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Using An IE Version Less Than 11? Delete It! 4 years 9 months ago darrin71

I thought Microsoft already did that...

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Using An IE Version Less Than 11? Delete It! 4 years 9 months ago NorthPole

Not quite true - MS are going to continue updates to only the most current version of IE for still-supported Windows operating systems. Hence Vista SP2 users will still get updates to IE9 (and Vista itself) for a while yet; as older versions of Windows are now past their life-cycle, the older versions of IE they use will hence not be updated either.

Also, I think uninstalling any version of IE (from Control Panel/Programs and Features) will just revert Windows to using the version originally supplied with the operating system, rather than break Windows altogether. As Sid in Extremis has posted, just update from IE 10 to 11.

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Using An IE Version Less Than 11? Delete It! 4 years 9 months ago torres-no-tan-m...

I use XP and IE is version 8 and I need IE to provide security updates for important software.

If you can't update to version 11, it's far better to disable IE and re-enable when required, rather than uninstalling and risking destabilizing your system.

For more info on how to acheive this:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/how_to_disable_internet_explorer.htm

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Using An IE Version Less Than 11? Delete It! 4 years 9 months ago classicggma65

Run Win7 with IE9...also have Firefox and Opera. Is IE11 free? Is it true if I uninstall rather than update that I can screw up Win7? Won't use Win8, 8.1 or 10 since there's no choice in updating and don't trust MS not to mess with my homepage, other add-ons....as they've done before.

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Using An IE Version Less Than 11? Delete It! 4 years 9 months ago blipnitz

This proxy work around will also prevent Chrome-based browsers from connecting to the internet (at least on Win XP).

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Using An IE Version Less Than 11? Delete It! 4 years 9 months ago jayebee

I Like how the e-mail I got says "....Update it", but when I went to article it says "...Delete it". I tried updating my IE for Vista using Update in IE on my older laptop because it's older - version 9 I believe, but Microsoft will not update it because it says I have the most current version for my OS. Hmmmm is this a way to try and make people update the OS?

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Using An IE Version Less Than 11? Delete It! 4 years 9 months ago Jojo Yee

According to Microsoft Support Lifecycle, it says:

(a) "Beginning January 12, 2016, only the most current version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates."

(b) "Internet Explorer is a component of the Windows operating system and the most current version will continue to follow the specific support lifecycle policy for the operating system for which it is installed."

If you're using Vista, unless I'm mistaken, I'd think that IE9 is the "most current version available for that system" and will be supported until its Extended Support End Date on April 11, 2017.

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Using An IE Version Less Than 11? Delete It! 4 years 9 months ago nahabze

You can definitely download and run IE 11 on Windows 7, both Home and Pro. It's been quite a while since I've installed it on my machines, but I seem to recall it saved all of my links too, You will have to reconfigure how you use it but it closely resembles IE8 or 9 as far as the essential functionality and customizations are concerned. It still has a menu bar, favorites bar, command bar, etc., and can be customized as much as IE 8. It will also be in place when you have to upgrade to WIN10, and will be a seamless upgrade when you have to do it.... I still like it better than Firefox and Chrome, although I have those installed too. I download lots of things and it is more functional than the other offerings without having to go and find add-ons.

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Using An IE Version Less Than 11? Delete It! 4 years 9 months ago rhiannon

Internet Explorer 11(IE11) is free, and will run on Windows 7. If it's not available via Windows Update, you can download it here:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/internet-explorer/download-ie

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Using An IE Version Less Than 11? Delete It! 4 years 9 months ago rhiannon

Internet Explorer 11 will run on Windows 7 - a quick search will turn up numerous links verifiying the information.
If it isn't available via Windows Update, you can download it here:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/internet-explorer/download-ie

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Using An IE Version Less Than 11? Delete It! 4 years 9 months ago rhiannon

Indeed, I've had to repair more than one computer when people attempted this. Especially in earlier versions of Windows, Internet Explorer is so entwined with the operating system that deleting it can cause issues. :)

As torres-no-tan-magnifico mentioned, it's best to disable IE if feasible, and directions are here:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/how_to_disable_internet_explorer.htm

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Using An IE Version Less Than 11? Delete It! 4 years 9 months ago rhiannon

I suggest you back up your system before you install a new version of Internet Explorer, at the least, create a restore point to work from. :) These links may be helpful:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/types-backup-software-what-s-dif...

http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-hard-drive-backup-program.htm

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/more-free-backup-software-recomm...
 

