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Have you ever clicked on a link, and Internet Explorer opens up full screen, or small and in a weird spot on your desktop?

It happens to me sometimes. The reason it happens is that you closed the window and left it at that particular size. Windows remembers that and the next time you open IE, it opens to the last saved size.

Here is a problem. If you open a saved link or favorite, it will open to the weird size, and you cannot change that permanently through that link.

The way you have to change this is to open IE to your home page, for example, click on the blue e just to open Internet Explorer. Once you do, size and place the window where you want it to be. Once you are done, click on the X, and it will save the size and position.

Now next time when you open a link or your home page, the window will be in the same place, same size that you last left it.

If you try to re-size, and close when you opened a link, and not just IE with your home page, it will not work. It will keep going back to that last saved size until you change it by opening IE from the Icon (like above). Then you can size, position and close, and your results will be saved.

I hope this helps those like me who like Windows they way they want Windows to look and act!

Internet Explorer 9 – Tips & Info
Wednesday, May 04th, 2011 | Author:

We have been using IE 9 now for a month or so, and it works really well, but it has a few little differences and as we all know, some differences can be annoying or aggravating. IE 9 is not available for XP, only Vista and Windows 7.

IE9 is supposed to be more secure and have better security built in and it does, but it comes with a few differences in the way the browser works.

The biggest difference for me, is when downloading a file. They have radically changed how the download confirmation button looks and where it is located. For years, we would see a pop up window in the middle saying “DO you want to download this file?” and Yes or NO buttons were right there. Then they moved it to the top of the window in a long yellow box asking if you wanted to download the file.

Now you have to look at the bottom of the window, and there is a long strip across the bottom that asked
IE9 download notification
Normally you will click on the save button. But if you just click on SAVE, it will save it to the last location you saved a file to, and when done, it will ask if you want to run or go to the location where the download file is. You also have the choice to SAVE AS (rename it and put it where you want) and to Save it and then Run the file. This is much more Firefox or Chrome like in the way you download. There is nothing wrong with it, I am just having a hard time getting used to that, and I download a lot of files.

The other key difference is a security feature, but a bit of a pain if you are not used to it. IE9 will pop up on the bottom of the screen after first installing it, or after you install a tool bar or other “add on” to your browser. It asks, do you want to enable this add on? And you can decide whether or not you want it to load.

Why does it do this? So when you accidently, unknowingly download a stupid toolbar for Google or whatever, and then it installs it, IE is asking if you want to run it. If you don’t have a clue, just say no or disable it. It will ask a few times, if you do nothing, it will finally stop asking you, after 5 times.

Another tip is the word menu across the top. It is not there when you start up IE9. So if you put your mouse in the top bar of the window, right click and a menu comes up, and if you click on “Menu Bar” you will get the old “File, Edit, View…” Text buttons across the top.

I like the clean look, not a lot of junk to clutter up the screen, and also it seems very fast.

Cookies, Flash Cookies, Removing them – Part II
Wednesday, September 01st, 2010 | Author:

In my last Blog, we I talked about what the cookies are, and some of the dangers they can be.

Today I am going to talk about how to manage and get rid of cookies from the computer.

First, I will start with regular old cookies. In my opinion, the best tool to manage cookies on your computer is CCleaner. If your computer has been on my bench for repair, you will have it on your desktop.

Crap Cleaner (Ccleaner) is one of the best free cleaner utilities around. I like the Ccleaner SLIM, that is a smaller version without the option of it installing a useless toolbar.

Ccleaner will clean out your temp files where a lot of the crud like malware and viruses like to hide out, and it will clean out Windows and other program temp files that you do not need and just take up disk space.

A really cool feature of Ccleaner is that you can tell it if you want it to keep some cookies. For example, if you go to a weather site every day, it is nice for it to remember you are in 97355 zip code, so you don’t have to enter it every day for the weather report. The cookie keeps that info for you, and it is safe. So you can tell Ccleaner to NOT delete that cookie.

In Ccleaner you click on the Options button, then Cookies. The left window shows cookies that are on the computer, and the right shows the ones you want to keep.

 

Just click on a cookie to highlight it, then click on the arrow pointing to the right and that will save that cookie. If you don’t want a particular one, just leave it alone, it will be deleted.

The other really nice thing about CCleaner is that it cleans out the dreaded Flash Cookies that I mentioned in the previous blog.

Older versions do not have this feature, so you should update CCleaner if you can.

To see if your version will clean out the Adobe Flash Cookies, click on the cleaner Brush Icon, then Applications. Scroll down and look at the Multimedia section, and make sure Adobe Flash is there, and checked off. I leave all the items here checked off.

There is another way to “manage” the adobe flash cookies, but I don’t like it and think it is cumbersome. You go to the adobe website, and from their website, you run a program that allows you to manage the cookies on your computer, that Adobe allowed on there in the first place.

I just don’t like it at all. To me it is really slimy that Adobe does not put something in the software that you load on the computer to remove those cookies.

But you get what you pay for, and for free, that is what we get, advertising junk. If you are interested in that process, here is a link on how to do it that way.

Warning, as soon as you click on this site, it is looking at your cookies, and displaying them for you to manage.

There are some good things to set in here, including disabling flash cookies completely.

