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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Tips to Transfer Outlook Folders to a New Computer

If you are preparing to either discard your old computer or reformat it and you want to move your Microsoft Outlook folders from an old computer to a new one.  The below mentioned guide will help you perform the desired task on your own. The best way to fix this issue is to contact for Microsoft Outlook support.

 Steps to Transfer Outlook Folders

•    First copy all your Outlook data to a new folder and place it on the desktop.

Steps to copy Microsoft Outlook Data

a.    Click on the “File” and then select “Import and Export”.

b.    This will launch the Import and Export wizard. Click on Export to a file and then hit the Next button.

c.    Highlight Personal Folder File (.pst) then click on Next.

d.    Click to select the folders that you want to export to the .pst file. Click to check the box Include Subfolders and then hit Next. If you want to copy the entire Outlook data, then click on your mailbox account (it should be like Mailbox – John Smith), similarly include subfolders and then hit the Next button.

•    Now insert a DVD\CD or flash drive to your computer and copy (burn) this newly created .pst file data to it. When you are finished taking backup to the CD, remove it and keep it to a safe place for further use.

•    Now setup your new computer if you haven’t already done so. Setup and configure Outlook also. When done, insert the flash drive or CD that you copied the .pst file to and copy it to the desktop either in a new folder or as is it (it will show the default name of the file).

•    When done, remove the drive and open Outlook.

•    Click on the File tab and select Import and Export. When the wizard opens up, click on Import from another program or file and then click on Next.

•    Select Personal Folder File (.pst) and then press Next. Click on the Browse button and navigate to desktop or the location you saved the .pst to (from the DVD etc.).

•    Double click on the file, leave the Allow Duplicates to be created option checked, select subfolders too and hit the Next button. Click on the Finish button to close the wizard. You shall now have your Outlook data copied into the new computer.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

How to Configure Ports on Windows XP Firewall

With Windows XP, Microsoft introduced a firewall included with its operating system. Providing a firewall with XP was an attempt to assist users in securing their computer from Internet security threats. Not using a firewall allows all ports to be open to intruders. The firewall allows both TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) and UDP (User Datagram Protocol) to be opened for specific ports. Applications that communicate to users or to a central computer over the Internet require one or more ports to be opened in the firewall.

Steps to to Configure Ports on Windows XP Firewall

• Click on the "Start" button on the Windows menu bar. Select "Network Connections"

• Right-click on the connection you use for the Internet and select "Properties."

• Click on the "Advanced" tab of the window and click on the button labeled "Settings."

• Click on the button labeled "Add" to open the form to enter the new port information.

• Enter a description of the what the port is used for in the text field labeled "Description."

• Enter "" in the field labeled "Name or IP Address of the Computer Hosting the Service."

• Enter the port number required by the application in the text boxes labeled "External" and "Internal."

• Select the desired protocol for this port of either "UDP" or "TCP" and then click on the button labeled "OK."


Monday, September 26, 2011

How to Partition Hard Drive in Windows 7 Computer

Windows 7 is truly an advanced operating system as it offers so many features and utilities that never existed in the previous versions. Disk partitioning is one among those features that allows users to resize, create, or delete hard drive partitions. The below mentioned guide will help you do the desired task on your own. This essentially means that you don’t need to call up Microsoft tech support for help.

Steps to Partition Hard Drive in Windows 7 Computer

• Click on the Start and then right click on Computer and then select Manage.

• Go to option Storage, click on it and then click on Disk Management.

• This will show you all the drives listed currently in your computer. Point your mouse to the drive that you want to partition, right click on it and choose Shrink Volume.

• Type the desired amount that needs to be shrunk in the box next to Enter the amount of space to shrink in MB.

• Click on the Shrink button. When completed, you will be shown Unallocated space in a dialog box. This is the size of shrunk volume. Right click on Unallocated space and then select New Simple Volume from the dropdown menu.

• A New Simple Volume Wizard window will open. If you don’t want to format the newly create volume, you can choose the first option saying Do not format this volume. If you want to format, click on Format this volume with the following settings. Choose NTFS from the File System dropdown menu. Type a drive letter in the box next to Volume Label. Leave the Allocation unit size to Default. Click on the Next button and then the Finish button to close the window.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

How to Reset Admin Password in a Linksys Router

All the Linksys routers (generally all the routers) come with the utility of password protection. It helps keep unauthorized users away from accessing your router interface and make changes to the configurations. Though it is easier to reset password on a Linksys device, you may stumble upon problems. Don’t worry! The below mentioned guide will help you perform the password reset task on your own and without the help of Linksys technical support.

Reset password using the existing password –

• Simply connect your computer and router using an Ethernet cable. Plug its one end into the computer and another into the router (into any of the 4 ports located at the back)

• Unplug the modem if it is connected between the above two devices. Power on the router and computer and wait until these have fully rebooted.

• Launch your internet browser (Firefox or Internet Explorer etc.) and type ‘’ (without quotes and as it is) in its address bar. Press the Enter key on your keyboard to proceed.

