Viruses hidden in Microsoft Word and Excel files are making a comeback |

Viruses hidden in Microsoft Word and Excel files are making a comeback |


custom or Quick: Avoiding problems


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Today, we will be talking about how to prevent problems in the future, by doing something simple, it may take a few minutes but, in the long run, it will be well worth it. I run across several computers and they all run into the same problem, be it something they were in a hurry to do, or they didn’t know that there is an alternative, or just didn’t notice. Like for instance do we notice that when you are about to download Adobe, that it includes a free virus Scan from McAfee.

Enhanced by ZemantaThere are many programs out there it is sometimes hard to keep track of them, some them even include toolbars, so where am I going with this? Once a person download a new program, the immediately want to run it sometimes overlooking the obvious, if you do the quick install you will not notice it until your computer starts to act strange. Then there are those that include a toolbar and all of sudden your browser is offering something, that you really didn’t want. By downloading something simple as “SpeedFan” we find we could end up with such programs as Conduit Search, Optimizer Pro, so in order to avoid having these programs installed on our computer, we clicked on decline, now if we didn’t notice that there was a decline button, and just pressed next, we would have these two programs, to not install Optimizer pro, you still have to UN-check the box, then click “Decline”I hope this gave you some insight into what can happen, and if we go slowly and just don’t click with out reading each item, we will solve a lot of problems and headaches in the long run. If you do get into a mess if you download from my blog Malwarebytes, this should take care of all of your problems.
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So, what is the cloud?


Today, we are going to be talking about what the Cloud is and what companies  offer free storage. We will only cover a few. First off, we find that there are different ways to store our stuff, maybe, a bigger … Continue reading

What is a hard drive anyway?

 SATA  and ATA/IDE Hard Drive Today, we are going to be talking about the hard drive.   What is a hard drive, you  ask. Well,  It is basically a device that stores all your files, including the Operating system, music, pictures, games, and so forth.  Sometimes files get corrupted, and this can create problems for the hard drive. To be safe  a disk check,once a month will help, along with  a disk fragmentation, and disk cleanup.  Do not do a disk check but, once a month, this is very hard on the drive.

As an  extra precaution, Make sure to  transfer all your files on Compact Discs, or DVDs.  That way, should the hard drive die you will be ready. To help keep the hard drive from getting over-cluttered, you can you Ccleaner put out by Piriform. They also offer a  disk Defragmenter called  Defraggler. for disk recovery, they offer Recuva. All these programs are free.

Should you ever start to hear your hard drive making a scratchy noise, this will be the first sign that there is a problem. It may take time before it finally gives out. Hard drive’s are quite inexpensive. Usually run about 50-70 dollars at Bestbuy .

So, to find out what the computer looks inside and find out what that hard drive looks like. Let’s open up the computer. First thing, unplug the computer from the wall-socket.  After you have disconnected the mouse, Keyboard, Display and any USB devices, lay the computer down on a work table, attach the Electrostatic discharge band to your wrist. Grounding the alligator clip to a piece of metal on the computer.

To tell you about the Electrostatic discharge band click here:

Once you have slid off the cover, you’re going to see many parts. How do you figure out where the hard drive is located? Well the hard drive is thinner, than say an optical drive. On the front of the optical drive you will see the button that slides open the tray, when you want to listen to your favorite  music on a Compact Disc, or CD which is what everybody calls it. Same thing if you want to watch a Movie, DVD, Blue-Ray.  SATA Hard Drive (2)

The Hard drive even though it is enclosed, it  will look different.  It may be inside   what is called a Bay, or it could be by itself such as a SATA Hard Drive. If it is a SATA the wires will be color coded,  IDE(Integrated Drive Electronics) will have a wide 40 pin Ribbon, known as a IDE Interface Cable.

Now, if you are using two  IDE/ATA hard-drives, there is a small plastic connector, that you have to remove from one place to another, on the back of the device. this is known as a Jumper. either case, there are four settings:  single, Dual Master, Dual Slave,  or  cable Select.

Remember this is only if you are using two hard drives. If you are only using the one, set the jumper to Master Setting.

On a SATA device, the computer has what is called auto-detection, which does the setting for you.

This link gives an in-depth illustration on the history of the hard drive

This is a link on   how to make adjustments using jumpers on an IDE hard drive.


Press f-1 To continue F2 to enter setup


Today, we are going to discuss on how to possibly get rid of the

Press F-1 To continue, F-2 to enter setup”  error message. IMG_0341 (2)

I was working on a Dell Dimension 9100,   I had just finished re-installing the Operating System Microsoft Windows XP, restarted the computer and then the error message appeared. I have seen this in the past and really wasn’t sure on how to get rid of it, one of the ways, is usually to

replace the CMOS Battery. Below is a link how to replace the Battery. This goes in-depth.

Replacing the CMOS Battery didn’t work this time, so I restarted the computer. Pressing F-2, I was able to boot into the Bios Menu.  After going through all the different sub-Menu’s, I came across “Post Behavior” My Bios is a Phoenix bios yours might be something else.

So, I came across four different things to try. They were:  Fast Boot, Num lock Key, Post Hotkey and Keyboard Error

Now, depending on the circumstance or system. this may or may not work.

 When I got to Keyboard Error.  I  set  it up as to not report keyboard errors.

Pressed enter, than saving upon exiting, which is  usually ESC(Escape Key,) F-10 to save settings.

Restarted the computer and the error message was gone. To be sure I restarted the computer, no error message was present.

I Hope this helps you out.

God Bless

Data recovery how is it done?


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Have you ever had your hard drive die and you need to get your pictures or music. What do you do now? I know there are programs out there that allow you to do this, but, let say what if there was another way, where you could do it yourself. Well, there is a device put out by Sabrent,and other companies, however the one from “Sabrent” also have a light indicator and gives you different connections.  It is called a USb 2.0 to Sata/Ide Hard Drive Adapter. I found this device from a YouTube video by accident. I picked up the device from the Website for about 35.00. Lets see how it worksIMG_0312 (2)

I will be transferring the data from an   Iomega IDHD 320-U External Hard Drive to a Compaq Presario cq5320y on a 64 bit motherboard that is running Windows 7

Now, taking the Iomega External hard drive, remove the two screws from the rear ,  the housing should  slide right off.

You will need to  disconnect the  power and 40 pin connector from the hard drive. Make sure you are using the ESD Strap. To prevent damaging the hard drive.
Next connect the  Sabrent hard drive adapter. this will be the  Square plastic  connector, this will plug in to back of the Hard drive depending if you are using a IDE or SATA. the SATA connection is at the top, IDE will be on the left, the other one is used to connect a laptop hard drive.  a USB   will plug into the computer, the other end will plug into the back of the IDE hard drive. Should you be using the Sata connection you will need to use Sata colored wire.

You will find that there is a power cord, like on the back of your computer. which will  connect to the Power Adapter. On the end of the power Adapter, is a power plug that goes into the back of the hard drive.

Now, that you have connected the SATA,  or IDE connection,  go to the computer.

Click on computer tab  to see if your connected devices appears with your list of hard drives.

Once the Hard Drive has been identified,  double Click on it .  You Should  see  the files of the folder.making a new folder

Now, you need to make a new folder. To do this, go to the desktop, Right-Click, go down to New and click on Folder.  Open up the folder and  Drag one of the folders to the new folder then it  should start to copy the new files.

When that is done drag the next folder until  you have completed transferring all the files or what will fit on your hard drive. God Bless