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How to start Microsoft® Outlook Express in Safe Mode

Microsoft Outlook Express is the default e-mail application which comes bundled with the Windows operating system till Windows XP. It got renamed as Windows Mail in Windows Vista and later the name of the actual executable remained the same. Microsoft Outlook Express is a free application which can be used to configure POP, IMAP e-mail accounts so that e-mails can be read and written. As far as the e-mail configuration is considered it is very similar to Microsoft Office Outlook, but the files and architecture of Microsoft Outlook Express and Microsoft Office Outlook is entirely different.

Microsoft Outlook Express comes bundled with Windows and thus it is the default e-mail client, and uses the same address book which Windows has in it. Contacts in Windows Address Book and those in Microsoft Outlook Express are the same. We can have multiple identities in Microsoft Outlook Express to have various people use the application but this often results in troubles. Microsoft Outlook Express is closely integrated with the other DLLs of the operating system and many a times it crashes because of any changes in these common files. One of the most common problems which Outlook Express suffers from is that it never starts when user clicks on its icon. There can be number of reasons why this happens but many a times it can be fixed by running Outlook Express in its safe mode. Please do not confuse this Safe Mode with the Safe Mode of Windows as both are two entirely different things. Almost all the applications have a way to start them with minimal or no third party extensions enabled. This mode is called as the Safe Mode because when we start an application in its safe mode it is only the basic application which loads and no other extra plug-ins and extensions. Many a times when Outlook Express fails to start the reason is because of some plug-in, or extension which prevents it from loading in to the memory and we can fix it by trying to start it in Safe Mode.

Step 1: Click on ‘Start’ menu and then click on ‘Run’.

Step 2: If Run is not available then press the ‘Windows’ key along with letter ‘R’ on the keyboard.

Step 3: Now type ‘MSIMN /A’ in the ‘Run’ box and then press ‘Enter.’

Please note that ‘MSIMN’ is the name of the executable file of Outlook Express and it stands for Microsoft Internet Mailing and News. This name is still the same even in Windows Mail in Windows Vista and adding /A to it makes it start in its safe mode. This ways we can at least make the application to start so that we can further troubleshoot the issue. If Outlook Express starts in Safe Mode then this proves that there is any add-on or plug-in which is preventing Outlook Express to start and this can be found out by checking the list of all the add-ons under tools and options.

Microsoft® disables AutoRun on Windows® XP and Windows® Vista to prevent malware infections

Autorun is an in built feature of Windows that routinely runs a program made distinct by the’autorun.inf’ file whenever a CD-ROM, USB or DVD is plugged into a computer that is Windows-based. Autorun automatically starts any installer when a media that is removable is inserted into the computer drive. Autorun has, however, become a major security risk with the increase in the number of variants of malware that can infect and cause the transfer of the virus to a computer. The infections passed on by autorun involve malware that is capable of loading the infection in to the root folders of the computer. When the removable media gets inserted in to the computer, autorun starts to look for autorun.inf and instantly executes another file to run in the user’s computer. As the drive gets infected, malware can infect the computer if the autorun does not get disabled in time. The best way of preventing such infections is to disable the autorun.

Despite the threat put on by autorun, there are users who still run Windows XP with the autorun feature. Microsoft has decided to disable the autorun feature that is found on Windows XP. This non security update is not supposed to affect the CDs or DVDs containing the autorun files and those that target the other removable media. Microsoft is making this move to try and limit the infections caused by autoRun.

The similarity that is shared by all worms is that they have a common method of propagation. Most of the infections exploit the autoplay feature of Autorun. They mostly do so by maneuvering Autorun.inf files on both the network drives as well as removable media. When a user connects, the malware gets automatically processed on the system causing infection.

Survey has shown that on an average only nine percent of users of Windows 7 have reported malware infections. Microsoft therefore has a tough task at hand to update the users who are using the older Windows XP version.

FTP Client Cyberduck 4 Brings Support for Windows and Cloud Storage

Cyberduck, the free and popular file transfer application, has released a new update. Version 4.0 extends the much-awaited indigenous Windows support, while adding also new features such as the power to upload the various services of cloud storage and maintenance for files to the extent of five terabytes in size.

