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New malware (including viruses) appears every day and it seems like they're constantly getting smarter and craftier. And of course, each new piece of malware is an opportunity for even more people to become infected.
In the past, asking if you could catch an email virus just by reading your email would get laughs from the techie geeks in the crowd. "Of course not!" they would giggle.
Then came Outlook. Not only could opening an email infect your machine, but for a while, you didn't even have to be present to do it.
And the geeks stopped giggling.
For a while.
Fortunately, today things are different.
Continue reading: Can
I really catch an email virus just by looking?
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Answercast #75 - Browsing forensics, naming backups, blocking animation, programs on external drives, starter ink cartridges, and more.
Is it a good idea to name your backup files or try to get rid of animations on advertisements? Wonder about those little ink cartridges that come with new printers or why a DVD won't burn? Want to organize your taskbar notifications or use software from another machine? All that and more in this Answercast from Ask Leo!
Answercast #75 - Browsing forensics, naming backups, blocking animation,
programs on external drives, starter ink cartridges, and more.
How can I see what websites a person has been to on my computer,
even if they deny it?
Seeing what websites a person has been to is easy to view unless the person is highly tech savvy and knows how to cover their tracks.
Continue reading: How can I see what websites a person has been to on my computer, even if they deny it?
Why can't I burn an ISO to this blank DVD?
If you can't burn to a blank DVD, you'll need to narrow down exactly what's causing the problem. The failure may be in the media or the drive.
Continue reading: Why can't I burn an ISO to this blank DVD?
What's a "starter capacity" cartridge for a printer?
Starter capacity ink cartridges for many printer brands come with a fraction of the ink available in full-sized ink cartridges. They are just for starting.
Continue reading: What's a "starter capacity" cartridge for a printer?
How do I make this browser-based online game bigger?
Enlarging online games can be tricky, depending on how they were written. If browser zoom functions don't work, you may have to change your monitor's DPI.
Continue reading: How do I make this browser-based online game bigger?
What's the difference between repairing Office and reinstalling
Repairing Microsoft Office will usually preserve your settings. If you uninstall and then reinstall it, you will be back to the factory default settings.
Continue reading: What's the difference between repairing Office and reinstalling it?
Can I block all animation in web advertisements?
Blocking ad animations is tricky because there are so many formats an advertiser can use to display the animation. You may need to vote with your feet.
Continue reading: Can I block all animation in web advertisements?
Will it cause a problem if I choose a different name for my backup
than that recommended by Macrium Reflect?
Changing backup file names is easy and safe to do. It's only an identifier for Macrium.
Continue reading: Will it cause a problem if I choose a different name for my backup than that recommended by Macrium Reflect?
How do I control what shows in the Windows 7 taskbar notification
The Windows 7 taskbar notifications area can be arranged in several ways by right-clicking in the taskbar "Notification Area."
Continue reading: How do I control what shows in the Windows 7 taskbar notification area?
Hotmail displays wrong under Safari. Is there anything I can
If Safari displays Hotmail pages wrong, it could be a problem with Safari itself. There are a couple of steps to take to clear the problem.
Continue reading: Hotmail displays wrong under Safari. Is there anything I can do?
Can I transfer software from one machine to another using an
Transferring software to an external drive usually doesn't work - unless that software is portable and does not need to be installed into the registry to run.
Continue reading: Can I transfer software from one machine to another using an external drive?
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*** Last Issue's Articles
- Ask Leo! #411 - Sites you download unknowingly, women versus men versus young versus old, realtime scanning and more...
- Is there a downside to storing files in Recycle Bin?
- Did we learn anything from the recent email scandal?
- Can compressing files reduce the chances of its being infected?
- Can I trust a failed flash drive if I reformat it?
- Is there an age or gender component to being comfortable with technology?
- Is real-time anti-malware scanning really needed?
- Is "Defender" enough, or do I need additional anti-malware tools?
- How do I record a streaming video?
- How can I remove the shortcut arrow from a desktop icon?
- My program crashes when I drag the cursor too fast to copy something. How do I fix that?
- Answercast #74 - Cleaning up icons, learning social correctness, realtime anti-malware, Recycle Bin storage and more...
- What are all these domain references in my router log?
*** Word o' the Week
RAM is an acronym for Random Access Memory. This is the part of your computer that holds the programs that you're actually running right now, such as the operating system, your word processor (if you're running it), your email program (again, if you're running your email program) and so on. It also holds the data that's being worked on right now, such as the document that's currently shown in your word processor or the email that you're typing up.
Computers these days typically have somewhere between two to eight gigabytes (two to eight billion bytes) of RAM. What's important is that when you turn the computer off or if it crashes - poof - anything stored in RAM is gone.
Word o' the Week features a computer term or acronym taken from the Ask Leo! Glossary. If there's a word you're not sure of and would like to see defined, click here to let me know.
*** Thoughts and Comments
As many of you know, earlier this year I got my amateur (HAM) ratio license. (I'm N7LEO for those who're curious.)
And, as should be pretty darned obvious, I'm all about computers and technology.
This Sunday as I was driving home these two worlds collided in an interesting way.
I had a conversation with a gentleman in England via the HAM radio in my car.
Now while many HAM radio activities do involve radio contact around the globe, the equipment in my car isn't capable of that. My range is more along the lines of perhaps 50 miles give-or-take, depending on the terrain and the weather.
In this case another local HAM had connected via an internet-based service that in turn allowed him to connect to a transmission tower in England. My overseas conversation went via radio, then internet and then radio again, and back.
In a day and age where Skype and other technologies like it makes global computer-to-computer voice communications almost trivial, that may not seem like much. To me, however, the marriage of a centuries old technology with the much more recent technologies, ubiquity and capacities of the internet is fascinating.
Particularly since my conversation was, in effect, by accident.
And while I was driving.
Have I mentioned how much I enjoy living in the future?
'till next time...
Leo A. Notenboom
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