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Using Firefox? Update Now 9 months 2 weeks ago Rick Grunwald

Thanks for this. They were quick to fix this and issue an update

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Using Firefox? Update Now 9 months 2 weeks ago Bobcat 2105

When Firefox went from version 70.0.1 to the next version, it totally trashed itself. Tons of complaints on the Mozilla forum. For me it destroyed my userChrome file by ignoring it altogether and my user interface was completely changed tabs, color, everything. I always have updated with no problems until then. I disabled updates in the registry and will not ever update again until they hire some people that know what they're doing. I now keep all important stuff on an external hard drive and it only gets turned on if I need something and I get it and shut off very quickly.

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Using Firefox? Update Now 9 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

I'm sorry you had that happen.
I've never had any trouble with updates either, though I usually do a clean install for most of them. I keep things backed up too, external hard drive and USB stick.

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Using Firefox? Update Now 9 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

It was a quick update, though that might be because it was discovered so quickly. Mozilla is usually good at patching vulnerabilities pretty quickly.

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Using Firefox? Update Now 9 months 2 weeks ago gruff

From my perspective, Firefox started trashing and thrashing things after Ver. 56.0. I'm still unable to get to authenticated website I've been going to for years. Now I use 3-4 different browsers every day to be able to access site I've been accessing for a long time without problems. FF used to have everything under control but after 56.0 they started to backslide and are still doing it.

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Using Firefox? Update Now 9 months 2 weeks ago gruff

Is anyone keeping Windows 7 past the 14th? Have you discovered any good ways of protecing yourself?

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Using Firefox? Update Now 9 months 2 weeks ago Hopalong

Thanks rhiannon for the tip-off.
I adopt much the same procedure as yourself for updating and have only had problems once.
They were almost identical to those described by Bobcat 2015.
Since then, OK.

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Using Firefox? Update Now 9 months 2 weeks ago Hopalong

@Gruff 12 January 2020 - 14.01
Have a look at this site:
https://www.computerworld.com/article/3513657/the-december-2019-microsoft-patches-get-the-all-clear.html?mc_cid=9756dd9441&mc_eid=c32bb8c1b3

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Using Firefox? Update Now 9 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

That sounds frustrating, I'm sorry your experiencing that across different browsers.

A friend that's running Windows 7 is having similar issues with programs, though not Firefox. Email and a some others.

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Using Firefox? Update Now 9 months 2 weeks ago mahtanw

Thank you!

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Using Firefox? Update Now 9 months 2 weeks ago gruff

I'm still running Firefox out of habit. I've been with it since god knows when but I'm using it less and less. That I'm using FF at all is due to add-ons I have that I can't find for other browsers. The other browsers I use are Opera, Pale Moon, Epic, and on occassion, Chrome and IE.

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Using Firefox? Update Now 9 months 2 weeks ago subtext

I don't understand. Firefox updates regularly. Why are you suggesting I DOWNLOAD FF, to my PC? What is that? Benefit? Is it malware/virus free? Why a DL, rather than UPDATE as usual from Mozilla?
Thanks! (I think the editor can hear you well enough without the unnecessary use of capital letters. MC - Site Manager).

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Using Firefox? Update Now 9 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

I use a handful of browsers as well. I'm liking Edge Chromium quite a bit. Stable version should be released soon. Firefox is still my go-to day in day out get things done browser.

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Using Firefox? Update Now 9 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

You're quite welcome.

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Using Firefox? Update Now 9 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

You're more than welcome. A clean install seems to make Firefox run faster too. I haven't had many issues over time. I export my bookmarks and copy the .xpi (add-ons) files to a folder though my Firefox account will restore preferences and add-ons etc. if I log in. It appears to keep the about:config changes I make as well, but I have them in a text file if I need them.

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Using Firefox? Update Now 9 months 2 weeks ago gruff

I just downloaded Edge Chromium Beta for Win 7 and will give it a try. In any case, I'll keep it installed for one of my growing handful of browsers. Another good one is Pale Moon. It's just like Firefox and is built on their framework but without the problems. Thanks for your help.

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Using Firefox? Update Now 9 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

I prefer Waterfox over Pale Moon. They've just branched out - keeping a classic version and releasing a current, more up to date version.

