Make Edge Your Ex-Default Browser

Running Windows 10? Using another browser besides Edge? Good. Make sure it’s set as your default. Otherwise, Edge will rear its ugly head every time you click on a link in an email. Go to Settings/System/Default Apps. Click on Edge, then select your favorite browser. Edge will beg you not to do so, LOL. AOL…

Is There a Desktop Under All of those Icons?

Is your desktop completely covered with icons? Create a few folders and get them under control. You may be surprised what ancient, never-used-again shortcuts are there once you start moving them into well-named folders. Create another folder called “Old” and drag the dead ones in there, just in case you might possibly need to get…

Boot Straight to the Desktop of Windows 10

Do you want Windows 10 to take you straight to a desktop without hitting you up for a password? If you’re using a local account to log in, you can make it happen by running a utility called netplwiz. You run it by clicking on Start and typing it in. Uncheck the box and reboot….

There’s No Such Thing as Too Much Backup

Are you backing up your files? If not, you’ll someday wish that you had. Flash drives are cheap. Keep one dedicated to backup and put all of your documents, photos, and data files from applications like Quicken on there every day, if possible. No need to overwrite files that haven’t been charged, but copy over…

Making Facebook Usable With Social Fixer

Is Facebook driving you buggy with sponsored links? Would you like to ban politics with one click? Would you also like to know who has unfriended you because you aren’t into their politics? Would you like to be able to create custom filters to block other stuff you don’t want to see? Then Social Fixer…

The Only Sure Cure for Ransomware

Ransomware is the scariest thing that’s ever come along, malware-wise.   A ransomware worm will encrypt your files, then pop up a screen advising you to pay someone (usually via untraceable Bitcoin) to get your files back. And there’s a solid chance that if you pay, you won’t get your files back anyway. What makes it…

Make Your Computer a Media Server

Your computer is more powerful than you think. How does streaming music and video to your TV’s and tablets sound? It’s not that difficult to set up, and all you need is a smart TV or a thirty dollar Roku to make it happen. You rip your DVD’s or Blu-Rays, convert your CD’s to mp3’s….

Surf Safely

The internet is a wild, wooly place. The best way to avoid system infections is to (a)Avoid Internet Explorer and (b)Avoid Microsoft Windows. The second may be difficult for you, so let’s work on #1. Download and install Chrome (https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/desktop/index.html), Firefox (https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/), or Opera (http://www.opera.com/download). Besides being safer, all three support extensions that will enhance…

There’s a fake me on Facebook! I’ve been hacked!

No, you haven’t been hacked. You’ve been spoofed. Someone has taken a look at your impressive friends list, and seeks to send them spam. So they’ve copied your profile picture and your name and sent out friends requests to your friends list. It’s nothing to get too worked up about. If just a few friends…

The Value of the Throwaway Email Address

How do I stop my email from getting spammed? One of the best ways is to create a throwaway email address. There are free email addresses all over the web. Set one up which you only use for “recreational” website registrations. For stuff like online banking, credit card accounts, medical accounts, you know, serious websites,…