Thursday, January 18, 2018
News Roundup

Solutions: Running Malwarebytes takes too long

How long should it take to run Malwarebytes? It took nearly seven hours to scan 817,575. Should it take this long? I talk to people who have much more on their computers (pictures, etc.) and they say it does not take this long at all.

That is certainly a long time. It may have something to do with what else is running concurrently in the background on your PC. Try rebooting and choose the "Safe mode with Networking" (press F8 as it starts the reboot). You may also want to check the system logs for any sort of disk errors using the Event viewer. Go to Control Panel\System and Security\Administrative Tools\Computer Management (or for Windows 7, click start and type Event and click the link on top). Expand Event Viewer, Windows Logs, System. Look for any disk related errors (red with an !).

I downloaded pictures from my camera to my desktop and did not label the folder. Now I cannot find them. There are more than 500, and I do not want most of them. How do I find them? My operating system is Windows 7.

Place your mouse anywhere on free space on your desktop. Press the F3 key. This will initiate the search function in a File Explorer window. It will say "To begin, type in the search box." Instead, double-click inside the search box. This will display the filter options. Click the "Date modified" filter and select the date or date range for when you downloaded your pictures. Your pictures should start listing. Right-click on one and select "Open file location." That will put you in the correct folder.

With Windows 7 and IE 8, when I try to print certain Web pages (the Sudoko page, for example) a quick sign opens at the bottom of the notebook indicating that it was done, as if I were downloading something, but I don't know where it went. It isn't where my normal downloads are (i.e. downloads).

If you are clicking Print, try clicking Print Preview instead. This will slow it down and allow you to direct it to where you are expecting it to print. Maybe the current setting has it set to print to a nonexistent printer or possibly to an XPS file. If you are clicking a link that is trying to download, right-click the link and select the "Save target as" dialog window. From there you can direct it to the desktop.

I'm running Windows XP/Dell Laptop Inspiron E1505 — with MSE protection fully updated using a Microsoft wireless mouse. When I use a scroll bar and come back to the document/spreadsheet, the mouse pointer continues to scroll. To release it I need to click on an open area in the document. I use Open Office for the most part but have the basic "free" copy of Microsoft Office Starter. It happens in both.

What's happening is called auto-scrolling. It's usually activated by pressing the scroll wheel down. It's possible that your mouse is malfunctioning. Try borrowing another mouse and see if the behavior changes. You may also check the mouse properties in the Control Panel. Check for and disable the virtual scrolling option.

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