• When prompted, enter your existing username and password in the relevant boxes and click on the OK button. If you never changed your credentials, then these must be the default ones that came with the router docs.

• When logged into the router setup screen, click to highlight the Administration tab and then click on Management (the sub tab). Enter the new password of your choice in the Router Password box and retype it in the relevant box to confirm. When done, click on the Save Settings button. Exit the router’s interface and make your connection as it was previously by disconnecting the Ethernet cable. This will be your new password from now to login into the router interface.

Reset password when the existing admin password is lost or forgotten –

• Since it is completely impossible to pull the lost password through the router, we will reset it by performing hard reset on the Linksys router. This will restore the device to its factory (default) settings.

• Unplug the computer and modem from the router. Now take a thin, sharp object (like a paper clip) and insert it into the Reset button (it will be a small hole) into the back of Linksys router.

• Press the button and hold it for around 30 seconds. Thereafter, release the button and wait for the router to fully reboot.

• When you see all the lights are lit on the router, connect your computer back using the Ethernet cable (see above how to connect the Ethernet cable). Do not connect the modem. Open your web browser and login to the router’s interface using ‘’ (see the procedure mentioned in 1st scenario)

• When prompted for username & password, enter the default ones (that originally came with your router). Click on the OK button and reset the password as desired. (see the procedure mentioned in 1st scenario)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

New Trojan Threatens Mac Users

Traditionally, Mac PC users have been more secured from any Trojan virus or malicious software threat than the typical Microsoft Windows-based PC users. The reason has been the obvious difference between their nature of make and mechanism. Mac PCs work on Unix-based programming language while the Windows operating systems (OS) work on DOS. However, the security of Mac PCs seems to be at stake as a new variant of Trojan, which usually targets Windows-based PCs, has surfaced out of the blue to attack them thwarting Apple's old and highly popular tagline "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC".

The new Trojan is a version of darkComet, a well-established Windows-based remote access Trojan (RAT). The Trojan is called as BlackHole RAT or malware OSX/MusMinim-A (MusMinim). BlackHole RAT launches a full-screen window that bears a somewhat funny text message. See below

"I am a Trojan Horse, so i have infected your Mac Computer. I know, most people think Macs can't be Infected, but look, you ARE infected! I have full controll over your Computer and i can do everything I want, and you can do nothing to prevent it. So, I'm a very new Virus, under Development, so there will be much more functions when I'm finished"

Besides the above message, the full-screen window bears just a 'Reboot' button for a user to click and proceed. The message is surely intended to defame Apple's famous and long-running advertisement line and affect its increasing share in the OS market.

Reported by SophosLabs first,BlackHole RAT looks like a blend of English and German user interface version.

How dangerous is BlackHole RAT?

Despite being in the early development stage, BlackHole RAT can shoot random shell commands; place text documents on the desktop; give URLs access to a remote client to browse websites; open a false Administrator Password window for scam purposes; and send shutdown, restart, and sleep commands among others.

BlackHole RAT and other such Trojans are usually spread via torrent websites and pirated software downloads. So one, should be quite careful about not to run pirated software versions and explore unreliable websites.

BlackHole RAT is removable with Mac's updated antivirus software and does not seem to cause major problems if taken care of in time. However, it necessarily opens the platform for discussion that no OS mechanism is resistant to virus or malware threats. The new Trojan may diminish Macs' popularity; however, they still hold an edge over Windows-based OS at least in terms of security.

Monday, September 19, 2011

How to Reset Dell Computer Password

It often happens that we misplace or forget our password(s) due to busy schedules and have hard time remembering these. Things like these often occur at the most unfortunate times and users feel at a loss. If you are one of those users who have suffered from this type of situation, then the blog is for you. The below mentioned guide will let you know the ways to reset your password on your own. This essentially means you won’t need to spend time on phone or chat with your Dell technical support services. Though the instructions have been designed in a simple manner, it is still advised that users follow them accurately to avoid getting into common Dell PC problems.

Steps to Reset Dell Computer Password

• Login to the computer using your admin password, click on the Start menu, and go to Control Panel.

• Double click on the User Accounts icon. When the window opens, reset the password of that particular account. Retype the password in the respective field. When done, click on Apply if it is there or else click on the OK button to exit the window.

• Close all the windows.

If it is the Admin password that you want to reset the password for, then it can be done in two ways.

• Log in to your computer from another admin account (if there is more than one admin account on your computer) and reset the password for your admin account. The other way is to use the password reset disk and reset the password. It is to be noted that this password reset disk must have been created in advance. Insert it into the drive of your computer. When prompted for a password to login, type any wrong password in the box and hit Enter on the keyboard. Having recognized that you have entered a wrong password, it will prompt you to reset the password. Now you can reset your password as desired. Retype the password to confirm and get going.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

How to Disable Add-ins in Microsoft Outlook 2010

Add-ins are third-party programs that allow users to customize their Outlook or other MS-Office applications to add or run several features or commands. These tools enhance a user’s productivity by seamlessly integrating into Outlook and providing access to different features with just a click. Since there several add-ins available on the internet, it might possibly happen that some of them work flawlessly while others create problems. Having experienced this, you might want to disable some of the add-ins installed on your computer. Well, this is easy, but you might still face difficulty doing so. Don’t worry as this comprehensive guide will help you perform the desired task on your own.

