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Solutions: If router works without configuring, that's a good thing

I just purchased and installed a Rosewill RXN-EasyN400 broadband router (wired/wireless). I plugged it in, connected the computer to the wired port and the ROKU via the wireless port. I didn't do any router setup or configuration and everything plays perfectly. I'm streaming movies to the TV while the computer is connected to an MMO. What advantages am I missing by not setting up the router per the installation guide?

My first rule of computing is: If it's not broke, don't fix it. I would, however, strongly recommend that you password protect the router through the configuration program before your neighbors discover that they can save some money by just using your connection instead of paying for their own (not to mention the obvious security implications). Other than that, check out and test to make sure you're getting close to the speed you're paying for on your ISP. If not, you may want to fiddle with the channel setting. But when you just plug things in and they work, that's a good thing.

I was recently away from my computer for two weeks. I shut it down when I left, and when I returned and tried to get into my favorites, they were gone. I realize you have heard this question countless times, but can you give a fix again?

Assuming that you are logging in under the same account (favorites are kept separately for each user account), maybe somehow they got inadvertently deleted. Try checking in your Recycle Bin, and, if there, simply restore them. Favorites are kept within your folders (files) as shortcuts. Maybe they're still there and for some reason are not showing in the browser.

You can check this by using Windows File explorer (press and hold the Windows key and then the E key) and navigate to C:\users\your account name\favorites. As a last resort, you should be able to browse through your history from within your Internet browser to revisit some of the sites and add them as favorites again.

I downloaded Microsoft Security Essentials. How do I get rid of the so-annoying McAfee?

I'll assume that you already tried going to Control Panel, Add/Remove programs and selected the various McAfee programs for uninstall and for some reason that did not completely work. McAfee makes an automatic uninstall program that you can download and run for just these instances. You can find it at

Send questions to or Personal Tech, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. Questions are answered only in this column.

Solutions: If router works without configuring, that's a good thing 04/18/10 [Last modified: Sunday, April 18, 2010 4:30am]
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