Connecting to the Internet in Windows 7

What may be simple to you may be very difficult to another.  I have had many customers over the years have problems connecting to the internet.  Diagnosing internet connection problems can be tricky sometimes.   You have to narrow down the problem to a computer related problem, a network related problem, or something on the internet companies end.

The first thing that I do when unable to connect to the internet on a laptop is to make sure that the wifi button has not been disabled.  This is also sometimes a switch on the front or sides.

Thisis another useful tip for comuters.Another very common problem is network related.  For this I unplug the power on the router along with any other switches, hubs, and other network equipment.  After that is a good time to reboot the computer restart any printers or other devices connected to the wifi, and then plug the wireless router back into power along with any other network equipment that had been unplugged.

After giving everything a few minutes to get reloaded, you are ready to try to connect to the wireless router again.  If you are still having difficulty, check out the video above. I thought it had some great tips for connecting to the internet.

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5 Tips For A Safe Internet Download

Internet Security Tips for Computer Users.  Whether you are using a mobile phone or personal computer for browsing, you likely have come across music, photos, videos or documents that you want to download. However, if you are not careful you will inject a computer computer virus or trojan or Raila Odinga virus in your system especially if your antivirus is weak and sooner than later, your device may start exhibiting unusual symptoms. You definitely do not want to go through this. To keep your devices safe, check out these exciting tips shared by Jovago.com, Africa’s No.1 hotel booking portal so that you can download anything online without any hassles.

Check the websites with friends

quite a number of people have an online presence, some of them must have downloaded from the site. Alternatively, you can ask your friends to recommend a safe site to download. Do not really on Google to give you results of websites to download. These sites may not be safe.

Up to date virus checker

An up to date antivirus software program is one of the key points to cyber security.
There are virus checker extensions which you can download that will help you check if it is safe to download or not. Hence, when next you want to download ensure that you activate the virus checker and ensure that it is up-to-date.

Download from reputable sites

There are thousands of sites which you can download movies. But this does not give you the pass to download movies indiscriminately. Unless you want a virus ridden system, make use of the virus checker that will help you determine whether the site is safe or not.

Save files before opening it

There are files you may not make use of immediately. You want to save it for later. After saving and downloading the file, do not open except you scan. This is safe because if your antivirus detects any virus, you can simply delete it before it swims into your system.

Read reviews before downloading

Depending on what you want to download, the reviews of other users can help you decide if you should download or not. Most times if you want to download a game, reviews will tell you if you should download the game or not and if it is safe to download from the websites. Also, the ratings of the page can also help you decide if you should download.

Read the original article: http://olodonation.com/2016/05/5-tips-for-a-safe-internet-download/

Other useful Computer Tips

Save 8 Days A Year – and Other Essential Computer Tips

“Soon to start your first job? Keen to become more productive at work? Read on to find out how to save up to 8 days a year with these essential computer tips…” and check out our other tips and tricks for Windows 10

Are you nervous about joining an office environment? Are you wondering what sort of ‘hidden’/soft skills you’re expected to have? Well, we’ve made a list of basic, but essential things you should know how to do on a computer, most of which are work applicable. Even if you don’t need to set up anti-virus software for the entire office, it’s worth knowing how things work so you can effectively communicate with your IT department when something goes wrong.

Check through the list, and if there are things that you can’t do, or don’t even understand, go and learn about them! The more you can offer an employer in the way of skills, especially technical, the better chance you have at finding a job. Not to mention, you can demonstrate your keenness to self-improve, and in turn, enhance your employability.

1. Save time with shortcuts

If you don’t know CTRL-Z by now, then give yourself a slap on the wrists. A calculation by Brainscape suggests we could save 8 days a year of time by using shortcuts! EIGHT WHOLE DAYS. Let’s run through some of the easiest ones with this handy little infographic we’ve made you… (You’re welcome)

2. Clear out all the junk

Ever wondered why Yahoo is your default search browser? Is your computer running slower than normal? What are those random icons on your start bar? You probably need to clean up your computer and remove all of that junk that’s slowing you and your computer down. Try a tool like CCleaner to clear out all the unnecessary temporary files, cookies and affectionately named ‘crapware’. In the future, try and carefully read all those clauses you’re agreeing to when downloading something to your computer (i.e. ‘Set Yahoo as Homepage?’). But, either way, CCleaner will help you out.

Wouldn’t it be so easy if you could access your home computer while you’re out and about? Well, guess what? You can! There are a few ways to do so, such as storing your documents on the cloud, i.e. a Dropbox account, or by actually accessing your computer from another computer. You can use the inbuilt Windows Remote Assistant, but we wouldn’t recommend it. Instead, try the free app, TeamViewer. It’s easy to setup, you just need to have it downloaded on your home computer, and the computer you want to use for remote access (e.g. I have it on my home laptop and work computer). Then you need to make sure both computers are logged into TeamViewer, and then they can connect. Easy!