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Using Firefox? Update Now 9 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

There is a vulnerability in Firefox. Mozilla has released a patched version. If you use Firefox, it’s a good idea to update or download a new version, according to how you prefer to update Firefox.
Both update and download are mentioned in the article because people use both ways to update.
I’m not suggesting any options for anyone. I'm suggesting get the patched version, however you prefer to do that.
Whether it's through an update (automatically or manually inside the browser while it's running), downloading and installing the new version over the old version, or performing a clean install, it's a good idea to get the patched version in whatever way works for you. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I supplied the link to the official Firefox site for downloading all languages/platforms so people don't have to search for it, if they prefer to download Firefox.

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Using Firefox? Update Now 9 months 2 weeks ago gruff

Thanks for that. I just downloaded and installed Waterfox Ver.2019.12 and it automatically copied all my settings and add-ons from Firefox. I think I'll make it my default browser. Is there much difference between the 2019 and the 2020 version? I've downloaded both.

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Using Firefox? Update Now 9 months 2 weeks ago warra

Thanks rhiannon,
I do use Firefox sometimes but my default browser is Brave mainly for privacy.
Will update the Firefox now.

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Using Firefox? Update Now 9 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

Brave is a good browser, I use it and like it. At the moment, I'm using Firefox, Brave, Edge Chromium, Waterfox Classic and Current, and Chrome (portable). I also use Opera and Vivaldi on a regular basis.

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Using Firefox? Update Now 9 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

You're more than welcome. Waterfox branched into two versions in October, the Classic is a legacy version that will support older standards and will be actively maintained. The Current branch is focusing on keeping up to date with the modern web and a fully customisable web browser to go with it. Naming and versioning are also mentioned, hopefully that will answer your question about the versions.
Both can be downloaded here:
https://www.waterfox.net/releases/
You can read more at the site blog: Waterfox 2019.10 Release | Waterfox Web Browser
Waterfox does import your Firefox data on install if Firefox is installed on your system, but it doesn't update anything after initial import.

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Using Firefox? Update Now 9 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

Thanks! I like Woody.

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Using Firefox? Update Now 9 months 2 weeks ago gruff

Good results. I just competed my first full day of work using Waterfox and only had to resort to another browser once. WF saved me a great deal of time today. Thanks for the tip. It is now my default browser. The one failure was on a page where I wanted to save an image, which I usually do by getting the correct URL from resorting to "View page source", only to find for that particular page it was greyed out. Not a problem. I opened FF and was able to retrieve the image. But Waterfox is delightful. Thanks again.

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Using Firefox? Update Now 9 months 2 weeks ago gruff

Thanks. Some good info. I plan on blowing through January 14th and staying with Win 7. However, until I feel safe, I'll be making a backup image of my root drive every night.

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Using Firefox? Update Now 9 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

I'm glad to hear it's working so well for you. :)

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Using Foxit Reader? Look Out For Important Patch This Week 3 years 2 months ago arieshifman

Thanks

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Using Foxit Reader? Look Out For Important Patch This Week 3 years 2 months ago godel

I believe in the meantime you can switch it off manually.

Files > Preferences > Trust Manager.

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Using Google Chrome Browser? Update Now 2 years 4 months ago George.J

One of the 3 things I allow to auto-update on my system. 1. Google Chrome, 2. Adobe Flash Player, 3. Windows 10 (includes drivers)

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Using Google Chrome Browser? Update Now 2 years 4 months ago Goomer

Thanks for the heads up, that was absolutely painless.

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Using Google Chrome Browser? Update Now 2 years 4 months ago rhiannon

A new vulnerability was found for Flash yesterday, they are recommending everyone update ASAP.

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Using Google Chrome Browser? Update Now 2 years 4 months ago rhiannon

You're welcome. :)

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Using Google Chrome Browser? Update Now 2 years 4 months ago abrandt

Much appreciate the heads-up!

I updated with latest version:

Google Chrome PORTABLE Offline Installer v. 67.0.3396.79 64-bit
OS 64-bit: Windows 10/8.1/8/7
https://www.chrome-portable.com/index.php/google-chrome-offline-installer

THX. ~ Alan

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Using Google Chrome Browser? Update Now 2 years 4 months ago rhiannon

Thanks for the heads up - when I checked the portable version at several sites yesterday it hadn't been updated to the latest version so I didn't link to it in the article. Good to see it's been updated. :)

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Using Google Chrome Browser? Update Now 2 years 4 months ago J_L

All major OS other than Android, iOS, and Chrome OS... Duly noted.

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Using OneNote? You Need This Free Add-In. 5 years 4 months ago nowayman

As far as I like Onenote, it's not an ideal platform for tables, even with this add-on. It's much better to use something native, like Excel or Google Sheets for better functionality.

