Saturday, February 17, 2018
News Roundup

Solutions: Navigating secure and nonsecure content on the Web

I have a problem with a popup. Every time I go online, either with Internet Explorer or AOL mail, I keep getting this: "Do you want to view the web page content that was delivered securely? This web page contains content that will not be delivered using a secure https connection, which could comprise the security of the entire web page."

If I click Yes or No or Cancel, the thing always comes back. How do I get this to go away for good?

What this means is that the website is using a mix of secure (HTTPS) and nonsecure (HTTP) connections. An example would be an online store that uses secure protocols, but may be linking to an image from an unsecured server. If it bothers you, can change it as follows: In Internet Explorer, go to Tools, Internet Options and then the Security tab. Click on the Internet zone icon at the top of the page and then click the Custom Level button. Find the Miscellaneous section and change "Display mixed content" to Enable. You may also want to repeat this for local Intranet and trusted sites.

My wife has a transcription business and her operating system is Windows XP Pro. She has more than 5,000 macros in WordPerfect 5.1 DOS. Is there any way for her to run this program in Windows 7 or is there a way to convert these DOS macros to 2003 Microsoft Word macros?

I don't think Microsoft Word converts WordPerfect macros, but this is what I would try: Using Windows File explorer, find the executable file (.EXE) for the WordPerfect program. Right-click to select it and choose Properties, then Compatibility tab. Under Compatibility Mode check "Run this program in compatibility mode for" and choose Windows 95 (the oldest Windows version available).

Click to select all the options under Settings (256 Colors, etc). Click OK. Open a virtual DOS window (click Start, Run, type CMD and click OK.) Navigate to the directory where the WordPerfect executable resides and type its full name and press enter to run the program. This is a very old program so I would not expect much success. Good luck.

On my Windows Vista desktop, my DVD_RW drive does not read discs all the time (it does read some of the discs). I can put the same disc in my laptop and it reads them. I tried to fix the problem by going to Regedit, but it did not work. When looking through the file I could not find any kind of filter to delete. I have tried deleting the drive and reinstalling and it has not worked.

"Some of the time" is the worst circumstance to have when troubleshooting any kind of computer problem. It sounds as if the laser in your DVD_RW drive needs cleaning. Start by trying to blow the dust out (don't use compressed air). You can then either buy a disc-cleaning CD (sold in the computer sections of stores) or if you're comfortable taking your DVD_RW out of the desktop and taking it apart to expose the laser reader, a little alcohol on a soft cloth may do the trick. Don't pay to have it fixed. It will cost less to buy a new one and they're easy to install.

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