I went into mine and disabled any access, and made sure all disk storage space says NONE. Click on do not allow on the other choices.

Make sure you click on each tab above, and change the settings in each section if you want to turn off those cookies.

Adobe Web Cookie Management Tool

If you use FireFox you can use the Better Privacy add-on to help manage the Flash cookies and other privacy settings.

Better Privacy for FireFox

Here is a very good Video that covers pretty much all of the solutions I have mentioned. It is only 5 minutes, but very informative and easy to follow. It does cover the Adobe Website and some of the privacy settings.

 

There was a hacking conference in Vancouver, Canada last week, and the contest was to see who could hack into Internet Explorer 8 on a laptop running Windows 7. Articles exclaimed that “Hackers exploit Windows 7 in 2 minutes!”.

This is true, but they failed to report that the hackers turned off security features in IE8. So, if you have a burglar alarm on your house, and disconnect it, because you just don’t worry about that kind of stuff, sure it would be easier to get into your house.

If you turn off your Internet security software or disable security features in IE8, sure, it is not going to be as secure as it could be, and it can be vulnerable to attack.

Another thing the article did not mention, is some of the other hacking contests and other Browsers that got hacked.

Here is a news flash you won’t read everywhere, at the same conference a fully updated MAC running a fully patched OS X, was hacked, yes a MAC!!! So the supposed bullet proof MAC and Safari browser can be hacked too.

On another note, The German government issued a warning to citizens in March telling them that FireFox had a critical vulnerability, and they should stop using it.

Back at the conference, the winner of the most secure browser, Chrome by Google, it had been patched for 11 vulnerabilities a few days before the contest. That means there were holes or security issues with Chrome, the best one.

Internet Explorer 8 is secure, and when properly set up (usually with default security settings, a good Antivirus program, and Windows updates current, there should not be security problems.

Any browser is going to fail you if you do not update it with security updates, and if you disable important security features that are there to protect you.

I personally like IE8, and I know people who swear by FireFox or even Chrome. I say use what you like, but honestly, they are all targets for hackers, and it is up to you to make sure your security is on, and your updates are performed to keep your security up to date.

Sneaky Viruses Hidden in Ads and Web Pages
Friday, June 19th, 2009 | Author:
Almost every customer that comes into the office with a virus infected computer asks how does it happen. It used to be so easy to explain. Well you are going to “those” sites, or you are illegally downloading music, or even opened an email that said, “you have won $1,000,000 or whatever the cause was.
Not so any longer. Those things are still around, but now the age of embedded viruses in regular ol mainstream websites. Hackers get into websites and can put viruses right on the webpage, and it can load onto your computer. Some ads recently have even been found to contain viruses.

Here is a recent article

Remember it is important to keep current Anti-virus software on your computer and make sure it is doing a weekly scan, and that it is scanning your email and internet usage. Using IE-8 is not a bad idea. I have gotten past the newness and problems it originally had, but there are some really good security features in it.

Also, be careful of what you search for, and when you go there, be careful of the domain you are going to. The domain is the last part before the .com or .net or whatever the website is.

For example, if you are looking for www.ford .com the ford.com is the domain. Sometimes the link will look like

www.customerservice.ford.joeblow.com

If you see a link like that, the actual domain is joeblow.com, the last letters between the dots. It looks like ford, because ford is in the name. But the important part of the website address is the .com and the letters preceding that. None of the other parts of that website matter, and it is definitely not a ford motor company website.

In this screen shot of IE-8, notice how the domain is in bold, and since it is a secure site, the lock is showing and it is telling you it is the verified BofA site.

Be careful on what sites you go to. Take an extra couple seconds to look up at the address bar and see what domain you are really on. Some of the internet browsers, IE8, Firefox, have the domain highlighted now so you can tell right where you are at.

Also, when you do searches on things, the hackers go out and find what searches are the most popular. Jo-lo, Lindsey Lohan, Obama, whatever is being searched for.

They will put up bogus webpage’s that will go to the top of the search engine, and they are infected sites.

Here is an article with more on this.

Internet Explorer 8 is Coming Soon!
Saturday, February 07th, 2009 | Author:

Don’t get too excited… yet…

IE8 is still available as a BETA program, so if you download it and install it, you do that at your own risk. BETA RC1 (Release Candidate 1) means it is almost ready to go public, but there are still some bugs to work out.

We have downloaded it here and tried it out. It is quite a bit different, and like a lot of the Microsoft new products, it is trying to do a lot of stuff, and I am not sure how well it is going to “help” out or be better.

We also found several features that were different and some that did not work at all. Things like cutting and pasting from MS Word to a web browser was not working on the Blogspot site. There is a “compatibility mode” which will allow older style websites work with the new browser.

Better Security is one of the big areas they focused on, to keep us safer online. The other thing is usability, which is always different for each person. The Tabbing feature on the new IE8 is a lot more like FireFox now. One neat feature is that it asks you if you want to close all tabs, or just one of them.

I highly recommend you wait until IE8 has been released to the public in the final version, and then wait a few more months. My guess is, towards the end of the year. If you get a windows update telling you to download it, I would say no to IE8 at this point.

I will do some more testing and have a more thorough review in the next couple of months, and I will keep you updated.

Paul