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Using the Windows Hosts File for Security and Privacy 7 years 2 days ago Moonwink

I tried using HOSTMAN a while back. It stuffed 150,000 entries into the HOSTS file. That many entries filled up the memory on my old XP PCs and slowed them to a crawl.

Be careful storing all the sites you want to avoid in the HOSTS file.

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Using the Windows Hosts File for Security and Privacy 6 years 12 months ago mouseissue

I've been downloading host file updates from http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm for MANY years!

It works with both my IE and Firefox browsers.
And doesn't slow either one down noticeably.

Since I started using it, I NEVER find myself losing control of my browser to some nefarious website. It also blocks a LOT of questionable pop-up advertising and cookie tracking.

It has caused a problem with several websites I visit often.
I simply would comment (#) those website lines in the file, and all is good! :->

The only drawback is that every time I download a new host file version, I have to apply those website exceptions. To help with that, I copy those lines to the top of the new file so I remember which ones to reapply. That's a small price to pay to keep control of my web surfing!

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Using Thunderbird For Email? There Are Add-Ins And They're Great. 3 years 1 month ago drkarasheed

I had used this before but when I failed to import all those folders and subfolders in my INBOX in Microsoft outlook I avoided it.

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Using Thunderbird For Email? There Are Add-Ins And They're Great. 3 years 1 month ago ezrashapiro

This has the potential to be the beginning of a great article. It can be built upon quite a bit. For starters, Thunderbird comes in dozens on languages. Literally everything about is customizable. It's stable, especially where other programs, like Outlook, aren't. It's worth mentioning that the setup can be difficult when using 3rd party extensions, but when done right you can sync your Gmail address book and Google Calendar right into Thunderbird. It fully supports right-to-left languages and spell checking after installing the appropriate extensions.

What might not be easy for some is migrating form Outlook. Veteran Outlook users tend to very loyal to Outlook, if for no other reason than Outlook is what they've become used to. For the rest of the world that doesn't like the Gmail interface, Thunderbird is so great that even the venerable Eudora has moved over to using Thunderbird's code base.

I think a great addition to the article would be a highlight of the top 20 recommended add-ons / extensions to really make it useful.

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Using Thunderbird For Email? There Are Add-Ins And They're Great. 3 years 1 month ago Linden56

I too agree with you that the article has potential & top 20 recommendations would go far to improve it. I use Thunderbird & am aware of the add ons, but was intrigued by the article to investigate what some of the better extension & add ons would be. Then the bottom fell out.

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Using Thunderbird For Email? There Are Add-Ins And They're Great. 3 years 1 month ago eikelein

@drkarasheed
And, please, how are you sure that that is Thunderbird's "fault"?
If I look at the never ending flood of updates that MS needs to release to just keep Outlook working I wonder...

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Using Thunderbird For Email? There Are Add-Ins And They're Great. 3 years 1 month ago ezrashapiro

So let's start a list. First of all, here are some links to the top rated and most popular extensions and add-ons:

Top Rated
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/thunderbird/extensions/?sort=rating

Most Popular
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/thunderbird/extensions/?sort=users

These are some of the extensions and addons I usually install when setting up Thunderbird for myself or for a client.

1. Lightning - now comes built into Thunderbird. It still requires some technical knowledge to set it up properly

2. Google Calendar Provider - Instead of Lightning some prefer this addon because it shows you the web version of the Google Calendar right inside of Thunderbird and works flawlessly
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/thunderbird/addon/provider-for-google-calendar/

3. Theme font and size changer - this is indispensable when installing Thunderbird for someone who needs larger fonts
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/thunderbird/addon/theme-font-size-changer

4. GContactSync - Try doing this with Outlook! You'll need to spend some money and even then it's not perfect. This extension allows you to sync your Thunderbird contacts with your Gmail contacts, which subsequently sync with your phone, and vice-verse.
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/thunderbird/addon/gcontactsync/

5. Send Later - self-explanatory
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/thunderbird/addon/send-later-3

6. Quick Text - this is great for template emails, multiple signatures, quick responses, etc. Here's a link to a great explanatory video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jy85uE50nls
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/thunderbird/addon/quicktext/

7. BiDi Mail UI - RTL Language support
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/thunderbird/addon/bidi-mail-ui

Ok, that's a start - feel free to add-on!

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Using Thunderbird For Email? There Are Add-Ins And They're Great. 3 years 1 month ago dlibertine

"Use Bcc instead" is one I use it all the time. It permits me to send to a list of unidentified recipients.

