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Note: This article is only for Windows XP users. Other operating systems like Vista and Windows 7 do not share this problem.

Problems with Internet Explorer are a common sight. They range from simple errors to dangerous vulnerability exploits.

The first thing you should do when you have an Internet Explorer problem is to upgrade to the latest version as soon as possible. Not… Continue reading

Bypass Right Click Blocking on Websites

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Dana asks:

For some reason, when I go to certain websites I right-click and I get a box with a warning or absolutely nothing. Am I doing something that is causing this? I ran a scan and don’t have any viruses or anything, but I go to places and right-click and there’s nothing there. I am using Windows XP, but since it’s a web page problem, maybe

Using Spell Checker in Internet Explorer

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Lynda from Missouri asks:

I am having trouble getting spell check to work in Internet Explorer on my e-mail. Can you help me with this?

How to Find and Use a Spell Checker for Internet Explorer

The problem with Internet Explorer is that there is no spell checking tool installed by default and users find it very difficult to spell check their… Continue reading

Five Fun eBay Buyer Sites

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

WatchedItem.com

This is a pretty cool site for searching for eBay items! Under ‘Get to the Good Stuff on eBay!’ (across the top) there are three tabs: Popular Item Search, Top 500 Most Popular, and Blog. The example below shows the top half of the website home page; the bottom of the page has a huge list of Most Attention Grabbing Auctions, as well as… Continue reading

Web-Based Email vs Client-Based Email

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Of all the problems people have with computers, probably the most common is email. This is due in large part to the fact that email is probably the most commonly used element in a computer. Because answers to email questions usually require some information about the delivery method, many of them will begin with another question, “Are you using web-based email, or client-based email?”.

Web-based… Continue reading

Google Chrome Error Messages

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Shakun, from Ludhians, India asks:

I am a computer novice. I have Windows XP, SP3, and my browser is Google Chrome. Whenever I try to open a site, I get the message, “The webpage is not available”. The error 105 is displayed. After refreshing many times, the webpage is displayed. Can you tell me what’s happening and how to fix it?

Google Chrome is… Continue reading

Multi-Line Spell Check in Firefox

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Many of you already know of a neat add-on for Mozilla Firefox called Spellbound, that makes it so Firefox can spell check in multi-line text boxes, but what I didn’t know is that you can achieve this same functionality sans add-on!

It’s true, and here’s how you do it:

First, open up Firefox and type about:config in the address bar and hit Enter. You’ll… Continue reading

Google Alarm and Ghostery

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

When I was a kid, all of my friends had big brothers. They were always spying on us; when we had a slumber party, when we were talking on the phone, when we were at a slumber party talking on the phone…”Total lack of respect”, a friend of mine complained when she caught her brother under her bed.

I never had a brother, big or little. Thus… Continue reading

Manage Your Internet Explorer 8 Add-Ons

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

If you’ve noticed that Internet Explorer 8 isn’t loading as fast as you’d like, then here’s a quick tip that may help you gain some speed back. As it turns out, add-ons, like toolbars and browser extensions can slow not only the load time, but the overall performance of IE 8. The solution? Turn some of them off.

Here’s how:

Open Internet Explorer 8… Continue reading

Internet Security

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

The Internet has been called the “new frontier” and in many ways, it is. This “information superhighway” has caused concerns with personal privacy, and connected computer systems around the world (resulting in additional security measures), have provided hackers an opportunity to prey on innocent victims everywhere.

Here are a few of our tips to protect yourself and your computer while surfing the web. 

Remove an Email Address in Opera

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Chris from Victoria, Australia asks:

How do I remove an email address from Opera so it does not download new emails from that email account?

Opera is a clean and efficient web browser with tons of downloadable features. It is also, provided you downloaded the “internet channel”, the browser that powers your Wii. It can be downloaded free from www.opera.com.… Continue reading

Address Bars and Search Boxes

Friday, September 24th, 2010

There’s occasionally some confusion about which of the two boxes found at the top of browsers is which. One is the search box, the other is the address bar. While these tools in more recent versions of most browsers provide more flexibility than earlier models, each still serves a specific purpose.

Below, you can see examples of 3 popular browser toolbars. In all 3, the address bar… Continue reading

Security Certificates

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Ted asks:

I have a really weird problem. This afternoon I went to log in to my Facebook account and I got this warning that it was a bad website. I started going to other sites and got the same thing. Yesterday my computer was fine, and today I am getting “There is a problem with this website’s security certificate”. What’s going on?!

