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Disappearing IE, Small Icons, Shareware vs. Freeware, What's This? and more

Another set of quick answers to short questions.

  • When I visit this web page, my IE disappears – why?
  • What’s the difference between shareware and freeware?
  • How can I hide my email address when using Microsoft Outlook?
  • How can I read yahoogroups from Outlook?
  • Is there an online source to value used computer equipment?
  • When I connect to the internet a second international dialup network connection is created. Why?


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When I visit this web page, my IE disappears – why?
Usually it's due to misbehaving spyware. Get Ad-Aware or
Spybot (my recommendations
page
), and scan. It may also be worth running the system file checker.

What's the difference between shareware and
freeware?
In a word: obligation. Shareware is meant to be paid for
after you've downloaded evaluated the software. Usually it's by the
honor system, though some packages will either be crippled in some fashion
until you pay and register, and others may simply stop working after some
preset trial period. Freeware is just that … free. There's no
obligation to pay. Occasionally there might be a request for a fee or
donation, the software itself is unrestricted.

How can I hide my email address when using Microsoft
Outlook?
Well, you can, but you can't. The "trick"
to hiding your email address is to create another account in Microsoft
Outlook where you configure the email address to be something other than
your real email address. Then use that account to send your email. The
"can't" part is that if you're really expecting this to
be true anonymity, there are still clues left in the mail headers that may
make it possible to track the email back to you.

How can I read yahoogroups from Outlook? The only real
solution is to configure the Yahoo group to send you email – either
individual emails for each post, or a digest. There's no other direct
interface to Yahoo groups that can be used by mailers such as Outlook.

Is there an online source to value used computer
equipment?
Sure – Ebay. Seriously, Ebay is a great way to see what
things are actually selling for. Be sure to use the advanced search
interface and look at completed auctions to see what price items
actually fetched.

When I connect to the internet a second international dialup
network connection is created. Why?
Yikes! You almost certainly
have some kind of malware. Definitely run a virus checker and a spyware
checker as soon as possible. Recommendations
here
.

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2 comments on “Disappearing IE, Small Icons, Shareware vs. Freeware, What's This? and more”

  1. For the past month or so, I have noticed an icon at the bottom right corner of my computer screen. It is a wide exclamation point(white) located in an orange square with a blue circle partially in view in the lower left corner. Whenever I approach it with my cursor,it immediately disappears before I can click on it. Today it appeared when I connected to the Internet. It may not appear for several days,then it’s here! I’ve run: Norton Antivirus,SpyBot,AdAware, and SpyBlaster,but I haven’t seen this icon anywhere else. A DELL rep “talked” me through removal of some items,but the icon still appeared.Do you have any advice for me?

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