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Securely Deleting Accounting Files

When you delete QuickBooks, bank statements, accounting source documents, or any other files from a hard disk (Windows or Mac), the storage space that the files occupied is available for reuse, meaning new files can use that space, thus overwriting the old file with new data. However, until that occurs, the deleted files are still […]

New version of Flash Player to patch an exploit

New version Flash Player to patch an exploit Check for the version of Adobe Flash Player on your computer: https://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about If you version is below the latest, it is recommended that you upgrade from: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer Source: http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/07/microsoft-adobe-push-critical-fixes

Windows 8 Numberpad Not Working?

Windows 8 Numberpad Not Working? Click on Start –> Control Panel –> Ease of Access –> Ease of Access Center –> Click on “Make the mouse easier to use” –> Under Control the mouse with the keyboard, uncheck the check box “Turn ON Mouse Keys” –> Click on OK.   If you are connecting in […]

How to Change Power Button to Logoff (Win 7 and Win 8 w/ Classic Shell)

A great way to regain some familiar functionality to Windows 8 is to install Classic Shell. It’s puts the Start button back on the desktop. However to customize it’s functionality, you must access it’s setting in the Start>All Programs>Classic Shell>Classic Shell Start Menu Settings. One of the settings that we change on our remote access […]

How to create new year’s accounting folder structure from last year’s

Each January, we have to create to a new accounting folder structure. It’s great to have each year have the same structure as the previous one for quick switching between year’s data. This is a tedious task to accomplish manually, but is very quick to do with Window’s command line and the built in xcopy […]

12 Tips to Speed up Windows 7

http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow_viewer/0,3253,l=251692&a=251692&po=1,00.asp

How to speed up your computer: Disabling Windows Aero on Win 7

Disabling Aero in Windows 7 is very simple: Right click the Desktop Click Personalize Under ‘Basic and High Contrast Themes, click ‘Windows 7 Basic’ Source: http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow_viewer/0,3253,l=251692&a=251692&po=12,00.asp Source: http://www.thewindowsclub.com/does-disabling-aero-really-improve-performance-in-windows-7

Add back Google Chrome Black Menu Bar

Google has removed the handy black top menu bar from it’s pages and replaced it with the dotted square icon that must be clicked to bring up a navigation menu. One more click doesn’t seem like a step forward to many of us as. Lots of people are complaining http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/chrome/XEVP_TfF5k4 Thankfully, there’s a Google Chrome extension […]

Get “mailto” and “webcal” links to work in Chrome with Gmail and Calendar

Chrome’s chrome://settings/handlers does not seem to allow you to allow handlers such as mailto and webcal as it should, so here’s a work-around For mailto: – Make sure you are logged in to Gmail and the active window is your main Gmail page (or nothing will happen). – Copy/paste this into the address bar: javascript:navigator.registerProtocolHandler(“mailto”,”https://mail.google.com/mail/?extsrc=mailto&url=%s“,”Gmail”) – Add […]

How to make IE8 trust a self-signed certificate in 20 irritating steps

How to make IE8 trust a self-signed certificate in 20 irritating steps Browse to the site whose certificate you want to trust. When told “There is a problem with this website’s security certificate.”, choose “Continue to this website (not recommended).” Select Tools➞Internet Options. Select Security➞Trusted sites➞Sites. Confirm the URL matches, and click “Add” then “Close”. […]

Should You Defrag an SSD?