Aren’t… Continue reading

Installing the Yahoo! Toolbar

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

The Yahoo! Toolbar is a nifty little plug-in that gives you one-click access to Yahoo! Search and various applications, such as Facebook and Yahoo! Mail. Let’s take a look at how to install the Yahoo! Toolbar.

The screens you’ll see during the installation procedure vary with your internet browser. In this tip, we’ll first show the installation by using Mozilla Firefox and then by using Internet Explorer… Continue reading

Build Your Own Website with Google Sites

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Social networks offer an opportunity for a presence on the web for everyone, but they don’t allow the flexibility in appearance or content that you can enjoy with your own website. Plus, your website can be shared on the social network of your choice.

I’ve been using Google products for several years, including SketchUp, Picasa, Google Books, Chrome and their free website service, Google

Fun Brain

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Welcome to Fun Brain, a site developed for kids K-8 grade and the teachers who teach those grades! What will you find here? Lots of fun ways to learn and lots of resources!

The site is divided up into six different areas:

Flash Arcades – here you’ll find different flash arcade games that combine fun and learning! I really liked the Math Arcade; it… Continue reading

Microsoft Introduces Internet Explorer 9 Beta

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

The brawl between browsers heated up on Wednesday, when Microsoft released the beta version of IE9. Whichever browser comes out on top, web users will be the likely winners, with improved speed, security, graphics, and lots of bells and whistles.

Of course, in order to test the new IE9 features, you must wade through the installation process, which takes a while

Free PDF Document Conversion

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Did you know that you can convert .PDF documents to Word documents for free on the web?

If you have access to the Internet, rather than a program, I can recommend a website to you. This website is zamzar.com/. It’s entirely free and each time that you want to convert a PDF to Word, OpenOffice etc, you simply go on the site, upload the document, select… Continue reading

Keep Your Computer Safe

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Henry R. asks:

I have been reading your articles on malware and I realize that I need to take precautions, as well as be informed. Do you know of any programs that will do all of the things needed to make sure this stuff doesn’t get on my computer? And if it does, what program can I use to get rid of whatever it is?

Education Atlas

Monday, September 13th, 2010

It’s back to school time for most students, so I thought I’d share this great site about study skills. Honing your study skills can improve your grades and help you retain material longer.

Navigation is divided into three sections:

General Study Skills Guides-this section deals with general study skill like: effective listening, improving your note taking, reading comprehension, and dealing with test anxiety to… Continue reading

YouTube 101

Friday, September 10th, 2010

YouTube videos have become a regular source of entertainment and information for millions. They also provide an additional platform for our own informational services here at Worldstart. However, there are some tools provided by YouTube, that may not be familiar to all viewers.

The ones that will be discussed here are found in the video control toolbox. I was unable to… Continue reading

I Write Like

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Have you ever wondered if your writing is in the same style as that of a famous writer? I have to confess that I have. So when I found this application I thought I should share it with all of you because I had a lot of fun with it.

What you do is paste a few paragraphs of text into the blank… Continue reading

Google Instant Search

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Google, ever steadfast in trying to improve everyone’s Internet experience, announced something called “Instant Search” yesterday. It’s a snazzy new feature that automatically brings up search results as you type. So, instead of pressing Enter after inputting your search string, you now just type and the results appear at the bottom. It has to be seen to be believed!

So, go over to Google.com and type something… Continue reading

Firefox Quick Bookmarks

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Here’s a nifty way to keep all your frequently visited sites easily within reach in Mozilla Firefox.

All you have to do is drag and drop a bookmark into the little space in between the navigation buttons and where you first tab starts.

Like this:

Now keep dragging and dropping bookmarks as desired.… Continue reading

Multi-Tab Startup for Internet Explorer

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Learn how to make it so each time you start Internet Explorer all of your favorite sites are waiting for you! Continue reading

Disable AutoScroll in Mozilla Firefox

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

So, you’re clicking around, trying to find the end of the Internet, when you accidentally click your middle mouse button and this pops up:

This means AutoScroll has been enabled and all you have to do now is move your mouse around to browse the page. I’ve never been a big fan of it, though, so I went hunting around for… Continue reading

You’ve just found out that your buddy has discovered digital photography, the same hobby you’re passionate about. You have amassed a large collection of websites and would like to share the links. Here’s an easy way to email your Favorites files.

From the File menu, select Import and Export.

The Import/Export Settings dialog

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