4. Instantly share a file with another computer

It does depend on the size of the file, but there are various ways to transfer documents quickly to your friends or colleagues. You can use instant messaging services, such as Skype, team collaboration apps like Slack, online (up to 2GB) file transfers with WeTransfer, upload to Dropbox and share the link OR just use the inbuilt function in your system. Both Mac and Windows have inbuilt sharing functions when you’re connected to the same local network. These involve a quick bit of setup, and then you simply drag and drop any file onto their system. More tips can be found here.

5. Keep your personal information safe

The internet is not a safe place. If you’ve watched Mr Robot, you’re probably incredibly paranoid about how secure your online activity is – and so you should! But it’s not that difficult, you just need to spend a little bit of time getting set up. There are thousands of How-Tos on this topic, so dedicate a few hours to researching and implementing these safety nets. Don’t have time right now? Well, here are a few essential tips:

Don’t use the same password/email combo on more than one site.
Make secure passwords that don’t contain ‘personal’ words, like your pet’s name.
Don’t use public Wi-Fi networks without protection.

Read the whole story here:  http://www.grb.uk.com/news/save-8-days-a-year-and-other-essential-computer-tips/2016/05/11/2674

Quick Tips To Speed Up Your PC or Laptop

The humble desktop PC or laptops have become the workhorse of the business world. Lacking the glamour of a smartphone or tablet, their importance can often be forgotten.

Whilst your desktop or laptop may not have had a fancy launch party from the manufacturer, create buzz on social media or be adorned with a fancy cover. Yet as a key part of your business it does deserve some tender loving care.

When your laptop or desktop is not working is running slow it can affect the productivity of individual employees and even your company as a whole. The good news is there are a few simple things you can do to that will help keep your businesses computers running smoothly.

Keep Your Desk (top) Tidy

It is tempting to create shortcuts and keep folders on your desktop. Too many can slow the start-up process as the computer loads all these icons and documents as part of the process.

Don’t Run Too Many Programs/Tabs At Once

Each computer only has a certain amount of processing capacity, every program you have open takes up some of this space. If too many programs are open at the same time the computer will slow down and become less responsive.

A simple fix is to close down programs you are not using, there may also be some running you are not aware of.

This was originally found at:http://www.onesourcecommunications.co.uk/quick-tips-to-speed-up-your-pc-or-laptop/

How Computer Viruses Travel by Email

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Most people are trusting types, and they also don’t expect to be tricked by others…and those two reasons are precisely why a lot of people actually do get tricked into spreading computer viruses.

One way computer viruses find their way onto computers is through emails or, specifically, attachments that are sent with an email.

A virus lurking in an email is like what you’ve see in old crime shows on TV, where someone receives a package in the mail and inside there’s a bomb. Of course, the recipient doesn’t know it—it’s exciting getting a package in the mail—so they open it up. Kaboom.

A virus-loaded email is something like that. It will look like every other email you get, but inside there’s danger in the form of a hidden computer program that will hurt your computer and/or steal data from you and others.

How viruses travel by email.

Here’s an explanation of how a virus can end up spreading through your email, with your unwitting cooperation:

  1. You receive what seems to be an innocent-looking email from someone you know well (or at least know by name). The email will include an attachment that seems to go with the message of the email—if the message says something about a picture or video you have to see, the picture will have a name that seems to fit. If you open it up, you’re on your way to trouble.
  2. If there’s a virus hidden in that email, it’s usually one of a few types:
    • An attachment virus is a program attached to an email message, with a name that sounds intriguing. It pretends to be a photo or movie that you can watch right away. This is the most common type of virus.
    • An HTML virus is called “active content code” and is a small program written in a software language such as JavaScript or ActiveX. The HTML virus goes to work when you open the message to read it. In fact, the virus can be launched even if you simply open the message preview window.
    • A Multipurpose Internet Mail Extension virus (called a MIME virus) takes advantage of a security gap in browsers or email programs. It’s somewhat complicated—let’s just say the bad guy overloads what’s called the email “header” with information. The overflow information, instead of being discarded, goes into the memory to run programs. The virus program then gets run instead, unnoticed.

How the virus starts to spread.

Viruses come in different types and they can do different types of harm, but one thing they all have in common is that that reproduce or propagate.

A virus can go through your online address books, scan your old email files for names, or even look at your documents or spreadsheets to find names and email addresses to attack.

With those names in hand, the virus uses the captured email addresses to send copies of itself to your friends, colleagues and family—typically by using the same tricky email it used to fool you!

The email the virus sends looks as if it came from you…and may have some of the documents attached it stole from you. The email your friend receives might not even have YOUR name in the emails “From” section—it may have the name the virus took from your address book.

