OpenOffice.org: Simply Perfect

Recently my sister-in-law called me with the following problem: her daughter had a Word Document that she needed to work on for homework, but she could not get Microsoft Office to run because the version that came with her Dell PC was asking for a product key and she was having trouble locating it. I told her to try OpenOffice.org instead of rummaging through the house looking for the missing product key.

Windows Security Update KB958644

Microsoft has a released a Critical Security update for Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows Server 2003 (for Windows Vista and Server 2008, it's rated Important). Microsoft is advising Windows users to apply the update immediately.

The vulnerability can allow a malicious remote user to gain access to your computer.

Update Flash Now!

There is a major security update for Flash Player that you need to install if you haven't done so already. Flash Player is vulnerable to a nasty Clickjacking issue that is affecting all browsers. Adobe is categorizing the vulnerability as critical and advising all users to update promptly.

Read more about the warning and download the updated version of Flash by visiting the Flash Player update bulletin page.

Outlook Express Account Settings

In Outlook Express, the Account Settings are the settings used to retrieve your email from your ISP or other provider (like Gmail). Backing up these settings and saving them will help you avoid the hassle of having to go through the Internet Connection Wizard to add your emails to Outlook Express.

Exporting your settings to a backup location is a simple task and well worth the effort, especially if you're like me and have many email accounts.

Outlook Express Backup

Electronic mail (email) is the preferred form of communication today. How stressful would it be if you lost all your emails? Fortunately, backing up your emails in Outlook Express is easy.

Outlook Express stores each folder (inbox, outbox, sent mail, etc) in separate DBX files. In order to back-up all email folders (recommended), all you need to do is make a copy of the entire Outlook Express folder…

Malware Doesn’t Stand A Chance

Your computer is constantly at risk from malware such as Viruses, Trojans, Spyware and more. Anti-Virus software keeps Viruses and many Trojans at bay, but there are a slew of other baddies out there.

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware specializes in finding and eradicating malware. The program scans your computer for malware and if found, gives you the option to remove it.

No To All When Copying or Moving Files

You may have noticed that when you're moving or copying files in Windows and there is already a file with the same name, you get a message stating that the file already exists and asking if you want to replace it.

If you'd like to replace (overwrite) the files that already exist all you have to do is click the Yes to All button. If however, you don't want to overwrite them, there is no obvious way to enable No to All.

Although it's hidden, there is a simple way to enable No to All so that you don't get bombarded with overwrite confirmations.