Steps to disable Add-ins in Microsoft Outlook 2010

• Open Outlook. Click on the “File” and then select “Options”, and then click on Add-ins.

• Scroll down to the option Manage. Click on the dropdown menu next to Manage, select COM Add-ins, and click on the Go button. This will open up the COM Add-ins dialog box.

• Remove checkmarks from the boxes next to add-ins that you want to disable and then click on the OK button. Restart Outlook to let the changes take place.

If you want, you can also remove the add-ins from the same COM Add-ins window.

• Select the add-ins that you want to remove and then click on the Remove button. Click on the “OK” button and exit all the windows. Restart Outlook.

Friday, September 2, 2011

How to Uninstall McAfee Legacy Programs

A McAfee legacy program is a small built-in component (file) of the McAfee antivirus or other McAfee programs. Being an integrated component, the legacy program gets automatically installed on your computer when you install the intended McAfee program. The legacy program often interferes with other applications running on your computer, hampers the internet connectivity, or downloads and installs other programs without your consent. Since it is understood that you have already decided to remove the program from your computer, let’s get started. The below mentioned self-help guide will allow your to get rid of the desired program without facing any problem.


First, ensure that you have uninstalled all the desired McAfee programs from your computer using the standard procedure. This essentially means clicking on the Start menu, going into the Control Panel, and using the Add or Remove Programs utility.

Open your internet browser viz. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox etc., and go to McAfee’s official website.

Click on the Downloads link, log into your account (if prompted) and then download McAfee’s removal tool (the MCPR.exe or VSCleanupTool.exe). Save the file to a location in your computer where it is easily accessible from.

When done, locate the file, double click on it and run. The program will automatically start removing all the hidden McAfee legacy programs from your computer. Wait until the process finishes, be patient. Do not press any key while the removal is in progress or turn off your PC. Doing so may not let these programs be fully removed from your PC.

When done, click on the Yes button or whatever option you see there to proceed and let the computer reboot. When the computer has restarted, locate the file named as ‘mccleanup.log’ (it might be there on your desktop or you can search for it using the Windows Search utility), right click on it and select Delete from the dropdown menu. This will completely remove the legacy program(s) from your computer. If you want, go to the Recycle Bin and delete it from there also. You can also contact your McAfee help & support service, give them the log details of the file (before removing these), and confirm that it has been totally removed from your system.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

How to Make Dell Computer Run Faster

Dell computers are ranked among the leading computing devices across the world. However, after years of continuous use, a computer tends to perform sluggish or create difficulty when you install and run a new program among others things. Problems like these are unavoidable, but you can apply some tweaks to get rid of them and make your computer perform like never before. The below mentioned comprehensive guide will help you do the desired tasks on your own and without even the help of Dell computer support.

· Instructions:
• If there are too many programs running on your startup menu, these may slow down your computer like anything. Keep the necessary programs only and disable others to accelerate the startup and shutdown time as well as performance. Click on the Start menu and click on Run. Type ‘msconfig’ (without quotes and as is) in the Run window and hit the OK button on Enter on the keyboard.

• Highlight the Startup tab (if it’s not highlighted by default), uncheck the boxes next to processes or programs that you don’t use normally, click on the Apply button (if it is there) and click on the OK button to close the window. If you don’t see the Apply button, just click on OK. This will stop these processes from running at Windows startup and thence speed up the computer’s performance.

• Update your antivirus program and then run a full system scan. Wait until the scan finishes and detects the presence of any unwanted program that might have been secretly residing in your computer for some time. When the scan has detected and eliminated such infection(s), you can view its history. Virus, malware infections are the biggest threats that penetrate into your computer’s security and eat up memory resources, leading to slow down, data loss, or system crash among other problems. It is strongly recommended to update your antivirus programs on a regular basis. If you don’t have an antivirus or anti-spyware program installed, then download one from a trusted company’s website. Choose from a wider range of free or paid tools like Microsoft Security Essentials, Norton, Avira, Avast, McAfee, Panda, and Malwarebytes’ Anti Malware among others.

• Run the built-in disk defragment utility in your Windows XP and defragment the scattered files or programs on the hard drive. Click on the Start menu and go to My Computer. Right click on the drive that you want to defrag and select Properties from the dropdown menu. Highlight the Tools tab in the Properties window and hit the Defragment Now button. Click on the Defragment button again in the Disk Defragment window. Wait until the process finishes. When done, click on the Apply button, and then click on the OK button.
• Update drivers of your Dell computer. Or download and install latest drivers. Go to the Dell website to download or update drivers.

• Replace the memory stick (RAM) if it has corrupted or become very old as some Dell PC models tend to experience problem due to old memory stick. Do not forget to backup your data before replacing the RAM stick. Otherwise you will lose all the stored data inside the RAM.