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Comment by SkeeterVT on Does My Email or IP Address Reveal my Physical Location? (July 23, 2017 03:02 PM)
If you're REALLY concerned about your computer's IP address "giving away" your physical location, then by all means, use a virtual private network (VP...
Comment by John C on [Windows 10 Tip #7] - Task View & Virtual Desktops (July 22, 2017 02:46 AM)
Thanks for the tip, Bob. I keep forgetting about this feature! This is definitely useful for those that have a single display such as on a laptop. Li...
Comment by Bobsie on [Windows 10 Tip #7] - Task View & Virtual Desktops (July 22, 2017 01:57 AM)
If you unpin an app from the taskbar in one desktop, it will also unpin it from all other desktops. I thought that, perhaps, I could customize each de...
Comment by RandiO on [Windows 10 Tip #7] - Task View & Virtual Desktops (July 21, 2017 05:33 PM)
I think Mr. Rankin is being humble by saying he has got [only] 5 applications open on his desktop. ;) For those who do not have the TaskView icon anyw...
Comment by Ralph C on [Windows 10 Tip #7] - Task View & Virtual Desktops (July 21, 2017 03:55 PM)
Bob, thanks for this. I see the icon everyday, and have wondered what it was for. Could have researched it, but it was never a priority. Now, thanks t...
Comment by NB on [Windows 10 Tip #7] - Task View & Virtual Desktops (July 21, 2017 03:42 PM)
Great explanation, thanks Bob! I looked at task view and virtual desktops when I first got Win10, but never followed up on it. Virtual desktops mig...
Comment by MIKE on HOWTO: Convert Your VHS Tapes to DVD (July 21, 2017 03:14 PM)
Hi, just a newbie, but, wondering. I record my movies and videos onto my hard drive VOT I think. How long would these videos last on my hard drive? Ca...
Comment by Alan on Geekly Update - 20 Jul 2017 (July 21, 2017 04:27 AM)
My problem was my WiFi Bandwidth was being eaten. Network a free download showed my use at 25G...but my supplier said 85G. I was given the run around ...
Comment by Don on [Windows 10 Tip #4] - Cortana: Friend or Foe? (July 20, 2017 10:16 PM)
Cortana is an annoyance. I'd much rather type what I want into a search box and modify it if I have to, before or after the first search. It's ok for ...
Comment by Therrito on Geekly Update - 20 Jul 2017 (July 20, 2017 09:13 PM)
The article about embedding a GIF into a cell via its DNA could be useful in the world of medicine. They could program a cell (such as e-coli) so tha...

Browsers Articles

 

Is It Too Late For Firefox?

The latest major update to Firefox, v.54, was released on June 13, 2017. Its developer, the nonprofit Mozilla Foundation, calls it “the best Firefox ever.” After using v.54 for a day, I have to agree; this Firefox is the best I’ve ever seen. But will it be able to halt or even reverse Firefox’s decline? Read on for the full story…

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[HOWTO] Speed Up Your Web Browser!

If it seems like Web pages are “taking forever” to display, you might assume the problem is a slow computer or flaky Internet connection. But sometimes, it’s your Web browser that is performing sluggishly. A little maintenance can speed things up. Read on to learn how browsers bog and some practical pointers for putting more pop in your page loads...

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[HOWTO] Fix Chrome Annoyances

Google Chrome is the leading web browser by a good margin. It’s been around since 2008 and is now on version 56. But it still has some rough edges and annoying “features.” Read on to learn how to smooth out those rough edges and tweak Chrome to your liking...

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Don't Touch That Dial...

A new variation of the “tech support” scam is on the loose. What makes this one noteworthy is that it exploits a bug in the Google Chrome browser that has gone unpatched since its discovery in 2014. Here's what you need to know...

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Google Chrome, Ungoogled?

If you love the Google Chrome browser, but you have nagging doubts about how much data Google is able to collect from you while you're online, then you might be interested in a new web browser that has (almost) everything you like about Chrome, but doesn't phone home to the mothership. Read on to learn about Ungoogled-Chromium...

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Is Google Chrome Slowing You Down?

So you're browsing the Web, reading news or email, checking the weather, doing a little online shopping. You close your Chrome browser to do some word processing, but things seem a bit sluggish. You open Task Manager and hey... a bunch of Chrome tasks are still running. What's up with that? Read on to see why that happens and what to do about it...

