to Chris (you know who you are)
you must use Windows, it is vital to make sure you don't catch one of
the many viruses, trojans and other nasties out there.
Make sure you have anti-virus software and keep it up to
From the Linux/Open Source world comes Clam-AV
- webpage http://www.clamwin.com.
completely free to download.
There is also AVG free which is free for home use:
The main home page for AVG is: http://www.grisoft.com
- website http://www.lavasoft.com/products/ad_aware_free.php
Download the free version from Downloads.com via the button on this
Search and Destroy
- website http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
Ensure you download the real
Spybot S&D and not Spyware Doctor, which is quite a different
must - WinPatrol
- website http://www.winpatrol.com
This program runs in the background and watches
for unwanted activity and also makes it easy to delete any "little
strangers" you may find lurking in there. Please read the
files (click the blue question mark icon - you need to be connected to
the internet to do this). Follow the links given - there is
very helpful information in there! This baby is said to even
able to remove the hijackers "other programs can't reach"!
Don't remove the red cookies on
the left hand side of the Cookies tab page - these are there to STOP
you getting these, use the View Cookies button to see what cookies you
- Its Office 2007
If you are sent a file with the extension of
.docx or .xlsx, this is an Office 2007 XML file and you can’t
open it using an
earlier version of MS Office. To solve
this go to www.microsoft.com
and in the Search box type these words:
Choose the first or second links you are
offered. Click on Download and then Save. It is best to save it to your Desktop.
When the file (called
FileFormatConverters.exe) is saved to your hard disk, double-click on
install it. You should now normally be
able to open these files (caveat: some features of Office 2007
documents may be
Office 2007 can be set to save files in
formats used by earlier versions of Office.
You can do this individually using the Save As dialog and save
as type Word 97-2003 (or Excel 97-2003 as the case may be) or you can
Office 2007 to do this as default.
Click the Office button, (that funny
thing) then the (Word/Excel etc) Options button, and select Save in the
pane. Choose Word 97-2003 Document (*.doc) from the Save Files In This
drop-down list. OK out.
When you save a file that was originally
created in the new format in the older version, you may get a message
that some of the formatting and features will be lost.
This should not be a problem for normal
reports, essays, simple spreadsheets etc.
MS Publisher 2010 Won't Save As PDF
can be caused by it objecting to one of the images in your file.
Right-click on any image (any one will do) and choose Properties.
Then choose Compress all images. This should solve the
problem. Make sure any new images you add are also compressesd.
Did That Happen?
someone, who was
running Windows 98, managed to get
Netsky-P virus infecting the file Temporary Internet Files/Content
Norton AV found the file, denied access to it but could not quarantine
or delete it. Every time Windows was started the virus
appeared, and every time IE was started, the same happened.
file could be seen in the filesystem, but it was impossible to delete
it from Windows. Clearing the Internet history and cache had
The answer was to boot into DOS and delete it from there:-
cd to Windows, then dir /a or you will not see the folder at all!
To cd to Content IE5 you must put a dot, like so:
then dir /a again.
index.dat will be listed as INDEX DAT
Type del INDEX.DAT and the file will be deleted.
When you restart Windows the file will be recreated.
This file holds all the history of your browsing - everything you have
ever done. So it may slow you down to remove it, but do you
really want all your history to be kept for anyone to read?
solution - use Firefox!
Internet Explorer 6 hints
to open two IE6 windows from shortcuts so that one does
not close the others.
IE menu, click Tools, Internet Options open Advanced.tab
tick from “Reuse windows for opening shortcuts”
(Thanks to Tech Support
Guy for this tip)
to make IE default browser: (do you want to do that?)
menu, click Tools, Internet Options, open Programs
the option which says "Internet Explorer should
check to see whether it is the default browser"
will ask "Would you like to make Internet Explorer
default browser?" Click Yes.
To make Firefox the default browser
the Firefox menu, click Tools, Options.
will open in the General tab.
“Firefox should check to see if it is the default
browser when starting”. Close
and reopen it.
Windows 2000 changes your user
profile to user.profile.bak
This can cause real
excitement if it happens and you do not know it has - any
shortcut that points to say C:\Documents
will not find what it is looking for if it has ended up in C:Documents and
Log in as
Administrator if this is a user profile, or create a new Administrator
account if this happens to the Administrator profile. Remove the
".bak" from the profile name, and log back in as the affected
user. This should solve the problem. If you have any doubts
about this, make a backup of the profile first.
Windows Vista Home Premium to a Samba Server
(arrrgh!) a Registry edit - careful !!
Type: regedit and hit Enter
In the left pane
expand this folder:
This does affect
the security of the machine but if it is on a private network it is not
much to worry about.
In the left
column click on the folder named Lsa
In the right
column double-click on LmCompatibilityLevel
Type the number
1 and hit enter
Now you have to
restart the computer.
Now you only
have to work out to connect the machine to your network/server and that
is another story!!
You need to turn
off Network Discovery if you can, but if you have Norton installed this
may not be possible.
XP runs Checkdisk on boot, but
finds no errors.
To stop it doing this, run cmd then type
chkntfs /x e: (or whatever the letter is of the drive
that is causing the problem)
Or, in Safe Mode:
Orientation on a Laptop Screen
If you accidentally get into portrait mode the way out is to
right-click on the desktop and choose Properties: It should be a
setting in there.
Windows Keyboard Shortcut Keys
+ C - Cut
+ V - Paste
+ P - Print
Key + E - opens Windows
Key + M -