The other significant feature is that Cyberduck may now look after one’s Google Docs, permitting one to directly upload files to one’s account to convert the same. This is a big thing if one has several documents. Uploading of images is supported and may be imported utilizing OCR or optical character recognition. For all new features of Cyberduck one may refer the official change log.

The recent edition of Cyberduck 4.0 has come out of beta which can be downloaded free. The software is basically an SFTP/FTP client; however, it also can upload to different cloud platforms comprising of Google, WebDAV, Windows Azure, Rackspace, and more.

Some other features which are new include the capability to choose a bookmark for uploading while dragging files in the apps, or copy and paste utilizing menu for duplicating. Innumerable bugs have been quashed in the meanwhile, like high CPU utilization after completing a transfer. Lengthy histories must not result in slowing down and queued transfers always should begin in perfect order in place of a random one. The Mac software is consisting of the Universal Binary needing Mac OS X 10.5. Windows version is available also for the first time, giving support to Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows Vista.

Apple has filed quietly for getting a patent which may hint at Mac OS X Lion receiving an in built cloud feature backup. The app, labelled Safe Deposit Box in patent, will let users drop and drag files into encrypted space of optional type which will keep them secure not requiring a system of entire volume protection such as File Vault. However, preferences will let users able to maintain a local copy and thrust it out to the cloud storage or server bank for backup off-site.

If a users desires, they can prioritize files via a system of rating which will automatically identify what standard of backup and security they receive. Security will be fine grained relatively as well. It can lock down files on a primary level having encryption.

How to delete your usage history tracks in Windows®

Windows is the most used operating system in the world. In this post I will let you know how to erase your computer usage tracks so that others are not able to see what you work upon. Since Windows XP, a lot of emphasis was given to the computer security and two different Windows accounts cannot check other users without a password. But even in Windows XP, the Administrator can anytime log into your account and see all that you have done. You can easily avoid such situations by clearing your history once you are through with your work so that no one can trace your footprints. I will cover clearing history from the Internet browsers, clearing history of opened applications, and clearing history of the open files.

Clear history of browsers

This is quite simple and can be done in any browser. Given below are the steps for Internet Explorer.

Step 1: Click on ‘Start’ button and open the ‘Control Panel’.

Step 2: In ‘Control Panel’, open the icon named ‘Internet Options’.

Step 3: In ‘Internet Options’ window you will find a button named ‘Delete’ under the ‘General’ Tab.

Step 4: Click on the ‘Delete’ button and then select the items you want to clear from the history of Internet Explorer.

These actions will erase the said history logs from your browser and no one can now see what all you did on the browser.

Clear history of opened applications

Windows Vista and above have a default feature of maintaining a list of recently opened applications in the ‘Start’ Menu. You however can make the settings to either clear this listing or not to save the list at all.

Step 1: Right click on the taskbar in Windows Vista or above and then click on ‘Properties’ option from the context menu.

Step 2: Click on the ‘Start’ Menu in the taskbar and Start Menu Properties Window.

Step 3: Here in the Privacy box you will find two check boxes and the first one will be for storing and displaying the recently opened applications in the Start menu.

Step 4: You can uncheck the box and click on apply to clear the list and not store the history again. If you just wish to clear the history then check the box again and click on ‘Apply’.

Clear Recent Items List

In ‘Start’ menu there is a folder for saving a list of recently opened files. This can easily be cleaned by following the steps given below

Step 1: Open the ‘Start’ Menu and then right click on the ‘Recent Items’ option.

Step 2: Now click on ‘Clear Recent Items’ list in the context menu.

