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.
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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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...
Getting an error whilst emailing like this?
Relaying not allowed. Please use SMTP Authentication
If you are trying to send an email to someone @ o2.co.uk then double check that you are not trying to send to 02.co.uk 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...
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 Security Essentials (XP, Vista, W7, W7-64bit)
Microsoft Word Viewer 2012 (lets you view a Word file, but not...
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...
Ever lost/forgotten your password to a mySQL Database user?
This is unrecoverable and you are recommended to re-create the user afresh. This unfortunately messed up any existing CMS website that uses that original user.
My solution? Nice and simple.
Create a fresh user, make a record of this new user's password for later, then add the new user to your original database, retaining the old user as well, and use the new user to access the database using your newer...
If you have an All-in-One computer (cpu & monitor in one piece) that is running slow, REALLY slow?
Before taking the drastic steps of 1) Bunging it out the window or 2) resetting Windows, try this little tip.
Turn the computer off, turn the power off at the wall socket, then with it still plugged in via the mains cable, but turned off, press and hold the power on button for one full minute. This is supposed to clear the machine of a static build up.
I tried this on a client's...