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Comment by Colin Churchill on How Can I Report a Spammer? (August 18, 2017 03:33 AM)
Hi Bob, Thank you for your newsletters during past years. As an"oldie" with average computer experience your advice and tips; particularly about Windo...
Comment by Paul on How Can I Report a Spammer? (August 17, 2017 09:15 PM)
I use Spamcop to report spam and have been frustrated by spam from one particular Japanese domain (ocn.ad.jp) that sends at least 50% of the spam I re...
Comment by Buffet on Your Computer's Worst Enemy? (August 17, 2017 08:50 PM)
Speccy installs goggle malware!...
Comment by Aki on How Can I Report a Spammer? (August 17, 2017 07:54 PM)
Maybe we're going about this the wrong way. Instead of going after the spammers, why doesn't law enforcement go after the sponsors? If the sponsors ...
Comment by MmeMoxie on [FREEBIE] Kaspersky AntiVirus is Now Free (August 17, 2017 05:33 PM)
WOW - After reading all of the comments, I am still going to trial test Kaspersky Free. I take the premise that using security software from countr...
Comment by Graham on How Can I Report a Spammer? (August 17, 2017 03:01 PM)
Here is a novel approach that I use for upsetting spammers. I go into the spam filters then any new spam I get I set up the filter to forward it autom...
Comment by ardj on How Can I Report a Spammer? (August 17, 2017 09:42 AM)
The best anti-spam org I know is Signal Spam at: https://www.signal-spam.fr/en/ Easy to set up, you don't have to chase for headers, &c, and no come...
Comment by Bruce Lamb on Geekly Update - 16 Aug 2017 (August 17, 2017 07:57 AM)
I bought a Surface RT 8.1 with the hopes of being on the cutting edge of Technology. Sorry to say the most underwhelming computer I have ever had. My ...
Comment by Tim on Prepaid Wireless Phones: A Good Deal? (August 17, 2017 07:32 AM)
I just switched to Virgin Mobile's Inner Circle plan. They are offering a whole year of service for only $1 (plus taxes) for unlimited. The catch is...
Comment by Kirill on Geekly Update - 16 Aug 2017 (August 17, 2017 03:44 AM)
I remember, how you, Bob, advised to install all Microsoft updates, to turn on automatic updates. I was against it, I mentioned previous "unlucky" upd...

How Can I Report a Spammer?

A reader asks: 'Every day I am getting lots of unwanted spam emails, advertising nutritional supplements, fake watches and even attempts to steal my online banking passwords. I have tried filtering them out, but they keep on coming. I really want to report these crooks, but I don't know how or where. Can you help?'

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 16, 2017 | Category: Spam


Geekly Update - 16 Aug 2017

Is Amazon marketing to dogs because they've run out of potential human customers? Which is the best web browser for mobile phones, and why have you never heard of it? Where is the WORST palce to view the upcoming solar eclipse? And what does the guy who invented those annoying password rules think of them now? Get answers in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 16, 2017 | Category: Tech-News


Prepaid Wireless Phones: A Good Deal?

Verizon, AT&T and other mobile phone providers are offering pre-paid cell phone service with pay-as-you-go billing. If you like the idea of NOT having a long-term contract, and you don't use a cell phone all that much, a pre-paid mobile phone plan could be a good option. But first you'll have to sort through all the confusing plans and offers...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 15, 2017 | Category: Wireless


Why Do Computers Crash? Here are Seven Reasons

It’s a real pain when your computer locks up, freezes, crashes, or displays the dreaded "blue screen of death" with some cryptic error message. This sort of problem can be devilishly difficult to diagnose, because many things can cause a computer to crash. Here are seven common causes of computer crashes and some tips on how to deal with them...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 14, 2017 | Category: Hardware


[Windows 10 Tip #10] - Make a System Recovery Drive, NOW

When is the best time to prepare for a disaster? When everything's going just fine, of course. Unfortunately, many people don’t take the time to create a System Recovery Drive for their Windows 10 systems until AFTER they really need it. Here are the steps to make a bootable USB recovery drive; I hope you will follow them right now, if you haven’t done so already...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 11, 2017 | Category: Windows-10


Does Your ISP Have a Data Cap?

A reader named Ray writes, 'My ISP (Cox Communications) recently announced a monthly data usage limit of 1TB, with a surcharge of $10 for every 50 GB above the limit. I checked my data usage and found that at my present rate this will cost an extra $100 per month.' Does YOUR internet provider have a data cap? Find out now, and get some tips on reducing your data usage…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 10, 2017 | Category: Networking


Geekly Update - 09 Aug 2017

Is NASA hiring a fourth-grader to serve as a Planetary Protection Officer? Can corporate lawyers burst into your home and confiscate your computer? And how can you spot bogus 'eclipse glasses' that may damage your eyes? Get answers in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 09, 2017 | Category: Tech-News


[RESET BUTTON] Restore Your PC To Factory Defaults?

A despairing reader writes, “I’ve managed to mess up my Windows PC to the point of no return. I give up; now I just want to reset it to its factory-fresh condition and start all over. How do I do that?” Read on and I'll tell you how, and why you might NOT want to do this...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 08, 2017 | Category: Windows


[Windows 10 Tip #9] - Tune-Up Tools

A PC is much like a car in one respect: both tend to accumulate garbage that wastes space. Cleaning out your car can be a messy, sweaty job with plenty of opportunities for back injuries. Cleaning out a PC is a more civilized affair, and Windows 10 makes it easier. Here's how...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 07, 2017 | Category: Windows-10


How Long Will Your Hard Drive Last?

It's a very good question. But it might be the wrong question. Read on for some stats on the life expectancy of a hard drive, and find out the more important question you should be asking yourself...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 04, 2017 | Category: Hard-Drives


Geekly Update - 02 Aug 2017

Would you prefer your microchip to be implanted in your right hand or your forehead? Why are black-hat hackers so interested in automated car wash machines? And what should you do if you find $40 million in Bitcoins on your laptop? Get answers in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 02, 2017 | Category: Tech-News


Android Tip: Get a Better Virtual Keyboard

Do you sometimes get frustrated with the tiny touchscreen keyboard on your Android smartphone? Does it sometimes insist on 'correcting' you as you type? In today's article, we'll explore some options to replace your phone's virtual keyboard. Read on!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 01, 2017 | Category: Mobile


Nest Cam Offers Simplified Video Monitoring

Surveillance cameras and video monitoring systems can be expensive, and difficult to install. Now you can solve both of those problems with an innovative wireless camera that can do some pretty cool things. Here's the scoop on this clever, affordable gadget...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 31, 2017 | Category: Gadgets


[Windows 10 Tip #8] - Bag of Tricks

Windows 10 is chock-full of handy new features that are worth exploring. Some will improve security or privacy. Others will save you time or trouble. Here are few tips and tricks you should know about if you're using Windows 10...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 28, 2017 | Category: Windows-10


[FREEBIE] Kaspersky AntiVirus is Now Free

Kaspersky Lab has always charged a fee for its popular and powerful security suite. That’s changed as of July 25, 2017, with the release of a free anti-virus package similar to other vendors’ basic protections offered free of charge for non-commercial use. Read on for the details and download link...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 27, 2017 | Category: Anti-Virus




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