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Using Thunderbird For Email? There Are Add-Ins And They're Great. 3 years 1 month ago eikelein

@dlibertine:
If you use an add-on for that you are likely over-extending (looks better than "over-extensioning").
Bcc is natively in Thunderbird.

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Using Thunderbird For Email? There Are Add-Ins And They're Great. 3 years 1 month ago zachw

The extension warns you if you try to send to multiple recipients as a To or CC. Can prevent a disastrous mistake where a CC was used in error.

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Using Thunderbird For Email? There Are Add-Ins And They're Great. 3 years 1 month ago zachw

I use few extensions in Thunderbird, but my fav is QuickFolders: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/addon/quickfolders-tabbed-folders/

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Using Thunderbird For Email? There Are Add-Ins And They're Great. 3 years 1 month ago terrawarra

For me, Thunderbord works just fine "out of the box".

So I'm wondering, if it aint broke, don't fix it ?

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Using Thunderbird For Email? There Are Add-Ins And They're Great. 3 years 1 month ago David Morgan

My Thunderbird is 81% full and I don't know what to do to increase space. I really don't want to delete all my email! Thanks for any suggestions.

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Using Thunderbird For Email? There Are Add-Ins And They're Great. 3 years 1 month ago eikelein

David,
very seriously, what do you mean with "81% full"?

If you have (an) IMAP account(s) then you may run into a storage limit from you ISP.
If you have (a) POP account(s) all your emails are stored locally - unless you leave them on the server - which would negate the so called "advantages" of IMAP!

I have about 17,000 (17 THOUSAND) emails locally stored. That is according to TreeSize over 3.2GB of net emails.

The Thunderbird folder is in total 3.49GB large.

I have all emails since 1998 in there and it works like day 1.5. The decimal here respects that for example searching through 17,000 emails MUST take longer than through maybe only 1,700 emails.

Is your Trash folder empty? Is your Junk folder empty? Have you compacted the folders?

I thought I know Thunderbird a little but your question really baffles me.

I don't know of a Thunderbird specific limitation. Maybe only that Windows limits file sizes on 32-bit systems. But that is Windows' problem, not Thunderbird's.

Looking forward to your reply.

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Using Thunderbird For Email? There Are Add-Ins And They're Great. 3 years 1 month ago David Morgan

Hi eiklein, thanks so much for taking the time to reply. I will try to add a screenshot of the percent figure showing how much of the Thunderbird folder is used. I searched the internet and most replies say Thunderbird can't be increased. So that confused me. On the settings I have, it is imap. That's all I know because I'm not very good at these things. OK, I'll have to forget the screenshot, I don't know how or if it can be added here. Anyway, it shows 81% full. And I understand we can't post links in Comments. One site says this "How to Increase Your Mailbox Limit in Thunderbird" and that's what I've tried to do.
Thank you.

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Using Thunderbird For Email? There Are Add-Ins And They're Great. 3 years 1 month ago eikelein

David,
Thanks for your reply and - you are welcome.

I have heard so much irrelevant or outright false negativity about Thunderbird that I like to cut in and help or clean the air if I can at all. I have no professional, semi-professional, contractual or financial connection with the Mozilla organisation or anybody involved in Thunderbird's maintenance.

Please send the screen shot as an attachment to ejhprivate@gmail.com. Recently I created this account for personal reasons with the express purpose of being able to "throw away" this account at any time. I will begin tomorrow to check daily for an email from you.

Please let me know what version of Windows your computer runs and if your system is a 32-bit or a 64-bit system.
Just in case you need instructions for the 32 or 64 bit question you find them at
https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/21726/how-do-i-know-if-im-running-32-bit-or-64-bit-windows-answers/
Just copy and paste this very long URL into your browser's address bar and hit Enter.

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Using Windows 7 And Linux On The Same Computer 6 years 7 months ago Abdus Shahid

I shall try hard to instal Windows7 in my Linux/ubuntu

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Using Windows 7 And Linux On The Same Computer 6 years 7 months ago MidnightCowboy Thank you for jogging my memory about this article which needs a clean and polish. :) I've already removed some of the dead stuff and I'll be updating the links and adding some new content as soon as I can get round to it. MC - Site Manager. view
Using Windows 7 And Linux On The Same Computer 5 years 11 months ago Genesiz9

how can i start learning a programming language?
I am new to programming....Any help????

