Microsoft needed to execute flawlessly on a number of things for Windows 10 to be an inarguable success. High on the list were two things: making the upgrade process smooth and uneventful; and creating the first impression that Windows 10 is both familiar and slightly improved over your previous version of Windows. […] continuedRead more
Previously: Part 1 – the first five annoying things
I’m a big fan of Windows 10 but it’s not perfect. Here are five more things that make me a bit crazy.
Microsoft introduced a modern-looking Settings panel in Windows 8 and half-heartedly moved a few things to it from Control Panel. […] continuedRead more
Windows 10 is the best version of Windows ever released. It’s got the familiar look of Windows 7 combined with new features and improvements from Windows 8. It’s fast, secure, and compatible with nearly everything. It starts faster than Windows 7 and Windows 8 and performs better on the same hardware. […] continuedRead more
Ads on websites are out of control. An online debate has been raging all week about ad blocking – programs that run on your computer or your phone to remove ads from web pages so they load faster and you have fewer distractions. I’ll try to tell you briefly why it’s such a contentious issue, and why the consequences of a battle among Google, Apple and Facebook may change the shape of the web for all of us. […] continuedRead more
Edge is the new Microsoft web browser that replaces Internet Explorer in Windows 10. The name “Edge” was chosen so Microsoft could use a similar E icon down in the taskbar. (Seriously.) But Edge is actually brand new, written from the ground up to be fast and safe, as well as meeting all the current standards for web pages. […] continuedRead more
Hackers got an unexpected present this week: a vulnerability in Adobe Flash that can be used to break into PCs, along with detailed instructions about how to use it. Adobe issued a patch within 24 hours, so you’re safe as long as you get the update promptly.
The SmartScreen Filter in Internet Explorer will be updated in June to protect you against online advertising that might harm your computer. It’s a long overdue step to provide basic protection that really should have been covered years ago by your antivirus program.
The scum writing misleading “advertisements” have become more brazen, putting up outright lies to fool you into installing their crap. […] continuedRead more
I spent the weekend trying to clean adware off a perfectly nice computer. One errant click and the damage was done: web pages began filling with links to ads, injected by the blizzard of programs, browser extensions and add-ins that had come on board. The browser home pages were changed, the desktop was littered with new icons, popups were appearing in the middle of the screen, on and on. […] continuedRead more
Sometimes it helps to make sure you know some of the basic tricks. Here’s one that everyone should be using. It goes back to the dawn of computing, more or less.
When you’re viewing a long web page, hit the space bar to scroll down one screen.
Hit Shift + space bar to scroll up one screen. […] continuedRead more
An update to OneNote Clipper has made it the easiest and best way to save content from the web, from entire web pages to just the content you want – articles, recipes, pictures, or anything else. It’s only the latest in a series of updates for OneNote; Microsoft has been improving OneNote continuously, taking an already great program and making it better, especially on mobile devices. […] continuedRead more
Google has released a Software Removal Tool that resets Chrome back to its default settings, removes extensions, and scans for bad software. It’s the nuclear option to return Chrome to normal after an adware attack.
Adware and malware authors are starting to target Google Chrome with the same dirty tricks that they’ve used against Internet Explorer for years. […] continuedRead more
This week’s Patch Tuesday updates included a security update that will block old, insecure versions of Java and other outdated ActiveX controls. Java has been a huge security problem for years and this is an overdue way to keep it from being exploited by the bad guys. (Microsoft’s security record is good overall but in this case it’s behind Chrome and Firefox, which have had similar blocklists for several years.)
In its announcement, Microsoft pointedly noted that Java exploits accounted for between 84% and 98.5% of all Internet Explorer attacks by exploit kits (bundles of malware sold commercially) each month in 2013. […] continuedRead more
By this time all Windows 8 computers should be running Windows 8.1, the update that is installed from the Windows Store. (If you’re not sure, this article will help you find out if you have Windows 8.1 and give you some tips about how to install it.)Read more
Last week Microsoft launched a major offensive for OneNote, trying to improve its brand recognition and make it more competitive with Evernote. It makes OneNote even more compelling for just about everyone, and there may be some lessons here for what Microsoft will do with its Office programs later this year. […] continuedRead more
Here’s a tip that might make it easier to get used to the Metro version of Internet Explorer that runs full-screen in Windows 8. After you upgrade to Windows 8.1, you have the option to always display the address bar and open tabs at the bottom of the screen.
Background Internet Explorer has two completely different looks in Windows 8. […] continuedRead more