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Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is one of many free anti-virus programs available. In the end it really doesn’t matter too much which one you choose, as long as you keep it up to-date and run a full scan on your computer on a regular basis.

MSE has a user friendly menu system. Like most anti-virus programs, updates are automated for both the download and installation. It has two scan modes, Quick Scan and Full Scan. The icon tucked down in the System Tray will change colour to let you know its state. Green is all up to-date, orange requires either a manual update or Quick Scan and red means for some reason it’s not functioning as it should.

I like MSE as it requires less computing resources than many others and therefore leaves you with more computing power. It has a good record of capturing and dealing to nasties that arrive un-invited on your computer. Used in conjunction with the previous four programs I promoted it will ensure you have the best chance of keeping your computer free of bugs. If you need help with this, give me a call at 345-6098.

Use this link to download Microsoft Security Essentials

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When you need to enter the web address of a site in your browser, do you type in the entire address?

If it ends in .com then you only need to type in the name, hold down the Ctrl key and press the Enter key, ie “Google” then Ctrl Enter. This will work in all browsers adding the beginning www. and the ending .com.

Provided you use Firefox and the address ends in .net, “Slideshare” then Shift Enter will work. Unfortunately there is no option for

This information reprinted in the Inside Eastside magazine,
Page 17 November 2012, vol 31 issue 10.

Malwarebytes - Abingdon Computing Essentials, Rotorua.


Malwarebytes is a companion program to your Anti-Virus program and is another “tool” in your arsenal of Preventative Maintenance programs. It looks for, and effectively deals to, Trojans and other nasty malware. You should have this on your computer and run it at least once a week.

Malwarebytes is very easy to use and will always inform you of any updates that need to be downloaded and installed. The update process is painless and is quite fast. The scanning process is equally simple to use but will take a wee while to run. Hence my suggestion that this is best done while you are going to be away from your computer.

Malwarebytes will detect and remove most stealth malware and infections that tend to hide away their existence. These files are different from viruses, which your anti-virus program should cope with. Any “nasties” that it finds are displayed in a list and you are able to tell Malwarebytes to remove all of these. It has two scan modes, Quick and Full. If you need help with this, give me a call at 345-6098.

Use this link to download Malwarebytes

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When you need to select emails or files, do you know to use the keyboard and mouse together?

When you have need to select a series of files or emails, click on the first one, then hold down the Shift key and click on the last one required.

When it’s a selection of “random” files or emails you need, click on the first one, then hold down the Control (Ctrl) key and click on each of the other required files or emails. You can now move, copy or delete the selected files of emails as a block.

This information reprinted in the Inside Eastside magazine,
Page 14 October 2012, vol 31 issue 9.

iObit Smart Defrag - Abingdon Computing Essentials, Rotorua.

iObit Smart Defrag

Files on your computer are stored on the hard disk in small pieces. A single file could be made up of many of these “pieces”. Every time you use your computer these “pieces” can end up in the next convenient place that the computer finds as being available. This causes file fragmentation and can lead to a delay in opening or saving your file.

Smart Defrag is designed to find all the “pieces” of each file and where they are located on the hard disk. It then re-arranges the placement of the files so the “pieces” of each file are next to each other. This will aid in the time it takes for files to load and save. But this has another huge benefit for the longevity of your hard disk. Now that the “pieces” are lined up, the moving head in the hard disk doesn't’t have to move so far to deal to a file.

This will reduce the wear on the head and preserve the life of the hard disk if you run this just once a month. If you need help with this, give me a call at 345-6098.

Use this link to download Smart Defrag

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When you delete an email or file, do you just use the Delete key? Then you have to empty the Trash Can. If you are confident that you will never want this email of file again, hold down the Shift key then use Delete.

This will permanently remove the email or file and you will get a warning to this effect. Please be aware, this is definitely a one way street. You will NOT get you email or file back. But that’s what you wanted anyway, didn’t you?

This information reprinted in the Mokoia Matters magazine,
Page 10 September 2012, vol 31 issue 8.

iObit Advanced System Care 6 - Abingdon Computing Essentials, Rotorua.

iObit Advanced System Care 6

Advanced System Care 6 (ASC) runs a comprehensive suite of “clean–up” programs with just a few mouse clicks. It has two modes, Quick Care and Deep Care. Quick Care takes just a few minutes and Deep Care taking about 20 minutes.

Deep Care will look into several areas in your computer to locate issues it will deal with. Once the first part of analysing is completed, a single mouse click on the “Repair Now” button will complete the “clean-up” process. This is like getting a bit of a tune-up and service on your car. ASC will check and fix items in the Registry, optimise the System and Start-up, check all Desktop Shortcuts, check the hard disk for errors, run a Privacy Sweep then check for all required Windows Updates.

ASC will help your computer to run sweetly, have less hang-ups and crashes if you use it every couple of weeks.

Use this link to download Advanced System Care

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After using Google to find a list of websites that matches your request, do you just click on one of the links to visit the website? Try using the scroll wheel as a button and press down on it instead. This will open the link in a new Tab and leave the results of your search still onscreen.

The advantage of this is that you can open several relative links and not “loose” the results of your search. You no longer have to keep using the “back” button to get back to the search results. Scroll click on an open Tab to close it.

This information reprinted in the Mokoia Matters magazine,
Page 10 August 2012, vol 31 issue 7.

cCleaner - Abingdon Computing Essentials, Rotorua.


Most people are unaware that every time you use your computer it generates temporary files, which accumulate on your hard disk and add to the indexing system. This especially true when you cruise the internet. You think “I didn’t download anything”, unfortunately this is not true. All web pages are made up of files for text, images and headings. These files are stored on your computer and then your browser, Firefox, Google Chrome or Internet Explorer re-assemble these files into the page you see.

If these files are not periodically cleaned they consume disk space at an alarming rate. The most I have seen is just over 310 thousand! These temporary files are not located in just one convenient place and easy to get rid of. They are all over the disk and tricky to find. How many do you think you have?

cCleaner is a neat program that does all the finding and deleting for you. Better yet it’s free. Once you download, install and run cCleaner you will see how many temporary files were lurking on your computer. If you sometimes want files back from your Recycle Bin, clear the tick from the “Empty Recycle bin” option under the System menu before you run it.

Use this link to download cCleaner

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How do I increase the font size in my internet browser?

There are a few ways of doing this. Try holding down the Ctrl (Control) key and tap the "Plus" key on the numeric keypad at the right of your keyboard. Using Ctrl and "Minus" will reduce the font size. Another easy method is to hold down the Ctrl key and roll the scroll wheel on your mouse away from you. Roll the wheel towards you to decrease font size.

This information reprinted in the Mokoia Matters magazine,
Page 7 July 2012, vol 31 issue 6.

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