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Tricks You Didn’t Know Google Chrome Can Do

Google’s Chrome browser is the most widely used browser, worldwide. Perhaps you've been using it for years, but there's always a new trick to discover. Read on to learn about some awesome, advanced, and hidden features of Chrome that can make it even more useful...

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[SPEED] Improving Google Chrome Performance

Google's Chrome is the most popular browser in the world, and it's where I spend most of my work day. But Chrome is known to consume vast amounts of system resources, sometimes slowing its own performance and that of everything else running on the same computer. Here's how to speed things up...

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Browser Alert: Will You Switch?

There is a new Web browser for Windows, Linux, and Mac computers. It’s called Vivaldi, and version 1.0 emerged from beta testing in early April, 2016. Vivaldi offers some interesting features, some never seen before in a browser. Here is a look at Vivaldi and my opinion of its chances of becoming a major player...

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Internet Explorer 11 Or Bust!

Beginning January 12, 2016, Microsoft will end tech support and security updates for versions of Internet Explorer earlier than version 11. To be sure your browser is as safe as possible, you should upgrade to the latest version of IE that your version of Windows supports, if you haven’t already done so. (Chrome and Firefox users may need to take action as well.) Read on...

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Microsoft Edge Needs Sharpening

Windows 10 includes an “all new” web browser called Edge that replaces the much-maligned Internet Explorer as the default browser. Microsoft is hyping Edge as a revolutionary product, but so far it seems only half-baked. Here are my impressions of Edge compared to Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox...

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Microsoft Edge: New Browser on the Block

The new browser that will replace Internet Explorer in Windows 10 has been called “Project Spartan” during its earliest development phase. But now it has an official name – “Edge.” At Microsoft’s Build 2015 developer conference, held during the first week of May, the company unveiled Edge completely. Here's what you can expect in the newest web browser...

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Internet Explorer is Dead

Love it or hate it, Internet Explorer has been the king of browsers since it was introduced in 1995. So why is Microsoft planning to replace Internet Explorer? And what new features will its replacement offer? Read on to learn about the browser that Microsoft has code-named Spartan...

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Is Firefox Burning Out?

Mozilla Firefox, once the sole reason why Web browsers evolved, is in danger of going extinct, according to the latest statistics from Net Applications and other researchers. A long, steady decline in desktop market share and an inability to gain the favor of mobile users add up to trouble for the venerable alternative to Microsoft Internet Explorer. Let's take a deeper look...

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Should You Reset Your Web Browser?

Internet Explorer... Firefox... Google Chrome... Sarari... all web browsers misbehave in mysterious and frustrating ways occasionally. You could spend hours trying to troubleshoot the problem, but sometimes the Reset button is the answer. Here are my tips on when (and when NOT) to reset your browser...

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HOWTO: Speed Up Your Browser!

When it seems like Web pages are “taking forever” to display, most people assume the problem is a slow computer or flaky Internet connection. But often, it’s a Web browser that is performing sluggishly. A little maintenance can speed things up. Here is how browsers bog down and some practical tips for restoring the pop to your page loads...

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Guest Mode to the Rescue!

Have you ever let someone use your Web browser “just for a minute” and returned to find things in total disarray? Perhaps your guest logged you out of Facebook or Gmail. Maybe they changed your settings or installed a toolbar. Yuck. Wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t have to clean up after guests, or worry about them seeing things that are not their business? Guest Mode solves the problem -- read on...

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Internet Explorer: The LEAST Secure Browser?

One website is reporting that a record number of security vulnerabilities were discovered in Internet Explorer during the first half of 2014, far more than in Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Should alarms be sounded across the land? Should you tell Mom to switch browsers? Let's find out...

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Surprises in Firefox 29

The Firefox browser is updated so frequently that a new version barely makes the news cycle anymore. Usually, updates are minor tweaks and bug fixes. But the latest release, Firefox 29, startled users and pundits with a major makeover. Will it be enough to propel Firefox past its rivals, or will it turn loyal users away? Here's what's happening...

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Help, My Browser Got Hijacked!

A reader asks: 'Every time I open my browser, it goes to an unfamiliar search engine page, and when I search from the toolbar, it no longer uses Google. I also have new toolbars that I didn't ask for. Was my browser hijacked somehow? If so, how do I get my settings back to normal?'

