Reader Helen Provencal wrote to ask about a strange phenomena on her computer:
hi terry I recieve your e-mail all the time but I am having a problem. My problem is Internet comes on every time I open my PC. Not only 1 but several of them. So how can I stop Internet from coming on all the time,. What can I do to stop it. I am on a rotor because we have 2 cp. So if you know what I can do to stop it please advice me ok thank you helen
I wrote back to Helen to say that I assume that by "the Internet," she means the program Internet Explorer, which is a web browser. It lets you go to specific types of servers, which are on the Internet, and display HTML pages. The Internet is actually a huge computer network, not a program.
I suggested that she check her Startup folder, which is in the Start menu. One way that she may have multiple Internet Explorer windows open when she starts Windows is that she may be automatically opening multiple shortcuts.
In other words, she may have put one or more shortcuts to web sites into her Start folder. That’s the only reason I know of that you would intentionally have multiple Internet Explorer windows open when you start your computer. (Of course, if you use Firefox or Opera as your default web browser, it would be multiple copies of Firefox or Opera, respectively.)
Well, that’s under normal circumstances, and assuming the sites that are opening are sites you know.
If it’s advertising that is popping up, check your anti-spyware/anti-malware program.
If you are not using one, try the free trial of VIPRE — here’s my link to the VIPRE site: http://terryscomputertips.com/VIPREPremium . You register to download a 30-day trial of VIPRE Antivirus Premium, which provides antivirus, antispyware and firewall. It’s the same fully-functional version that you get when you buy a license — you just get a 30-day free license. Obviously, the free trial will expire.
If you prefer to use another firewall, you can download and try VIPRE Antivirus (and antispyware, but without the firewall) for 30 days.
You can purchase an annual license for VIPRE Antivirus Premium or VIPRE Antivirus for very reasonable prices, with even better pricing for multi-computer and/or multi-year licenses.
VIPRE Antivirus Premium is my choice for all my Windows computers and my family’s computers.