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Using Windows 7 And Linux On The Same Computer 5 years 11 months ago MidnightCowboy See these articles. MC - Site Manager. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/best-free-ways-learn-programming... http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/computer-programming-beginners-k... http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/practice-your-programming-more-3... http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/free-programming-courses-kids.htm view
Using Windows 7 And Linux On The Same Computer 3 years 3 months ago br1anstorm

I'd just like to add my support, or reinforcement, to the recommendation about EasyBCD.

In making the transition from Windows to Linux, I wasn't keen to abandon Windows 7 completely as I have a few Windows-only programs which I continue to use. So dual boot was the obvious route to follow. But I wasn't happy about the idea of having to ditch the Windows bootloader (MBR) and replace it with Linux's GRUB - mainly because the reinstatement of a Windows-only setup, and the reinstallation of Windows MBR, looked like a challenge and a headache.

EasyBCD is the solution. With EasyBCD installed in Windows 7, the Windows MBR is retained, and provided you take care when partitioning and installing the Linux (GRUB) bootloader(s) it's possible to have not only dual but multiple-boot OSs without losing, rewriting or deleting the original Windows MBR.

On my (modest) laptop I have Windows 7, Linux Mint, Linux Lite and PCLinuxOS. The choice at boot-up is simple and clear. In terms of work, saving files on a shared 'data' partition means that any of the three Linux OSs can access them; and saving files on an external USB HDD enables Win7 to see them too.

I have no plans to revert to a Win7-only setup. But I like the fact that if I did want to do so, it would be a simple and pain-free step.

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Using Windows 7 And Linux On The Same Computer 2 years 7 months ago tweetiepooh

If you have multiple hard disks and your system can accommodate it you can arrange to have Linux boot from the 2nd disk and keep the Windows boot on the first disk. On my PC the method (with OpenSuse Linux) is
1)Switch hard disk boot order to disk2 then disk1
2)Boot from DVD/USB and install Linux (I have O/S's on disk 1 and data on disk 2). Set Linux to install its boot loader to MBR on disk 2.
3)On reboot the system will see Linux - GRUB allows booting to Linux and Windows.

If needed (like installing Windows updates with multiple reboots) you can switch hard disk boot order to disk 1 and the system sees the Windows boot loader and goes straight into that O/S. Once stable you can switch the boot order back to Linux/GRUB.

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Using Windows 7 And Linux On The Same Computer 1 year 6 months ago stevenfbtube

I would install Ubuntu using the 'something-else' option, specifying your partitions & ensuring you don't have the 'format' check-box ticked.
This will wipe system directories, install then restore any additional programs you have installed (if from Ubuntu repose only). If your 'breakage' is in $HOME (a user setting) then the breakage will likely remain as that file won't be touched. Of course backup first (we make mistakes, and the format-checkbox is kinda small). For more information Download YouTube Video

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 years 5 months ago Australia

Thanks for the reminder Rob
I found an excellent Microsoft article covering everything about this WannaCrypt ransomware, including the potential way it spreads

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/mmpc/2017/05/12/wannacrypt-ransomware-worm-targets-out-of-date-systems/

"The threat arrives as a dropper Trojan that has the following two components:
A component that attempts to exploit the SMB CVE-2017-0145 vulnerability in other computers
1)The ransomware known as WannaCrypt"
The worm functionality attempts to infect unpatched Windows machines in the local network.
2)At the same time, it also executes massive scanning on Internet IP addresses to find and infect other vulnerable computers"

This second Microsoft article details what to do if you have been infected with WannaCrypt ransomware:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/security/portal/mmpc/shared/ransomware.aspx

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 years 5 months ago eikelein

If you let Windows 7 do it by itself you "open" a time window of up to four weeks during which your computer is not protected against exploits that may have been patched but the according update has not been downloaded and installed yet.

My many thousands of (in their own words computer illiterate!) customers have done very well with checking once every week.

I give them a shortcut to Windows Update on the desktop and written instructions to run WU and 'Check for updates' ONCE EVERY WEEK. They are instructed to always install ALL updates.

They all have not modified machines from known manufacturers and there were over 16 years only one hand full of problems with WU, mostly after virus infections from EBKAC errors.

