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How to Add a Website to Your Internet Explorer Trusted Zone

When you ratchet up Internet security, you might find your once-pleasant and speedy web browsing experience plagued with speed bumps. You can fix this problem, and ensure that you’re not bothered with [more…]

How to Print a Web Page

Printing a web page works like printing any document in any application: Choose Print from the File menu, work the Print dialog box, and then print. Assuming the printer is connected, the web page should [more…]

How to Disable JavaScript Error Messages in Internet Explorer

A specific error message case comes with the JavaScriptprogramming language. What JavaScript does is help automate and format web pages. You’ll probably never deal with JavaScript. But you may, occasionally [more…]

How to Disable Windows Remote Assistance

Windows comes with an option to allow someone else on the Internet or a local network to access your computer. It can be done to share files, but primarily the feature exists to let someone somewhere help [more…]

Know the Different Types of Malware

Malicious + Software = Malware. In other words, malware is the all-encompassing term to describe programs that can do damage to you or your computer. The best way to prevent malware from intruding on your [more…]

How Malware Finds Its Way onto Your Computer

There are lots of programs to protect your computer from malware, but first line of protection is knowing how malware propagates itself so you can avoid it in the first place. Malware will enter your computer [more…]

How to Access Windows Security Features

The average time an unprotected Windows computer spends on the Internet before malware controls the entire system is about 16 minutes. Therefore, you must take steps to protect your PC from the Bad Guys [more…]

How Antivirus Programs Work

To properly fight viruses, you should get an antivirus program. That’s because Windows itself doesn’t come with antivirus software. If your PC came supplied with antivirus software, it was most likely [more…]

What is an Antivirus Quarantine?

Often, when your antivirus software finds a sign of infection, it places the suspect file into quarantine. The quarantine concept can be a bit confusing, so here’s a brief explanation. [more…]

When and How to Disable Antivirus Software

Sometimes an installation program requests that you disable your antivirus software. The reason is that the antivirus software has difficultly determining whether the program you’re installing is a legitimate [more…]

How to Recognize a Phishing Scam

The phishing scam is so deceptively simple that you would think for a moment it could never work. Often, it starts with a phony email message. The message looks like it’s from your bank, the government [more…]

How to Fight Phishing in Internet Explorer

Phishing is a scam. It begins with an email that compels the recipient to provide personal (e.g. Social security number) or financial information (e.g. account numbers) via email or a website. Like most [more…]

How to Block Phishing in Windows E-Mail Programs

Phishing is a scam. It begins with an email that compels the recipient to provide personal (e.g. Social security number) or financial information (e.g. account numbers) via email or a website. Your email [more…]

What is Spyware?

Spyware was designed to help customize advertising on the Internet. Based on which web pages you visited, advertising was targeted specifically for you. That sounds good. But this fresh concept quickly [more…]

How to Put Windows Defender on Your PC

If your PC is rapidly slowing down, moving so slow that you have to wait for minutes to see what you have typed on the screen, you may have spyware on your computer. One of the best ways to fight spyware [more…]

How to Put Windows Defender to Work Fighting Spyware

If your PC is rapidly slowing down, moving so slow that you have to wait for minutes to see what you have typed on the screen, you may have spyware on your computer. One of the best ways to fight spyware [more…]

How to Schedule Automatic Spyware Scans in Windows Defender

If your PC is rapidly slowing down, moving so slow that you have to wait for minutes to see what you have typed on the screen, you may have spyware on your computer. One of the best ways to fight spyware [more…]

How a Computer Firewall Works

What the firewall does is monitor both incoming and outgoing Internet traffic. When a firewall is properly configured, only the information you request from the Internet is allowed in. Outgoing information [more…]

How to Set Up a Router with a Firewall

If you are a broadband Internet user, the best way to keep malware out of your computer is to set up a hardware firewall. A hardware firewall is an electronic gizmo installed between the broadband modem [more…]

How to Use the Windows Firewall

Two types of firewall are available for your computer: hardware and software. A hardware firewall is an electronic gizmo installed between the broadband router and your computer. It’s often included as [more…]

How to Disable Windows Firewall

If you are running Windows Firewall and decide to switch to a hardware firewall, you will want to disable the Windows Firewall so the two don’t conflict. To disable the Windows Firewall, you follow unique [more…]

How to Find Network Troubleshooting Tools in Windows 7 and Vista

There are several locations for network troubleshooting in Windows 7 and Vista. You should know how to find, open, and recognize what can be done in each one to troubleshoot the network. [more…]

How to Find Network Troubleshooting Tools in Windows XP

If you thought that Windows XP keeps all its networking settings and information in only two locations, you’re woefully wrong. Windows XP features a multitude of windows, dialog boxes, and wizards for [more…]

What is an IP Address?

An IP address is assigned to every computer on an Ethernet network. Like the street address for your home, an IP address identifies network computers. It helps traffic flow between computers because each [more…]

How to Find Your PC’s IP Address in Windows XP

When your computer is on an Ethernet network, it has an IP address that tells the network where to find that PC. It helps traffic flow between computers because each one has its own IP address. If you [more…]

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