Google cranks up the Consensus Engine

Google this week admitted that its staff will pick and choose what appears in its search results. It's a historic statement - and nobody has yet grasped its significance.

via Google cranks up the Consensus Engine • The Register.

Time to start using other search engines, I guess

Disable auto-sort in Windows 7 folders

How to disable strictly sorting and auto arrange in Windows 7 and allow free arrangement of files in folders.

http://www.unawave.de/windows-7-tipps/disable-sorting-auto-arrange.html?lang=EN

I had a customer ask for a fix for this today, and I found this, above.  Or you might prefer to do like I did (after reviewing the batch file's contents) and run the batch file (saved procedures) that he created, here.  It worked!

How to delete a Windows XP account

  • Click Start, Run, type (without quotes) “control userpasswords”, hit Enter
  • Click “Change an Account”
  • Choose/click the account you want to delete
  • Click “Delete the Account”
  • You can usually choose “Delete Files” (but you don’t have to if you’re not comfortable with that)
  • Click “Delete Account”

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Rejected messages from addresses I've never heard of

QUESTION:

I just started my computer this morning and I had 9 undeliverable/ spam/ rejected messages from addresses I never heard of. I have a feeling I am being hijacked to send spam. Please advise.

ANSWER:

It’s someone pretending to be you when they send out their spam messages. It never touches your computer. The recipient’s server sends the rejections to you because that’s where the spam message is pretending to be coming from.

The first thing you need to do is change your password to something stronger than what you've probably been using.  If it continues, there’s really nothing you can do short of getting a new email address.

Ransomware Is Expanding

Ransomware Is Expanding in the United States

Don't fall for it.  And always keep a good backup (we suggest Acronis) in case this happens to you.

 

My computer's really old and slow

QUESTION:
Should I buy a new one?

ANSWER:
The hardware might be fine, you just need to reformat the hard drive and reinstall Windows. Some brands have a key you hit upon startup that reverts it back to factory specs fairly automatically. Be SURE you back up all of your documents, music and pictures to an external hard drive (or online storage) first, though.

If you do decide to buy a new one, but are on a budget, you can buy an Acer netbook for just under $300 right now from jr.com.  Incredible deal!  Or maybe a refurbished Dell from txmicro.com for under $160!  Below is a "ASUS 3rd Gen Core i7 1TB Desktop PC" from Tiger Direct:

Hard drive "dock"

Cool!  I'm getting one of these.  It looks very useful for someone like me who ends up with old used drives.  Pop one of those into one of these, and you've got yourself a temporary "new" external/backup drive!

 

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How to clean your screen

 

Click here:  How to keep your computer screen clean!

 

Google: Fake antivirus makes up 15 percent of all malware

 

Google: Fake antivirus makes up 15 percent of all malware | Tech News on ZDNet

Amazing software

That looks like a spam subject line, but it's true.  And for a small fee ... just kidding.  There's this free software called EaseUS.  I've been using their amazingly fast and easy disk partitioning software for at least a year.  But now I've just discovered their equally fast and easy disk backup/imaging software.  The great thing about it is that you run it right within Windows, you don't have to create a boot disk and all that.  Here's the link:

http://www.todo-backup.com/products/home/download.htm

Like so many great free software programs, you have to wonder why it's free.  They make their money from people falling in love with the software and upgrading to the paid version for extra features.