An Easy way to Deal with Email Viruses and Worms

Written by Heather Dickson

If you feel intimidated when someone tries to teach you something new onrepparttar computer, this newsletter is for you!

Inrepparttar 107779 course of my career, Iíve worked with many people who I knew were smart but were convinced that they couldnít learn how to do new things on a computer. At some point, theyíd convinced themselves that they werenít one of those ďcomputer peopleĒ. I would try to teach them how to do something that would make their work a lot easier or faster, and I could see them shut down immediately. ďI canít do stuff like that. Iím just not good at it.Ē

In a few cases, my colleagues were simply amazed that I knew how to do things like upload photos torepparttar 107780 Internet or how to start a new folder in Windows. Some would tell me that I must have some special gift for technology. I would just laugh and tell them that nothing could be further fromrepparttar 107781 truth! I have a degree in psychology. Iím not a math and science type of person, and if it werenít forrepparttar 107782 patience of my tech-minded husband and friends, I never would have learned how to do these things.

The fact is, computers are such a part of our lives, that you canít afford to think of yourself as not a ďcomputer personĒ. The reason I think that a lot of people are intimidated when learning about computers is that so much ofrepparttar 107783 instructions and directions are full of jargon and assume that people have as much technological knowledge as people who work with computers for a living.

Iím convinced that if I can do it, anyone else can do it too. All it takes is an open mind, confidence, and someone to explain things to you step by step in plain English.

--------------------- Aside from using anti-virus software, there is another way to keep some email viruses or worms from driving you crazy and clogging up your inbox. Whilerepparttar 107784 "Sobig" virus seems to have died down, there are sure to be some like it inrepparttar 107785 future. If you would like to prevent these bogus Emails from reaching your inbox, you can set up rules in Outlook or Outlook Express to send them directly torepparttar 107786 delete folder.

Althoughrepparttar 107787 Sobig virus seems to be under control, it might be good practice to do this now. That way whenrepparttar 107788 next big virus comes around, you'll be able to filter it out right away. It might seem like its difficult, but I know that anyone can do this. If you're smart enough to do your taxes and balance your checkbook, you can do this, trust me.

If you're using Outlook Express, go to Tools, then select "message rules" and then "mail". A box will pop up with buttons onrepparttar 107789 right side ofrepparttar 107790 window. Hitrepparttar 107791 "new" button. Another box pops up with three windows. Inrepparttar 107792 first box, clickrepparttar 107793 box next to "Whererepparttar 107794 subject line contains specific words". Inrepparttar 107795 second box, click "delete it". Now inrepparttar 107796 third box it should say, "Apply this rule afterrepparttar 107797 message arrives/Whererepparttar 107798 Subject line contains specific words/Delete it." Click onrepparttar 107799 words "contains specific words".

This is where you tellrepparttar 107800 program what words to look for inrepparttar 107801 subject line. Itís very important to remember that this is case sensitive, meaning that if you put "abc" in, it will only delete emails with "abc" inrepparttar 107802 subject, and not "ABC" or "Abc". Forrepparttar 107803 Sobig virus, there were seven subject lines that were commonly used. If you would like to read more about this, go to The subject lines are:

That movie Wicked screensaver Your application Approved My details Details Your details Thank you

Itís a good idea to copy and pasterepparttar 107804 phrases above to make surerepparttar 107805 capitalization is exactlyrepparttar 107806 same. (copy=control C, Paste=Control V) Enterrepparttar 107807 first phrase intorepparttar 107808 box and then click onrepparttar 107809 "add" button torepparttar 107810 right. That phrase will appear inrepparttar 107811 box below. You can add as many phrases as you'd like, clicking "add" after each one. When you're done, hit "ok" Then hit "ok" again. At this point, we are back to one box open with buttons onrepparttar 107812 right. Be sure to clickrepparttar 107813 "apply now" button if you wantrepparttar 107814 rule to apply torepparttar 107815 email that is already in your inbox as well as any future emails. When you are done with that, clickrepparttar 107816 "ok" button and you're finished.

If you use Outlook,repparttar 107817 process is a little different. First go to Tools, and then choose "Rules Wizard". Click onrepparttar 107818 "new" button onrepparttar 107819 right. It should say atrepparttar 107820 top of a new box "What type of rule would you like to create?" There will be a list of types of rules: you want to choose "Check messages when they arrive", which is atrepparttar 107821 top so it should already be highlighted. Simply click on "next". The next box asks you "which conditions do you want to check?" with a list of choices, each with an empty box next to it. Scroll down until you get to "with specific words inrepparttar 107822 subject", and clickrepparttar 107823 box in front of it. Once you click it, you'll notice that "with specific words inrepparttar 107824 subject" appears inrepparttar 107825 box below. Click onrepparttar 107826 "specific words" inrepparttar 107827 lower box here to specify which wordsrepparttar 107828 program should look for. This is where you tellrepparttar 107829 program what words to look for inrepparttar 107830 subject line. Itís very important to remember that this is case sensitive, meaning that if you put "abc" in, it will only delete emails with "abc" inrepparttar 107831 subject, and not "ABC" or "Abc". Forrepparttar 107832 Sobig virus, there were seven subject lines that were commonly used. If you would like to read more about this, go to The subject lines are:

5 Ways to Speed Up Your PC

Written by Jim Edwards

No matter how fast your processor and regardless of how much ram you carry, there comes a time when you realize your computer just doesn't run as fast as it did when you bought it.

Windows loads slower, programs take longer to launch, and, in general, your computer drags like it just came off a 2-night drinking binge.

If this sounds like your situation, these 5 tips should help you get some extra speed from your PC.

~ Disk Cleanup Utility ~

You may not realize it, but just because you finish with a file doesn't mean your computer does.

In many cases, if your computer's hard drive were a garage, you would have unused junk files piled 20 feet high and spilling out intorepparttar street.

Everyone should userepparttar 107778 Windows "Disk Cleanup Utility" to delete old, unused, and temporary files that clog your hard drive.

Click Start, point at All Programs (or Programs), Accessories, System Tools, and click Disk Cleanup. Analyze your hard drive for files you can eliminate and it may shock you to see how much hard drive space (and speed) you can free up with a few clicks.

~ "Defrag" ~

Imagine a properly maintained hard drive as roomrepparttar 107779 size of Wal-Mart filled with filing cabinets.

Now imagine ripping open every drawer of every filing cabinet, slingingrepparttar 107780 contents ontorepparttar 107781 floor and trying to find one document -that's a fragmented hard drive.

Sometimes lack of speed simply results from your computer working too hard to findrepparttar 107782 files it needs.

You can solve this problem by "defragging" your hard drive.

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