Desktop Web Links Open Blank Browser Windows

New subscriber Ken Herrick wrote with a strange problem: Greetings from a new subscriber- Under Win 8.1 and with either Firefox or Duckduckgo as the default browser, and apparently due to a now-uninstalled malware, I found that all desktop-icon Web-links went not to their targets (e.g. NYT website, etc.) but rather just to a new […]

Last Weekend of WinPatrol Plus Back to School Sale

I’ve used WinPatrol Plus for many years and highly recommend it for controlling auto-starting programs and as one of your tools for computer protection. It’s one of the protection programs that I use for my family’s computers, in addition to antivirus, firewall, and MalwareBytes antimalware premium. Long-time readers of my site and newsletter know that […]

Printer Status Information

Subscriber Mander had a question this week about his printer. He wanted to get some helpful information from his printer: With a wireless printer, one can type the printer IP address into the browser and get A plethora of info about the printer; eg number of sheets printed, approx ink levels in cartridges, etc, etc. […]

Care and Feeding of a UPS

One of the great non-joys of using a computer is the impact of a power outage. Not just the issue of not being able to use the computer, but there’s the problem of the spreadsheets, word-processing documents, and even email programs you have open when the power goes out. Whether the power outage, or the […]

Terry’s Computer Tips Newsletter – August 10, 2014

This week’s email newsletter article is: Adding a Command Window and a Run Command to Windows 8 and Windows 7Subscriber Gary wrote me after a recent newsletter to ask: Terry — your article about MSconfig made me realize that I have an issue: I’ve had this 7 Acer laptop for some time, but I must […]

Adding a Command Window and a Run Command to Windows 8 and Windows 7

Subscriber Gary wrote me after a recent newsletter to ask: Terry — your article about MSconfig made me realize that I have an issue: I’ve had this 7 Acer laptop for some time, but I must have been using the XP desktop for the Run command and for the DOS window. I can’t find either […]

Terry’s Computer Tips Newsletter – August 3, 2014

This week’s email newsletter article is: Strange Changes to Msconfig’s SettingsSubscriber Peg had some interesting problems with her Windows 7 computer recently — and that’s "interesting" as in "I sure didn’t want THAT to happen and I wonder why it did…" Dear Terry, I have a problem and do not know how to solve it. […]

Strange Changes to Msconfig’s Settings

Subscriber Peg had some interesting problems with her Windows 7 computer recently — and that’s "interesting" as in "I sure didn’t want THAT to happen and I wonder why it did…" Dear Terry, I have a problem and do not know how to solve it. In fact, I’ve never heard of the problem or seen […]

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