Re. Desktop shortcut to WU: So far NOT POSSIBLE in Windows 10 version 1703 (creators update). Grrr.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 years 5 months ago suruha

I use Windows 7 and there were two updates just this week, both on updating the protection.
Thank you for the heads up, though!
Su

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 years 5 months ago willrun4fun

make a shortcut to:
ms-settings:windowsupdate

Takes you right to it.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 years 5 months ago Rev_Don

Enabling automatic update is not the ONLY answer. MS has screwed up an update way too often for that to be a legitimate option. Plus if you have multiple computers and a slow internet connection you can easily have no access to your computer for several hours on Patch Tuesday. I always set it to check but not download the updates. I wait until 2 days after an update notification pops up before downloading and installing updates. That way I can control when it happens (when I don't need to actually use the computer like at the end of the day) and the net will be blowing up with reports of the bad or botched patch. This is a MUCH better approach for anyone who is at least a little bit computer literate and has served me well since Windows Update first launched.

I will also manually check for updates anytime something like WannaCry rears it's ugly head just to make sure that sort of emerency patch isn't missed.

And for the record, legitimate and reliable sources have stated that between 90 and 98% of the affected computers were running Windows 7.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 years 5 months ago Roderunner

I run Win7 32bit. Does this also apply to optional updates.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 years 5 months ago Rev_Don

No. Optional are just that, optional. Just install the Recommended ones (those are the security updates) and you'll be fine. The majority of the optional ones are feature updates/addons or beta tests they try to trick you into installing.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 years 5 months ago Roderunner

Thanks Rev_Don your definitely on the ball.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 years 5 months ago bernardz

Australia: Thanks but it does not tell you if a machine is infected but yet yet activated which is where most infected machines are now at. Recently we have discovered a worm or virus that is so sophisicated we are stunned, the antivirus program is running and fully updated and unless you investigate it fully you would never know that the machine is infected.

 

We are wondering whether it is WannaCry?

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 years 4 months ago hankJ

I have windows 7 32bit can I upgrade to 64bit?

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 years 4 months ago Rev_Don

Not directly. You would either need a different drive to install it on or back up all of your data (documents, pictures, videos, etc.) to another drive, gather all of your product keys for Windows and other apps, download 64bit drivers, wipe the drive, perform a clean install of the 64bit version, install all of your apps/programs, configure Windows to your liking, and restore all of your data. Unless you have more than 4 gigs of ram (or intend to upgrade your ram) or have a specific program that requires 64bit Windows it probably isn't worth it. Your 32bit Product Key would work for 64bit as long as it's the same version (64bit Home for 32bit Home, etc).

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 years 4 months ago i8spombots

If only MS would have updates that are related to the system only, that's why so many are no longer on auto update IMHO.............aside from that - fully agree with holding updates off for a couple of days, too many flaky updates that knock off random PC's (NB that doesn't imply MS is always at fault, there are so so many variants in PC hardware & software in the world, how could you cover every possibility every time?)

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 years 4 months ago OhZone

I turned off auto updates because I'm afraid of that horrific virus called Windows 10.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 years 4 months ago Rev_Don

Why? That ended a year ago. It won't even try to upgrade to Win 10 automatically any longer. You would have to manually initiate that now.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 years 4 months ago OhZone

My Ex got it about that time and she never agreed to it. I'll have to look into that. I really don't want MS to spy on me.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 years 4 months ago Rev_Don

Microsoft stopped the automatic upgrades from 7 and 8.1 on July 29, 2016. They used GWX (Get Windows X (Roman numeral for 10)) to do that and it was easily blocked and nuetrilized. MS removed GWX from computers on July 30, 2016 so it won;t be present on you system now. You can download and run GWX Control Panel to check to see if it's still there (I can assure you with 99.99999999% certainty that it won't be) and disable it if it is (it won't be). http://ultimateoutsider.com/downloads/

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 years 4 months ago OhZone

Well, thanks. Yeah, it says GWX isn't there.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 years 4 months ago Rev_Don

See. You're Golden.

One other thought though. Unless you run something like Spybot Anti Beacon you still have a lot of the Windows 10 Spyware on 7 and 8.1. Not all of it, but a LOT more than most people think. Do some research on that.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 years 4 months ago Australia

I think people have to recognise that Windows 10 was released in 2015.
The latest update, Creators Update, is actually a new operating system, unofficially called Windows 11.

I feel sorry for programmers, who try to keep legacy users happy (those that still use Windows 7, 8, 10), but realising that the operating system updates can completely disrupt existing installed hardware drivers and software

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 years 4 months ago eikelein

Oh my, all those late comment about GWX and OSes spying om us; aren't these all old hats, old and stinky hays?
ALL operating systems for consumer electronics created after IOS spy at us. We, the consumers, don't want to pay fair prices, they'd be too high. So the software companies see to it that they can make revenue...