This is an interesting article about why you should not defrag an SSD (Solid State Drive) and important purchase information about finding a SSD drive that supports the TRIM command to increase the life of the SSD. Very interesting info about SSDs. http://helpdeskgeek.com/featured-posts/should-you-defrag-an-ssd/  

Windows keyboard shortcuts

Windows system key combinations F1: Help CTRL+ESC: Open Start menu ALT+TAB: Switch between open programs ALT+F4: Quit program SHIFT+DELETE: Delete item permanently Windows Logo+L: Lock the computer (without using CTRL+ALT+DELETE) Windows program key combinations CTRL+C: Copy CTRL+X: Cut CTRL+V: Paste CTRL+Z: Undo CTRL+B: Bold CTRL+U: Underline CTRL+I: Italic Mouse click/keyboard modifier combinations for shell objects […]

IE9 – Stop “Speed up browsing by disabling add-ons” notification

Internet Explorer is trying to help you speed its performance by suggesting that you disable add-ons that take longer than 0.20 seconds to load. But, if you are happy with the performance of how long it takes for add-ons to load, then this peristant notification gets annoying very quickly. While there is no way to […]

Windows7 Startup folder locations

Through Folder Options, enable showing of hidden/system folders. For current user: C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup For all users: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

How to change which programs Windows uses by default

How to change which programs Windows uses by default http://windows.microsoft.com/is-IS/windows-vista/Change-which-programs-Windows-uses-by-default

Turning off things that auto start in Windows

Turning off things that auto start in Windows In WinXP or Windows Server 2003, there are at least four areas to look: Does the offending application have a setting to disable automatically starting, perhaps in a system tray icon, the application itself, or antoher config application in the start menu group? Look in C:\Documents and Settings\[User Name] […]

Windows 7 error upon saving, “Another user may have opened the file…”

If you open an existing file by double-clicking it in Windows Explorer, and then try to save it, but receive the error that states something like “the file cannot be saved because another user may have opened the file”, look to see if you have a checkbox that is selected in Windows Explorer just to […]

How to change folder options in Win7, Vista

Open the Control Panel. (Start ->Control Panel) In the Address Bar, click on the right-arrow just after “Control Panel”, and select “All Control Panel Items”. Double-Click “Folder Options”. Select the “View” tab on the Folder Options window. Some common settings that are not set on default that we find helpful to: Un-check “Use checkboxes to […]

If your computer is infected w/ DNSChanger, no more web access on Mon July 9

If you’re one of thousands of people infected with the DNSChanger malware, get rid of it before Monday. On July 9, the FBI will be switching off servers it used to keep those infected with the malware on the Internet….read more http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57466871-83/web-users-beware-dnschanger-victims-lose-web-access-july-9/ How to detect if your computer is infected with DNSChanger: http://www.dcwg.org/detect/ Manually check […]

How to Enable or Disable Quick Launch in Windows 7

How to Enable Quick Launch in Windows 7 1. Right click on a empty space on the taskbar, then select (hover on) Taskbar and click on New Toolbar. (See screenshot below) 2. In the Folderline, type or copy the location below. (See screenshot below) %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch 3. Click on the Select Folder button. (See […]

Window Product Lifecycles (Xp, Vista, 7)

Window Product Lifecycles (Xp, Vista, 7) http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/products/lifecycle

avast! upgrade (7.0.1426) – Cannot send email from Outlook workaround

If after upgrading to Avast! Antivirus 7.0.1426 causes emails not to send from Microsoft Outlook, try the following steps as a work-around: Close down Outlook Open avast! user interface by clicking on the icon in your system tray (near clock) Under Real-Time Shields (on the left), click Mail Shield. Un-check “Scan outbound messages”. Click the “Stop” […]

Vulnerabilities in Remote Desktop Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2671387)

Vulnerabilities in Remote Desktop Could Allow Remote Code Execution . Make sure Windows update is installed. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms12-020

Computer Monitor Resolution Settings

Computer Monitors have dimensions for width and height expressed in pixels and the set of which is named the native resolution. The monitor’s native resolution is maximum resolution that the monitor can display. Your computer’s graphics processor unit (GPU) which outputs the signal to the monitor can be set to output in many different resolution (pixel […]

Last logon date & time for a Windows user.

Open the command prompt: Start->Run->type cmd At the C:\> prompt, type:  net user administrator | findstr /B /C:”Last logon” Replace administrator with any user name. The output should look like this: Last logon                   6/30/2010 10:02 AM C:>