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ALERT: Serious Internet Explorer Flaw Discovered

Security holes in Web browsers are hardly unusual, and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has had more than its fair share exploited and exposed. But the latest flaw is a doozy so dangerous that governments are urging users to switch to alternative browsers until Microsoft issues a patch. And it isn’t clear when that patch will be issued. Find out what you must do NOW...

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Have You Been to The Opera Browser Lately?

Opera, the little browser with the little desktop market share, is making some waves. Its latest innovation is an Android app that compresses data to conserve mobile data allowances. If you aren’t entirely happy with any of the Big Three, Opera is worth looking at for your desktop or mobile browser.

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Internet Explorer Has Stopped Working!

If Internet Explorer suddenly stops responding; disappears from your screen, leaving a popup error message; or if it closes immediately after you launch it, then you have a problem. Here's how to solve it...

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Best Browser for Malware Protection?

Web browsers are used to interact with the Internet more than any other type of software. So it’s no surprise that the latest malware tries to infiltrate computers via Web browsers. But which browser does the best job of protecting you? Read on for some surprising test results...

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Chrome 27 and the BLAM! Factor

The latest version of Chrome (version 27 beta) has been released. Google is promising that their popular browser will display web pages 5 percent faster, a significant leap. Read on to find out what else is new in this release, and whether or not 5 percent makes any difference in real-world web surfing...

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Google Chrome vs Microsoft Internet Explorer

Google Chrome has dramatically increased its share of the global browser market over the past year, steadily rising from 20 percent to about 35 percent of users. Meanwhile, Microsoft Internet Explorer’s share has steadily dropped, until IE is now in second place by an inch. (Firefox is in third place and its share is shrinking.) Should you consider switching from Internet Explorer to Google Chrome? Here's how they compare...

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Should You Download Firefox 15?

Firefox 15 was released recently. It seems to have a couple of cool new improvements. It might even be good enough to make you want to switch. Should you install it? Here are the pros and cons...

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Yahoo Axis: A Better Web Browser?

If you've heard about Axis, but find it confusing, join the club. Is it a browser, or just an add-on for your Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome browser? Will it replace your favorite search engine, or fundamentally change the way you search and browse the Web? Read on to learn more about Yahoo Axis...

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A Closer Look At Cookies

I often get email from people who misunderstand or fear browser cookies. And that's no wonder, given all the false and misleading information that's out there. Since 1996, I've been working to dispel the cookie myths, and neither the technology nor my opinion of cookies has changed much since then. Read on for a closer look at the good, the bad, and the crumbly aspects of web browser cookies...

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What's New in Firefox?

Firefox 11 was officially released on March 13, 2012. It's the third major update of the browser since December. If you haven't bothered to update Firefox lately, here is what you've missed...

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The Best Mobile Phone Web Browser?

I use both Firefox and the Google Chrome browser on my desktop computer, so I miss some of the features they offer when I'm using my tablet or smartphone. We have both iPhone and Android devices in our home, and would love to have the same browser across all of them. What do you recommend?

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Opera: The Best Worst Browser?

The Opera web browser is an unsung hero of the Internet. It's been around since 1994. Opera is the source of many innovations that competing browsers have copied. Yet many users have never heard of Opera, let alone tried it. Opera ranks dead last among the five major browsers in terms of market share, and yet it has a lot going for it. Should you switch? Let's take a deeper look...

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Ten Awesome Chrome Browser Addons

I'm just getting started with Chrome, after becoming fed up with both Internet Explorer and Firefox. What addons do you recommend to make it even more useful? I'm especially interested in productivity apps and things that integrate with other tools on the web.

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Time To Upgrade Your Browser?

If I had to guess the most-often used piece of software on most computers, I would have to go with the Web browser. The Internet is an integral part of most people's computing experience these days, and the browser is the primary app for interacting with the online world. So it's surprising to me how lax some people are about keeping their Web browsers up to date. Here's why that's so important, and how to get it done...

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Is Chrome the Best Browser?

I'm thinking of switching to the Google Chrome browser. I like Firefox, but lately it has been unstable on my computer, and seems to get bogged down. Yesterday I had to shut it down because it was consuming 825MB of memory! My friend says Chrome is the best - what is your opinion?

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Which Browser is The Most Secure?

Do you trust your web browser to warn you before you stumble into a malicious Web site? A recent study of six major browsers indicates that you probably shouldn't. Only one browser succeeded at blocking over 90 percent of malicious links. Three runners-up tied at a measly 13 percent! The winner might surprise you, read on...

