The Top Twenty

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Every night a friendly robot looks through the Ask Bob logs to see which articles were the most popular over the past week. Here are the current Top Twenty, ranked by readership volume. If you missed any of these, take a few minutes to read and comment!

Top 20


  1. Are Password Rules Making Us LESS Secure?

    Isn't it maddening when your bank, insurance company, grocery store and a dozen other websites demand that you follow a complicated set of rules when coming up with a new password? It's bad enough that these passwords are hard to remember. But new research shows they actually make it EASIER for hackers to compromise your account. Read on for the scoop…

  2. Geekly Update - 22 March 2017

    What do facial recognition software and toilet paper dispensers have in common? Did a UFO really crash on a farm in Columbia? And why are so many professional basketball players confused about gravity? 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!

  3. [SCAM] Gadget Insurance and Extended Warranties

    I've never been a fan of insurance, protection plans, or extended warranties for electronic devices or even appliances. In fact, I make no bones about my disdain for these “protection rackets,” which are all heavily rigged in the seller’s favor. Here's what you need to know about mobile device insurance, extended warranties, and my thoughts on what’s wrong with them...

  4. [HOWTO] Copy Old Hard Drive to New PC

    One commonly asked question is “How do I transfer everything from the hard drive on my old computer to my new computer?” If you bought a new computer, or just a new hard drive for your old computer, you'll need to transfer the files. Here's how...

  5. Zillow, Schmillow - Free Online Home Appraisals

    When buying or selling a home, it’s important to seek independent opinions of the property’s value. Historically, buyers and sellers relied on real estate agents, “the neighborhood professionals” who have years of experience with local markets. But today, online real estate price estimators such as Zillow are considered by many to be more objective and honest than the appraisals of realtors. But who is right? Read on to learn why computerized home valuations are not always on the mark...

  6. Can You Trust ScanGuard?

    A couple of readers have recently asked me about a new program called ScanGuard. One said: “Hey, Bob. Just ran across this on the internet. Article makes it sound really good – maybe too good. Also, what other alternatives are available that do the same thing? Appreciate all the good work you do and the information you share. God bless, Elwyn.” So let's take a look at ScanGuard…

  7. Free Hard Drive Tune-up Tools

    Keeping your hard drive in tip-top shape is one of the best things you can do to maintain or improve the performance of any device that has a hard drive. When things go wrong, the source of the problem is often in the hard drive. Here are some of the most common tasks that must be done with hard drives and free software utilities that make them a breeze...

  8. HOWTO: Connect Your PC to TV, Wirelessly!

    Wouldn't it be great to beam whatever is on your computer screen directly to your big-screen TV? Now you can wirelessly send Netflix, Hulu, YouTube videos, photos and computer games from your PC screen directly to your television screen. Even browse the web on your fancy big-screen HDTV. Here's how to make a wireless PC to TV connection...

  9. Spammers Hijacked Your Email?

    A reader asks: 'Can you please help, somehow my email account got hijacked, and now all my friends are getting spam, from me! I am always careful with my password. How could this have happened, and what should I do?' Read on for the answer...

  10. TEN Common Computing Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

    Sorry if this sounds unsympathetic, but most computer problems are caused by users. There are a few basic steps you can take to avoid malware infections, data loss, and performance issues. Too often, people try to save time or money by cutting corners, and they end up paying the price. Check out my list of common computing mistakes, and how to fix (or even better, avoid) them. Read on...

  11. HOWTO: Get Free Satellite TV

    A reader asks: 'I have heard about free satellite TV channels you can receive if you have a free-to-air satellite receiver and dish. Is this true? If so, what satellite channels can I get, what equipment do I need, and is it legal?' Read on to learn about free satellite TV options...

  12. Geekly Update - 15 March 2017

    If your neighbor's drone lands in your yard, are you allowed to eat it? Can you buy a latte while wearing nothing but a pair of sunglasses? And is the altitude in the Mile High City actually making people taller? 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!

  13. UPDATE: Free Antivirus Programs

    Readers often ask for my recommendations on antivirus protection. A common question goes something like this: “I got a trial version of Norton (or McAfee) antivirus with my computer, but the subscription expires in a few days. Should I pay, or switch to one of the free anti-virus programs? What do you recommend?” Read on for my updated list of the top FREE antivirus tools, and some tips on choosing free versus paid...

  14. Can MagicJack Replace Your Landline?

    A reader asks: “I've seen commercials for Magic Jack, a device you can plug into your computer for really cheap phone service. It sounds too good to be true... is MagicJack a scam, or does it actually work? Can it really replace my landline?” Read on for answers...

