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Another set of quick answers to short questions.

  • When I visit this web page, my IE disappears - why?
  • What's the difference between shareware and freeware?
  • How can I hide my email address when using Microsoft Outlook?
  • How can I read yahoogroups from Outlook?
  • Is there an online source to value used computer equipment?
  • When I connect to the internet a second international dialup network connection is created. Why?

When I visit this web page, my IE disappears - why? Usually it's due to misbehaving spyware. Get Ad-Aware or Spybot (my recommendations page), and scan. It may also be worth running the system file checker.

What's the difference between shareware and freeware? In a word: obligation. Shareware is meant to be paid for after you've downloaded evaluated the software. Usually it's by the honor system, though some packages will either be crippled in some fashion until you pay and register, and others may simply stop working after some preset trial period. Freeware is just that ... free. There's no obligation to pay. Occasionally there might be a request for a fee or donation, the software itself is unrestricted.

How can I hide my email address when using Microsoft Outlook? Well, you can, but you can't. The "trick" to hiding your email address is to create another account in Microsoft Outlook where you configure the email address to be something other than your real email address. Then use that account to send your email. The "can't" part is that if you're really expecting this to be true anonymity, there are still clues left in the mail headers that may make it possible to track the email back to you.

How can I read yahoogroups from Outlook? The only real solution is to configure the Yahoo group to send you email - either individual emails for each post, or a digest. There's no other direct interface to Yahoo groups that can be used by mailers such as Outlook.

Is there an online source to value used computer equipment? Sure - Ebay. Seriously, Ebay is a great way to see what things are actually selling for. Be sure to use the advanced search interface and look at completed auctions to see what price items actually fetched.

When I connect to the internet a second international dialup network connection is created. Why? Yikes! You almost certainly have some kind of malware. Definitely run a virus checker and a spyware checker as soon as possible. Recommendations here.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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2 Comments
Geoffrey Mason
June 4, 2004 7:51 PM

I have read the article. I am not using Spyware.

Kathy
October 7, 2004 4:24 PM

For the past month or so, I have noticed an icon at the bottom right corner of my computer screen. It is a wide exclamation point(white) located in an orange square with a blue circle partially in view in the lower left corner. Whenever I approach it with my cursor,it immediately disappears before I can click on it. Today it appeared when I connected to the Internet. It may not appear for several days,then it's here! I've run: Norton Antivirus,SpyBot,AdAware, and SpyBlaster,but I haven't seen this icon anywhere else. A DELL rep "talked" me through removal of some items,but the icon still appeared.Do you have any advice for me?

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