Annoying Spam eMail

There is a spoofed email going the rounds at the moment, asking fora payment date to be sent to Sue Mockridge, who seems to be the Accounts Administrator at BroakOak Toiletries, for the attached invoice.

There is no such person at BroakOak, their front page currently states this clearly. Also, the address that the spoofed email is being sent from is NOT broadoak's, but it was broad-oak... It's now arriving as if from a lot of various different email addresses

The worse...

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Disable Mouse Right Click

Why would you need to disable your mouse's right click function?

Two reasons come to mind, firstly to stop your children accessing the menus and doing something drastic to your computer! Secondly, if like me you play online Flash games where if you accidently click the right mouse button a menu comes up and blocks the game play, though it continues regardless.

The simplest Right Click disabler I've found is MurGee Mouse Disabler. Just download, run it and tick the right click box and any...

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Windows OS end of support dates

As you may already know, Microsoft have announced the end of support, security updates, etc for Windows XP SP3. After this date, 8th April 2014 XP will be considered vulnerable to hacker attacks and there will be no fixes made available by Microsoft. I do recommend that you upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8 by this time.

There is a checker available to see if your machine will work with Windows 7 and also one for Windows 8. If your machine will, and you wish to upgrade to either operating...

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How can you tell if an email is spam?

You run your email program, Outlook Express, Outlook and Thunderbird etc and download your new emails. Without clicking on the unread emails, how can you tell if they are genuine or spam or worse still, infected?

You could try to work out from the title or sender details if they are genuine, but if you've got the Preview Frame enabled, you've just told the spammer that your email address is valid, or you've just infected your machine.


The best way is to run a previewer type program...

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Privacy Policy

Dragonrider Computing Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy was last modified on August 08, 2013.

Dragonrider Computing ("us", "we", or "our") operates (the "Site"). This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use and disclosure of Personal Information we receive from users of the Site.

We use your Personal Information only for providing and improving the Site. By using the Site, you agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with...

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Forgotten that password?

Have you forgotten that password, and the email address that you registered with, or worst still, deleted the email due to annoying spam?

Then you need a Password Manager! One I've been using for the last few years is RoboForm, there is a free version available that allows you to store up to 10 logins, but you'll soon pass that figure. Then the cost rises to $30 for a single computer or an annual $20 for multiple computers.

An alternative I've recently found out about is KeePass which is a...

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Relaying not allowed?

Getting an error whilst emailing like this?

Relaying not allowed. Please use SMTP Authentication

If you are trying to send an email to someone @ then double check that you are not trying to send to as both domains exist but only the o2 domain accepts emails. Ensure you are using o2 as in lower case letter "o" and the numeral "2" rather than numerals "0" and "2"

If you get this error and it's not to o2, then double check that the domain/email address actual...

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Free Microsoft Software

There are a number of free software programs out there, some more useful than others.

Here's a list of Microsoft Programs that I have found that are totally free and in most cases, fully functional.

Microsoft Office 2010 Starter (Includes ad-supported versions of MS Word and MS Excel)

Microsoft Expression Web 4

Microsoft Expression Web Design 4

Microsoft Security Essentials (XP, Vista, W7, W7-64bit)

Microsoft Word Viewer 2012 (lets you view a Word file, but not...

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Free Software

Owning a computer does not have to be as expensive as you might imagine.

There are reconditioned and refurbished computers, both desktops and laptops that are suitable, especially as a first computer, and these can be quite reasonable in price.

Software is the next big expense, especially if you decide on MS Office for example. There is a free Open Source alternative, Open Office. This is a multi-program package, similiar to Office and documents can be exchanged between the...

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