  15. Free Satellite TV on PC?

    I saw a website advertising software that's supposed to give you free satelite TV on your PC. The program costs $40, but they claim it lets you watch hundreds of live worldwide channels free of charge. Sounds too good to be true... is this a scam?

  16. [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...

  17. How To Eliminate 94% of Windows Vulnerabilities Easily

    A new report from security experts at Avecto highlights hundreds of critical vulnerabilities discovered in Microsoft Windows just in the year 2016. Any of them could allow a hacker to take full control of an unpatched PC. But one simple trick can create a roadblock to neutralize more than 94% of these threats. Read on for the scoop…

  18. Boost Your WiFi Signal: Ten Tips and Tricks

    A reader asks: 'How can I boost my wifi signal? I finally got high-speed internet with a wireless router, but the wifi signal is weak in some parts of the house. What tweaks or gadgets do you recommend to boost wireless signal strength and distance?'

  19. Why Backup? 9 Good Reasons (and YOUR backup questions answered)

    It's a good question... why should you bother to make backups? It's especially understandable if you've never experienced any sort of data loss. But I've got a list of NINE reasons, some of which may surprise you. Read on for that list, and ANSWERS to some of the best questions submitted by those who took my survey on backups...

  20. Which Mobile Carrier Has the Best Signal?

    When choosing a mobile service provider, you want to know which one has a good strong signal and a fast 4G data connection, in the places where you need to use your cell phone. Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint all make various claims about network coverage, reliability and speed. But is there a way to honestly compare which one is best where you live and work? Read on...



 
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Posted by:

Randy Rehwoldt
09 Dec 2013

Hello,

About 2am last week I was looking through my email on my nook and I opened one of your emails. I click on a geek update item that lead me to an article about an very interesting story about a mystery code that had appeared on the net that no one had been able to track completely. When I went back to share it with some fiends I could not find it again. Can you help me find that story?

EDITOR'S NOTE: You'll find that link in the most recent Geekly Update: http://askbobrankin.com/geekly_update_27_november_2013.html


Posted by:

Bill D
11 Dec 2013

Hello Bob ;

What do you think of www.freedompop.com ??

You have o buy an Older Refurbished One HTC EVO for $99 , then you get FREE 250 Texts and 250 FREE Phone calls in USA for free for as long as Freedompop will last .

Is that a Good deal or are there any BETTER Deals where you get a Refurbished Smartphone for $99 then Calls and Texts are Free every month . ??

I might not even learn How to use a Smartphone but at least I will get FREE Texts and Phone calls all over USA .

I am Always open to ANYTHING for FREE even Advice about Anything for FREE !!

Maybe you could open a Forum for suggestions for Everything that is FREE !!!!!!!

Regards
Bill


Posted by:

Dan
19 Dec 2013

I do not agree About a virus can not hurt a hard drive hard drives are poorly vented in a lot of laptops and over heating guess what a virus can do and dose put a system in a full work load loop causing an over heated hard drive to die, I know I did it to a laptop on the bench and watched as the hard drive died by over heating do to a virus People should know it can happen and dose in poorly cooled systems the hard drives are costly being over heated, some smart testing software shows pore cooling damages.


Posted by:

Lin Aung
01 Jan 2014

Thank you, for messing those letter. I was read some. I am not full for English language.


Posted by:

LindaSView
02 Apr 2014

Hi Bob:
Forgot to include this in my comment about the billions of dollars corporations are expected to spend. This is what was on the IE site that popped up:
res://ieframe.dll/invalidcert.htm?SSLError=33554432#https://blog.bit9.com/2014/03


Posted by:

Geoff
18 Apr 2014

I want to thank you for all of your varied articles. I found multiple programs or utilities trying to do the same thing, and the new Mcafee Total Protection was too complex and complicated for this 71-year old. Thanks to your articles and Avast I no longer want to put a bullet in my computer. Please, please keep up the great work.


Posted by:

Jessie
04 May 2014

Hi Bob, I am struggling with a slow computer and this is my only computer in my home business. Could you please suggest a reliable software that I could purchase and that will not damage my computer? Thanks,

I used US Tech support and I believe they made my computer even slower. Thanks

EDITOR'S NOTE: You might have been scammed. I recommend a System Restore. See http://askbobrankin.com/system_restore_for_windows_7.html

Next step, see:
http://askbobrankin.com/speed_up_windows_7.html


Posted by:

steve
15 Jul 2014

I recently purchased a net gear mp101 digital music player to hook up to my home stereo.after finally getting it to find server and for it to show me music file library, I was all set,only to be let down as nothing flowed through my Harmon lardons .the unit is running through Ethernet, firewall is OK,book really doesn't give troubleshoot. Anybody run into this ? Or any answers! Gave up after about 2-3 hours..should be simple,but!!!! Thanks Steve


Posted by:

Gill Kelly
17 Oct 2014

sending you this on my partners PC as I just cannot get into my Hotmail account, my user name is accepted but my password keeps being rejected as'invalid'despite changing it several times via Microsoft. What am I doing wrong?