But back to the Windows world: Whether you are a Win 7 stalwart or use Win 8.1 or 10 and you don't want to be "spied at" just install Spybot Anti Beacon from
https://www.safer-networking.org/spybot-anti-beacon/

As usual it's NOT done with that, you have to run it after every update you receive or see being installed. Why? You'll see that MS turns eventually beacons back on via WU.

MS's communications about the "inner" workings of Windoze should be welcome since they help making it better. IMHO it's none of MS's business whether I use for example CCleaner and/or Libre Office
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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 years 4 months ago OhZone

I have. That's why I bought a fresh WIN7 machine with NO updates a while back.. And I still haven't updated it.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 years 4 months ago Rev_Don

Sorry, but that is about the dumbest thing a person can do. That is just as bad as running Windows XP. Update your system immediately and run something like Spybot Anti Beacon to mitigate the spying. The negative effects of the spyware is considerably less than the negative effects of an unpatched system. If you aren't willing to do that your only viable option is to run a Linux system. Sure you will be limited in what you can do on it compared to a Windows system, but at least no one but your ISP will be spying on you.

And to a large extent, a lot of the spying from MS isn't that bad as long as you use a local login. The e-mail based accounts allow them to do more and tie it to a specific individual, and that is mostly for targeting ads and maintenance.

Also, if you are so concerned with spying you need to make sure and not use ANY smart phones. They all do more spying on you than any desktop OS does. Stop using any e-mail services as well as ALL of them scan you e-mails. Don't use any social media at all as all of it is data mined. Only use Duck Duck Go as a search engine as it is the least data mined. Heck, your account on Gizmo is probably being data mined. And don't use any of the free Anti Virus programs as they data mine the crap out of you just as much as Windows 10 does. In fact, just disconnect from the internet altogether. That's the only really safe answer

All of the reports of spying is overblown to be quite honest. Win 10, along with Android and IOS go a little overboard, but quite a bit of it is actually essential. Not doing updates is essentially burying your head in the sand and hoping nothing happens when you see a Tornado coming right at you instead of taking shelter of some king. Taking shelter won't guarantee you will come out completely unscathed, but your chances are infinitely better than just standing there.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 years 4 months ago Rev_Don

Spybot Anti Beacon has the option to re-immunize every time you boot the computer right in the setup procedure. Just reboot your computer regularly,

As far as MS not needing to know what software you have running isn't totally accurate. That information can help them a great deal to determine who specific programs, or groups of programs affect how the OS runs. It also helps them to make sure that an update won't bork the system or a specific program. Considering how often that happens with all of the telemetry (and remembering how it was even worse in the old days before said telemetry) I'll take the telemetry every time.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 years 4 months ago eikelein

@Rev_Don:
Your words "the option to re-immunize every time you boot the computer right in the setup procedure" tell me that you have not used Spybot Anti-Beacon for any reasonable amount of time.

I have seen many times that immunizations got turned off and NOT turned on by a restart.

And for those who don't know SAB: An immunization turned off means that the corresponding beacon (communication to Microsoft) is turned ON.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 years 4 months ago OhZone

It's not just the spying. It's the principle. And I'm pissed at what they did to Gabs. I have lost all trust in MS. I plan to get linux eventually. In fact, if this one blows up, I may just put it here. I have my essential data backed up in a couple of places, including a fire safe, and my brother's house. I can always reinstall Win7 here too.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 years 4 months ago Rev_Don

Gabs?

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 years 4 months ago Rev_Don

I started using Anti Beacon about a week after it was released and the only time I ran into an incident where immunizations have been turned off by a restart was just before a new version was released.. That only happened a couple of times that I ever noticed, and normally right after a major feature update like the Anniversary Update, I don't check every system every day (normally once a week or so) as I have it running on at least 30 computers that I regularly work with or administer. I do check my main system daily though and check for an updated version at least once a week. But I'm not that concerned if some of it gets turned back on for a few days. The telemetry isn't nearly as bad as some people try to make it out to be and no worse than Google, IOS, Android, or any number of other sites, services, and programs have that you have absolutely no way to turn off..

I run it on Windows 7 and 8.1 as well as on 10.

You did remember to install using the Run As Administrator option didn't you? I've noticed that not doing that can cause erratic operation.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 years 4 months ago OhZone

My ex. gf.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 years 4 months ago Rev_Don

Okay.

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