Computer Maven Newsletter - February 2005
Thank you for letting me help you with your computer needs in the
past. This is my customer newsletter, containing computer tips
that I hope you'll find helpful and interesting. If you don't
want to receive this newsletter, please let me know, and I'll remove
name from my mailing list.
This month's news is especially important for users of programs that
I've installed for many of you to protect your computers: the AVG 6.0 Antivirus
program, and the Ad-Aware 6 and Spybot
Search and Destroy 1.2 spyware
these programs, you must update them to newer versions to maintain
protection. Please call me at 303-444-8247 with any
As always, please contact me at any time with your computer
questions. I want to help you get the most from your computer.
Steve Winograd, Boulder Computer Maven
Web Site: http://www.bcmaven.com
Helping People Use Computers in Boulder
for Over 20 Years
Immediate Update Required for AVG 6.0 Antivirus,
Ad-Aware 6, and Spybot Search and Destroy 1.2
As I described in my December
- Grisoft will end support for
AVG Antivirus Version
6.0. The end date has been extended from December 31, 2004 to
February 15, 2005 (click here for
details). A new, improved version
is now available.
- Lavasoft has ended support
for Ad-Aware Version 6.0. A new, improved program, Ad-Aware SE Personal, is now
has ended support for Spybot Search and Destroy Version 1.2. A
new version is now available.
Please see my December
for details, including how to download and install
the new products. This is necessary to maintain protection on
your computer if you use these programs!
Windows XP Fast User Switching
Windows XP lets you define separate
accounts for each member of the family who uses the computer.
That's a great feature, because it gives each person his or her own
individual documents, desktop icons, Internet favorites and bookmarks,
If you're using the computer and someone else wants to use it (for
example, to do a quick E-mail check), you don't have to stop what
you're doing or close your programs. With Fast User Switching,
the other person can use the computer, and you can resume your work
exactly where you left it. Here's how:
- Click Start > Log Off > Switch User.
- Log into the other person's account and use the computer.
- Click Start > Log Off .
- If the other person has finished using the computer, click Log
Off. Otherwise click Switch User, which will let him or her
resume at a later time.
- Log into your account and resume your work.
Ways to Send and Receive AOL
If you're familiar with E-mail programs
like Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Outlook Express, or Eudora, you
probably find that the E-mail program that's built into AOL is lacking
features and usability. Those other programs can't send and
AOL E-mail, because AOL doesn't use the same E-mail standards as the
rest of the Internet. Fortunately, AOL provides two
full-featured programs that can send and receive AOL E-mail.
programs also let you send and receive E-mail with other accounts that
use the Internet's POP3, IMAP, and SMTP standards:
- Netscape Mail and Newsgroups is
part of the Netscape 7.2 suite, which also includes a web browser (yes,
Netscape's browser is still available!), Instant Messenger, Palm Sync
tools, and HTML editor. Netscape 7.2 is available free from
Central download site.
- AOL Communicator, a
stand-alone E-mail program, is available free from the AOL download site.
Haven Web Site
My friend Patty MacDuffie
wonderful new web site, Computer
, where you
ask questions about anything to do with computers, get answers
from friendly and knowledgeable people, and read articles that help you
understand your computer better. I recommend it highly.