How to Clear the Thumbnail Cache in Windows®

Thumbnails are small representations of image files which are shown up Windows Explorer. These thumbnails replace the actual image icon and are displayed as icons, thus making easier for the user to identify the image without even opening it. Thumbnails are created by the Windows operating system automatically but this is done only for the Windows image file types or the global image file types. Some of the file types for which the Windows operating system creates a thumbnail are BMP, JPG, JPEG, TIF, GIF and few more. Whenever we chose to view the files and folders in thumbnail view the images icons are replaced by their respective thumbnails and the other files and folder which are not of image type display their basic icons. The information of these files and thumbnails is stored in a special file called as thumbnails.db which is created for each folder and it contains thumbnail information of files stored in that folder. Thumbnails.db is a system file and is hidden by default. Since every folder has its own thumbnail file so they may consume a lot of space on your computer during the course of usage. Purpose of these thumbnail files is just to load the Thumbnail view quickly whenever you select to, and there is no other use of this file. One can delete this file and this will in no way effect the working of computer. In this post I will let you know how to easily delete these files and free up some space on your hard drive. Before you continue reading the steps let me state that these steps are for Windows XP and earlier operating system. These thumbnails can be cleared automatically using the disk cleanup tool in Windows Vista and later operating systems.

Steps to clear the files manually

Step 1: Open ‘Control Panel’ and then open ‘Folder Options’.

Step 2: Once you have the ‘Folder Options’ window, click on the ‘View’ tab.

Step 3: Click on the radio button called ‘Show Hidden Files and Folders’ and then click on ‘Apply’ and ‘OK.’ This will make the thumbnails.db files visible.

Step 4: Click on the ‘Start’ Menu and then click on ‘Search’.

Step 5: Type Thumbnails.db as the file name to be searched and select the entire My Computer as the search location.

Step 6: Press Search and then Windows will search for all these files on the entire hard drive.

Step 7: Once you have all the files listed in the search results, you can select all of them and then press delete. If you wish you can keep the ‘SHIFT’ key down while deleting the files so that they can be permanently deleted.

Given above were some simple steps to clear the thumbnail files from any computer running on Windows XP or earlier. You can run the Disk Cleanup Tool in Windows Vista or later. Here you will find a check box to select whether you want to delete the thumbnail cache while running the disk cleanup utility.

HP Mini 110 Netbook

A big laptop seller HP is now going to introduce its latest notebook Mini 110. HP Mini 110 is actually an update of HP’s netbook lineup. This Mini 110 comes with a lot of different improvements when compared to the previous netbooks of HP as it includes larger capacities of drives, improved performance of graphics and a lot of color options with it.

This Mini 110 is available in 3 vibrant colors: pink, white and black. Its black standard version starts at 329 dollars which comes with the OS Windows XP. This model will be available in the market from June. Its Linux version also starts at 279 dollars.

An antiglare LED display of 10.1” makes this Mini 110 suitable to take outside. With its XP version, a hard drive of 160 GB is attached while a 250 GB hard drive is available with the little more costly models. A single slot of DIMM is loaded with the RAM of 1GB in it. It is most supported by HP officially.  But the users may upgrade it to 2 GB.

The Mini 110 comes with its sleek design which is less than 1” thick, advanced options of wireless, and the battery life of up to 4.5 hours. The users can take this Mini 110 Netbook anywhere with them to stay connected with the instant messages, emails, social media and blogs. All the major and r\essential technologies that you want are included in this Mini 110. It includes a processor of Intel Atom N455 with its energy-efficient performance that can be upgraded up to N475.

The netbook HP Mini 110 also has 3 USB ports, integrated wireless-N for the wireless internet access within a range of hotspot. Bluetooth in this Netbook is optional. A built-in camera is attached by which users can chat with their family and friends. Its QuickWeb is the fastest way for connecting to the email, web and other favorite apps within seconds. A 4 in 1 digital integrated media card reader is is also attached with it by which the memory cards such as SD, SDxC, SDHC, MS, MMC, and MS Pro can be attached for expanding memory.

The HP series is also backed with a limited warranty of 1 year on hardware. Its award-winning customer service and support always provide you surety of better service you ever get from other brands. Its real time email and chat facility offers you quick response facility by which you may ask all your doubts to customer service.

One latest and new feature which catches your eyes is the inclusion of a software app that is called Syncables. This software promises for connecting various machines on the local network that allows you easy sharing of documents, videos, photos, music and sync email accounts, Linux systems and even across Windows.

The mouse buttons of this netbook are set to the left and right sides instead of below its touch pad. The weight of this netbook is only 1.08 kg and it also comes with a webcam with MIC.

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