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Mon
12
Sep
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How to Fix: Disable Edge News Feed; Set Home Page

Infopackets Reader Jane T. writes: " Dear Dennis, I recently upgraded to Windows 10 and have been using the Edge browser fairly extensively. One thing that really bothers me is that when I first start Edge, it displays a bunch of photos on the ... screen, including: My News feed, News, Entertainment, Sports, Money, Lifestyle, and Autos. Is there any way to disable these permanently so that only Edge shows up? I really don't care to read any of those items - in fact, I'd much rather just have Google as my home page. Can you help? " My response: By default Edge will display the items you mention, ... (view more)

Fri
15
Jan
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How to Fix: Change Home Page in Edge (Properly)

Infopackets Tina V. writes: " Dear Dennis, I just upgraded to Windows 10 and am using Edge as my default web browser -- it's very different than Internet Explorer. Can you tell me: how can I change the start page in Edge? Right now it opens up with ... a bunch of tiles, asking me "where to" - and I don't like it. I'd much change my home page in Edge to start with Google.com. Any help you can offer would be appreciated! " My response: Changing the start or home page in Edge is much different than Internet Explorer, mostly because Microsoft Edge is made for touch-enabled devices. That said, getting ... (view more)

Mon
02
Nov
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How to Fix: Can't Change Firefox Home Page

Infopackets Reader 'Raburt' writes: " Dear Dennis, A friend of mine migrated his system to Windows 10. Somehow in the process, the home page in his Firefox changed and he has been unable to change the home page back to what it was previously. One of ... the things I suggested was to be sure that his computer is not using a proxy setting. Do have some other suggestions? Thanks. " My response: Assuming that the home page has not been hijacked due to a malware infection, oftentimes the easiest way to fix a program that isn't working properly (and in this case, a web browser) is to reinstall it. ... (view more)

Fri
16
Oct
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How to: Place Microsoft Edge Shortcut on the Desktop

Infopackets Reader Susan K. writes: " Dear Dennis, I recently upgraded to Windows 10. When my computer booted into the desktop for the first time, I immediately unpinned the Windows Store and Microsoft Edge icons from my taskbar; the reason being is ... that I prefer to have my taskbar completely empty and reserved only for running tasks. Anyhow, the problem is that now I can't seem to find Microsoft Edge using the Start Menu (I'm using Classic Shell). Ideally I'd like to have a shortcut to Microsoft Edge on my desktop. Any ideas how to achieve this? " My response: I was wondering the same thing ... (view more)

Mon
28
Sep
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How to Fix: Your Computer is Infected, Call This Number (Scam)

Infopackets Reader John P. writes: " I just upgraded to Windows 10. Yesterday I went to go use the Edge browser, but it immediately opened with window stating that my computer has a serious virus and then asked me to call 866-628-4936 to remove the ... virus. The whole time the window was open, there was a computer-generated voice speaking to me. I realize this is a scam, but there is no close button to shut it off. I have tried using ccleaner to clear my browser history, ran virus scans, and even used malwarebytes antimalware - but nothing was found out of the ordinary. I have checked ... (view more)

Tue
15
Jul
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Google Bows To Privacy Pressure

There's been a surprising amount of buzz about a one-word change to Google's home page: 'privacy'. The company has added a link from the front page of the site to the various privacy policies for the first time. It ends a prolonged debate about ... whether or not Google was breaching state laws. The controversy arose in May when the New York Times pointed out that a 2003 California law requires commercial websites based in the state to clearly display a link to its privacy policies from its home page. At the time, Google argued that it had taken care of this with a link to 'About Google'; however ... (view more)

Thu
13
Jan
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New newsletter layout online (sort of)

I have been *extremely* busy as of late and am having a hard time keeping up with my regular schedule (and subsequently, the regular newsletter schedule). Just before the holiday break, I mentioned that the newsletter layout would be changing. Well ... -- no surprise -- it looks like I jumped the gun again. As I was adding the finishing touches to the new article format, I decided that it would be extremely beneficial to include links to related articles [previously posted in our newsletter], immediately following the feature article. So, for an example: if I wrote a new article on XP Service ... (view more)

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