Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Google Caffeine- New Search Engine

check out the latest Google search engine....very fast!


when you get there save it as your home page by going to
the address bar and highlighting the addressing and right click and copy it
then open a new tab in firefox (file>new tab)
then in the toolbar go to
and in the homepage box
right click and paste the link there
(that is if you are using firefox browser-which I hope you are!)

Friday, October 23, 2009

Let's try something simple!

if you see a photo anywhere, the web, in your picture folder, etc....

and you want it as your desktop background>

just right click on the picture and go to
"set as desktop background"

if you "center" it it may not fill the whole monitor, especially if it is a small photo...

soooo > right click on your desktop>Properties>Desktop>Position>Stretch....viola and it will
fill the screen.....make sure the pixels are enough though....small photos will look blurry...

you can tell what the pixels are by right clicking on the photo and going to properties....
it should be at least 1024 x 800 to look like anything....if you have less than that the picture
is way too small....


How to temporarily disable AVG Antivirus

Here is the can't just right click on the icon and hit disable anymore....

here's how....

The AVG Free Edition 9.0 software protects your computer on multiple levels. In case you need to disable AVG Free, please consider which part of the protection you need to switch off. The AVG parts and their purpose are:

  • AVG Resident Shield
    The Resident Shield is the main component protecting you from viruses. It scans accessed files and if a virus is found, the access to the file is blocked. This applies to executing infected programs, as well as to opening of infected documents or any other files.
    Disabling of the Resident Shield is sometimes recommended before installation of a new software or drivers, since it can prevent conflicts that would otherwise occur during their installation. This however applies only to limited number of specific programs and drivers, and there is no general reason why AVG Resident Shield should interfere with an installation of any application.
    To disable the Resident Shield, please:
    • Open AVG User Interface.
    • Double-click on the Resident Shield.
    • Un-tick the option Resident Shield active.
    • Save the changes.
    Please do not forget to activate the Resident Shield again once you performed the tasks requiring its deactivation.
  • AVG E-mail Scanner
    The AVG E-mail Scanner may affect your sending/receiving of e-mails, since it is designed to scan the messages and needs to access them in some way. The way of accessing the messages depends on your e-mail client, but only the Personal E-mail Scanner plugin can interfere with the communication between your computer and the e-mail server.
    To disable the Personal E-mail Scanner (if it is installed), please:
    • Ppen AVG User Interface.
    • In menu Tools select Advanced settings.
    • Go to E-mail Scanner - Servers - POP3, and click on the POP3 server (usually AutoPOP3:10110).
    • Un-tick the option Activate this server and use it for receiving e-mails.
    • Repeat the same for SMTP server.
    Please enable the servers that were enabled originally again when possible.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Don't have AVG Antivirus scan at each startup

talk about a drain on the computer! You don't need it to run every time....
here's how to disable that....

go into AVG User Interface
"Computer Scanner"
then on "Schedule settings"
uncheck "enable this task"

make sure the two boxes at the bottom are unchecked too...

that way you can scan when and if you want are in control

then click SAVE...... MEOW.......

AVG FREE installation problem fixed

the newest AVG which is the link I have posted in an earlier note is the one you want to get....
however, I noted when installing it halted at the end and said Avgt DX error....or something of that nature.....

here's how to correct.....

when you get to this...close down the program....restart the computer.....then reinstall AVG from
the exe file you downloaded....let it go through the install like normal all over again....evidentally
it has to reboot/reinstall to get it right....

Keep safe with AVG!

How to do Tabs in Firefox and IE

if you want to view your tabs as a toolbar go into "view" and "toolbar" and click on
"bookmarks toolbar"

then when you are on a page you want to's a cool trick....left click mouse>hold down and drag the icon of the page in the address bar down onto the toolbar below it....viola will see the tab and that page there so you can click on whenever you want it up without going into "bookmarks" to do it....and if you want to change the name of it you "right click">
"properties" > and in the title just type in what you want to call it and hit OK...

same thing if using IE....though again I recommend Firefox....
you must be using IE 8 for this to work
"view" > "toolbar" and make sure "favorites" is clicked..then you can drag and drop
the page from the address bar into it and there you have it.

Happy Tabbing!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Recommended Home Page for Speedy Internet

As you all know by now, I am all for Google....the homepage is very clean, and
loads quickly...with links on the top to take you to just about anything.

so if you haven't set your home page to Google's how

in IE
Internet Options>
type in
hit Okay at the bottom..
Viola...start Googlin' around the Web

in Firefox
in the box where it says "home page" type guessed it
then Okay....

Happy Googlin!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

How To Get Your Mail From Outlook to Gmail

Very Simple...

Setup a Gmail Account as we discussed earlier....
Then go to "Settings" tab in upper right corner of your Gmail inbox and you will see this
Click..then to to "accounts and import"
it will pull up a box and ask for your email address...

