Thursday, May 24, 2018
News Roundup

Solutions: Sending email without getting hung up by spelling suggestions

Every time I send an email to someone, it brings up my spell checker. In the box, it reads: Compose email, there are some spelling suggestions. Click OK to check. Then it has the Ok/Cancel button to continue. I always check cancel and then it will send my email. Can you tell me how to fix this problem?

You didn't specify which email you're using, so I can't be specific. If you're using Web-based email, the automatic spell checker may be built into whichever Web browser you're using (Chrome, Firefox), or in the case of Internet Explorer, a third-party plug in.

In each of these cases you can look for the on/off switch under the Options settings. If you happen to be using client-based email such as Windows Live Mail, you can find the spell check options by clicking the Windows Live drop-down button (top left side of the window, not very intuitive in my opinion), then click Options, Mail, then the spelling tab.

My McAfee subscription was running out, so I decided to take your advice and install Microsoft Security Essentials on my two laptops and my netbook. I uninstalled McAfee and installed Microsoft Security Essentials and everything went fine with the netbook, which is running Windows 7. However, with the two laptops, which both run Windows Vista, I am now getting a warning that Windows Defender is turned off. When I try to open and turn it on, it won't. One laptop eventually gives me a message: Windows Defender encountered a problem 0x800106ba.

Microsoft Security Essentials has Windows Defender built in. They could save a lot of confusion by uninstalling it automatically when you install Security Essentials. Why they don't will remain a mystery. Go to Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs, find Windows Defender and uninstall it manually.

I took your advice and removed my pay-for security and installed Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes Anti-malware program. I decided to run a full Microsoft Security Essentials scan to start with a completely clean PC. Something is causing it to stop running (or become very slow). I stopped my screen saver and I stopped my power saving options, but if I don't sit at the computer and keep moving the mouse, the Microsoft Security Essentials stops scanning or, at least, moves at a crawl. It ran for 15 hours and only scanned 77,500 files. Any ideas?

Open Security Essentials, click the Settings tab and then the Microsoft Spy Netlink on the left. "Basic Membership" is the default setting. Go ahead and click the "I don't want to join SpyNet" option. This has been known to solve that problem. If it still stalls, go to Programs, Administrative Tools, Event Viewer and check the System log for any other clues, particularly any disc integrity messages.

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