Online Computer Tips Monthly Newsletter - July 2010
Latest Virus/Security Alerts:
Twitter Scam Distributing Malware
Security researchers are cautioning that a new scam is doing the rounds, distributing malware apparently originating from Twitter. The e-mails display spoofed subject lines and seem as if they have been sent from 'firstname.lastname@example.org.' Further, they pose as automatic invitations being dispatched following a friend's request.
The spam mail describes what Twitter is used for and then states that the message recipient can find out who invited them or that they can join the chain by viewing the given attachment. If the attachment is opened their computer will be infected with the W32.Ziktwitters.Worm, a downloader of numerous malicious programs, including FAKEAV. The worm also continuously disseminates phishing and advertising e-mails to other operators online.
June's Poll Results:
Do you have more than one personal email account?
- 60% No40
Tip of the Month:
Get the right click search option back in Windows 7
If you are one of those people who are always searching for files on your computer then I’m sure you are used to simply right clicking on a folder and choosing Search to search exclusively in that folder. This option is not available in Windows 7 but can be added with a simple registry edit. Be sure to backup your registry before making any changes.
Open the registry editor by clicking on Start and typing in regedit in the search or Run box
Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\find
Find the string called LegacyDisable and delete it
Now you should be able to right click on any folder and have the search option available.
Hot Product of the Month: Polaroid PoGo Instant Mobile Printer
the Polaroid PoGo Instant Mobile Printer lets you share photos whether you are on vacation or just hanging out with your friends. It allows you to print from your camera cell phone. Mobile and easy to use, the Polaroid PoGo Instant Mobile Printer provides a new, innovative way to share digital photos directly from your camera cell phone or digital camera, instantly.
Portable photo printer delivers full-bleed borderless images that are dry to the touch
Features automatic image quality optimization with water-resistant, tear-proof, smudge-proof and peel-off prints
Prints 2 x 3-inch borderless color images in under a minute
Wireless-capable Bluetooth hard drive interface; USB 2.0 hard drive interface
For use with digital cameras and select cell phones
Important Windows and Office patches:
Last Patch Tuesday for Windows 2000 and Windows XP SP2
There are only a handful of Microsoft patches this month and Patch Tuesday will have only four security bulletins. This month also marks the end of Microsoft support for Windows 2000 and Windows XP SP2.
Of the four scheduled security bulletins, three are rated as Critical, while the remaining one is Important. Two of the Critical security bulletins impact Windows, and the other two security bulletins affect Microsoft Office.
Fixes include patches for Windows XP and 2003 and fixes the Windows Help and Support Center vulnerability. Another bulletin fixes a problem in the AERO display driver component for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
For users of Windows XP SP2, the end of support means no new security updates, no new non security hotfixes, and no access to Microsoft's product development resources. To get around this you can still apply SP3, which is still supported. As of July 13, 2010, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, or options for Windows 2000 at all.
Ever wanted to join Facebook but were afraid to? Check out this tutorial on how to join and start using Facebook effectively.
Readers Question of the Month:
How to make Wor0d 2007 behave like Word 2003
Ella writes in with an Office question. Question: I just got a new computer and it has Word 2007 on it and when I write a letter and hit enter to go to the next line it goes down 2 lines instead of 1. I had Word 2003 before and when I pressed enter it would just go down to the next line. I only want to go down one line at a time when I press enter. How do I change that?
Answer: If you want to go back to the Word 2003 formatting then you can change the style to the Word 2003 style. On the Home tab in Word look for the Change Styles icon and click the dropdown and choose Style Set and then Word 2003. If you want to make that the default then after choosing the Word 2003 style click on Change Styles again and then choose Set as Default.
YouTube is launching a new service which the company showed as a sneak peek back at Google's I|O conference in May called YouTube Leanback. It runs in any browser that supports Flash-iPads need not apply-and is designed to make watching YouTube feel a bit like watching a personalized TV channel with a really slick program guide that can be controlled by keyboard. Videos display in full-screen mode, and you press the Up Arrow key to search and the Down Arrow key to reach playback controls, a feed of videos tailored to your interests (which are search results if you've just searched) and a browsable directory of videos in major categories.