Gmail has made it easy to get this done because it automatically puts the server etc. in the boxes....
if it asks for a password put that in...

Then....follow prompts....till you get to the finish line....within 24-48 hours all your contacts and mail from the other email programs will come into Gmail...

Quick, Easy, and FAST....

Firefox Tabs- To Open Homepage each time

A very simple tabbed browsing extension that loads your homepage when you open a new tab. If you have multiple homepages, the first is chosen.

Add to Firefox- copy and paste this link and download and install this useful tool.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

GMail and Spam Bustin'

GMail is the free email service offered by Google. One of its most compelling features: The best antispam engine on the planet.

GMail leverages its users to improve the antispam engine every day. How? Users who encounter spam are encouraged to click on the “report spam” button within GMail. Two immediate results:

* The offending message is removed from the user’s inbox.
* GMail’s antispam software learns to recognize spam based on the types of messages rejected.

WisdomGroup has evaluated antispam software from many companies. Our conclusion: GMail’s free antispam software is better than other packages that cost thousands of dollars per year. GMail’s system is taught by the best teachers around: Real people. Millions of people instruct the antispam engine every day (at no cost to Google) by clicking “report spam.”

In GMail, Google has created a system with multiple winners. Users get less spam and free email. GMail gets an outstanding antispam engine with free “instructors.” And Google gets millions of potential customers for their advertising business, their real cash cow.

So head on over and sign up with GMail and help Google fight spam!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Best Free Antivirus

AVG Free is by far the easiest to download and work with....basically it maintains itself...updating etc.

So, if you don't have it...go get it and keep safe!

here's the link


Fun Themes for Gmail

Did you know you can make your email page AWESOME??

if you have a Gmail account ( and I hope you do) to into the "settings" button on upper right corner...

click on "themes"

there you can see all the ones on whatever you choose...
make your own colors etc.....makes life more fun!

happy Emailing....!

Beware of Total Security Virus

Total Security is a fake security software which uses fraudulent strategies by displaying false or exaggerated security issues on your computer rather than any legitimate ones to coerce you into purchasing their software.

It will not allow you to
Run any .exe or any other file
Cannot use IE or Chrome
Cannot use task manager
Cannot boot in safe mode.

No antivirus, or spyware remover will work because you can't open it or run it.

Once you get this virus the hard drive is finished and needs to be reformatted.

As, I said I may looked confused but trust me, looks are deceiving.....meow

Thursday, October 15, 2009

XMarks-the best way to store favorites by far!

Xmarks is the #1 bookmarking add-on. Install it on all your computers to keep your bookmarks and (optionally) passwords backed up and synchronized. Xmarks also helps you uncover the best of the web based on what millions of people are bookmarking.

Add to Firefox


Firefox Tech Tip

Zoom In, Zoom Out

Tired of tiny text? Want to see an image a little more up close and personal? Now you can easily zoom in and out of Web pages.

Zoom In ctrl + + (mac: ⌘ + +)
Zoom Out ctrl + - (mac: ⌘ + -)
Zoom Reset ctrl + 0 (mac: ⌘ + 0)

Firefox Browser

Today it is Firefox.....THE browser of many features and add-ons and more to come.

Of course, not to mention the security features. Once you know, you'll not go back to the other.

Here is the direct link to download and start surfing faster and safer.

GMail Drive login issues

if you are trying the Gmail Drive you have to be logged into your Gmail account via Internet Explorer or it will give you error messages...

just an FYI.....

I may look confused but looks aren't everything......

GMail Drive--take it for a test drive!

Ultimate Virtual Drive within Gmail....very cool...

GMail Drive is a Shell Namespace Extension that creates a virtual filesystem around your Google GMail account, allowing you to use GMail as a storage medium.

GMail Drive creates a virtual filesystem on top of your Google GMail account and enables you to save and retrieve files stored on your GMail account directly from inside Windows Explorer.

GMail gives you 7 Gigs of free!

How to enable "cookies"

Internet Explorer 7.0

  1. How to choose Internet Options
    Click on the Tools popup-menu in Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on the Internet Options item in the menu - a new window opens.
  3. Select the privacy tab and then click the Sites button
    Click on the Privacy tab near the top of the window.
  4. Click on the Sites button - another window opens.
  5. Enter and click Allow, and Ok
  1. Enter in the text field and then click Allow. will appear in the "Managed webis tes" list below with a Setting of Allowed
  2. Save changes by clicking Ok in each window and go to one of the configuration pages again

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Most useful email

As most of you know Google is taking over the Net....
and Gmail is the ultimate email client now....
with 7 gigs of mail space it is just super...
and in the "settings" option you can
pull in all your other email from other
addresses, pop accounts.....
easy, fast and you'll wonder why you didn't do it before!

more next tip!

Clean your browser temp files

Go to
>internet options
>browsing history
>delete temporary files etc.

keeps things running quickly when you surf.....