Trojans can kill your internet connection! (2) Now's the time for that Recover Disk!

Spider with Worm
Here is a question for you: Did you create a recovery disk set as you were prompted to do when you got your computer? If you did, congratulations, you are computer savvy. If you didn’t, be grateful that the factory settings, which include the operating system, are hidden in a protected section of the hard disk that you cannot delete. I needed these settings to fix a friend’s computer that could no longer connect to the internet, wired or wireless. Why?

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Viruses, spyware, worms, trojans, adware… yikes! (1) Start taking steps to protect your private information...

Computer problems
There is no point in repeating definitions of viruses and other malware here. I’ve taken a paragraph from wikipedia.org that explains about what nastiness can infect your computer. And I would definitely recommend that you take the time to read what Microsoft has to say on the subject.

A computer virus is a computer program that can copy itself[1] and infect a computer. The term “virus” is also commonly but erroneously used to refer to other types of malware, including but not limited to adware and spyware programs that do not have the reproductive ability. A true virus can spread from one computer to another

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Essential keyboard shortcuts Use your keyboard like a pro...

Keyboard Shortcuts
I¬†wrote about some essential keyboard shortcuts in an earlier post, but perhaps it’s time for a refresher and some additions. Some of these shortcuts won’t apply if your computer is configured to open files with one click of your mouse.

What would we do without UNDO?

  • [Ctrl] + [z] = UNDO the mistake you just made. In a program that has several levels of UNDO, repeat the shortcut to back-track.

Working with objects

Objects are files, pictures, or anything that is on your screen. When you click your mouse once in an open window you tell the computer to focus on that window and the object you clicked on. If you just want to select the window

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I spilled water onto my notebook computer Don't panic, learn what to do!

Wet Laptop Computer
Yesterday knocked an open bottle of water and managed to grab it before the whole thing spilled into my NEW VAIO notebook computer. But a good splash landed on parts of the keyboard anyway. The computer was running.

I grabbed a paper towel and tried to sop up some of the water very gently from the keys, powered down, unplugged the computer, turned it upside down to try to let the water drip out.

The I went to my desktop, the advice and read up on how to try to save the wet notebook, it’s actually very common sense. I’m writing this with my VAIO, and there seems to be no damage… I have touched wood! I used “spilled water on laptop” for a search term and got plenty of results. Here is the gist:

  1. If you spill something, let it be water,

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