EDITOR'S NOTE: What email program do you use? Hotmail web version or a desktop client?


Posted by:

Ray
30 Dec 2014

Smart Phone 15 digit Number pulse date cell was sold IMEI 15 digit Number showed up after I dialed *#06# on our Mobile's.
in case ours are stolen we mail the 15 digit IMEI number to cop@vsnl.net You will find where your Mobile is being operated, even if they changed the number.It didn't work on android Mobile phone. I haven't Used it yet and was wondering will it Work or is it a scam??

EDITOR'S NOTE: See http://www.hoaxorfact.com/Technology/if-you-lose-your-mobile.html


Posted by:

Ernie Brunton
07 Jan 2016

You are recommending LD for ink cartridges. On the comments section first page there a10 replies. Five are OK but 5 are negative, which is only 50-50. The negative ones nearly all complain about the LD cartridges clog the printer head. I may have had this problem with my existing printer and had to replace it. I was using non Epson cartridges Have you had this problem ?????
On price. The cartridges are shipped free in the US, but in Canada they charge $26.50 which is half the purchase price. One has to add on exchange of 40% and that makes a purchase of $52.57 come to a total of $110.69. Which is quite high
I look forward to an answer

I enjoy you articles very much

Ernie Brunton


Posted by:

Yvonne Mathis
08 Mar 2016

I need help, Linskeys is trying to hi jack my router cannot remove it from computer, can you help?

EDITOR'S NOTE: I did a Google search for "Linskeys" but came up empty. Can you provide more details? What do you mean by hijacking your router? What specific symptoms are you seeing?


Posted by:

Harold
27 Mar 2016

I'm sure you've covered this before. Just cant find it. When trying to watch educational videos on youtube Windows 10 won't let me. It gives me a message to re-start my computer (which works for 1 video). Is there any fix for this?

2nd problem: When loading pics I get a message in the lower right corner that says tap here to indicate what to do with the original device. You can do whatever you want. It doesn't work and it won't go away. It looks like it's too far to the right to see the X. Changing screen resolution doesn't help. Can you help.


Posted by:

Sandy Lumsden
01 Apr 2016

why oh why does windows behave the way it does, I seriously considered using a Linux operating System but Microsoft even make that difficult, so I will continue using windows 10 until I can afford an Apple Mac.One thing I am sure of I will not be using Windows for ever,for I am fed-up with programs not working.


Posted by:

Yvonne Mathis
02 Apr 2016

Wrote once before and since I am not computer savy, I was saying Linksys was tryin to hi jack router. Now A friend says modem, Linksys has removed my isp and entered their own code and now are controlling my computer,has removed my security which is Norton, who by the way cleaned my computer and said all was good, after that, noticed the Icon disappeeared and then reappeared, but is not functioning, I am redirected to sites other than the one I try to get to. I am elder female, other than a pricey computer service, can you help?


Posted by:

John
11 Apr 2016

I need virus clen my drive


Posted by:

Peggy
04 Jun 2016

Greetings
My internet speed is slow and if I have my grandchildren streaming a movie, it constantly buffering and my PC too.
I have a dual web-band and a range extender 3 yrs. old and Verizon router is over 5 yrs. old
Base on your expertise, what step should I take.
Greatly appreciate your help


Posted by:

Calvin
06 Jun 2016

can you go back and read articles further back than the last 20, if so how?


Posted by:

Ken Fisher
21 Jul 2016

Upgraded my Win 7.1 Dell computer to Win 10 last December. Two weeks ago, it downgraded itself by dropping the Start Button and screen, the info button on the left and Cortana. It has not corrected with updates. Pressing the Start produces a critical error and a restart.


Posted by:

Pay
08 Aug 2016

Bob, My Microsoft Publisher software gas disappeared from my computer sometime since I downloaded Windows 10.

Also, the names of my directories have been eliminated. I used to have one called Pat and Ray Computer and it no longer exists. There were two directories called mydocuments, one inside the other directory that I can no longer find.

I did a backup of 7 before I installed 10 (thanks for you publication!) HELP!!!


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