktop. I just can't get the Scroll to work. I get to the end and it just keep going back to begging again. seems to do it more on S and f.
Also I was doing some changing on the DT and now when I go to another site and bring it up. Size of the screen is about 4 inch length and 10 inch across. So I have to go clik on the Top Right corner to size it again each time. I just can't figure out so many things on this W10.. Seems that lot of the terminology changed from W7.
What is "the DT"? (Damn thing ?}
The open window in Win-10 is much the same as the open window in other versions of Windows.
If your window opens at 4" x 10" you can "grab" any corner and drag it bigger. When your mouse is over the very corner you get a diagonal double headed arrow - at that point left click & hold and drag the corner. In some programs in order to save the window size you can hold down the shift (or maybe ctrl) key while you click the X at the upper right

Messing with settings can often get you in more trouble than you want. Do it with caution.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on April 24, 2020, 10:01:46 PM
DT..That is Desk top.\

Now yes it works when I do what you said above. But it just does now stay. It has been doing this strange thing for a week now. Get tired of going through all that. Wish I could figure out what I did wrong.
That is my problem in the Desk top with W10 I keep messing around with things I don't know what it does and then messing it up. Tempted to hook my W7 back up again . I loved it. That or sit and learn more about the W10. I just jump in the iPad and do more on it now. But desk top easier to type and screen so large.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on May 08, 2020, 02:18:17 PM
Rammel.
On my W10 I can change the things the way you say but next time I boot up to use S an F .all back messed up again
Scrolling will still not hold . get to the bottom and goes up to top again. Also for ages everything shows up  with date 23/3/2020. Some are posting from people who have been gone from 2019 Such a Kelly.so far back but the posting date of his will still show as 23/3/2020. Spooky.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on May 08, 2020, 02:20:40 PM
I can go back a few month to see that the posting date of them all will say 3/23/2020
My time of posting this now is showing as Today at 06 :20 pm and actually the time here is 1:20pm
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on May 08, 2020, 06:00:05 PM
Sounds like your computer needs some "hands on" fixing. Hope there is someone available who can help.
A site like  https://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/fixwin_for_windows_10.html  might be of help.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on May 09, 2020, 11:21:06 AM
Jeanne...check what time zone you're using here.

Extreme left upper corner...and click down arrow by your name/profile/forum profile/ and see if you have CENTRAL time zone there. 
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on May 09, 2020, 04:33:31 PM
Going to check that. Now I still can't get it to stay on the For Ever. Keeps going back to one hours.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on May 11, 2020, 07:17:00 PM
Now where ever I go in S and F. the only date that shows is 23/3/2020. On every ones postings regarding if 2 months ago or today. Tried but can't find out how to change it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on May 11, 2020, 08:52:37 PM
Does your clock and date show correctly at the lower right (System Tray) show CORRECTLY?
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on May 12, 2020, 01:41:11 PM
Rammel

yes the time a date down in the rt. hand corner are both correct. Just that on all the posting from 3/31/2020 are using the same date. Clear up to today 5/12/2020. also can't just tap the "Jump To" that was under the Spell check.Preview. Post. and it would take you to a drop down showing the next forum you needed
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on May 12, 2020, 07:29:35 PM
If it's only on S&F that your time/date is wrong your problem is likely a setting in S&F
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on May 12, 2020, 07:57:57 PM
Now I think that on my s and f the error in showing always just a date 23/3/2020 all the time on profile under my pictyre it shows this date as date reg. And location.
Just do not see any way to fix it . No idea how it got changed. How do I find were I can change settings. I don't find any . And yes it is just s an f
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on May 13, 2020, 06:27:52 AM
under your profile I see it as:
Date registered:March 31, 2016, 03:13:40 am
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on May 13, 2020, 01:35:52 PM
At the top of this page [ scroll to the top ] just above the words "Seniors & Friends" click on "JeanneP" (should be in a grey bar at the left top).
In the box that opens click on "Look and Layout".
At the top of the list that shows be sure TIME FORMAT shows "Forum Default" is selected. If not, select it.
Just below that be sure your correct time zone is selected. If not, select it.
IMPORTANT - Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "CHANGE PROFILE" at the lower right.

