Helping people with computers... one answer at a time.
Questions and answers relating to the tool we all perhaps use the most: our web browsers.
There are several steps to try, including clearing the cache and then restarting the browser.
I think the fact that you downloaded these videos is probably coincidental, unrelated to something else going on with your machine.
Google Chrome offers Incognito mode, and IE8 offers InPrivate browsing. We'll look at how they work, and how private they really are.
Sandboxes and Virtual Machines can help isolate you from certain types of threats. We'll look at what they are and how they might, or might not, help.
Having multiple websites open should have no impact on your internet bandwidth usage, unless those sites are actively uploading or downloading data.
Private Browsing modes protect your privacy on your machine, while Anonymous surfing protects your identity on the internet. They're not related.
Flash Player can store information on your computer much like your browser stores cookies. We'll look at the risk, and how to manage the settings.
Autocomplete, or "suggestions" made when filling out a web form can be misleading, even frightening, until you realize where the suggestions come from.
If Safari displays Hotmail pages wrong, it could be a problem with Safari itself. There are a couple of steps to take to clear the problem.
Ask.com is a reputable site. You should be able to remove any toolbars or browser settings that have been added to your computer.
Several online chatrooms require you to have java enabled in your browser. Using the tutorial linked in this article will show you how to enable it.
Occasionally, when installing software it'll change your home page "for you". I'll walk you through why, and what to do to reset it.
Cookies can be used to save your password, or your logged in state, when you visit some web sites. I'll walk through clearing them.
You don't want to eliminate https. That's eliminating the security that you want. There are better ways to deal with website security warnings.
If your download is getting an additional toolbar, you may need to check Advanced options before allowing the files to download.
Configuring where PDF documents on the web should be displayed - within your browser or not - turns out to be somewhat tricky. I'll look at the options.
This is a very common setting, so there should be good information in the browser's help guides to assist you in changing the download default.
Web browsers include features that will remember your login ID and password for various sites for you. We'll look at how that works in Firefox.
Pop-up blockers are designed to catch new pages from popping up off a website, but sometimes, they might not be able to grab ad features that are a part of the website itself.
Social media links that are programmed to float on top of the page are a design element and can't be prevented with pop-up blocking.
It's all too easy for browser toolbars to accumulate to an almost unusable collection. We'll look at how to prevent, and remove, browser toolbars.
QuickTime Player, a popular player for various formats, has a nasty habit of inserting itself into your browser, and being difficult to remove.
Recent vulnerabilities and exploits relating to Java have people scrambling to turn it off. Unfortunately, because of another unfortunate choice of names, many are turning off the wrong thing.
Restoring a browser to see the display is the sign of a video driver problem. You can avoid the problem by using a different browser or take a few steps to fix it.
Recovering browser history from a machine that is being used can be tricky as the necessary files could be deleted and the space that they occupied overwritten.
Saving passwords for you is a convenient feature of most browsers. It's important to understand that with that convenience comes risk.
Yes and no. Logging into Chrome allows you to use your settings on other computers. Your browsing history is another matter.
Many software vendors offer a download for browser toolbars... whether we want them or not. Sometimes, the offers are hidden.
"Desktop suddenly appears" means that a window has crashed. My belief is that this is a browser issue.
Another zero-day exploit has been discovered in Oracle's Java VM; something that has many security experts suggest that you disable or uninstall Java. I'll explain why and how.
Adobe has updated Flash player. It has an important change to how future updates work, as well as perhaps something that should be AVOIDED at all costs.
Websites often add toolbars to their pages that do not install on your computer. They will show in your browser whether you sign up for the service or not.
About:blank is a special page within most browsers. It can appear due to problems, malware, or if there's been malware that's been removed.
Web browsers can save the web page that you're currently viewing to your computer in a handful of formats. I'll look at each and what I do instead.
"Clear your browser's cache" is a frequent first response when encountering web page problems. We'll look at why, and how.
You can Run a download or you can Save it, it's a difference many of us take for granted. We'll look at what it really means to Run or Save.
Closing a browser will certainly stop a download, as long as you close it completely.
The number of asterisks that are hiding a password, an email address, or secret question might not represent the size of the answer.
It really boils down to personal preference. Today, I really have no problems with people using any of the big three browsers.
To help diagnose the problem, try a two-step approach. Separate downloading the file from opening the file with Adobe Reader and watch for error messages.
If you can't change it, your browser home page could be protected by anti-spyware software or it could be spyware itself getting in the way.
Redirects can be caused by various forms of malware and adware. There are also many legitimate reasons why a webpage may be redirected in the browser.
Many websites try to create operating revenue through ads in pop-up windows. This, however, sounds like a pop under.
The default browser is the application Windows uses to handle web and .html pages. There are ways to specify that a different application be used.
Browser toolbars come from two places: the browser, and addons or toolbars you ask for. It's easy to ask for toolbars without realizing it.
This sounds like your screen resolution is set smaller than the minimum required for those web pages to work, or it's pushed off the screen.
Every so often we run into web pages that don't stay up to date, displaying old information. We'll look at causes and possible solutions.
Save As works differently in different browsers. Printing to pdf might be a better solution.
When a web page flashes and redraws, it's usually a result of the code for that page. There may not be much you can do about it.
Copying text from websites shouldn't cause a "stopped working" error. This will take some investigation.
Web pages are designed to display content elements first to give you a quick visual representation of the page. Other things might take awhile or get stuck. There is a quick key you can tap to stop this behavior.
Websites often have problems displaying in smaller windows, and 800x600 is increasingly considered to be small. There are a couple of things to try.
Adding a browser after toolbars have been installed can cause some unusual behavior that is tricky to diagnose.
There may not be a way to turn that off. If you're not using Maxthon as your primary browser, I'm not sure there's a reason to have it on there at all.
A slash through the padlock, the https, or the https appearing in red all mean one thing: something's wrong. Exactly what's wrong can vary.
Remembering passwords in a browser is not secure. They can be recovered very easily. Rather than turn the option back on, let's look at some other solutions.