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Issue #379: Oct 26-Nov 1, 2014

Q: I have an 8 year old HP Pavilion dv6700 laptop. For the past few months I have had a problem where the screen will go black while I’m clicking on an icon or typing information. Power is still on since all the lights are lit. The only way to restore use is to power […]

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Issue #378: Oct 19-25, 2014

Q: Thanks to your recent guidance, I have firewalled Bill Gates’ imps and corrected the problem they caused by sending me stuff they think I should have but which I have no idea why I need it. You’ve probably forgotten (Geek Note: No, I haven’t. See I.G.T.M. #365, July 20, 2014) but don’t worry about […]

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Issue #377: Oct 12-18, 2014

Q: Oh wise geek, I seek your recommendation. I bought a Toshiba laptop a few years ago that runs Windows 7. It came fully loaded with bloatware from the OEM that is completely useless. I want to strip this down to bare bones and get rid of all the bloatware and start from scratch, keeping […]

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Issue #376: Oct 5-11, 2014

Q: Thank you so much for helping us “non-geeks” through your column. I really appreciate you! My problem is when I did a scan with AVG it noted a problem with one of my Network Adapters. The Teredo Tunneling Adapter said Code 10, cannot start. Is this a problem? Is there some way to allow […]

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Issue #375: Sep 28–Oct 4, 2014

Q: I’ve read and enjoyed your columns for years-and learned a bit along the way, too. I now have a question of my own. So, here goes-drum roll. I have a Toshiba Satellite laptop, with Win 8 (hate it, btw) and IE 10. I recently switched to Chrome as the default browser and am in […]

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Issue #374: Sep 21–27, 2014

Q: After an MSUPDATE on a Windows 7 system, Internet Explorer fails to start. Task Manager shows each IE attempt using 17% of the CPU. I first noticed this after a SILVERLIGHT update. I have since RESTORED the system to before the update and removed SILVERLIGHT. All was well until a Windows Update Agent update, […]

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Issue #373: Sep 14–20, 2014

Q: I have enjoyed your column, but can’t seem to find it on the new day. My real question is how can I transfer old emails from Outlook Express (XP OS) to a Windows 7 OS computer? I only want to save copies of the messages, not answer or edit them. I can copy the […]

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Issue #372: Sep 7–13, 2014

Q: I have a Toshiba laptop running Windows Vista. Whenever I try to watch a YouTube video, the picture fills up with little pixels or small matrices and messes up the picture. This happens with other videos besides YouTube too. I think I am current on all my programs, but maybe not? This has been […]

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Issue #371: Aug 31 – Sep 6, 2014

Q: My mom is afraid of updates – afraid that she will allow something malicious to be downloaded. She said on her last computer that the updates were done in the background, and she was never bothered with having to make a decision. What settings need to be made to her Windows 8.1 laptop to […]

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Issue #370: Aug 24-30, 2014

Q: My account was hacked. I can log into my yahoo account, I can send messages but cannot receive them. – Paul P. Valencia, California A: I doubt you’ve been “hacked”, Paul. One typical sign of such hacking would be for the hacker to change your password to lock you out of your own account. […]

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