Check results and report back.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on July 15, 2020, 08:07:21 PM
I have not looked at thumb drives since Windows 7. Have lots of good tongs on them . Never have gotten into w10 and don't think ever will. I was so good with wWXP. May dig it out again.
Spent time today with my thumb drives on W10 can't figure it out at all.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on August 02, 2020, 01:46:30 PM
Now I know why I have lost some long postings. I think this is the problem.  I just can't change it from "Sign on for ever' or what it use to be. Now it is stuck in "Sign on for 1 hour." so I go past that hour when in S and f sometimes and it catches me posting a message in one of the forums right at the end of time so it will not post and vanishes.
Maybe it is another thing I am going crazy with in the House Bound most of the time along with so many more Robo Calls.
Fact had 2 today and its Sunday.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: SCFSue on August 27, 2020, 10:58:31 AM
Good morning, Jeanne and Every Buddy looking in.  I hope Every Buddy is feeling well and has a nice day planned. Yesterday Tim came over and took me to Montgomery to a bank I have used in the past.  We had a long chat with a young woman who helped me find what I needed.  She was very helpful and that was a blessing!

So far not much else going on here this morning.  Tim hasn't been here and I've had breakfast, dressed and am ready for the day, but will probably spend most of it inside as it will probably be hot outside! 

Have a nice day Every Buddy!
Sue
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on September 29, 2020, 10:19:49 PM
My print so small .no idea why have turned it up but think forgotten how. On I pad because no internet fo past 3 weeks . All technology breaking on me it seems but can't get a human at Comcast.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on October 21, 2020, 02:35:14 PM
Now I am all excited.  :excited:  I just discovered DOSbox. It is an x86 emulator so you can play a whole bunch of old DOS games you can't play on Windows anymore. There are a ton (and I do mean a ton) of games, free and for $, so it looks like the community is alive and well. Not going to have a chance to try it today, but I have the main website and a free game site bookmarked for later. Apparently there are versions for Windows and MacOS X as well as a few other OS systems.

https://www.dosbox.com/information.php?page=0 This is info for the emulator only, but they do list a couple of websites for games, etc. This is another one, not listed on DOSbox website. https://www.dosgames.com/
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on October 22, 2020, 05:24:07 AM
I'd love to try again "King Quest" I wonder if they have it? "Rama" also was fascinating and I never reached the end of it :(
The one I miss the most is the words game Letter Link. I used to spend hours...
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on October 22, 2020, 06:11:53 AM
They have both, Bubble. In fact, they list a number of versions of King's Quest. Of the three game sites I checked so far, COG.com is the only one that has King's Quest, but they are charging for it. It and the other two games sites I checked so far don't have Rama. My first goal will be to read the DOSbox manual before I even download it to my Linux. I'd like to get the original Lemmings, PacMan, and something I think was called Brickout or some such where you knock out bricks from a wall with a bouncing ball. The jigsaw game I want to find I had on my old Amiga. It was an ambitious program that had, within, the picture itself, moving action all the while you are trying to piece together the puzzle. Never saw the like of it on Windows (or anywhere, for that matter) since.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on October 22, 2020, 09:08:19 AM
I tried a word game similar to Boggle that you can play online but... it was so difficult to make the letters move that I abandoned after four tries.

Have you played Rama?  It is based on the trilogy by Arthur Clarke. It was really engrossing - to me.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on October 23, 2020, 07:02:42 AM
No, I haven't Bubble. My DOS game playing usually consisted of word games. Early DOS games I played included PacMan, and the first Lemmings. I am not sure if my Sim City was DOS or not, but I never could get into the empire building stuff. Other games were Tetris and something I think was called Brick Out. Bookworm was an online favorite until the program got retired. I also like Text Twist. Now I work on Epic Jigsaws, Mahjong Tales: Ancient Wisdom (thankfully Windows still allows me to reinstall when needed) and Jumbline.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on October 23, 2020, 09:16:45 AM
I still have Bookwork downloaded from https://www.ea.com/ea-studios/popcap
I still use Text Twist that I bought some years ago, as well as Bejeweled 3.
Kyodai mahjongg I like. I do daily a jigsaw on Big Jig that I would recommend to anyone fond of jigsaws. It also allows to create your own and I do that with my photos or my PaintShop creations.   (https://www.ea.com/ea-studios/popcap)
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on October 24, 2020, 07:36:29 AM
I looked into Bookworm online again, after giving up on finding a free game to play years ago. Now I see a bunch of sites, some of them are trial only, one does not open the program at all, the other I tried says I need to unblock Adobe Flash which I will do later. Epic Jigsaws allows me to add my photos to make jigsaws too, but I never tried it.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on October 24, 2020, 11:23:23 AM
Rammel or anyone who might can help me.....when I lg in to Facebook..my login picture is blank...my IPad is 7 years old...so probably not getting updates...may be time for new IPad....any suggestion appreciated..CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on October 24, 2020, 12:08:47 PM
.c.c