If your friends open the false email from “you,” they’ve fallen victim and have helped the virus do its work. Thousands of people could be affected at one time.

Payload delivered. Damage done.

Once the virus has taken root, what happens next depends on the kind of virus that was spread. It might result in a threatening message, erased hard drives, frozen computers or corrupt files. None of it is good.

The damage delivered is known as the virus’s payload, and it can hit right away, after a specific allotted time after delivery, or the virus may go off on all infected computers on a predetermined day and time.

So the next time you get an email with an attachment from a friend—and it seems perhaps just a little unusual—think twice before opening it.

By not opening it, you could be doing yourself and hundreds of others a huge favor.

Read more: http://whatismyipaddress.com/email-viruses

5 Tips for Cleaning Your TV or Laptop Screen Safely

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How to clean your laptop screen.

A couple of months ago, I decided that my TV screen, a 55″ Vizio E-Series flat screen, needed some maintenance. I play a lot of video games, and it was slightly unsettling to chase players down in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 with these great swaths of dust littering my field of vision. Seriously, it was like watching a battle take place inside an Australian dust storm. When I had finally had enough (after watching my KDR drop to about .65 because I thought I was shooting enemy combatants, when I was really just nailing dust bunnies), I took it upon myself to grab a can of pledge and a paper towel and wipe my bad gameplay away.

Big mistake.

Now, I’m left with what appears to be permanent streaks across my television, giving the appearance that there are giant gray clouds in every scene. This doesn’t only affect my game play, it also gives my movie and television-based web surfing a dull sheen that wasn’t there before. I paid a lot for that TV—and my laziness in researching a proper way to clean it has resulted in a significant sadness in my day. Is there a dumb emoji? Something like a smiling yellow face with a giant question mark where its brain would be? Please make me a t-shirt of that and send it to me.

So I went from my TV to my laptop, since now I had a CoD: BO3 jones that wasn’t going away, and since I can play Xbox One games on my laptop via Windows 10, I was ready to go. And that was about the same time that I realized that my gaming laptop has been sitting unused for about three weeks, and the dust that accumulated there looked like what Howard Carter must have seen when opening Tutankhamen’s tomb in ’23. As Carlos Santana once said, “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Or George Santayana. Either or…

So I went to the one source who knows cleaning better than anyone else. And she promptly told me to stop playing so many games and grow up a little. Not a lot of help. I then went to the experts at B&H Photo’s SuperStore, who were a little more helpful and a lot less judgmental, and here’s what they told me:
1. Try dry-wiping first

Don’t use paper towels; also, avoid tissue paper, toilet paper (ewww) or old rags. These can scratch a screen or leave grooves in the material (maybe not enough for you to notice right away, but combined with the wrong cleaning material, it can create the aforementioned and dreaded gray swath). Try to use cloth made from the softest material possible (like micro fiber cloths). Also, cool that we just found out about it, these new detachable lens cloths by Tether Tools. You stick it on to a camera or laptop, then just peel it off and use the whole piece as the cleaning cloth. Neat. And you never have to look for those cleaning cloths again—you know the ones that you throw away when you greedily open your new electronic purchases? Yeah, those.

2. Don’t press too hard

If you don’t see the dirt lift right off, don’t think applying more pressure is going to wipe the slate clean. On LCD monitors, big screen TVs and laptops, putting more might into your cleaning efforts may result in irreparable damage—most likely by destroying the pixels in the screen.

3. Don’t use chemical cleaners

If you do decide to use a solution to clean the screen, here’s a list of things not to use: ammonia (like Windex, although Windex does make a cleaning solution specifically for LCD screens), ethyl alcohol, or anything with acetone or ethyl acetate—as a matter of fact, your best bet is a little distilled water and white vinegar mixed in equal amounts. The chemicals listed can adversely affect the coating used on LCD screens and flat-screen TVs.

4. Don’t spray directly on the screen

This one was tough to learn, and I learned the hard way. Cleaning solutions, even water, will run down the screen and into the bezels, giving them access to the inside of the monitor or TV. If you’re quick, you could catch it before it does further damage, but it’s a good practice to simply wet the cloth you are using and wipe the screen down instead of directly applying solvent or liquid. This is especially true (and dangerous) with laptop screens.

5. Always unplug the TV first

There are two reasons for this: the first is that unplugged, you’ll be able to see more of the dust and dirt against the black background of the screen, and two, if you do use a liquid to clean, you want to reduce the chance of electrical shock.

And there you have it—five quick tips that could save you thousands of dollars. You put a lot of money into your TV; don’t be the dumb emoji and just spray it with chemicals, like me. Once you’ve got a clearer view of your world (and your screen), your wallet (not to mention your eyes) will thank you.

