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By JOHN TORRO

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 21, 2000


Win98 virus protection needs updating

Q. Is the virus protection that comes bundled with Windows 98 sufficient or is it necessary to purchase additional virus protection?

A. According to Network Associates, which makes McAfee that comes with Windows 98, more than 250 viruses are created each month. That means that you need to update your virus protection regularly. You need to go to the McAfee site (http://www.networkassociates.com) and download the updated anti-virus files. This advice applies to other antivirus software as well. All need periodic updating. Most suggest checking for updated files from their respective Web sites at least once a month.

Clearing IE history

Q. I have Internet addresses in my address bar I want to delete. I right-click the mouse, hit delete and they disappear. But they are still listed when I click back on the address bar.

A. From the Internet Explorer menu bar, click Tools, Internet Options. On the General tab click the Clear History button.

Setting a startup application

Q. Is there a way to bring America Online to the point of signing on without doing anything more than booting the computer?

A. Using Windows Explorer, navigate to the C:\Windows\Start Menu folder. If you have a shortcut on your desktop to AOL, simply drag that shortcut icon to the Start Menu folder. Otherwise, to place a shortcut there, right-click within the Start Menu folder and select New, Shortcut. This will initiate the Shortcut dialog box. Enter the location for the AOL executable program or select Browse to navigate and select it. Click Next and enter a descriptive name, then Finish. The next time you start Windows, AOL should automatically start.

Restoring file associations

Q. I installed a trial version of PhotoMorph 2 to see if I liked the program. During installation, PM2 apparently caused my computer to route pictures from my scanner to PM2 instead of Photoshop 5. I uninstalled the program and even went into my Windows 98 ini file and removed references to PM2. But I still get a PM2 flag saying it can't find the PM2 program. Worse, it won't let me send pictures to Photoshop.

A. Apparently the PM2 uninstall did not remove the file associations it changed when it was installed. Worse yet, it changed these associations without asking (not very user friendly). There are ways to fix this manually, but the fastest, easiest way is to reinstall Photoshop.

Viewing PDF files

Q. I tried to get an income tax form from the IRS Web site (http://www.irs.gov). The PDF format was marked, so I selected Form 1116, then clicked on Review Selected Files. I got a notice that "Special software is required to view and print PDF documents." I clicked OK, and another notice came up: "Could not launch Acrobat." What must be done to launch Acrobat so I can print the form?

A. Sounds as if you need to install the Adobe Acrobat Reader. You can download the Windows version of this free software at http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/acrwin.htm.

Opening an attachment

Q. I recently received an attachment that I was not able to open. A message appeared: "This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in My Computer by clicking View then Options." How do I do this?

A. The easiest way to do this is: First save your attachment to your desktop (actually any location will work but this is the simplest way to explain). Once the attachment is saved to your desktop, click it once to select it, then while holding down the Shift key, right-click and select Open With. This will display the Open With dialog box. Browse the displayed list to see if the program you need to associate this file type with is present. If not, then click the Other button and navigate to the desired program. Make sure you select the "Always use this program to open these files" option on the bottom of the Open With dialog window.

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