My iPad is now 6 years old and finding I can't download  most apps . Has to have a op/syst over 10.4  now. I may look at a new one in December. Not using computers much these days. My desktop needs checking out .it is only 2 years but think Windows 10 downloaded something on it that has changed things and I lost my computer man.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on November 19, 2020, 06:56:42 PM
Not many commenting on this site...But hope someone will give me some input......since my computer...desktop crashed several months ago....I'm going to buy either a laptop or a new IPad......any comments? Not sure which one to spend money on...this in advance CC
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Cottoncandy on November 19, 2020, 06:58:50 PM
Thanks in advance
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on February 17, 2021, 03:35:00 PM
I have tried to find a way to fix but can't. A while back on my W10 desktop It was left on over night and saw that something was downloading from Windows. It had been doing it for almost 3 hours.
From that time so many changes to W10. The screed lights up everything using about 5 colours.  Back ground is black and when I write it is white. Gotten use to the colour but can't print because of this. looks like everything has been rubbed out with a black marker on a white sheet.
Right now no computer company doing house calls so I will have to wait and will go ahead and have W10 reinstalled I suppose.

So many other messes going on right now that not even using Technology's  my last thing I worry about.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on February 17, 2021, 10:20:24 PM

jeanne....did you try doing a google search for " change black background and white text". ? 




Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on February 20, 2021, 04:37:11 PM
I have Googled a few but none would explain . Will play again today.  I wouldn't mine they black background but will not work with the printing.
Got my shot yesterday No. 2. Felt awful for about 24 hours. Sort of like the 24 hour Flu but seem to be getting out of it now.  Hope you get yours soon.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: Amy on February 20, 2021, 04:41:09 PM
Jeanne would this help you?


https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-other_settings/how-to-change-the-windows-background-from-black-to/76ad77ee-38b2-4145-9ad5-a48b4594d9d5

Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: so_P_bubble on May 16, 2021, 02:35:26 AM
Tip

in Windows 10.
 
If you have a mouse with a wheel on it you can enlarge things by holding the Ctrl key down and spinning the wheel either way to make things bigger or smaller.
If you do not have a mouse wheel, you can hold the Ctrl key down and tap the - or + on the right side of your keyboard, to make things bigger or smaller that way too.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: MarsGal on June 29, 2021, 06:10:49 AM
What do you all make of the new Windows 11 coming out soon? Not everyone will be able to download it, so don't download it until you have read up on it. There are a setting or two in the control panel that you may have to change for it to download. Also, it appears that machines older than four years may not be compatible with it.

Windows 10 will be supported until 2025. After that, if you want to upgrade, it is likely that you will have to buy a whole new computer. Check out one of the videos on YouTube showing the new desktop environment. Microsoft is integrating more Linux programing into their Windows product. The desktop looks more like a Linux environment which I like. I am not sure when they will be officially releasing 11.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: JeanneP on July 08, 2021, 07:21:46 PM
I sure will not be going to a MS 11. Not even leaned W10 as I don't like it. Wish I still had W7. I don't do a whole lot on my Windows desktop anymore. Use a Ipad a lot. I wish every thing I had was Apple. To old now to change over everything.
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: RAMMEL on July 09, 2021, 12:05:30 AM
I still have a puter running Win-XP. I keep it because I have a couple of programs that decided not to upgrade. Some day it will just lie down and stop  :2funny:
Title: Re: General Computer Q & A
Post by: jane on October 19, 2021, 01:50:50 PM