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!!!You Have Been Challenged!!!

Someone Thinks You Are Dumb – Take The Quiz and Prove Them Wrong!


Okay, I’ll play along..
1) I don’t know who sent it.
2) It has an attachment.
3) They are playing on my ego and vanity. (the next two play on Greed)

4) I may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I ain’t “dumb” enough to open ANY of these three.

This is why you want to turn off the “Preview pane” in your webmail, and e-mail client (Outlook, Thunderbird, etc.). As the top entry in my Inbox, the Preview feature would open this e-mail and show me the first few lines … telling these spamming SOB’s that my address was a ‘keeper’, automatically.

Please see, Outlook as a security risk for how to disable this neato ‘feature’ you don’t need and really don’t want (IMHO).

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An Update is causing BSOD, what do I do?

Q: An recent Windows Update is causing my computer to blue screen, what do I do to fix this?

A: From time to time a Microsoft security Update will not be compatible with the software and/or device drivers on your machine and the instability will trigger the Blue Screen Of Death (for more on BSOD’s and what to do, see “When good computers go bad“). Usually, Microsoft will repair this and issue a new Update … eventually.

In the meantime, remove the Update (If you’re not sure which Update is the perp, remove the most recent ones) by going to Add/Remove Programs in your Control Panel. (Start >Settings >Control Panel >Add/Remove Programs) Now look to the top area and place a check (select) in the “Show updates” checkbox. Now you will be able to see the list of installed Updates.

Click on the Update you want to remove, and then click on the “Remove” button. (You may need to reboot your PC afterwards.)

Today’s free link:(s) I do NOT recommend uninstalling security updates unless they cause your machine to become inoperable. I am a big fan of security updates and want all my vulnerabilities patched. If you’re like me in that aspect, Secunia’s Personal Software Inspector is for you.

* Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer 8 Today

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