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Should You Install Firefox 5?

Firefox 5 was released on June 21, 2011, just a few months after the debut of its predecessor, Firefox 4. Eventually, Firefox 5 will be pushed out to all users. But if you're tempted to upgrade right away, you may want to read what's new in Firefox 5 and what you may lose by upgrading...

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How to Remove Spyware Toolbars

I now have FOUR unwanted toolbars on my browser! In addition to cluttering up my screen, I'm getting 'adult' popups, and it also messes up my searching. I can't figure out how they got there, or how to get rid of them. Help?

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Which Browser Is Fastest?

I've been using the Chrome browser because it was rated as the fastest. Now I hear the new IE9 is winning the speed tests. Which browser is fastest in real life situations, and do you recommend one over another?

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Firefox 4 Beta

Firefox 4 Beta was released for testing last year. A couple of million volunteers have downloaded the beta and provided feedback that is helping Mozilla finish and improve this latest-generation browser. After 12 iterations of Firefox 4 Beta, it's almost ready for general release. Here's what you can look forward to...

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Internet Explorer 9 Beta

Microsoft released the first beta version of Internet Explorer 9 in mid-September, 2010. It's the first major upgrade to IE in about two years - and, it seems, the first real improvement since the late 1990s! Here's the scoop on the upcoming IE9 browser, and how you can take it for a test drive...

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Internet Explorer 8 Versus Firefox

Should you use Internet Explorer version 8, or the new Firefox version 3.5? Which is better, faster, easier to use? Read on for my comparison of the latest versions of the two most popular browsers...

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Internet Explorer 8 Crashes

Many users report that Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 locks up or even crashes their entire PC, under a variety of circumstances. They want to know why. Here's the scoop...

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Internet Explorer 8

Should I upgrade to Internet Explorer 8? How does it compare to Firefox, when it comes to features, speed and security?

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Private Browsing

Most web browsers now have a 'private browsing' mode which is supposed to eliminate your tracks while surfing the web. How well does this work in practice, and which browsers support the private browsing feature? Read on to find out...

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Best Web Browser?

I have friends who have stopped using Internet Explorer and they're always telling me that Firefox or some other browser is better. What are my choices, and which one is best for the average internet user?

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The Chrome Browser

Google is now in the browser business. Chrome is the name of Google's new web browser, aimed squarely at competing with Microsoft Internet Explorer. So how does Chrome differ from IE, Firefox, Safari and other browsers? Read on for details and the Chrome download link...

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Firefox Version 3

I just read that Firefox 3 is now available. What new features does it have, and should I upgrade now, or wait a while?

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Is Firefox More Secure?

Is Firefox more secure than Internet Explorer? Perhaps, for now, but they seem to be catching up in terms of the numbers of critical flaws discovered. And if you're running Windows Vista, the Firefox security problem gets worse...

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Tricking Out Firefox

Firefox is an open source web browser that is rapidly gaining in popularity - approaching 100 million users worldwide and grabbing 15 percent of the browser market from Internet Explorer. A casual user might not even notice the difference between the two browsers, but under the covers, Firefox's focus on flexibility and usability has won it many converts from Internet Explorer. Let's focus on the flexibility factor and see how easy it is to customize your Firefox browser...

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Is Firefox For Everyone?

Oh my... I can see the rotten tomatoes flying my way already. But I have a confession to make. I've tried Firefox on numerous occasions but I'm sticking with Internet Explorer, at least for now...

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FireFox Extensions

I switched to FireFox because I like some of the unique features it offers. I've heard people talk about Firefox extensions that sound really cool, but I'm not sure if they are safe to use, given all the concerns about spyware now. Can you give a list of popular Firefox add-ons and also address the security issue?

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Firefox and Earthlink

I've heard that I should switch to Firefox, but my ISP Earthlink tells me that Earthlink can only use Internet Explorer as its default browser and made it sound like I'd get into a bunch of trouble if I even used Firefox as a secondary browser. Is that true? How do you use Firefox as a secondary browser? When you add Firefox as the default browser, how do you do Microsoft updates?

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Sharing Browser Favorites

When I installed Firefox I was able to transfer favourites from Internet Explorer. I still use both browsers, so now that I have added more bookmarks to Firefox is it possible to share or transfer them to Internet Explorer?

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