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Favorites can be moved to new PC

By JOHN TORRO
Published November 20, 2006


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I currently have Windows ME on my computer and will be getting a new PC with Windows XP. How do I transfer "My Favorites" in Internet Explorer 6.0 from my old PC to my new one?

From Internet Explorer on the old PC, click File, Import and Export..., click Next and then click Export Favorites. Select the top-level Favorites folder and click Next. The output file will default to bookmark.htm in your My Documents folder you can change this name/location if you want. Click Next and then Finish. You can repeat this same sequence selecting "Export Cookies" to also save your cookie files (convenient for Web site passwords and settings). Move the newly created export file(s) to the new PC. The files are small enough to use any method of transfer (floppy, CD-R, network transfer, e-mail). To import your saved settings: From Internet Explorer on the new PC, click File, Import and Export..., click Next, this time select Import (for either favorites and/or cookies depending upon which files you exported in the previous step), navigate to where you have placed the export file and click Next, then Finish. Of course, if you have the two PCs networked, you can just share out the hard drive on the old PC, connect to it from the new PC, and drag and drop the contents of C: and Settings to the same folder on the new PC (replace "your-user-name" with the actual user name of the folder.

Every time I start up, I get the following message: "SmartBridge Alerts: MotiveSB.exe - Entry Point Not Found. The procedure entry point GetProcessingImageFileNameW could not be located in the dynamic link library PSAPI.DLL." What does this mean? Can I eliminate it? Is there something I need to do to stop getting this entry?

Motivesb.exe is a process by AT&T that allows a user to submit files to the Internet for support. It seems to be part of the Verizon DSL service. The error message you're seeing is related to an unresolved program reference. It could be a versioning problem or perhaps something was partially uninstalled. It is not an essential program and can be safely disabled. Check your startup areas (click Start, Run and type MSCONFIG) and check the Startup tab. Uncheck it to disable it from attempting to initialize at startup.

Other than writing zeros, is there any way to really get rid of deleted items?

When you delete a file through normal means, it is put in your Recycle Bin. If you hold the Shift key while you delete it, it is deleted from the File Table index and not put in the Recycle Bin. However, the data are still there on your hard drive, but the sectors it resides on is now considered "free space." So until something writes to those sectors (and not necessarily zeros), the data can still be recovered by forensic means. The "secure delete" programs that are available will write (usually zeros) to the area occupied by the file that is being deleted. This is a simplistic explanation, and things get a little more complicated when encrypted or compressed files and file cache considerations are involved, which is where some of the better "secure erase" programs have their niche.

Send questions to personaltech@sptimes.com or Personal Tech, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. Questions are answered only in the column.

[Last modified November 19, 2006, 22:44:15]


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