Thursday, March 28, 2013

How to Remove IE10 and Get Back to IE9 on Windows 7

Microsoft has recently released a Windows 7 release preview for IE 10 and somehow it will install in your computer just by magic ??

I say this because several days ago I turned my laptop on and when I clicked the IE icon, there I was with IE 10 release preview in my screen.

Earlier this week, a good friend of mine whom I occasionally help with computer problems, called me for help with problems he had in opening certain files in a Web program from the State government he uses in his business.

I told him to bring the computer to my office. In the process of trying to find out the reason why he could not open those files he works with almost on a daily basis, I discovered that he had  IE 10 release preview in his windows 7 computer, instead of IE 9.

I have heard that more and more people are actually reporting bugs that lead to sluggish performance caused apparently by IE 10 Windows 7 release preview, so I checked, (going to "Help/About Internet Explorer") and sure enough that was the version he had in his computer.

I asked him why had he installed this  upgrade version, he looked at me and said "what is that?  I never did such a thing !!

I immediately thought that his problem was caused by IE 10, because he had never experienced such a thing when he had IE 9.

I decided to remove IE 10 and go back to IE 9 in his computer and guess what? he opened those files without any problem after the change back to IE 9.

For you readers who may suddenly have had  problems with your browser, first check if you are running IE 10:

Click "Help", go down to "About Internet Explorer", click on it and a window opens and tells you which version of IE you are running.

If it is IE 10, go back to good old IE 9. I'll tell you how to do it:

Click  the “Start” button  and type “Programs and Features” in the search box. Click on the “View installed updates” in the left pane of the menu.

Go over to the “Uninstall an update” screen and scroll down to the “Microsoft Windows” section. Then select "Internet Explorer 10" and click “Uninstall.”

It will take several minutes until the uninstall process comes to an end, so avoid stopping or cancelling this process. A reboot of the computer will be necessary to complete the removal of IE 10 and restore IE9.

That's it, do not worry because as I said above, once you reboot the computer after uninstallation of IE 10, IE 9 is automatically restored.

I hope this may help some of you guys and girls.

George Freire

Friday, March 8, 2013

A 'Microsoft' email you should avoid at all costs

Received from "THE KIM KOMANDO SHOW" is a very important message that I will describe herewith:

By now, you're no stranger to phishing emails. These are scam emails that look like they're from legitimate companies or people. However, they're really from hackers trying to trick you into opening a malicious attachment or visiting a malicious website.
An email making the rounds today is no exception. This one, which has the subject line "Security," claims to be from the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit, which is a real division of Microsoft. The email even includes the real Microsoft and Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit logos.

The body of the email tells you that you need to validate your email address with the Digital Crimes Unit to receive the latest security updates from Microsoft. To do this, so it says, you have to download and run the email attachment called
Of course, if you do download and run the attachment, you're installing a virus on your system. This will open up your computer to hacker control and other malware. So, don't do it!
The rules to avoid being tricked by email like this are simple:
• Don't click on links or download attachments in email from people you don't know.
• Don't click on links or download attachments in email from people you DO know if it looks fishy (or phishy in this case). It's best to verify with the person who sent it.
In this case, Microsoft performs all updates through Windows Update. It will never send you an attachment to download and install.
• Don't click on links in Facebook that look out of character for the person posting them - or that promise something out of character for Facebook.
• Don't click on links or download attachments in email from companies, even ones you do business with. Visit the company's site manually or give them a call.
• Don't visit shady websites. Especially don't give them personal information or download files from them.

Also, be sure you're computer security is ready to handle any threat. Click here to learn the simple steps you should take to ward off hackers.
Don't forget that there are real security threats out there. Adobe Flash, for example, just got an important update you must to install.

 Then there's the serious ongoing security saga with Java. Click here to learn more and how you can keep your computer safe.

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George Freire