Article First Appeared at: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/computers/tips-and-solutions/5-tips-cleaning-your-tv-or-laptop-screen-safely

Seven easy ways to speed up a slow laptop

Dealing with a slow laptop is frustrating but there’s no need to upgrade to a new model. Follow these simple tips to clean up your laptop and give it a major speed boost. – See more at: http://www.saga.co.uk/magazine/technology/computing/how-to-guides/7-ways-to-speed-up-a-slow-laptop#sthash.DrCz8EU9.dpuf

As your laptop ages, it can get clogged with unwanted programs and files, reducing its performance to a crawl.

Rather than splash out for a brand new laptop, our easy tips will speed up your laptop and give it a new lease of life.
1. Check for viruses

Serious laptop slow-downs can be caused by virus infection or malware.

Make sure real-time protection is switched on in Windows’ built-in anti-virus program Windows Defender.

Run a full scan of your laptop to detect and remove any malware.
– See more at: http://www.saga.co.uk/magazine/technology/computing/how-to-guides/7-ways-to-speed-up-a-slow-laptop#sthash.DrCz8EU9.dpuf

2. Delete unused programs

Over time, your laptop may get bogged down by programs you no longer use.

Removing unwanted software will help speed up your laptop. Click ‘Start’ > ‘Control Panel’ > ‘Uninstall a program’.

From the list of programs that appears, click the program you want to remove and then click ‘Uninstall’.

Windows 10 users can uninstall programs from the Start menu by right-clicking the program listed under ‘All apps’ and selecting ‘Uninstall’.

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3. Remove temporary files

Temporary files created through everyday computing tasks can clog up your laptop’s hard drive.

Use Windows’ built-in Disk Cleanup tool to delete these, freeing up hard disk space and speeding up your laptop.

Click in the Taskbar search box, type disk cleanup and select it from the results. Select the type of files you want to delete and then click ‘OK’ and then click ‘Delete files’.

To free up even more space, click ‘Clean up system files’ too.

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4. Add more hard drive storage

Your laptop’s hard drive needs enough free space to work effectively. Once it’s more than 85% full, it will start to perform slowly.

A quick and easy solution is to move some of your files onto an external hard drive. Large files, such as photos, music and video clips, are good files to offload.

5. Stop programs starting automatically

If your laptop takes ages to start up, there may be too many programs trying to launch when you switch it on.

You can stop programs that you don’t need from loading automatically in Windows 10 by right-clicking the Taskbar and selecting ‘Task Manager’. Click ‘More details’ and then select the ‘Startup’ tab.

Here you’ll see a list of programs that load automatically when your laptop boots up, along with the impact this has. Right-click a program and select ‘Disable’ to stop it loading.

– See more at: http://www.saga.co.uk/magazine/technology/computing/how-to-guides/7-ways-to-speed-up-a-slow-laptop#

Your Spare Computing Power Could Help Fight Zika

Blockbuster discoveries, as any scientist will tell you, are very much the exception in the world of research. The day-to-day work on the way there is usually painstaking, repetitive, and unremarkable.

To begin to figure out how to fight an emerging virus, for instance, biomedical researchers first must understand the structure of the disease on a microscopic level. They must figure out the mechanisms that make it transmissible, then screen countless chemical compounds to determine how to fight it. Each of these steps requires difficult and meticulous work—the screening process alone can drag on for years. Eventually, if a certain compound appears to disable a key protein that makes a virus dangerous to humans, that compound might unlock a possible cure for the disease. At that point, there’s even more work to do.
“They’re able to do things that are unimaginable to most scientists.”

Before there were computers, all this work was simply done by hand. Scientists would plop a virus in a test tube, sprinkle in some dirt, and see what happened. (You can understand, then, why science and serendipity seem to overlap so much in the annals of discovery.) Now, such processes can be a bit more comprehensive: Computational models—of compounds and of virus proteins—can methodically discern how a virus might react to various mixes of chemicals.

But even with machines, there’s only so much work that a single computer—or a lab full of computers, or even a supercomputer—can do over a certain amount of time. That’s why, for more than a decade, an IBM-run initiative has helped scientists tap into the computing power of millions of machines across the planet as a way to speed up research into deadly diseases and other public health problems. The World Community Grid is an open-source lab that runs on the power of idle computers across the globe. Anyone can sign up to donate their machine’s untapped power.

More than 700,000 volunteers have helped biomedical researchers process complex datasets since the project launched in 2004. How it works: The grid leverages the connectivity of the web by dividing otherwise enormous processing tasks—like checking a library of 100 million chemical compounds to see how each individually reacts to a model of Zika proteins— into manageable chunks that are then delegated to computers across the network. That computational data is then sent back to the grid, cleaned up and checked for errors, and finally delivered back to scientists for evaluation. This is how researchers already identified a possible treatment for neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer. And it’s how today, while your computer is idle, you could help run computations to fight the Zika virus.

 

Read the original post here: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/05/zika-idle-computer-world-community-grid/483887/